87 Photos - Jan 10, 2014
Photo: Cy Strom and IPhoto: Photo: Photo: Truly wonderful Calvin Hambrook on left, Gallery Manager of Urban Gallery, and my dear friend Norman Bethune, artist and poetPhoto: Allen Shugar, the Curator of Urban Gallery, makes his way across and from right to left, Tara Clews, my niece, and bartender for the evening, Calvin Hambrook, Gallery Manager, my brother Allan Clews, and Kaspara, who helps run the Gallery, and I guess me (that hair, a bit much). It was a meticulously prepared and warm and friend Opening - many thanks to Calvin and Allen!Photo: Photo: Allen Shugar, the Curator or Urban Gallery, an incredible artist in his own right, JD Kruger, writer, musician and videographerPhoto: Cy Strom, moi, and KJ Mullins, writer, reporter, editor and owner and publisher of newz4u.net, an on-line Toronto newspaperPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Philip Cairns, actor, writer, artistPhoto: Jennifer Hosein, writer and artist, and in the cap, Mary Lou Patchell, who owns 'He & She Clothing' in Toronto and who was the gues of honourPhoto: Norman Bethune and IPhoto: Photo: John Charles Daly arrived with his guitar, asked for a chair, and proceeded to play beautifully for the entire duration of the Opening - what a beautiful gift, I am so grateful!Photo: Holly Briesmaster, an artist, and moi.Photo: Photo: Photo: Irwin & IPhoto: Nik Beat & IPhoto: Rowan McCullough, artist studying at OCADPhoto: Photo: Catherine, Luciano Iacobelli and John OughtonPhoto: Photo: AnitaPhoto: Norman Bethune AllenPhoto: Luciano Iacobelli and IPhoto: Photo: One of my oldest friends, Janet MacLean - we've known each other since 1978!Photo: Photo: Martin Lapinski on the left in the red coat, a fellow poet, Allen Shugar, the Curator, and Allan Briesmaster, poet and editorPhoto: Adrian Henderson, my son, and Nik BeatPhoto: Adrian Henderson, my son, with Mom's painting of Mom in a mask. :)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Tara bartending! She's a very talented artist studying at OCAD in TorontoPhoto: Cy Strom, artist, editorPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: The beautiful Kaspara, and Calvin Hambrook, the Gallery Manager and incredibly wonderful personPhoto: Photo: Photo: At Opening time, ready and waiting.Photo: Photo: Warm-up at the Dance Jam 18 Jan 2014 at Urban Gallery. Brenda Clews in cobra, John Oughton on his back, Nik Beat doing leg lifts. Photo by Jennifer Hosein. It was fun!Photo: We had the place rather to ourselves. Kaspara Albertsen, who works at Urban Gallery, moi, John Charles Daly in the corner on guitar and John Oughton kicking up some steam. Photo by Jennifer Hosein.Photo: Nik Beat at Urban Gallery - photo by Jennifer HoseinPhoto: Nik Beat at Urban Gallery - photo by Jennifer HoseinPhoto: Calvin Hambrook, the Manager, Kaspara Albertsen, who works at Urban Gallery, moi, John Charles Daly in the corner on guitar and John Oughton kicking up some steam. Photo by Jennifer Hosein.Photo: John Oughton and Brenda Clews at Urban Gallery - photo by Jennifer HoseinPhoto: John Oughton and Brenda Clews at Urban Gallery - photo by Jennifer HoseinPhoto: John Oughton and Brenda Clews at Urban Gallery - photo by Jennifer HoseinPhoto: John Oughton and Brenda Clews at Urban Gallery - photo by Jennifer HoseinPhoto: Brenda Clews at Urban Gallery -photo by Jennifer HoseinPhoto: Brenda Clews at Urban Gallery -photo by Jennifer HoseinPhoto: enn & I at the dance jam 18 Jan 2014 at Urban Gallery. Thanks Nik for taking the photo! — Brenda Clews and Jennifer Hosein at Urban Gallery.Photo: enn & I at the dance jam 18 Jan 2014 at Urban Gallery. Thanks Nik for taking the photo! — Brenda Clews and Jennifer Hosein at Urban Gallery.Photo: Jenn & I at the dance jam 18 Jan 2014 at Urban Gallery. Thanks Nik for taking the photo! — Brenda Clews and Jennifer Hosein at Urban Gallery. 

Allan Clews, my dear brother, wrote: "The man who saw meaning in the movement of a cup in the wind; the one who attended the opening of the show and claimed he was led there by the Dali Lama and the Queen just to see that picture because doing so would set in motion certain energies... would love this picture. 

He said the little figure in the upper right was the Goblin King (referencing the movie The Labyrinth) and said Obama WAS the Goblin King and he was under orders from the Archangel Michael and is acting as the lawful chief policeman of the world.

However, when the man saw the painting he told me it said that the energy of the Mother was now going to make itself known as a direct balance and counterweight.
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Here it looks like the Mother's energy forms a chalice that constrains the Goblin King in a balanced embrace."Photo: enn & I at the dance jam 18 Jan 2014 at Urban Gallery. Thanks Nik for taking the photo! — Brenda Clews and Jennifer Hosein at Urban Gallery.Photo: enn & I at the dance jam 18 Jan 2014 at Urban Gallery. Thanks Nik for taking the photo! — Brenda Clews and Jennifer Hosein at Urban Gallery.Photo: Winter Snow Ball, Jan 2014. An evening of Queer poetry/Music/Performance hosted by Philip Cairns. A wonderful line-up of extremely talented folks. TOPoet.ca (Duncan Armstrong) has written an article - http://topoet.ca/2014/01/23/winters-no-ball/ - describing the Poetry Salon at Urban Gallery. Do read it to get a sense of what the readers and performers that you see in these photos were sharing with the audience. Thank you to all the features, and to everyone who came out to the salon!Photo: Philip Cairns @ Winter Snow Ball @ Urban Gallery Jan 2014Photo: Brock Hessel @ Winter Snow Ball @ Urban Gallery Jan 2014Photo: David Bateman @ Winter Snow Ball @ Urban Gallery Jan 2014Photo: David Bateman @ Winter Snow Ball @ Urban Gallery Jan 2014Photo: Lizzie Violet @ Winter Snow Ball @ Urban Gallery Jan 2014Photo: Frank Hull @ Winter Snow Ball @ Urban Gallery Jan 2014Photo: Frank Hull @ Winter Snow Ball @ Urban Gallery Jan 2014Photo: Frank Hull @ Winter Snow Ball @ Urban Gallery Jan 2014Photo: DM Moore @ Winter Snow Ball @ Urban Gallery Jan 2014Photo: TOPoet.ca (Duncan Armstrong) @ Winter Snow Ball @ Urban Gallery Jan 2014Photo: TOPoet.ca (Duncan Armstrong) @ Winter Snow Ball @ Urban Gallery Jan 2014Photo: Philip Cairns @ Winter Snow Ball @ Urban Gallery Jan 2014Photo: Alec Butler @ Winter Snow Ball @ Urban Gallery Jan 2014Photo: Alec Butler @ Winter Snow Ball @ Urban Gallery Jan 2014Photo: Vanessa McGowan @ Winter Snow Ball @ Urban Gallery Jan 2014Photo: Vanessa McGowan @ Winter Snow Ball @ Urban Gallery Jan 2014Photo: Vanessa McGowan @ Winter Snow Ball @ Urban Gallery Jan 2014Photo: Allen Shugar, artist and Curator of Urban Gallery @ Winter Snow Ball Jan 2014Photo: Allen Shugar, artist and Curator of Urban Gallery @ Winter Snow Ball Jan 2014Photo: