Wednesday, November 12, 2014

November at a Glance

Our programming for the month of November offers a fresh opportunity for visitors to explore and interact with the current exhibitions and experience different perspectives from artists, collectors and instructors from across Canada.


Thurs. November 13, 7:00 pm
John Oravec: The Collector's Commitment

The current exhibition, Art Lab: Activated Absence, provides an in-depth look at some challenging pieces from the permanent collection by Ron Martin, offering visitors the opportunity to develop new relationships with these abstract works.

Perhaps nobody knows what it is like to live with Martin's paintings better than local art collector John Oravec. Over the past decade, Oravec has amassed a varied collection of Canadian contemporary art. Oravec will sit down with JNAAG Curator Lisa Daniels to provide insight into his personal motivation for collecting contemporary art, the relationship he develops to abstract work, and what it is like to live and interact with the pieces in his home.

Thurs. November, 20, 7:00 pm
dorkbot 7.1: NAISA- FM Transmitter Workshop

Our popular dorkbot program returns this November, inspired by the exhibition David Rokeby: Very Nervous System.

New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) will return from Toronto to lead an exciting sound-based workshop that will guide participants through the process of soldering together the components to create your very own operational FM micro-transmitter.

Thurs. November 27, 7:00 pm

Phil Jenkins: An Acre of Time

In the current exhibition, Our Own Back Yard artists Mary Abma and Lyndal Osborne collect and interpret both natural and industrial materials as a way of understanding our human relationship with the natural world.

Ottawa based author, journalist musician, and historian Phil Jenkins shares a similar passion for understanding how events in the past have affected our current environment. Jenkins will offer selected readings from his inventive novel An Acre of Time, a snapshot of the historical, political and geological events that shaped a single acre of land in downtown Ottawa. Jenkins accompany his readings with a musical performances inspired by passages from the novel.

Free Contemporary Film Screenings

Sat. November 15, 1:00 pm
Herb & Dorothy
By Megumi Sasaki

Most of us go through the world, never seeing anything. Then you meet somebody like Herb and Dorothy, who have eyes that see. – Richard Tuttle, artist

Building on the conversation of developing a personal relationship to contemporary art, Herb & Dorothy tells the extraordinary tale of Herb and Dorothy Vogel, a seemingly ordinary couple who filled their humble one-bedroom New York apartment with more than 4,000 works of art over a 45-year period Filmmaker Megumi Sasaki turns her lens on the Vogels during a critical period of transition for the couple and their cherished collection.

Sat. November 29, 1:00 pm
Mark Rothko's Rooms
by David Thompson

Through his large scale paintings, artist Mark Rothko hoped to evoke an emotional response within the viewer, stirred by his use of luminous colour and dreamlike surfaces. He hoped to create a relationship that invited visitors became an active participant of the pictorial space.

This 2000 documentary from director David Thompson chronicles Rothko's illustrious career, using interviews with family members, friends, artists, art historians, collectors, and curators, drawing an intimate portrait that provides insight into the man and his masterpieces.

For more information about upcoming programs and events at the gallery visit

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Our Own Back Yard Opens September First Friday!

Subtle yet powerful, Our Own Back Yard is a new exhibition featuring works by artists Mary Abma and Lyndal Osborne set to open this First Friday, September 5 at 6:00pm at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery. Artists will be present in the gallery from 6:00pm - 9:00pm, speaking about their works in the exhibition.

Our Own Back Yard features hundreds of organic and inorganic materials that come together in an orchestrated symphony of colors and textures, celebrating the often overlooked micro-elements of the natural world. Abma and Osborne have each produced rich, multi-layered works that invite viewers to share in the wonder of the environment, and to ponder how our actions impact the world around us. Abma and Osborne have created a glimpse of the invisible; fragments of the natural world that, because they are easily missed, are easily ignored, discarded and extinguished.

Recently Abma hosted a week-long workshop with local teens in preparation for the opening of 'Our Own Back Yard.' Participants took part in an ecological dig of Sarnia's Veteran's Park, assisted in the collection of soil, native plant and rain water samples to be used to be used in one of her works, on display in the exhibition.

