Past Exhibitions

All Guilds Show

All Guilds Show_2015 BannerApril 22, 2017 to May 21, 2017

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday April 21, 5pm-7pm

This annual exhibition will celebrate the works of members from our guilds which include the Fibre Arts Guild, Burlington Fine Arts Association, Burlington Handweavers and Spinners Guild, Latow Photographers Guild, Burlington Potters’ Guild, Burlington Rug Hooking and Craft Guild, and the Burlington Guild of Sculptors and Woodcarvers, with juried and curated shows on the theme of ‘The Garden’.

Mundialization: Student Art Exchange


April 25, 2017 to June 1, 2017

Location: RBC Community Gallery
Opening Reception: Thursday May 25, 5pm-7pm

In conjunction with the City of Burlington’s Mundialization Committee, the AGB presents a display of student artwork from St. Elizabeth Seton School in Burlington, and Fujimidai from our twin city of Itabashi, Japan. The definition of mundialization is the act of a city declaring itself a “world citizen” and being aware of global issues with a sense of shared rights and responsibility. The concept involves the twinning of cities from around the world, in the belief that peaceful cooperation depends on mutual trust and appreciation among peoples of different nations, races, and cultures. Mundialization encourages citizen connections as a way of fostering world peace and global understanding. Burlington’s twin cities are Itabashi, Japan and Apeldoorn, the Netherlands.

Join us on Saturday May 6, 2017 for the Cherry Blossom Festival from 1pm-3:30pm at the Art Gallery of Burlington.

On Paper

Island Studio Triptych 1_7 2012

February 10, 2017 to April 2, 2017

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Public reception: Thursday February 9, 5pm-7pm
Raphael Vella Artist Talk: Sunday February 12, 2pm
Naoko Matsubara Artist Talk: Sunday February 26, 2pm
Donna Ibing Artist Talk: Sunday March 5, 2pm

Paper is given life through the works presented in the two shows A Safe Haven: Raphael Vella and Visual Poetry: Contemporary Woodcuts. As a time honoured medium for artists, paper allows for the expression of thoughts, observations, reflections and statements. Artists Raphael Vella (Malta), Tom Hammick (United Kingdom), Donna Ibing (Burlington, ON) and Naoko Matsubara (Oakville, ON) use this medium to explore a variety of subject matter from contemporary politics to everyday life.

A Safe Haven: Raphael Vella combines his two series of drawings, For the Welfare of All Children alongside ten works from HOMeS. For Vella, the role of the artist is not to create an object, but to engage people by sparking discussions and questions. In For the Welfare of All Children, Vella questions society’s supervision of children and the imposed social structures to protect them. For the series HOMeS, Vella combines iconic buildings with the ravages of the Syrian War, bringing to the fore the power of war over peace and destruction over construction, while questioning the act of reclaiming such sites.

Visual Poetry: Contemporary Woodcuts looks at the work of Tom Hammick (United Kingdom), Donna Ibing (Burlington, ON) and Naoko Matsubara (Oakville, ON). Each artist works in a different style, though all execute their work on a grand scale producing multiple layers of meaning, creating unique and thought provoking work.

About the Artists
Raphael Vella is an artist, educator and curator based in Malta.  He obtained a PhD in Fine Arts at the University of the Arts London in 2006, and is currently Senior Lecturer at the University of Malta. He has exhibited his works in important international exhibitions and venues, including the Venice Biennale, Domaine Pommery (Reims, France), Modern Art Oxford in the UK and the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland.  For many years, he has also been active as a curator, having directed the Valletta International Visual Art festival (VIVA) in 2014 and 2015, and is currently co-curating the Malta Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of 2017. He has also directed the project ‘Divergent Thinkers’ for emerging artists in Malta since 2011.

Tom Hammick is a British artist based in East Sussex and London. He is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Painting and Printmaking at the University of Brighton, and a Visiting Lecturer of Fine Art at University of Ulster, and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University). He has work in many major public and corporate collections including the British Museum (Collection of Prints and Drawings), Victoria and Albert Museum, Bibliotheque Nationale de France (Collection of Prints and Drawings), Deutsche Bank, Yale Centre for British Art, and The Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Donna Ibing of Burlington is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art, and is considered one of Ontario’s leading artists in painting and printmaking. Her work has been shown in major cities across Canada including Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. Ibing’s work can be found in collections across Ontario including the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Kitchener/Waterloo Gallery and the Toronto Public Library and Archives.

Naoko Matsubara graduated from the Kyoto Academy of Fine Arts, and was a Fullbright scholar at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh where she received her MFA. Subsequently she studied at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1981 she became a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and in 2009 she received an honourary doctorate of Fine Art from Chatham University in Pittsburgh. She continues to create single-sheet woodcuts, paintings and murals from her Oakville studio. Matsubara’s work can be found in private and public collections around the world including the British Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Cincinnati Art Museum; The White House; the National Museums of Modern Art, Tokyo and Kyoto; Staatliche Museum zu Berlin, Germany; Royal Ontario Museum; and Yale University Art Gallery.

