Gap In The Past

By Leily Hafizirad

July 11th to July 22nd

Tuesday to Saturday 3:30pm to 7:30pm

Opening reception:

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017, 7:00- 9:00 pm

What integrates spatial buildings and structures with deeper concepts more than anything else, is the human’s connection with place and their description of the feeling of place. Human nature is undeniably connected with place, and it can be said that the human, experiences their own “self” through their sensual understanding in and from the place. The human, faces the environment using their body; their feet measure the length of corridors and the width of rooms … They experience themselves in places, and the place comes to life again through the human’s accumulated experiences.

Biography:

Leily Hafizirad is an Iranian photographer for ten years. She has travelled across the world and has met all walks of life who crossed her path. Along the way, she has developed her strong concern in children deprived of education, Her focus is mainly on Afghan children in rural areas, one of poorest countries that lack in education. In her work, she has a keen eye in capturing small moments of happiness among children, parents and relatives where poverty exist. This has clearly proved that poverty and happiness dose not show any contradiction.

Exhibitions:

2005 Tandis Gallery Shiraz
2011 Central Gallery of Isfahan
2013 Queen Gallery
2017 Farda Gallery Tehran
2017 Merci Poesi Festival Gothenburg

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Photographic Experiences

 

July 11th to July 22nd
Tuesday to Saturday 3:30pm to 7:30pm

Opening reception:
Wednesday July 12th, 2017, 7:00- 9:00 pm

A group exhibition featuring the photographic experiences of Taraneh Tabib-Azar & Dorna Mojab. Travel with them to extraordinary places through their photographic experiences.

 

 

 

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Solitude Book Launch

Launch of Solitude a book by Reza Eslami

Saturday, June 24th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Solitude is an enigmatic and mystical brevity on love, hate, hope, and despair through one’s life—that is sometimes expressed in sarcastic form, with the bravery of attacking one’s own thoughts and actions. The author takes us on a journey through his feelings and emotions that oscillate between reality and dream. He laughs, screams, cries, protests, and loves without the fear of judgement, in hopes of finding the true self. Reading this book, you can find yourself in front of a mirror, looking into your own soul, connecting with each verse, hearing echoes of your being from the deepest of memories, nostalgias and dreams. Solitude is a man’s story of living his life without fear of revealing his vices or affirming his virtues.

Born on February 7th, 1972, Reza Eslami is a Canadian-Iranian architect and poet who is a long-term resident of Toronto, Canada, having immigrated to the city in 1996. Since the age of 15, Reza has been actively engaged with drawing, photography and writing poetry. Alongside his poetry, a number of his photographs are featured in this book.

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Scotiabank CONTACT: De/Generative

The Queer Jewish Photography of Oscar Wolfman

Curators: Mahrokh Ahankhah & David Townsend

May 2- May 26, 2017
Tuesday to Saturday 3:30pm to 7:30pm

Opening reception:
Wednesday May 3, 2017, 7:00-9:00 pm

 

This retrospective of the late Toronto photographer Oscar Wolfman (1956-2011) focuses on his transgressive yet deeply reverent queering of Jewish spirituality and culture.  Large-format archival prints reference the the Italian settecento, in lush reimaginings of biblical scenes. Meditations on Jewish ritual practices provocatively foreground their homoerotic valence. The deeply humane relation of Wolfman’s camera to the inner life of his subjects is perhaps the purest distillation of his spirituality.

 

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Norouz Paint Night

Tickets are $15 and they include eggs, painting materials, 1 drink ticket, and appetizers.

Buy your ticket: https://norouz-paint-night.eventbrite.com

Join us for a fun night of egg painting and wine sipping, to celebrate spring and the Persian New Year!

Egg decorating is one of the traditions related to the Norouz celebrations. Norouz meaning “new day” in Persian, takes place during the spring equinox and marks the Persian New Year. In preparation for this holiday family members come together to paint and decorate eggs. It is said that it is from this cultural tradition that the Christian egg decorations practice originates.

This spring we welcome all cultures, traditions, and religions to come together to celebrate Norouz.

