Archive for category: Past Exhibitions

Thirst

June 30, 2018 to July 29, 2018

Location: RBC Gallery
Public reception: Friday June 29, 6pm-8pm

As the first winner of the All Guilds Show Best in Show award, Jennifer Earle’s exhibition features her textile installation specifically created for the RBC Gallery on the theme of water and wine. Using hand woven towels and scarfs, many with statements pertaining to her subject, she has created a sculpture from everyday items raising our awareness of our day to day environment.

Image: Jennifer Earle, Wine Witticism #7, 2018 (detail).


My Eyes Are on You

June 1, 2018 to September 9, 2018

Location: Dan Lawrie Family Courtyard
Public reception: Friday June 1, 6pm-9pm

Joon Hee Kim’s ceramic installation, My Eyes Are on You takes inspiration from historical gardens ranging from the Mannerist garden of the Park of the Monsters in Bomarzo Italy, to the formal grounds of Versailles. With this in mind she examines the nature of transition, how styles continuously change and how, while change may be inherently feared, something good can arise from it.

Image: Joon Hee Kim, You Will Do What You Say2017-2018.


Pacific Overtures

April 14, 2018 to July 22, 2018

Location: Permanent Collection Corridor

Drawn from the AGB’s Permanent Collection, this exhibition looks at the effect that Japanese ceramics has had on Canadian ceramics. While many Canadians have gone to study in Japan, often heading toward the pottery town of Mashiko, the home of Hamada and Shimaoka, others have been inspired by the work of Bernard Leach who introduced Mingei pottery to the western world.

Image credit: Judi Dyell, Plate, 2001.

AGB Ceramics Residency: Karla Rivera

May 30, 2018 to June 27, 2018

Location: RBC Gallery
Public reception: Friday June 1, 6pm-9pm

The Art Gallery of Burlington is proud to present the second AGB Ceramics Residency exhibition featuring the work of 2017/18 resident Karla Rivera. 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 Gallery.

About the Artist
Karla Rivera is a ceramic artist born and raised in Mexico City. After some travelling, she moved to Hamilton, Ontario. At this point she started to listen to her artistic voice and got involved in the world of ceramics. In 2015 she got a Ceramics Diploma from Sheridan College in the Craft and Design Program. In 2016 she got the position of Artist in residence in the Art Gallery of Burlington. While this happened she was chosen to participate in the Fusion program Creative Direction.

Rivera’s work consists of functional and sculptural ceramics. She is interested in the forms that make the connections between the structures of nature such as the shape of an island, and the emotional states of the human mind trying to interpret and project them.

Image: Karla Rivera, Always Between the Fine Line2017.


Dialogue

June 2, 2018 to August 26, 2018

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Public reception: Friday June 1, 6pm-9pm

The Art Gallery of Burlington and the Burlington Handweavers & Spinners Guild present Dialogue in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the AGB, 35th anniversary of the AGB Permanent Collection, and 60th anniversary of the Burlington Handweavers & Spinners Guild. For this collaboration, a selection of 35 pieces from the Permanent Collection are presented as a source of inspiration for new work by the Burlington Handweavers & Spinners Guild. Colours, textures, patterns and ideas are extended from ceramic to textile, creating a shared conversation between artists and media.

Image: Jan Phelan, Rideau Hall Dinner Place Setting, c. 1985.


The Koyanagi Family Donation

April 28, 2018 – July 22, 2018

Location: Perry Gallery
Opening reception: Friday June 1, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00pm

The Art Gallery of Burlington is proud to present The Koyanagi Family Donation in memory and honour of Burlingtonian James Koyanagi

James Koyanagi, a Japanese Canadian resident of Burlington, lived for a decade in Tokyo during the 1960’s. Aware that modern technology was changing the traditional Japanese way of life, he began to collect the traditional ceramics made by village potters, known as Mingei pottery. In the process he met and collected the work of the finest ceramists working in this tradition. These artists would go on to become National Living Treasures – Hamada, Shimaoka, and Kawai. With Koyanagi’s death, his family donated an outstanding selection of these treasures to the AGB’s Permanent Collection which will be shown with a selection of Japanese prints and Koyanagi’s own photographs.

Image: Kawai Kanjiro, Tea Bowl, n.d..


Mundialization: Student Art Exchange

mundialization

April 26, 2018 to May 27, 2018

Location: RBC Gallery

In conjunction with the City of Burlington’s Mundialization Committee, the AGB presents a display of student artwork from Sir Ernest MacMillan Public 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.

All Guilds Show

All Guilds Show_2015 BannerApril 21, 2018 to May 21, 2018

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday April 20, 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 Journey’.


Prime Time, Canada’s 23 Prime Ministers

February 3, 2018 to April 8, 2018

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Public reception: Friday February 2, 6pm-9pm
John Boyko Author Talk: Sunday February 11, 2pm

The Art Gallery of Burlington is proud to present Prime Time, Canada’s 23 Prime Ministers in memory and honour of Hamiltonian Dr. William “Bill’ Bensen.

The exhibition provides a visual chronology of Canada’s Prime Ministers through a Pop Art filter with works created by Julio Ferrer. Highlighting important moments in the career of each Prime Minister, we can continue to reflect on the country’s history, and discover new facts and insights into this welcoming nation we call Canada.

Image: Julio Ferrer, Justin Trudeau


Storytellers

February 3, 2018 to April 8, 2018

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Public reception: Friday February 2, 6pm-9pm

This exhibition presents the work of five artists addressing the idea of storytelling. Hope Forstenzer revisits children stories with two glass installations, while Mary Philpott continues to explore stories of crows. Melanie MacDonald uses illustrations found in vintage scrapbooks to create paintings of heroic proportion. Olexander Wlasenko draws large scale urban scenes of everyday life inspired by vintage movies, while Maria Sarkany engages with the stories of Burlington.


Knobs, Finials & Handles

January 13, 2018 – April 8, 2018

Location: Permanent Collection Corridor
Opening reception: Friday February 2, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00pm

Mugs, cups, casseroles, or coffee pots, the ceramic pieces that are used every day, are often chosen because they feel good in the hand and are easy to use. If these pieces are well designed, one does not necessarily consider the reasons why one likes them, they just feel good. Knobs, finials, and handles not only make it easier to use a piece, but are routinely employed to give a piece the personal mark of the artist, yet while they are often ignored, they are often the most important detail in the design. See some of the clever solutions to this problem in Knobs, Finials and Handles.

Image: Donn Zver, Hexagon Box with Crested Handle, 1973-1974.


Holding by a Thread

December 1, 2017 to January 28, 2018

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Public reception: Thursday November 30, 5pm-7pm
Artist Walk & Talk: Saturday December 2, 2pm

The title of the exhibition Holding by a Thread stems from the popular expression Hanging by a Thread, but with a twist. While hanging is defined as suspending or to put to death by suspension, holding is to support or to embrace. Holding thus suggests a special care is taken. The play on word was intentional since some of the work in this show can be viewed as hanging while others as holding. The four artists selected, Carole Baillargeon from Quebec, Kelly Bruton from Newfoundland and Labrador, Line Dufour and Lorraine Roy from Ontario, present recent fibre art work. They address social, personal, and cultural issues woven with political, financial and artistic concerns. Their influences are varied and unique, yet they are all linked to humanity and a relationship to their surroundings.

 


Suited to a Tea: Forty Years – Forty Teapots

January 11, 2018 – April 17, 2018

Location: Perry Gallery
Opening reception: Friday February 2, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00pm

In honour of the fortieth anniversary of the Art Gallery of Burlington, we are kicking of this celebration with an imaginary tea party with forty teapots drawn from the Permanent Collection of Contemporary Canadian Ceramics. Often considered the most challenging of functional forms, these pieces, ranging from the highly functional to the more creative, will demonstrate the eclectic variety of shapes, sizes, and styles that has made this shape such an appealing form for the potter to explore.

