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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
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

Self-love
Apple (18″x14″) $180 I will carry this apple in my heart until I see you again.
Self-love
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:

Month Artist Show Dates Reception
  (12 pm)
Learn More

January &

February

Shirley Dawson, Valerie Prideaux,
Sandra Sarner
Jan 12 – Feb 23 January 12  
March Members and friends of First March 1-29 March 1  
April York Artists Guild April 5-26   yorkartistsguild.weebly.com
May Helena Wehrstein May 3-21   helenawehrstein.com
June Helen Kong and Sorlie Madox June 7-28    
July & August Avenue Road Arts School July 1 – Sept 9   AvenueRoadArtsSchool.com
September Carol Harrison Sept 13-27   carolharrisonart.com
Ocotober Peggy Bell     peggybellartist.com
November Pat Dumas-Hudecki     dumas-hudecki.com/paintings
December Indigenous artist Diane Montreuil     Diane’s Art Connection

Previous Years’ Shows

The following shows were held in Sunderland Hall in 2019:

Month Artist Show Dates Reception
  (12 pm)
Learn More
January Willowdale Artists Group Jan 6-27 January 6 willowdaleartists.com
February Sheryl Keen Feb 3-24 February 3 sherylkeen.com
March Members and friends of First March 3-31 March 3
April York Artists Guild April 7-28 April 7 yorkartistsguild.weebly.com
May Bill Ross and Randall Brown May 5-26 May 5  
June Rama Fayaz June 2 – July 14 June 9 Rama Painting
July & August Avenue Road Arts School July 16 – Sept 4   AvenueRoadArtsSchool.com
September Jeff Mann Sept 8 – 29 Sept 8 jeffmannart.com
October Phyllis Gordon Oct 6-27 October 20 phyllisgordonart.com
November Sereen Aziz Nov 3 – Dec 1 November 3 instagram.com/sereenscape
December Indigenous artist Debra Vincent Dec 8 – Jan 5 December 8 debravincent.com

 

The following shows were held in Sunderland Hall in 2018:

Month Artist Show Dates Reception
  (12 pm)
Learn More
January Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy Jan 7-28 January 14 (Fundraiser) escarpment.ca
February Ato Seitu Feb 4-25 February 4 inkphy.com/tag/atoseit
March Members and friends of First March 4-25 March 4 Arts@nullfirstunitariantoronto.org
April York Artists Guild April 8-29 April 8 YorkArtistsGuild.ca
May Joanna Strong May 6-27 May 6 joannastrong.ca
June Lucinda Vandenieuwegiessen
Colin van Zwijndregt
June 3-24 June 3 saatchiart.com/vandenieuwegiessen
July & August Avenue Road Arts School June 28-Sept 3   AvenueRoadArtsSchool.com
September Susanne Clark   September 9 susanneclark.com
October Susan L. Brown   October 7  
November Martin Myers   November 4 martinmyers.ca
December Métis artist Louise Lefebvre   December 9 mountaindrummer.wixsite.com/spiritcougarlefebvre

 

The following shows were held in Sunderland Hall in 2017:

Month Artist Learn More
January Michael Battenberg MichaelBattenberg.com
February Jordan Clarke JordanClarke.ca
March Members and friends of First
April York Artists Guild YorkArtistsGuild.ca
May Nancy Bennett NancyBennett.ca
June Irene Sakata IreneSakataArts.com
July & August Avenue Road Arts School AvenueRoadArtsSchool.com
September Carmel Bouzanne CarmelBouzanne.com
October Barbara de Beaupré  
November Nick Biagini DigitalConsciousness.com/galleries/NickBiagini
December Joseph Sagaj
Keitha Keeshig-Tobias
muskratmagazine.com/joseph-sagaj
bizindam.com

 

The following shows were held in 2016:

Month Artist Learn More
January Palette Expressions Group  
February Clayton King, Indigenous artist WhiteBearArt.com
March Members and Friends of First  
April York Artists’ Guild YorkArtistsGuild.ca
May John Visser JohnVisserArt.com
June Susan Farquhar susanfarquhar5.wordpress.com
www.SusanFarquhar.ca
July & August Artists’ Network
September Steve Rose SteveRose.ca
October Shir Libeynu ShirLibeynu.ca
November Jean Galt, Wendy Ounpuu  & Wendy Dines  
December Aboriginal Art  

 

The following shows were held in 2015:

Month Artist Learn More
January Michael Battenberg MichaelBattenberg.com
February Judith Donoahue, Carol Harrison  
March Members and Friends of First  
April York Artists’ Guild YorkArtistsGuild.ca
May D.D. Gadjanski ddgadjanski.com
June Randall Brown  
July & August 10 Artists from the Don Valley Art Club www.donvalleyartclub.com
September Shir Libeynu Shirlibeynu.ca
October Barbara de Beaupré
November David Connolly  
December Amnesty International: In/visible Scars Amnesty.ca