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January

January 2 – January 27

Anything’s Possible: Amateur Photo Contest

Opening Reception & Awards: Fri Jan 12, 7pm

The LAC is proud to present its 2018 Anything’s Possible amateur photo contest. This annual exhibit features striking photographs in 3 categories: Parts & Pieces, Insects & Animals, Rain or Shine. With three prizes in each category, plus a People’s Choice Award, its certain to delight and prove that Anything IS Possible!

Sponsored by: Speedprint Ltd. & Framing by Anna

It Has to be Said: Deborah Cameron

Opening Reception: Fri Jan 12, 7pm

it’s taken years
silence prevailed
Imprisoned by fears
But now it is time
The ghost is evicted
I can say what I sense

I’m no longer conflicted.

These paintings reflect the journey of me becoming conscious of the silence and being freed to share again.​

February

January 30 – February 24

Zip Code: N8H1M4

Opening Reception: Fri Feb 2, 7-9pm

Zip Code is an exhibit of selected works from the region by the guest curator Douglas Bedard (DKN Blues.) The exhibit’s focus is to being togeather a collection of efficacious works in a variety of mediums and subject matter throughout the artist’s careers.

Featuring:

Jesse Gledhill – Windsor, ON / Ken Grahame – Windsor, ON / Gilles Hebert – Toronto, ON/ Michaela Lucio – Chatham, ON / Chris McNamara – Tecumseh, ON / Sasha Opeiko – Windsor, ON / Valerie Pearson – Windsor, ON / Julie Sando – Windsor, ON / Leni Sinclair – Detroit, MI / Irena Teske – Tecumseh, ON 

Go With the Flow: Leyla Munteanu 

Opening Reception: Fri Feb 2, 7-9pm

Go With the Flow is an exhibit of select works by local artist Leyla Munteanu in the new experimental medium of poured paint. Munteanu uses specialized acrylic paints poured onto stretched canvas to create vibrant and hyper-colourful original works. As the paints and canvas interacted with gravity to take shape and form, Munteanu goes with the flow…

Permanent Collection: Leamington Arts Centre

Opening Reception: Fri Feb 2, 7-9pm
 
The SEAA/LAC’s collection is of great pride amongst its staff, members, and constituents. We take seriously our mission to enrich culture through the collection and preservation of art. Since its founding in 1971, the SEAA/LAC has acquired hundreds of works of art, collecting in the areas of Canadian and international historical and contemporary art.The collection has been built both through donated gifts and considered purchases. Approximately 90% of Gallery acquisitions come from private donors—often dedicated collectors looking for a permanent home for their works where they will be appreciated, cared for, and put on display for others to enjoy. Artists also donate their work, such as Jeet Aulakh’s Namo Ek Yoge; 2010 oil on canvas. It is because of the generosity of these donors that the SEAA/LAC enjoys the position it holds as a collecting institution.

It Has to be Said: Deborah Cameron

Opening Reception: Fri Jan 12, 7pm

it’s taken years
silence prevailed
Imprisoned by fears
But now it is time
The ghost is evicted
I can say what I sense

I’m no longer conflicted.

These paintings reflect the journey of me becoming conscious of the silence and being freed to share again.​

March

February 27 – March 31st

WFCU CREDIT UNION PAINTING COMPETITION + EXHIBIT: Group Exhibit

Opening Reception & Awards: Wed Mar 7, 7-9pm

The WFCU Credit Union Painting Competition + Exhibit is an incredible opportunity for emerging, mid-career and established artists to present their most accomplished works at the LAC for a chance to win cash prizes. The exhibit’s focus is highlight and celebrate the arts in our region and to offer financial support and an audience for artists. $1200 in Cash Prize will be awarded!
 
