Cedar Ridge Creative Centre

Cedar Ridge Gallery

"Clocks & Cloud Series" by Mikael Sandblom, photography images and acrylic paint over an aluminum surface

The Cedar Ridge Gallery exhibits emerging and established artists, collectives, and students from Toronto and the surrounding area. The gallery is programmed in partnership with Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery ten months annually with short term exhibitions. The gallery is also a space for Cedar Ridge partners, The Community Arts Guild and The Precious Gems Project to exhibit and run programs.

For inquiries about exhibiting your work at Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery please call 416-396-4026.

Winter/Spring 2017

Contemporary Exhibitions:

Twelve talented artists will be exhibiting in our Contemporary Stream from January to March 2017 representing a wide variety of mediums including: painting, photography, mixed-media, fibre arts, video and installation.

Call for Artist Residency:

The Cedar Ridge Summer Residency program is a legacy project of the City of Toronto's Cultural Hotspot program for South Scarborough and welcomes one visual artist during centre hours for the months of July and August. The residency offers a working environment that supports the artistic process for emerging and mid-career artists.

Monday, April 3, 2017 by 4:00 pm

Please scroll down for the exhibition schedule and residency information

Contemporary Exhibition Schedule

ExpandJanuary 3 - January 13, Afsaneh Shafai & Razmig Bertizian

Opening Reception: Sunday January 8, 1-4 pm

Afsaneh Shafai

Afsaneh Shafai attempts to capture the spirit of the setting by positioning herself high and above with the vision of an omnipresent flying bird; one with fluid and dream-like motions. She uses the bird’s perspective as a symbolic way of the witnessing of mankind’s struggles and endurances.

In her work, the symbols of birds evoke a sense of freedom, resilience and courage who are also adept to rise above and celebrate natures/life’s resilience and beauty. Yet, there are elements of tension which lies on the questions of life and death, darkness and light, fall and rise, destruction and beautification.

"Pilgrim of the Sky," mixed media

Razmig Bertizian

Razmig's main subject matter is the human figure, always amazed by the structure, the beauty and the philosophy behind it, setting them in unusual positions; he gives each character a meaning, sometimes spiritual sometimes mythological, sometimes a dark circus performer or just characters gifted with wings, that merges in an surreal abstract world.

Razmig mainly works in oil with some having a mixed-media technique. The subject determines the scale of the canvas resulting in a variety of sizes

Razmig believes that a positive rich energy is created between the viewer and the artwork while her work is on display.

"Datev" by Razmig Bertizian, Oil & acrylic on canvas


ExpandJanuary 15 - January 27, Abedar Kamgari & Brittany Sostar

Opening Reception: Sunday January 15, 1-4 pm

Abedar Kamgari & Brittany Sostar

Two emerging artists based in Hamilton, Ontario working in photography, drawing, video, installation, and performance. The works for this exhibition investigate gender and the expectation of femininity through practices of self-portraiture.

Although the context of their experiences are different, they have both felt the isolation and unfairness of societal expectation and thus choose to question the validity of such expectations by creating artworks with strong feminist themes. In bringing their work together, they aim to contribute to the tradition of self-portraiture in Canada while considering factors such as gender politics, representation, immigration, and what it means to be a young woman living and making art in Southern Ontario. In addition, they seek to lend solidarity to those who have lived through similar experiences of insularity or isolation through inviting critical reflection.

Installation shot with "Perception II" (left), "Perception I" (centre) and "Hi My Name Is" (right)

ExpandJanuary 29 - February 10, Ryan Pechnick & Lisa Binnie & Moira Ness

Opening Reception: Sunday January 29, 1-4 pm

Ryan Pechnick

"Beyond the Sentilnels" by Ryan Pecknick, photography

This series of photographs entitled, “Contemporary Landscapes” focuses on using the formal visual cues of contrast, line and color to bring forth the beauty found in contrasting forms and visual systems that reflect both the benefits and problems that come with land development. At the same time, this work is meant to show what is physically happening to our land and how our expansion could be done with more care, consideration, and celebration of the natural element of our suburban environment. Ryan chose these images because over time he sees the imperfections and disorder of the natural world come through the human organization.

Lisa Binnie

"Sough Shore View" by Lisa Binnie, photography

The Leslie Street Spit is an otherworldly place of contradictions. Feral yet tended, landscape and waterscape, it is a renowned conservation area built on demolition waste located at the foot of Leslie Street in Toronto. The Spit generates a lot of art-making, in evidence on its rubble beaches and in the myriad responses one finds in galleries and books.

The selected photographs in this series come from Lisa’s own Leslie Spit Project. They were shot from dusk on, well into the night under the full moon. The resulting images are evocative, strange, almost romantic. The long exposures capture things we don’t see when we’re there: colour at night, stark reaching shadows, smeared trails of branches and flowers as they whip back and forth in the wind. You can almost hear the coyotes howl and the insects buzz all around you.