Image: Tom Hammick, Island Studio, EV 6/7, reduction woodcut, 72″ x 143″ (triptych), 2016.

Serendipity: When Life Gives You Lemons


February 4, 2017 to April 16, 2017

Location: Perry Gallery
Public reception: Thursday February 9, 5pm-7pm

Serendipity, or the happy accident, where one recognizes that the unforeseen result is as good as if not better than the expected result, has a long history in the world of ceramics. While one must be able to recognize the unforeseen, there are artists who have encouraged this result.  Drawn from the Permanent Collection of the AGB, see some of the surprises that artists have found when they opened the kiln door.

Image: Kayo O’Young, Blue Teapot, 2009.

Mother & Daughter: Gery Puley & Rayne Tunley

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March 21, 2017 to April 18, 2017

Location: RBC Community Gallery
Opening reception: Sunday March 26, 2pm-4pm

The Art Gallery of Burlington is pleased to present this small retrospective of work by Gery Puley and her daughter Rayne Tunley. As the saying goes, “Like mother, like daughter“, yet both have their own style, their own approach, their own vision. This exhibition celebrates the shared passion for painting and individual talents of mother and daughter.

About the Artists
Gery Puley was a co-founder of the Burlington Fine Arts Association (1966), and in 1970 she was a member of the original Steering Committee for the Burlington Cultural Centre (now the Art Gallery of Burlington). In 1973 Puley became a member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC) and was president from 1984-1985. The exposure of her work came through entering juried shows and having nine public gallery exhibitions. These included three at the Burlington Art Center, most recently in 2007 in the AIC Gallery –  “Gery Puley – a  Life in Art”. Her work has been exhibited in commercial galleries across Canada, including Vancouver, Calgary, Penticton, Toronto, Ottawa, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, and Halifax and in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A. Collectors of Puley’s work include Windsor Castle and Prince Charles, England; The Art Bank, Ottawa; business and private collections such as Dofasco, Hamilton, and the Toronto Stock Exchange; and Burlington City Hall. She was the subject of the film Reflections in a White Space produced by A.T. Films in 1975. Puley is a life member of the CSPWC, the Central Ontario Art Association (COAA), and the Burlington Fine Arts Association (BFAA).

Rayne Tunley is an honours graduate from the Ontario College of Art & Design, studied at the Banff School of Fine Art, Three Schools, and is an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists, Society of Canadian Artists and the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC).  She is currently the President of the CSPWC. Her painting workshops included Sir Sanford Fleming College, the Okanagan Summer School of the Arts, the Rainbow Art Workshops, Madawaska Fall Workshops and Max the Mutt Animation School. Rayne continues to teach independent sessions. Tunley has been an active coordinator, guide and instructor with the Art Portfolio Workshops where travels included Czech Republic, Ireland, France, England, Wales, Guernsey, Jersey, Indonesia, Italy, Australia, Alaska, Greece, Austria, Yugoslavia, and many areas of Canada. Exhibiting her work nationally and internationally, she has won major national awards. Exhibitions:(group): Art Gallery of Burlington, John A. Libby Art Gallery, Aird Gallery, Museo Nacianal de la Acuarela, (Mexico), Santa Fe Gallery, Roberts Gallery, O’Keefe Centre, Durham Art Gallery, The Visual Arts Gallery, Tom Thompson Memorial Art Gallery.

The Roots of Creativity


March 3, 2017 to March 19, 2017

Location: RBC Community Gallery

An exhibition of student work from two AGB special projects: the Junior Guild and the Artist and Curator Experience. This exhibition was curated and mounted by the students participating in the Artist and Curator program this season.

The Body Thieves: Lisa Jayne Irvine & Andrew McPhail

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February 2, 2017 to March 1, 2017

Location: RBC Community Gallery
Public reception: Thursday February 9, 5pm-7pm

Who has stolen your body? Illness has many metaphors, from possession to warfare, and the theft of the body by spirit or disease is central to many. Since the Middle Ages and well into the modern era, there has been a long history of body snatching, primarily to enable anatomical research in the name of science. In our work we question these paradigms, moving towards a gesture that is cumulative, cooperative, industrious and that augments identity. We steal our bodies back, reclaiming them and their terrible catastrophes.

About the Artists
Lisa Jayne Irvine is a sculptor and mixed media artist whose inspiration is rooted in her exploration of the body. She has an Honours Specialist in the Art & Art History program from the University of Toronto and her Bachelor of Education from Queenʼs University. Irvine has exhibited her work extensively including at the Canadian Sculpture Centre, Hart House, and John B. Aird Gallery, to name a few. In 2013, she received the Emerging Artists Grant from the Ontario Arts Council and continues to work in her studio in Mississauga.

