Archive for category: What’s On


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


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.

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.

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.


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