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REGULAR GALLERY HOURS
Monday to Friday NOON to 5 PM
Thursday NOON to 8 PM
Saturday 1 PM to 5 PM
Closed Sundays & Holidays
On Exhibition Reception days, URBAN GALLERY will open at the Reception start time
Thursday Receptions -open at 5 PM
Saturday Receptions -open at 2 PM
(unless otherwise noted)
Viewings outside gallery hours by appointment

ABSTRACTIONS ON METAL
Solo Exhibition of Photography by Andre Vittorio

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Toronto photographer Andre Vittorio has been exploring his art since the age of 17. His work is currently on exhibit at Urban Gallery on Queen Street East.

Vittorio's current work has an impressive range, from crisp black and white architectural and street portraits to colourful bold stills of water reflection that showcase the buildings of Venice.

Walking into Urban Gallery I was struck by the bold colours staring at me from the back wall. This nine-piece collection has an abstract feel but it's not. Each piece is a true to life water reflection. While talking with Vittorio I was shown the full image of one of the reflections that had been cropped to highlight the boldness of colour and motion. The effect is stunning. "The colours were there, to begin with, I just upped the vibrancy of them."

Twenty-two years ago Vittorio went to the University of Toronto studying computer science and history. While at school he discovered photography and he was hooked. "I do it for the love of it," the artist said. The show at Urban Gallery is his second show. He was featured four years ago during CONTRACT focusing on his Cuban collection.

Asked what drives him to go for different styles of photography Vittorio said that he "sees the picture and then takes the picture. The trick is to organize it together with something that flows. This collection was taken at different times, they were not all shot together as part of a planned collection. It was just something I saw that I thought was really nice."

The lines of architecture draw this artist in. "Sometimes you don't know what you are going to get until you blow it up."

While Vittorio does use digital cameras he is old school when it comes to his love of using real film. His first camera was a 1950s Rolleiflex. Learning on the older camera was a learning process.

Curator Allen Shugar said Vittorio's work is beautifully presented. Shugar said that the style of mounting the metallic paper on aluminum plates is "just glorious". Shugar said that he has heard many comments during the artist reception from visitors that are interested in purchasing the art.

This collection is a must see this April. Be prepared to fall in love with the pieces. Priced very reasonably this collection is on sale all month.

Exhibition dates
Thursday April 5, 2018 to Saturday, April 28, 2018          
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Urban Gallery Starts Year Off With WAIT, WHAT?

 On Saturday, March 17 students from Centennial College's Fine Arts Studio Program took part in the annual First Year Student Exhibition at Urban Gallery. This event has taken place for the last four years at the trendy art gallery on Queen St. E giving students real-life experience in the business side of the art world.

Curator Allen Shugar gave students the parameters of using an 18-inch square shadow box leading to this year's theme of 'Wait, What?'

The students worked for a month to prepare their pieces using a variety of mediums for the exhibition. The results are pieces of art that beacon visitors to take a second look to explore universes of double meaning, hope, despair, humour, longing, madness, genius, and skillful virtuosity.

Program Coordinator for the college David McClyment was on hand encouraging his students at the Gallery.

Each year there are standouts among the students. This year Ayyappa Kumar's The Puppet Vendor was among the top pieces. What is most inspiring about this new artist is just how new to the medium he is. He first picked up a paintbrush around Christmas time and his raw talent is amazing.

Lillian Jang's Apnea shows a maturity with her brush strokes on her impressionist mixed media piece.

Danielle Northmann's acrylic Journey brings the peacefulness of a sunset to life with vibrant colour.

Takanya Marsh's Re-Examining Medusa captures the rage of sexual assault with intensity.

The exhibit is on display through Saturday, March 24, 2018.
REGULAR GALLERY HOURS
Monday to Friday NOON to 5 PM
Thursday NOON to 8 PM
Saturday 1 PM to 5 PM
Closed Sundays & Holidays
On Exhibition Reception days, URBAN GALLERY will open at the Reception start time
Thursday Receptions -open at 5 PM
Saturday Receptions -open at 2 PM
(unless otherwise noted)
Viewings outside gallery hours by appointment
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