WAG Past Exhibitions

2018 Art Gallery Past Exhibtions

 

With Each Second that Passes

 

Exhibition Run: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 to Saturday, October 13, 2018

Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 5 pm

Curated by: Leanna Tran, Summer Curitorial/Collections Intern

This exhibit brings a variety of works together by local and national artists. Together, these selected works seek to illustrate a frozen moment in time.

Angelique Lafreniére: Forces of Nature

 

Angelique Lafreniére, Midnight Love, 2018, oil on canvas, 48” x 48”

Exhibition Run: July 14 to September 15, 2018

Opening Reception: July 18, 2018 at 5pm

Curated by: Mary Reid, Director/Curator

 Angelique Lafreniére has dedicated her life to art. As a child, her grandfather taught her the how to weld, paint and work with wood and her grandmother taught her how to work with fibres, fabric and make costumes. Lafreniére graduated in 1999 with a diploma in Interior Design from the International Academy of Design and received a BFA in painting from OCAD University, Toronto, in 2008. In 2012, Lafreniére won the Visual Elements 54: Annual Juried Exhibition Juror’s Choice Award. Her recent bold, large abstract paintings are a true explosion of colour and energy. 

Thriving Spectrum: 60 Years of Annual Juried Exhibitions in Oxford County

 

Jaquie Poole, Flat Rock, 2009, acrylic on masonite, 36” x 48”, photo credit: Rita Taylor

Exhibition Run: July 14 to October 13, 2018

Opening Reception: Wednesday July 18, 2018 at 5 pm

Curatorial Walk and Talk: Wednesday July 18, 2018 at 6 pm

Guest Curator: Peter Flannery

This exhibition brings together works from the Woodstock Art Gallery’s permanent collection which holds a close tie to the Oxford County arts community and the annual juried exhibition, now called Visual Elements. Together, the range of paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures illustrate a rural community, with diverse experiences, thoughtfully devoted to the arts. 

Thriving Spectrum Brochure

Visual Elements 60: Annual Juried Exhibition

 

Visual Elements: 60th Annual Juried Exhibition Poster

Exhibition Run: July 18 to October 13, 2018

Opening Reception at all Three Galleries: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 5 pm

Juror's Walk: Wedensday, September 12, 2018 at 7 to 8 pm.

Closing Reception: Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 2 pm

Visual Elements: Annual Juried Exhibition celebrates the breadth and diversity of talent that resides in Oxford County. Mounted in partnership with Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre and Tillsonburg Station Arts Centre.

JURORS’ BIOS

Patricia Deadman is a visual artist, independent curator and writer. She has a Fine Arts Diploma, from Fanshawe College and BFA Visual Art, from the University of Windsor. She has participated in numerous artist residencies in Banff, Alberta; Paris, France; Oaxaca and Merida, Mexico. Her lens-based work has been exhibited since the 80’s in numerous group and solo exhibitions. Deadman has curated numerous inter/national curatorial projects since the late 90’s and has represented Canada as a member of the Canada Council-Aboriginal Curators Delegation to the Venice Biennale and Basel Art Fair and the Sydney Biennale and New Zealand. Patricia currently lives in Woodstock, Ontario.


Joseph Hubbard earned an M.A., B.F.A. (studio) and B.A (art history) from the University of Illinois, and became a Canadian citizen in 1974. His teaching career included 20 years teaching sculpture and modern art history at Bealart in London. He has been an advisor to the Ontario Government on art education, served as artists’ representative on the Board of Directors of Museum London, and is a past president of Canadian Artists Representation (C.A.R.) at the Forest City Gallery, London (Canada). His own practice revisits 10 themes in series, gradually refining each interpretation, applying satiric social criticism. The artist maintains a studio in London where he utilizes extremely diverse media, including ceramics, metals, fiberglass, wood, photography, plastics, vacuum forming, video, and detritus. The results are widely held in public and private collections including the Gardiner Museum, Toronto; Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo; Museum London; McIntosh Gallery, Western University; Art Gallery of Burlington; Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound; and the Woodstock Art Gallery.

 

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Tabitha Verbuyst has always had a keen interest in the arts. After deciding to further pursue an education in the field of art, Tabitha went on to receive a three year Advanced Diploma of Fine Art from Fanshawe College in April 2011. From there, Tabitha travelled to Nova Scotia and received her Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from NSCAD University with a specialty in painting in April 2013. Tabitha works primarily in a mixture of acrylic and oil paints, but her recent works have included a mixed media combination of ink and watercolours. Tabitha has turned her passion into a career and now works as the Assistant General Manager/Class Coordinator at the Tillsonburg Station Arts Centre. She has demonstrated some variety of her talents by teaching classes in her community. Tabitha now resides in Tillsonburg, Ontario with her husband and two daughters.

  

8th Annual 50/50 Exhibition and Sale

Exhibition Dates: September 21 to October 13, 2018 

Closing Reception: October 13, 2018 at 2 pm

The 50/50 offers a diverse selection of artwork for purchase, all created by local and regional artists. Proceeds from the sale are split evenly between the Woodstock Art Gallery and the artists. These funds help support the programs of the Gallery through combining the 50/50 with the Taste of Art fundraiser.

50/50 Call to Artists

 

A Cottage in England: Florence Carlyle from 1913- 1923


 

Florence Carlyle, Canadian, 1984-1923, High Noon, c. 1916, Oil on canvas. Purchased with funds from the Volunteer Committee and the City of Woodstock. Photo: John Tamblyn

Exhibition Run: October 13, 2017 to September 15, 2018

Curated by Roberta Grosland, Head of Collections

Woodstock artist Florence Carlyle moved to England in the spring of 1913, on the eve of the First World War. This exhibit features Carlyle’s paintings completed in England during and after the First World War.

 BLOOM

 

  

Molly Lamb Bobak, Canadian (1922- 2014) Forced Spring, 1965, Oil on Masonite, 99.00 cm X 138.80 cm, Gifted by Gladys MacDougall

Exhibition Run: April 7 to September 8, 2018

Curated by: Roberta Grosland, Head of Collections

Humans have had a love affair with flowers for thousands of years.  The first recorded flower arrangements were found in Egyptian tombs from 2500 BCE. During the Victorian Era, flowers were used to communicate discreet messages; floral dictionaries were published to try to minimize misunderstandings.  Today, flowers are still a way of expressing joy, sadness, solidarity, appreciation and love.

Ross Butler: Branding, Butter, and Bulls

 

Ross Butler, Canadian (1907-1995), All Canadian Holsteins (Cattle Upon the 1000 Hills), 1976, Oil on Masonite, 60.69" x 91.44", Courtesy of the Ross Butler Gallery

Exhibition Dates: February 17 to June 30, 2018

Curated by Samantha Purvis-Johnston

Branding, Butter, and Bulls surveys the journey of agricultural artist Ross Butler. The artist reinvented animal portraiture using perfect proportions that continue to guide Canadian breed standards today. By bringing together a multitude of his life’s work, the exhibition celebrates a Woodstock local whose ideals persevered to achieve global status from the agricultural community.

 Exhibition Brochure 

Sponsored by:

                                                  

Behind the Scenes

Jennifer Robertson from Book and Paper Conservation Services made sure Butler’s Ayrshire Bull and Cow looked their best for the exhibit. Take a look at the behind the scenes conservation work.

ART BEAT: The Ripple Effect

Exhibition Dates: April 7 to June 23, 2018

Opening Reception: May 30, 2018 at 5 pm

Corrdinated by Stephanie Porter, Head of Education

ART BEAT: The Ripple Effect – This innovative, hands-on, process-oriented mentorship program, offered in partnership with Oxford County School Boards gives local youth both opportunity to work and engage with professional artists and the chance to exhibit their work in a public gallery.

