Exhibition News

the space between

an exhibition that invites slowness and attention to nuance


Tania Love’s exhibition the space between presents a collection of subtle paintings and amorphous graphite drawings that emerged from observing the momentary interplay of light and shadow.

In the inception of this collection, Love’s attention was drawn to the primary entities of the sun and moon, both constant and cyclical. Our perception and experience of these same orbs that rise, set, eclipse, cast shadows and beams of light, changes and is relative to our position on the earth in time. Love’s work explores these liminal, impermanent, abstracted shifts and the quiet awareness that emerges from this space. Her exhibition is an invitation into nuanced perspectives.

Presented in conjunction with DesignTO Festival.

DesignTO Festival, Canada’s leading and largest annual design festival that celebrates design as a multidisciplinary form of creative thinking and making, with 100+ free exhibitions and events forming Toronto’s design week every January.

the space between
Tania Love
The Lyceum Gallery
969 Queen Street West, Toronto
January 19 – 28

Friday, January 19, 6 – 9 pm
Opening reception
, artist Tania Love will be present

Saturday, January 20, 2 pm
tour of the exhibition, conversation and Q & A with Tania Love

Saturday, January 27
Workshop Exploring Natural Dyes with Tania Love
pre-registered event

hours: Saturday & Sundays 1 – 5 pm
weekdays by appointment

Available for interview: Tania Love: art@tanialove.com
More info: https://designto.org/event/the-space-between/
website: https://tanialove.com/
social media: https://www.instagram.com/tanialove.art/

Johanna Reynolds’ Last Painting Has Sold and It’s Quite a Story!

Some days…the gallery space reminds me of what a nexus point it is for beautiful connections. This week, we are closing INLAND, a sold out show by Johanna Reynolds and opening Everyone Loves a Good Story, a genre-bending multi-media and audio-visual LP experience by Ronley Teper & the Lipliners, along with 17 visual artists. Here is a story from today. We decided to donate the proceeds from the sale of Feels Like, Sounds Like by Johanna Reynolds to GlobalMedic, a Canadian organization working to connect people sheltering in place or leaving the Ukraine with needed food supplements and hygiene products. In a parallel world, a lovely couple called Marianna and Bernard had seen Johanna’s work at Langdon Hall last weekend and came in to check out her show INLAND at The Lyceum Gallery. They chose Feels Like, Sounds Like to hang in their music room and as the donation aspect was explained to them, they drew a gasp. Marianna explained that her parents immigrated from Ukraine in the 1960’s, settling at Queen and Crawford! Her father was a local parish priest and she described losing her shoes while playing in Trinity Bellwoods Park with her brother as a young girl. She said she wanted to feel the grass under her feet so she took her shoes off and he hid them from her behind a tree. When they went back, the shoes were gone. If you can, check out the work Global Medic are doing, all over the world. @globalmedicdmgf

Soft Stories

We are pleased to present Soft Stories, a photographic series by Laura Jane Petelko in collaboration with Sara Wood, set to poetry by Holly Venable.

Calling to themes of desire, longing and the potential for ecstatic awakenings, this collaboration of words and images opens August 19th in The Lyceum Gallery from 7-9 pm. A signature cocktail inspired by the work will be served. Contact tracing and masking are required.

Recently exhibited in Times Square, this work was inspired by a conversation about the “Furry” subculture. Photographed by Laura Jane Petelko on Nova Scotia’s rugged, barren coast, they convey a collective longing to commune with the very nature we are ever losing touch with, while at the same time consuming. This work is about the world we tread upon with need and appetite, our growing isolation and the longing that invariably exists behind the artifice. The rugged Canadian landscape allows us to access a majesty that subsumes our human and sometimes awkward attempts at communion, enveloping us in quiet indifference.

When Soft Stories originally showed in the Lyceum Gallery in 2019, it had a profound effect. The work has since gained international exposure in Brussels and New York through public art installations. Its message, almost prognostic, spoke to a time of enforced isolation and the idea of creating a narrative capture of conversations between Laura Jane, Holly and other viewers of the work took hold. Deeply inspired by Wilding, a new piece making its gallery debut at The Lyceum on August 19th, an interpretation made as an offering of words will be drawn out on the walls in poetry by Holly Venable.

“In a flush of movement
A gesture of devotion, one final offering thrown down becomes an awakening
Moulting, transformed in a grounded gyre
The spirit decanted is possessed by renewed hope”

Melanie Gordon’s Gathering Stars

The Lyceum Gallery is pleased to present Melanie Gordon’s Gathering Stars from June 3-26, 2021. The work will be on view through the west and north facing windows until re-opening.

Gathering Stars is an autobiographical photography project. Created over six years, the work explores themes of mortality, fertility, longing, and love. Melanie Gordon was diagnosed with breast cancer when her first child was just two years old.  Her story unfolds through photographs, words and short films that portray Gordon and her two daughters as both observers and subjects. The resulting narrative harvests themes of healing and wonder as they live side by side during times of uncertainty and abundance.

Melanie Gordon is a visual artist, photographer, and filmmaker whose work explores female identity, the connections between mothers and daughters, and the nature of belonging.  Gordon is motivated by the absence of women’s voices in art, culture, and systems of power. She seeks to capture moments of wonder and unexpected beauty where art meets everyday life.

