Exhibitions – 2010

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue:
Tony Urquhart, Peter Haller and Ron Eccles

November 23, 2010 – January 2, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday November 26, 2010 7 – 9 pm

Bringing our 50th year to a close is an exhibition that features the work of these three artists, who are represented in our collection and still actively, practicing their work. The exhibition will consist of the works that we hold in our permanent collection, which reaches back 40 years, coupled with more recent work by each of the artists.

All three artists work in abstraction, three dimensions and are dedicated draftsmen. Their explorations of space, time and event are challenging and exciting.


12th Annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition

October 26 – November 6, 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday October 28, 2010, 5 – 7 pm

Established in 1999, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, with the support of the Canadian Art Foundation, is a unique initiative that helps to nurture and support promising new artists in the early stages of their careers, a time when they need both recognition and financial support.

A jury of distinguished members of the arts community selects one national winner and two honorable mentions. The national winner and honorable mentions will be awarded $25,000 and $15,000 respectively (purchase prizes).

Semifinalists in this year’s competition are Western Canada: Eli Bornowsky (Vancouver), Aaron Carpenter (Vancouver) Megan Hepburn (Vancouver), Laura Piasta (Coquitlam), Melanie Rocan (Winnipeg) Central Canada: Sarah Cale (Toronto), Scott Everingham (Toronto), Jon Reed (Toronto), Mark Stebbins (Toronto), Beth Stuart (Toronto) Eastern Canada: Hugo Bergeron (Montreal), Scott Bertram (Halifax), Benjamin Klein (Montreal), Alexix Lavoie (Montreal), Rick Leong (Monteal).

The RBC has assisted Canadian artists since 1929 by purchasing their works. The collection today is more than 4,000 works. Art is Subjective. Supporting the Arts is Not.


Robert Motherwell: Octavio Paz Suite

August 31 – October 12, 2010

One of the most remarkable and significant works in our permanent collection. The Octavio Paz Suite is a powerful statement by two of the most important image-makers of the last half of the 20th century. Both compliment the other because they both shared so much: their acknowledged debt to surrealism, their joint love and knowledge of literature and art, their admiration of each other’s work and their shared moment in time.


Three Cheers for the Abstract

July 1 – August 27, 2010

Continuing with our anniversary year, which is concentrating on the permanent collection of the AGN’s, the summer exhibition, will celebrate our collection of mid-twentieth century abstract works. The exhibition includes painting, prints, mixed media and sculpture.

Come and rediscover the works of Harold Town, William Ronald, Victor Vaserely, Morus Hummel, Sheila Maki, Victor Tinkl, Tom Bjharnason, Janet Read, Dorothy Caldwell and many more.


17th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition

May 13, 2010 – June 25, 2010

One of our most popular exhibitions of the year features art work from the secondary schools in Northumberland County and Bowmanville (formerly in the Northumberland Board of Education) The schools include; East Northumberland, St. Mary’s, CDCI East, CDCI West, Port Hope, Trinity, Courtice, Clarington and Bowmanville High Schools.

This is a wonderful opportunity to see the young artists of this community and what they are thinking about and what they are concerned about in the world around them.


For the Love of the Land: The Art of Landscape in the AGN’s permanent collection

March 31 – May 8, 2010

It is often said that the tradition of landscape painting was Britain’s contribution to the advancement of western European art. From the Art Gallery of Northumberland’s earliest days of establishing its permanent collection, it has actively sought landscape depictions of Northumberland County, Ontario and Canada. Some of the artists featured in this exhibition are: A.Y. Jackson, Lawren Harris, Marthe Rakine, Gooderidge Roberts, F.M. Bell-Smith, Carl Schaeffer, David Blackwood, Ron Bolt, Istvan Imre, Robert Gagen, Otto Jackobi, Lucius O’ Brien, A.J. Casson, David Milne, T.Mower Martin, George Thomson, Albert Frank, F.A. Verner, G.Harlow White among others.

A visit with selections from the permanent collection is part of the exhibition plan for this 50th anniversary year. The summer will feature abstract work from the collection, but more about that in our summer newsletter.


The 38th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition

February 20 – March 27, 2010

This is an opportunity for regional artists to have their work critiqued by a jury and then exhibited at the gallery. It is an opportunity for the community to see what a number of artists have been doing over the last year. It is often through the juried exhibition that artists are selected to participate in further gallery exhibitions.


Selections from the Permanent Collection: Figurative Work and Portraits

January 7 – February 13, 2010

The Art Gallery of Northumberland kicks off its 50th year with an exhibition of some works from the permanent collection. The collection now has more that 900 works in it and the works represent fifty years of collecting. The works on exhibit until February 13th all deal with people. The works are combination of figurative work (those portraying human and human form) as well as portraits of specific people. The works date from the 1830’s through to 2007.

Some of the artists in this exhibition include: Arthur Lismer, Paul Kane, Fredrick Hagen, Grant Macdonald, David Blackwood, Robert Harris, Gerald Hayward, Michael Behan, James Kurelek, D.P. Brown, Harold Town, Laura Muntz, Paavo Airola, Augustus John and John Singer-Seargent, and more.