WAG Past Exhibitions

2019 Exhibitions

Life on the Back of a Turtle: Woodlands and Plains Indigenous Art

Art gallery space with artwork hanging on the walls

Photo: Robert McNair

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

Curator: Maxine Noel, C.M.

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. 

In Conversation With... Podcast:

Curator Maxine Noel and artist Rick Beaver sat down with CKPC podcast host Rob Curwain to talk about the Life on the Back of the Turtle exhibition and their personal experience as artists.

Exhibition Brochure:

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Dancing on the Grave: Dil Hildebrand & Patrick Thibert

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Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: November 2, 2019 – January 25, 2020

Curator: Mary Reid, Director/Curator

Featuring recent works by Dil Hildebrand and Patrick Thibert, the tongue-in-cheek title of this exhibition conjures up associations to mortality and re-birth, but more directly references the genre of abstraction. In the last 100 years, abstraction has been sought after, theorized, given life and meaning to, only to be re-interpreted and re-invented many times over. Both Hildebrand and Thibert are part of this complex and faceted trajectory, coming to abstraction from their own individual positions of experience and place. Seen together, the works of Hildebrand and Thibert reveal shared common links but also the diverse tangents that the genre of abstraction possesses.

This exhibition is co-produced by the Woodstock Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Burlington.

Evolutionary Art by ErikFlock

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Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: November 2, 2019 – January 29, 2020

Mathematical Artist ErikFlock (a.k.a. F A.M. E) began his artistic career in Evolutionary Art in 2014 with a self-devised mathematical formula and a computer. ErikFlock is a digital colourist and mathematical theorist. He is the inventor of Digital Press Ink (DPI) for Digital Machine Art (Digimacha). ErikFlock envisions an algorithm to predict a pattern of prime numbers in a square, defines this pattern as a digital algorithm and creates a process to produce evolutionary art of artistic and technical merit "of equivalent infinity and figurative plausibility." His belief, simply stated, "Art Made Man."

The Artist's Landscape

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Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: July 13, 2019 – January 25, 2020

Curator: Julia de Kwant, Curatorial/Collections Assistant

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

9th Annual 50/50 Exhibition & Sale

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Photo: Robin De Angelis

Exhibition Run: September 21, 2019 – October 12, 2019 

The 9th Annual 50/50 Exhibition and Sale 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.

 

Visual Elements 61: Annual Juried Exhibition

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Photo: Robert McNair

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

Jurors: Jamie Dickson, Aidan Urquhart, Rhona Wenger

Visual Elements: Annual Juried Exhibition celebrates the breadth and diversity of talent that resides in Oxford County.

Artists:

  • Mike Brouse
  • Tracey-Mae Chambers
  • Rebecca Duhamel
  • Drew Ellwood
  • Wayne Gascho
  • Lisa Gerrard
  • Pat Gibson
  • Gail Gifford
  • Mary Groombridge
  • Cathy Groulx
  • Bruce Hartley
  • Brenda Hunniford
  • Anne King
  • Fleur-Ange Lamothe
  • Ann Loker
  • Jeff Lounsbury
  • Kristine MacGregor
  • Irma Makariunaite
  • Anna Maynard
  • Robin McLeod
  • Maya McManus
  • Wade Messenger
  • Steve Money
  • Jeffrey Pettit
  • Brian Reynolds
  • Deb Riopelle
  • Wojciech Strahl
  • Paulina Szczesny
  • Randy Thompson
  • Tabitha Verbuyst
  • Mercedes Victoria
  • Wayne Walker
  • Glen Yearsley
  • Linda Yeoman

Elements of Life: Recent Works by Jamie Dickson

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Photo: Robert McNair

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

Curator: Mary Reid, Director/Curator

Jamie Dickson’s paintings are most certainly rewarding. From the use of colour and spectacular ability to capture light, to the simple yet evocative subject matter; as the eye moves around each canvas, subtle nuances of nature, of life are revealed. After careful concentrated looking, the sounds of rippling water or the rustle of wind through the trees can almost be heard, faintly in the distance. Dickson possesses a keen eye for noticing the magic of life that surrounds every one of us. Collectively, his paintings speak to the power of the quiet moments that feed our imagination and lift our spirits. It is the elements of life that are the universal gifts we all share. Dickson offers up these true rewards for a reconsideration of their importance and significance. His paintings not only exhilarate and elate, they refresh and reset our frame of mind. 

