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URBAN GALLERY‘s artist for December 2018 offers up a whole herd of colourful, vibrant horses galloping across the gallery walls: VANESSA CUARTAS presents lively abstract equine portraits in her solo show BRIO that runs now until December 29th….a glorious exhibition on which to end the year!

Of Colombian heritage, Vanessa is originally from Miami, and now resides in Toronto. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Central Florida with an emphasis on graphic design, later receiving an Art Direction Diploma from the Miami Ad School.  Throughout her school years and any personal time, Vanessa always found time to paint as much as she could, and rode her family’s horses regularly. She became passionate about the Puerto Rican Paso Fino breed and if you look carefully at her paintings, you can see their influence in the  conformation (stance) of each subject.20181208_132318 20181208_132234We spoke with Vanessa just before the gallery doors were opened and here is what she shared…

A designer by day and artist by night, her passion for painting has grown stronger in recent years. When she first moved to Toronto, she was without an established circle of friends and struggling to find an artistic focus so Vanessa decided to do what she loved most: paint horses. Her unique contemporary style has found an appreciative audience and her circle of friends has grown exponentially, many of whom attended the gallery on Vanessa’s opening day, Saturday Dec. 8th (below).20181208_15345720181208_145619 20181208_145604Her bold colorful BRIO series conveys movement and a lot of positive energy that attracts attention, even from the littlest art fans….20181208_152742Joining Vanessa at the opening were her husband, Mario (below R) and brother JP (below (L)20181208_132939And gallery curator, Allen Shugar (below L) and gallery director Calvin Hambrook (below R) joined Vanessa to celebrate her opening.20181208_135152If you love horses, you will LOVE this exhibition….20181208_132332 20181208_132959 20181208_141302_001…and within the first half-hour of her opening reception, Vanessa had already sold one piece, titled “The Journey”(below)20181208_142046

20181208_132149 20181208_132114 20181208_135547 20181208_135803If you missed the opening reception, you can come meet the artist Saturday Dec.15th (2pm to 4pm) and you can also visit the gallery weekdays and Saturdays throughout the month of December. Log on to www.UrbanGallery.ca for hours and directions – located at 400 Queen St East, Toronto.IMG_3165





ALUMNAE THEATRE, 70 Berkeley Street, Toronto
Feb. 11-13, 18-20 & 25 -26, 2016
Show times: 8:00pm (doors open 7:30pm)
Ticket Prices: $16.51 to $37.71    Available online via: www.thecaveman.ca

Toronto-based theatrical promoter I Love It Productions brings DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN to Toronto’s historic ALUMNAE THEATRE for an initial run starting the Valentine’s weekend (Feb 11). Caveman is a worldwide theatre phenomenon that has won the hearts (and minds) of millions in over 45 countries and has been performed in more than 25 different languages. The 2001 winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Entertainment is an “outrageously funny and surprisingly sweet exploration of the gender gap” (Chicago Sun Times) and has become “a comic phenomenon” (New York Times).
1012441_533852023429152_4774396142778391996_nDefending the Caveman is a hilariously insightful play about the ways men and women relate. It has both sexes roaring with laughter and recognition. Lots of affectionate nudging goes on during the performance as audience members recognize themselves in the stories being told on stage.  Since its debut on Broadway (1995), Defending the Caveman has sold over 2.5 million tickets and has played in over 100 cities in the US alone. Total ticket sales worldwide have exceeded 8 million!  Did you know: Defending the Caveman has also been recommended as a therapy session by marriage counselors?  “Absolutely brilliant! Caveman should be seen by anyone who wants to understand the opposite sex” – John Gray, PH.D. & author of “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus”.Andrew Chapman(2)Meet Our Caveman:  ANDREW CHAPMAN (above) is a Gemini and Canadian Screen Awards nominee, TV host and comedian.  His comedy has been heard on SiriusXM Radio and CBC’s Laugh Out Loud and has performed for the RCAF in Kuwait and Lithuania. Chapman has been seen as host of the Gemini Award nominated series Sci Q, as well as YTV’s Crunch and has been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for his hosting duties on Extreme Babysitting.  Andrew currently hosts the traveling game show Cash Mob for CMT and soon will be seen hosting Made Up! on YTV and Disney XD. Currently he is featured in the web series V Morgan Is Dead on VerveGirlTV.com

Producer/Director: PAVLIK PRAVTCHEV, Founder of I Love It Productions, has extensive background in theatre production, TV and film industry. Graduated in 1989 in Sofia, Bulgaria, he created the first privately run theatre company in Sofia, amid all the State-owned companies. Pavlik has written 5 plays, directed over 15 plays as well as created, directed and produced four TV shows.  In this 2016 staging of Defending the Caveman, Pavlik incorporates two randomly chosen couples from the audience who join the Caveman on the stage and get involved in interactive role-playing, and spontaneous comedy ensues. The Caveman uses props, puppetry and imagination.12144710_533852033429151_98043124632265989_n


“Outrageously funny! Caveman explores all of the things that make men and women fight, laugh and love. I could sense people falling and re-falling in love all around me.” ~ The Dallas Morning News

Defending The Caveman is so perceptive, so witty, so sweetly understanding, you can’t help feeling exhilarated!” ~ The Boston Globe

“The hilarity of Caveman – and it IS hilarious – comes from keenly observed detail, from truth. CAVEMAN makes us howl at ourselves, whether we’re male or female.”  ~ The Miami Herald

Caveman is a primal scream!” ~ The Toronto Star

Caveman ranges from howlingly funny to movingly tender.” ~ The Denver Post

Caveman is laugh-out-loud funny!” ~ The Sacramento Bee

Defending the Caveman goes straight to the funny bone. Its affection for women and its light-hearted defense of men makes Caveman a winner for both sexes.” ~ The Chicago Sun-Times

“Your face hurts from laughing so hard!” ~ The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Caveman is hysterically funny!” ~ Variety

ALUMNAE THEATRE, 70 Berkeley Street, Toronto
Feb. 11-13, 18-20 & 25 -26, 2016
Show times: 8:00pm (doors open 7:30pm)
Ticket Prices: $16.51 to $37.71  Available online via:  www.thecaveman.ca

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