The Gathering Stars exhibit will open on June 3rd with a projection series of short films relating the story of Melanie Gordon’s journey of mothering through breast cancer. Viewers are encouraged to view them through the windows at 969 Queen St W at 9.30pm with consideration for provincial orders regarding gathering sizes.

Thirteen photographs from the Gathering Stars series will be exhibited. The whole collection of this work may also be viewed online.

Gathering Stars Book

A limited edition book of prints is also available for purchase for $120 online, and in the gallery.

Gathering Stars, the book, is a 50-page, 8×10 hardcover book by Melanie Gordon that features the full collection of photographs from her autobiographical Gathering Stars project, paired with writing, that together share her journey of mothering through breast cancer and beyond.

Announcing the S L O W G A R D E N

Johanna Reynolds / Joel Loblaw

Showing in the Lyceum Gallery November 5-18

We are very pleased to announce that next up in the gallery is S L O W G A R D E N, a joint show with Johanna Reynolds and Joel Loblaw. This pairing of abstract painters is just perfect. Their styles compliment each other so well.

Joel works as a landscape designer and painter in Meaford and Toronto. His evocative abstract expression of landscapes employ various methods including oil paint, encaustic and burnt plywood. Joel has shown in numerous galleries in Toronto.

This is Johanna’s second show in The Lyceum. Her dramatic non-representative interpretations are moody and gestural. They are layered in expansive colourfields that burst and flow, strirring emotional response in the viewer. Johanna’s work can be found in the Air Canada Executive Lounge and her exhibition with Kara McIntosh at Langdon Hall, which is on until the end of the year.

Quincy Raby’s show continues through October 31st

Quincy Raby’s show Thank You For Destroying My Life continues through October 31st. Last Saturday, she set up a studio in the gallery windows. Fuelled by caffeine and vintage punk, she completed a new 10″ x 10″ acrylic on board entitled A Tiny Perfect Mouth.

We also released a new painting called Soft Place to Land for the last week of her show. Suggestive and bold, this 36″ x 36″ panel is a white colourfield kissed by a pair of crimson lips. Both sold pretty much instantly.

So you want to see more?

We are pleased to welcome people in small groups of four into the gallery during artist hours which are Thursday and Friday 4-8 and Saturday 12-4. You also have the option to book a private view on the scheduler for another time in the week. We do understand that many people are limiting their exposure to public places right now so we’ve put together a teaser reel of this show. You can view it here:


All work in the show is listed in the Lyceum Gallery’s shop.

Thank You For Destroying My Life is closing next Saturday, which is Hallowe’en, so expect shenanigans. You can follow our story @theorchardlyceum.


A scarf can be many powerful things — an object of protection or ritual, a signalling device, an expression of beauty, a statement of purpose or that of resistance.

Sovereign/ties’ is a collection of Habotai silk scarves that serve as resonant tactile pieces of wisdom shared through the artful practice of each distinct maker. The title image by Sarah Foelske reminds us to just keep going, keep making, keep looking for the beautiful things that come of this time.

Keep Going by Sarah Foelske

“Everything will be ok in the end. If it’s not ok, it’s not the end.” John Lennon

The Lyceum’s Artist in Residence, Marina Dempster, has curated a series of made-to-order silk scarves. This collective effort, which includes 21 female artists and makers, is a response to her intuition that the artistic impulse was advanced during lockdown. As the world paused, makers persisted and the resulting transformations serve as a reminder of the healing nature of artistic endeavour.

“Resilience Circles” Silk Scarf by Christine Nnawuchi

The Lyceum Gallery shop is now open!

In addition to artwork from the shows, you can purchase Sovereign/ties silk scarves for a pre-order price of $220 until Thursday, October 22nd. They will be custom made and lovingly packaged in time for pickup at the group show in The Lyceum Gallery November 26- December 2nd. A limited series will also be available for purchase at that time for $250 each.

Participating Artists

Jen Arron @jenarron.studio

Patricia Aziz @aziz.patricia

Marina Dempster @marinadempsterstudio

Julie Fader @juliefaderpaintings

Deborah Farquharson @debfarqart

Tanya Fenkell @tanyafenkellart

Sarah Foelske @makenicedesign

Christina Gapic @christinagapicphotography

Melanie Gordon @melaniegordonphotography

Danijela Gorley @danijelagorley

Jocelyn Hirtes @floriferous_office

Lindsi Hollend @lindsibeth

Nicole Kagan @nicolekagan_art

Kathy Kranias @kathykranias

Kara McIntosh @karamcintoshstudio

Christine Nnawuchi @nawuchi

Simone North @mostlymindfulmotherhood

Laura Jane Petelko @laurajanepetelko

Johanna Reynolds @johanna_reynolds

Holly Venable @intimationsoftime

Sara Wood @smockcafe

Endless Gone Exhibition Catalogue Now Available

Laura Jane Petelko’s exhibition catalogue, a joint publication with The Lyceum Gallery, has just arrived! Designed by Leelee Macdonell, this artists’ catalogue tells the story behind the Endless Gone series in rich, full colour. Endless Gone, a joint show with Patty Zuver, opens next Thursday, September 10th. Use our scheduler to book your private view of the work. Follow us on instagram @theorchardlyceum for times you can visit with the artists. The exhibition catalogue is for sale in the gallery for $20.

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