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Art After Dark in Downtown Kingston

The title says it all - a bright idea by the fabulous folks at Downtown Kingston where galleries are open late for one night from the hours of 7pm to 10pm. An annual event, the trip is certainly worthwhile to the downtown core and take on the adventure of discovering new local spots and talented artists in the area as well as hearing their inspiration and stories. All within walking distance of one another, it is a lovely evening well spent whether alone or with a group of friends. 

Art After Dark Downtown Kingston

And to be frank, I spent this time for me, myself and I to relish in the city I love and to clear my mind. Though I started my walking journey after a quaint social get together with a friend at the Iron Duke on Wellington and it seemed quite fitting that my first spot of the evening brought me to Martello Ally just next door. A gallery like no other in the city of Kingston, I was greeted by the gracious David Dossett who sparked my interest of the Alley and the art. Filled with surprises at every corner of eclectic works, this is a true Kingston artistic gem that is sure to make you smile.

Art After Dark Downtown Kingston
{Where: Martello Alley, 203 Wellington St, Kingston, Ontario}

Along the walk I stumbled upon Metalworks located on King St. Let's just say I was immediately drawn in by the stunning one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry and their designers. The space though small was inviting and the ladies charming as ever! As I continued down the road, I ventured into Studio 22 overlooking historic market square - an open gallery space and a creative design studio. From oils, acrylics, mixed media to photography, the gallery had a wide assortment of artwork that sure made me wanting more!

Art After Dark Downtown Kingston
{Where: Studio 22, 320 King St E, Kingston, Ontario}

The item I truly admired was that each space I visited catered to more than one form of medium - I was most impressed by the below piece by Rick LaPointe found at the Kingston Glass Studio and Gallery. On the one side, you saw first hand how glass art was made while on the other, you were captivated by a piece of work made of steel in the form of a dinosaur no less. This space brought to life the artistic visions of emerging and established artists where each component would some how miraculously be the finishing touch to complement your life and surrounding.

Art After Dark Downtown Kingston
{Where: Kingston Glass Studio & Gallery, 56 Queen St, Kingston, Ontario}

My last stop included Frontenac Club Inn where I was most excited for local photographer Bernard Clark's exhibition Notorious. It essentially consisted of grid portraits of infamous figures in history but the highlight was that each photograph was composed of images of computer keyboard function keys and Scrabble tiles. How amazing is that?! As a person with a tech background (yup I studied Computer Engineering) this tickled me with joy as art was being superimposed with the digital realm.

Art After Dark Downtown Kingston
{Time sculpture}

As I made my way back home I simply had to stop and admire the view of Lake Ontario and the Time sculpture. I say this because, it is my interpretation of Art After Dark but most importantly I always find pleasure in enjoying the small moments of life. They motivate me to move forward and see what other beauty I can surround myself with - whether it is work, an art gallery or with dear friends. This year I made a point to snap a picture through Instagram and record each daily moment that brought happiness in my life where I would ultimately be making a picture book such that I can reflect on that year. Hello new coffee table book!

How do you cherish each moment?

Rosalyn Gambhir
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