Stop by the gallery this First Friday to experience the beauty of nature in Our Own Back Yard

Our Own Back Yard Free Feature Events:

Artist Talks

Lyndal Osborne - Thursday, September 4th at 7:00 pm
Mary Abma - Thursday, October 2nd at 7:00 pm

Beyond the Back Yard Talks

Dr. Gail Heffner and Dr. Dave Warners - Thursday, October 30th at 7:00 pm
Phil Jenkins: An Acre of Time - Thursday, November 27th at 7:00 pm

Artist Biographies:

Mary Abma lives and works in Brights Grove, and has been exhibiting regularly since 1997.
With numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Southern Ontario, she is represented in private and corporate collections. Her current work explores themes that incorporate her interest in history, her concern for the environment and her passion for science.

Lyndal Osborne was born in Australia and studied at the National Art School in Sydney and received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. Since 1971, Osborne has been based in Edmonton, and is a Professor Emeritus in Department of Art and Design, University of Alberta. Osborne has been exhibiting in Canada and internationally since the early 1970's and has shown in over 350 exhibitions. Her work is represented in numerous Canadian collections, including the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Alberta.

For more information about upcoming events visit

Image Credits, Top Banner, L-R:
Mary Abma, Altarpiece Triptych detail (2012-2014), seeds, soil, precipitation, printer drawers and cabinet, communion glasses, 244 cm x 305 cm x 122 cm, Courtesy of the Artist
Lyndal Osborne, Accretion Tables detail (2001-2014), hundreds of natural and some industrial materials, wood tables, 81 cm x 203 cm x 203 cm, Courtesy of the Artist
Top - Bottom:
Mary Abma, Bloodroot with Shovel detail (2011), acrylic, shovel, lumen print, shadow box, 93 cm x 62 cm x 13 cm, Courtesy of the Artist
Lyndal Osborne, Accretion Tables detail (2001-2014), hundreds of natural and some industrial materials, wood tables, 81 cm x 203 cm x 203 cm, Courtesy of the Artist

Monday, August 11, 2014

RAAW X - Ecological Dig in Sarnia's Victoria Park

The Summer RAAW workshops are so popular that we have added an extra program! RAAW X will allow participants can get their hands dirty with instructor Mary Abma, uncovering layers of Sarnia's past. 

Take place Tuesday August 26 to Saturday August 30 from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm, this free class offers youth ages 13-18 the opportunity to work with local artist Abma  in preparation for her upcoming exhibition, Our Own Back Yard. Mary will guide participants through an ecological dig in Sarnia's Victoria Park, where the earth has remained untouched for thousands of years. Learn about the layers of soil and study native plants up close, collecting seeds and samples to be packaged for display in the exhibition.

Abma is a Bright's Grove based artist whose interdisciplinary work explores themes about history, her concern for the environment, her passion for science, and her desire to define the relationship with and place in the natural world.

To register your seat for the four day workshop call 519-336-8127 ext 3231 or email Register your seat soon, as the workshops fill up quickly. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Under New Management: Video Store

Hand painted sign by artist Lena Suksi 

Under New Management: Video Store temporarily converts the JNAAG lecture theatre into a video art rental store cum exhibition.

Organized by Toronto-based curators Suzanne Carte and Su-Ying Lee, the exhibition features over 200 works of art created by video artists from across Canada. Video works were selected through an open call for submissions and include a cross section of experimental films, documentaries, comedy, horror and science fiction.

By assuming the characteristics of an independent video store, the project invites our community to view video art either in the exhibition space, or in the comfort of their own home. Checking out and returning the videos on the honour system, visitors are invited to pay with what ever they wish, in this way engaging alternative forms of exchange that fall outside of 'normal' economic expectations. Payment can take the form of drawings, videos or critical feedback, enabling the viewer to connect with the artists more directly. By removing money as the principle currency, each exchange will shift how the viewer values art and the honour system removes barriers that exist when memberships, deposits, and policies are required at commercial venues.