Andrew McPhail is a Canadian visual artist. He was born in Calgary Alberta in 1961 and studied at York University where he received his MFA in 1987. Living in Toronto in the 1980’s and 90’s his work focused primarily on drawing, often with pencil crayon on a polyester film called mylar. After moving to Hamilton in 2005, his practice shifted towards three dimensional work, performance and painting. His accumulative, craft oriented work reconfigures disposable materials such as Band-Aids, Kleenex and pins into large sculpture and installations. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and in 2013 was the recipient of the Canada Council International Studio in Paris. He is also cofounder, with Stephen Altena, of the Hundred Dollar Gallery in Hamilton, Ontario.

Image: Lisa Jayne Irvine, Brood Chamber (installation detail), 2015.



December 2, 2016 to January 29, 2017

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Public reception: Thursday December 1, 5pm-7pm

Marc Audette and Edward Maloney present ideas on the horizon. The exhibition explores the horizon line and its importance in the art world, as well as the concept and meaning of the ‘horizon’ itself .

About the Artists
Marc Audette studied fine art at the University of Quebec in Hull and earned a Masters in Visual Arts from York University. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally including Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, Le Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Galerie 44 (Toronto), the McLaren Art Centre (Barrie) and DiVA Videoart Fair (New York) Plaza Arte (Medellin) Colombia. He is a founding member of L’AGAVF : L’Association des groupes en arts visuels francophones (AGAVF), a national arts service organization that represents visual arts groups active in Francophone communities outside the province of Quebec. He teaches visual art courses in the Multidisciplinary Studies Department at the Glendon campus, and was the curator of the Glendon Gallery from 2001 to 2014.

His work can be found in several public and corporate collections including the City of Ottawa, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, TD Bank, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Osler, and Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.

Edward Maloney is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Montreal. His work and collaborations were featured at Le Festival Montréal en Lumière and Nuit Blanche in Montreal, and in multiple Canadian galleries including Show and Tell Gallery, Toronto, Red Bird Gallery, Montreal, Les Territories, Montreal, pfoac221, and a solo exhibition at Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain (Toronto) in February 2014. He was selected to represent Canada at the World Event Young Artists in Nottingham, England during the Cultural Olympiad in September 2012 – presenting an interactive installation entitled “Figments of Reality”.

Image: Marc Audette, Étang, 2016

Laurent Craste: Épuration

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December 2, 2016 to January 29, 2017

Location: Perry Gallery
Artist talk: Wednesday November 30, 7pm-8:30pm
Public reception: Thursday December 1, 5pm-7pm

Craste’s 13 new works examine the notion of aesthetics in the decorative arts, specifically the shift from ornaments to what is now seen as the clean aesthetics of design.

About the Artist
Ceramist by trade, Laurent Craste is an internationally renowned visual artist whose practice focuses on the exploration of the multiple layers of meaning of decorative objects: ideologically, aesthetically, and through their sociological and historical dimensions. The porcelain vase, in particular, has for years been the subject of predilection of the artist’s work. Laurent Craste appropriates this archetypal figure of decorative arts, using it as matter, support and playground for his artistic interventions, in order to create striking formal and conceptual proposals.

Laurent Craste holds a Master in Visual and Media Arts from UQAM, and he was awarded numerous prizes and awards during his career. His works are on display in numerous private and public collections (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Public Collection of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada, The Cirque du Soleil Collection, etc.).

Image: Laurent Craste, Immolation, 2016

AGB Ceramics Residency: Dawn Hackett-Burns

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January 3, 2017 to January 31, 2017

Location: RBC Community Gallery
Public reception: Tuesday January 3, 6pm-8pm

The Art Gallery of Burlington is proud to present the first AGB Ceramics Residency exhibition featuring the work of 2016/17 resident Dawn Hackett-Burns. With access to fully equipped studios, the residency allows artists to build their portfolio with diverse projects that support the Gallery’s programming. It provides the artist with the opportunity to teach in community and studio programs, and to present new work in a solo exhibition in the RBC Community Gallery.

About the Artist
Dawn Hackett-Burns is an emerging ceramic artist based in Greensville, Ontario. Mostly self-taught, she has honed her craft by attending workshops and receiving mentorship from ceramic artist Colleen O’Reilly. Her practice focuses on the use of pattern and repetition, and colours that speak to vibrant cultures observed in her travels. The residency has allowed Hackett-Burns to explore different ideas and formats, and the work in this exhibition is a direct result of the residency. The work presented in this exhibition is hand built and the patterning is elevated through low relief carving and hand-painted designs. Hackett-Burns has taught children’s classes at the Art Gallery of Burlington for the past eight years, and her teaching often intersects with her artistic practice.

Image: Dawn Hackett-Burns, Untitled (Herringbone), 2016