WAG Current Exhibitions

Life on the Back of a Turtle

Woodlands and Plains Indigenous Art

Daphne Odjig, An Eternal Vision, circa 1985

Daphne Odjig (Potawatomi and Odawa, 1919 – 2016) An Eternal Vision, c. 1985  Acrylic on Canvas.

Promised Gift of the ABLL Collection.

Exhibition Run: February 16, 2019 – January 25, 2020

Opening Reception: February 16, 2019 at 2 pm.

Curated by Maxine Noel, C.M.

Curator Walk and Talk: Friday, June 21, 2019, 10 am and 12:30 pm. In Honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day.

In the histories of the Anishinaabe peoples, Turtle Island began as a piece of earth placed on the back of a turtle. The soil began to grow, creating the Place of the Great Turtle’s Back. A large private collection representing the past fifty years of artwork created on Turtle Island will be exhibited together for the first time. The exhibition features the artwork of over forty artists including: Norval Morrisseau, Daphne Odjig, and Carl Beam. For more information on the Life on the Back of a Turtle, please see link below. For more information on the exhibits and to take a 3D Tour, click the Exhibitions link below. 

Life on the Back of a Turtle Brochure

Exhbitions

Visual Elements 61: Annual Juried Exhibition

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Exhibition Run: July 13, 2019 to October 12, 2019

Opening Reception: Wednesday July 17, 2019 at 5 pm.

Afternoon with the Jurors: Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 2pm.

The Visual Elements: Annual Juried Exhibition is a celebration of talent and artistry that surrounds the Woodstock Art Gallery. Predating the formation of the Woodstock Art Gallery, the first open-call art exhibition occurred in 1959. Successfully exhibiting local artists, this initiative led to the formation of the Oxford County Art Association. Shortly after, the Oxford County Art Association lobbied various levels of government for the creation of the Woodstock Art Gallery as a part of Canada’s centennial initiatives.

JURORS’ BIOS


Jamie Dickson is an artist who lives in Burgessville, Ontario, Canada. While trained at the Ontario College of Art (OCA) in the early 70s, he has only recently returned to painting in his retirement years starting in 2013. Born in Quebec City, Jamie spent much of his youth traveling across Canada as an army brat living on CFB bases like Chilliwack, BC and Valcartier, QC. Upon graduation from OCAD he settled in Toronto where he worked in the design field for several years and eventually established, with his wife Sharryn, an Industrial Design Consultancy which operated out of the Design Centre at King and Dufferin Streets. Since he retired in 2013 he has renovated the loft space of his garage into an artist’s studio and has finally found time to paint as much as he would like. He also pursues Life Drawing through a program offered by the Woodstock Art Gallery.


Aidan Urquhart was educated at the University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College in studio and art theory. He has been exhibiting his work across Canada since the early 1990s. Fascinated by the dynamics of communication, Urquhart explores with colour, images and ideas that at first glance, might seem at odds with each other. He has completed residencies at the McIntosh Gallery-University of Western Ontario and the Banff Centre for the Arts. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections including The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Museum London, The McIntosh Gallery, St. Thomas/Elgin Public Art Centre, The National Archives–Ottawa, and the Canada Council Art Bank.


Rhona Wenger was born in Lawrence, Kansas and raised in Saskatoon, Sask. She studied Art History and Classical Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, receiving her B.A. Honours in 1979 and her M.A. in Art History in 1985. In 1994 she received her diploma in Arts Administration from Sir Sandford Fleming College in Peterborough. She has worked at The Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery in Owen Sound as Assistant Curator/Registrar, the Art Gallery of Peterborough as Gallery Assistant, Installation Officer and Curatorial Intern, the Art Gallery of Northumberland in Cobourg as Director/Curator and is currently the Director of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery.

VISUAL ELEMENTS 61 Poster

Elements of Life: Recent Works by Jamie Dickson

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Exhibition Run: July 13 - October 12, 2019

Opening Reception: Wednesday July 17, 2019 at 5pm.

Curated by: Mary Reid

Jamie Dickson is an artist who lives in Burgessville, Ontario, Canada. While trained at the Ontario College of Art (OCA) in the early 70s, he has only recently returned to painting in his retirement years starting in 2013. Born in Quebec City, Jamie spent much of his youth traveling across Canada as an army brat living on CFB bases like Chilliwack, BC and Valcartier, QC. Upon graduation from OCAD he settled in Toronto where he worked in the design field for several years and eventually established, with his wife Sharryn, an Industrial Design Consultancy which operated out of the Design Centre at King and Dufferin Streets. Since he retired in 2013 he has renovated the loft space of his garage into an artist’s studio and has finally found time to paint as much as he would like. He also pursues Life Drawing through a program offered by the Woodstock Art Gallery.

Up From Below: Recent Works by Laura Bydlowska

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Exhibition Run: July 13 - September 14, 2019

Opening Reception: Wednesday July 17, 2019 at 5pm.

Curated by: Carolyn Hickey

Generously Sponsored by The Oxford Community Foundation, B&R George Fund

Born in Warsaw, Poland, Laura Bydlowska was raised in Woodstock, Ontario and attended St. Mary’s High School. She completed a B.A. (Hons.) in Art History and Studio Art from the University of Guelph and a Master’s in Museum Studies (MMSt) from the University of Toronto. She currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. 

The Artist's Landscape

Tim Zuck (American/Canadian, 1947 -) Moored Boat c. 1992 Lithograph on paper

Exhibition Run: July 13 - October 12, 2019

Opening Reception: Wednesday July 17, 2019 at 5pm.

Curated by: Julia deKwant

The Artist's Landscape brings together unlikely works from the permanent collection to explore the artist lens as they capture the world around us.

The Loved Object: Recent Acquisitions

 Philips and Hogarth, Taste in High Life, 1808

Samuel Philips (British), after William Hogarth (British) 1697-1764. Taste in High Life (detail). 1808. Engraving on paper. 21 x 28 cm. Gift of Karen Mulhallen.

Exhibition Run: Saturday November 10, 2018 to September, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday November 10, 2018 at 2 pm

Curated by: Adam Whitford, WAG Curatorial/Collections Intern.

A loved object is any item that is the cause or subject of passion. Everyday objects, including artworks, are often the recipients of our emotional investments. The artworks featured in The Loved Object were acquired by the Woodstock Art Gallery in the last six years and have been the subject of the passions of their owners and creators, past and present. 

The Loved Object Brochure

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