The project also reflects on the current state of small retail stores, in particular the closure of independent rental operations, offering viewers the opportunity to view content that hasn't been produced for mass consumption.

For more information on the current exhibitions, click here>>

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Lambton LOVES Art!

This First Friday in downtown Sarnia, stop in to view the newest exhibition  Lambton Loves Art!

After three months of voting and sharing, the numbers are in! 3600 votes for your favourite works from the gallery's permanent collection. 

JNAAG's first crowd sourced exhibition features works by Lawren Harris, York Wilson, Jack Shadbolt, Oscar Cahen and Tom Thomson…to name a few. Always looking for fun ways to engage the community, Lambton Loves Art provided the general public with the opportunity to choose which works from the permanent collection they wanted to see. 

Over a two month period, the public could choose from forty pieces grouped into four categories: landscape, portrait, abstraction and urban-scape. 

The gallery currently houses a permanent collection of over 1200 works of art that tell the developing story of Canadian historical and contemporary art.

Stop in the see the show and grab your own limited edition ART heart button, to wear with pride! We are open First Friday, July 4 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Summer Exhibitions - Now on Display!

The exciting summer exhibitions at the gallery  span historical, contemporary, video and new media practices, bringing together works from the permanent collection alongside works by emerging contemporary Canadian artists.

Samantha MogelonskyCanopy, 2013
digital print on Alu-dibond, 1/5.91.4 x 91.4cm

The major summer exhibition, Making Methods, was produced with the Robert McLaughlin Gallery and features Sarnia native Mark Stebbins and Toronto-based artists Sam Mogelonsky, and Becky Ip. The artists have each produced rich, multi-faceted works that are steeped in themes of traditional craft practices while showcasing a commitment to repetition and process. Their deliberate engagement with materials invites viewers to explore the role of hand-rendered art in an increasingly digitized society.

Through painting, sculpture, photography, and video, each artist explores notions of translation and absence, expressing an evolving appreciation for 'something new'. Making Methods provides a rich opportunity to compare and contrast exciting new work made by three emerging artists with greatly varied aesthetics.

Hand painted sign by Lena Suksi, taken from the exhibition
Under New Management: Video Store

Under New Management: Video Store, organized by Toronto-based Curators Suzanne Carte and Su-Ying Lee, will temporarily convert the lecture theatre at the gallery into a video rental store, featuring over 200 works of video art created by artists from across Canada. Video titles available for rent were selected through an open call for submissions and include a cross section of experimental films, documentaries, comedy, horror and science fiction.

Patrons are asked to pay what they wish, and forms of exchange are open and flexible. In addition to payment, rental and return are also on an honour system basis.

Phil Baljeu, Video still, Substation_00, 2014
Length: 3:42. NTSC Video

Echoes of Place, includes works from the gallery's permanent collection juxtaposed by a video installation by Sarnia native Phil Baljeu. Through a very personal experience of place, Baljeu has created a video work in response to specific sites in Lambton County. 

Surrounding Baljeu's video installation is a selection of works from the permanent collection that also inspire a sense of place. Paintings include work by Stephen Andreas, Roland Fenwick, and members of the Group of Seven, amongst other local, regional and national artists.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

RAAW Summer 2014 Programs

Random Acts of Art Workshops are back with a fresh line-up of fun and innovative workshops for ages 13-18. Studio based programs explore the production of art in a broad range of mediums and techniques in traditional and new media. The workshops are free and always fill up, quickly spilling over onto waiting lists.

RAAW places local youth into a studio-intensive environment for three days with direct access to some of the most exciting local, regional, and national practising artists today. Artists that have participated in the program include Anna Miccolis (Sarnia), James Kirkpatrick (London), Andreas Rutkauskas (Montreal), and Ian Alexander (Sarnia), just to name a few. 

The workshops take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. 

