Photographers open local gallery
YeOlde Blacksmith Art Gallery, 240A Dufferin Rd. in Stanstead, Qc., is pleased to announce the opening of the summer season on Saturday June 22, 2013 with an exhibition of photography “Street Scenes” by two Montrealbased photographers, Gabriel Safdie and Mark Lavorato (June 22-July7). The vernissage will take place Saturday, June 22 from 5-7 pm. and all are warmly invited to attend.
Gabriel, with a background as a writer and professor of literature at Dawson College in Montreal, has for years been involved with the theatre and music scene in Montreal. An intrepid traveller, Gabriel developed a passion for photography during his extensive explo- rations around the world. In the spirit of capturing any given moment of life that may live on, thanks to the art of photography, this colorful body of work shows us glimpses of life from Egypt to North America.
Raised in the Canadian prairies, Mark finished his studies in environmental science and set out travelling. Having lived most of his adult life abroad – in Central America, the Caribbean, and Europe – he now resides in Montreal with summers spent in the Eastern Township’s. He is a poet and novelist with five works of literature published or forthcoming. In his words, “My third novel follows an aspiring artist who is working throughout the early days of street photography. For my research, I bought
a camera and headed out into the streets in order to better relate to my protagonist and his struggles. What I found there, however, was a new passion.” Mark has been in the streets with his camera, capturing public moments, since 2009.
The two photographers complement each other with their distinctly different styles that collectively draw us into the world and moment they have shot on camera.
The gallery, as the name implies, was once a blacksmith shop resting on the banks of the Tomifobia River just behind the downtown sector. The rustic charm of this beautiful setting is inspiring to walk around in and take in the community feel. The hours for the Ye Olde Blacksmith Art Gallery are Thursday-Sunday, 11-6 pm, beginning June 22.
One of Mark Lavorato’s photographs captures young boys playing in an unusual setting.