Throughout October, URBAN GALLERY is pleased to showcase two Toronto artists whose journeys into distant landscapes where light and shadow ignite the senses allow the viewer to experience life with heightened awareness and inspiration. This wonderment helps to reveal the genuine beauty of living life in the moment. Last night, the gallery hosted an opening party where both artists welcomed friends, family and potential new art collectors to their show. VISTA TRAILS and THE GEOGRAPHY OF LIGHT2 runs from October 6 to October 29, 2016, featuring Annie Mandlsohn (Painting, Sculpture & Mixed Media) and Robert J. Brodey (Photography) For over 30 years, Annie Mandlsohn (pictured below with a gallery visitor) has exhibited her artwork across Canada. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (B.F.A.) from Concordia University in Montreal specializing in visual arts and music, and also holds a Master in Environmental Studies Degree (M.E.S.) from York University in Toronto.Annie has lived and worked in urban, rural and remote areas of the country, and has travelled across Canada, USA, Europe and Japan. Her love of faraway places, often where tourists do not go, leads her to experience various cultures and adventures she encounters, finding unique journeys guided by an inner compass. The beauty of nature and the spirit and power of landscapes are reflected in her work (samples of which are pictured below) I got a chance to chat briefly with Annie before losing her to a crowd of art fans!
Robert Brodey is a Toronto-based writer and photographer whose longing for new places has sent him travelling around the world, writing and shooting for the likes of Street Kids International, Outpost Magazine, The Toronto Star, and The Houston Chronicle. Below are a few of Robert’s stunning portraits and landscapes featured in this current show… I have always been attracted to movement and change. I love the element of surprise, the contrasts, and the rush that comes when all the senses light up. For me, what is distant holds a degree of mystery and stokes the fire of imagination and curiosity. I need to experience it. In that way, travelling is a conscious seeking — for different cultures, different landscapes, and, yes, sometimes even different light. Robert J. Brodey
Here, let Robert tell you more about his work himself……
Artist, actor and poet Philip Cairns posed in front of Annie’s artwork
Gallery curator Allen Shugar (R) talks with Annie’s fans/collectors
Gallery assistant Kelly chats with performance artist and art lover David Roche
There are always scrumptious treats at Urban Gallery’s artist receptions!
Annie was interviewed by Mark Hasan of KQEK.com arts blog
VISTA TRAILS and THE GEOGRAPHY OF LIGHT2 runs from Oct.6 to Oct.29 at URBAN GALLERY, 400 Queen St East, Toronto For gallery hours, visit: www.urbangallery.ca