By Stephen Weir
In a celebration of diversity and individuality, the Canadian Caribbean Photographic Arts Collective (CCPAC) has unveiled its latest exhibition, “Sensational Vistas”, at the Areej Artists Centre on the Danforth, west of Woodbine. The official opening on Thursday, Feb 1st will be followed by a reception on Saturday, Feb 3rd from 5 pm to 8 pm, allowing art enthusiasts and the public to explore the captivating visuals presented by this talented group of photographers.
“The collective recognizes and values the unique viewpoints and individual styles that each member brings to photography,” said Anthony Berot, president of CCPAC. Berot, best known for his carnival pictures, takes a departure into portraiture for the exhibition, showcasing a different facet of his artistic prowess. The show also features works from CCPAC’s skilled photographers, including Benjamin Alunyo, David Lewis, Ian P. Grant, and Lisa Faure, all of whom have been collaborating for seven years. All of the photographers will be at the reception as will Pan Man Pat. He will be providing music for the arts event.
While the photographers share Caribbean heritage, their individual styles and perspectives create a diverse and rich tapestry of images that highlight life in Canada and the Caribbean. Berot emphasized that each artist contributes to the collective with captivating visuals, creating a common thread that showcases the multifaceted nature of their experiences.
The Areej Artists Centre Gallery, where the exhibition is hosted, witnessed a ribbon-cutting ceremony during the Caribbean Camera’s journey to the printers. The exhibition runs until February 15th, providing ample time for visitors to immerse themselves in the photographic storytelling presented by CCPAC.
The Canadian Caribbean Photographic Arts Collective, founded in 2017, is driven by a passion for capturing the vibrancy and diversity of life in both regions. Beyond the exhibition, CCPAC actively fosters an inclusive environment, recognizing and celebrating the unique contributions of each member. The opening reception on Saturday promises to be a gathering of art enthusiasts, celebrating the collective’s commitment to showcasing the rich tapestry of life through the lens of its talented photographers.