Summer 2014 Programs:

Glass Class
Stained Glass with Anna Miccolis 
July 8, 9, 10
Disrupt a Radio
Micro-radio transmitters with New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA)
July 15, 16, 17
Learn more>>

Mitton St. Mural
Commercial mural design and painting with boy Roland
July 21, 22, 23, 24
Learn more>>

Soft Selfies
Fibre and textile art with Catherine Heard 
July 29, 30, 31
Learn more>>

Alternative Photography
Lumen prints and pinhole camera's with Mary Abma and Hailey McHarg
August 5, 6, 7
Learn more>>

From Pre Production to Post Production
Video art with Ian Alexander 
August 12, 13, 14
Learn more>>

Adventures in Painting 
Photoshop painting with Mary Abma
August 19, 20, 21
Learn more>>

To register your seat email or call 519-336-8127 ext. 3231. Please note that registration is required.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Adult Painting Series

Immerse yourself in the creative process and learn a few new tricks along the way! Our Adult Painting Series allows participants to work directly with practising artists and experienced instructors through supportive studio-based classes.


The classes run one Saturday a month, beginning June 28 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Programs are suited for all levels of experience including beginner, and materials for each session will be provided. You can register for all six sessions or for individual classes. A six lesson package is  $130.00 members  and $160.00 non members, and individual sessions are  $25.00 members and $30.00 non members. Registration is required. 

This is a great opportunity to brush up on your painting skills, or learn some new techniques to apply to your own artistic practice. 

To register for the series, or an individual class call 519-336-8127 ext 3231 or stop by the gallery in person. 

Program details: 

June 28 - Colour mixing
Instructor Mary Kilbreath
This intro course is for adults who are interested in acrylic, oil, gouache or watercolour. Learn basic colour theory and how to use red, yellow and blue to make any colour - even black! This is a great course for amateur painters

July 26 - Abstraction
Instructor - Adam Miner
This course will teach you that abstraction is more than just splashing paint around. Explore composition and multiple abstract painting techniques to create your own work. This session is a great compliment to the colour mixing class.

August 23 - En Plien Air
Instructor Mary Kilbreath

Spend a creative day outside painting in Canatara Park. Instructor Mary Kilbreath will provide participants a relaxed and social approach to capturing the beauty of your surroundings.

September 27 - Watercolour
Instructor Mary Abma

Instructor Mary Abma will focus on the techniques specific to watercolour. Learn how to preserve the white of the paper, and discover wet on wet, wet on dry and dry on wet techniques.

October 25 - Indoor Still Life
Instructor TBD
Taking the traditional art form of still life, develop a general understanding of how to see and render three dimensional objects on canvas.

November 29 - PortraitureInstructor TBD
Often seen as a difficult subject, learn how to properly paint the shapes of the body. The class will focus on proportions, colour and brush stroke to render a perfect portrait!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Come and Check out the RAAW Community Mural

This past First Friday in downtown Sarnia, we celebrated the work created during of our Random Acts of Art Workshop (RAAW). 

On Sunday, April 6 students worked with visiting artists Jorden and David Doody to design a digital collage featuring multiple layers, colours and images. 

Students collages were combined to create a giant digital masterpiece that was projected on the walls of the JNAAG Art Studio. Participants were then able to experiment with colour, texture and pattern and in the process created an awesome mural for all visitors to enjoy. 

Stay tuned for information about our upcoming summer RAAW programs. Workshops will cover a broad range of mediums including video art, radio broadcasting, stained glass and commercial mural painting. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on all upcoming programs and events. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Saturday Drop-in Drawing Sessions

New! Drawing in the Gallery
Saturdays, May 3 – May 31 (5 weeks)
Time: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Drop -in - Members: $15.00 | Public: $20.00
Instructor: Mary Groombridge 

Roll up your sleeves and explore the basics of drawing! All skill levels welcome. 

Surrounded and inspired by works from our current exhibitions, Curiouser & Curiouser and Moonlit Mystics,  this five week drop-in course offers participants a relaxed, social approach to learning and improving on one’s artistic technique. Feel free to attend one or each of the sessions.

Local artist and instructor Mary Groombridge will join us every other session to introduce students to a range of techniques in drawing, as well as different application methods to develop an awareness of line, volume and form. Customized feedback will be provided based on your skill level. Then apply the skills you have learned the previous week in an open studio type session. 

