Call for submissions; 50/50; 2012

50/50 Juried Art Exhibition

Curator: Mahrokh Ahankhah

Queen Gallery is seeking submissions for the second annual 50/50 Juried Art Exhibition!  Last year’s show was such a giant success that we have decided to extend the show this year.

Click here to upload the Contract.
50 50 Contract.PDF

Submission Deadline:
June 30, 2012

Submission Fee:
Participation Fee:
$20.00 (for first submission)
+ $5.00 (for each additional work)*

All artwork must be completed, ready to hang (including professional backings and hanging equipment) and in good condition. It must have your name, title and medium printed clearly on the back and an arrow to indicate which direction is up (unless, of course, it is ridiculously obvious).  The artist must sign all artworks.

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 and medium.

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:
*Participation Fees are only paid if your work is selected to be part of the show.

There will be two stages to this submission process.  Following acceptance via email submission, Queen Gallery will request an on-site viewing of your work.  Please bring your artwork to the gallery (382 Queen Street East) on Thursday, July 19 (1:30-8:30pm) or Saturday, July 21 (3:30-6:30).

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Call for submission; Fire & Renewal 2012

Juried Group Art Exhibition

Curator: Oscar Wolfman (RIP) / Mahrokh Ahankhah

In remembrance of Oscar Wolfman, Queen Gallery is hosting an event to follow through with another curatorial project of his.  We proudly hosted his first two exhibitions and would like to fulfill his wish for another event, as his memory is very much alive with us.

We would like to offer you, the artist, an opportunity to be a part of this juried group exhibition.

We hope to feature some of his work as well as artwork that he too would have chosen and admired.  The show will take place in December on the longest night of the year, just as he requested.

This is a tribute to Oscar, an artist that accented our lives and memories with his life and artwork. We, therefore, would like to encourage any art related recommendations you might have to make this event more colourful.  We have already added storytelling to the program and would love to share your ideas as well.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact us at

Queen Gallery is seeking submissions for the upcoming group exhibition, Fire and Renewal.

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

Submission Deadlines:
Online deadline: October 30, 2012
Onsite deadline: November 15 & 17, 2012

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

All media are acceptable:
Graphic Design

The darkest nights of the year:

How to explain them; How to endure; How to revive the light?

After the winter solstice comes the gradual rebirth of spring.  Life and death rotate in an endless cycle, from cosmic to microscopic; nature rules our lives despite our interventions and inventions.

But on the darkest nights we celebrate with light: Hunukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Maidyarem, Dongzhi, Goru, Junkanoo, Lohri, Shab-e Chelleh, Saturnalia, Makara Sankranti among others.  We gather in a community to banish the darkness and celebrate our dependence on light, the solar fire, the nourishing hearth.

This December, Queen Gallery pays tribute to spiritual/religious/cultural traditions surrounding the winter solstice in a juried display of visual arts.



Art of The minute – Minute of The Art

The theme of the 2012 festival “Art of the Minute – Minute of the Art” was selected as a tribute to the creative process.. The Minute of the Art captures the moment in the creative process that transforms an ordinary endeavour to a timeless work of art. For every masterpiece there is a true moment of creation when the work is no longer ordinary but extraordinary and forever timeless – that is the  Minute of the Art.

The life-long journey of every artist to master that creative peak, is the ‘Art of the Minute’– the devotion and hard work that artists put into every minute of a life-long journey to master a craft. Six Weeks of Iranian Art will celebrate the journey of artists as well as showcasing masterpieces.


Six Weeks of Iranian Art

Starting Sep 21, 2012
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
Please call 416 361 6045

***** Gallery hours may be subject to change during this festival.

Opening reception:

Queen Gallery is delighted to announce that the popular festival ‘Six Weeks of Iranian Art’ will come to Toronto for a second time this fall.

