March 1, 2014 – Toronto: I had a blast today while attending the Painter, Poet, Beggar, Thief “salon” at the URBAN GALLERY [ www.urbangallery.ca ] on Queen St East, where the indomitable multi-disciplined artist BRENDA CLEWS (below) held court with some of her creative friends.
Hosted by writer/poet JENNIFER HOSEIN, Brenda was accompanied on guitar by NIK BEAT, host of CIUT-FM’s “Howl!” radio show and grand master of Toronto poetry scene, during her performance. Nik (pictured below) also read some of his latest poems and performed several “pongs” (poem/song) accompanied by bass player, Michael R.
When I walked in, the uber groovy NORMAN ALLAN was in full beat mode (pictured below)…..
…..followed by poet and publisher of Lyrical Myrical Press books, LUCIANO IACOBELLI (below)
JENNIFER HOSEIN (below) created beautiful word pictures with her soulful poems (also accompanied by Nik)….
….and then Brenda took the stage with a flourish and kept us spellbound with her dancing words performed in front of one of her large format canvases.
Brenda’s paintings are full of great passion and energy and I was drawn to a number of her pieces, including a somewhat unclothed young man whose rear-view portrait was intriguing and beguiling (hence my faux “art aficionado” serious selfie, below).
Big thanks to the great team at Urban Gallery (below) for hosting the soiree. I’m looking forward to future visits there to support local artists. Left to right: CALVIN HAMBROOK (gallery manager), the lovely KASPARA ALBERTSEN who struck a very sassy pose, and curator ALLEN SHUGAR
All the artists can be found and followed on Facebook, and I encourage you to visit www.urbangallery.ca for upcoming exhibits and events.