YOUTHQUAKE

Opening Reception: Wednesday May 30, 2018 at 5 pm

FEATURING
Art Installation by Huron Park S.S. students
Encaustic art display by local youth, Ethan promoting WAG workshop “Artful PossABILITIES”
Poetry and Prose Readings, Musical Performances by Woodstock Collegiate Institute students
Top Rated Shorts selected from the 2018 Youth Film Festival organized by the Oxford Drug
Awareness Committee
Art in the Dark created by participants of the Sensory Exploration Arts (SEA) Program through
Deaf Blind Ontario
Corporate Sponsor: djDesign Architectural, HVAC     Community Sponsor: Community Futures Oxford
                                       
 Pop Goes the World!

November 24, 2017 to March 31, 2018

Curated by: Erin Beacroft

Canadian artists have found their niche in the Pop art world and have really embraced the political undertones of the movement. Canada is rich with history and our artists embrace the good and bad of it. Ontario is an automotive hub with Tom Benner, Robert Bozak and Joseph Hubbard having created work that references the car industry, with the use of imagery or automotive parts. A Jeep is not just a Jeep, there is so much more to the art work and it is the viewer who will discover it through experiencing the work.

 

Julio Ferrer (Cuban-Canadian), History will Absolve Me, Screen print on paper, 2008, 40" x 68", Collection of the Woodstock Art Gallery, Gift of Robert and Gillian Creighton.

 

Mary Donlan: Layer by Layer

Feburary 17 to March 24, 2018

Featuring the ethereal white layered abstract paintings by St. Thomas Artist Mary Donlan. “In my art I aim for the effect of layered images, fragments, occurrences. I see the process of layering, merging, changing, interweaving and synthesizing as simulating the creative process.”

 

 

Mary Donlan, Scribble Scribble 9d, 2017, acrylic, graphite, marker on canvas, 48 x 42”

 

2017 Art Gallery Past Exhibitions

 Stu Oxley: Distant Grounds and Artists at Riverside Studio

October 13, 2017- January 27, 2018

Curator: MacLaren Art Centre, Associate Curator, Emily McKibbon

Featuring the works of: Stu Oxley; Walter Bachinski; Carl Beam; Brian Boigon; Joe Fafard; Ted Fullerton; Richard Gorenko; John Hartman; Stephen Hutchings; John Kissick; Marie Lannoo; Margaret Priest; Cheryl Ruddock; Tony Scherman; Neil Shawcross; Ron Shuebrook; Doug Stone; Frances Thomas; Tony Urquhart; Tim Zuck.

This exhibition features the immersive visual field of Oxley’s newly conceived abstract paintings alongside highlights of his print collaborations with nineteen artists between 1980 and 2015 at Oxley’s print-making facility, Riverside Studio in Elora. Organized and Circulated by the MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario.

Exhibition Catalogue

 See What I See
October 13, 2017 to January 27, 2018

See What I See has been mounted in partnership with Good Beginnings, Oxford Community Child Care, Tavistock Preschool and the Woodstock Art Gallery to celebrate the Week of the Child. The images on display were taken by children from birth to age 12, using digital cameras or iPads to capture an unedited moment. Children are attracted to what is happening now and in front of them. See What I See is an opportunity to reflect on how children learn and how they observe.

The Woodstock Art Gallery wishes to acknowledge the work of See What I See project committee, Denise Armstrong, Beverly Karn, Janis Coon and Tracey Thompson, who are representatives from Good Beginnings child care programs, school age program and A Child First for this enlightening and insightful display.

“Children are competent, capable of complex thinking, curious and rich in potential.” (sourced from How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years, 2014.)

 7th Annual 50/50 Exhibition & Sale

November 24 to December 9, 2017

The 50/50 Exhibition & Sale offers a diverse selection of artwork for purchase, all created by local and regional artists. Select affordable works from a wide range of mediums; including glass, ceramics, painting and printmaking. Proceeds from the sale are split evenly between the Woodstock Art Gallery and the artists. These funds help support the programs of the Gallery.

 Spaces to Go and People Who Know

October 13 to November 18, 2017

The Suicide Prevention Oxford Leadership Coalition (SPOLC) is committed to understanding the best ways to respond to Woodstock residents’ mental health and wellbeing needs. Photovoice is a participatory action research approach that engages individuals or groups of people who usually do not have a say in decisions that affect their daily lives; it provides participants the opportunity to express their experiences and “speak” through photography.

 Visual Elements: 59th Annual Juried Exbibition

July 15 to September 23, 2017

Visual Elements: Annual Juried Exhibition celebrates the breadth and diversity of talent that resides in Oxford County. Now in its 59th year, the exhibition predates the formation of the Woodstock Art Gallery.

HISTORY

In 1959, an exceptional group of Woodstock citizens organized an open call art exhibition. The response was overwhelming, filling the entire lounge of the Badminton Club as well as the Little Theatre rooms. Due to the surprising success of this initiative the Oxford County of Art Association was formed and the annual juried exhibition became an important exhibition opportunity for its members and local artists. During the early 1960s it was the Oxford County of Art Association that lobbied various levels of government for the creation of the Woodstock Art Gallery as part of Canada’s centennial initiatives. Once established, the Woodstock Art Gallery carried on the tradition of this signature exhibition.

ABOUT THE JURORS

The Woodstock Art Gallery would like to thank this year’s jurors Gary Evans, Corinna Ghaznavi and Michael Hunter for the undertaking the difficult yet critical task of selecting the artwork for this exhibition. The WAG congratulates all submitting, participating and award winning artists for this year’s Visual Elements 59.

Gary Evans lives in Alliston, Ontario. His paintings are known for their investigations into landscape and perception. Exhibiting professionally since 1995, he has had over 20 exhibitions of new work and most recently was the subject of the survey show Farther Afield at the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, Ontario. Gary Evans is an instructor at Georgian College Fine Arts program in Barrie and is represented by Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto.

Corinna Ghaznavi is an independent curator and freelance writer. Since 1997 she has curated exhibitions across Canada and in the Netherlands. Her writing has been published in Canadian and European art magazines as well as in numerous exhibition catalogues. In 2011 she completed her PhD, which focused on the question of the animal in contemporary art. Ghaznavi was the Artistic Director of the Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film between 2012 and 2015 and Public Art coordinator for the City of Markham between 2013 and 2017. She has taught art history, theory, and curatorial practices at Georgian College, University of Western Ontario, Sheridan College and OCADU. Recent exhibitions include Human Nature at the Carleton University Art Gallery and University Art Galleries at the University of Saskatchewan, and Writing Topography, the Marion McCain Biannual of Contemporary Atlantic Canadian Art at the Beaverbrook Art. Ghaznavi lives and works in Grey County, Ontario.

Michael A. Hunter was born in Brantford, Ontario in 1969 and moved from his family dairy farm to Muir, Ontario in 1976. He attended Fanshawe College in London, receiving a Diploma in Fine Art in 1991. In 1993, he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Windsor. He then moved to Temple, Texas, living there until 1997. Hunter’s next move was to Hamden, Connecticut, where he resided for six years before moving to Woodstock, Ontario in 2003. He studied to be a Mechanical Heating and Cooling Technician at Fanshawe College in Woodstock, receiving a diploma in 2004. Today, Hunter is a self-employed custom picture framer, renovator, landscaper, and heating and cooling systems installer. He also manages rental properties. His artwork has been exhibited in Canada and the United States in addition to being featured in private collections. Hunter is a husband and a father of three beautiful children, which he considers to be his greatest accomplishment.