Related Events: Join us for our March Hare Tea Party on Sunday March 25 from 2pm-4pm in celebration of our fortieth anniversary, and fundraiser for the AGB’s Permanent Collection of Contemporary Canadian Ceramics.

Image: Ian Symons, Teapot, 1991.


Sandy Simmelink: Needle Arts Collector and Maker

January 17, 2018 to February 14, 2018

Location: RBC Gallery
Public reception: Friday February 2, 6pm-9pm

Fibre artist and collector Sandy Simmelink presents a selection from her collection on historic lace and needle work, in conjunction with her contemporary work that integrates materials and techniques drawn from the past.

Image: Sandy Simmelink, Walking In My Winter Wonderland, 2006

 


Damian Siqueiros: Prisms, Portraits of LGBTQ Canadians in Culture

March 20, 2018 to April 17, 2018

Location: RBC Gallery

Originally exhibited as part of the 2016 edition of the 10×10 Photography Project hosted at the Gladstone Hotel, this selection of work explores the intersection of arts and the LGBTQ community. The portraits celebrate the impact and contributions of the LGBTQ community in the arts and beyond.

About the Artist
Damian Siqueiros is a Montreal based photographer and multidisciplinary artist. He creates the sets and props, design the make up and lighting of his images. The painterly aesthetic in his oeuvre is a tool that allows him to make a link between contemporary and historical perspectives. The core themes of his artistic work are deconstructing gender identity to promote gender equality, and the acceptance of gender diversity. He views gender identity as a performance and a socially constructed part of human behaviour. This is why, dance, has become an integral tool to illustrate his views and challenge preconceived ideas about identity.

Image: Damian Siqueiros, Portrait of film director Chloé Robichaud as Cindy Sherman, 2016


The Art of Dance

February 17, 2018 to March 18, 2018

Location: RBC Gallery
Opening Reception: Sunday February 25, 1pm-4pm

Dance as an art form can be seen as beauty and in another moment it can be seen in a very fleeting moment of “now”. Each show is unique and creates a sense of flow of life. One must learn to be in the ‘moment’ and appreciate the experience because in a matter of another moment it passes. It is similar when we experience a moment in time touching our hearts and souls whether we view film, theatre, opera and dance contemporary or ballet. For me, emotion comes first, movement follows-which is a form of expression and the movement itself has a life. Art is something that makes us look at our lives and to think about them in a way that is rich and rewarding. As I reflect on art, I feel as if I’m in a spiral, but at the same time I am standing outside of it being objective as I contemplate the celebration of the creative spirit.

Creativity is the outer expression of the spirit within me. My intention is to be awake to my own potential, connect to my divine spirit and enter into the spiral dance of creativity.

                                                                        – Justine Giuliani

 

“When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressive creature…. He finds gain in the work itself, not outside of it.”

                                                                         – Robert Henri

About the Artist: Justine Giuliani
Artist, Founder and Program Director of Central Park Labyrinth in Burlington which opened on May 14, 2005 (following a temporary Labyrinth installation from 1999 to 2003) is one of the first Labyrinths in Canada. Central Park Labyrinth is a significant part of the City of Burlington’s Public Art Program. Justine has exhibited extensively in the Burlington/Toronto area. Her paintings are part of art collections held by Corporations and individuals throughout Canada, United States and Europe. Originally a Registered Nurse by profession, she completed her Honors BFA at York University from 1991 –1996. Justine’s vision was to create a permanent meditative sanctuary in Burlington through Central Park Labyrinth and the exhibition of her paintings. The intention was to promote community involvement by reaching out to everyone to experience healing, a deeper sense of connection and to promote peace and tranquility. Justine has completed a Facilitator’s Training Course to conduct workshops on Labyrinths with Rev. Lauren Artress, author of Walking a Sacred Path. Rev. Lauren Artress is the foremost international speaker on the use of the Labyrinth and Founder of Grace Cathedral’s Centre for Spiritual Wholeness in San Francisco  and Veriditas, the World-Wide Labyrinth Project.


Our Canada

December 19, 2017 to December 31, 2017

Location: RBC Gallery

Camelot Centre is a not for profit, day program for adults with intellectual disabilities over the age of 20.  Since its inception in 2006, Camelot Centre has partnered with the Art Gallery of Burlington, on a monthly basis, to present instruction in various medium, for this unique population.  We are committed to bringing art and artistic expression. in its many diverse forms, to our clients!

Our artists have been inspired by Canada, in all its majesty, and are thrilled to show their talents in this exhibition.

Special thanks to Tyler Van Holst, Art Gallery instructor and the programming staff of the Art Gallery of Burlington for making this exhibition possible.

Happy Birthday, Canada!

 


John Willard Fibre Arts Residency: Chandra Rice

November 17 to December 17, 2017

Location: RBC Gallery
Public reception: Thursday November 30, 5pm-7pm
Artist Walk & Talk: Saturday December 2, 2pm

The second recipient of the John Willard Fibre Arts Resident, Chandra Rice, presents her new work in this exhibition.

In the summer of 2014 the Art Gallery of Burlington proudly launched the John Willard Fibre Arts Residency to celebrate the remarkable life of John Willard. Not one to follow the rules of tradition, Willard turned the craft of quilting into a truly remarkable art form. With scissors, needles, thread and fabrics Willard created his own one of a kind quilt designs whether inspired by traditional patterns that he had deconstructed or by historical events. To continue Willard’s legacy as a fibre art teacher, the residency enables artists to have access to one of the AGB resident fibre studios in order to develop a body of work for a solo exhibition in the RBC Gallery.

About the Artist
In a world where each of us increasingly curates our own experience – choosing what Instagram accounts to follow and pages to like, carefully constructing selfies that show off our lives, and binging on Netflix – a traditional (fixed and untouchable) exhibition of art, as seen in many galleries, can create an insurmountable distance between artists and viewer. Chandra Rice seeks to bridge that distance, encouraging the viewer to interact with the work, to curate the exhibition themselves, and to become part of the artistic process.

Image: Chandra Rice, Birds of a Feather, 2017.


Flora & Fauna: Ann Cummings & Jim Hong Louie

November 4, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Opening reception: Thursday, November 30, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Location: Perry Gallery

Plants and animals are not the first things one thinks about when considering ceramics.  Over the years, these two established ceramists have each pursued these ideas as a design motif – Cummings looking at flora, and Louie at fauna.  Their different approaches to their chosen subject matter create a lively dialogue looking at the relationship between style and subject.


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

Art in Action 2014

November 2 to November 16, 2017

Location: RBC Gallery
Reception: Thursday November 2, 6pm-8pm

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 www.artinaction.ca

Canadian Craft Biennial

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Can Craft? Craft Can!
August 19 to October 29, 2017

The Art Gallery of Burlington, in collaboration with Craft Ontario, is proud to present the first Canadian Craft Biennial from August 19, 2017 – October 29, 2017. The launch of this inaugural event during Canada’s 150th anniversary will serve as a spotlight to celebrate and educate on the importance of contemporary craft throughout Canada’s diverse history and future. Under the theme Can Craft? Craft Can! the Biennial will explore What and who is ‘Canadian Craft’? and analyze ideas regarding the agency of craft.

For information on partnerships and sponsorship: Denis Longchamps at denis@agb.life or 905.632.7796 x: 303

Biennial Opening Celebrations

Friday, September 15, 2017
6:00pm-9:00pm
Lee-Chin Family Gallery, Art Gallery of Burlington

Craft Symposium

Friday, September 15 (Holiday Inn, Burlington) & Saturday, September 16 (OCAD University, Toronto)
Eleven sessions covering a variety of themes and approaches will be presented by forty-four scholars and makers from around the world.