Sponsored by: WFCU Credit Union

BREAKING BARRIERS: Group Exhibit 

Opening Reception: Wed Mar 7, 7-9pm
 

The Breaking Barriers exhibition’s focus is to create an understanding of lived experiences. The exhibition seeks to highlight resilience and resourcefulness in coping with barriers. A barrier can be anything that one must overcome to reach a goal, even if the goal is simply to survive. Breaking Barriers is an exhibition for creative expression that empowers, builds awareness, and facilitates partnerships and collaborations.

Go With the Flow: Leyla Munteanu 

Opening Reception: Fri Feb 2, 7-9pm

Go With the Flow is an exhibit of select works by local artist Leyla Munteanu in the new experimental medium of poured paint. Munteanu uses specialized acrylic paints poured onto stretched canvas to create vibrant and hyper-colourful original works. As the paints and canvas interacted with gravity to take shape and form, Munteanu goes with the flow…

Permanent Collection: Leamington Arts Centre

Opening Reception: Fri Feb 2, 7-9pm
 
The SEAA/LAC’s collection is of great pride amongst its staff, members, and constituents. We take seriously our mission to enrich culture through the collection and preservation of art. Since its founding in 1971, the SEAA/LAC has acquired hundreds of works of art, collecting in the areas of Canadian and international historical and contemporary art.The collection has been built both through donated gifts and considered purchases. Approximately 90% of Gallery acquisitions come from private donors—often dedicated collectors looking for a permanent home for their works where they will be appreciated, cared for, and put on display for others to enjoy. Artists also donate their work, such as Jeet Aulakh’s Namo Ek Yoge; 2010 oil on canvas. It is because of the generosity of these donors that the SEAA/LAC enjoys the position it holds as a collecting institution.

It Has to be Said: Deborah Cameron

Opening Reception: Fri Jan 12, 7pm

it’s taken years
silence prevailed
Imprisoned by fears
But now it is time
The ghost is evicted
I can say what I sense

I’m no longer conflicted.

These paintings reflect the journey of me becoming conscious of the silence and being freed to share again.​

April

April 3 – April 28th

JURIED STUDENT ART SHOW: 20th Annual

Opening  Reception & Awards: Thurs April 12, 7pm

The LAC presents the 20th Annual Juried Student Art Show featuring works by Secondary Students from across Essex County. Categories include: Acrylic Painting, Oil Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Photography, Digital Media and Film.

$2100 IN CASH PRIZES will be awarded in EACH Category with a People’s Choice Award at the end of the month. Also, as a part of this event, a $100 “Future Artist” Award will be granted to the graduating student who showcases the most artistic potential.

Sponsored by: Rotary Club of Leamington & the Kiwanis Club

ECLECTIC PERSONAS: JERRY LAWHEAD

Opening Reception: N/A
 

Digital montage personas on canvas and other media.

May

May 1 – May 26th

POINT PELEE 100 STUDENT ART SHOW: Point Pelee National Park

Opening Reception & Awards: Fri May 11, 7pm
 

Celebrate the rich natural and cultural heritage of Point Pelee as we reflect on the history of community and conservation and look towards the future. 

Themes & Categories: 

Students are invited to create artwork celebrating Point Pelee in three different categories:

  • Conservation (Grades 1-4)
  • Community (Grades 5-8)
  • Looking to the Future (Grades 9-12)

NESTING: Leamington Flock Fest

Artist Talk: Sat May 19, 3-5pm + Closing Reception 5-7pm

The Leamington Flock Fest is an annual arts event which brings the community together to embrace the arts. The Flock Fest is an exhibition of work representing the journey of creative exploration, connecting and soring past our personal limits. It is an exhibit of new, inspirational and stimulating artwork that highlights artist’s feats and flights through the thrills of personal and spiritutal migration and growth. The theme of this year’s exhibit is “Nesting.” Artists may be inspired by an actual nest but artists are also free to share personal, mental, or spiritual inspirations and ideas that are representational for them of nesting.

SPRING STUDIO CLEAR OUT: Group Exhibit

Opening  Reception: Fri May 11, 7pm

Artists have cleared out their studios! Amazing CLEAR OUT DEALS on original and one of a kind works of art. Don’t miss this once a year chance to purchase art at discount. prices.