 

LIST OF ARTISTS IN VISUAL ELEMENTS 59:

Mike Brouse

Tracey-Mae Chambers

Michael de Belleval

Jamie Dickson

Mary Donlan

Tristan Eekhoff

Wayne Gascho

Pat Gibson

Cathy Groulx

Anne Hamilton

Bruce Hartley

Ruth Hartley

Heather Vollans

Aaron Hoiting

Scott Livingstone

Angela Lorenzen

Paula McLean

Rita Milton

Steve Money

Brian Reynolds

Mercedes Schuster

Sue Simpson

Wojciech Strahl

Linda J. Trowell

Woodfield Woodfield

Micheal Zarowsky

 

Sponsored by: Scotiabank

 Michael Hunter: Taking the Natural and Forcing it into a Constructed State

July 15 to September 23, 2017

As a skilled carpenter, Michael Hunter incorporates construction and found building materials in his large-scale works depicting landscapes, animals, objects, and abstract forms. Often forming his pieces through the layering and joining together of large sheets of discarded plywood, Hunter builds a canvas that is both a surface to be molded and a guide in the creation of his work. At each step of a work’s progress, Hunter allows the materials to steer his vision, resolving aesthetic problems within the piece while simultaneously creating more problems of colour, line, and form. Composition is paired with bold colour choices and designs, as tension builds through contrasting textures and aesthetics. Sculpture and painting merge within each piece as a result of the emphasis on the materials at hand, yet a single, unified work emerges.

 Steven Livick: Midway

July 15 to September 23, 2017

Guest Curator: Matthew Ryan Smith

Features the work of London, Ontario-based artist Stephen Livick and his series of carnival photographs. These fascinating works, which have never been shown together before, are part of the collection of the McIntosh Gallery at the University of Western Ontario. Livick’s photographs examine how the carnival, traditionally considered to be a site of pleasure and amusement, can double as a site of melancholy.

 

 ART BEAT: The Ripple Effect

April 8 to June 23, 2017

Coordinated by Stephanie Porter, Head of Education 

Art Beat: The Ripple Effect is a hands-on, process-oriented mentorship program and exhibition, offered in partnership with Oxford County School Boards. The project encourages art appreciation, self-expression and cross curricular problem-solving skills. Together, professional artists and students critically reflect upon topical issues influencing their lives, relationships and experiences. Teachers in Oxford County apply to be a part of this project. Two classes, a junior and a senior class are randomly selected from the entries to receive a series of in-class, hands-on workshops. Students learn the elements and principles of design, explore new ideas and are enriched by the experience of working alongside a professional artist.

 

This year’s junior class was Mrs. Keys’ grade 3/4 class from Oliver Stephens Public School. A glass mosaic collage project was developed with Brantford artist, Heather Vollans. Ms. MacDonald’s grade 10/12 class at College Avenue Secondary School represented the senior category and Woodstock artist, Mercedes Schuster explored drawing and chalk pastels with the students.

As always, the project becomes as much about the personal growth of the young artists and their mentors as the final artworks created. Students are empowered to share their thoughts, creative process and achievements with visitors to the exhibit. This year, the Ripple Effect is moving beyond the classroom, and will be included and featured in a new youth driven event, YOUTHQUAKE. This event celebrates the youth in our community showcasing their talents.

ART BEAT will continue to evolve, reach out and reflect possibilities for all who participate. At the Woodstock Art Gallery we celebrate creativity as diverse as the community in which we live.

 

Isumannivit: Your Own Thoughts

April 8 to November 17, 2017

Curated by Carling Spinney

There is no word for “art” in Inuktitut. Instead, Inuit use the word isumannivit (pronounced ee-soo-ma-nee-veet), which literally means “your own thoughts.” This translation offers an alternative concept of art, differing from an object-based understanding of the word. Isumannivit emphasizes art’s ability to express an individual’s thoughts, ideas, and experiences in the world. From this perspective, art becomes a mode of thinking rather than simply an object—one that is individualized and subjective. The artists in this exhibition depict their own thoughts in such a manner.

 Character Sketches

February 18, 2017 to January 27, 2018

Curated by Roberta Grosland, Head of Collections

Can we really tell a person’s character from their portrait?  The exhibition Character Sketches features over 20 portraits by more than a dozen artists from the Woodstock Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection as well as seven works on loan from the National Portrait Gallery.  The exhibition explores portraits of prominent citizens as well as depictions artists’ family and friends and self-portraits.  

 

 Roberta Bondar: Windows into the Wild

 February 18 to June 30, 2017

“Back on the ground I searched for a way to express what I had seen from space and how I felt about the planet. I wanted to show Earth through photography…and to reach as many viewers as possible, to encourage them to love and respect our special part of planet Earth.” (Roberta Bondar, Passionate Vision, 2000)

Our Earth is covered in both lush and barren landscapes; robust rivers and sinewy streams; intricate ecosystems teeming with life or possibly disappearing forever. Ours is a planet defined by opposites, and above all, biodiversity.

Roberta Bondar’s photography is rooted in a deep sense of respect for the planet we call home. In 1992, Bondar would become known to Canada and the world when she embarked on an eight-day spaceflight aboard the Discovery space shuttle. Roberta herself is many things: astronaut, neurologist, physician, environmentalist, and, as in this exhibition, photographer.

In outer space, she was struck by the overwhelming contrast of life-filled Earth and the perpetual blackness beyond, each separated by only a thin blue haze that is Earth’s atmosphere. Her photography practice may be interpreted according to opposites (such as land and sky), but also through a convergence of these opposites (horizons). Bondar has noted her fascination with the binary of land and sky, but also with the point at which they meet: horizons. This theme emerges time and again in her photographs. Roberta Bondar’s planetary perspective guides her photographic practice; she is concerned with all life on Earth.

ORGANIZED AND CIRCULATED BY THE ROBERTA BONDAR FOUNDATION

PHOTOS BY DR. ROBERTA L. BONDAR

Sponsored by: Meridian Credit Union

 

 Devona Paquette: A Bold Approach

February 18 to April 1, 2017

Curated by: Carling Spinney

Devona Paquette (1930-1993) was born in Woodstock, ON. An active community member, Paquette was a well-known watercolour artist who showed her work with great success both regionally and internationally. After working as a graphic designer in Toronto and as a property designer for the Stratford Festival, Paquette moved to Kitchener and began her career as a freelance artist and instructor. In 1974, Paquette and her husband moved to Ayr, ON, where she became a beloved artist in the local community and beyond.

Paquette was best known for her watercolours of rural Ontario, which she tried to capture on paper before the old barns and homes she so dearly loved completely disappeared. This exhibition is a retrospective of Paquette’s artistic practice, taking its name from a 1976 quote of the artist describing her approach to watercolour.

 What is a Bully?

February 18 to April 1, 2017

Curated by Stephanie Porter, Head of Education

The focus of What is a BULLY? is to bring awareness through the creative process and to eliminate bullying starting at a local level. This interactive exhibition invites everyone to experience artist, Patricia Herlovitch's interpretation of What is a BULLY? through the children's book she illustrated and wrote.

In partnership with Canadian Mental Health Association – Oxford Branch

 Animals in the Artic: Polar Bears

February 18 to April 1, 2017

Curated by Carling Spinney

As part of the continuing series, Animals of the Arctic, this mini exhibition explores contemporary Inuit drawings of polar bears. Traditionally, polar bears (nanuq in Inuktitut) have had an important spiritual presence in Inuit life. Both feared for the danger they pose and admired for their incredible power, polar bears are greatly respected in Inuit culture. Through hunting, cultural myths, and shamanic rituals, polar bears are deeply embedded in both traditional and contemporary Inuit life. The drawings in this exhibition showcase select works from the Woodstock Art Gallery’s 2016 acquisition of more than 230 works from the Museum of Inuit Art (now permanently closed).