Materials such as drawings boards, easels, erasers, drawing pencils, and drawing paper are included in the drop-in price. Students will also have the option of purchasing quality drawing materials including sketchbooks ($10.00) and drawing pencils ($12.00). 

Although registration is not required, if you would like to reserve your spot for the program, CLICK HERE>>  Payment can be made the day of the sessions. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Celebrate Spring with Awesome Art Activities

Let your creativity bloom this Spring at the gallery!  Did you know that the gallery offers free family art drop-ins every Sunday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Bring your family in to explore the basics foundations of art and design with a range of art activities that all ages can enjoy. 

Each week we take inspiration from current exhibitions, famous works of art, and upcoming holidays, work together on a fun, new project. All materials are provided.

Activities are best suited for ages 4-13 and children must be accompanied by an adult.  Admission is free but a donation of $5.00 would be greatly appreciated.

Upcoming activities include:

Sun, Apr 13 - DIY Monsters Collage        
Instructor: Tara Dimuzio
Learn about: Collage, texture, layering

Based on the colourful works found in our current exhibition, Curiouser & Curiouser, experiment with sculpture, collage, painting and drawing, and see what wild creatures your imagination will come up with.
Sun, Apr 20 - Up, Up and Away!
Instructor: Anna Miccolis
Learn about: Texture, form, scale

Inspired by the works of Tony Urquhart and David Bolduc in our current exhibition, Moonlit Mystics, learn about shape and texture by creating an enchanted hot air balloon sculpture.  Customize your balloon with textures and shapes, and get ready to sail away!
Sun, Apr 27 - Zendoodle Drawings          
Instructors: Janet Leonard and Anna Miccolis
This week: Line, shape, repeating patterns

Taking design inspiration from our current exhibition, Moonlit Mystics, this activity will show you how to create intricate Zendoodles, designs made by completing small areas of patterns at a time. Learn how relaxing doodling can be while creating a colourful work full of shape and movement.
Sun, May 4 - Tin Foil Collage      
Instructor: Anna Miccolis
Learn about: Texture, colour, depth

Let's get inspired by Norman Barney's unique collage works in the Curiouser & Curiouser exhibition.
Starting with a tin foil base, arrange shapes of colourful tissue paper to design a layered, textured collage. Hold your work up to the light to see how the colours reflect!
Sun, May 11 - Mothers Day Flower Cards                             
Instructor: Tara Dimuzio
Learn about: 3D form, shape, pattern

Celebrate your mom with a unique and homemade gift!
Using ribbon, printed card stock and other materials, learn how to design three dimensional flowers that will give your card a home grown effect. A thoughtful gift Mother Nature would be proud of!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring Yoga Sessions at the Gallery

This Spring the JNAAG is embarking on a new and exciting program:

Beginning Tuesday, April 15  and running every second Tuesday until June, you can experience the gallery like never before! Join local yoga instructor Kristie Willems in a supportive, inclusive environment for students to develop their yoga skills amongst the artworks while the gallery is closed to the general public. Hatha Yoga is perfect for all skill levels, even if you have never done yoga before. 

The postures and breathing movements of Hatha yoga are often used as physical purifications toward a state of higher meditation, while regular participants also report better sleep, increased energy, relief from stiffness, and improved circulation. 

Experience the calm and quiet amongst the beautiful setting of our Moonlit Mystics exhibition while practising movement and breathing. Registrants can use the washroom facilities as a change room if required. All participants are required to bring their own yoga mats.

Program details:

Every other Tuesday, 9:30 - 10:45 am (please arrive for 9:15 am)
Location: Dr. J Telford Biehn Gallery - Moonlit Mystics Exhibition
Instructor: Kristie Willems

Single Sessions
$10 for members | $12 for public

Five Class Pass
$45 for members | $55 for public

Upcoming sessions:
Tuesday, April 15, 9:30 - 10:45 am
Tuesday, April 29, 9:30 - 10:45 am
Tuesday, May 13, 9:30 - 10:45 am
Tuesday, May 27, 9:30 - 10:45 am
Tuesday, June 10, 9:30 - 10:45 am

Spaces are extremely limited, so register your seat by clicking here>> 

Friday, March 21, 2014

RAAW March Break Re-cap

For March Break 2014 the gallery hosted two innovative workshops for youth ages 13-18. The Random Acts of Art Workshops (RAAW) are a dynamic program of intensive process-based workshops that allow  youth from across the county to work side by side with some of the leading contemporary Canadian artists today as well as some local artists and artisans. 

