CALL FOR ARTISTS for August 2019 Group Show at URBAN GALLERY

Our Exhibition title is HOT TOWN SUMMER IN THE CITY ~!
Submissions due by June 21 2019 -and as always, early submissions get booked first, we're capping it at 8-10 artists pending # of artworks.
If you're interested in making a submission, contact us for the details. 
And let's hope this cool Spring rolls into a HOT SUMMER ~!
Calvin and Allen

Calvin Hambrook, Gallery Manager
Allen Shugar, Curator and Art Consultant

call for artists

Hello artists, sculptors and photographers~! 
URBAN GALLERY has availability for exhibitions the following dates in 2019:

August 2019
November 2019
December 2019

If you are interested in booking a

Solo Exhibition, Duo or Group Show,
please let us know at:
by calling Calvin Hambrook at 647.460-1278 


T: 647.460-1278
E: [email protected]
400 Queen Street East, Toronto
Calvin Hambrook, Gallery Manager
Allen Shugar​, Curator

Gallery hours
Monday to Friday NOON to 5 PM
Thursday NOON to 8 PM
Saturday 1 PM to 5 PM
Closed Sundays & Holidays

TRIBUTE TO DORIS DAY featuring painting DORIS DAY by Brian Gibson

Hello gallery visitors and artists

URBAN GALLERY wishes to pay tribute to the legendary DORIS DAY on her passing on Monday, May 13 at the age of 97.

Doris was one of Allen and my favourite actresses -and QUE SERA SERA is one of the most poignant and memorable show tunes ever penned or sung! 

Artist Brian Gibson has generously agreed to have us pre-release the image of his gorgeous painting DORIS DAY from his upcoming Solo Exhibition ICONS -which will be this year's PRIDE show for June 2019 at URBAN GALLERY!

REST IN PEACE dear Doris, you made SO MANY people happy, and you will be remembered with love and affection -and RESPECT!



featured at Urban Gallery this month
Thursday, May 2 to Friday, May 31, 2019

In the beginning, there was an earthquake, then a massive wave took everything-PENGKUEI (Ben) HUANG​

KJ Mullins-Toronto:  In the beginning, there was an earthquake, then a massive wave took everything-PENGKUEI (Ben) HUANG

Urban Gallery is known for compelling art exhibitions but the current show, ‘SOLEMN PINES, FADING THINGS' POST TSUNAMI TOHOKU 2012-2018 brings an educational museum-quality work of art to Queen Street East this May.

Curator Allen Shugar said that the photographs on the wall this month have a different style than previous shows because of their photojournalism. These photos are not light and airy, rather than tell the sad story of the aftermath of the Tohoku coast in Northeastern Japan post the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. In the blink of an eye, the world changed for the Japanese people.

"Just as things wouldn’t be any worse, an explosion at Fukushima coast released dangerous amounts of radiation. Survival instinct took over the grieving as people had little time to react to strings of unfortunate events. They left behind things that were precious to them and escaped. And the trauma remains, like ghosts of the dead lingering upon the land. Over time as debris is cleared and towns are being rebuilt, sorrow persists," writes the artist Pengkuei “Ben” Huang.

When the devasting Japanese earthquake struck in 2012 Pengkuei Huang had to decide between two long-term projects-the Middle East or Japan. Huang was motivated to cover Japan he had studied Japanese and the culture was familiar to him. "I knew it would be easier for me to communicate and also there were a few people who were available to help me out and facilitate the project."

Huang visited the area weeks after the earthquake. He was working in Toronto when the quake and following tsunami hit Japan in 2012 but was compelled to capture the events as quickly as he could.

While Huang studied photojournalism at the Magnum Workshop Toronto under the guidance of renowned photographer Larry Towell and was selected as one of the finalists for the Scotia Bank Prize jobs in the field are hard to come by.

One of the most compelling photos of the exhibition is Okuma 2016. Young Yuna (7) lost her life when the tsunami hit. Her father, Norio Kimura has searched since that day for the remains of his daughter, finding only bits and pieces of her belongings and clothes. "The father was displaced because of the tsunami. He has still to this day been searching for his daughter's body."

Another photograph, Rikuzentakata 2017 is of the members from the Kawara community who were collecting wisteria branches for the Tanabata Festival. The men are some of the few survivors from the tsunami. "Roughly about 10 percent of the those in the area died during the disaster. They continue to take part in a traditional festival."

Huang said, "I hope that this exhibition alerts the world, including Toronto of water disasters and the realities of disaster. In a smaller scale, the flooding in Toronto could be a disaster. In Japan, there is still much more work needed by the government for the people affected."

Huang is a native of Taiwan. He has lived in Canada since 2005 and currently splits his time between Canada and East Asia.

About Urban Gallery
Founded by Calvin Hambrook and partner and artist/curator Allen Shugar, Urban Gallery has maintained its mandate to provide a non-commission space, showcasing emerging and mid-career artists, sculptors and photographers. Urban Gallery was established in 2012 in historic Corktown on Queen Street East.
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

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