ECLECTIC PERSONAS: JERRY LAWHEAD

Opening Reception: N/A
 

Digital montage personas on canvas and other media.

June

May 30 – June 29th

U18: 2018 LAC Members Show & Sale

Opening Reception: Fri June 1, 7-9pm

The 2018 annual members show and sale celebrates the strength, vitality, creativity and wealth of talent found within the Leamington Arts Centre (LAC)/ South Essex Arts Association (SEAA). Each year, the diverse and outstanding works by our members creates an exciting and engaging exhibition whereby artists are able to showcase, share and sell their work.
 

The exhibition creates a platform for artists to network with peers to develop their skills and experiences

VANGUARD: Windsor Essex Youth Arts Collective Group Exhibit 

Opening Reception: Fri June 1, 7-9pm
 

Vanguard: Windsor-Essex Youth Arts Collective is a group of creatively driven youth who act as a voice for an emerging generation of the arts within the Windsor Essex region. We strives to enrich the artistic culture in our community through youth engagement, act as a vital resource for young artists, raise awareness regarding the importance of artistic endeavors, and generate opportunities for young creatives in Windsor and Essex County. 

This exhibition brings together new and returning members of the Vanguard team, celebrates our unique and shared experiences, shines a light on important issues affecting youth in our region, and promotes collaboration between all disciplines of artistic practice.

Featuring: Nina Blagic, Lina Chaker, Stephen Drouin, Sophie Hinch, Maria Jose, Mariana Mastrorocco, Lauren Reaume

CANADIAN LANDSCAPES: George Paginton

Opening Reception: Fri June 1, 7-9pm
 

Inspired by the Canadian landscape like the Group of Seven, George Paginton’s direct, truthful and rugged depiction of Canada served him as a personal escape. His intensity of colour and freedom of technique brought out a sense of beauty rarely seen because he preferred to paint for his own enjoyment.

Although roughly twenty years younger, Paginton was closely associated with the Group of Seven and even shared space in the Studio Building where many of the Group of Seven members worked. He became friends with A.Y. Jackson and was a pallbearer along with A.J. Casson at Jackson’s funeral.

George Paginton’s work is held by many esteemed private collectors and as well as public and museum collections across Canada, including the Leamington Arts Centre.

ECLECTIC PERSONAS: JERRY LAWHEAD

Opening Reception: N/A
 

Digital montage personas on canvas and other media.

July

July 3 – July 28th

CANADIAN DIVERSITY: Jim Ogilvie

Opening Reception: Thurs July 19, 1-4pm
 

Canadian Diversity is a successful and popular exhibit has been travelling from gallery to gallery across Ontario since March of 2012.

It explores the idea that commonly held beliefs are continually shaped by landscapes, both real and imagined, and those not yet realized as a means to artistic, social and political ends. And it challenges our definition of landscapes to be much more than a pantographic of the great outdoors.

You will find a wide assortment of paintings, with subject matters of landscapes, figures, rural scenes, city life, and home depicted in a variety of artistic styles.

A graphic artist with over 35 year’s experience, Jim now devotes his full attention to Gallery exhibitions and commissioned work while residing with his wife in nearby Windsor.

A YEAR ON THE WATER: Rosemary Dzus

Opening Reception: Sat July 7, 1-4pm
 

This project is a documentary, or a diary, of a year’s worth of paintings of a single view at a specific time, of the marina harbour in Leamington, Ontario. I lived for a year in Leamington, and the harbour was across the street from where my husband and I lived. I embarked on this project to more fully develop my understanding of water and sky, so in that sense it is a study of these phenomena. As the body of work has grown, it has also become a journal of the days: the light, weather, clouds and wind throughout the year. The recording of each day’s waves and sky in their infinite variety, the waxing and waning of the light and my developing styles using a variety of media, all come together in this project.