Anton Reijnders: Professional Ceramics Workshop
Dates: September 11-14, 2017
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm/day

Successful applicants: $200 workshop fee payable by August 6, 2017.

Open to professional ceramists only. Prospective participants are invited to submit a one-page letter of interest outlining what they intend to gain from their experience to Denis Longchamps by July 15 at denis@agb.life. Applicants will be notified by July 31, 2017 if they have been accepted for the workshop.

Exhibitions

National Craft Exhibition: Can Craft? Craft Can!
August 19-October 29, 2017
Bringing together seventy makers from across Canada, Can Craft? Craft Can! will present works in glass, ceramics, wood,
metal and fibre that address three sub-themes exploring ideas of Identity, Sustainability and Materiality.


Craft Ontario Provincial Exhibition: Nothing is Newer than Tradition
August 19-October 29, 2017
Craft Ontario’s Nothing is Newer than Tradition will present the work of emerging Ontario makers that reflect a dedicated engagement with specialized skills and materials. The exhibition will explore how craft materials,
tools and processes are creatively reiterated through the hands of a new generation of makers.


AGB Provincial Exhibition – Setting Ontario’s Table: Once Upon a Time
August 19-December 31, 2017
Drawing from the Art Gallery of Burlington’s Permanent Collection of Contemporary Canadian Ceramics, Once Upon a Time will present a special exhibition exploring functional ware from Ontario ceramists. Each artist selected will be represented through both a piece from their early years, juxtaposed against a recent work to explore the progression in their practice.


International Ceramic Exhibition – Anton Reijnders
September 9-October 29, 2017
Dutch ceramist Anton Reijnders will present his new work in a solo exhibition. Anton Reijnders graduated at the Fine Art Academy in
Hertogenbosh in 1981. He participated in exhibitions throughout the world and contributed to conferences and symposia and has given lectures in Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA. He has contributed to the creation of what in 1991 was to become the European Ceramic Work Center (EKWC)—Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. As head of studios and workshops of the EKWC Reijnders was involved in dialogue with artists from all over the world. He was the driving force behind setting up the material research program and is the author of the book The Ceramic Process jointly with the EKWC published by A&C Black in London, and Pennsylvania Press in the USA. He has been three times visiting professor in the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

The Canadian Sesquicentennial Quilt

In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, professional and amateur makers are invited to submit a quilted square to be included in the Canadian Sesquicentennial Quilt that shares their ideas and memories about their region, and of what it means to be Canadian. Submissions are being sought from across Canada until April 30, 2017.


Setting Ontario’s Table: Once Upon a Time

August 19 – December 31, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, September 15, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00pm

A special exhibition from the AGB’s Permanent Collection of Contemporary Ceramics will explore functional ware from Ontario ceramists. Each artist selected will be represented through both a piece from their early years, juxtaposed against a recent work to explore the progression in their practice.


Nothing is Newer Than Tradition

August 11 – October 29, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, September 15, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00pm

The work of emerging Ontario makers that reflect a dedicated engagement with specialized skills and materials will be presented in this Canadian Craft Biennial exhibition by Craft Ontario. The exhibition will explore how craft materials, tools, and processes are creatively reiterated through the hands of a new generation of makers.


 

Terry Fox – Running to the Heart of Canada

June 24 – September 10, 2017

Terry Fox – Running to the Heart of Canada provides a look at Terry’s epic 143 day, 5,373 kilometer journey from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Thunder Bay, Ontario. It explores Canadians’ deep and abiding affection for Terry and examines his unique place in our collective memory. Developed in partnership with the AGB and Terry Fox’s family, the exhibition begins with the impact of Terry Fox on modern Canadian life – the numerous schools, community centers, and features of the landscape named after him, the Canadian coins, stamps, and passports bearing his image. The question posed, “Who was Terry Fox?” The rest of the exhibition is the answer.

The Terry Fox – Running to the Heart of Canada exhibition is organized by the Candian Museum of History in partnership with the Terry Fox Centre.

Special Guest Appearance
Thursday, August 24 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm | Art Gallery of Burlington | FREE
Come say hello to Terry Fox‘s brother, Fred Fox, and join us for a special tour of the Terry Fox Run Exhibition on August 24. Author Leslie Scrivener who travelled with Terry for part of the Marathon of Hope will also be doing a book signing.

Glass Wynd

GLASS WYND

JULY 7, 2017 - AUGUST 2, 2017

Location: RBC Community Gallery
Opening reception: Sunday, July 9, 2pm-4pm

Artists: Teresa Seaton, Siobhan Lynch, John Storey, John Highley, Joe Speck & John Martin

Members of the Artistic Group of Glass create their own vision and interpretation of how they see wind and air through their medium and style of glass art.


UNDER THE SPELL

UNDER THE SPELL

Peter Wilson, Seaside Teapot, 1987

JUNE 24 – AUGUST 16, 2017

Location: Permanent Collection Corridor
Opening Reception: Sunday, June 25, 2:00-4:00pm

From the thousand year old celadons of the Sung dynasty, to the blue and white export ware of the eighteenth century, Chinese ceramics have inspired and challenged contemporary clay artists to this day. A selection of work from the AGB’s Permanent Collection of Contemporary Canadian Ceramics looks at the relationship between the past and the present and how China’s mastery continues to capture the imagination of today’s artists.


The Nanking Cargo

THE NANKING CARGO

Globular Teapot & Cover in Blue and Enamels 21.5cm wide

JUNE 24 – AUGUST 31, 2017

Location: The Perry Gallery
Opening Reception: Sunday, June 25, 2:00-4:00pm

In December 1751, a ship from the Dutch East India Company left Canton, China, with more than 230,000 pieces of porcelain, textiles and tea for the European market. Less than a month later, the ship sank. Over two hundred years later, Michael Hatcher and his team recovered more than 150,000 pieces of porcelain that became known as the Nanking Cargo. The porcelain was sold in 2,800 lots in a record breaking sale at Christie’s Amsterdam.  The Art Gallery of Burlington is fortunate to own 240 pieces and will be exhibited from the first time in June 2017.


William C.G. Hodge: A Life Inspired

WILLIAM C.G. HODGE: A LIFE INSPIRED

MAY 26 – AUGUST 6, 2017

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 25, 5pm-7pm
Artist Talk & Tour: Sunday, July 30 at 2pm

A two-part retrospective exhibition of a career in Fibre Arts. The Art Gallery of Burlington will present Hodge’s beading and collage works, while the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum will show his tapestries. The catalogue produced by the AGB will bring together the multiple facets of his career in Fibre Arts that is still moving forward. Objects and works that inspired the artist will also be presented.


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’.

Kitchenware of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s

Ann Roberts, Casserole

April 25, 2017 to June 18, 2017

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

An economic boom, the comfortable modernism of Swedish design, and a wave of young traditionally trained potters schooled in the Leach-Hamada tradition led to the birth of the modern ceramic movement in Canada. This generation of potters took functional forms and explored them as personal expressions that made them art for everyday living.  In doing so they created forms that still are as fresh today as when they were created.  This style is seeing a rebirth today – this is a chance to see the source.

Image credit: Ann Roberts, Casserole, 1973.

Mundialization: Student Art Exchange

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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

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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 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.