2016 Art Gallery Past Exhibitions

 Printmakers Passion

November 25, 2016 to July 2, 2017

In 2016, the Woodstock Art Gallery acquired a collection of prints generously donated by Robert Creighton. The selected works in this exhibition illustrate the range of artistic expression possible in printmaking. Specific works act as a lens through which an examination of diverse printmaking techniques may follow.

 Wojciech Strahl: the Best Friends....My Angels

November 25, 2016 to January 21, 2017

Within the last three years, a new direction has appeared in the artist’s work. Strahl’s current focus is miniature bas-relief, iconographic sculpture. His unique angel sculptures are carved from wood in a precise manner, transforming traditionally painted icons into carved bas-relief icons. Today, an artistic practice based on carved icons is rare. When Strahl’s angel project is completed, there will be approximately 1,000 carved icons. This will be a unique collection of wood relief sculptures never before presented in such quantity, form, and style.

 6th Annual 50/50 Exhibition & Sale

November 25 to December 10, 2016

The 50/50 Exhibition & Sale offers a diverse selection of artwork for purchase, all created by local and regional artists. Select affordable works from a wide range of mediums; including glass, ceramics, painting and printmaking. Proceeds from the sale are split evenly between the Woodstock Art Gallery and the artists. These funds help support the programs of the Gallery.

 Miss Carlyle's Success

October 14, 2016 to September 16, 2017

Curated by Roberta Grosland, Head of Collections

Miss Carlyle’s Success highlights Woodstock artist Florence Carlyle’s (1864 – 1923) career in North America. In 1896 Carlyle returned to Canada after six years spent studying art in France. This exhibit showcases works Carlyle produced over the next 15 years, the most critically and commercially successful period of her artistic career. Carlyle’s 1902 painting The Tiff, now a part of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Permanent Collection, was the key work of that period and pivotal in establishing Carlyle’s national reputation. The Woodstock Art Gallery is thrilled the Art Gallery of Ontario has graciously lent The Tiff for this exhibition in recognition of the Woodstock Art Gallery’s 50th anniversary.

 Greg Staats: Photographic Works from 1995 to Present

October 14, 2016 to Jauary 21, 2017

Guest Curator: Patricia Deadman

Greg Staats, Kanien'kehá:ka (b. Ohsweken, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory) is a photographer and video artist whose installation works combine language, mnemonics and the natural world as an ongoing process of reconnecting with a Haudenosaunee restorative aesthetic that defines the multiplicity of relationships with trauma and renewal.

 Creative Connections

October 14 to November 19, 2016

Studies have shown that creativity remains even after diseases of the mind have created difficulties with communication and day to day activities. Artistic endeavours and music create neural pathways that can connect when words may not have meaning. The Alzheimer Society of Oxford in partnership with the Woodstock Art Gallery is grateful to the Government of Canada for their New Horizons for Seniors
Program Grant. This grant has provided the opportunity to offer two sessions of art experimentation to our clients and support for their family members and friends. Our art projects have included sculpture, printmaking, painting and mixed-media collage. Benefits of art therapy include:

  • Freedom of expression when the spoken word is difficult,
  • Joy of the artistic process and personal accomplishment,
  • Expressing emotions and the true self,
  • Improving quality of life.

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 See What I See

October 14 to November 19, 2016

See What I See has been mounted in partnership with Good Beginnings, Oxford Community Child Care, Tavistock Preschool and the Woodstock Art Gallery to celebrate the Week of the Child. The images on display were taken by children from birth to age 12, using digital cameras or iPads to capture an unedited moment. Children are attracted to what is happening now and in front of them. See What I See is an opportunity to reflect on how children learn and how they observe.

 Florence Carlyle: Woodstock Girl in Paris

July 16 to November 19, 2016

Curated by Roberta Grosland, Head of Collections

In 1890, Florence Carlyle (1864 – 1923) travelled from Woodstock, Ontario to Paris, France to study art.  When she returned to Canada six years later, it was as a professional artist.  Florence Carlyle: A Woodstock Girl in Paris features paintings and drawings executed during Carlyle’s years abroad.

 Visual Elements 58: Annual Juried Exhibition

July 16 to September 23, 2016

Visual Elements: Annual Juried Exhibition celebrates the breadth and diversity of talent that resides in Oxford County. Now in its 58th year, the exhibition predates the formation of the Woodstock Art Gallery.

HISTORY

In 1959, an exceptional group of Woodstock citizens organized an open call art exhibition. The response was overwhelming, filling the entire lounge of the Badminton Club as well as the Little Theatre rooms. Due to the surprising success of this initiative the Oxford County of Art Association was formed and the annual juried exhibition became an important exhibition opportunity for its members and local artists. During the early 1960s it was the Oxford County of Art Association that lobbied various levels of government for the creation of the Woodstock Art Gallery as part of Canada’s centennial initiatives. Once established, the Woodstock Art Gallery carried on the tradition of this signature exhibition.

ABOUT THE JURORS

The Woodstock Art Gallery would like to thank this year’s jurors Cathy Groulx, Olga Korper and John McEwen for the undertaking the difficult yet critical task of selecting the artwork for this exhibition. The WAG congratulates all submitting, participating and award winning artists for this year’s Visual Elements 58.

Cathy Groulx was born in London, Ontario. She works in a representational style in traditional oils on canvas and accepts commissions that are drawn from photo references. She has exhibited in galleries in the USA, France and Denmark, and has work in private collections in England, Ireland, Vietnam, Australia, Poland and Japan. She curated an exhibition with seven artists that went to the Netherlands to represent Canada in 2009. The County of Oxford commissioned a painting for a gift to Taiwan. She regularly lectures and teaches, paints murals and judges photography and art competitions. Her work is in numerous corporate and permanent collections, including The Government of Ontario. She is an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists. As an avid gardener, her work often includes some aspect of nature, and her love of colour and texture is very apparent in her work.

Olga Korper has been director of the Olga Korper Gallery for more than 40 years, having dedicated her life and career to the service of conceptual contemporary art. She has worked tirelessly with serious collectors in both private and corporate spheres, placing artwork in homes, museums, banks, and businesses around the world. Olga served 8 years on the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board, 3 years on the board for the Contact Photography Festival, and in 2013 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Art Dealer’s Association of Canada. Olga has consistently been a source of wisdom and guidance for artists, fellow dealers, and aspiring collectors, granting an audience to anyone who seeks advice in her Queendom – the kitchen of 17 Morrow Avenue. Since 1989 the gallery has doubled as Olga’s home, where she can be spotted with a cappuccino and her royal hound, Kiwi.

John McEwen was born in Toronto in 1945. He currently lives and works in Hillsdale, Ontario. Co-founder and former director of A Space, John McEwen was honored in 2007 with a Doctorate of Fine Arts from The University of Lethbridge, Alberta. He is recognized both internationally and across Canada for his many site-specific installations and public commissions. McEwen is best known for his use of stars as sculptural elements as well as naturalistic images, flame cut from massive metal slabs. For McEwen, the dog/wolf image becomes an object-sign that reveals the close inter-connection between nature and culture. The animal silhouettes provoke multiple meanings, and the relationship between objects and the negative space between them reflects the reciprocal gaze of life and art. His works are often informed by poetic and art historical sources as well as drawing upon the rich history of the Canadian landscape.

List of Artists in Visual Elements 58:

Natalie Brock

Mike Brouse

Gil Caldwell

Sarah Cowling

Jamie Dickson

Tristan Eekhoff

Drew Ellwood

Ellen Erenberg

Pat Gibson

Anita Granger

Bruce Hartley

Ruth Hartley

Ralph Heather

Michael Hunter

Angela Lorenzen

Kristine MacGregor

Kathe Merilovich

Rita Milton

Mercedes Schuster

Wojciech Strahl

Linda Trowell

Linda Yeoman

 

Sponsored by: Scotiabank

 Cathy Groulx: Painting Life

July 16 to September 23, 2016

Considered a treasure of Woodstock, Cathy Groulx has established herself as an accomplished oil painter, whom is recognized not only for her landscapes and rural scenes but also is regularly commissioned for portraits and figurative work.

