Past Exhibitions

Brianna Gluszak

Her work utilizes the act of observation, relationships, and formal investigations. Gluszak focuses on the creation of objects, to escape from the mundanity of everyday life.




Mass Wasting: October 22 - November 14, 2020

Bettina Matzkuhn - Thicker than Water

Image: Bettina Matzkuhn. 'Thicker Than Water (detail)', 2019. Hand embroidery, cotton canvas, paint.

October 22 - November 14, 2020
Craft Ontario Gallery, 1106 Queen Street West, Toronto

Responding to the current era of rapid and accelerating change to the landscape, ‘Mass Wasting’ explores the impact(s) of environmental destabilization through the lens of craft practice.

Through both direct and indirect human intervention, the form of the Earth is changing. Extractive mining practices and deforestation have immediate and obvious effects, while warming temperatures are causing unprecedented thawing of permafrost. The term ‘mass wasting’ refers to the geomorphic process by which rocks and soil move downhill (eg. rock slides, soil creep and thaw slumps). ‘Mass wasting’ is both cause and effect: the means by which we have arrived on this increasingly unstable ground.

This exhibition aims to address the psychic, social, cultural, and political impact of environmental unpredictability as identified by artists working in diverse craft media. It also considers the ways in which instability can open up fissures of possibility — opportunities for change and innovation.



Christy Chor
Aleena Derohanian
Reid Ferguson
Daniel Gruetter
Jennifer Lantz
Lindsay MacDonald


Bettina Matzkuhn
Charlize-Nhung Nguyen
Emma Piirtoniemi
Meghan Price
Amanda Rataj


SLICE: Biodigital Jewellery by Paul McClure (September 5 - October 3, 2020)

Brooched by Paul McClure

Image credit: Paul McClure. 'Slice' brooches, 2020. Nylon, stainless steel. Approx. 8 x 4 cm each. Photo: Digital by Design.

September 5 - October 3, 2020
Reception by Appointment: Sat, Sept. 12, 11am-3pm & Sun, Sept. 13, 2-6pm
Craft Ontario Gallery, 1106 Queen St West, Toronto

See a video gallery tour by curator Robyn Wilcox
See a selection of Paul McClure's work available for sale online


'Slice' is a collection of jewellery expressing my fascination with the microscopic realm of the human body. Abstract forms refer to bacteria, viruses, cells and their structures within us. As these invisible but universal components come to define us, they also acquire cultural meaning independent of their biological definition. The highly aestheticized microscopic imagery and cutaway diagrams from popular science are particular sources of inspiration for this work: geometric forms, graphic patterns and vibrant colours. The forms are “digitally handmade” using a combination of computer modelling and 3D printing technologies with traditional metalworking techniques of forming, fabricating and finishing. Slicing through these forms reveals surprising and pleasing sections and patterns. However, the slice, like a microbe itself, exposes tensions between the benevolent and sinister, the beautiful and ugly, the fascinating and fearful.

– Paul McClure


Paul McClure is an Irish-Canadian artist and designer of contemporary jewellery. His work is represented in private and public collections including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Canadian Museum of History; Design Museum of Barcelona; and National Museums Scotland. McClure graduated from NSCAD University, Halifax, Canada (BFA, 1989); Escola Massana, Barcelona, Spain (1990); and National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland (MA, 1999). He is professor in the School of Fashion & Jewellery at George Brown College, Toronto. In 2015, McClure received the Saidye Bronfman Award, a Governor General’s Award, Canada’s foremost distinction for excellence in the visual arts.

Paul is represented by Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h in Montréal, Canada.

The artist gratefully acknowledges support from the Ontario Arts Council, Birmingham City University and George Brown College.


ART OF THE BOOK 2018: MARCH 6 - JULY 5, 2020


Image credit: Alleppo: Tragedy Unfolding by Geraldine Slater

March 6 - July 5, 2020
Reception: March 12, 2020 from 6-9pm
Craft Ontario Gallery, 1106 Queen St West, Toronto

Since 1988, the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild has organized 'Art of the Book', a juried exhibition of book arts held every five years. 'Art of the Book 2018'  celebrates the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild.

The exhibition features 67 uniquely crafted pieces covering eight categories: fine binding, box-making, paper-making, fine printing, paper decorating, restoration, calligraphy, and artists’ books from Canada, the United States, England, France, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Jurors: Betsy Palmer Eldridge, Jan Elsted, Lang Ingalls, and Susan Warner Keene.

Participating artists:


Doug Beube
Marc Blouin
Servane Briand
Sarah Burnett-Moore
Lorraine Butler
Joan Byers
Nicole Chalifoux
Clara Congdon
Mary Conley
Cécile Côté
Lorraine Douglas
Odette Drapeau
Carolyn Eady
Martina Edmondson
Karen Hanmer
Erwin Huebner
Frances Hunter
Jenny Iserman
Margo Klass


Trisha Klus
Adelene Koh
Kristina Komendant
Richard Labrosse
Roxanne Lafleur
Jerene Lane
Roberta Lavadour
Christiane Lenz
Concha Luna
Marlene MacCallum
Margaret M. Mah
Rebecca K. Martin
Lise Melhorn-Boe
Rhonda Miller
Troy Moore
Lorna Mulligan
Kausar Nigita
Elaine Akiko Nishizu
Helen O'Connor


Miguel Pérez Fernandez
Delphine Platten
Debra Frances Plett
Carolyn Qualle
Flora Shum
Dawn Skinner
Geraldine Slater
Annie Smith
Percy So
James Spyker
Gail Stevens
Ann Stinner
Jan Taylor
Christine Trainor
Keith Valentine
Leslie Walthers
Marama Warren
Lily Yee-Sloan

'Art of the Book 2018' is organized by the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild. 

To see more info about the exhibition, including a gallery of the juried works, visit


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Illuminations-Elizabeth Goluch

Image credit: Horticulture (detail) by Elizabeth Goluch, photo by Keith Betteridge.

January 15 - February 23, 2020
Reception: Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 6-9pm
Craft Ontario Gallery, 1106 Queen St West, Toronto

An exhibition produced by the Metal Collective.

Inspired by Canada's 150th Anniversary in 2017, this collection of contemporary silver candleholders, made from heritage silver, honours Canadian women's creative past and inspires their future.

Illuminations is a travelling exhibition produced by the Metal Collective and curated by Laura Brandon, featuring the work of:


Anne Barros
Anne-Sophie Vallée
Beth Alber
Brigitte Clavette
Chantal Gilbert
Charles Funnell
Elizabeth Goluch
Fiona MacIntyre


Jackie Anderson
Ken Vickerson
Kye-Yeon Son
Lois Etherington Betteridge
Mary Anne Barkhouse
Mary K. Mcintyre
Myra Tulonen Smith

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