Horizons

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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

Community Event: Fibre Content

Autumns_Last_HurrahSeptember 8 to September 18, 2016

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery & RBC Community Gallery
Public reception: Sunday September 11, 1pm-3pm

Juried Exhibition of Fibre Art
This exhibition will display 125 fibre art quilts and mixed media works by 80 artists from across Ontario from the following groups:

Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA)
Grand Guild of Fibre Artists
Burlington Fibre Arts Guild
Oakville Fibre Artists
Connections Fibre Artists
Group of Eight Fibre Artists
Burlington Handweavers & Spinners Guild
Burlington Hooking Craft Guild

Admission is Free!
A full colour catalogue of all works will be available for $10.

The Jurors for Fibre Content 2016
William Hodge – Retired after 40 years Textile Professor, OCAD University
Virginia Eichhorn – Director & Chief Curator, Tom Thomson Art Gallery
Rachel Miller – Textile Studio Head and Professor Craft & Design Program, Sheridan College
NEW for 2016:
A special part of the show this year is an Interactive Exhibit. Artists have made numerous samples of their techniques and styles which you can handle and examine to understand how the work is done – a true learning experience!

There will also be a series of Artist Talks on how these pieces are made, which are free of charge and open to everyone.

Dianne Gibson             Saturday Sept 10th from 1pm to 2pm
Maggie Vanderweit    Wednesday Sept 14th from 10am to 11am
Mita Giacomini            Sunday Sept 18th from 1pm to 2pm

 

For more information http://www.fibrations.org/

Image: Juanita Sauve, Look Up; Autumn’s Last Hurrah.

Ceramics from Rankin Inlet

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September 23 to November 16, 2016

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Public reception: Thursday September 22, 5pm-7pm
Round Table Discussion: Wednesday September 28, 7pm-9:30pm  Discussion Summary
AGB Film Series: Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner – Sunday November 13, 2pm-4pm

The Art Gallery of Burlington is proud to present this exhibition from a local Private Collection. Moving beyond the perceived notion of ‘Inuit art’ as just soapstone carvings, the exhibition highlights ceramics as a strong component of northern artistic practices. Ceramic production in the North is unique with its collaborative approach to creating works. It is common for multiple artists to contribute to the design and production of a single piece. The resulting work representing narratives of community, tradition and spirituality.

Image: Pierre Aupilardjuk, Two Friends Sharing Gossip.

Materialize

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September 23 to November 28, 2016

Location: Perry Gallery
Public reception: Thursday September 22, 5pm-7pm

Craft Ontario is committed to fostering the next generation of professional craft practice, and this year’s exhibition is the third annual juried collection of emerging work that celebrates a diversity of creative, innovative and skilled incarnations of material culture. 2016 also marks Craft Ontario’s 40th anniversary, and as part of this celebratory year we are partnering with the Art Gallery of Burlington to host the exhibition in the Perry Gallery. Juried by Denis Longchamps and Janna Hiemstra, Craft Ontario is pleased to present the work of:

Incorporating wireframe forms and layers gives Alex Kinsley’s work a sense of depth and volume, which allows pieces to be viewed from various perspectives, and the bright, bold colours demand attention. Alex enjoys observing how people change when they wear his pieces: how they hold their bodies and how the observer is drawn in. He takes pleasure in the ambiguity – is it sculpture, is it jewellery, is it clothing?

Amanda Gresik’s work is based on her own experiences of the hospital environment to explore the tedious nature of being in a waiting room. She uses ‘Whitework’ which is a traditional type of embroidery that has been used to document and celebrate important events in people’s lives. With white linen fabric and cotton thread, she re-creates the waiting room environment, focusing on items one gathers while staring at the nearby clock.

Andrée Chénier draws inspiration from historical jewellery forms like memento mori, étuits, lockets and perfume rings, which were designed to store utilitarian or meaningful objects close to the body. With a passion to create jewellery that connects us to nature, Andrée focuses on a point of interest such as an unusual stone, the twist of a branch, a flower petal or a feather, and uses it to create a visual design while also containing it within the piece itself.

Anne-Sophie Vallée’s inquisitiveness into cultural traditions in South America led her to discover different ways of living, and to explore diverse approaches to value and aesthetics. She finds working with materials a way to reconcile wide open space and interior life, and she aims to create portable objects that act as a metaphor for place, where reality and a new sense of meaning converge.

In developing her work, Brittany MacDougall seeks to create dynamic relationships between each element, and enjoys creating visual interest by incorporating secondary mediums such as fabric, metal and colour. She is drawn to asymmetrical forms and the use of negative space, which she strategically uses to make each side of an object an engaging visual experience for the user.

Cassic Ho is a passionate designer and maker, and is a recent graduate of the Craft and Design Furniture program at Sheridan College. She has developed an increased awareness of the infinite possibilities available through combining digital and traditional modes of making. Multicultural experiences inspire her to visualize objects and express ideas in conceptual way, while always maintaining a respect for materials and quality craftsmanship.

Cheng-Ou Yu’s process begins with combining contemporary Western approaches to ceramics (trying to work towards innovation and originality) with the influence of Chinese traditions (a high level of respect for historical forms and using repetition and technique to reach the ideals of “quality” and “beauty”). He uses molds as a method of exploring and generating new forms, by interchanging various parts of the mold itself.

Emma Chorostecki is currently studying in the Bachelor program at Sheridan College, specializing in Furniture. In her work she attempts to design striking yet simple pieces, often playing with negative space. She enjoys designing and making objects that come from a playful capacity and that can be trusted to last, while also focusing on the environmental impact of her practice.

Karla Rivera’s work consists of functional and sculptural ceramics. She is interested in forms that make connections between elements of nature such as the wind, the shape of a mountain, or sand. Most of Karla’s work is made by throwing – this creates the first of many marks, after which she cuts and alters the forms, accumulating more marks, until multiple firings have the final say.

Kristian Spreen is interested in the interaction between abstract form and abstract imagery. Her handmade glass shapes are utilized as canvases for expressionistic drawings – there is no beginning or end to the imagery, and it can never be viewed all at once. Her work is meant to draw attention to the differences between our perception of 2-dimensional visual art and 3-dimensional sculpture.

With a great desire to learn and be creative within diverse fields, Joon Hee Kim’s pursuit of learning has included a unique combination of 2D and 3D knowledge that ultimately led her to study ceramics at Sheridan College. In her current graduate studies at the Chelsea College of Arts, she continues to explore work that reflects the persevering burden of human relationships, behaviors, and emotions.

Pasha Moezzi‘s jewellery creations are highly influenced by the world of architecture with clean lines, elegant curves and geometric shapes. His design process begins by subtracting from a larger shape and then introducing new shapes and forms only when absolutely necessary. He enjoys creating objects from scrap pieces of metal, and using unorthodox methods and tools, such as a table saw and band saw, to achieve his desired look.

Nurielle Stern creates sculptural ceramic objects and immersive installations that combine ceramics and video projection. Her work navigates the malleability of language and materials, the historic role of craftsman as storyteller, and the dialectics of inside and outside—the tamed and the wilderness. Her ceramic pieces are saturated with texture and vibrant glazes imbue them with a hyper-real quality.

Reid Ferguson is an emerging artist from Kitchener-Waterloo, and is studying at Sheridan College in the Craft and Design program. Working primarily in glass, he creates handcrafted objects with an urban industrial aesthetic. His current series of bowls with a concrete exterior and an opaque layer of glass on the interior feature magnified photographs of graffiti that reference specific locations from the streets of Kitchener.

As a current student of the Sheridan College Furniture program, Richard Chan has a passion for hands-on work. As an emerging artist, he hopes to accumulate as much experience in the industry as possible in order to open his own independent practice as a designer of furniture and functional objects. His current work blends a modern aesthetic with unique visual elements that offer a personal touch to each piece.

