Past Exhibitions

Alight: Chris Bacon Selected Works

Ran from Sep 18, 2010 – Nov 9, 2010

Meticulously rendered, luminous in subtle tone, imbued with great love, respect and knowledge of his subject matter, the paintings of Chris Bacon have won worldwide recognition and acclaim. Sponsored by TD Canada Trust and Carpedia.

Shared Landscape: Shirley Clifford and Shane Norrie

Ran from May 8, 2010 – Aug 1, 2010

Shane Norrie and Shirley Clifford of Ingersoll, Ontario are two functional ceramists who for a number of years shared kiln firings and who have exchanged ideas of culture and identity. Clifford who is of Chinese heritage originally mentored Norrie

Burlington Guild of Sculptors & Woodcarvers – Woodcarvers Group

Ran from May 1, 2010 – May 30, 2010

Built in 1978, the Burlington Art Centre was developed as an ideal home for the many visual art and craft guilds that had been active in Burlington since the 1950s. Currently, there are seven guilds that have fully-equipped studios at the Centre

Burlington – Sudbury Exchange Project

Ran from May 1, 2010 – Jun 20, 2010

Artists from in and around each community, Burlington and Sudbury, spent five days visiting the other community in the autumn of 2008. The exhibition will feature works that address the ideas of where we live and who we are.

Homegrown (Ontario Ceramics 1970-2014)

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2014-15 Ongoing Exhibition

Location: Permanent Collection Corridor
Curator: Jonathan Smith

Drawn from the Permanent Collection of Canadian Ceramics, this exhibition traces the history of ceramics in Ontario over the last forty years. Starting with the refined functional ware of Ruth Gowdy McKinley and her effect on the program at Sheridan College and elsewhere, this exhibition will look at the development of the more sculptural approach by younger artists such as Reid Flock and Mary Philpott.

Image: Reid Flock – Basking Denim Noise (2014)

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Magdolene Dykstra: Watch

May 24 – September 14, 2014

Location: Courtyard
Reception: Sunday June 22, 2-4pm
Curator Walk & Talk: June 22 at 2:30pm

 

Magdolene Dykstra, previously seen at the Art Centre in last year’s major ceramic exhibition ‘Hot Mud’, is the feature artist in this year’s courtyard installation.  Here she takes her figurative work and expands it, using the courtyard as a landscape setting.  Playing with the size of her figures, she sets up a tableau that challenges our sense of scale and our relationship to the space around us.

Magdolene Dykstra, Watch View full-size photo

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Community Event: Culture Days

September 27-28, 2014

The AGB and its guilds invite you to explore the visual arts and fine craft in Burlington with our exhibitions, artist demonstrations and art activities during our open house. All events and activities are FREE!

Saturday September 27, 2014 10am-4pm

  •  All day: Host location for Open Doors Ontario – Walk through our hallways, galleries and studios, and see all that the AGB has to offer!
  • All day: Demonstrations by guild members – Artists and craft makers from the Burlington Fine Arts Association, Burlington Handweavers & Spinners Guild, Fibre Arts Group, Burlington Rug Hooking & Craft Guild, LATOW Photography Guild, Burlington Potters Guild and Burlington Sculptors & Woodcarvers Guild display their skills.
  • All day: Art Etc Gallery Shop artists share their inspiration and demonstrate techniques they use to create their works.
  • 11am-4pm: Studio Portrait Session – Have your photo taken in this demonstration of a typical studio portrait session by the LATOW Photography Guild. See the display of work by guild members and learn more about LATOW.
  • 1-3pm: Art Hack – In partnership with the Burlington Public Library, come and watch an art and technology experiment with conductive paint, markers and thread! Come and watch teens and kids who do traditional art incorporate tech art supplies into their creations.
  • 1-4pm: FREE Wool Felting Workshop – Experiment with needle felting starting with a beginner’s project ‘felted pumpkin’. All are welcome! Please call 905-632-7796 ext 307 to reserve your place for this free workshop.

Sunday September 28, 2014 12-4pm Walk through our hallways, galleries and studios, and see all that the AGB has to offer!

  • All day: Demonstrations by guild members – Artists and craft makers from the Burlington Fine Arts Association, Burlington Handweavers & Spinners Guild, Fibre Arts Group, Burlington Rug Hooking & Craft Guild, LATOW Photography Guild, Burlington Potters Guild and Burlington Sculptors & Woodcarvers Guild display their skills.
  • All day: Art Etc Gallery Shop artists share their inspiration and demonstrate techniques they use to create their works.
  • 1-4pm: FREE family fun art activities in the Creative Hub.
  • 2-4pm: Exhibition receptions for our newest exhibitions, Coast to Coast to Coast, Portrait of a Collector, and the Burlington Fine Arts Association Annual Juried Exhibition. Free receptions and all are welcome to attend!

For more information on Culture Days in Burlington.

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Touring Exhibition – Beyond Function

July 5, 2014 – September 13, 2014

AGB Touring Exhibition
Location: Woodstock Art Gallery

Curated by Jonathan Smith, Curator of the Collection, the exhibition features ceramic artists from Southern Ontario with pieces from the AGB Collection.

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.

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Image: Reid Flock, BASKING DENIM NOISE,  2014,  3.6 x 61.0 x 39.3 cm. Thrown and extruded paper clay, paint