Art show celebrates travel photography


“Paris, Saint-Martin Canal” is a 4-foot-by-3-foot stylized photograph-based image printed on aluminum. It’s one of the pieces on display at the Beaumont Studios’ “Love & Light: Celebrating the Photography of Julia Pelish” art show. (Photo by Julia Pelish/

Story by Adrian Brijbassi Managing Editor

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — As the anniversary of my wife’s passing nears, I knew the greatest memorial to her was a celebration of her art. Julia poured her life into photography. It was her passion, her reason for excitement each day and the focus of her ultimate ambitions.

“Love & Light: Celebrating the Photography of Julia Pelish” runs from March 8-23, 2017, at the Beaumont Studios Gallery in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood of Vancouver.


Julia Pelish,’s co-founder, poses in front of some of her work during a gallery show in fall 2015. (Sally Gooding photo)

It includes the images Julia perfected prior to her passing on March 10, 2016. She worked tirelessly on capturing precisely composed and lighted photographs, and then used the painterly effects in the digital darkroom to create highly stylized images that mark her finest work.

Read: The Eulogy and Tribute to’s Julia Pelish

In the Beaumont show, you will see visuals of Paris, Vienna, the Galapagos Islands, and from locations across Canada, taken during Julia’s career as a travel photographer and videographer. Beginning as a photojournalist, Julia was first published in newspapers in New York. She then attended fine-arts classes, developing a style that was evocative of her sensitivity and adoration for nature. Her travels formed much of her inspiration, but she also was compelled by the world around her home — whether it be the bustle of Manhattan, the lakefront in Toronto or the sunsets over Vancouver’s English Bay.

Despite her talent, Julia was self-critical and so humble she would never have offered herself the gift of an art show. She would have thought such an event was too boastful or extravagant, or that she was undeserving of the attention. I have no doubt anyone viewing the “Love & Light” show will have the exact opposite response to her work.


This gallery wall at Beaumont Studios in Vancouver features Julia Pelish’s travel-focused art work. (Adrian Brijbassi/

Being generous, Julia would want to share the spotlight with those who were close to her and whose work she admired. So, the Beaumont gallery is also displaying images created by myself, Christine Craig (Julia’s sister), Sally Gooding (Julia’s good friend) and Mark Sissons (Julia’s friend and a frequent contributor).

An opening reception will be held on March 9 from 7-10 p.m. Copies of “Inspired Cooking” (Fresh Air Publishing, 2016), the recently published charity cookbook Julia conceived, will be available for sale. All proceeds go toward helping InspireHealth fund its supportive cancer-care programs for Canadians.

Read: Top Chefs Team Up for “Inspired Cooking”


Dates: March 8-23, 2017
Opening Reception: March 9, 2017, 7-10 p.m., featuring catering by Savoury City and “Inspired Cooking” cookbooks.
Location: Beaumont Studios Gallery, 326 West 5th Avenue, Vancouver, BC (see map below)
Cost: Free
Event Webpage: Find full details here

Adrian is the editor of and Adrian has won numerous awards for his travel writing, travel photography, and fiction, and has visited more than 55 countries. He is a former editor at the Toronto Star and New York Newsday, and was the social media and advocacy manager for Destination Canada. His articles have frequently appeared in the Huffington Post, Globe & Mail, and other major publications. He has appeared on national and local broadcasts, talking about travel, sports, creative writing and journalism. In 2019, he launched Trippzy, a travel-trivia app developed to educate consumers about destinations around the world. He also edited "Inspired Cooking", a nutrition-focused cookbook featuring 20 of Canada's leading chefs and in support of the cancer-fighting charity, InspireHealth. "Inspired Cooking" was created in honour of Adrian's late wife and co-founder, Julia Pelish, who passed away of brain cancer in 2016.

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