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Submissions accepted beginning July 16 2018


Submissions close November 30 2018
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call for artists

Urban Gallery is always looking for artists to exhibit their work at our downtown gallery in Toronto's historic CORKTOWN!

URBAN GALLERY does not take a commission on the sale of the artists works. Artists pay a fee for an exhibition at URBAN GALLERY. Details are available on request.

CONTACT INFO:

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

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

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This November Urban Gallery Features HIRAETH
Solo Exhibition by JUDITH MCKAY

By KJ Mullins
Hiraeth is a Celtic word that means a wistful longing for a place that you cannot return to. A place that perhaps never was.


​On Saturday, November 10 Urban Gallery hosted an artist reception for their latest exhibition: HIRAETH, Solo Exhibition by JUDITH MCKAY. This is McKay's first solo show.

A member of the board of Artscape McKay has been involved in the Toronto art scene as a patron. Now her own work is gaining accolades.

McKay comes from an artistic family. Her mother is a professional artist who encouraged her daughter's creative process. While always enjoying painting McKay started intensely painting two years ago. Previously her work has been featured at Art Escape at the Super Wonder Gallery, the ETA Awards, Visual Arts Movement juried exhibition, FUSION, a shared solo show with Moses Sali­hou at the Freedom Factory Gallery and the Artusiasm Gallery.

McKay's brightly hued paintings explore fantasy among the trees. She feels that trees are her allegory for the endless pursuits of modern life: rooted, yet branching out to reach the sky.

Before the show begun on Saturday McKay took a moment to discuss her work.

As the year turns colder McKay's vibrant colours are a wonderful escape to another world.

"I have always been surrounded by the love of art. In the past couple of years, I have decided to really focus on my art and take it to another level."

The motivation that took McKay on her current path was to inspire people to feel happy and to appreciate life. "A lot of my pieces are about resilience. The trees are withstanding the elements, conquering over life's challenges."

Her favourite piece was inspired this summer. "Spirited Sky," tells of the summer sky and nature's abstract, clouds. Within her painting, the clouds take on an ethereal effect with images of our world coming in to play.

McKay wants to bring the beauty of nature to her audience. In the beginning, she wasn't sure that she could improve upon the true beauty of nature. By not getting into her head she has been able to find her own beauty within the work.

She is always learning about her craft by surrounding herself with art. You can surround yourself in McKay's beautiful paintings November 8 to November 30, 2018, at Urban Gallery. On Saturday, November 24 McKay will be in attendance for a MEET THE ARTIST session.
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.
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
 

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