Jerzy Galecki: Collage - Assemblage - Photo Work

Jerzy Galecki: Collage - Assemblage - Photo Work

Opening reception Friday, November 27, 2015 6-9PM
Beaver Hall Gallery, 29 McCaul St.
The gallery will remain open on Saturday November 28, 1-6PM
Private viewings will be available (by appointment only) until December 4, 2015

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Independent Project: Nostalgia, A Group Show, featuring works by Beaver Hall Artists’ Co-op members

Beaver Hall, circa 1888

Beaver Hall Gallery is pleased to present Nostalgia, a group exhibition of art works by Beaver Hall Artists' Co-op members. The exhibition runs from October 3, 2015 - October 10, 2015 opening on: 
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 
October 3, 2015 from 7PM-7AM 

The Beaver Hall Artists' Co-operative was founded in 1988. Located in the heart of Queen Street West's art and entertainment district, this housing co-operative was designed to meet the needs of working visual artists. Named after the Beaver Hall Hill Group — an association of artists who shared studio space at Beaver Hall Square (Montreal, circa 1920s) who sought to educate the public about Canadian art — the Toronto co-op became part of a nation-wide movement to secure live-work spaces for artists across the country.

In celebration of the tenth anniversary of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, eleven members are exhibiting works resonating with the theme Memory Lane with a focus on nostalgia for people, places, and processes.

These artists present their unique perspectives, translating their observations across disciplines - from works on paper, canvas, photography, sound, and multimedia installations to express their interpretation of Nostalgia. Exposing the elusiveness, intricacy and fallibility of memory with versatility and skill, Isaac Applebaum, Michael Alstad, Yvonne Whelan, Camille Turner, Addi "Mindbender" Stewart, and KD Thornton explore lost or inaccessible times and places. The works of Barbara Greczny and Sharron McLeod are inspired by remembrances of personal relationships.  Graham Roach, Albert Li, and Peter Brickell, are influenced by their interests in historic art processes.

The Snake Pit
Michael Alstad’s Snake Pit installation reconstructs & deconstructs the glamorous Nile Room bar that was situated in the basement of the Letros Hotel – Toronto’s only gay bar in the 1950’s that housed the famous original Halloween drag balls. The Nile Room’s walls were covered in imitation snakeskin and the bar was affectionately known as ‘the Snake Pit’ or ‘the Vile Room’. The Snake Pit installation will feature a cozy dirty martini bar alongside a series of fabulous short video docs exploring Toronto’s early gay bar history from storied drinking establishments the St. Charles Tavern, the Municipal, the Continental, The Chez Moi and others. The docs are a curated selection from Queerstory - a free walking tour app and interactive documentary that leads the audience through 37 intriguing sites that uncover the political, cultural and social history of Toronto’s LGBT community. Performance artist Keith Cole will be your fabulous all night host and vintage mixologist! 

Nostalgia will run through October 10, 2015. Many of the artists will be present on opening night Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Saturday, October 3rd from 7:00PM - 7:00AM. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday Noon - 5:00PM and by appointment (email the gallery).


aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival: Feelings


Curated by:
Maria Alejandrina Coates

Featuring Artworks by:

Nelly César (Mexico)
soJin Chun (Toronto)
Ximena Cuevas (Mexico)
Gabriela Golder (Argentina)
Christian Jankowski (Germany)

April 2nd - April 16th
open everyday from 11am - 6pm
Beaver Hall Gallery
29 McCaul Street, Toronto

opening reception: April 2nd - 6PM

This exhibition proposes to examine the element of feeling and emotion in media art as a means to disrupt the homogenous and immersive space of the mediatic and virtual realms. The artists in the exhibition negotiate the dynamics between emotional affect, and its portrayal through the sterility and distance of media art.

Historically, the subject of embodiment, or the transition of the human body from a physical to a virtual space, has taken centre-stage to media artists' concerns. In Latin America and its diaspora, media and performance artists have featured the body precisely due to its precarity amidst geo-political and social violence. However, this exhibition attempts to move beyond the discussion of embodiment to include the dimension of psychology and the spectrum of emotions (such as anger, love, hate, resentment, admiration, and devotion) as a politicized state of being that is activated through media. In the context of aluCine, and filmmaking as a genre, this exhibition will also explore the formal tropes and stereotypes of the Latin-American dramatic character.

All artists in this exhibition use video and performance to disturb embedded social cues for conveying emotion, and reorganize the senses in ways that allow for a multiplicity of subjectivities and inter-textual relationships to emerge.


At 7:30pm of the opening night - April 2nd, Nelly César will perform her piece Mi Gusto Es as part of the exhibition Feelings, at Beaver Hall Gallery. This performance consists of the artist singing a live version of the popular Mexican song in attempt to emulate her father’s rendition, which will be playing on a TV screen in front of her. In an attempt to reconstruct from memory the same tempo, rhythm, and melody, the artist uses familial love to create a dissonance that subverts its coding within a patriarchal discourse.

The Opening Reception is generously sponsored by the Consulate General of Mexico in Toronto, the Consulate General of Argentina in Toronto, and the Goethe Institute in Toronto.

"From Start To..." March 9 - 22, 2015

"From Start To..."
A group exhibition presented by 
York University Visual Arts Student Association

Beaver Hall Gallery, 29 McCaul Street, Toronto 
March 9 - 22, 2015 from 12-5pm
Reception: March 19, 6:00 - 9:00pm

This is an annual group exhibition hosted by the Visual Arts Student Association from York University to showcase York's finest art students. Each school year we invite undergraduate students to apply for this show as an opportunity to have their artwork exhibited in a downtown Toronto art gallery. The show is juried by a selection of York University MFA candidates.

Exhibition Artists: Angel Aghajani, Alex Millington, Claire Scott, Eszter Rosta, Jeremy Stellato, Kaitlyn Myles, Margaret Kalejta, Maria Won, Mathias Chau, Maxine Veneracion, Santiago Roballo, Scott Osborne, Victoria Bacnis, Zachariaz Pyczek