Here’s where to buy artful gifts
Art finds make a terrific gift – and even an investment. So snap up some prezzies at any of this special holiday sales.
GALLERY TPW‘s annual Photorama raises funds for the artist-run centre, with 100 prints by the likes of Jesse Boles, Sharon Switzer and Ed Burtynsky. Reception Nov 27 6-9 pm, runs to Dec 5. 56 Ossington. 416-645-1066.
RYERSON GALLERY holds a silent auction of work by emerging photographers, to Dec 10, with a gala award show and draws on Dec 3, 6-10 pm. 80 Spadina, #305. 416-703-2235.
KATHARINE MULHERIN hosts pop-up shop the Melissa, a flea-market-style store/installation of reasonably priced vintage collectibles, local artwork and more. Dec 1-29. 1080 Queen W. 416-993-6510.
INDEXG presents G Hunting, with art under $100 and items from the Buttonmania show, Sundays from Dec 6 to 13, 1-6 pm. 50 Gladstone. 416-535-6957.
PAUL PETRO‘s annual Christmas Spice features multiples by 20 artists, including mobiles by Terrarea and a tree by Gretchen Sankey. Reception Dec 10, 7-11 pm, runs to Dec 23 at the Special Projects Space, 962 Queen W. 416-979-7874.
ART METROPOLE‘s Gifts By Artists: Multiples For The Holidays offers local and international artist books, ephemera, audio and video, Dec 12-24. On Dec 12 and 19, Cecilia Berkovic and CN Tower Liquidation run complimentary gift-wrapping stations. 788 King W. 416-703-4400.
Window gallery ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS holds a sale of painting, drawing, multiples, ceramics and more under $50 to fund upkeep of the storefront, Dec 12-13. 911 Davenport. weseeinc.com.
Installation gallery MERCER UNION raises funds with members’ Solid Gold sale, all items $149.99, Dec 17, 8 pm. 1286 Bloor W, 416-536-1519.
HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE, arts building 401 Richmond West’s annual fair, includes galleries, resident artists like Gareth Bate and Janet Bike Girl, musical instrument shop Musideum and design emporium Swipe Books, plus artisans offering edibles, hats, skin care products and more. Dec 10-13. 401richmond.net.
ONGOING SHOWS AT 401 include Gallery 44’s 30th-anniversary Wall To Wall, photos by members, Dec 3-18, 416-979-3941 and Open Studio printmakers’ annual Artist Proof Sale, with an Open House, Dec 3, 6-9 pm, running to Dec 19, 416-504-8238.
Check out 401’s sister arts hangout, the Gladstone Hotel for the Mondo Bazaar craft fair, Nov 28 artists’ meet-up SpeakEasy’s holiday sale, Dec 3 Woodlawn Pottery Studio, Dec 4-6 and Heart At Work silent auction for Casey House, Dec 6. 1214 Queen W. 416-531-4635.
OTHER ART-FOR-A-CAUSE EVENTS include Buddies in Bad Times’ ArtAttack, Nov 26 ($10), 12 Alexander, 416-975-8555 Pictures Talk, a Canadian Red Cross exhibit of photos by Indonesian children about renewal after the tsunami, Dec 8-13, Red Eye Studio, 55 Mill, 416-366-3393 Creative Works Studio’s calendar and art made by people dealing with mental illness, Nov 26-28, 793 Gerrard E, 416-465-5711 and Line Art auction for the Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line, Nov 29, 6 pm, at the AGO, 317 Dundas W, youthline.ca/lineart.
OUTSIDE THE QUEEN WEST gallery district, holiday shows run at Cobalt Gallery, 870A Kingston Rd, to Dec 23, cobaltgallery.ca Canadian Sculpture Centre, 500 Church, to Dec 4, 647-435-5858 1-foot-square works by local artists at Framing Dames, to Jan 3, 211 Morrish, 416-287-2025 and Mistletoe Magic silent auction at John B. Aird, 900 Bay, Nov 26, 6 pm, 416-928-6722.