At the Art Gallery : The AIMIA AGO Photography Prize Exhibit

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Meghan and I had an excellent art-date at the gallery recently — it was the opening of a contemporary photography exhibit, where the works of the four finalists for The 2016 AIMIA AGO Photography Prize were on display.

The prize of $50,000 will be given to the winning photographer, as voted for by the people who see their work hanging at the gallery. Eligible artists were selected from a pool of Canadian and International talent. The display will be there until November 27th, 2016, when voting closes and the winner declared. There are voting stations there or you can vote later online. Admission to the show is free with the price of a regular gallery visit. Read more about this prize and the finalists on the AGO’s site here – AIMIA AGO Photography Prize.

First we met for a glass of wine and the best potato chips we’ve ever tasted in the gallery’s Galleria Italia. Yes, those chips — handmade, fresh and totally delicious. It’s hard to believe that we found the best of something food-wise at the art gallery!

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Then we headed up to a conference room on the third floor where the four nominees for this year’s prize were live in person, discussing their individual techniques and answering questions.

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The photographers were, from left to right, after the exhibition curator Adelina Vlas : Canadian Elizabeth Zvonar (second from the left), American Talia Chetrit, Jimmy Robert from France, and Ursula Schulz-Dornburg from Germany, who was there with her translator.

Following the talk, we went to see the art.

Some of Elizabeth Zvonar’s pieces …

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Some of Talia Chetrit’s pieces …

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Some of Jimmy Robert’s pieces …

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Some of Ursula Schulz-Dornburg’s pieces …

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Voting …

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[Follow-up : Ursula Schulz-Dornburg won the prize!]

Unrelated to the photo exhibit …

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After leaving the gallery, we headed down to Queen Street West. The sky was stunning.

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We stopped at Saku for some sushi and Japanese beer.

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Soon after taking a seat the skies opened up and it absolutely poured, making the restaurant feel very cozy indeed. We took our time and left only after the rain had stopped, walking home in what was a beautiful late-summer night.

Thanks very much for visiting my blog,
xo loulou

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