Tammy McClennan is interested in how we interact with nature and how value may be assigned to it. Through the fabrication of sculptural objects, she is able to explore nature as form, to consider shapes and textures, while often assigning a new function. Something that is seemingly ‘everyday’ can actually be transformed into objects of value, objects that can be worn and displayed.

Image: Pasha Moezzi, Cle‐O Necklace, Brass thrown on the lathe with sterling silver snake chain.

John Willard Fibre Arts Residency: Karen Cummings

DSC_5114withoutframeSeptember 20 to October 19, 2016

Location: RBC Community Gallery
Public reception: Thursday September 22, 5pm-7pm

The first recipient of the John Willard Fibre Arts Resident, Karen Cummings, presents her new work in this exhibition.

In the summer of 2013 the Art Gallery of Burlington proudly launched the John Willard Fibre Arts Residency to celebrate the remarkable life of John Willard. Not one to follow the rules of tradition, Willard turned the craft of quilting into a truly remarkable art form. With scissors, needles, thread and fabrics Willard created his own one of a kind quilt designs whether inspired by traditional patterns that he had deconstructed or by historical events. To continue Willard’s legacy as a fibre art teacher, the residency enables artists to have access to one of the AGB resident fibre studios in order to develop a body of work for their first solo exhibition in the RBC Community Gallery.

About the Artist
Karen Cummings describes her current work as abstract collage for which she uses fabric and fibre. Cummings sees her eclectic collection as an opportunity for personal expression, based on the classical techniques of machine and hand stitching. Her work at times can be careful, contrasted to the frenzied moments of fast machine-stitched along with the arranging and rearranging of fabric, thus creating endless possibilities of diverse surfaces. Between the harsh difference of the rate of speed at which Cummings works and techniques used, Cummings hopes to convey her message.

Image: Karen Cummings, Blink, 2015.

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

Art in Action 2014

October 22 to November 20, 2016

Location: RBC Community Gallery
Reception: Thursday October 27, 7pm-9pm

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 www.artinaction.ca

Body of Work

RBC BoW Poster_BannerNovember 25, 2016 to December 30, 2016

Location: RBC Community Gallery

Come be inspired by the work of our adult students and instructors. If you are considering taking a class or giving one as a gift, come and see what you can expect…some amazing talent is sparked here!

 

Burlington Fine Arts Association’s 50th Anniversary

BFAA_50TH_Invite_Page_1June to September 2016

Opening Reception: Wednesday June 15, 5pm-7pm

To mark its 50th anniversary, the Burlington Fine Arts Association (BFAA) in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Burlington (AGB), is excited to present three exhibitions to celebrate this golden milestone.

Burlington Urban & Rural
June 16 – September 5, 2016
Lee-Chin Family Gallery

A multidisciplinary exhibition, Burlington Urban & Rural explores Burlington’s surrounding landscape and history from a rural and urban perspective; be it social, architectural, cultural or environmental.

Power of Passion
June 16 – August 14, 2016
RBC Community Gallery

This exhibition features the work of BFAA artists, past and present, who achieved solo gallery shows at the Art Gallery of Burlington.

Presidents’ Wall
June 1 – July 25, 2016
Fireside Lounge

Featuring the works of past Presidents of the Burlington Fine Arts Association.

Jordan MacLachlan: Radiance in Uncontrollable Worlds

Mary Philpott_Rabbit and CrowJune 11 to September 5, 2016

Location: Perry Gallery
Curator: Jonathan Smith
Public reception: Wednesday June 15, 5pm-7pm

Originally created for a stop motion film, this sequential series of works presents a raw emotional narrative of temptation, love and pain through the perspective of spirit animals.

About the Artist
MacLachlan works with clay and mixed media in her Toronto studio. She has always been partial to working with clay because “…I love working with clay, even just the smell of it. This humble medium has been a constant in my days ever since I was a child, and in many ways it has become both my comfort in life and my pathway to a more attentive mind.” Her works are commonly finished with a sparing use of glazes, slips, paints, make-up and found materials, and sometimes leaving the works unfired.

She has shown her work across Canada including the National Museum of Natural Science in Ottawa, Orange L’evenement de Art Actuel de Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, Her works can be found in corporate and institutional collections including the Confederation Centre for the Arts (PEI), and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa.
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Image: Jordan MacLachlan, Radiance in Uncontrollable Worlds, 2006-2007 (Detail).

View the film online here

Mary Philpott: Murder of Crows

Mary Philpott_Rabbit and CrowJune 11 to September 25, 2016

Location: Dan Lawrie Family Courtyard
Curator: Jonathan Smith
Public reception: Wednesday June 15, 5pm-7pm

Mary Philpott, a noted functional potter whose work has been inspired by Neo-Gothic architecture and William Morris’ Arts and Craft movement, has in recent years taken her decorative motifs of animals and birds and transformed them into live-sized three dimensional sculptures, a perfect synthesis of nature and style set in our garden courtyard.

About the Artist

Inspired by the colour, narration and design of medieval illuminated books, tapestries and architecture, Philpott’s work explores the story of flora and fauna in her surrounding landscape. At her studio, Verdant Tile Co., she designs custom pressed tile in porcelain. The animals and birds depicted in her tiles are frequently referenced in her sculptural pieces.

In addition to receiving a BFA in Art History and Archaeology at the University of Guelph, Philpott is a graduate of the Ceramics and Design program at the School of Craft and Design at Sheridan College. She has also studied Anthropology and Archaeology at McMaster University, and Ceramics Intensives at Alfred University in New York.

She is the 2015 recipient of the Helen Copeland Award from Craft Ontario for an established artist working in her field.

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Image: Mary Philpott, Hare and Crow, 2016.

Community Event: CreArtivity

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August 19 to September 5, 2016

Location: RBC Community Gallery
Public reception: Friday August 19, 3pm-4pm

The Art Gallery of Burlington and the Curating Experience Team are proud to present the artwork of the 2016 kids summer camps. Come and experience some of our community’s most original figure’s masterpieces; including various media like printmaking, 3D artwork, paintings and much more!

All Guilds Show

All Guilds Show_2015 BannerApril 23, 2016 to May 22, 2016

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday April 22, 5pm-7pm

This annual exhibition will celebrate the works of members from our guilds which include the Fibre Arts Group, 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.

Mundialization: Student Art Exchange

DSC_0005April 27, 2016 to May 26, 2016

Location: RBC Community Gallery

In conjunction with the City of Burlington’s Mundialization Committee, the AGB presents a display of student artwork from Trinity Christian School in Burlington, and from Itabashi 10th Elementary School, Hasune Elementary School, and Wakagi Elementary School in 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.

Quebec – A Different Drummer

DSC_2287Ongoing 2016 Exhibition

Location: Permanent Collection Corridor

As part of the ongoing series of exhibitions inspired by the Coast to Coast to Coast exhibition, we are proud that the Art Gallery of Burlington has been able to build a substantial representation of the work being done in all parts of the country. Quebec – A Different Drummer looks at the growth of the Quebec ceramic scene and how it looked to France as a source of inspiration, while North America was enthralled with the Anglo/Japanese tradition of craftsmanship.  French Quebec looked forward to the avant-garde styles coming out of France from just before the war while North America was looking backward to the romantic traditions of the Arts and Crafts Movement.  As such this gave Quebec a unique style that is now being recognized as an important direction in contemporary ceramics.

Image: Alain Bernard, ‘Cup and Saucer’ (left), ‘Cup and Platter’ (center), ‘Cup and Saucer’ (right).

