Exhibitions – 2008

Flora: Fragile Habitats, Declining Ecosystems

Julie Aubin and Darlene Benner
November 29, 2008 – January 3, 2009
Opening Reception: December 6, 2 – 4pm

This exhibition is a collaboration highlighting fifty indigenous Canadian vascular plants that have been determined endangered by the committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), a Federal Government organization. The medium is clay. Surfaces have been created through a variety of primitive firing methods and low-fired glazes.

The installation is composed of fifty, 4 x 10 inch stoneware markers that have been individually stamped with the common and Latin name of a designated plant, its province or territory of origin, and the year it was deemed endangered. Each marker holds an 8 to 16 inch porcelain sculptural interpretation of its designated endangered plant. The sculptural interpretations, created from images and descriptions of the plants collected over a five year period, reflect where possible, the habitat and ecosystems that support them. A symbol, running throughout the installation, which expresses our ecological concerns is the root of a seedling connected to a spiral. It restates the integral reliance all forms of planetary life have on the flora. This symbol is on each marker under the date in which COSEWIC designated the plant endangered.


Gary Blundell: Collisions

October 16, 2008 – November 15, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday October 18, 2008, 2 – 4pm
Artist will be present

Gary Blundell and his wife and fellow artist Victoria Ward have a relationship to the Canadian landscape that is, like David Young’s built on their immediate experience of that landscape.

Gary describes his work and the rationale behind the exhibition’s title in the following: “The one thing that all of the works in this show have in common is that they started with patterns, observed during my trips across Canada and abroad. I have travel to places, naturally beautiful, that have been transformed by resource use. My work is about natural features and the affects on them by resource use (mostly mining and quarrying but most recently fishing activity), and their subsequent reclamation by nature. A push and pull between natural and human patterning. I begin with an observed surface of the Earth that reminds me of how I make a painting: the addition and subtraction from a surface, of wood, paint and plaster: A collision of different materials and different biological/ geological processes. Build up and erosion back and forth in turn.


David Young: Northern Passion, Northern Landscape

September 6 to October 11, 2008
Meet the artist September 6 from 2 – 4 pm

Painter David Young says of his paintings, “My work is a reconstruction of happenings and natural events. They often combine light and form from different places. Dream and thoughts are given substance by using landscape to exemplify mood and ideas.”

The landscape that David Young favours and finds most satisfying to paint is northern Ontario. Much ruggedness can be found not only in the subject but also in the paintings execution.

David is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and counted among his classmates, Frances Gage, Barbara Howard, Pauline Hooton and Rosemary Freeman. His early work was for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which he left to take up teaching. He and his wife live in Toronto and make annual trips to Ontario’s north.


Wendy Cain: Shipwreck Dreaming

August 2, 2008 – September 3, 2008
Meet the Artist: Saturday August 9th, 2 – 4 pm

Wendy Cain is one of Canada’s best printmaker/papermakers who calls Newburg, Ontario, home. This series of lithographs on handmade paper explores the artist’s curiosity, juxtaposing classical images with objects of everyday life. Many of our members will remember Wendy’s work of handmade paper that was featured in our From Roots to Royalty exhibition last fall.


Threadworks 2007 – A Juried Exhibition of Needle Arts

June 28, 2008 – August 16, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday July 5th, 2 – 4 pm

This provincially touring exhibition has been organized by the Wellington County Museum and The Ontario Network of Needleworkers. It features imaginative needle work on the theme “Passions”. Works include wall quilts, soft sculpture, needlepoint, tapesty, jewelry, and more.


15th Annual Student Exhibition

May 31, 2008 – June 21, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday May 31st 2 pm

A yearly favourite among our patrons and visitors to Northumberland, the annual student exhibition is an opportunity for the secondary schools across the County to showcase the emerging artistic talent that has been nurtured here in Northumberland. For each of the 13 participating schools there will be two works from each of the four secondary school grades selected by the school itself. When gathered together at the AGN there is an opportunity to see what each of the individual schools has taken on as their projects during the last academic year.

Come and enjoy this glimpse into the future.