Moira Ness

"Vaughn Mills" by Moira Ness, photography

A city paused, beautiful without sound.
Lights are turned on and the visual experience of a urban landscape setting,
otherwise in darkness, is transformed. Unseen spatial relationships reveal
themselves in the night lighting.
Driving around Toronto at night has led Moira to notice areas with intriguing ambient
lighting. She tries to isolate and preserve these scenes. Moira likes to share landscapes that
the public might not fully recognize. They may associate feelings of familiarity with
the landscape, but only completely know the scene in daylight.

ExpandFebruary 12 - February 24, Mikael Sandblom & France-Marie Trepanier

Opening Reception: Sunday February 12, 1-4 pm

Mikael Sandblom

"Clocks & Clouds Series" by Mikael Sandblom, photography images and acrylic paint over an aluminum surface

Mikael Sandblom's artwork is mostly representational. The images consist of recognizable objects and materials that are composed and collaged together. These visual arrangements invite attempts at interpretation but don't easily resolve into specific symbolism. They are meant to put the 'interpreting instinct' a little off kilter and open up a contemplative window for the viewer.

France-Marie Trepanier

"Peaceful" by France- Marie Trepanier - acrylic on unprimed canvas

France-Marie Trapanier mostly uses acrylic paint and mixed media. She likes to create textures that make the canvas feel more tactile. When painting on unprimed canvases Frances-Marie works primarily on the floor then hangs the painting to give the paint a chance to blend and create new interesting patterns. She developed her own technique. Her tools are any objects that will give the effect she is searching for: hands, a ruler, a sponge, a spatula and, of course, brushes.

ExpandFebruary 26 - March 10, Susan Avishai

Opening Reception: Sunday February 26, 1-4 pm

Susan Avishai

"Rupunzel Repunzel" by Susan Avishai, Fibre Arts

Made entirely from deconstructed men’s shirts rescued from thrift shops, Susan’s fibre work is an attempt to raise awareness about the paradoxical cycle of exploitive garment manufacture coupled with our enormous problem of textile waste. We buy too much from companies that don't pay living wages to their seamstresses, and that use cheap fabric and knock-off design. We wear them briefly (on average 7 times), then 85% of our discarded clothes end up in landfill. If we took all the textiles thrown into landfills in Canada in a one-year period (14 kilos per person, on average) we could build a solid structure as wide and tall as the Roger’s Centre (Skydome) three times over!

ExpandMarch 12 - March 25, Joseph Flasko & Louisa Lau

Opening Reception: Sunday March 12, 1-4 pm

Joseph Flasko


"Duplex" by Joseph Flasko, oil on canvas

Joseph reminds us, that art is a process. It’s the means, not the end and it’s a journey. As an artist Joseph continues to build on the creative legacy of the past. He employs many different motifs in his work but the common bond that links them all is his love for the line and a continuing exploration of colour and light.

Clouds have always fascinated Joseph. They’re constantly changing and remaking themselves. The imagination runs wild. He keeps coming back to them over the years, he doesn’t suppose you can capture the essence of a cloud in paint but you can try.

Louisa Lau

"Impromptu #5" by Louisa Lau, acrylic on paper

The intricacy of nature has always fascinated Louisa. Painting is her approach to investigating the ephemerality of nature and our fragile existence.

Louisa’s work hovers between observation and imagination. Her discipline of observation helps her understand the interaction of forms in nature and instills her with inspiration to create paintings from imagination. Louisa’s love of Chinese poems also influences her to express lyrical feelings in her paintings.

Painting is always a suggestion. What we are seeing is imagination on paper or canvas -- it is a sensory experience for the viewers. In this series of work, she intends to use minimum contrast to create an atmosphere of abstraction. Layers and layers of transparent acrylic are dispersed on the paper or canvas to create a feeling of depth. Through meditation and contemplation, viewers can discover the poetry of the series.

Summer Artist in Residency Program

ExpandResidency Overview

July 4 – August 31, 2017                                


Monday, April 3, 2017 by 4:00 pm

note: late submissions will not be accepted



  • Provide the artist with the opportunity to think, experiment, work  and create in the artistic, bucolic, yet urban, environment of Cedar Ridge
  • Provide the artist with the opportunity to concentrate and focus on a specific project
  • Provide the artist with the opportunity to exhibit and engage with the general public and other artists about their work
  • Engage artists to add their contribution to the existing cultural vibrancy of

Cedar Ridge Creative Centre

ExpandResidency Approach & Theme

The Artist in Residence Program aims to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation. Canada was ranked as the second best place in the world to live at the 2016 World Economic Forum in Switzerland. The survey said that Canada welcomes immigrants, celebrates diversity, draws its national identity from its expansive wilderness, has produced a long list of accomplished writers and artists, and is a high-tech industrial society with an enviable standard of living. Canadian cities continue to dominate the top 10 of the "most liveable" category" in the annual Economist Intelligence Unit report.  

The sesquicentennial is a very special occasion with year long celebrations happening throughout the country.  This residency will allow time to reflect, challenge and imagine Canada then, now and in the future. Interpretation of the theme of Canada's 150th is open to the discretion of the artist. Topics may include but are not limited to: celebration, accomplishments, immigration, history, environment, language and/or a variety of other social issues.

