Past Exhibitions

Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour Presidents’ Exhibition

Batten, Anthony J.,The Scuola Grande Di San Rocco, Venice, 42in X 32in, watercolourMarch 5, 2016 to April 19, 2016

Location: RBC Community Gallery
Reception: Saturday March 5, 2pm-4pm

The Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC) is comprised of many of Canada’s finest painters. Its Members and Associates span the world’s second largest country, from the Yukon to Ontario, British Columbia to the Maritime Provinces which now also include many international artists. To celebrate the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour’s 90th anniversary, the Art Gallery of Burlington presents works from some of CSPWC’s Presidents, past and present. Each of these Presidents have demonstrated great dedication and passionately promote the importance of watercolour as a medium.

Image: Anthony J. Batten, “The Scuola Grande Di San Rocco, Venice”, 42in X 32in, watercolour. Collection of J & S Ingram.

Visual Voice: Art Therapy in our Community

DetailFebruary 7, 2016 to February 29, 2016

Location: RBC Community Gallery
Guest Curator: Becky Hewis
Opening Reception: Sunday February 14, 2pm-4pm

Art therapy transcends the need for words. Thoughts, emotions and ideas can be expressed in a visual manner. One image can capture what words may not be able to express adequately. One image can help refine a thought or an idea that proved elusive until it was drawn. Art therapy offers a visual voice to people within our community who have a right to be heard and understood.

This show highlights four organizations within Halton that have integrated art therapy into the lives of their members: The Alzheimer’s Society, Halton Down Syndrome Association, Shifra Homes and the Darling Home for Kids.

Image: Alzheimer’s Society Clients, Sharing Stories, 2015 (Detail).

Still Life – Landscape, from the Permanent Collection

Still Life Landscape_Iris Vase

November 27, 2015 to January 31, 2016

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Curators: Denis Longchamps & Jonathan Smith
Curators’ Talk: Sunday November 29, 2:30pm

Still life and landscape, while they are considered to be classic subject matter for painting, are a rich source of inspiration in the clay community. From decorative motifs to sculptural installations, this exhibition looks at how ceramists have explored these themes, as an alternative to the usual emphasis sculptors put on the figure. Drawn from the Permanent Collection of Contemporary Canadian Ceramics at the AGB, this exhibition looks at a rarely examined area of inspiration and their relationship to each other.

Image: Harlan House, Iris Vase, 1989.

In Spirit

Wind & Waves

September 19 to November 15, 2015

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Artists: Timothy Laurin, John Latour, Heather Murray
Co-Curators: Virginia Eichhorn and Dr. Denis Longchamps

In Spirit presents the work of Timothy Laurin, John Latour and Heather Murray. Timothy Laurin works plays with family and found photographs that he reinterprets. His practice focuses on identity and memory and how one informs the other and keeps in flux one’s sense of self. John Latour’s text-based art, sculpture, and found photography highlight the ways in which we connect with the past, and how this uniquely human activity is mediated through words, objects, and images. In some of his recent works, he explores the ideas of spirit communication and physical mediumship as metaphors for communicating with the past. Heather Murray is influenced by her rural backdrop and creates diligently and enthusiastically out of her haunted historical studio in Owen Sound Ontario. She is drawn to our collective histories and the imaginary world of those who walked before us. She is a collector of ephemera, memories and rich discards that may (or not) inform her work.

Co-curated by Virginia Eichhorn, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, and Denis Longchamps, Art Gallery of Burlington.
Image: Tim Laurin – Beach Party (2014)

Arms Reach

Arms Reach Jenn E Norton

January 6, 2016 to January 31, 2016

Location: RBC Community Gallery

Arms Reach is a video installation by Jenn E Norton that depicts a haptic labyrinth. Pain, tactility, and thermoception are guides in this maze that can only be solved through touch, accompanied by a haunting score by musician Bry Webb of the Constantines.

Image: Arms Reach, detail, 2015, Jenn E Norton, 35 minute, Video Installation


September 19 to December 23, 2015

Location: Perry Gallery
Artists: Bruce Cochrane, Reid Flock, Harlan House, Ruth Gowdy McKinley, Kayo O’Young
Curator: Jonathan Smith

While the thrown vessel is the most common ceramic form, great skill is required to achieve total control in the medium. Once this level of skill is reached, the artist can then either create ever more complex forms or loosen up and relax. Drawn from the AGB’s Permanent Collection of Contemporary Canadian Ceramics, five artists – Bruce Cochrane, Reid Flock, Harlan House, Ruth Gowdy McKinley, and Kayo O’Young demonstrate their mastery over the medium.

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

Amber Fields of Grain

Ongoing 2015/2016 Exhibition Beginning September 5, 2015

Location: Permanent Collection Corridor
Curator: Jonathan Smith

The wide open spaces of the Canadian Prairies have been home to a great many well-known Canadian ceramic artists. Beside such great functional potters like Robert Archambeau, the Prairies have produced its own particular brand of sculpture, “Prairies’ Funk” that was created by such notables as Joe Fafard and Victor Cicansky. The Wild West has its own unique culture that is explored, often with great humour and insight that reflects the wide open spaces of the plains.

Image: Victor Cicansky, Assortment of Preserve Jars, 1980-1990 (Detail).

Click. Clip. Paste.

September 18 to October 18, 2015

Location: RBC Community Gallery
Artist: Jonathan Smith

Jonathan Smith presents fifteen of his photo-collages ranging from the earliest created around 1997, to the latest one hung while the glue was still wet. Friends and family of the artist act as his models in this show. The presence of the artist is suggested through his reflection with his eyeglasses or drinking glasses located in the foreground. Each work follows a set of formal principles: a grid is used for the collage composition following concerns of proportions, dynamic tensions and lines. The photos however were taken without any planned composition in mind. Many are captured at a table sharing a meal, at other times the models pose for the purpose of creating a collage.

Image: Five Glasses, 2013.

Community Event: Art in Action Pre-Tour Exhibition and Sale

Art in Action 2014

October 21 to November 11, 2015

Location: RBC Community Gallery
Reception: Sunday October 25, 2pm

See a sampling of the fine art that can be found at the upcoming Art in Action Burlington Studio Tour held on the first weekend in November at nine different studio locations around our great city. Art in Action invites you to meet some of the region’s finest artists and artisans who will be demonstrating their skills and selling their one of a kind art. For maps and more info please go to

Community Event: Keep Me Warm One Night

BHWS_6November 25, 2015 to December 13, 2015

Location: RBC Community Gallery
Curators: Members of the Burlington Handweavers & Spinners Guild

The transformation of natural fibre from fleece to fashion and function is one way to define a culture. From gently hand spinning fibre to yarn, to hand dying a spectrum of colours, to meticulously hand weaving the fabrics. Fabrics not only provide warmth for our body, but familiar colours, patterns and textures can warm the soul.