Thursday, January 16, 2014

DANCE JAM @ Urban Gallery (Artist-in-Attendance day and this artist likes to dance!)

DANCE JAM this Sat afternoon, from 2-4pm, at Urban Gallery, where my POEMPAINTINGS show is currently!

Calvin Hambrook, the Manager at Urban Gallery, when we were working out the details of my show, said that in the warm months, May-Oct, a lot of people who are browsing in the area come into the gallery on Saturdays, but that it's very dead in the Winter months. So I immediately offered to do an Artist-in-Attendance/Artist-at-Work Saturday, which became an offer to do three - one every two weeks for the duration of my show. Only, when I considered them, I thought I really didn't want to sit around for two hours with no visitors, and so decided to offer something interesting on each of the Saturdays (Jan 18th, Feb 1st, and Feb 15th). I like to dance, so let's dance! I like to draw, so let's do a life drawing session! I am a poet, so let's do a poetry workshop (an hour writing, an hour sharing what you wrote or something you brought to get feedback on)!

So, this Saturday, if you are in Toronto, come for an afternoon of art and creative movement: let the poetry in your body dance you to live and CD movement meditation music!

The schedule is:

2-2:30pm - live music with John Charles Daly and Nik Beat (and maybe Willie Anicic and whoever else comes), then a break of an hour

2:30-3:30pm - a dance CD that I've made of tracks adhering to the 5RhythmsTM practice -flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical, stillness- taken from different CDs of Gabrielle Roth and The Mirrors (it was her work, and it's a healing moving meditation practice, don't worry, any kind of movement is good, a series of yoga poses, moving slowly and gently caring for your body, or dancing like a crazy coyote, all is permissible, no rules, you’ll love it)

3:30-5pm - live music (the Gallery is open to 5pm, and I doubt we’ll stop at 4pm)

No admission charge (maybe pass the hat for the musicians is all). Enjoy some hot apple cider gratis of Urban Gallery too!

Artist-in-Attendance: Brenda Clews
Sat Jan 18: 2-4pm

The paintings are for sale

Urban Gallery
400 Queen Street East
(between Parliament and River St on the north side)

I thought I'd make the Artist-in-Attendance afternoons fun! Here are the dates:

Sat Jan 18: 2-4pm - DANCE JAM
Sat Feb 1: 2-4pm - LIFE DRAWING
Sat Feb 15: 2-4pm - POETRY WORKSHOP

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Split Mask: Preparing the mask for performance, papier-mache 1

While I made the mask last Summer, and we have used it in a few photo shoots, it has only been held together with masking tape. Two days ago I began the process of papier-mache. It's been sanded in these photos, and needs, I think, one more layer, more sanding, and then it will be painted white with a matte finish. I always glue soft white flannel on the inside of my masks to make them more comfortable to wear for poetry performances, so that has to be done too. I took these photos late last night with my iPhone 5S. Pretty spooky, huh.


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Split Mask painting

Not the very best photo - taken indoors at night under lights at Urban Gallery during the Opening of my show, but it is my latest work. With serious non-stop crises since mid-November, an unbelievable run, I finally had some free time and did it in a frenetic 3 days, starting New Year's Day. Lol! It's quite large at 5 feet x 5 feet.

Split Mask, 2014, Brenda Clews, 60" x 60", graphite, charcoal, India ink, acrylic, metal leaf on canvas. ___

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Review of my Poempaintings show at Urban Gallery

Many thanks to KJ Mullins for this beautiful review of my show and of the gorgeous Urban Gallery itself. This article appeared in her on-line Toronto newspaper, Her paper focuses on social issues and the arts - without the corporate and political agendas of the larger papers, she is able to write and publish articles on life as it is in this city.

Currently she is fundraising for her newspaper: "NEWZ4U.NET is ready to take the next step to become a valuable source of information for Toronto focusing on the arts and social issues like homelessness, the aging population, front line responders, mental illness and poverty. The goal is to give a voice to those who may not have access to media resources and to promote local initiatives that help residents of Toronto." So do make a donation if you can.

Urban Gallery features brilliant Brenda Clews exhibit

KJ Mullins-Toronto: One of Toronto’s newest galleries Urban Gallery is opening 2014 strong with its current showing of Brenda Clews’ recent painting collection. Clews vibrant work features paintings from 2011-2014. The latest painting, Spilt Mask, a haunting golden charcoal of the artist, masks and humanity was just completed on January 5.
Clews has been on the Toronto art scene for over two decades combining her talents of poetry, spoken expression and painting. Several of the paintings at Urban Gallery have her haunting prose etched into the canvases making it impossible not to return to the work over and over for a new view. Her Mezzotints is particularly alluring. Each piece of Clews current collection is a vivid display of colour and technique, with no two pieces alike.
Calvin Hambrook opened Urban Gallery in November 2012 and is already booked for the year, an impressive feat. His love of the arts and local new artists is behind Urban Gallery’s appearance on the scene. Featuring artists that are on the rise Urban Gallery has the exciting feel of expression, creative talent and true appreciation of the artists behind the work on the walls. The crisp, light filled space is the perfect setting for Toronto’s artists to have their work displayed.
For three decades Hambrook has been the go to caterer of Toronto with UrbanSource Catering. He is excited for the future with both the catering company and his first art gallery.
Prices range from $300 to$2,600. 

artist Brenda Clews
Urban Gallery

400 Queen Street East, Toronto
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 10 AM to 5 PM
Saturday 1 PM to 6 PM
Closed Sundays & Holidays

Friday, January 10, 2014

Poempaintings Opening Reception @ Urban Gallery 9th JAN (49 photos)

Some photographs of my beautiful friends at the Opening Reception of my Poempaintings show at Urban Gallery in Toronto last night. Many thanks to all who came out - you made it a great evening and I am hugely appreciative!

I am very grateful to Calvin Hambrook, Gallery Manager, and Allen Shugar, the Curator, and Kaspara Albertsen for hosting a meticulously prepared and warm and friendly Opening at their Gallery.

I've added some names to the photos that you can see in the Picasa album.

Wow, there's already a review of the show in a local, on-line Toronto newspaper: Newz4u!