Past Exhibitions

The Roots of Creativity


March 3, 2017 to March 19, 2017

Location: RBC Community Gallery

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

The Body Thieves: Lisa Jayne Irvine & Andrew McPhail

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February 2, 2017 to March 1, 2017

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

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

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

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

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



December 2, 2016 to January 29, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Image: Marc Audette, Étang, 2016

Laurent Craste: Épuration

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December 2, 2016 to January 29, 2017

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

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

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

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

Image: Laurent Craste, Immolation, 2016

AGB Ceramics Residency: Dawn Hackett-Burns

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January 3, 2017 to January 31, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ceramics from Rankin Inlet


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.



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