 

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Norouz Group Show 2017

Curated by Mahrokh Ahankhah and Aitak Sorahitalab

 

Exhibition: March 14 – 24, 2017.

Tuesday to Saturday 3:30pm to 7:30pm.

Reception: Wednesday, March 15. 7pm to 9pm

 

Queen Gallery is delighted to host our annual NOROUZ Group Show to celebrate the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar.

Norouz, meaning “New Day” in Persian, is the traditional celebration of the New Year  in many parts of the world, including Iran, Turkey, parts of Central Asia, South Asia, Northwestern China, the Crimea and some ethnic groups in Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo and the Republic of Macedonia.

In these troubled times we welcome you to celebrate multiculturalism and art with us!

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Call for Submission; Norouz Group Show 2017

Click Here to print the submission form: Submission form PDF

Exhibition: March 14 – 24, 2017. 
Tuesday to Saturday 3:30pm to 7:30pm.

Reception: Wednesday, March 15. 7pm to 9pm

Submission Deadlines:

Online deadline: March 1st, 2017
Display-ready artwork deadline: March 11th, 2017


Participation Fee:
$60.00 (for first submission)

+ $5.00 (for each additional work)

Acceptable Media:
Drawing & Painting
Print & Graphic Design
Photography & Video
Jewellery
Sculpture

Submitting work for consideration is easy.  Email us samples of your work (5 high res JPG files), along with a short bio and a description of the work you will be presenting, including the title, medium, and size.

Please include the following with your submission:
1 Your Name (and company name if you have one)
2 Contact information (Phone, Cell, Email)
3 Website (if you have one)

Email submissions to: info@queengallery.ca

Queen Gallery is seeking submissions for our upcoming group show, NOROUZ to celebrate the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar.

Norouz, meaning “New Day” in Persian, is the traditional celebration of the New Year  in many parts of the world, including Iran, Turkey, parts of Central Asia, South Asia, Northwestern China, the Crimea and some ethnic groups in Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo and the Republic of Macedonia.

Queen Gallery is delighted to host our annual group exhibition in celebration of Norouz.

We welcome all the artists to submit high resolution jpegs of their work

for this years Norouz group show. The deadline will be March 1st, 2017 when our  curator will select the best work.  Artist statements along with display-ready artwork will be required by March 11th, 2017 for those pieces selected.

A participation fee will be required of those selected artists in order to help pay for advertising. Participation fee is $60.00 (for first submission) + $5.00 (for each additional work). Artists are responsible for delivering  and collecting their works from the gallery.

We welcome you to take part in sharing your art during this holiday.

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Volunteer Photographer

We are seeking a volunteer photographer to cover our Valentine’s day art sale.

 

 
 

HOW TO APPLY
Email info@queengallery.ca with your availability for the event, resume and some samples of your work or link to your portfolio.

If you are not available on these dates, but you are interested in volunteering with us on our next events or exhibitions, let us know on your application.

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION
Queen Gallery is seeking a volunteer photographer to capture highlights of our upcoming event Love Transforms, Feb 9-11, 2017 at Queen Gallery, 382 Queen Street East. The photos will be posted on our website and used in marketing materials. Find more about the event.

DUTIES
Take photos of artists and public during the event, as well as detailed pictures of the jewelry and art works.

Love Transforms will happen from 3:30pm to 7:30pm on February 9, 10 and 11, 2017.
As a volunteer photographer you don’t need to be present during the whole event, but we do ask for a minimum 4 hours commitment. Please, include your availability in your application.

QUALIFICATIONS
• Beginners and professionals are welcome.
• Must provide own equipment.
• Must be able to deliver assets within 5 working days after the event (final package should not include blurry or duplicate photos).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
• All photographs may only be used by Queen Gallery and in the photographer’s portfolio.
• The photographer will receive appropriate credit with all photos used.
• We are happy to provide a letter of recommendation or community service form.

 

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Love Transforms

 

February 09- February 11, 2017

Thursday to Saturday 3:30-7:30 pm

Queen Gallery, 382 Queen Street East

 

Love is the most sacred of all feelings.  In Valentine the one special person in our life will be anxiously expecting us.  What  would symbolize your “ I Love You” statement!?

