SATURDAY JUNE 21st. Toronto’s URBAN GALLERY, located at 400 Queen St East, rolled out the rainbow carpet for visitors and VIP guests from World Pride Toronto http://www.worldpridetoronto.com to come meet 18 LGBT artists being highlighted in their PRIDE OF PLACE exhibition running through the end of July.
World Pride Toronto Affiliate Program Committee member Chad A. Craig (below 2nd from left) joined gallery hostess Kaspara Albertsen (left) and Gallery Director Calvin Hambrook (right, in hat).
And many of the artists were in attendance, posing proudly in front of their stunning artworks. Please meet them now….
LUCY SNYDER standing beneath her split leg photograph
The fabulous KHAT KARIM was thrilled to pose for the art paparazzi!
ALLEN SHUGAR (below left) is not only an accomplished artist himself but is also curator for the gallery and he was instrumental in putting Pride of Place together.
An exceptionally dapper DAVID BATEMAN posed in front of his aptly named “Pride of Poodles”
SAMANTHA BLANCHETTE had one of the most animated photographic artworks (below)
BILL BISSETT (right, with Kent sharing a celebratory cheer)
LISA WALTER’s miniature teddy bear was artfully de-stuffed for art’s sake! (below)
And as the afternoon progressed, I chased down a few more of the artists including MAURICE VELLEKOOP (directly below) with his piece, “Dick of Death” (edited for online distribution!), in between frosty cocktails and much kudos from the appreciative gallery guests….
Congratulations to URBAN GALLERY and all the wonderfully talented artists participating in PRIDE OF PLACE. Check out gallery hours here: http://www.urbangallery.ca and come visit my two favourite pieces!