Paul Mathieu: The China Syndrome

Morphed Photo Flower Vases_Ian with handprint_2008_bFebruary 12, 2016 to April 10, 2016

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Curator: Jonathan Smith
Public reception: Thursday February 11, 6pm-8pm
Artist Walk & Talk: Thursday February 11, 6:30pm

Internationally renowned ceramist and author Paul Mathieu has spent the last decade periodically returning to Jingdezhen, China to oversee the production of his ceramic works. This exhibition traces his explorations ranging from the relationship between two and three dimensional form, to the portrayal of gender roles and gay identity. The artist’s role from conception to production is examined from both the artist’s and craft person’s perspective.

Image: Paul Mathieu, Morphed Photo Flower Vases – Ian with Handprint, 2008.

Please be advised that some images in this exhibition contain mature themes.

Dust

Banner_2January 16, 2016 to April 17, 2016

Location: Perry Gallery
Curator: Jonathan Smith
Public reception: Thursday February 11, 6pm-8pm

Grace Eun Mi Lee is known for her ceramic installations. Numerous small pieces, often referencing the hidden world of microbes, are suspended from the ceiling to create cloud-like mists. On closer examination, these mists reveal the hidden world that surrounds us in our everyday lives. We are made to question the visible world and compare it to the unseen reality that goes on around us on a daily bases.

Image: Grace Eun Mi Lee, Dust, 2016 (Detail).

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

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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

Thrown

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 www.artinaction.ca

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.

Naked Craft

Naked Craft

June 20 – September 6, 2015

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Curators: Sandra Alfoldy (NSCAD), Denis Longchamps (Art Gallery of Burlington), Juliette MacDonald (Edinburgh College of Art), Emma Quin (Craft Ontario), Arno Verhoeven (Edinburgh College of Art)
Symposium: Saturday, June 27, 10am-4pm
Reception: Sunda, June 28, 2-4pm

This international project brings together the best of contemporary Canadian and Scottish crafts. Makers from these two countries are united in this exhibition to celebrate the shared sense of northern resilience as both of them rest to the north of a southern powerhouse. People in Scotland and Canada have a tendency to identify themselves by what they are not; Not English, Not American, and our countries appear to struggle to retain our freedom from those southern neighbours. Contemporary craft builds upon traditions and heritage that are place holders that aid in defining our identity and cultures.

This exhibition will strip ideas of craft back down to four themes that bridge the past and the present, traditional and changing ideas:

    1. New Positions

    2. Down and Dirty: politics and materials
    3. Do-it-Yourself: DIY
    4. Tooling Up: New technologies and economies

Image: Kari Woo, Foundation, 2015

Gothic

GOTHIC

June 20 – September 6, 2015

Location:Perry Gallery
Artists: Mary Philpott, Janet MacPherson, Christina MacEwen
Curator: Jonathan Smith
Reception:  Sunday, June 28, 2pm-4pm

While the term Gothic is use to describe the ornate and complex European style of art that dates from approximately 1000 AD to the birth of the Renaissance, the word is now applied to a much broader idea.
The word, ‘gothic ‘, has over the years taken on numerous shades of meaning from romantic to other worldly. Three ceramic artists, Mary Philpott (Stratford, Ontario), Janet MacPherson (Toronto, Ontario) and Christina MacEwen (Ottawa, Ontario), have each taken an aspect of this idea and made it their own.

Image: Christina MacEwan – Horned Curmudgen Jar (Detail – Circa 1985)

Arrieros

Wind & Waves

June 13 to September 30, 2015

Location: AGB Courtyard
Artist: Jordi Alfaro

Jordi Alfaro, originally from Spain but now a resident of Dundas, Ontario has looked at the abstract nature of the design of the Courtyard and created a series of monolithic forms that complement the straight horizontal and vertical lines of both the architecture and the plantings of the space. His single large sculptures and his stacked round forms have the evocative sense of prehistoric monuments like Stonehenge in England, or Carnac in France, but their often bright coloured glazes and crisp bands of colour hint at minimal sculpture out of the 1960’s. Placed in amongst the plantings or out on the concrete surfaces, these works engage the viewer asking them to navigate the space with an increased awareness. These works suggest the contemplative nature that one finds in the Zen stone gardens in Japan but is totally unique to this artist. The quiet strength of these works transforms the space into as oasis of calm on an otherwise busy day.

Opening reception: Sunday, June 28, 2pm – 4pm
Image: Jordi Alfaro, Untitled (detail), 2015.

Divine Abyss

GOTHIC

July 11 to August 8, 2015

Location: RBC Community Gallery
Artist: Tyler Tekatch

Time is divided into
Seconds, minutes, hours, years,
And centuries. Take any
One of them and add up its
Content, all the world over.
One division contains much
The same as any other.

-Kenneth Rexroth, Time is the Mercy of Eternity

In Divine Abyss, the physical materiality of film, the mechanism by which film makes a record of time, becomes the central focus. As a medium, I’ve always felt that film’s antecedent is stained glass, which relies on light to give it form and illuminate its intricate patterns. Film is like stained glass in motion.

Rather than focusing on the projected image, I wanted to rearrange the basic elements of film – light, movement and time – and explore how they might manifest in a physical installation. The film strips are used not for their projected image, but for showing how colour and form look over time. The flickering light of the projector, rather than enabling the illusion of motion picture, scatters across the images. The movement of light doesn’t progress an image, but briefly illuminates the singular, discrete moments captured in each frame.

The content of the film strips hold personal and poetic significance. The colour film strips are home movies, scenes from my great uncle’s life…parties, sunsets, vacations, family. The negative strips are time-lapses of flowers and plants blossoming over time. The black and white film strips are scenes from a 1950’s travelogue of the Grand Canyon, which seemed an apt metaphor for time. The Grand Canyon, I discovered from this travelogue film, was once referred to as “the divine abyss”, which seems a great description of time itself. – Tyler Tekatch

Image: Tyler Tekatch, Divine Abyss (Video still), 2015.

Kyle Tonkens

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The Grand Connection: Funeral Procession for the Beloved Departed, Burial Mounds, and the Infinite Expansion

August 11 to September 13, 2015

Location: RBC Community Gallery
Artist: Kyle Tonkens

“In order to be fully in Love with Life, one must embrace all of Life’s aspects, including suffering, loss, and ultimately death.”
–Henrietta Markham

‘The Grand Connection: Funeral Procession for the Beloved Departed, Burial Mounds, and the Infinite Expansion’, by Kyle Tonkens explores traditional rituals and ceremonies surrounding death, and re-works them using a multi-disciplinary and wonderfully colourful approach, suggesting that even moments of suffering and loss may be approached from a position of love.

Image: Kyle Tonkens, Burial Mound (detail), 2014.

Wind & Waves

Wind & Waves

March 20 – April 19, 2015

Location: RBC Community Gallery
Artist: Hamed Naseri

Hamed Naseri’s bold pen paintings draw inspiration from his life and the world around him. Nature, figures, architecture and the concept of ‘home’ are explored in imaginative realms in his works. Persian poems are often incorporated into his paintings, occasionally appearing as part of the design. These fine details add to the painting’s narrative, combining traditional stories with vibrant images. Naseri seeks to immerse viewers in his imagination – to feel the fire, wind and waves.

For Naseri, creating his paintings in public spaces allows him to observe the nature of the city and spaces around him. Winds & Waves showcases recent works by the artist since immigrating to Canada from Iran.

Image: Hamed Naseri, Rumi Nebula, 2014.

Wind & Waves

Wind & Waves

March 20 – April 19, 2015

Location: RBC Community Gallery
Artist: Hamed Naseri

Hamed Naseri’s bold pen paintings draw inspiration from his life and the world around him. Nature, figures, architecture and the concept of ‘home’ are explored in imaginative realms in his works. Persian poems are often incorporated into his paintings, occasionally appearing as part of the design. These fine details add to the painting’s narrative, combining traditional stories with vibrant images. Naseri seeks to immerse viewers in his imagination – to feel the fire, wind and waves.

