29 McCaul Street, ground floor 
SEPTEMBER 20th to 24th 

Framed elements from the art installation The Caldron: http://www.leedickson.ca/the-caldron.html
Black painted wood frames, including glass and archival backing, silver print image included. Cash only. 
Monday - Friday 2:00 - 4:00 pm 
Saturday & Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 pm 

Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00 pm 
$5.00 - $10.00 - $20.00

"This installation, The Caldron, has evolved out of two previous works, ‘The heart is situated in the center of the chest because conditions are more temperate there.’ Part I (1988) and ‘The heart...’ Part II (1990).
‘The heart...’ Part I focuses on the structure of the heart through the use of anatomical interpretations. The hearts are made from various materials such as stone, twigs, plaster and gold leaf, lentils, etc. alluding to both obvious and ambiguous connotations to the heart. ‘The heart...’ Part II is composed of appropriated texts and images spanning many eras. Both works suggest multifaceted interpretations of the word heart. I regard both pieces as fragments similar to archaeological assemblages. The structures on which they rest are important to their formal museum style presentation.
One story I sought out in connection with ‘The heart...’ Part II was the story of Brother Andre’s stolen heart. His heart, a relic, was kept in St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal. Stolen in 1973, the robbers demanded a ransom which the church refused to pay. It was accidentally found years later and returned to the oratory.
Elements of Brother Andre’s heart story encompass aspects of human nature that are syncretic to the symbol of the heart and hence its central focus in this installation. Brother Andre’s association with the church quite naturally inspired the chapel-like structure of the installation
Brother Andre founded the Oratory in 1904 and though he was never ordained a priest, he is credited with performing many miracles. He died in 1937 and is presently being taken through the lengthy stages leading to canonization or sainthood*. The walls of this installation are crowded with heart representations, much like the walls of chapels where miracles have occurred are hung with crutches.
The information stand with the story of Brother Andre’s heart, the book containing the sources of all the quotes and images in the installation and the reading stands displaying the interior views of a human anatomical heart, all anticipate and draw the attention towards the central focus of the room--a high stand balancing a caldron (Chinese Ting.)
While pondering the means of representing the heart of Brother Andre I consulted the I Ching and drew the hexagram, ‘The Caldron’ (unchanging), providing the form of Brother Andre’s heart and, simultaneously, the title for the installation.
In this installation, the caldron is the physical representation of Brother Andre’s heart and provides a symbolic representation which extends beyond the emotional and physical limitations of the traditional symbol to a more universal vision of the syncretic heart."

Lee Dickson, 1994
* Note: Brother Andre was sainted in 2010.

CUTS II - Bani Bali

Opening night        June 16, 2017                 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm

Saturday June 17, 2017
11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Sunday June 18, 2017
11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Self-taught Canadian artist Bani Bali takes a fresh approach to the classic technique of paper cutting. Inspired by her travels, and grounded in her day-to-day activities, the artist channels her creative messages into delicate, captivating, intricately-cut pieces of varied sizes.  She finds paper, the blend of natural world and human creation, to be a heightened medium in which to express her unique visual thoughts.
Artist Statement

I cannot recall a time in my life when I did not draw.  Art for me has always been about capturing the images in my mind.  Whether painting, photography or cutting paper, art helps me give form to thoughts I cannot adequately express with words.  Painting allows me to express my love of colour, where I can ponder and reflect my feelings with bright and bold colours brought together.  By contrast, photography is very “in the moment”.  It captures what I see and experience just as it happens.  Paper cutting is an exercise in extreme patience.  The time and care it takes to form and shape my images are painstaking in every piece…..big or small.  Each medium’s unique challenges allow particular forms of creative expression.

In cutting paper, I try to bridge the gap between the traditional medium of paper cutting and contemporary expression.  This unforgiving medium, where one wrong cut can end hours of work demands great respect and I enjoy the focus and discipline it brings to me.  Even in its simplicity, paper is powerful.  Paper helps me create worlds of light and shadow, texture and dimension.  In this medium, the quality of your craft says as much about your state of mind as the representation itself.                                         


Opening Reception Friday May 12, 2017 

6-9PM at Beaver Hall Gallery, 29 McCaul St.

The Gallery will remain open on Saturday May 13, 1-6PM
By appointment until Monday May 15, 2016
Contact: jerzyga@sympatico.ca

Jerzy Galecki was born and raised in Poland during the Communist era. He immigrated to Canada in 1979. His family was prosperous prior to the war but had to live with the memories of the prewar greatness that the communists took away from them. He is a graduate of Innis College (U of T) as a Fine Art Studio Specialist with minor in Art History. His work is inspired by his family's history in Poland and encompasses his travels to Europe over the past number of years. He states, "I love spending time with my friends and relatives in Europe. I’m madly in love with Paris. So far I crossed Atlantic 56 times. And I hope to continue." This is reflective in his Collage, Assemblage and Photography work.


Shadow work is the path of the heart warrior.   Carl Jung

Hello Shadow explores the journey toward an embrace of our individual and collective darkness – our Shadow.  Three artists, one accidental in her becoming, one emerging, and one who is no longer with us, have produced highly individual works wherein artistic interaction with Shadow brings Shadow to light.  In bringing Shadow out of hidden isolation, we are given ART, elucidating Carl Jung’s discernment that there is gold to be found in the Shadow.    

You are invited to explore the Shadow work of these heart warrior artists. Come and say Hello to Shadow…theirs and perhaps your own. What do their Shadows reveal? What might your Shadow want you to discover?

 APRIL 22-28

29 McCAUL ST  


APRIL 23 3-4

APR 22: 5-9 APR 23: 1-5  
APR 24-28: 1-7


an MFA Exhibition by 
Thomas Haskell

April 10th - 16th 1 - 7pm

Opening Reception: 
Thursday April 13th 6-9pm
Beaver Hall Gallery
29 McCaul Street

"As a creolized Trinidadian subject, i seek to navigate the tensions of my heritage and selfhood as a transgressive queer body. In a critical engagement with ceramic sculpture i seek to fuse the costumes and characters of Trinidadian Carnival in order to manifest tensions of power, gender, and violence. "
- Thomas Haskell