Up From Below: Recent Works by Laura Bydlowska

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Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: July 13, 2019 – September 14, 2019

Curator: Carolyn Hickey, Head of Collections

Laura Bydlowska is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist whose unique practice combines fine art printmaking, painting, and pyrography (wood burning). Up From Below presents a series of recent works by Laura Bydlowska that challenge the idea of a landscape by exploring the underground linear movements that rise from beneath to form our natural world. 

Picturing Arctic Modernity: North Baffin Drawings from 1964

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Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: February 16, 2019 – June 30, 2019

Curator: Dr. Norman Vorano, Queen's National Scholar and Curator of Indigenous Art at Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Through 50 original drawings — created in 1964 by Inuit men and women of North Baffin Island — this exhibition explores a transformative era for the people of Canada’s Eastern Arctic. The drawings offer rare first-person perspectives on daily life, history and memory‎ during a time when Inuit communities were transitioning from traditional nomadic hunting camps to permanent settlements.

ART BEAT: The Ripple Effect 2019

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Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: May 4, 2019 – June 22, 2019

Coordinator: 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.

  • ART BEAT Junior: Mrs. Kaliy Patterson's Grade 3 students at Algonquin Public School with Burford artist Kristine MacGregor.
  • ART BEAT Senior: Mr. Martin Tshibwabwa's Grade 12 photography students at École Secondaire Catholique Notre-Dame with Ingersoll professional photographer, Trish Roberts.

Eating Animals

An installation of animal sculptures dressed in formal wear seated around a dinner table

Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: February 16, 2019 – April 27, 2019 

Curator: Mary Reid, Director/Curator

Eating Animals is a darkly humorous puppet installation that playfully explores the idea of what — and who — we consume. Created by The Enormous Elsewhere, Alexa Fraser and Clelia Scala.

 

 2018 Exhibitions

The Loved Object: Recent Acquisitions

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Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: November 10, 2018 – October 2019

Curator: Adam Whitford, 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 emotional investments. The artworks featured in The Loved Object were acquired by the Woodstock Art Gallery in the last six years and have been subject to the passions of their owners, past and present. This exhibition represents a cross-section of the strengths of the WAG collection in historical European prints, drawings and fibre art by Inuit artists, champions of Canadian Modernism, as well as a growing collection of contemporary art.

Exhibition Brochure:

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The Art of the Warner Bros. Cartoons

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Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: November 10, 2018 – January 26, 2019

Sylvester is going to be chasing Tweety all over the Woodstock Art Gallery! Bugs Bunny and Wile E. Coyote will be here too from November 10, 2018 - January 5, 2019. It’s all part of the exhibition The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons, a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how these classic cartoons were made. Through cels, model sheets, story sketches, animation drawings, and concept paintings, you’ll discover the evolution of Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig, and so many other favourites.

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401EXIT232: A project by Gary Spearin

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Photo: Robert McNair 

Exhibition Run: September 22, 2018 – January 25, 2019

The 401 Exit 232 overpass at Woodstock, Ontario was the site where legendary London painter Jack Chambers (1931–1978) took the westward-facing reference photographs that he used to create the painting 401 Towards London No. 1 (1968–69), which now resides in the collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario. Chambers’ now iconic image changes perceptions from the emblematic Canadian Group of Seven landscapes into a more contemporary notion of moving through the landscape. Fifty years later, this 401 overpass is being replaced and moved slightly westward.

As a means to mark this connection, artist Gary Spearin has embarked on a project which includes the placement of a commemorative bronze plaque in close proximity to the location where Chambers took the original study photographs, along with the creation of a series of new works based on Spearin’s own personal engagement with the construction of the new bridge. Interdisciplinary in its conceptual approach since the 1980s, Spearin’s artwork spans media and practices of photography, drawing, painting and video.