For Naseri, creating his paintings in public spaces allows him to observe the nature of the city and spaces around him. Winds & Waves showcases recent works by the artist since immigrating to Canada from Iran.

Image: Hamed Naseri, Rumi Nebula, 2014.

All Guilds Show

Wind & Waves

April 25 – May 24, 2015

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Curator sections by: Denis Longchamps & Jonathan Smith
Reception: Sunday, April 26, 2-4 pm

In 2015, the Art Gallery of Burlington will present for the first time, the annual All Guilds Show. The exhibition will celebrate the works of members from the Fibre Arts Group, 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./p>

Unpaid Labour

Unpaid Labour

April 4 – May 26, 2015

Location: Perry Gallery
Curator: Denis Longchamps
Reception:Sunday April 26, 2-4 pm

The artistic career of Mary Rawlyk is multifold. Of interest for the exhibition, Unpaid Labour, is her practice as a printmaker from the 1970 to the 1990s when she explored themes of domesticity. The work focuses on women’s contribution to the family in the form of unpaid and unrecognised labour. Her prints were produced in a domestic environment where the family was priority. Of course, family obligation took precedence over her urge to create, and the necessary compromises were not always welcome.

The prints presented in Unpaid Labour highlights the isolation of the domestic work place. Interestingly, while the prints are from more than twenty years ago, still today, domestic work is taken for granted as the obligation for women. Mary Rawlyk used different printmaking techniques: soft ground etching, relief and screen printing, off-set, and photographic heat transfer processes. Apron, iron, sewing machine and interiors are used to represent Unpaid Labour.

Image: Mary Rawlyk, Sewing, 1975.

Of Water & Tides

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February 7 – April 5, 2015

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Artist: Lyndal Osborne
Curator: Denis Longchamps
Reception: February 8, 2-4pm

Lyndal Osborne brings together her experiences living in Bundanon along the Shoalhaven River in Australia, and her current residence in rural Edmonton by the North Saskatchewan River. The contrasting environments that these two rivers inhabit are brought together in the installation Shoalwan: River Through Fire, River of Ice. Over 7,500 glass jars create a glistening river that connects fire islands of singed materials from Australia, to the ice islands of Canada.

In the video installation Tidal Trace, (a collaboration with John Freeman), Osborne recreates a beach with images and sounds of the sea washing on the shore. The waves bring to shore pebbles, shells, plastic and other refuse discarded by offshore fishermen, or left behind by other beach users. For Osborne, the cyclical nature of the tide is both meditative and restorative.

This visual experience explores the binary relationships of nature/culture, fragility/power and preservation/extinction, while creating a sense of unity between these elements.

Image: Shoalwan: River Through Fire, River of Ice – 2003 (Detail)

Embracing Winter

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February 18 – March 18, 2015

Location: Community Gallery
Artist: Burlington Fibre Arts
Curator: Denis Longchamps

<p>Burlington Fibre Arts invites you to their latest show – Embracing Winter. We are inspired by the season – its cool crisp days, dazzling whites and special activities. All are interpreted in fibre and cloth, stitch and embellishment, colour and texture. Come and immerse your senses in a celebration of fibre art.

Image: Robynne Cole, Grey Skyscape. Sandy Simmelink, Peach Orchard. (Detail)

Love Kiss

January 16 – February 15, 2015 (Window projections Mon – Thurs, dusk – 10pm)

Location: Community Gallery
Artist: Jim Riley
Curator: Denis Longchamps
Reception: January 20, 5-7pm

This two-channel window installation is a continuation of Jim Riley’s exploration of temporary public art.  The video installation will be visible after dusk in two windows facing Lakeshore Road at the Art Gallery of Burlington.  During other gallery hours, monitors will play the videos in the Community Gallery of the AGB.

Riley’s art practice involves taking a moment of time, slowing it down, and placing it in a circle for the audience to examine.  The circle acts as a portal to that moment, for the viewer to explore.   As a non-linear story teller, Riley invites the audience to pause and view the two videos on a winter evening walk or, in a fleeting moment, from their vehicle. 

Image: Single Dad & Daughter – 2014 (Detail)

PASSAGE

PASSAGE

January 24 – March 22, 2015

Location: Perry Gallery
Artist: Lesley McInally
Curator: Jonathan Smith
Reception: February 8, 2-4pm

Born and raised in Scotland, Lesley McInally got her degree in ceramics and printmaking from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee University.  She immigrated to Canada over a decade ago and settled in the Georgian Bay area, in Cookstown, in a landscape that reminded her of her homeland.  Her slab built paper clay vessels, while functional in form are inspired by the landscape of both Canada and Scotland, especially the historic stone structures that show the accumulated layers of age.  Her forms take on the soft rounded contour of stones that have faced the effects of weathering over time.  These forms are often pierced with openings so that pinpoints of light illuminate dark interiors. Her surfaces range from mists of colour to glaze that resembles cracked, blistered, and peeling paint.  In the last couple of years she has developed a technique where she uses her old printmaking techniques.  She layers ceramic pigments and hand coloured porcelain engobes to create complex textural surfaces that reveal hidden burst of colour similar to lichens.  Her work possesses evocative powers that drive the viewer to decode the narrative elements which she hints at but never states. 

Image: Lesley McInally – Re-Discovered Chamber (2012)

An Aqueous State

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November 22, 2014 – January 25, 2015

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Curator: Denis Longchamps
Reception: Sunday November 23, 2-4pm

Photographer Janusz Wrobel explores the interconnected processes that shape the foundation of the Canadian wilderness. With water as nature’s life source, the exhibition reflects on the delicate mutual relationship between this precious resource and humanity.

Image: Sweet Water Sea

Scavengers & Scoundrels: Urban Vermin

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November 22, 2014 – January 18, 2015

Location: Perry Gallery
Curator: Jonathan Smith
Reception with Curator, Walk & Talk: Sunday, November 23, 2:00pm

Ray Mackie and Debra Kuzyk (Lucky Rabbit Pottery) originally worked in Newfoundland and now work out of Nova Scotia.  They have based their work on regional themes and styles, but have updated their subject matter to deal with contemporary issues while evolving the decorative folk art styles particular to the region.
Image: Ray Mackie & Debra Kuzyk – Skunk Jar (2014)

COMMUNITY EVENT: Art in Action Pre Tour Exhibition and Sale

Oct 19 – November 13, 2014

Location: Community Gallery
See a sampling of the fine art that can be found at the upcoming Art in Action Burlington Studio Tour held 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.  Featuring hand turned wood, fine art paintings and watercolours, jewellry, photography, fabric art, metal art and stained, fused and mosaic glass.

For maps and more information please go to www.artinaction.ca

Image:
Joe Speck, Teresa Seaton, John Highley (Siobhan Lynch, John Storey), Confluence, 2014.
Copper Foil, Traditional, Mosaic and Fused Glass Compilation in Stand. 61 x 208 (24″ wide 82″ high).

Portrait of a Collector: Herb Bunt

September 6, 2014 – November 2, 2014

Location: Permanent Collection Corridor
Reception: Sunday September 28, 2-4pm

Herbert O. Bunt, being the first major donor to the Permanent Collection of Canadian Ceramics at the Art Gallery of Burlington, shaped the direction for the future of the collection from the late seventies onward.  He appreciated the then unknown artists who were to become the major players in Canada – those artists who lifted the medium from a craft to an art.  Held in conjunction with the major exhibition Coast to Coast to Coast, see where ceramics began and how they evolved over the last forty years.

