Local Art Events

McIntosh Gallery

Brooks Lake Aerial Analysis. Courtesy Northern Tornadoes Project, Faculty of Engineering, Western University.

Current Exhibition – Written On the Earth: Hannah Claus, Patrick Mahon, Ellen Moffat, Joel Ong, Eeva Siivonen & Matthew Trueman
March 4, 2021 – April 17, 2021
Curator: Helen Gregory
Project Coordinator: Patrick Mahon

PLEASE NOTE: Effective Thursday, March 4, 2021, McIntosh Gallery will be open by appointment only. Interested in scheduling your next visit? Please do so online through this LINK.

Written on the Earth is an interdisciplinary exhibition based on data from the Northern Tornadoes Project (NTP), a research team at Western University Engineering. The NTP involves data collection & analysis of tornadoes throughout Canada. In the eyes of scientists, tornadic damage provides a source of data that demands analysis. However, when presented with this data, how do different artistic disciplines respond to what has been given?

Each artist, using their unique practices, respond to the data by considering how they can contribute to interdisciplinary engagements with pressing contemporary issues, particularly related to the environment, global warming, human/non-human ecologies, and indigenous views on land and stewardship.

Leamington Arts Centre (LAC)

Photograph by Phos³

Current Exhibition – PHOS 3: Light – Vision – Emotion – 2021
March 4, 2021 – March 28, 2021

Light ∙ Vision ∙ Emotion. There must be Light in order to see. Photography is about capturing light. A Photograph cannot be taken without light. Vision is the composition of the frame. It’s the artist’s eye and how we perceive what we are seeing. And last but not least, Emotion – You will hear the artists say, “hopefully if we have done our job right, using light to capture the vision that we see, it will stimulate some sort of an emotion within you, letting you feel the story. We shoot to thrill.” This deep thought process flows into the way they make all their photographs.

Kathryn Parent and Dave Paddick are a husband and wife team who publish their photography under one name, ‘Photography by Phos³’.

Westland Gallery

Current Exhibition – Planting Seeds: Robin Hollingdrake, Sharon Barr & Anna Koot
March 9, 2021 – March 27, 2021

Sharon Barr, Anna Koot, and Robin Hollingdrake’s exhibition is a celebration of their respective natural surroundings, with each artist employing unique representations tied to organic forms, plants and landscape in their own unique ways. Each artist explores materially diverse methods of building texture and colour, creating windows into worlds of the energy of growth and natural beauty.

Sharon Barr, The Path of Seeds I, oil on canvas, 20 x 16″. Anna Koot, Early Morning, encaustic, 16 x 16″. Robin Hollingdrake, Bringing the Garden Indoors, oil, 36 x 48″.


Symptom (2008) Acrylic on canvas,
60 x 60″

Current Exhibition – Doug Dolman: Totem
March 11, 2021 – April 10, 2021

London-based artist Doug Dolman‘s recent exhibition focuses on the artist’s career-long engagement with formulating meaning through different conceptual iterations of the self.  Abstract symbols function as translations of the imagination, given form with the brush through contrast and impasto in these powerfully elegiac works–at once deeply personal and referential to the world at large.

On view are works that reference Symbolist traditions in painting concerned with transmitting sensations through intuitive process. Subtle variations in experimentation with monochrome and surface recall the 60’s era work of Lucio Fontana and Robert Ryman, where technique was firmly linked to the behaviour of the medium in the creation of a systematic series.


Thames Art Gallery

Photograph by Scott Taylor

Upcoming Exhibition – The Landscape in Flux: Mike Blazek & Scott Taylor
March 12, 2021 – April 23, 2021

PLEASE NOTE: The Thames Art Gallery will be open by appointment only. Interested in scheduling your next visit? Please do so online at Arts + Culture Online Registration or call 519-360-1998.


Image by Mike Blazek

The Landscape in Flux features two Chatham photographers who respond to the fluidity of the world around them. Each artist presents a very personal vision while sharing dominant themes of presence, impermanence and the undeniable reach of nature’s power. Together, Taylor and Blazek explore the unsettled yet persistently beautiful place the landscape continues to hold for us in the age of the Anthropocene.


Museum London

Larry Towell, Afghanistan (2008, 2011) gelatin silver prints on paper.

Current Exhibition – RESOLUTION: A Century of Photographic Art
October 3, 2020 – May 16, 2021

RESOLUTION brings together works by 28 artists to demonstrate ways in which the camera has been used to record and explore traces of the past, challenge realities of the present, and impact how the future is envisioned.

Museum London’s art collection includes several hundred photographs. This exhibition features more than 60 images, ranging from photo-collages of the 1920s and 1930s, to moving social documents of the 1930s and 1950s, to trailblazing digital and hand-made works produced over the last decade. Throughout generations of collecting, two main themes have remained evident: the importance of the human figure, and the environments—both natural and social—in which people live.

Image: Larry Towell, Prosthetics made at home by villagers who had lost limbs before receiving access to the Red Cross.

Woodstock Art Gallery

Pool & Birches (1917), oil on canvas, 56x66cm

Current Exhibition – ‘Blazes Along the Trail’: Exploring David Milne’s Imaginative Vision
November 14, 2020 – June 26, 2021
Curator: Christopher Finn

David Milne’s significance as an early twentieth century Canadian modernist artist rests on his focused & deeply personal art making strategies informed by an innovative aesthetic & stylistic approach. The selection of works featured in this exhibition reveals the range of David Milne’s inspiration in exploring media which supported his painting while also fostering new considerations in his approach to his art-making.



Upcoming Exhibition – Common Collective: Controlled Burn
(Postponed to) July 14, 2021 – September 18, 2021
Curator: Mary Reid

Common Collective is a network of audio/visual artists residing in Stratford, Hamilton and Montreal. This site-specific video and sound installation focuses on a barn burning and the challenges and stories of the local rural agricultural community.


Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant

Sun (2020) nylon string on wood.

Upcoming Exhibition – Quinn Smallboy: String Theory
(Postponed to) July 31, 2021 – September 26, 2021

The artist Quinn Smallboy uses string and rope to examine Indigenous cultural objects, identity, and worldview. For Smallboy, string functions as an aesthetic object and marker of negative space that prompts us to experience our surroundings in novel ways. Yet string also holds a close relationship to memory; it is a symbol or metaphor that helps us piece together abstract points in space and time that thread together the past.



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Gallery Stratford

Mask Required
April 2, 2021 – June 27, 2021
Deadline for submission: Friday, March 12th at 5 PM

The face mask has become the new global uniform – a necessary and functional accessory, whipped on and off as we move from home, shopping, school, or to work.  With the sole purpose to keep us and those around us safe, the mask has become a hot fashion accessory, and a symbol of creative self-identity over the past twelve months.

Gallery Stratford invites you to participate in an exhibition celebrating community creativity, artistic self-expression and the COVID mask! The Gallery invites you to create a mask for their upcoming exhibition MASK REQUIRED.

Due to current lockdown restrictions please contact abrayham@gallerystratford.on.ca for information on how and where to drop off your completed mask.