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'Tis the season to support local galleries and visual artists with your purchase of affordable small works, prints, multiples and editions - great gifts or additions to personal collections. There's sure to be something calling out to you at one of these worthy events.


Galleries on the move

Gallery TPW‘s Photorama inaugurates its new space at 170 St. Helens (416-645-1066) with work by over 100 artists, including Annie MacDonell, Toni Hafkenscheid and Dominic Nahr (Thursday, November 27, to December 6). AGO curator Sophie Hackett gives a talk on Photorama at 7 pm Wednesday (December 3). 

Ryerson holds its Full Frame sale of photos by image arts students (most student work under $200), faculty and alumni from Thursday (November 27) to December 14 at the rechristened Ryerson Artspace (formerly I.M.A. Gallery), relocated to the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen West, 416-538-3100). 

Propeller‘s Off The Wall raises funds for a move in January to the Triangle Lofts building on Abell. Attendees at the December 13 gala ($125) get called up at random to select an artwork to take home by Joseph Muscat, Harry Enchin or others, on view from Wednesday (December 3) at the gallery (984 Queen West, 416-504-7142).

401 fun

Frolic 4 (which includes studio sales and an artisan fair) opens at the arts building at 401 Richmond West from 6 to 9 pm on December 4. Open Studio has printmaking demos by Alex McLeod, Team Macho and Winnie Truong, and prints at $50 to $400 from the Artist Proof Sale remain available until December 20 (416-504-8238). Thirty-five photographers – Tobi Asmoucha, Susana Reisman and Shayne Gray among them – celebrate Gallery 44‘s 35th anniversary at Wall To Wall, running to December 13 (416-979-3941).

Holiday regulars

Paul Petro‘s 18th Christmas Spice opens Friday (November 28) from 7 to 11 pm and runs to December 20, with a tree by Sadko Hadzihasanovic and works by gallery artists Stephen Andrews, Keith Cole, Maura Doyle and many others (980 Queen West, 416-979-7874). 

Art Metropole changes it up this year with New Balance: Approaching The Use Of Ceramics In Contemporary Art, from December 11 to January 31. Don’t expect teapots. Canadians like Jimmy Limit and Katie Bethune-Leaman and international artists take part, and a book comes out in January (1490 Dundas West, 416-703-4400).

Small wonders

Hashtag Gallery presents its #4X4 show, little works by emerging artists, from December 11 to 21 (801 Dundas West, 416-861-1866). Affordable artworks under 3-feet-square show at Navillus Gallery until December 31, with a reception Saturday (November 29) from noon to 5 pm (110 Davenport, 416-921-6467). Pick up art under $250 at Art Interior‘s Festival Of Smalls, on until December 24 (446 Spadina Road, 416-488-3157).

More holiday ops

A bunch of artists who usually work in 2D – including Jay Dart, Fiona Smyth and Willow Dawson – make three-dimensional items for design shop MADE‘s Objects Have Stories, opening Friday (November 28) from 7 to 10 pm and running to December 24 (867 Dundas West, 416-607-6384).

Excellent org SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) raises funds with Take Home The Unknown, a one-day, $100-each sale of anonymous artworks contributed by artists like Oliver Husain and Allyson Mitchell, as well as filmmakers, actors, chefs and fashion designers. At the Gladstone, 8-10 pm December 10. savac.net

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