 

 In Partnership with the Ministry of Transportation 

Exhibition Brochure:

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Highway Wherever: On Jack Chambers’s 401 Towards London No.1:

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Uncertain Bearings

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Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: February 17, 2018 – January 26, 2019

Curator: Roberta Grosland, former Head of Collections

Uncertain Bearings explores the age old question, “How do we find our way?” using works from the Woodstock Art Gallery’s permanent collection. All works in Uncertain Bearings deal in some form with direction, place and distance. However, they are about more than just a place or destination. The artists that have created these works inspire us to look at our environment or situations in new ways. In other words, they encourage us to take in our bearings.

With Each Second That Passes

 

Art gallery hallway with artwork hanging in display windows

Photo: Robert McNairs

Exhibition Run: July 18, 2018 – October 13, 2018

Curator: Leanna Tran, Summer Curatorial/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

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Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: July 14, 2018 – September 15, 2018

Curator: 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

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Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: July 14, 2018 – October 13, 2018

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. 

Exhibition Brochure:

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Visual Elements 60: Annual Juried Exhibition

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Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: July 18, 2018 – October 13, 2018

Jurors: Patricia Deadman, Joseph Hubbard, Tabitha Verbuyst

Curatorial Assistance: Leanna Tran

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.

  

Exhibition Poster

Artists:

  • Mike Brouse
  • Laura Bydlowska
  • Daniel Cairo
  • Tracey-Mae Chambers
  • Jamie Dickson
  • Linda Dineen
  • Wayne Gascho
  • Pat Gibson
  • Gail Gifford
  • Cathy Groulx
  • Bruce Hartley
  • Ralph Heather
  • Aaron Hoiting
  • Ann Loker
  • Aaron Hoiting
  • Ann Loker
  • Jeff Lounsbury
  • Steve Money
  • Wendy Reid
  • Brian Reynolds
  • Paulette Robertson
  • Wojciech Strahl
  • Mercedes Victoria
  • Heather Vollans

8th Annual 50/50 Exhibition and Sale

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Photo: Erin Beacroft

Exhibition Run: September 21, 2018 – October 13, 2018 

The 8th Annual 50/50 Exhibition and Sale 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

 BLOOM

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Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: April 7, 2018 – September 8, 2018

Curator: Roberta Grosland, former 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

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Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: February 17, 2018 – June 30, 2018

Curator: Samantha Purvis-Johnston, Curatorial/Collections Assistant

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.

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.

Sponsored by the Ontario Agricultural College and Holstein Canada.

             

Exhibition Brochure:

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ART BEAT: The Ripple Effect 2018

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Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: April 7, 2018 – June 23, 2018

Coordinator: 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.

  • ART BEAT Junior: Mrs. Ross' Grade 3 students at Emily Stowe P.S. with Woodstock fashion designer Angie Willerton
  • ART BEAT Senior: Mrs. Doss's Grade 10 students at Huron Park S.S. with London artist Andrew Moore

Mary Donlan: Layer by Layer

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Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: Feburary 17, 2018 – March 24, 2018

Curator: Mary Reid, Director/Curator

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.”

2017 Exhibitions

Pop Goes the World!

Art gallery space with artwork hanging on the walls, a sculpture of denim jeans and a sculpture of a missile

Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: November 24, 2017 – March 31, 2018

Curator: Erin Beacroft, former Communications/Facility Rentals Coordinator

Canadian artists have found their niche in the pop art world and have really embraced the political undertones of the movement. 

A Cottage in England: Florence Carlyle from 1913-1923

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Photo: Robert McNair

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

Curator: Roberta Grosland, former 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.

Stu Oxley: Distant Grounds and Artists at Riverside Studio

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Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: October 13, 2017 – January 27, 2018

Curator: Emily McKibbon, Associate Curator, MacLaren Art Centre

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 Brochure:

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See What I See

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Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: October 13, 2017 – 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.

7th Annual 50/50 Exhibition & Sale

Art gallery space with artwork hanging on the walls

Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: November 24, 2017 – December 9, 2017

The 7th Annual 50/50 Exhibition and Sale 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.

