Downtown Summer Block Party July 27, 2019 Orillia

Arts district has busy July planned, writes Patricia Beecham

OPINION 06:00 PM by Patricia Beecham Orillia Today

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Pat Beecham. – Pat Beecham/Submitted

It’s summer and the Peter Street Arts District is busy again.

Come and check out the galleries and meet the artists at the Downtown Summer Block Party on July 27, right after the Night Market on July 26.

Visit artisans, artists, community groups, and food or concession vendors that evening.

If you want to try your hand at painting, you have two opportunities: On Wednesday, July 17, from 6 to 9 p.m., Tango Art Space (5 Peter St. S., Ste. 205) is giving you the opportunity to create two different styles of abstract paintings.

The first is a creative play experience, demonstrating abstract painting techniques with Patti Agapi.

The second involves creating a black and white painting, using distinct brushstrokes with Tammy Henry (fee is $45 to cover materials).

On Monday evenings, bring your favourite medium: Paint, pen and ink, knit/crochet or fibre art for a fun evening of creativity. Fee is $15, includes munchies.

Lee Contemporary Art (5 Peter St.) is featuring local artist Ronald Regamey. Ronald creates contemporary artwork using paper quilling.

At Hibernation Arts, (7 Peter St. S.) guest artist Lise Rowlandson opens her show on July 6 (1-3 p.m.) They are looking for a sculptor to feature. Contact Molly Farquharson at

Three Crows Speak Studio (9 Peter St. S.) has three featured shows this month: Gypsy Dreaming, with Donna and Champagne Thomson, Temporal Inigma, and Badly Behaved Babushkas featuring Babushka dolls.


Sometimes you just have to start. My process is slow and involves lots of back and forth regarding color options that will define each piece. I think about the different aspects and choices that I have to make in order to start my piece. Sometimes I might spend a week or two just contemplating my colors. As well I might think about the overall layout of my piece. What direction do I want to go. This might change over and over as the time goes on. When I know my color choice, this allows me to start cutting my strips and gives me more time to contemplate the process.

When cutting, I go through a lot of blades, because I cut each strip from hand. I have set up a system that allows me to cut large amounts of strips without hurting my hand and joint’s. When I started cutting my strips ages ago, it was so painful for me, because I was holding the ruler and paper down. I ended up with carpal tunnel and was unable to work for a couple of months. That is why I had to create a new method of cutting my paper. That’s a story for another time.

2019 Members’ Exhibition of Selected Works


2019 Members’ Exhibition of Selected Works – Online Gallery

Location: This exhibition is being held at The Withrow Common Gallery, located at Toronto’s Exhibition Place, across from the Princess Margaret Fountain.   The address is 200 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3  ( Google MapOnsite Map)

Show Dates:  May 30 to June 15, 2019

Opening Reception:  Thursday May 30th, 6pm to 8 pm

Gallery Hours:  

Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.;
Fridays, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.;
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, and
Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.