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New Vaughan art gallery hosts exhibition featuring work of 13 York region artists

Show runs simultaneously with Vaughan International Film Festival Drive-in
Aug. 26, 2021
Simone Joseph

Stefano Bove, a Vaughan visual artist, is curating an art exhibition at a new gallery opening in Vaughan.

The gallery, The Studios, located at 80 Interchange Way, is hosting the group show featuring 27 pieces by 13 York region artists.

The works were selected by members of a jury.

The opening reception for the show is Friday, Aug. 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. and the show runs weekends from 6 to 10 p.m. until the end of September.

It will run simultaneously with the Vaughan International Film Festival Drive-in, located in the same plaza.

The gallery will be following all provincial indoor gathering guidelines, Bove said.

Read the Q&A with Bove below to learn more about the gallery and exhibition:

Q -- You mentioned that the exhibition is a group show. Is it mixed media or are they all one type of art like watercolours or acrylic?

A -- The work spans a large range of disciplines, including hyperrealism, abstract, mixed media and landscape work.

Q -- Why should people see the show? What do you think people will get from it?

A -- This is an opportunity to support local artists and talent in the Vaughan and York region community. Many artists have not had an outlet to showcase work due to the pandemic, so for many this is the first time showing new pieces that were made during the lockdowns. We hope that everyone enjoys the work and the experience that comes with viewing the work within the gallery setting.

Q -- Is this the first art exhibit at this gallery?

A -- The Studios is a brand new art gallery located at Assembly Park at the VMC (Vaughan Metropolitan Centre). This show will be one of many cultural and artistic events hosted here.

Q -- Since you are the curator, what was your role in this show? What did you do, what were you responsible for?

A -- As the curator, I was responsible for hosting the call for artists to submit work, work with members of our jury to select work and curate the art within the space so they tell a story.

Q -- How is this show different from any you’ve curated or been part of in the past?

A -- This show is special for a few reasons; it has been almost two years since many artists in the show have displayed work, it is a show made up of all local artists and it is taking place right here in the heart of Vaughan's new downtown.

Q -- If people want to find out more about this show or the gallery, where should they go? A website?

A -- They can visit @assemblyparkvmc on Instagram and Twitter.

Q -- What kind of art are you known for?

A -- I am known primarily as a landscape and deep space artist but over the years my work has evolved into many ways, including mural work. Over the last few years, I have begun my curatorial practice to give back to the art community by helping to organize events such as this one.

Q -- Is there anything else readers should know about the show?

A -- It is a free gallery to come check out and will be running concurrently with the Vaughan International Film Festival throughout the month of September. Gallery hours are every Friday, Saturday and Sunday Aug. 20 to Sept. 26 from 6 to 10 p.m.