Spaces to Go and People Who Know

Art gallery space with artwork hanging on the walls and a table with a puzzle in the centre of the room

Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: October 13, 2017 – November 18, 2017

Presented by Suicide Prevention Oxford Leadership Coalition

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 59: Annual Juried Exhibition

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Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: July 15, 2017 – September 23, 2017

Jurors: Gary Evans, Corinna Ghaznavi, Michael Hunter

Visual Elements: Annual Juried Exhibition celebrates the breadth and diversity of talent that resides in Oxford County. 

Sponsored by Scotiabank.

Artists:

  • 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

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

Art gallery space with artwork hanging on the walls

Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: July 15, 2017 – September 23, 2017

Curatorial Assistance: Peter Flannery, Curatorial/Collections Assistant

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

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Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: July 15, 2017 – 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.

Exhibition Brochure:

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ART BEAT: The Ripple Effect 2017

Art gallery space with artwork hanging on the walls

Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: April 8, 2017 – June 23, 2017

Coordinator: 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.

  • ART BEAT Junior: Mrs. Keys' Grade 3/4 students at Oliver Stephens Public School with Brantford mosaic artist Heather Vollans
  • ART BEAT Senior: Ms. MacDonald's Grade 10/12 students at College Avenue Secondary School with Woodstock artist Mercedes Schuster

Isumannivit: Your Own Thoughts

Art gallery space with artwork hanging on the walls

Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: April 8, 2017 – November 17, 2017

Curator: Carling Spinney, Curatorial/Collections Assistant

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

Art gallery space with artwork hanging on the walls

Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: February 18, 2017 – January 27, 2018

Curator: Roberta Grosland, former Head of Collections

Can we really tell a person’s character from their portrait? 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

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Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: February 18, 2017 – June 30, 2017

Organized and Circulated by the Roberta Bondar Foundation

"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.

Sponsored by Meridian Credit Union.

Devona Paquette: A Bold Approach

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Photo: Robert McNair.

Exhibition Run: February 18, 2017 – April 1, 2017

Curator: Carling Spinney, Curatorial/Collections Assistant

Devona Paquette (1930-1993) was born in Woodstock, Ontario. 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, Ontario, 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.

Exhibition Brochure:

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What is a Bully?

Chalkboard wall with messages written under the heading What is a Bully?

Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: February 18, 2017 – April 1, 2017

Curator: 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 Arctic: Polar Bears

Art gallery space with artwork hanging on the walls

Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: February 18, 2017 – April 1, 2017

Curator: Carling Spinney, Curatorial/Collections Assistant

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 Exhibitions

Printmakers Passion

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Photo: Robert Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: November 25, 2016 – 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

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Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: November 25, 2016 – 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

Art gallery space with artwork hanging on the walls

Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: November 25, 2016 – December 10, 2016

The 6th Annual 50/50 Exhibition and Sale 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.

Miss Carlyle's Success

Art gallery space with artwork hanging on the walls and a round wooden table in the centre of the room

Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: October 14, 2016 – September 16, 2017

Curator: Roberta Grosland, former 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.

Florence Carlyle Brochure:

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Greg Staats: Photographic Works from 1995 to Present

Art gallery space with artwork hanging on the walls 

Photo: Robert McNair.

Exhibition Run: October 14, 2016 – January 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

Art gallery space with artwork hanging on the walls

Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: October 14, 2016 – 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 endeavors 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.

See What I See

Art gallery space with artwork hanging on the walls

Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: October 14, 2016 – 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: A Woodstock Girl in Paris

Art gallery space with artwork hanging on the walls

Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: July 16, 2016 – November 19, 2016

Curator: Roberta Grosland, former 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.

Florence Carlyle Brochure:

Click here to download an accessible PDF.

Visual Elements 58: Annual Juried Exhibition

Art gallery space with artwork hanging on the walls

Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: July 16, 2016 – September 23, 2016

Jurors: Cathy Groulx, Olga Korper, John McEwen

Visual Elements: Annual Juried Exhibition celebrates the breadth and diversity of talent that resides in Oxford County.