Each March Break the gallery hosts technology based workshops for teens, under the name of Technology Tantrum. The workshops combines sound recording, drama, photography, storytelling and video producing, to allow youth to develop a range of technical skills and explore materials in a supportive environment.

Our two workshops, I See Your Sound and Hear Your Look and Stop! In the Name of Love, enabled participants to develop a sound understanding of contemporary media practices, including sound art, stop motion animation, and GIF art. 

I See Your Sound and Hear Your Look

Geared towards the budding sound artist, musician, or music fan, this workshop offered students a chance to explore the relationship between sound, landscape and architecture. 

Led by Toronto based New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA), students learned how to record and edit audio recordings collected from the downtown area and gallery building.  Then NAISA instructors guided students through the process of creating a contact microphone, used to pick-up audio vibrations through solid objects. Use the homemade contact mic to experiment with sounds in your own home. How cool is that?!

Stop! In the Name of Love

Hosted by local video producer and all around cool guy Ian Alexander, this workshop allowed students the tools they needed to create awesome stop motion animations. Later in the week, participants learned the process of making stop-motion animations into GIFs, creating their own original GIF art. Students then embedded their GIF's  in the official workshop blog. This workshop was full of imagination and energy, providing a space where teens could be their creative selves.

For upcoming RAAW events at the gallery, stay connected via Facebook and Twitter or visit our website 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Double Doody - Two Exciting Workshops for Artists of all Ages, April 5 and 6

Featured artists in our current exhibition Curiouser & Curiouser, Jorden and David Doody are bringing their colourful and adventurous mixed media practice to Lambton County the weekend of April 4 - 6, 2014. Kicking it off with an appearance at our April First Friday celebrations on Friday, April 4, the Doody's are sticking around all weekend to host two dynamic workshops for adults and youth. 

The Doody's will unleash your creativity in ways you never thought possible.

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to work along-side world class artists in our community. But warning: the Doody’s enthusiastic spirit may be contagious. These workshops are not suited for those without a serious sense of adventure.

Assemblage Sculptures and Curious Cast Creations - Adult Art Workshop 
Saturday, April 5 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cost: $75.00

Discover how to incorporate a wide range of materials into your art practice through a contemporary interpretation of collage. Jorden and David will demonstrate the process of creating three-dimensional assemblage, focusing on the use of molds and multiples. Traditional and unique approaches will be shown, incorporating textiles, print, various mold making products, and more. Using examples from their own unique artistic practice, the Doody's will show you the practical steps for creating an assemblage, using found items and objects of interest. 

Appealing to the curious beginner or the more experienced artist, this custom, hands on workshop is for adults interested in expanding the traditional boundaries of Assemblage. 
Supplies will be provided, but feel free to personalize the project by bringing your own items of interest. 

RAAW Workshop – Cut/Combine/Paint
Ages 13-18
Sunday, April 6 - 11:00 to 4:00 pm

The Doody’s are taking over our Random Acts of Art Workshop (RAAW) to teach you how to paint large and in charge. 
Think collage making is just about sitting around with a pair of scissors and cutting up old magazines? No way! Visiting artists Jorden and David Doody will kick-off this workshop by helping you create a digital masterpiece using different images, patterns, colours and layers.

Then your awesome digital artwork will be combined to create a giant group collage that will be projected on panels, attached to the walls of the JNAAG Art Studio. Get your brush wet and experiment with paint and texture. The finished mural will be on display as part of the gallery’s May First Friday celebrations. 

