Local Art Events

McIntosh Gallery 

The Botanical Turn
Carrie Allison, Paul Chartrand, Joscelyn Gardner, Zachari Logan, Sarah Maloney, Amanda White, and ZOFF 
September 23 – December 11, 2021 
Curated by Helen Gregory

Bringing together artists working across media including beadwork, embroidery, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and hydroponics, The Botanical Turn examines how botanical imagery has been used to explore issues of agency, identity, gender, empowerment, and colonization. In recent years, there has been a proliferation in the use of botanical imagery in contemporary art to explore complex ideas and to articulate embodied knowledge. Given the current focus on human/non-human relationships as we consider our impact on the natural world, it is unsurprising that the examination of the role of plants within human systems of meaning is increasingly extending beyond the scientific and ecological to encompass the socio-cultural and metaphysical. Each of the artists in this exhibition considers interspecies relationships between humans and plants through various perspectives, be they concerned with the making of kin, self-determination, or critique of use-value. 

McIntosh Gallery is open by appointment. Gallery visits for up to five members of one household or social bubble can be scheduled online here. Visitors to McIntosh Gallery are required to complete a symptom check through the Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 self-assessment and provide proof of vaccination or proof of accommodation under the Ontario Human Rights Code. If you have questions or are seeking additional information about visiting the gallery, please email mcintoshgallery@uwo.ca.

Museum London

Environmentalism at Museum London: Exhibition featuring 20 artists addresses the problem of      our times – environmental catastrophe.
“GardenShip and State”
On view until January 23, 2022
Artist panel discussion November 17

This exhibition at Museum London brings together 20 artists
and writers who use decolonialism and environmental activism alongside their artistic
practise to address what is arguably THE problem of our times – environmental
catastrophe. Featuring many large scale and interactive pieces, visitors will see new
works (textiles, photography, sculpture, video, gardening, and installation) produced
over the past two years that are the result of conversations between the exhibition’s
artists and writers and oftentimes with members of their local community. There is a free
activity journal for adults available in the exhibition. Visitors can also head to the London
Public Library Central Branch for a companion exhibition and seed packets (part of the
journal)

The Wounded 

October 16 to February 13, 2022 

The Wounded features 18 striking black-and-white portraits of Canadian men and women who served in Afghanistan, taken by award-winning photojournalist Stephen J. Thorne. Sixteen of the portraits in the exhibition were originally featured in a series published by Legion Magazine in 2017. Two are new. Accompanying texts share stories of loss, recovery and hope. They also explore the personal experiences of the subjects, their rehabilitation and the realities of learning to live with their wounds, as told to Stephen Thorne. 

It is conservatively estimated that more than 2,000 members of the Canadian Forces were wounded or injured during Canada’s involvement in the war in Afghanistan. Visible and invisible wounds profoundly changed the lives of those who served, as well as the lives of their loved ones. In every case, the Canadians portrayed in this exhibition embarked upon their journeys back from attacks, accidents and trauma with the help of colleagues, family and specially designed programs.  

Stephen J. Thorne is a writer, photographer, editor and broadcaster who has reported extensively from conflicts in Kosovo and Afghanistan. During more than 40 years as a journalist, he has received three National Newspaper Awards, four Radio-Television News Directors’ Association broadcast awards, two Canadian Press Story of the Year awards, and the first Ross Munro Media Award for excellence in defence reporting.  The exhibition was developed by the Canadian War Museum in partnership with Legion Magazine. 

St Thomas-Elgin Art Centre

Paint &Paper #7, paper, acrylic on wire, triptych, 3 (2′ x 4′), 2020. Photo by artist.

Mary Donlan
Della Luce – Paintings 2016-2021.   
November 13 to December 23, 2021 
Gallery One & Two 

Mary Donlan is a painter working in the abstract expressionist tradition with a collage aesthetic. Currently, she works with paper collage and painting.  She is a resident of St. Thomas, Ontario. 

Artist Statement
My painting is rooted in the history of abstract art and I work from a collage aesthetic. I love abstract art and I am interested in how an artist develops a vocabulary. I use collage to address how we create – merging, synthesizing, layering material on material, pattern on pattern, fragment on fragment, building up an image. So that is my chosen process – layering. I see the process of layering, merging, changing, interweaving, and synthesizing as simulating the creative process. 

I have evolved from an abstract expressionist into a conceptual/minimal artist. My paintings are artistic explorations of material. I use paper, acrylic skins, paint shards, and sometimes fabrics, to reference the surface of things, to convey a sense of fragility, vulnerability, and impermanence. Softness and strength. In recent years I have minimized colour and simplified my images. I use acrylic mediums and paints to create luminous surfaces, to embody positive, high energy, and resilience. 

We are at one with nature in our frailty and mortality.  I have been very influenced by Canadian abstract painters – Les Automatistes, Ron Martin, Jack Bush, Paterson Ewen (with whom I studied at UWO), Ronald Bloore, and Painters Eleven, Cy Twombly, Rebecca Morris, Christopher Wool, and many other contemporary abstract artists. Recently I have become interested in Minimalism, in artists such as Agnes Martin, Robert Ryman. I also enjoy contemporary textile art.
– Mary Donlan

Woodstock Art Gallery

CROSSROADS
On view at the Woodstock Museum NHS: October 16, 2021 – February 26, 2022
Artist Talk: January 20, 2022 at 3pm

The 2021 Grand National Fibre Art Exhibition is a stunning display of 48 fibre art pieces juried by Tracey Aubin, Debora Barlow and Judy Villett, interpreting the titular theme, Crossroads. This exhibition is hosted by the Woodstock Art Gallery and is on view across the street at the Woodstock Museum NHS (466 Dundas St.).

A virtual artist talk offered in partnership with Fanshawe College Fine Art will be held on January

 

Cathy Groulx, “Rock Framed,” 2020

Glenhyrst Art Gallery

Ontario Society of Artists
“Breath. Heart. Spirit.” Celebrating 150 years of the OSA

October 2 –  November 28, 2021

The title “Breath. Heart. Spirit.” was chosen as the overarching theme for the OSA 2022 celebration of the 150 years of our history. These three aspects of the creative practice inform the history of the OSA and the art practice of current members. A strong connection to nature is part of the OSA legacy from the Group of Seven. These artists were directly responsible for the creation of Killarney Provincial Park and for the halt to the clear cutting of lumber in this area. The legacy includes the naming of one of the lakes in the park OSA Lake and another is now A.Y. Jackson Lake after one of the OSA early members.

This year, to symbolize this legacy, the OSA is participating in the Broken Forest Project. A group of OSA artists will travel to Northern Ontario and will partner with local artists there on a number of local projects.

 

Judith & Norman Alix Gallery 

Focus Finder
Susan Dobson

Present – January 30, 2022 

Anchoring the Focus Finder exhibition is an immersive video installation presented in unison with a series of photographs of Lake Huron. 

 

 

 

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