Sponsored by Scotiabank.

Artists: 

  • 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

Cathy Groulx: Painting Life

Art gallery space with artwork hanging on the walls

Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: July 16, 2016 – 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 the Ontario Arts Council. 

Beyond the Bush Garden: Muzzin & de Lange

Art gallery space with artwork hanging on the walls and metal sculptures

Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: July 16, 2016 – 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

Art gallery space with artwork hanging on the walls

Photo: Robert McNair  

Exhibition Run: April 9, 2016 – 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, Artist Statement.

Currently based in London, Ontario, Joanne Vegso has previously lived in and around the Oxford County region. She received her Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design as well as a diploma in Design and Textiles from Sheridan College School of Design. During the 1990s she studied under painter Gordon Perrier at the Dundas Valley School of Art. Vegso has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions across Ontario and in England. 

Observations in the Glass House

Art gallery space with artwork hanging on the walls and a glass house with two human figures in the middle of the room

Photo: Robert McNair.

Exhibition Run: February 13, 2016 – January 21, 2017

Curator: Roberta Grosland, former Head of Collections

The permanent collection works that make up Observations in 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.

Sponsored by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Cananda.

Joe Lima & Walter Redinger: Unlimited Possibilities

Art gallery space with artwork hanging on the walls and abstract sculptures

Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: February 13, 2016 – July 2, 2016

Curator: Mary Reid, Director/Curator

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 Brochure:

Click here to download an accessible PDF.

ART BEAT: The Ripple Effect 2016

Art gallery space with artwork hanging on the walls

Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: February 13, 2016 – April 2, 2016

Coordinator: Stephanie Porter, Head of Collections

ART BEAT: The Ripple Effect is a hands-on, process-oriented mentorship program and exhibition, offered in partnership with Oxford County School Boards.

  • ART BEAT Junior: Ms. McMahon's Grade 5 students at Springbank Public School with London artist Sarah Cowling
  • ART BEAT Senior: Mr. Hoekstra's Grade 10/11 students at Huron Park Secondary School London artist Ron Milton.

2015 Exhibitions

5th Annual 50/50 Exhibition & Sale 

Artworks hanging on the wall in a gallery

Exhibition Run: November 28, 2015 – December 13, 2015

The 5th Annual 50/50 Exhibition and Sale 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.

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

Art Gallery space with ballerina costumes hanging from the ceiling

Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: October 9, 2015 – 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

Artworks hanging on the wall in a gallery

Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: October 9, 2015 – June 2016

Curator: Roberta Grosland, former Head of Collections

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

An eyeball with a blue iris on a green background with the words See What I See

Exhibition Run: October 9, 2015 – 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 Sustainable Energy

Artworks hanging on the wall in a gallery

Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: July 22, 2015 – September 2015

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.

Visual Elements 57: Annual Juried Exhibition

Artworks hanging on the wall in a gallery

Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: July 18, 2015 – September 26, 2015

Jurors: Ted Fullerton and Natalka Husar

Visual Elements: Annual Juried Exhibition celebrates the breadth and diversity of talent that resides in Oxford County. 

Artists:

  • Judy Archer
  • Lynda Baughman
  • Margaret Brock
  • Mike Brouse
  • Tracey-Mae Chambers
  • Barbara Clark-Fleming
  • Jamie Dickson Tristan Eekhoff
  • Samantha George-Easton
  • Pat Gibson
  • Anita Granger
  • Mary Groombridge
  • Samantha Hanrath
  • Ruth Hartley
  • Ralph Heather
  • Michael A. Hunter
  • Angela Lorenzen
  • Paula McLean
  • Valerie O'Flynn
  • Wojciech Strahl
  • Mercedes Victoria 

The Solstice Project

Artworks hanging on the wall in a gallery with chairs in the centre of the room

Exhibition Run: May 9, 2015 – June 20, 2015

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

Artworks hanging on the wall in a gallery

Exhibition Run: May 16, 2015 – 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

Artworks hanging on the wall in a gallery

Exhibition Run: April 17, 2015 – 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

Canada on Canvas

Artworks hanging on the wall in a gallery

Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: February 14, 2015 – May 2, 2015

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

Canada on Canvas spans a century of artistic production, from 1880 to 1980. 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 consolidates 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 Exhibitions

4th Annual 50/50 Exhibition & Sale

Artworks hanging on the wall in a gallery

Exhibition Run: November 28, 2014 – December 13, 2014

The 4th Annual 50/50 Exhibition and Sale 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.