Supported by:

 Beyond the bush garden MUZZIN & DE LANGE

July 16 to September 23, 2016

Tyler Muzzin and Samuel de Lange’s ongoing projects are informed by the development of working research methodologies and theories concerning representations of landscapes as they relate to histories, archives, ideas of transmission and reception, social ecology, and contemporary culture.

Joanne Vegso: Exploration with Still Life

April 9 to July 2, 2016

"I find great joy in selecting items for a still life painting. This is where the adventure begins. Sometimes I combine shapes, colours and forms that will dance well together. Other times I let my intuition hone in on objects that just feel right in my gut. I put a lot of time into the arrangement and again instinct tells me when it works. Good composition is essential to my work, the play of movement, rhythm within the painting surface, translating the real life objects and interpreting them as I go. I react to the scene in front of me and my response is directly connected to where I am at that moment in time. A successful finished painting illustrates my experience or adventure between still life and the energy and action of painting." Joanne Vegso

Observations from the Glass House

February 13, 2016 to January 21, 2017

Curated by Roberta Grosland, Head of Collections

The permanent collection works that make up Observations from the Glass House span half a century, eight artists and a variety of media. Some pieces celebrate the beauty of nature, other mourn the toll humans inflict on both the environment and other species that share our glass house. All encourage the viewer to really look at their surroundings, to question what they see and to engage in a discussion. After all, we must work out how best to manage and maintain this fragile house we all share.

 

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Joe Lima & Walter Redinger: Unlimited Possibilities

February 13 to July 2, 2016

This exhibition marks the first time that Lima’s and Redinger’s work has been presented together in a dedicated fashion. The title, Unlimited Possibilities, is a nod not only to the extensive conversations that these two artists shared, but also to the approach of each to the pure materiality of their work. Both Lima and Redinger share the ability to magically transform material, and neither is deterred by physical limitations. 

Supported by the Ontario Arts Council 

 

Exhibition Catalogue

ART BEAT: The Ripple Effect

February 13 to April 2, 2016

Coordinated by Stephanie Porter, Head of Collections

Congratulations to Ms. McMahon's grade 5 class at Springbank P.S. with London artist, Sarah Cowling and Mr. Hoekstra's grade 10/11 class at Huron Park S.S. with London artist, Ron Milton.

 

2015 Art Gallery Past Exhibitions

The 5th Annual 50/50 Exhibition & Sale 

November 28 to December 13, 2015

The 50/50 Exhibition & Sale offers a diverse selection of artwork for purchase, all created by local and regional artists. Select affordable works from a wide range of mediums; including glass, ceramics, painting and printmaking. Proceeds from the sale are split evenly between the Woodstock Art Gallery and the artists. These funds help support the programs of the Gallery.

Silent Partners: Prima Ballerina Evelyn Hart's Signature costumes from an Extraordinary Career

October 9, 2015 to January 9, 2016

Coordinator: Caroline Hamilton, MA

Exhibition Advisor: Anne Armit

Silent Partners: Prima Ballerina Evelyn Hart’s Signature Costumes from an Extraordinary Career features costumes, tutus and accompanying headdresses that trace the career of one of Canada’s most celebrated and loved ballerinas. Hart refers to her costumes as her “silent partners” and due to her quest for perfection; she has been intimately involved in the design and construction in each, principally with costume designer Anne Armit. Originally from the London, Ontario area Hart left home at 17 to join the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and within a few short years became an international sensation. After a memorable career that has spanned over 35 years, Hart has returned home to teach at the National Ballet of Canada in Toronto and to spend time with friends and family in the London and Stratford areas. This exhibition is not only a celebration of her career, but of the incredible talent that has gone into designing and creating her costumes. Costume designer Anne Armit, who is based in Stratford acted as expert advisor on this project along with social historian, Caroline Hamilton who hails from London, England.

 Lasting Impressions: Historical European Prints

 October 9, 2015 to June 2016

On display in the Dr. Leonard Reeves Permanent Collection Gallery is Woodstock’s very own Rembrandt. This work was purchased along with a series of other notable historical European prints from the Art Gallery of Ontario with funds drawn from the Art Acquisition Reserve. Pulled together under the umbrella of Lasting Impressions, this exhibition provides a strong overview of the practice and skill of printmaking over the last 200 years.

 See What I See

 October 9, 2015 to January 2016

See What I See has been mounted in partnership with Good Beginnings, Oxford Community Child Care, Tavistock Preschool and the Woodstock Art Gallery to celebrate the Week of the Child. The images on display were taken by children from birth to age 12, using digital cameras or iPads to capture an unedited moment. Children are attracted to what is happening now and in front of them. See What I See is an opportunity to reflect on how children learn and how they observe.

 Art of Sunstainable Energy Project

 July 22 to September 2015

 

Art-of-Sustainability

Sustainability is an approach to meeting the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own. It takes into account the short and long-term ecological, social, and economic consequences of our actions and emphasizes both environmental and human well-being as essential ends in themselves.

Recent technological advancements in energy storage, generation, and transportation are converging to form both opportunities and threats. It is critical that we understand the current evolution to begin planning for a smarter, and more efficient energy system.

The Whites Lane microGRID project is an example of how many key partners can work together to bring these emerging technologies to a small, electricity supply system in downtown Woodstock. The microGRID is located behind the Art Gallery, on the roof of Woodstock Hydro. Whites Lane is the alleyway that runs between the neighbouring buildings, and is named after the local turn-of-the-century businessman John White.

This exhibit is a collaboration between Woodstock Hydro and the Woodstock Art Gallery. It is a vehicle to share with the public a vision for a renewable and sustainable future. The photographs on display were created in locations around Ontario by students from the Environmental Visual Communication Program at Fleming College.

We invite you to be a partner in this transition and encourage you to share your own thoughts and concerns as we work together to build a clean, and sustainable energy future.

 Visual Elements 57: Annual Juried Exhibition and Sale

July 18 to September 26, 2015

Visual Elements: Annual Juried Exhibition celebrates the breadth and diversity of talent that resides in Oxford County. Now in its 57th year, the exhibition predates the formation of the Woodstock Art Gallery.

 

HISTORY

In 1959, an exceptional group of Woodstock citizens organized an open call art exhibition. The response was overwhelming, filling the entire lounge of the Badminton Club as well as the Little Theatre rooms. Due to the surprising success of this initiative the Oxford County of Art Association was formed and the annual juried exhibition became an important exhibition opportunity for its members and local artists. During the early 1960s it was the Oxford County of Art Association that lobbied various levels of government for the creation of the Woodstock Art Gallery as part of Canada’s centennial initiatives. Once established, the Woodstock Art Gallery carried on the tradition of this signature exhibition.

The Woodstock Art Gallery would like to thank this year’s jurors Ted Fullerton and Natalka Husar for their rigorous and considered selection of artwork. The Gallery also congratulates the artists that are part of Visual Elements 57 and thanks the participation and interest of all the artists who submitted work.

