Scotiabank CONTACT 2011: Glen Baxter – Sandy Lake
May 5, 2011 1 Comment
Every May, Toronto holds a photography festival sponsored by Scotiabank called CONTACT. Over 1000 local, national, and international artists exhibit at more than 200 venues. Founded as a not-for-profit organization 15 years ago, the festival is devoted to celebrating, and fostering the art and profession of photography. It stimulates excitement and discussion among a diverse audience that has grown to over 1.5 million. CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural event in Canada. With this year’s theme being Figure & Ground, many photographers were challenged to interpret people against various surroundings. I was honoured to be a part of CONTACT, exhibiting three of my photographs as part of a group exhibit sponsored by the Greek -America Foundation, called Greek Foto Week (see full post here).
Selected as one of CONTACT’s Featured Exhibits, Hugo Boss and Stoli sponsored Glen Baxter’s Figure & Ground exhibit Sandy Lake. The CTV In Fashion host based his exhibit on the fly-in First Nation community located in the boreal-forested area of Northwestern Ontario. Baxter has used his vacation time to visited this small town repeatedly during the winter months (at his own expense). He’s succeeded in capturing the unique character of Sandy Lake and the lives of its inhabitants.
Glen’s framed photographs were on display on the top floor of the Hugo Boss store located in downtown Toronto’s 83 Bloor Street West location. His photographs were being sold through a silent auction with 100% of the proceeds going to Right To Play. Right To Play is the leading international humanitarian and development organization using the transformative power of sport and play to build essential skills in children in communities affected by war, poverty, and disease. Great job Glen! Who was there? For photos of the event, please visit the It’s All Style To Me Facebook Page.