In a time and age that individuality is threatened by industrial/commercial society many still avoid a mass produced cookie cut product to be representation of their affection as a gift!

Queen gallery invites you to a very unique exhibition! We guarantee that our collection of jewellery, and paintings to be One of a kind and most importantly affordable to all budgets.

This collection provides you the opportunity to materialize your affection in a style as unique as your individuality.

 

 

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Call for Submission;

Love Transforms Art Sale

 

Click Here to print the submission form: (Submission form PDF)

Submission Deadlines:

Online deadline: January 31st, 2017

Rental Fee: between $100 and $150 (jewelry and small sculptures)

Participation Fee:
$40.00 (for first submission)
+ $5.00 (for each additional work)*

Acceptable Media:
Jewelry
Small sculptures
Small sized artworks;
Painting
Drawing
Photography
Print

Submitting work for consideration is easy.  Email us samples of your work (5 high res JPG files), along with a short bio and a description of the work you will be presenting, including the title, medium, and size.

Please include the following with your submission:
• Your Name (and company name if you have one)
• Contact information (Phone, Cell, Email)
• Website (if you have one)

Email submissions to: info@queengallery.ca

 

 

Queen Gallery is seeking submissions for our upcoming art sale, Love Transforms to celebrate Valentine’s day. Art sale from February 9th to February 11th.

Love is the most sacred of all feelings.  In Valentine the one special person in our life will be anxiously expecting us.  What  would symbolize your “ I Love You” statement!?
In a time and age that individuality is threatened by industrial/commercial society many still avoid a mass produced cookie cut product to be representation of their affection as a gift!

This February, Queen Gallery pays tribute to love and Saint Valentine’s day with a curated display of jewelry and small artworks.

We welcome all the artists to submit high resolution jpegs of their work for these 3 days Valentine’s art sale.
The deadline will be January 31st, 2017 when our curator will select the best work.  Artist statements along with display-ready artwork will be required by February 7th, 2017 for those pieces selected.

A rental fee or participation fee will be required of those selected artists in order to help pay for advertising.  The rental fee will be related to table space for jewelry and small sized sculptures varying between $100 and $150. For small art works like paintings, drawings, or print, … the participation fee is $40.00 (for first submission)
+ $5.00 (for each additional work). Artists are responsible for delivering and collecting their works from the gallery.

We welcome you to take part in sharing your art and love during this holiday. (more…)

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Gift of design and art

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December 26, 2016
Monday December 26, 11 am – 5 Pm

30-50% off the Art works ! Queen gallery and participating artists are offering Massive discounts to promote Art and help you get Gifts that are for life time. Join us in our friendly ambiant to meet friends, Artist and have a look at Art works .
Boxing Day / December 26th, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

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Women in Café

A Solo Exhibition By: Anahita Shams

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December 8- December 15, 2016
Tuesday to Saturday  3-7 Pm

Other Hours & Days by Appointment ONLY.
Sundays & Mondays Closed

Opening reception:
Thursday, December 8, 2016, 7-9 pm

 

A café is a place where you can be free from anxiety, gathering with like-minded people away from the pressures of society.

 
To be a woman in Iran is very difficult. My friends and I needed a place where we could safely relax and I suggested The Café, a haven where
we could talk openly and  truly  be  ourselves.  Here is where  we  laugh
and cry together and speak  of  our  common  anxieties.
 
My concerns are not limited to the events of today and yesterday, but to recount the sufferings of countless generations. My goal is to destroy the taboos that imprison Iranian women, particularly the belief that the nude female is an object of shame.
 
The nude female body is very much a part of my work, but not the whole of it. Many of my paintings feature women covered in cascading hair, twined with plant and animal life and clothed in garments of varied colours and textures which both reveal and conceal our fragility.
 
The ultimate aim of my art is to remove the oppressing veil of ignorance, strip away the wearying layers of cover and allow the informed mother to raise an aware child.
 

Here in The Café, my friends and I look to you for your understanding.

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A World @ Peace

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We are proud to present the Preview of “A World at Peace” art exhibition at the Queen Gallery in Toronto.
A World @ Peace is a Multicultural Art Exhibition Showcasing Distinguished Expressions by extraordinary artists.