Starting on September 21st, 2012, for six weeks Toronto’s Queen Gallery will be host to an exciting and eclectic series of Iranian art exhibits, featuring the work of internationally renowned and award winning Iranian artists alongside that of emerging young talent from the ranks of the growing Iranian-Canadian community. From visual arts to captivating theatre, music and film, this 6 week festival aims to cast the spotlight on Iranian art and Iranian-Canadian artists, while embracing Canada’s rich multicultural community.



Contact Festival

Featuring Martha Griffith

May 10- May 23, 2012
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
Please call 416 361 6045

Opening reception:
Thursday May 10, 2011, 6:30-9:00 pm

The exhibition explores the designed environment through graffiti. The photographic constructions are made from materials such as fake grass, clay and plastic garbage bags. The site-specific installations depict silhouettes of shaped women inspired by the carefully choreographed work of Busby Berkeley. The work playfully pairs the idealized manicured women in natural and altered environments to underline the convergence between man and environment. The shaped women function as elements of design and “soft” graffiti that alter the spaces. The images are constructed along various urban waterways and green spaces taking into consideration the architecture and design of the existing environment. The photographs are presented as products that document human interactions with space and the drive to leave a mark.


Artist in Residence

Programming Schedule (All Times EDT, Toronto, Canada)

Friday April 27th 6pm Residency Opening, Artist Talk , Queen Gallery

Saturday April 28th (10:00 am Networking, 11:00 am Artist Talk)
Secrets to Creative Gift Exchange and Bartering.

Sunday April 29th (Noon – 4:00pm)
Wild Salmon Stories! Tales from the West Coast Wild Salmon Movement.

Tuesday May 1st (4:00 pm-5:00 pm)
Live Radio Broadcast (Sound Therapy Radio), simulcast on CJSF 90.1 FM, Burnaby BC, (From Ottawa, Ontario)

Wednesday May 2nd (10:00 am Networking, 11:00 am Artist Talk)
Secrets to Creative Gift Exchange and Bartering.

Thursday May 3rd (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
Occupy the Poetry, in conjunction with International Festival of Poetry of Resistance (IFPOR)

Saturday May 5th (7:00 pm)
Mental Health Arts Fest, hosted by the Canadian Sound Therapy Arts Society and CMHA Simon Fraser

Sunday May 6th (5:00 pm)
Residency Close

Ongoing Activities throughout the residency
Live Painting
Body Painting
Live/Video Streaming
Pop-up Comedy, Poetry

The Queen Gallery in Toronto is excited to welcome Vancouver based Artist J Peachy as its Artist in Residence from April 27 to May 6th, 2012. Peachy is a multi-faceted lateral thinker, hunter-gather and a creative warrior who is constantly responding to themes around his own personal psycho-social-environmental conflict.

J is commonly known as a visual artist, but is a radio and television producer, a social media space-traveller, poet, stand-up comic and body painter. Along with his dog Star, he amazingly has accumulated a wide array of creative gifts and talents and stored them in what he calls his ‘Artistic Home Depot’

We hope you will join us at the gallery during his time with us, he will undoubtedly will provide a perspective that will entertain, confuse or emotionally provoke you. For more information on the artist please see


Norouz 2012 Group Show

You are invited to join the Queen Gallery’s Norouz Celebration 1391

Saturday March 17th
* Daf by Hamasseh Daneshzad 4:45pm
* Storytelling by Naqal Ariel Balevi begins at 5:30 pm
* Santour by Marjan Mazaheri


Jahangir Agha, Master of the Tea House
A Story from the Time of Shah Abbas

Shah Abbas ( 1571-1629) is remembered as the greatest king of Persia during the Safavid Era; a golden age of poltical prominence as well as a flourishing in the visual and performing arts, architecture, philosophy and literature. A rich folklore has developed around the figure of Shah Abbas, the king forever curious about his subjects, who goes out among them( often in disguise) to discover day and day incidents which reflect universal aspects of the human condition. The story of Jahangir Agha, derives from this folklore, telling a story of loss, gain and the perennial importance of a perfect cup of tea!