Jim Hong Louis, Dodo #1, n.d. View full image

In the Garden

April 12, 2014 – June 1, 2014

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Artists: Claudette Losier, Wayne Moore, Victoria Pearce and Susan Rankin around Victor Cicansky’s piece Garden Ruins from our collection
Curator: Denis Longchamps
Opening Reception: April 13, 2-4pm
Catalogue Launch Reception: May 25, 2-4pm
Image: Victor Cicansky – Garden Ruins (1986)

Immerse yourself and experience the beauty of floral works by Claudette Losier, Wayne Moore, Victoria Pearce and Susan Rankin. Losier depicts meditative dreamlike flowers, while Moore pays interest to the plant’s structure. Pearce creates dramatic still life studies, and Rankin incorporates floral elements into her glass blown vases.

Join us on Sunday May 25th at 2pm for the launch of the In the Garden exhibition catalogue. Winners of the Haiku Poetry Contest will be announced and presented with their awards. This is a great opportunity to meet the artists and poets in a celebration of their work.

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Wayne Cardinalli: Structural Tea

May 24 – August 17, 2014

Location: Permanent Collection Corridor
Curator: Jonathan Smith
Reception: Sunday June 22, 2-4pm
Curator Walk & Talk: Sunday June 22 at 2:30pm
Image: Wayne Cardinalli – Cocoon (2014)

 

Wayne Cardinalli, a well known and respected ceramist and instructor, has spent his lifetime perfecting the art of creating teapots.  These pots are more than just a container for making tea; they have evolved into a showcase for the sculptural and decorative skills of the artist himself.  These pots engage the imagination and charm the viewer with their endlessly inventive forms.

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Infinite Daydreams: Reflections on the Sublime Imaginary

June 14, 2014 – August 24, 2014

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Curators: Caitlin Sutherland & Kendra Ainsworth
Reception: Sunday June 22, 2-4pm

Clouds function as fuel for the imagination of children and adults everywhere, and can still evoke a sense of wonder in even the most staid adult. This participatory exhibition uses Max Streicher’s immersive Alto Cumulus installation as a physical touchstone through which audiences, in particular youth, can engage with the concept of the sublime.
Image: Max Streicher – Alto Cumulus

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Call for photo submissions for our upcoming exhibition ‘Infinite Daydreams: Reflections on the Sublime Imaginary’. The exhibition explores how we respond to the sublime in nature – that sense of wonder, power and beauty we feel looking out at blue skies filled with clouds over the lake’s horizon. This is hard to capture in one photo, so we need lots!

To be a part of a photo installation in the gallery, please send our guest curators:
– one photo of the sky over the lake, or
– one of the horizon

Photos will be added to the exhibition throughout the summer.

Email photos in .jpg format along with your name to infinitedaydreams1@gmail.com

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The exhibition will run June 14 – August 24, 2014.

Greg Payce and the Space Between

July 13, 2014 – August 31, 2014

Location: Perry Gallery
Curator: Jonathan Smith

Anyone who has walked past the Art Gallery of Burlington is familiar with ’Alumina’, our Greg Payce sculpture of seven ornate vase forms.  But the surprise of the piece is the negative spaces (the shapes between the vases), which resemble standing female forms.  Payce has spent over two decades exploring these often ignored spaces, creating magical works where the forms and the spaces work together to form a visual poetry.  The AGB received its first donation of Payce’s work in 1997 and we eagerly collected his work until 2008, when after several years of fundraising, we were able to commission Payce to create ‘Alumina’ for us.  This year Payce has donated to us an important work from 1998, ‘Seventeen Albarelli’ – a work that is based on the idea of a lenticular photograph.  As one walks past the work one sees a progressive series of images of a raindrop falling.  Here the artist has expanded the scope of his work by introducing the element of time, a departure from the static nature of ceramics and a direction he has followed since that time, resulting in his latest video work.

Community Event: Fibre Content

September 9, 2014 – September 16, 2014

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery

Juried Exhibition of Fibre Art

This exhibition will display 124 fibre art quilts and mixed media works by 80 artists from across Ontario from the following groups:

Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA)
Grand Guild of Fibre Artists
Burlington Fibre Arts
Oakville Fibre Artists
Connections Fibre Artists
Group of Eight Fibre Artists
Burlington Handweavers & Spinners Guild
Burlington Hooking Craft Guild

 

Admission is Free

A full colour catalogue of all works will be available for $5.

Get the full experience by purchasing a keepsake catalogue of all pieces with artist statement details and promotional discounts at local fabric, bead and wool stores.

The Jurors for Fibre Content 2014

Emma Quin
Executive Director
Ontario Crafts Council
Virginia Eichhorn
Director & Chief Curator
Tom Thomson Art Gallery
Sandra Dupret
Dean/Principal, Fleming College
Haliburton Campus

For more information http://www.fibrations.org/

Albert Cote, I Gotta Crow, n.d. View Full-Size Image

Coast to Coast to Coast

September 27, 2014 – November 9, 2014

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Curator: Jonathan Smith
Reception: Sunday September 28, 2-4pm

The growth of the Collection over the years has enabled us to recognize not only the breadth of expression that the ceramic medium encompasses but also the national, international and regional influences that are expressed in the work. Regional differences influenced by historic developments and nurtured by the craftspeople and institutions bump up against international art movements that help create artists with highly personal viewpoints. Canada with its multicultural background has welcomed these influences and grown with them. The idea of ceramics as an art form is a relatively new development in the history of the country only arising in the late fifties and early sixties. Before then the medium had only existed in the mass production of functional pieces. The movement began with the influx of artists working in the tradition of Leach and Hamada, and the young generation of Canadians that arose in the sixties.

The new energy that arose in the sixties was at first focused on expressive functional work. Over the ensuing decades this has broadened out with ever increasing emphasis on the sculptural aspect of the medium, in particular with the rise of artists who investigate the intersection of the functional with ever increasing sculptural intentions. This in turn is pointing the medium in the direction of multi disciplinary intersections such as installation and video. This exhibition looks at the roots of the movement, the regional origins of trends and the growing maturity of Canadian ceramics in the wider world.

Exhibition presented by: Judith King-Siganski & Peggi DeGroote, Wellbeings

Mary Philpott, Hare
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Vicki Easton-McClung: Recent Work

October 11, 2014 – November 9, 2014

Location: Perry Gallery
Artist: Vicki Easton-McClung
Curator: Denis Longchamps
Reception: Sunday, October 19, 2-4pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, October 19, 2:30 pm

The Exhibition:

‘Squaring Off’ is a new series of abstract mixed media paintings playfully exploring the contrast of colour and balance. These paintings all contain small squares of completed paintings balancing against each other causing colours to collide and bounce off each other, tickling the eyes of the viewer. These new works are all about fun and having a good romp across fields of colour. These paintings are a party.
-Vicki Easton-McClung

 Image: Vicki Easton-McClung, Joy, 2014.

 

Stacks

Ran from Feb 1, 2014 – Apr 27, 2014
Image: Ingrid Nicolai – Lotus

The placement of object on top of another creates a new form that alters our perception of both. With ceramics, the reasoning behind this can be either sculptural or functional. This exhibition examines how artists have employed this, from Hamada leaving work unglazed rings inside bowls so space can be saved in a kiln, to the use of lids and saucers, and on to the sculptural stacking of functional forms by Paul Mathieu that require specific arrangements to reveal his hidden imagery.

Quilts by John Willard: A 40 year retrospective

Ran from Feb 15, 2014 – Mar 30, 2014
Image: John Willard – Serengeti Shields (2006)

Armed with scissors, needles, threads and fabrics John Willard has been making quilts for 40 years. Not one to follow the rules of tradition, he creates his own designs. Sometimes inspired by traditional patterns he has deconstructed, others by historical events, Willard creates quilts that are beautiful and turn the craft of quilting into an art form.

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