inTO: Steam Whistle’s Squared2 Art Show

Squared2 A Photographic Exhibit. Steam Whistle Gallery. See the world differently through Squared2. A photographic exhibit.

Confucius said that “everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” This is both a truth and a challenge. Steam Whistle’s latest photographic exhibit Squared2 explores the idea of found beauty; in moments, in communities and in the world.

The Steam Whistle Brewing Gallery  plays host to the exhibit with an opening reception set for February 4th. Attendance is free and pieces from the exhibit will be available for purchase.

Showcasing the works of three local artists, Squared2 features a collection of over three dozen pieces all presented in a square format, perhaps reflective of the current trend of how images are shared digitally through online platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and mobile.

“There are times when my vision is hidden in the frame, and only emerges after my mind sees what my soul has imagined,” explains Christopher Campbell, a freelance artists for over 30 years and one of the artists. Using both professional cameras and his iPhone, Campbell tries “to capture the moment as it happens, before it is lost to time.”

Andrew & Melody Tolson, the husband and wife representing the other half of the exhibit, will be displaying a large grid of 25-36 pieces. With Andrew as the director of photography for Maclean’s Magazine and his wife a former pastry chef, the duo have found a way to merge their love or art and craft by blending digital photos with the 2000-year-old encaustic wax method to produce unique and quirky imagery. Each photo is mounted on a wooden base and then coated in resin and a beeswax blend to create a dreamy and lightly-altered effect.

“The pieces are beautiful on their own, but it is really en masse that the fun begins,” explains the Tolsons, referring to the mass grid presentation of their artwork.

Christopher Campbell, Artist. Squared2 a photographic exhibit at Steam Whistle Gallery.

Work by Christopher Campbell can be see at Squared2.

Opening reception: February 4, 2015 7-11pm
Length of exhibit: February 4th to 28th (during brewery’s regular opening hours)

About Steam Whistle Gallery:
Steam Whistle Brewing hosts monthly art exhibitions in their Gallery to showcase local creative talent. Although many exhibitors are established artists, some are showing for the first time. Steam Whistle does not charge rent for their gallery space, nor is a commission earned on any works that are sold. At the close of each show, one piece from the show (of the artist’s choice) is donated to their permanent collection bringing further profile to artists through the thousands of visitors to the brewery annually.

All exhibitions are open free to the public- Monday to Thursday from 12p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Steam Whistle Brewing – The Roundhouse – 255 Bremner Blvd. Toronto. (South of the CN Tower) 416 362 2337 x 246.

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