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The closest moment to a wedding day I have personally experienced was the opening exhibition of our Gagliato book launch. After spending the day preparing the decor for the room and setting up the incredible, rustic food and dessert display – I barely had 30 minutes for a quick blow-dry before it was show time! The anticipation was electric and as guests began to arrive, my nerves set in. Our work was on display and exposed for everyone to view – what would they think?

The night was magical and went by too quickly. As mentioned previously, like a wedding day, the thrill came and went and I personally went through the emotions of how fast a moment can end. It was so wonderful to look into the room and see our family and friends enjoying our photographs and sharing stories of this small town in Southern Italy. The emotion in the room was indescribable – so many of the guests who were born or whose parents were born in Gagliato had the opportunity to relive their childhood stories and memories – tears, laughter, joy – it was such an incredible evening.

We enjoyed every minute of it and I wish I could have made it last longer – unlike a wedding, our photo exhibition has the potential to go on tour so reliving some of the glory is possible for us but the feeling of this special evening is unique and the pride I felt about my culture and roots in that moment is something I will always cherish.

On another note, public speaking was never my forte and I am disappointed I did not take 5 minutes to make a short speech – so in light of my negligence, if I had the opportunity here is what I would have liked to say: “Looking around this room at our family and friends leaves me speechless. Thank you for coming out to see the exhibition and support our book. I would like to especially thank my mother and nonna who spent days making all the wonderful desserts you are enjoying this evening. The past year has been one of challenge, excitement, learning and growth – all of which was made possible by my father’s dream for us to take our love of photography  to create a collection of our roots which we could share with our family, friends and community. Gagliato is an incredible place and one I hope to visit again in the near future. It is the essence of my spirit – a place where the roots of my family are grounded – a place of tradition and value. This project was a journey and required dedication, drive and commitment – important values I have learned from my father. He made this happen and he pushed me to explore my creativity and passion for photography. I thank him for this unique opportunity and look forward to our sequel! Thank you!”

Photographs courtesy of Mort Finkelstein

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I thought I would post about my experience hosting and organizing an art exhibition. This was an exciting and anxious moment for my father and I as we prepared to launch our first book, Gagliato and photo exhibition to show our friends and family what we had been diligently working on for the past year. My father and I installed the entire show at The Joseph D. Carrier Gallery with the help of my cousin, Frankie (pictured below after we finished) and the gallery curator, Rosa Graci.

It was an awesome experience to select which photograph looked best placed in a certain position. Developing the flow and sequence of the photographs was surprisingly simple for us after editing an entire book – we only debated a few placements!

Rosa and the JDC Gallery staff did an excellent job catering to our requests as we prepared the space for the reveal of Gagliato.

Here are a few images of the installation process:

The final touch, which is featured in The Opening Exhibition | Part 2 – a vinyl decal of our logo which provided a modern and clean entrance into the exhibition.

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Available direct from the photographers at Studio On The Avenue or through Amazon.

Printed and bound in Italy by Editoriale Bortolazzi-Stei, Verona
170gsm Scheufelen Job Parilux Silk paper
Cover design and jacket graphics by David Young, Toronto, Canada
Jacket design by Riccardo Rossignoli, Verona, Italy
Published in Canada by Studio On The Avenue Publishing Co. Ltd.
ISBN 978 0 980951301
144 Pages
132 Tritone Images
12″ x 12″ (30cm x 30cm)
$125.00 CAD (shipping & taxes extra)

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“I love talking about nothing. It’s the only thing I know anything about.” (Oscar Wilde)

Image courtesy of Gagliato by Stephanie & Nicola Gareri

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It is hard to believe that it has been just over a year since my dad, Nicola Gareri and I launched our first book, Gagliato at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery in Toronto.

We were fortunate to receive some excellent coverage from local media.

Special thanks to Dave Kennedy at SNAP North Toronto and CityLife Magazine for their support of our book and exhibition.

SNAP North Toronto Coverage

City Life Magazine

And “grazie” to Domenico Aspro for his coverage of our book tribute in Gagliato to the wonderful people of Gagliato who were so warm and generous with their time, stories and hospitality during our stay in Gagliato.

Images courtesy of SNAP North Toronto.

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