JURORS’ COMMENTS

As an invited artist juror to select work for an exhibition it is the responsibility of that person to ensure the selection of artwork reflects a high standard of creative uniqueness. This is not always an easy task when it is also their job to determine the appropriate number of works from such a large number of submissions for a given space assuring the selection of work brings a distinctive experience to all who engage with it. It is the purpose of art to facilitate the individual with an opportunity to go where they were not able to go on their own. It is my belief that if you come to a work of art with more than what it brings to you, it has not fulfilled its ultimate purpose and this is always the fundamental premise for my selections in a juried exhibition and my overall engagement of appreciation in the breadth of the creative endeavor.
– Ted Fullerton


Being on the jury felt like this:
Imagine being at a soiree in a new city in a new country in a room full of people you never met all speaking a language you don’t know.
Everyone is socializing but you gravitate towards some because they’re so expressive with their gestures that you know what they might be talking about even if you don’t understand the words. And then you get what they’re saying because you recognize the emotional pitch in their voice. You know it’s authentic. Suddenly you’re not in a room full of strangers.
This is what it felt like to encounter the work that I supported for this exhibition.
– Natalka Husar

JURORS’ BIOS

A prolific painter, printmaker and sculptor, Ted Fullerton graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1976. In the late 1970s Fullerton studied Per-Columbian art in South America. Fullerton has recently retired from the role of Professor and Department Head of the Design and Visual Arts Department at Georgian College, Barrie. Having received consistent critical acknowledgement for his intuitive figurative work, Fullerton has been the subject of many solo exhibitions. Fullerton’s work is represented in numerous private and public collections across Canada and throughout the United States. In the last five years he has created and installed major public art commissions in Barrie, Guelph and Kitchener.

Natalka Husar was born in 1951 in New Jersey to Ukrainian immigrant parents and in 1973, after graduating from Rutgers University, she moved to Toronto. Since 1990 Husar has been an associate professor in the Drawing and Painting program at OCAD University. Her themes in painting since the 1980’s have been of identities in displacement, the guilt of surviving an obliterated homeland, the re-invention of oneself and the role of the artist in painting this history. Husar has exhibited extensively across Canada, is represented in numerous public collections including the National Gallery and has received grants from the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and SSHRC.

SELECTED WORKS

Artist Title Medium
Judy Archer (Orillia) Early Morning, St. Joseph-de-la-Rive, 2015 Oil on Board, 81.5 x 61.5 x 3.4 cm 
Lynda Baughman (London) Sunset Over Littlewood, 2015 Oil, 70 x 70 x 70 cm
Margaret Brock (Simcoe) Colour Unsaturated, 2015 Mixed Plaster Acrylic, 19.5 x 15.5 x 2 cm
Mike Brouse (Woodstock) Shapeshifter, 2015 91 x 122 x 4 cm 
Tracey-Mae Chambers (Simcoe) Trussed Flesh, 2015  Encaustic 
Barbara Clark-Fleming (Woodstock)  The Country School House, 2015  Acrylic on Masonite, 59 x 69 x 2 cm 
Jamie Dickson (Burgessville)  Spooky Hollow, 2014  Acrylic, 45.72 x 61 x 0.3175 cm 
Tristan Eekhoff (Park Hill)  Unclear?, 2014  Acrylic, 48 x 64 cm 
Samantha George-Easton (Walkerton) Alistair, 2015  Photography, 20 x 20 x 4 cm 
Pat Gibson (Woodstock)  Sunset Behind the Hedge, 2015  Oil on Mylar, 183 x 107 cm 
Anita Granger (Ilderton)  Cire Peardue, 2014  Bronze and Acrylic, 25 x 8 x 8 cm 
Mary Groombridge (Sarnia)  Where's Alice?, 2014  Acrylic, 121.9 x 91.4 cm 
Samantha Hanrath (Canfield)  Trust Fall, 2014  Original Printmaking - Woodcut, 30 x 46 cm 
Ruth Hartley (Innerkip)  Wave Lenghts, 2015  Clay, 10 x 57 x 24 cm 
Ralph Heather (Paris) Sitting in my Fargo, 2014  Original Printmaking - Woodcut, 30 x 46 cm 
Michael A. Hunter (Woodstock)  When Do I Get My Freedom Back, 2015  Oil on Plywood, 119 x 249 x 5 cm 
Angela Lorenzen (Thorndale)  Church Window, 2015  Acrylic on Panel, 75 x 50 x 2.5 cm 
Paula McLean (Bright's Grove)  Warwick, 2015  Oil on Canvas, 183 x 213 x 5 cm 
Valerie O'Flynn (Stratford)  Murdered, missing, dead, gone, 2014  Acrylic on Canvas, 148.59 x 54.61 cm 
Wojciech Strahl (Woodstock)  Come on...It's just a few steps more..., 2015  Stone, Metal and Wood, 30 x 39 x 7 cm 
Mercedes Victoria (Woodstock) The Admiration of Beauty, 2014 Chalk Pastel, 78 x 58 x 2 cm
 The Solstice Project

 May 9 to June 2015

Sound Canvas Screening: Solstice: The Age of Innocence

A new art form created by Duane Thomas, a sound canvas (short film) is a series of animated images in motion accompanied by music also composed by Duane Thomas.

Also, featuring artists Urszula Kumala, Justyna Baba, Alyssa Getz and St. Mary's C.H.S Art Students.

 

 Threadworks

 May 16 to July 4, 2015

Under the theme of “water” this juried exhibition features an impressive variety of techniques. Artists are represented from across Canada and the Ontario Network of Needle Workers.

 Me beyond what you see

 April 17 to April 25 2015

The Me beyond what you see art contest challenged local grade five students to reflect on the things that others can’t see and celebrate the body they have, focusing on qualities other than physical and positive body image. Media and social pressures make youth feel “less-than-perfect” and can instill a negative self-image at an early age; this contest was an opportunity for young students to learn about and resist these pressures. Grade five students in Oxford County were invited to submit art pieces that showed the Me beyond what you see for a chance exhibit at the Woodstock Art Gallery. Oxford County Public Health School nurses assist teachers with implementing the Ontario Health and Physical Activity curriculum (including the Growth and Development Strands for grades 5-8) and can help school staff and school councils address school-based health issues, like nutrition, physical activity, injury prevention, healthy relationships, substance and smoking cessation.

 

Participating schools:


East Oxford Public School
Holy Family Catholic French Immersion
Northdale Public School
Roch Carrier French Immersion Public School
Southside Public School
Springbank Public School
St. Michael's Catholic Elementary School
St. Patrick’s Catholic Elementary School
Tavistock Public School
Winchester Street Public School
Woodstock Christian School

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 Canada on Canvas

February 14 to May 2, 2015

Curated by: Andrew Kear, Curator of Historical Canadian Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery

Canada on Canvas spans a century of artistic production, from 1880 to1980. The exhibition draws together key pieces from the Winnipeg Art Gallery's permanent collection of historical Canadian art and includes work by 34 of this country's most esteemed painters. It cosolidates a wide range of portraits, landscapes, and non-figurative paintings created by artists from the Maritimes to the West Coast. 

Presenting a selection of different perspectives from which to understand Canada, its geography and history, this exhibition is not an exhaustive survey. A painting's power is, in part, its silent and unsettling ambivalence, its ability to enliven a sense of shared experience, but also remind us of the competing interests that underpin our differences.

Canada on Canvas celebrates aspects of this country's painting tradition by highlighting three overlapping themes: people, place, and paint. These categories criss-cross histories and regions, and allow for a multi-layered look at how painterly subjects and techniques have evolved in different locations, at different historical moments. The exhibition offers various perspectives on the relationship between artistic expression and a country's inhabitants, its landscape, historical experiences, and, perhaps most importantly, the collective, and sometimes competing, ideas and narratives through which Canadians understand themselves.

 

2014 Art Gallery Past Exhibitions

 Tom Thomson: Tangle & Season

March 29, 2014

Find out more about the man and the mystery. Join Virginia Eichhorn for this informal talk. Friends of the Art Gallery will be providing coffee & cookies. Virginia Eichhorn has worked in the visual arts field for over twenty-five years and is the Director & Chief Curator of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Billy Bishop and Owen Sound Marine and Rail Museums. 

