Exhibitions – 2015

38th Annual Juried Exhibition
November 12, 2015 – December 22, 2015


Discover the talented artists of Northumberland County in our Annual Juried Exhibition. The show features works in a wide variety of mediums including acrylic, oil, multi-media, photography, charcoal and graphite. The exhibit closes on December 22, 2015.
Juror’s Choice, 1st place $300*
Deborah Uman-Sures, Sun and Glass – Multi-media: acrylic, collage, inks, charcoal
Juror’s Choice, 2nd place $200*
Joanne Purdy, PB & J – Oil on canvas
*These awards are generously supported by the Elizabeth Jean “Bette” Norcott Endowment.

Honourable Mentions $100*
Heather Cooper, One – Oil on canvas
Eric Field, Middle Reach #1 – Digital pigment print
Doug Johnson, Double Take – Photograph
*These awards are generously supported by: James W. Gordon Insurance Brokers Ltd., 35 King Street Cobourg, Ont. and The Painted Tree, 264 Division, Street, Cobourg, Ont.

*Elizabeth Jean “Bette” Norcott Endowment
Bette Norcott was born in Montreal and always surrounded herself with beautiful things, places and lovely people. She was devoted to her family and was always interested in art, books and music. She began painting in her fifties and quickly found her expertise was as a watercolor artist. She studied under Susan Duke in South Carolina for many years during her winter visits. The sea, birds, water and flowers were everywhere. Bette loved color! Her experience moving back to Canada and to Cobourg in 1993 was an artist’s dream. The Cobourg Art Club artists were a warm, generous and welcoming group. She enjoyed the camaraderie and living on Lake Ontario where there was plenty of subject matter to paint year round. Bette had a great life and was full of “joie de vivre”.

Bette passed away in July 2015. An endowment in her memory was established at the Art Gallery of Northumberland which was made possible by a generous donation of $5000 by her good friend Ms. Lynn Hardy.

Opening the Vault: Reframing the Collection

September 24, 2015 – November 5, 2015
Opening reception September 24 from 7 – 9 pm


Artist/curator Chai Duncan and artist/collector Liz Parkinson have crafted a new model for interpreting our fabulous collection by considering the works within it as a whole. The two will take us deep into the vault in a way we may never have seen before, creating an “all-at-onceness” that will engage visitors with the possibility of ‘curating’ their own collection within the AGN’s.

Along with a selection of artworks from the collection, the curatorial team have interpreted the collection through a suite of photographs, video and wall vinyl’s that pay homage not only to all the artists represented within the AGN collection but also the donors that have made the collection at the AGN possible.

Chai Duncan is an artist, curator, and art educator. His research interests are found primarily in the interface that lay between nature and culture and the tension that is generated by our desire to connect with the natural world and our need to control our environment. He is a collector of found landscapes and other representations of the natural world. Presently he is the curator at the Latcham Gallery in Stouffville Ontario. He lives in Port Hope Ontario with his wife Deb, their daughter Mia, and their dogs Lucky and Khali and their cat Barry White.

Liz Parkinson is a Canadian artist and art educator based in Port Hope ON. She is interested in the collection, categorization and display of representations of the natural world. Her installations and works on paper have been exhibited most recently at Harbourfront Centre and Loop Gallery in Toronto. Her prints are in the collections of The Canada Council Art Bank, The Toronto Stock Exchange, The Tom Thompson Gallery, The Whitby Station Gallery, The Burnaby Art Gallery and Ernst and Young among others.

The Art of Zhen Shan Ren

January 8, 2015 – January 31, 2015
Opening reception January 10 from  2 to 4 pm

An extraordinarily moving, intimate and inspiring exhibition giving a unique insight into the spiritual discipline Falun Gong (Falun Dafa) that teaches the principles of Truth, Compassion and Tolerance.

The Art of Zhen Shan Ren is a collection of over 60 paintings by internationally renowned Chinese and western artists, including Canadian artists, Xiaoping Chen, Kathleen Gillis, and Kunlun Zhang. Since its debut in July 2004 in Washington D.C. at the Rayburn House, U.S. Congress building, the Exhibition has toured more than 50 countries with over 800 showings worldwide.

An inspiring exhibition not to be missed.