A Gay son of Holocaust survivors. A Muslim professor of Near-Eastern studies. The First Nations artist and a Founding member of the Indian Group of Seven, Jackson Beardy. Two local six-year-olds who want everyone to “stop being mean to each other.” A Persian calligrapher/painter and recent émigré from Iran. These are just some of the artists and photographers whose works will grace the walls of a Unitarian mid-town congregational building during the Jewish High Holy Days next month. But first their art, and those of many others, will be on display at Toronto’s Queen Gallery, from September 21 to September 28, 2016. Titled “A World at Peace,” the multi-media show is a joint presentation of the gallery and Congregation Shir Libeynu, a liberal, egalitarian and unaffiliated shul (synagogue) community with hundreds of queer, straight, multi-faith and traditional members who espouse diversity and inclusion.

The theme, “A World at Peace”, is illustrated by works from Canada, China, Cuba, Ethiopia, India, Iran, and the U.K, among others. In this intensely troubled time, the exhibition organizers believe that multi-cultural, multi-gifted artists can help to bring communities together. Within this concept “A World At Peace” will pay tribute to spiritual, religious and cultural traditions in a juried display of visual arts.

The 30 artists have enthusiastically embraced the idea, adding their personal statements to the exhibited pieces.

The event is curated by Mahrokh Ahankhah who will host a preview of “A World At Peace” at the Queen Gallery, 382 Queen Street East, September 22/28, with an opening reception from 7-9 p.m. on September 21‪.

To book a viewing time, please call 416 841-9008 .

“A World At Peace” will be on public view at the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, 175 St. Clair Avenue West from October 5 to 11 and October 12/14 and 17/18. The hiatus is due to the days of worship for the High Holy Days’ period. Shir LIbeynu holds its High Holy Days services at First Unitarian, and the two have been community partners for many years.

For viewing times at First Unitarian, please call Serena Shovlin: 416 824-9654 ext. 221

For further information:
Mahrokh Ahankhah 416 841-9008 ‪
Simone Brightstein 416 551-3904 ‪

The complete list of artists:
ADDISON GOLDBERG; ​ANA GRIBONS; AVA FINE; CHAN CHUI-YIN; DANA MANSOURI; DIANE FINE; ELZA FINE; FIROOZEH TANGESTANIAN; HAMED NASSERI; HANIEH KHOSROSHAHI; JACKSON BEARDY; JAMIE FLAGAL; ​​​JOSEPH KOSSONOGI; JULIA HACKER; JUSTIN APPLE; ​​​KHOSRO BERAHMANDI; KIRSTEN GLASBROOK; ​LIORA SALTER; LYNDA GREENBERG; MARYAM HAFIZIRAD; MAYA GOLDBERG; MILENE BUSUTIL; MARILYN LIGHTSTONE; MAYRANNE (MAC) PETERS; NAZNIN SEPANDRAM; OSCAR WOLFMAN; PAUL JAMNICKY; POUNEH SHABANI-JADID; SAYEH IRANKHAH

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Call For Submission; A WORLD AT PEACE

Juried Group Art Exhibition

Curator: Mahrokh Ahankhah

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Click Here to print the submission form: (Submission form PDF)
Submission Deadlines:
Online deadline: August 9, 2016 midnight
Onsite deadline: September 10, 2016
Online Submission Fee: Free
Participation Fee For Accepted Artworks: Free

All media are acceptable:

Drawing & Painting & Graphic Design
Music & Video
Photography & Print
Sculpture

To submit work for consideration:

Please email us your work (Maximum 3 high Res JPG files) with a short bio and a description of the work you will be presenting, including the title, medium, and size.

Please include the following with your submission:

Your Name (and company name if you have one)
Contact information (Phone, Cell, Email)
Website (if you have one)
Art Statemnet (text format)
Email submissions to: info@queengallery.ca

There are two stages to the submission process. Following acceptance via email submission, we will request an on-site viewing of your work. Please bring your artwork to: 382 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON, M5A1T1

Thursday, Sep 8, 2016, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. or Saturday, Sep 10, 2016, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

We are seeking submissions for the upcoming group exhibition “A World At Peace”

“A World At Peace” is the theme for our first multi-cultural art exhibition to be held by Congregation Shir Libeynu during the 2016 /( 5776/5777) High Holy Day period and  will be exhibited at “The First Unitarian Congregation, 175 St. Clair Avenue West”.