 4th Annual Exhibition & Sale

November 28 to December 13, 2013

The 50/50 Exhibition & Sale provides opportunity for the community to celebrate and support local artists and Gallery programming. Local artists from various stages in their career present a wide variety of media; from ceramic, to photography; jewellery to weaving; painting in oils, acrylics, mixed media and watercolour; pastel and ink drawing, sculpture and collage, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Prices are limited to up to $150.

 Female Self Representation and the Public Trust: Mary E Wrinch and the AGW Collections

September 24, 2014 to January 5, 2015

An artist, educator and property owner; Mary Wrinch was an atypical woman for her generation. Trained initially in the art of the miniature, she moved on to paint oils on panel boards and enlarged stretched canvases beginning in the 1910s, followed by printmaking in the 1920s. Wrinch eventually married prominent artist and architect George Agnew Reid (1860-1947) in 1922, following the death of his first wife Mary Heister (1854 -1922). Many of Wrinch's prints were the result of her forays around Wychwood Park where she resided with Reid in his landmark Arts and Crafts home, the "Upland Cottage," and where the artist-couple were to spend the remainder of their lives. This exhibition re-opens her practice for study and profiles the work of an important artist through the lens of artist-couple histories and gender analysis.

Circulated by the Art Gallery of Windsor

 Beyond Function & Dimensions

July 5 to September 13, 2014

BEYOND FUNCTION

The contemporary ceramist is often faced with the dilemma of choosing between making a line of functional pieces, where the uniformity of the work is the hallmark of the artist, or branching off into one-of-a-kind sculptural work, where the modeling skills of the artist take precedence over production methods (the use of coils, slabs and wheel thrown forms) and the medium that are the trademark of the ceramist.  The alternative option that more and more ceramists are turning to is the production of often, large scale pieces, that while they are based on classical vessel forms, can stand alone as sculptural expressions /objects of beauty, where the artist’s vision outweighs the practical everyday usefulness of the object.  Each one of these artists lives locally in Southern Ontario, from Mississauga to London and is an important member of their arts community.

 

DIMENSIONS

Dimensions is the Saskatchewan Craft Council's touring, juried, exhibition of Fine Craft open to all Saskatchewan craftspeople. Dimensions is a dynamic, colourful exhibition of 35 Fine Craft works in a wide variety of media. 2013 celebrated the 30th Dimensions exhibition organized by the Saskatchewan Craft Council.

The exhibition was selected by Michael Hosaluk, Saidye Bronfoman Award winning wood worker, designer, and educator from Saskatoon. Michael has much previous experience with Dimensions as a participating artist, awards winner, and juror. The out-of-province juror was Susan Rankin, a glass artist from Apsley, Ontario. Susan grew up in Saskatchewan and maintains family and artistic ties here. Her work is exhibited internationally and nationally.

122 craftspeople submitted 202 entries for consideration. Both new and experienced craftspeople submitted up to two handcrafted items for jurying. Dimensions features 35 works by 33 exceptionally talented Saskatchewan craftspeople – the best in Saskatchewan Fine Craft.

 

 Artists of Oxford: Phases

 May 10 to June 27, 2014

This exhibition highlights recent work by Artists of Oxford. Artists of Oxford (AO) is an organization that was established in 2007 to foster the development of visual arts in Oxford County and to promote and encourage art appreciation. The group is a support network for professional artists in the region bringing together people of all levels of artistic achievement. Join the artists for the opening celebration on May 16th, from 5 to 7pm. The evening entertainment includes music provided by Nick Bastian. A rare find on today's jazz scene – Nick brings a new, creative voice to the melodies of yesterday's masters. He is accompanied by his long-time left-hand man; the talented Joel Banks on upright bass.

 Visual Elements 56: Annual Juried Exhibition

April 26 to June 28, 2014

About the Exhibition

Now in its 56th year, this popular juried exhibition continues the long standing annual tradition of offering the best artwork created by Gallery members, Oxford County and regional artists. This year the Gallery received 101 submissions from all over southern Ontario, and in the end the jury selected 45 artworks to be included in the exhibition.

Juried exhibitions support the development of visual arts in our region, by providing a venue, for artists at all levels of development and of all genres and media, to exhibit their work. Artists are also given the opportunity to receive constructive feedback from jurors to help them cultivate their practice.

About the Jurors

Helen Gregory holds a BFA in painting, printmaking, and art history from Concordia University in Montreal, and a Master of Philosophy in humanities from Memorial University in St. John's. Her work has been featured exhibitions across Canada, as well as in the United States and in the United Kingdom. Her paintings and book-works are held in numerous public and private collections, including The National Gallery of Canada, The National Library of Canada, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Loto-Quebec Collection, and the Rooms Provincial Art Gallery. Gregory is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Western Ontario.

Peter Harris was born in London, Ontario in 1974, and currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. He completed a degree in Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo in 1997. In the years since he has exhibited his oil paintings in group and solo exhibitions in Canada and the United States. He has won several awards for his continuing series of urban inspired landscape paintings, including an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant and an Ontario Arts Council, Mid-Career project grant. His work can be found in private collections in Canada, the United States and Europe. He is represented by the Mira Godard Gallery in Toronto.

List of Visual Elements 56 Artists: 

Pat Armstrong

Rose Klein
Earle Barr Scott Livingstone
Ben Benedict Kate Lunes
Mike Brouse Irma Makariunaite
Gil Caldwell Ellen McIntosh-Green
Wilf Chappell Katherine Medlyn
Karen Cummings Michele Miller
Michael de Belleval Steve Money
Jerome Desmarais Dianne Payne
Tristan Eekhoff Gary Payne
Jenny Erb Aaron Robbins
Ellen Erenberg Benjamin Robinson
Pat Gibson Paulette Robertson
Sue Goossens Barry Schneider
Anita Granger Eric Gaston Simard
Mary Groombridge Carolyn Stasiuk
Cathy Groulx Wojciech Strahl
Samantha Hanrath David Vancook
Bruce Hartley Andrew Verhoeckx
Ruth Hartley Cynthia Williamson
Ralph Heather  
 The Little Gallery Guide Project

 March 8 to May 3, 2014

This project was made possible by support from The Cowan FoundationThe Little Gallery Guide Project allowed students to go behind the scenes at the Gallery, to look in-depth at exhibitions and explore art in the storage vault. Through a series of hands-on projects, junior researchers documented their experiences and discoveries, some of which are showcased in this exhibition. This project also gave youth an unexpected role in creating a professional publication for the public and their peers.

Special thanks to the students in Ms. Leuverink's grade 4/5 class at Central Public School in Woodstock for helping to produce this publication—created by students for young visitors and the community.

Thank you to Stacie Gowan, UWO Arts Management intern for her research and development of this project and to Alysia Avey, Deandra Mercer and St. Mary's Catholic High school co-op student, Chantelle Stringle for their efforts.

 Kim Moodie: All But Not

February 8 to April 19, 2014

Epics of visual speculative fiction, the drawings of London artist Kim Moodie seem to flow as streams, of dark yet humorous creativity, from an escape valve in the artist's imagination. The artist's particular narratives and inspirations ultimately remain with him but within the work the adventure is ours.

All But Not presents Moodie's latest drawings, including loans from public and private collections. They are some of his largest, most detailed works to date and are complemented by smaller-scale icons in raw grisaille. Moodie's weird subjects, each astounding in their meticulous depiction—leap from the page to assert their own irreverent personalities and take viewers on a journey into the heart of horror vacui.

An artwork has a life of its own modified by decisions, contemplated or intuitive, made during production and further mediated by the viewer. Therefore Moodie's works have a sense of melancholy, in his words: "as if there is never enough, not but all, all but not."

