Another wonderful art show opened yesterday at URBAN GALLERY, 400 Queen st East, Toronto, with an artists’ reception featuring two Canadian watercolourists, Fariba Mirhosseini and Stella Dai. Their works are based on personal experiences abroad and at home in Canada, and while their styles are distinctly different, their mutual love of colour and form brought them together for this exhibition. From village scenes in the Far East to the streets and landscapes of Canada, the artists capture these moments by painting what they see and feel in watercolour, and they hope it engages you to experience these as well.
Fariba Mirhosseini (pictured below) was born in Tehran, Iran. Prior to being immersed into the field of painting and watercolor, she attained her post diploma degree in professional floral arrangement design at Seneca College. A novice in the world of painting and watercolour, her passion for colour combination and mixing of colours brought her to realize her potential as a painter.
Stella Dai was born in Shanghai, China. Drawing has been her hobby since childhood. She studied sketch and coloring from a local art school and art institute in her leisure time. When painting, she immerses herself fully, which helps her relieve daily chaos and work stress. She turns to her painting as an essential way to deliver emotions and reflect her interpretation of life. Here’s Stella chatting with gallery guests (below, centre).
The enthusiastic attendees enjoyed refreshments, courtesy of UrbanSource Catering….(here’s gallery curator Allen Shugar playing bartender)…..and “red dots” appeared beside several paintings indicating they would be off to new homes at the end of the exhibition (Oct.31)Photographer Drew from SNAPd newspaper snapped a few shots and mingled with art fans and friends of the artists….who also took photos!
If you would like to enjoy these beautiful watercolours, please check the gallery’s website for their new fall/winter hours: http://www.urbangallery.ca/ and if you would like to enjoy a “virtual visit”, here’s a brief video of the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-OtC4WeuW0