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 5-26 yorkartistsguild.weebly.com
MayHelena WehrsteinMay 3-21 helenawehrstein.com
JuneHelen Kong and Sorlie MadoxJune 7-28  
July & AugustAvenue Road Arts SchoolJuly 1 – Sept 9 AvenueRoadArtsSchool.com
SeptemberCarol HarrisonSept 13-27 carolharrisonart.com
OcotoberPeggy Bell  peggybellartist.com
NovemberPat Dumas-Hudecki  dumas-hudecki.com/paintings
DecemberIndigenous artist Diane Montreuil  Diane’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 6willowdaleartists.com
FebruarySheryl KeenFeb 3-24February 3sherylkeen.com
MarchMembers and friends of FirstMarch 3-31March 3
AprilYork Artists GuildApril 7-28April 7yorkartistsguild.weebly.com
MayBill Ross and Randall BrownMay 5-26May 5 
JuneRama FayazJune 2 – July 14June 9Rama Painting
July & AugustAvenue Road Arts SchoolJuly 16 – Sept 4 AvenueRoadArtsSchool.com
SeptemberJeff MannSept 8 – 29Sept 8jeffmannart.com
OctoberPhyllis GordonOct 6-27October 20phyllisgordonart.com
NovemberSereen AzizNov 3 – Dec 1November 3instagram.com/sereenscape
DecemberIndigenous artist Debra VincentDec 8 – Jan 5December 8debravincent.com


The following shows were held in Sunderland Hall in 2018:

MonthArtistShow DatesReception
  (12 pm)
Learn More
JanuaryEscarpment Biosphere ConservancyJan 7-28January 14 (Fundraiser)escarpment.ca
FebruaryAto SeituFeb 4-25February 4inkphy.com/tag/atoseit
MarchMembers and friends of FirstMarch 4-25March 4Arts@nullfirstunitariantoronto.org
AprilYork Artists GuildApril 8-29April 8YorkArtistsGuild.ca
MayJoanna StrongMay 6-27May 6joannastrong.ca
JuneLucinda Vandenieuwegiessen
Colin van Zwijndregt
June 3-24June 3saatchiart.com/vandenieuwegiessen
July & AugustAvenue Road Arts SchoolJune 28-Sept 3 AvenueRoadArtsSchool.com
SeptemberSusanne Clark September 9susanneclark.com
OctoberSusan L. Brown October 7 
NovemberMartin Myers November 4martinmyers.ca
DecemberMétis artist Louise Lefebvre December 9mountaindrummer.wixsite.com/spiritcougarlefebvre


The following shows were held in Sunderland Hall in 2017:

MonthArtistLearn More
JanuaryMichael BattenbergMichaelBattenberg.com
FebruaryJordan ClarkeJordanClarke.ca
MarchMembers and friends of First
AprilYork Artists GuildYorkArtistsGuild.ca
MayNancy BennettNancyBennett.ca
JuneIrene SakataIreneSakataArts.com
July & AugustAvenue Road Arts SchoolAvenueRoadArtsSchool.com
SeptemberCarmel BouzanneCarmelBouzanne.com
OctoberBarbara de Beaupré 
NovemberNick BiaginiDigitalConsciousness.com/galleries/NickBiagini
DecemberJoseph Sagaj
Keitha Keeshig-Tobias


The following shows were held in 2016:

MonthArtistLearn More
JanuaryPalette Expressions Group 
FebruaryClayton King, Indigenous artistWhiteBearArt.com
MarchMembers and Friends of First 
AprilYork Artists’ GuildYorkArtistsGuild.ca
MayJohn VisserJohnVisserArt.com
JuneSusan Farquharsusanfarquhar5.wordpress.com
July & AugustArtists’ Network
SeptemberSteve RoseSteveRose.ca
OctoberShir LibeynuShirLibeynu.ca
NovemberJean Galt, Wendy Ounpuu  & Wendy Dines 
DecemberAboriginal Art 


The following shows were held in 2015:

MonthArtistLearn More
JanuaryMichael BattenbergMichaelBattenberg.com
FebruaryJudith Donoahue, Carol Harrison 
MarchMembers and Friends of First 
AprilYork Artists’ GuildYorkArtistsGuild.ca
MayD.D. Gadjanskiddgadjanski.com
JuneRandall Brown 
July & August10 Artists from the Don Valley Art Clubwww.donvalleyartclub.com
SeptemberShir LibeynuShirlibeynu.ca
OctoberBarbara de Beaupré
NovemberDavid Connolly 
DecemberAmnesty International: In/visible ScarsAmnesty.ca