Carnival photographer Ian Grant part of downtown Toronto Group Show

Amira Al Amary stands in the middle of her Danforth Street galle
Art of Black History Month extended March 
By Stephen Weir
Although the books on Toronto’s 2018 Black History Month closed yesterday, a Danforth Avenue art gallery will continue to celebrate for a few more days.  The Black History Month Visual Arts Exhibition will remain on the walls of the Areej Gallery until March 3rd.
The small, street level gallery is showing and selling photographs and paintings by six artists from Africa, Canada and the Caribbean.   All of the works on display explore different aspects of the Black experience from Ethiopia to Canada to Grenada. 
Grenadian carnival scenes by Ian Grant 
You can’t miss the Carnival pictures taken by Grenadian Canadian photographer Ian Grant.  The framed pictures dominate one whole wall at the Areej Gallery.
The dramatic pictures were taken in Grenada at the annual August Spicemas street festival.  Grant’s pictures are from both sides of the fence – playing mas on the street on one hand, and watching from the sidelines through a festival gate.
Our gallery brings a fresh and innovative approach, enhancing the community that is well known for its great  diverse culture,” explained artist and gallery owner Amira Al Amary  “We have a deep passion for supporting our local artists, emerging and established, as well as welcoming international artists to work with us.  The Black History show is just a small part of what we do.”  
  Ian Grant with is exhibition pictures (picture taken earlier in year)
The six artists showing in the Black History Month exhibition include:  Amira Al Amary, Getachwen Fantu, Ian Grant, Sheryl Keene, Abebe Kassaye and Serry Prenevost. Al Amary’s Areej Gallery will be hanging a show dedicated to the work of Ian Grant in the spring.

The Black History Month Visual Arts ExhibitionAreej GalleryFebruary  24 – March 3rd2640 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C 1L7Hours Closes 7 pm


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