Lisa Cristinzo: Fire Works for Pleasure
October 5 – October 14, 2018
October 6th -14th, 12pm -6pm, except holiday October 8th.
Opening Reception: Friday October 5, 6:00-9:00pm

Each morning during an artist residency in Ireland, Lisa Cristinzo warmed up the stone cabin by gathering kindling and lighting a fire in the wood stove.  She gradually came to see the pieces of wood, newspaper and burnable objects as triangular compositions in anticipation of fire. The stove soon took on a dual function, as she postponed the fire to sketch the arrangement as a still life. 

Fire Works For Pleasure, is an exhibition of the new paintings that began from that experience.  These works explore aspects of fire, both the promise it offers and the threat it poses.

These paintings developed in Ireland, Berlin and Toronto over the past 2 years.  In each location, the materials and context for fire shifted.  Each place also offered new insight on the subject. This ranged from the use and substitution of fire in domestic spaces, current wildfire events, fire prevention and fire fighting strategies, to its mythic history.

The ancient Romans worshiped Vesta, the goddess of fire and the domestic sphere, keeping an altar to her in their homes. In her temple, vestal virgins tended a continual flame. Currently we attempt to remove the danger of fire in the home while preserving the attribute of heat with our appliances. The control of fire with extinguishers, smoke alarms, hydrants and a whole industry that fights it, has turned the fireplace into a fire plan.

In Lisa Cristinzo’s new paintings, she considers the potential of fire, as a process, a subject and a symbol. Fire Works For Pleasure also hints at the point when personal possessions possess you, and the heap you hoard becomes a fire hazard.


Visual Arts Showcase and Postcard Show

September 19-23, 2018, from 12pm-5pm daily
Please join us for the opening reception
Friday September 21, 2018, from 6pm-10pm

Beaver Hall Gallery

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The Bi Arts Festival’s Visual Arts Showcase highlights work by ten bi+, two-spirit, pansexual and fluid artists, working in collage, photography, drawing, textiles and mixed media. Participating artists include Alyssa Pisciotto, Amanda Isadore Apuksikn Amour-Lynx, Claire Davis, Jaene F. Castrillon, Jonathan Rollins, Lynx Sainte-Marie and Ciel Sainte-Marie, Natalie Very B., Samantha Jones and Yahn Nemirovsky.

This show proposes a uniquely bi+ visual literacy, operating beyond simple identity politics. Work speaks to themes of visibility, erasure, and the experience of living life between or outside of gender and sexual binaries, landscapes and borders.  

Produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

A photographic retrospective of Japan shot by James Higuchi and Dominik Wojtarovicz

James Higuchi is a Toronto based artist that primarily shoots street photography and urban landscapes. Dominik Wojtarovicz is a CG artist and photographer from Toronto. An Avid traveler, Dominik is drawn to people, cultures, and the solitude found in wilderness and the grand landscapes of the world. 

Opening Reception
July 12 at 7pm

Exhibition Dates
July 12 - 17

July 12 - Thursday opens at 2pm
July 13 - Friday  12-6
July 14 - Saturday 12-6
July 15 - Sunday 12-6
Monday July 16th and Tuesday July 17th by appointment only, contact James at or inquire at Red Eye cafe outside of Beaver Hall Hally Gallery/Artists' Co-op. 

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Celebrating the work of established and emerging documentary practitioners from Ryerson University’s Master of Fine Arts program in Documentary Media.

Non ti scordar di me 
Non ti scordar di me is an allegorical story about the darkest period in Italian-Canadian history: an era which saw members of an ethnic community held in remote internment camps by the Canadian government during World War II. Reexamined through photography, remnants and landscapes express the longing, isolation and spiritual defeat characteristic of camp life among those guilty of nothing more than cultural heritage. While barbed wire held these men in isolated wildernesses, the real weaponry used against them is revealed through a visual, performative and experiential forensic analysis.

Sandro Camilli is an emerging Toronto-based documentary artist. He uses art to question the nature of power and the direction of discourse between the subject and viewer. He received a B.Sc. in Geography from the University of Victoria in 2007 and is currently pursuing an M.F.A in Documentary Media at Ryerson University. He has been exhibited in Toronto and South Korea and was the recipient of the Hamish Kippen Excellence in Arts Award in 2013.

Exhibition Dates
June 18 – 30

Gallery Hours
Wed to Sat, 12pm – 5pm

Opening Reception
Friday, June 22 
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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