No painting experience necessary. All equipment and materials will be provided.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Choose YOUR Favourite Works in Lambton Loves Art - New Crowd-Sourced Project

Lambton County has rich history of collecting Canadian art, and now YOU have the opportunity to choose what's on display in JNAAG's first Crowd Sourced exhibition, Lambton Loves Art.

From March 7 to May 5,  are encouraged to visit and vote from forty pieces of art pulled from the gallery's permanent collection.  The pieces that get the most votes will secure a spot in the exhibition.
The paintings will be grouped into four categories - landscape, portraiture, abstraction and urban-scape - the public will be able to choose between works by some of Canada's most well-known artists including: Emily Carr, Joseph Hallam, William Kurelek, Lawren Harris and Tom Thomson.  Visitors to the website are encouraged to vote more than once and to visit the site often as the selection will change twice a week.

The first two selections for Lambton Loves Art:
Top: Nelson Surette, Dory Mates. Date unknown
oil on board, 91.5 x 152.4 cm, Gift of Peter G. and Carol T. Hamilton, 2012.

Bottom: Joseph Francis Plaskett, Table at Night: Patrick and Sue, 1979
Oil on canvas. 78 x 118 cm, Purchased with a matching Wintario Grant, Ontario, 1982

This is a new, creative and fun ways to bring the community into a dynamic relationship with its incredible permanent art collection. The gallery currently houses a permanent collection of over 1,100 works that tell the continuing story of Canadian historical and contemporary art in our community.
Then on June 27, see the exhibition you helped create, when Lambton Loves Art opens to the public!  To cast a vote visit  Be sure to visit the site often, as selections will change twice a week.  

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

March Break Workshops for Ages 13-18

For March Break 2014, Random Acts of Art Workshops (RAAW) are back with not one, but two innovative workshops that enable youth to develop a sound understanding of contemporary media practices.

March Break Technology Tantrum combines sound recording, drama, photography, storytelling and video producing, allowing participants to expand on a range of technical skills and explore materials in a supportive environment. The workshops are free for ages 13-18.

I See Your Sound and Hear Your Look
Monday, March 10 - Wednesday, March 12
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Geared towards the budding sound artist, musician, or music fan, this three day workshop offers participants a chance to explore the relationship between sound, landscape and architecture.

Led by Toronto based New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA), students will develop an understanding of sound-based media art through the recording, editing and performance of sounds and audio collected from the downtown area and gallery building using ZOOM audio recorders and MacBook Pros. NAISA instructors will also guide students through the process of creating a contact microphone, used to pick-up audio vibrations through solid objects. Use the homemade contact mic to experiment with sounds in your own home.

Stop! In the Name of Love
Thursday, March 13 - Saturday, 15 
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Learn to love animation... one frame at a time.

Using digital cameras and MacBook Pros, this three-day studio-based workshop will give you the tools you need to make amazing stop-motion animations and GIF art. With local video producer extraordinaire, Ian Alexander, participants can engage a wide range of materials including anything from paint to clay to their own bodies in the process of learning how to make animations so slick that your video camera won't know what to do.

Later in the week, participants will learn the process of making stop-motion animations into GIFs, before making totally original GIF art to embed in the official workshop blog, ready for the world to see. 

Seats are limited, so reserve your spot for each workshop today. REGISTRATION IS FREE, BUT REQUIRED. Call 519-336-8127 ext. 3231 or email 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Step into the imaginative world of Curiouser & Curiouser

Norman Barney, Squirrel Heaven, 2013
Mummified squirrels, gold leaf, twigs, velvet. 66 x 77.4 cm 

Based on the delightful and somewhat whimsical artwork of Petrolia based artist Norman Barney, Curiouser & Curiouser offers visitors a journey into the wonderfully bizarre world of the imagination.

Barney, along with other likeminded artists including Jorden and David Doody, Dagmara Genda, Karine Giboulo, Catherine Heard, James Kirkpatrick, Ron Noganosh and Chris Stones, take delight in transforming found and recycled objects, creating works that are visually engaging and entertaining while at the same time examine some of society's most complex and urgent social issues. 