In this intensely troubled time, the exhibition organizers believe that the multi-cultural, multi-gifted artists of Toronto can do much to bring our communities together.

People are seeking outlets to experience peace, harmony and a sense of community. “A World At Peace” which will pay tribute to spiritual, religious and cultural traditions in a juried display of visual arts, can be another healing initiative.

Artists are asked to submit high resolution jpegs of their work focused on illustrating peace around the world together with their Art Statement. The online deadline will be midnight August 9th, 2016 when the jury will select the chosen works. Display-ready original artwork will be required by September 10, 2016 to be seen by jury for their last decision. We will return those pieces are not selected to be at the exhibition by September 20th, 2016 and the rest will be on display through out the exhibition.

Artists are responsible for delivering their own works to and from Queen Gallery, 382 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON, M5A1T1

We welcome you to take part in sharing your interpretations of world peace.

Terms and Conditions:
A World At Peace is a juried art exhibition and  will be exhibited at “The First Unitarian Congregation, 175 St. Clair Avenue West”.

Artists must drop off their artwork on the specified date, along with a signed copy of this contract.
All artworks must have the name, date, title, and medium clearly printed on the back.
Each artwork exhibited can be offered for sale if the artist so wishes.

Congregation Shir Libeynu will take a 20% commission from all work sold at the exhibition.
Artists must pick up their work (or arrange to have their work picked up) on Wednesday October 19 between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m from “The First Unitarian Congregation, 175 St. Clair Avenue West”, if later than that pick up will be from Queen Gallery, and there will be a storage charge of $10 per day. After 2 weeks the art becomes the property of Shir Libeynu. Please inform us if someone else is going to be picking up your work.
The Artist hereby certifies that the object of art submitted to the gallery is his or her own creation. Should he or she be acting on behalf of a third party, he or she has the adequate authority to do so and possesses the unrestricted ownership of the artwork and hence, has the authority to lend or sell the submitted artwork.

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One Thousand and One Nights

August 12- August 30, 2014
Tuesday – Wednesday – Friday 11:30 am–6:30 pm
Thursday 1:30-8:30 pm
Saturday 3:30-6:30 pm
Sunday & Monday by appointment only

Opening reception:
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 6:30-9:00 pm

Address:
Queen Gallery, 373 Queen Street East, Toronto M5A 1T2

Cost: Free

www.queengallery.ca

info@queengallery.ca

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Celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Queen Gallery along with artists and collectors and friends of Queen Gallery.
Solo exhibition of beautiful artworks by Maryam Hafizirad.
Witness the Birth of Rumi Café as one of the highlights of the event along with live music by talented Iranian musicians Sara Ahmadieh and Nima Ahmadieh and Siavash Sadr Mahdavi (Rhythm & Vibes).

 Maryam Hafizirad Says:
Every great achievement began in the mind of those who dared to dream and to believe that it was possible. I have been outstandingly lucky to find and nurture my talent with the help of my parents who have always believed in me and encouraged me to achieve my best. Their sacrifices and support have helped me to see myself as a fully capable person, “a whole being” who strongly believes that everyone is able to go beyond any limitations by perseverance and handwork.
In Iran, my home country, there are numerous obstacles for people with disabilities. Those hinders motivated me to use/apply rather dull and dark colors in my works.

feel the RHYTHM feel the VIBES
Rhythm and Vibes was formed by two talented Persian musicians in Toronto. Nima (guitar, back vocal, composer) and his sister Sara (vocals, harmonica, piano, lyrics) started to play some of their favorite songs together. After a while Siavash, Nima’s childhood friend, joined them to add the element of RHYTHM to the band. Later they began to write their original songs and to create a unique style.
The sounds of these three talented musicians creates a VIBE that only you can discover for yourself.
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