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

Artworks hanging on the wall in a gallery

Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: September 24, 2014 – January 5, 2015

Curator: Catharine Mastin, Director, Art Gallery of Windsor 

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

Ceramic artwork on display in a gallery

Exhibition Run: July 5, 2014 – September 13, 2014

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.

Beyond Function is organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Burlington.

 Dimensions

Artworks hanging on the wall in a gallery

Exhibition Run: July 5, 2014 – September 13, 2014

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

Painting of a split rail fence in a field surrounded by trees

Cathy Groulx, Country Division, 2012.

Exhibition Run: May 10, 2014 – 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

Woodcut print of a deer in the forest

Ralph Heather, In Their House, 2014, Original Woodcut Print

Exhibition Run: April 26, 2014 – June 28, 2014

Jurors: Helen Gregory and Peter Harris

Visual Elements: Annual Juried Exhibition celebrates the breadth and diversity of talent that resides in Oxford County. 

Artists:

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

 

The Little Gallery Guide Project

Artworks hanging on the wall in a gallery

Exhibition Run: March 8, 2014 – May 3, 2014

This project was made possible by support from The Cowan Foundation. The 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

Artworks hanging on the wall in a gallery

Exhibition Run: February 8, 2014 – 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

Woven scarves, blankets and clothing on display in a gallery

Exhibition Run: January 11, 2014 – 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.

Women's Labour: Selections from WAG's Permanent Collection

Artworks hanging on the wall in a gallery

Exhibition Run: September 24, 2014 – November, 2014

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. 

2013 Exhibitions

Interwoven

Artworks hanging on the wall in a gallery

Exhibition Run: December 14, 2013 – February 2, 2014

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.

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

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

Exhibition Run: November 15, 2013 – 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.

 

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.

"The Song My Paddle Sings," by E. Pauline Johson (1862 – 1913)

Visual Elements 55: Annual Juried Exhibition

Artworks hanging on the wall in a gallery

Exhibition Run: October 12, 2013 – December 7, 2013

Jurors: Patrick Thibert and Bryce Kanbara

This popular exhibition continues the long standing annual tradition of offering the best artwork created by Gallery members, Oxford County and regional artists. 

Artists:

  • Pat Armstrong
  • Wendy Bauld
  • Susan Bennett
  • Ralph Boniface
  • Mike Brouse
  • Gil Caldwell
  • Gwen Cad
  • Karen Cummings
  • Michael de Belleval
  • Deb Erb
  • Jenny Erb
  • Ellen Erenberg
  • Kent Garrett
  • Lisa Gerrard
  • Pat Gibson
  • Cathy Groulx
  • Karen Guthrie
  • Bruce Hartley
  • Ruth Hartley
  • Michael Hunter
  • Heather McIntosh
  • Irma Makariunaite
  • Theodora Mitro
  • Bronwyn Moody
  • Karen Munroe
  • John Novak
  • Dianne Payne
  • Gary G. Payne
  • Ludwig J. Perea Melendez
  • Jaymz Ropp
  • Eric Gaston Simard
  • Paulina Szczesny
  • Andrew Vehoeckx
  • Grazina Williams

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

Artworks hanging on the wall in a gallery

Photo: Robert McNair

Exhibition Run: August 10, 2013 – 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

Photo of red and white hanging paper lanterns

Exhibition Run: July 13, 2013 – September 7, 2013

Members of the Oxford Photographic Arts Guild share their perspectives on the world, as seen through the lens of their cameras. OPAG members’ range of styles includes an eclectic mixture of contemporary, avante garde and realistic photography.

Artists include 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 and Victor Whitcroft.

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