Rebecca Last: Rice Lake

April 26 – May 24, 2008
Opening Reception Saturday April 26 2- 4 pm
Artist Talk: Saturday May 10, 2 pm

Rebecca Last’s studio is located on the south-east shore of Rice Lake. Situated in a drumlin field at the northern boundary of Northumberland County, the lake has been the subject of historic literature and belief. Noted in Champlain’s journals and thought sacred by the Mississauga of the area it is a body of water that is know for its ever changing and sometimes fickle personality.

What began over six years ago as the artist’s observation of the changing nature of the view from her window has evolved from record of the visual changes in the sky, water surface and land formation to a journal of the emotional relationship that has developed between the artist and her intimate understanding of the view from her studio. The moods of the lake are blended with the thoughts and moods of the artist. Her most recent work in this series of paintings reflects a more abstract expression of Rebecca’s larger thoughts emotions and concern.

Throughout the body of work, from the earliest to the most recent paintings, there is the presence of light and colour. These flow from the artist’s connectedness to the sacred that is present in this place. The paintings flow much as the lake in front of her window flows.

Ever moving, ever present.


Steve Rose: Between Breaths

March 22 – April 23, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 22, 2 – 4 pm
Artist will be present
Artist Talk: April 12 at 2:00 pm

The AGN is pleased to be presenting two bodies of work by Toronto artist, Steve Rose.

Steve is a graduate of OCAD with a major in drawing and painting. He has exhibited his work extensively and has a diverse and experienced background as an artist/educator. Steve has taught fine art at the Neilson Park Art Centre, the Koffler Centre, Fleming College, The Haliburton School of Fine Art and the Ontario College of Art and Design. His work is collected in private and international collections. The three main areas of his artistic practice are painting, drawing and printmaking (lithography). In addition to an active independent studio practice, Steve enjoys teaching and lecturing on art and art history as well as mentoring less experienced artists.

This exhibition features 23 large paintings that are in many ways a meditation on life and its powerful presence. The visual impact of the works can take your breath away. The second part of the exhibition features 42 small shadow boxes on the subject of the Mexican “Day of the Dead”. The custom of cemetery decoration and feasting on November 1st (also known as All Saints Day in other parts of the world) are captured in these 7 x 6” windows.


31st Annual Juried Exhibition

February 23 – March 15, 2008
Opening reception February 23, 2 – 4 pm


Recent Acquisitions to the AGN Permanent Collection

January 11 to February 15, 2008

The Art Gallery of Northumberland, as a public gallery, collects works of art. This collection is acquired through donation and purchase. The AGN’s collections committee members and its curator are responsible for recommending work for acquisition to the AGN’s Board of Directors.

During the past two years the AGN has received a number of donations to our acquisition fund from gallery members, many of which are made in memory of another gallery member. We have also received financial grants for art acquisition from the Elizabeth R. Gordon Foundation, which must be matched by other donations. This fund has allowed us to purchase works by Canadian artists.

We also received works by donation. The largest collection that has come to us in the past two years were works owned by Jasper and the late Mary Martin. The collection has greatly strengthened our larger collection by adding to our works by Painters Eleven. A selection of these works that have returned from the art conservator, as well as purchased works, will be on display from January 19th to February 15th.


Michael Robinson: Great Canadian Highway

November 17, 2007 – January 5, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 17, 2007, 2 – 4 pm. Artist will be present

The early Canadian fur trade and its impact on the land and its people is the subject of this wonderful upcoming exhibition. A gifted story teller and poet, Michael’s paintings, drawings and etchings make a rich and textured experience for the viewer. Reaching back to the time of the Hudson’s Bay Company and the Northwest Company the works are rich in the detailed landscape of northern Ontario.

Along with the story of this time and its impact on the land and its occupants, Michael’s inspiration for his art is drawn from his spiritual beliefs. Making people aware of the world around them, he believes, is the only hope for the future. He also sees, as so many others, a need for global balance. “It is important that we see the Earth as a living entity, only then can we understand where we fit”.

Join us at the Opening Reception on Saturday, November 17th, when Michael will be present.