Art Shows

February 2021: Nostaliga by Botros Durra

From the moment I came to Toronto, 6 months ago, I was fascinated by its diversity and inclusiveness. Its people’s care and warmth have reminded me of my home country, the way I like to remember it, before the war. It was the place where I studied Performing Arts, and where I shaped my perception and aesthetic sense.

Now, Toronto is enriching my experience and opening new doors that I have never thought existed; even when I am not holding a brush or in front of a canvas, the city keeps me imagining and painting. My paintings for this exhibition are dedicated to everyone who can relate to “nostalgia”.

Self-love ( 20″x16″) $225.

This time with myself reminded me of another kind of love … self-love. In the busyness of everyday life, we sometimes forget to pay attention to ourselves. This time of tranquillity ignited feelings that I did not pay attention to earlier, but suddenly there blossomed within me a thousand flowers

Apple (18″x14″) $180 I will carry this apple in my heart until I see you again.
Elephant (9″x9″) $85 with frame, made-to-order, any shape/colours


To purchase, please contact Botros Durra directly by email. (20% of sales will go to First Unitarian.)



Sunderland Hall

Our main worship space is an ideal place for showing artwork. The large skylight and high ceilings enhance the room while the gallery space has its own lighting to allow the works to be shown to their best advantage.

We also have a smaller display area in our library, where art from our members is displayed for up to two months.

The artists who display their work in these spaces often offer some pieces for sale, with a small percentage of the price going to the congregation. Please contact the artist if you are interested in purchasing a work.

Artists interested in exhibiting their work in our Sunderland Hall gallery are invited to contact the Arts Committee chair by email.

(During the time of Covid-19 restrictions, we are unable to host art shows in Sunderland Hall, but we will be posting Virtual Art Shows.)


This Year’s Shows

The following shows were planned for Sunderland Hall in 2020:

MonthArtistShow DatesReception
(12 pm)
Learn More
January &


Shirley Dawson, Valerie Prideaux,
Sandra Sarner
Jan 12 – Feb 23January 12
MarchMembers and friends of FirstMarch 1-29March 1
AprilYork Artists GuildApril
MayHelena WehrsteinMay
JuneHelen Kong and Sorlie MadoxJune 7-28
July & AugustAvenue Road Arts SchoolJuly 1 – Sept
SeptemberCarol HarrisonSept
DecemberIndigenous artist Diane MontreuilDiane’s Art Connection

Previous Years’ Shows

The following shows were held in Sunderland Hall in 2019:

MonthArtistShow DatesReception
(12 pm)
Learn More
JanuaryWillowdale Artists GroupJan 6-27January
FebruarySheryl KeenFeb 3-24February
MarchMembers and friends of FirstMarch 3-31March 3
AprilYork Artists GuildApril 7-28April
MayBill Ross and Randall BrownMay 5-26May 5
JuneRama FayazJune 2 – July 14June 9Rama Painting
July & AugustAvenue Road Arts SchoolJuly 16 – Sept
SeptemberJeff MannSept 8 – 29Sept
OctoberPhyllis GordonOct 6-27October
NovemberSereen AzizNov 3 – Dec 1November
DecemberIndigenous artist Debra VincentDec 8 – Jan 5December


The following shows were held in Sunderland Hall in 2018:

MonthArtistShow DatesReception
(12 pm)
Learn More
JanuaryEscarpment Biosphere ConservancyJan 7-28January 14 (Fundraiser)
FebruaryAto SeituFeb 4-25February
MarchMembers and friends of FirstMarch 4-25March
AprilYork Artists GuildApril 8-29April
MayJoanna StrongMay 6-27May
JuneLucinda Vandenieuwegiessen
Colin van Zwijndregt
June 3-24June
July & AugustAvenue Road Arts SchoolJune 28-Sept
SeptemberSusanne ClarkSeptember
OctoberSusan L. BrownOctober 7
NovemberMartin MyersNovember
DecemberMétis artist Louise LefebvreDecember


The following shows were held in Sunderland Hall in 2017:

MonthArtistLearn More
MarchMembers and friends of First
AprilYork Artists
July & AugustAvenue Road Arts
OctoberBarbara de Beaupré
DecemberJoseph Sagaj
Keitha Keeshig-Tobias


The following shows were held in 2016:

MonthArtistLearn More
JanuaryPalette Expressions Group
FebruaryClayton King, Indigenous
MarchMembers and Friends of First
AprilYork Artists’
July & AugustArtists’ Network
NovemberJean Galt, Wendy Ounpuu  & Wendy Dines
DecemberAboriginal Art

The following shows were held in 2015:

MonthArtistLearn More
FebruaryJudith Donoahue, Carol Harrison
MarchMembers and Friends of First
AprilYork Artists’
JuneRandall Brown
July & August10 Artists from the Don Valley Art
OctoberBarbara de Beaupré
NovemberDavid Connolly
DecemberAmnesty International: In/visible