* There is no entrance fee. However it would be great if you “Pay What You Can” (PWYC) suggesting 5$ per person, all of which goes to Ariel, the Naqal

Saal-e No Mobaarak

Featuring persian contemporary visual artist “Afshin Nikravesh

March 03- March 28, 2012
Tuesday – Wednesday – Friday 11:30 am–6:30 pm
Thursday 1:30-8:30 pm
Saturday 3:30-6:30 pm
all other times and Sunday & Monday by appointment only
Please call 416 361 6045

Opening reception:
Saturday March 03, 2012, 4:30-7:30 pm

Participating artists are:

Eva Lewarne, Dian Fine, Gohar Tarighi, Kamyl Bullaudy Rodríguez, Khosro Berahmandi, Mana Mojaver, Marjan Mazaheri, Maryam Hafizi, Maryam Hooshvar, Mostafa Novin, Amir Oveis Honarmand.

Norouz, meaning “New Day” in Persian, is the traditional celebration of the Iranian New Year. Celebrated in Iran, this festival, which marks the first day of Spring, has now spread to other parts of the world.

Queen Gallery is delighted to host our third annual exhibition in celebration of the Iranian New Year. This year we are bringing in a large collection of diverse artworks, including fine art, jewelry, and decorative Haft Sin items. This is the perfect opportunity to find unique and affordable gifts for your loved ones.

This festival encourages people to visit family and friends. Respecting this, Queen Gallery will be hosting weekly receptions during the display, both to promote our unique artists and to welcome all cultures into the space. These events will be announced throughout the month and will include special additions to the existing display.

This Norouz celebration, come and visit us! Meet old and new friends, check out the fantastic artwork, listen to the chords of Persian tradition, and celebrate the coming of Spring at Queen Gallery!


Love Transforms Exhibition

Closing Reception

Tuesday Feb 14, 2012, 7:00-9:00 pm

Storyteller Ariel Balevi will be reading The Red Pavilion: a story from the Haft Paykar as a finale to Queen Gallery’s Love Transforms Exhibition. This will be held on Tuesday, February 14th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm and will be accompanied by Persian music.

The Haft Paykar of Nizami Ganjavi (1141-1209) is one of the great romances of classical Persian literature. It tells the story of Bahram Gur, a king of Ancient Iran who marries seven princesses, each from a different realm. He builds for them a palace of seven pavilions, each with it own colour, each dedicated to one of the planets. Bahram Gur then engages in a journey through the seven pavilions where in each he hears from one of the princesses a story that teaches a lesson about love and about himself.

In the Red Pavilion, dedicated to the red planet Mars, the Princess of Russia tells Bahram Gur a story about a princess who refuses to relinquish her own destiny to anyone; and the untried prince to whom she teaches the language of courage and mutual respect.

Our opening was such an exciting triumph for both art lovers and artists that we decided to introduce more artworks and jewelry to the existing collection. So, come and celebrate Valentine’s Day by listening to the chords and love stories of Persian tradition and by supporting our romantic artists. We look forward to seeing you!


Love Transforms Exhibition

Featuring persian contemporary jewelry designer “Maryam Hooshvar

February 02- February 12, 2012
Tuesday – Wednesday – Friday 11:30 am–6:30 pm
Thursday 1:30-8:30 pm
Saturday 3:30-6:30 pm
all other times and Sunday & Monday by appointment only
Please call 416 361 6045

Opening reception:
Thursday Feb 02, 2012, 6:30-9:00 pm

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, paintings, sculptures and pottery 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.

Participating artists are:

Ali Soltani; Alireza Bidari; Amin Nasr; Anthony Smerek; Davood Mantegh; Diane Fine; Eva Lwarne; Firoozeh TangestanianJorge Delgado GutierrezKamelia Pezeshki; Kamyl Bullaudy Rodríguez; Kay Brown, Khosro Berahmandi; Lisa Cripps; Maria Gernega; Maryam Hafizirad; Mehrdad Shoghi; Mina Hamidi; Mostafa Novin; Olivana Tonon; Semco Salehi; Simin Sepehri; Shirin Shahbazi; Tania Iskiw