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 2017 In the Gallery

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.

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 25, 1-4 pm

Susan Avishai

"Rupunzel Repunzel" by Susan Avashai, 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.