Backgrounder: Canada is a beacon of hope during a challenging time. The residency site is located in Scarborough, which is in many ways a microcosm of the world.  Scarborough is one of the most diverse and multicultural areas of the Greater Toronto Area with a significant portion of the population composed of immigrants and descendants of immigrants who have arrived within the last four decades. Cedar Ridge Creative Centre itself is situated in one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in Toronto, populated predominantly with new immigrants, refugees, indigenous and other racialized ethnic groups in one of the City’s designated underserved areas.

Scarborough is also home to some of Toronto's popular natural landmarks, such as the Scarborough Bluffs and Rouge Park, declared the greenest part of Toronto. The area, comprised of neighbourhoods that reflect Scarborough's evolution from a rural community to a densely populated suburb, has a history of art dating back to the establishment of sites like the Guild of all Arts through to the present with Scarborough named the first inaugural Cultural Hotspot, a project which celebrates arts and culture in Toronto's inner suburbs.

ExpandProgram Expectations

  • A two week long exhibit of the recipient’s work will be mounted at the close of the residency in September 2017
  • Recipient is responsible for all production costs in excess of the $500 in art supplies provided
  • Recipient must work in the studio a minimum of 15 hours per week
  • Recipient must give two public talks or workshops
  • Recipient to actively participate in the promotion of the program and the opening reception through her/his own networks and efforts

ExpandFor the Artist

  • The use of a Gardener's Cottage studio during centre hours
  • Exhibition space at the Cedar Ridge Gallery for two weeks in September 2017. Promotion of final exhibition through established City of Toronto public relations channels
  • $500 in art supplies
  • Cedar Ridge Creative Centre's support connecting the recipient to the community, art networks and/or to pursue outside grants for the term of their residency

ExpandAbout the Site

Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, operated by Toronto's Arts and Culture Services, is a vibrant arts and cultural hub housed in a 1912 historic mansion in South Scarborough. Serving the community since 1978, Cedar Ridge was founded by volunteers as Scarborough’s first public gallery. Year round classes and workshops are offered in the teaching studios in addition to art camps for children and community outreach programs delivered by our Partners.

The residency building, one of three on the extensive property, is a cozy cottage steeped in history that backs onto a ravine with beautiful gardens sitting before it. The Gardener's Cottage – with studio space, living room, kitchen and bathroom – is the three-season home to the Community Arts Guild and two month home to the Summer Artist in Residence Program.




ExpandProgram Requirements

  1.  A one-page description (maximum) of your project highlighting how it relates to Cedar Ridge and the programs theme of "Canada's 150th", combined with how you visualize using your time at Cedar Ridge Creative Centre
    1. A resume (three page maximum)
    2. Any documents that you consider helpful to the jury in making its decision
    3. A cover letter that states:  your name, address, age, phone numbers, e-mail address, website (if available)
    4. Note of any special medical or physical requirements Cedar Ridge should be made aware of
  2. 8-10 good quality JPEGs of recent work that imply the general idea or impression of your work
  3. Digital images' maximum dimensions should be 1920 x 1080 pixels, with a resolution of 72 dpi
  • Images must be labelled: number, name of applicant, title of the work, followed by the date (example: 01_J. Doe_Untitled_2017)
  • Corresponding list containing title, dimension and medium must accompany images


  • The residency opportunity is open to emerging and mid-career artists creating two-dimensional visual art pieces
    • Emerging artists are defined as artists who have recently completed post-secondary training in the arts and/or have begun to exhibit their work in a public context, having a limited amount of experience in the field but are beginning to gain recognition for their art work through gallery exhibitions, grants, commissions or sales of their work
    • Mid-career artists are defined as artists that have specialized training in the arts and maintained an independent professional practice for at least three years, are recognized as a professional artist by their peers, have produced an independent body of work and have made at least three public presentations of work in a professional context over a three year period
  • Applicants must be residents of the City of Toronto and must not be enrolled in any arts degree or diploma program.
  • Our priority is to reflect the diversity of the community we serve. Women, young adults 18-30, people with disabilities, Aboriginal/First Nations people, and members of racial minorities are encouraged to apply.

ExpandHow to Submit

Proposals for residencies should be submitted to:


Subject: Artist in Residence Application – Your Name

Ensure that a PC computer can process all document and image files. It is your responsibility to ensure that submitted files are not corrupt, illegible or improperly formatted. Please send your entry information as a WORD (.doc) or PDF (.pdf) documents and all image files as JPEGs.

No fee is required for submitting an application.

  • Applications will be received until 4:00 pm Monday, April 3, 2017
  • Applications received after the submission deadline will not be considered
  • All decisions are final
  • Successful shortlist candidates will be contacted by email and/or telephone to set up a brief meeting with Cedar Ridge representatives
  • The successful candidate will be advised by email and/or telephone and will be required to reply in writing advising that they accept the residency and are available from July 4 - August 31, 2017 and able to mount a show in September.