Exhibitions – 2009

Free Motion: Alice Vander Vennen and Melanie Browne

November 21 – January 2, 2010
Opening Reception: Saturday November 21, 2 – 4 pm

“Making art is motion. Starting with one thing always leads to another”
These works exemplify this principle. Using old images, textiles, found objects and traditional media, these works have evolved in wandering, roving lines that combine in unexpected ways. The resulting exhibition is a conversation between the two artists and their shared experienced with contrasting material.

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Fault Lines: Pat Stanley

November 21 – January 2, 2010
Opening Reception: Saturday November 21, 2 – 4 pm

The artist examines the tensions generated by the interaction of man-made and natural landscapes. She uses experimental painting techniques and a mixture of both abstract and representational imagery to capture and communicate the effects of environmental stress on both urban and rural structures.


David Gillanders: No Condition is Permanent

October 3 – November 14, 2009
Opening Reception – Saturday, October 17, 2009 2 – 4 pm

The landscapes of this exhibition are among those we tend to ignore. They are like blind spots, they are not hidden but they go unseen. As such they are lost to us. It is possible to read this series of paintings through the lens of environmentalism and see in it a reminder of what is lost through inattention.

The passing, disappearing landscapes depicted in the paintings are based on the fields that abut Highway 401 between Montreal and Toronto.


Seduced by Clay, an exhibition organized and circulated by the Burlington Cultural Centre.

September 5, 2009 – October 10, 2009

The Canadian clay scene is characterized by its rich variety of forms, be they functional, decorative or sculptural; by eclectic aesthetic sources; and by distinctive cultural expressions. Although subtle regional differences exist within this matrix, casual viewers might be hard pressed to identify who has made what, where and in what decade.

What they will perceive, however, is a wealth of interpretations in clay. Because clay is such an expressive medium, it has the capacity to mirror current tastes and perhaps redefine them for the viewers. Through contemporary ceramics we can experience biting wit, political commentary, the exquisite, the playful, the innovative and the avant-garde.

This exhibition is has been organized by the Burlington Cultural Centre and is touring Canada until 2013. We are pleased to be hosting this wonderful exhibition.


Frances Gage: Unlikely Paradise

August 1 – August 29
Reception, book launch and 85th birthday celebration
Saturday August 22, 2 – 4 pm

Frances Gage has lived in Cobourg for 10 years and in that time has become an integral part of the community. Prior to her arrival in our midst, Frances gained wide recognition as one of Canada’s leading sculptors. Her recently finished biography by Alan Butcher is being published this summer. In honour of this event and in recognition of Frances’s remarkable life we will be featuring sculptural work and photographs from her life.

The launch of her biography Unlikely Paradise will coincide with her 85th birthday. Come and celebrate this occasion and her contributions to Canada and this community.

Paul Kane Gallery

Dorothy Winter: Recent Quilts

August 1 – August 29
Opening Reception Saturday August 22, 2 – 4 pm

Noted Canadian Quilt Maker, Dorothy Winter has found new inspiration in men’s decorative ties. These wall hung quilts are a fascinating study in pattern and a wonderful example of recycling at its best.


The John de Visser Portfolio

June 25 to July 30, 2009
Opening reception June 27, 2009 2 – 4 pm

A selection of photographs from this world-renowned photographer´s collection of work from 1980 to 2000 will be featured. The Art Gallery of Northumberland owns 100 of John´s colour photographs. The photographs are primarily Canadian in subject.


16th Annual Student Exhibition

May 15 to June 20, 2009
Opening Reception May 23, 2009, 2 – 4 pm

This very popular exhibition is once again upon us. The works included in this exhibition are selected by the participating schools representing works from grades 9 through 12. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the work of emerging and future artists. The work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, textiles, ceramics and mixed media.

The participating schools include Clarington Central, East Northumberland High School, Port Hope High School, C.D.C.I. West, C.D.C.I. East, Trinity College School, Bowmanville High School, Clarke High School, St. Mary´s High School and Courtice Secondary.


Arctic Quest

April 2 – May 9, 2009
Opening Reception Sat. April 4, 2009 from 2 – 4pm

We are pleased to be hosting the last stop for this nationally touring exhibition, which focuses on the 100th anniversary of Amundsen’s navigation through the Northwest Passage.

During July 2006, twenty-five artists took a 12 day voyage to record their impressions on canvas, paper and film as they visited remote Arctic communities to paint and distribute art supplies. The exhibition, which has toured from 2007 to the present, has offered Canadians an insight into the most remote part of our country.

It was the artists’ objective to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first ship to complete the journey through the Northwest Passage in 1906. They were also celebrating the artistic legacy of earlier Canadian artists, who have painted this most remote part of Canada.

During its stay in Cobourg, the paintings will be available for purchase, for the first time since the exhibition began its tour in Vancouver. Many of the twenty-five artists will be present at the reception.

As a companion to this exhibition, portions of the Marsh Collection of Inuit carving will be on display from our permanent collection.


The 32nd Annual Regional Juried Exhibition

February 21 – March 28, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 21, 2009 2 – 4 pm

This annual treat for the residents of Northumberland features the work of regional artists, selected by a jury of professional artists and curator. This year we had 77 artists enter over 185 works. After much deliberation the exhibition consists of 90 works by 68 artists.


New to the AGN Permanent Collection

January 17, 2009 – February 14, 2009

The past several years have seen a growth in the AGN’s permanent collection of art. This work has come to the gallery through donation and purchase. A segment of this artwork is work on paper; prints, drawings, painting and collage. These works will be featured in this next exhibition.

The artists that will be included in this exhibition are Anne Meredith Barry, Ron Bolt, Wendy Cain, Arnold Shives, Brian Kelly, Michael Robinson, Stanley Lewis and Volker Henze.

The print collection includes etchings, serigraphs, lithographs, wood cuts, silk screens and monoprints. The paintings include watercolour, ink as well as acrylic. Come and enjoy these wonderful selections by the AGN’s Collections Committee.