 Oxford Weavers & Spinners' 60th Anniversary Exhibit: Facets

 anuary 11 to March 1, 2014

THE OXFORD WEAVERS AND SPINNERS were organized in 1954 with Muriel Laird of Innerkip as the first president. This group started as the Oxford Weavers and in October 1989 became the Oxford Weavers and Spinners to foster the exchange ideas and promote the art of weaving and spinning with the people of Oxford County. This dynamic exhibition highlights the work of the guild as well as showcasing various techniques. If you have ever wondered how textiles are made, this exhibition will give you in sight into the various methods used.

Trunk/Fashion Show - come and get inspired! Many different garments and shawls will be shown. The work Inge has created over the last several years will be modeled by participants. The items have been made using many different weaving techniques and have been decorated with various types of embellishments. Four of the garments have been in the Convergence Fashion Show. During the show Inge will explain how each piece was woven and how some of the embellishments on the garments were made. Some of the items have been made with fabrics where Inge has combined tablet weaving and loom weaving. The guild will be providing refreshments. ALL ARE WELCOME. FREE.

The fashion show is part of the opening of the Oxford Weavers & Spinners' exhibition.  Please join guest speaker Ms. Inge Dam after the reception and celebrate her new book. www.ingedam.net

 Women's Labour
 WOMEN'S LABOUR SELECTIONS FROM WAG'S PERMANENT COLLECTION
(Community Gallery)

When Night comes on, unto our Home we go,
Our Corn we carry, and our Infant too;
Weary indeed! but 'tis not worth our while
Once to complain, or rest at ev'ry Stile;
We must make haste, for when we home are come,
We find again our Work has just begun;

While a great deal has changed in the working world in the last 275 years many can still identify with Collier who writes that "when we home are come, we find again our work has just begun". This exhibit looks at close to a century of woman's labour as interpreted by artists of WAG's permanent collection.

When Florence Carlyle painted Joy of Living in 1913, women represented about 13% of the paid labour force in Canada. Of course, most of the labour that women did was unpaid: looking after children, cooking, gardening and cleaning were considered women's duties. It is perhaps not surprising that acceptable paid work for women was often limited to servants, laundresses, dressmakers, nurses or teachers: all jobs associated with domestic skills or care giving. Of course there were exceptions: Florence Carlyle, for example, was a professional painter.

During wartime, especially the Second World War, women were encouraged to enter the workforce to keep the factories and farms running; however, when peace returned, married women were expected stay at home. Yet by 1951, women comprised 22% of the Canadian labour force but their career opportunities were still often limited.

Throughout the next several decades, women fought for equal pay and more career opportunities. In 1972, Canada ratified United Nation's Convention Concerning Equal Remuneration for Men and Women for Work of Equal Value, although legislation enforcing pay equity took over another decade to appear. For many women, entering the workforce became a necessity but they still found themselves responsible for the majority of childcare, eldercare and household chores.

By 1996, the year before Gerald Vaandering created Amsterdam/Pictograph, women made up 46% of the workforce and were not only beginning to be employed in traditional male fields but were also assuming positions of greater power and responsibility. Recently, the New York Times reported the reverse: more men are now working in traditional female dominated professions such as nursing or early childhood education than ever before. As well, men now do 50% more housework than they did in the 1970s and no doubt feel Collier's The Women's Labour could describe their lives.

Tho' early in the Morning 'tis begun,
'Tis often very late before we've done ;
Alas ! our Labours never know an End ;

Excerpts from The Woman's Labour, 1739

By Mary Collier (c. 1689-1762; English poet, laundress, writer)

2013 Art Gallery Past Exhibitions

 Interwoven

December 14, 2013 to February 2, 2014

Artists: Kenojuak Ashevak, Marion Drysdale, Florence Carlyle, Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige, James Houston, Frances Loring, Norval Morrisseau, Carl Ray, Patrick Thibert, Mary Wrinch and Ed Zelenak.

Interwoven explores some of the threads that connect ten of the Woodstock Art Gallery's recent acquisitions, all generous gifts with artworks that have been acquired over the last four decades by WAG.

The Woodstock Art Gallery's Permanent Collection has grown and developed over the last 46 years.  WAG's collection now consists of over 800 works of art and 250 artifacts.  The WAG's Acquisition Committee evaluates proposed acquisitions, whether donations, bequests or purchases against a set of criteria outlined in WAG's Collection Policy and only works that meet the standards are accepted into the WAG's Collection.

 

 The Song My Paddle Sings: 3rd 50/50 Exhibition & Sale

 November 15 to December 14, 2013

The 50/50 Exhibition and Sale provides opportunity for the community to celebrate and support local artists and Gallery programming. Local artists from various stages in their career present a wide variety of media; from ceramic, to photography; jewellery to weaving; painting in oils, acrylics, mixed media and watercolour; pastel and ink drawing, sculpture and collage, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Prices are limited to up to $150.

THE SONG MY PADDLE SINGS

E. PAULINE JOHNSON (1862 – 1913)

West wind, glow from your prairie nest,

Blow from the mountains, blow from the west.

The sail is idle, the sailor too;

O wind of the west, we wait for you!

Blow, blow!

I have wooed you so,

But never a favor you bestow.

You rock your cradle the hills between,

But scorn to notice my white lateen.

I stow the sail and unship the mast:

I wooed you long, but my wooing's past;

My paddle will lull you into rest:

O drowsy wind of the drowsy west,

Sleep, sleep!

By your mountains steep,

Or down where the prairie grasses sweep,

Now fold in slumber your laggard wings,

For soft is the song my paddle sings.

August is laughing across the sky,

Laughing while paddle, canoe and I

Drift, drift,

Where the hills uplift

On either side of the current swift.

The river rolls in its rocky bed,

My paddle is plying it's way ahead,

Dip, dip,

When the waters flip

In foam as over the breast we slip.

And oh, the river runs swifter now;

The eddies circle about my bow:

Swirl, swirl!

How the ripples curl

In many a dangerous pool awhirl!

And far to forward the rapids roar,

Fretting their margin for evermore;

Dash, dash,

With a mighty crash,

They seethe and boil and bound and splash.

Be strong, O paddle! Be brave, canoe!

The reckless waves you must plunge into.

Reel, reel,

On your trembling keel,

But never a fear my craft will feel.

We've raced the rapids; we're far ahead:

The river slips through its silent bed.

Sway, sway,

As the bubbles spray

And fall in tinkling tunes away.

And up on the hills against the sky,

A fir tree rocking its lullaby

Swings, swings,

Its emerald wings,

Swelling the song that my paddle sings.

 Visual Elements: 55th Annual Juried Exhibition

 October 12 to December 7, 2013

This popular exhibition continues the long standing annual tradition of offering the best artwork created by Gallery members, Oxford County and regional artists. The public is invited to celebrate this popular annual tradition! Artists are eligible to win one of the following prizes; "Best in Show" which is worth $250, one of 2 "Jurors Awards" worth $125 and the "People's Choice Award" which is worth $500. Come see the works, meet the artists and cast your ballot for the "People's Choice Award." Thank you to our judges: Bryce Kanbara from the you me Gallery and London Artist, Patrick Thibert! 

 Jane Buyers: Gather...Arrange...Maintain...

 August 10 to October 5, 2013

Over the last 30 years, contemporary Canadian artist Jane Buyers has made modes of investigation and inquiry the foundation for her practice. Trained in the era of Minimalism and Conceptualism, Buyers’ work reveals a fascination with the physicality of material and process. Consistently moving between a variety of approaches in drawing, sculpture and printmaking, Buyers has mined a range of media and methods. 

 Focus.... A Selection of Photographic Works

 July 13 to September 7, 2013

Artists: Earle Barr, Frances Barr, Cathy Bingham, Ralph Boniface, Yvonne Boniface, Jerry Cornell, Laura Cunningham, Bruce Hartley, Janice Marshall, John Novak, Colleen Rintoul, Ruth Ann Rule, Victor Whitcroft

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