David Swartz

Opening reception January 7

Journey To Nowhere interweaves artistic explorations in painting, sculpture, video and poetry to  create an event isolating the impossible now here experience of art as its ultimate justification and the paradoxes that this raises about the reality of the imaginary.
Journey to Nowhere is about losing one's way in order to find it; about spreading oneself out into unknown channels without finality.

Nowhere is a word which normally describes being lost. But nowhere can also be thought of as a kind of homeland or promised land, an authorial utopia of presence and immediacy, a non-place in which infinite conjunctive possibilities hang from the tree of the impossible. Nowhere gives hope to the lost postulates, has no determined body, no termination. Nowhere eschews then and there and affirms now and here, generates the future and the past yet remains forever present.  

I was search wild
for the present time;
where the long spent past
finds the door-way
to the future
open'd wide;
and I found it right here
right now -
in a waking vision
of a lifesaving smile
from out the portals
of your gracious soul,
that filled my heart
with the momentary joy
of present bliss:
perpetual and eternal
is a moment like this!

Paintings by Jim Taylor

For me, painting offers an avenue of complete freedom and a means to honour everything I love about the creative process. It also allows me to reflect and celebrate everything in the visual world that moves me. I came into this late. For years, prior to a dedicated art practice, I filled sketchbooks I carried everywhere working with a portable Chinese ink brush.  These pure black-on-white explorations were done without any intention of a larger context.  Eventually, after several years and many hundreds of works there emerged a personal visual language that I felt strongly about, so much so that in the summer of 2011 I realized that I absolutely had to take it all to full-colour and on an appropriately large scale.


Holly Briesmaster


January 13 - 27, 2018

Reception: Saturday, January 20 2:00 - 4:00

Holly Briesmaster was born in Toronto and received a B.A. in Fine Art from the
University of Toronto. Afterwards, she was a tour guide for the Art Gallery of
Ontario and spent a year studying at the University of Leiden, Holland. She has
exhibited her acrylic and watercolour landscapes and collages in many group
shows (Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit, Art Gallery of Mississauga Juried Show,
Varley Art Museum in Unionville, and Todmorden Mills in Toronto), and has had
several solo and duo shows including The Illuminary Art Gallery and Pteros
Gallery in Toronto, McKay Art Centre in Unionville, and most recently, Gallery
Hittite in Toronto.





Past Exhibitions:

  • November 2-16, 2017

    Monica Hendricks

    Photographs by Monica Hendricks
    OPENING reception Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 2-4:30pm.

  • July 22-291, 2017

    Ma Vie

    Ma Vie

    Paintings by Nicole Guillet

    July 22-29

    Opening reception
    Wednesday July 26 5-8pm

    Nicole began painting in 2014. Her bold use of colour creates rich and almost surreal landscapes, where she draws inspiration from her experiences travelling, as well as from her varied background in upholstery, costume design, ceramics and jewelrymaking.


  • July 4-21, 2017

    Scott Ramsay

    Cuba Bicycle Project

    Photographs by Scott Ramsay

  • June 6-24


    Hillcrest Village Fibreworks presents:


    Textile art explorations by Hillcrest community artists

  • May 6 - 31, 2017


    paintings by M. Randi Helmers
    May 6 - 31, 2017
    Opening reception, May 6, from 3-6pm
    Artist Salon, May 2, from 3-6pm

  • Sept 8 to October 1 2016

    Watercolour 16

    Watercolour 16 features the recent work of a group of local artists working in photo-realistic watercolour. The exhibit runs from September 8th to October 1 2016.

  • July 5-30 2016

    Salsa Eight on Eight

    A photographic exhibition by Linda Kooluris Dobbs.

  • June 15-25 2016

    Joined By Thread

    Presented by Hillcrest Village Fibreworks

    Opening Reception: June 16 from 6-9pm
    For 10 years a group of women from the Hillcrest neighbourhood have been gathering to show their art work rendered in fibre; cloth, felt, thread and paper. Fibre, in all its forms, is a medium familiar to women since the dawn of civilization. That we use it to make art is completely natural.

    We each have different styles and are influenced by different experiences but the use of fibre connects us. So we are gathering to share our work, among each other and with the neighbourhood. Through our exhibits, which we hold annually, we hope to bring awareness and interest to the medium of fibre and textiles.

  • May 3-31 2016

    The Art of Light and Shadow: First Nations School of Toronto

    Drummers, Meko Waso Misquadis Mack
    Traditional Drummers honour the Nishiyuu Walkers, Ottawa 2013

    The Art of Light and Shadow: First Nations School of Toronto
    May 3-31

    The Journey reaches Ottawa, Ryan Walsh
    Niishyuu Walkers from Northern Quebec finish their 1600km journey, Ottawa, 2013

    Nishiyuu Walkers, Zhaawani Mack Robinson
    Ottawa, 2013

    The Art of Light and Shadow is a project funded by the Ontario Arts Council’s Aboriginal Artist in Schools program. The Group Exhibition features Black and White Photography from students at First Nations School of Toronto who participated in the 16 week course in 35mm Black and White Photography with instructor Ryan Walsh.

  • April 5th to 30th 2016

    Paul Peregal, Then and Now

    Paul Peregal, Then and Now

    April 5th to 30th 2016

    Paul Peregal attended the School of Art and Design at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts under the directorship of the founding member, Arthur Lismer of the Group of Seven.  Lismer was Peregal’s colour theory instructor.  The artist also studied at Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Montreal and The Art Students League in New York. The artist has travelled and resided in the United States, Canada, England, Denmark, Israel and France.  His work figures prominently in collections throughout the world.

    Chamber music and jazz are an integral part of Peregal’s painting process and have been a significant influence on his work.  His roughened and melted portraits are strikingly disarming with an uncanny grasp of the vital essence ticking away deep within the subject’s dissembled psyche.  Landscapes, too, cannot remain a static recollection. Hills and houses throb and twist, bob and weave a tortuous humming existence. These, as with all of Peregal’s works, are bold and vital statements celebrating a timeless humanity in the poetry of colour and form.