Jorden & David Doody, The Pageantry of Power, 2010
Found objects, 96.5 x 40.60 x 71.1 cm

Each of the eight artists featured in the exhibition all work in their own unique and interesting way,  with found objects, assemblage, collage and readymade. 

The term curiouser and curiouser was first coined by Lewis Carol in his 1865 novel, Alice In Wonderland. Today, it is commonly used to express a feeling that you are seeing or experiencing something that doesn't quite make sense, or that imparts a sense of wonder. The phrase implies being drawn further and further into some bizarre world where one is merely an observer into the odd imaginings of others.

 James Kirkpatrick, bob round, 2011
Acrylic marker, gouache , collage on board, 20.3 x 20.3 cm
About the artists:
Norman Barney was born in Saginaw, Michigan to parents who were political activists. Immersed in the intellectual fervour of the civil rights movement and anti-war demonstrations, Barney absorbed distaste for the brutality of war and tyrannical government. In 1969, shortly after the election of Richard Nixon and the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, he moved to Canada with his parents.

Barney's art is characterized by a delight in juxtaposing found objects, antique tourist kitsch and other found materials into unique relationships, creating art objects that instill a sense of wonder and delight in the viewer. While his assemblages are compelling, humorous and innovative, there is a serious political conviction and social conscience that underpins his work. He currently lives and works in Petrolia, Ontario.

Jorden & David Doody are a collaborative team whose artistic practice is heavily influenced by world travel and the cross pollination of mass media, ritual and fetishistic cultures. Their practice moves freely between new media, sculpture, and painting. A common thread that can be traced throughout their work is that of assemblage. By sampling freely from a multitude of different sources, they are able to access unlimited individual histories, societal contexts and cultural symbols. The Doody's live and work in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Dagmara Genda's work is informed by her self-proclaimed nomadic restlessness. Working with cliché Canadiana imagery of a tamed wilderness often represented in coffee table books, her 'drawing collages' investigate the chaos of life and how we negotiate an understanding of society, an activity that is always in flux and completely contingent on context. Genda currently lives and works in Guelph, Ontario.

Karine Giboulo is a Montreal-based multi-disciplinary artist who creates work in two- and three-dimensional form. Made up of dioramas populated by doll-like figures, many of these microcosms represent distinct nations and parts of the world including Canada, Africa, India, China and the Caribbean. Giboulo explores complex social issues such as environmentalism, urbanization, globalization in the information age, and the pursuit of consumer goods and material wealth. Giboulo currently lives and works in Montreal, Quebec.

Catherine Heard creates artworks that interrogate the histories of science, medicine and the museum. Simultaneously attractive and repulsive, her works delve into primal anxieties about the body, manifested in images of the monstrous body, the doppelganger, the abject body and the inform body.

James Kirkpatrick currently resides in London, Ontario where he is producing work in a variety of media including drawing, painting, avant-garde hip-hop and electronic music, sound sculpture, zines, comics, and mask-making. His work is often constructed from used electronics, wood, fabrics, and found materials. His paintings incorporate sculptural, kinetic, and auditory elements, as he combines his 2D aesthetic with circuit-bent electronic toys creating hand-held sculptures that function as both musical instruments and experimental sound machines.

Ron Noganosh's sculptural assemblages integrate aspects of his Ojibway heritage with contemporary civilization's garbage to create ironic comments on ecology, racism, identity and socio-economic hierarchies. His work is filled with humour and irony as he brings new meaning to discarded objects while exploring questions of culture and identity. In addition to his imaginative use of recycled garbage, Noganosh also makes sensitive use of the more natural materials he finds —feathers, wood, stone, bone, and fur. Born on the Magnetawan Reserve on Georgian Bay, Noganosh is currently living and working in Ottawa.

Chris Stones lives and works in Thunder Bay, Ontario. As a sculptor and mixed media artist with a keen interest in his natural surroundings, the lake and the region figure prominently in his work. His ability to select and see the potential of found objects to create sculptural assemblages is a defining strength of his practice. At the heart of his reclamation and employment of found materials is an examination of the tensions and issues most pressing in the contemporary lives in the Thunder Bay region.

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