Local Art Events

Art galleries & museums in Southwestern Ontario are starting to reopen!

McIntosh Gallery

Primary Channels (2019) acrylic, gouache on paper, 26″x20″

Current Exhibition – Matt W. Brown: Ask Ellis
August 7, 2020 – September 4, 2020
PLEASE NOTE: An appointment is required to view this exhibition. Please contact James Patten at jpatten2@uwo.ca to schedule your visit.

Matt W. Brown began this series of works on paper during a period of profound grief over the loss of a child, Ellis. Contemplative & solitary, the slow process of production involved making folded paper trays to contain diluted pigment & then waiting for weeks to see what evaporation would leave behind on the paper. As an observer of physical laws governing the materials, Brown soon realized that what had vanished through evaporation was as intrinsic to the work as the visible traces it left behind.

For Brown, the process of folding paper & evaporating dilutions provided room for introspection & self-awareness in response to loss. These works echo the ephemerality of existence while creating a meditative space for the artist to incorporate, or fold into himself, the accumulated contingencies of lived experience.

Westland Gallery

Current Exhibition – Donna Andreychuk & Erica Dornbusch
September 1, 2020 – September 19, 2020

Erica Dornbusch, Silver Creek Ravine (2020), acrylic on panel, 40″x40″. Donna Andreychuk, Spring Fever (2020), oil, 48″x48″

New works from series debuted by both artists earlier in 2020. Donna Andreychuk further explores her collection ‘Every Colour in Every Thing’, inspired by a lesson from painting mentor Fred Harrison. Erica Dornbusch continues to explore light & her encounters with nature through her series Outside Being’.

EXCAVO Fine Art

Current Exhibition – Lauren Pelc-McArthur & Michael Thompson: Echoringer
September 4, 2020 – September 26, 2020
Opening: Thursday September 3 | 6-9PM (sign up for available time slot at info@excavo.ca or 519.719.3190)

For their joint exhibition of new work, Pelc-McArthur & Thompson address myths & illusions with an anxiety that gestures to the real, the fateful & inescapable. Myths require repetition & constant renegotiation for their preservation, which is not unlike the contemporary terms of painting, where continual evolution substitutes the development of concretely defined artistic movements.

Vintage photographs, sci-fi tropes, screen aesthetics & ’60’s psychedelia forego their original contexts in these works, culminating in uncanny scenes that function as a proxy for reality; defamiliarizing the familiar.

Michael Gibson Gallery

Laurel Creek Derivations #14 (2016), oil on canvas, 18″x24″

Upcoming Exhibition – Doug Kirton
September 19, 2020 – October 31, 2020

Doug Kirton’s upcoming exhibition features new paintings inspired by the landscape of Laurel Creek in Waterloo, Ontario. Kirton’s new paintings convey an intentional feeling of place. Through the carefully layered and woven surface of each canvas, the viewer is able to smell the muck of the mud, feel the gentle breeze of the willows and see the dappling light on the water.

 

 

Also check out the current or upcoming interesting special events at:

St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre (STEPAC)

ART SALE (Gallery Three)
August & September

Throughout the months of August & September STEPAC will be hosting an ongoing art sale in gallery three. With the future unknown, they will be offering artworks that would typically be up for auction at their annual fundraising event in November. The rotating artworks include pieces from local artists, retro exhibitions posters & even the birds-eye view of St. Thomas will be available. To view works online click HERE. If interested contact 519.631.4040 or info@stepac.ca & reference the artist’s name & or title.  The artworks will be on display until sold.

 

Westland Gallery

Square Foot Show 2020

November 18, 2020 – December 24, 2020

Applications open now, due October 10, 2020. Apply at westlandgallery.ca. This highly anticipated annual exhibition brings together hundreds of unique pieces – all 12×12″ – created by local artists.

 

Please note that the following galleries will remain closed until further notice in an effort to encourage social distancing & prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus:

Art Gallery of Windsor
Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery (reopening Oct. 2)