PEACE OF MIND: Chao Zhao 

Opening Reception: Thurs July 19, 1-4pm
 

My Origami experience started from simple to complex folding and then evolved to creative works – folding a piece of paper without scissor cuts and no glue, making  a sheet of flat paper to beautiful 3D object…the whole processing is magic by folding methodology. I use the traditional Japanese pattern paper to fold paper to cherish. The modular Origami needs folding 30 to 60 units as it assembles into one marvellous Origami ball.

Exhibition including: Modular Origami – Flower balls and polyhedron balls, Origami Flowers, Wedding Decoration Origami, Origami gift Boxes.

My artwork is largely influenced by Chinese painting and calligraphy; practices that are rooted in Zen culture, which emphasizes a balance of natural beauty and simplicity.

ATMOSPHERES: Dorit Girash

Opening Reception: N/A
 

An exploration of the infinitely variable artistry created by the interplay of the sun’s energy with air, water and life. 

August

July 31 – August 25th

ENTANGLED: Jacqui Jacobs & Silvia Whitton

Artist Talk/Reception: Sat Aug 18, 2pm

There is a poetry to quantum physics research that investigates the confluence of space/ time, blasting the notion of absolute location; where states of particles are loosely coupled with the energetic state of their surroundings, and where “here” can be two places at once.

This poetry of the transience and the permeability/porosity of substances, the complex entanglement of energy is reflected in the motion and light of Jacobs’ glimpsed realities and in the organic surfaces of Whitton’s captured dreams.

SJ Witton & Jacquie Jacob

YOUNG @ H-Art: Half Century Club

Opening Reception: Sat Aug 11, 1-3pm
 

The Half Century Club Art Group began with a single art teacher wanting to teach a small group of beginners in the 1970s. Faithful to our mission to introduce beginners to the arts, we have built to 15-20 members throughout the ensuing decades. Blossoming artists and artisans have a chance to explore different types of art during the HCC Art Group Wednesday morning meetings (9am-12 noon). We encourage everyone to join us!

PEACE OF MIND: Chao Zhao 

Opening Reception: Thurs July 19, 1-4pm
 

My Origami experience started from simple to complex folding and then evolved to creative works – folding a piece of paper without scissor cuts and no glue, making  a sheet of flat paper to beautiful 3D object…the whole processing is magic by folding methodology. I use the traditional Japanese pattern paper to fold paper to cherish. The modular Origami needs folding 30 to 60 units as it assembles into one marvellous Origami ball.

Exhibition including: Modular Origami – Flower balls and polyhedron balls, Origami Flowers, Wedding Decoration Origami, Origami gift Boxes.

My artwork is largely influenced by Chinese painting and calligraphy; practices that are rooted in Zen culture, which emphasizes a balance of natural beauty and simplicity.

ATMOSPHERES: Dorit Girash

Opening Reception: N/A
 

An exploration of the infinitely variable artistry created by the interplay of the sun’s energy with air, water and life.

September 

August 28 – September 22nd

LIGHT – VISION – EMOTION – 2018: Phos3 Photography 

Opening Reception: Fri Sept 14, 7-9pm
 

Kathryn Parent and Dave Paddick are a husband and wife team, life partners and soul mates.  They are from Chatham, Ontario but they are not limited to this area. They are known Internationally and have sold their photos globally, won a plethora of photo contest and published in national magazines, Calendars and Papers. When not on a shoot you will often find them storm chasing (2017 participating by request, in the international NWS/Environment Canada Lighting Validation Research Project for the new GOES 16 Satellite, Lightning Mapper Program), storm spotting for Environment Canada or the NWS in the States or driving down country roads photographing abandon houses and whatever else catches their eyes along the way.

EXQUISITE CORPSE: GODS OF ROCK: Marshall Heaton & Laurie Langford

Opening Reception: Fri Sept 14, 7-9pm

Music rallies the masses. Music is political. Music creates emotions faster and with greater regularity than any other type of art. Music soothes savage beasts (and artists). Music is everything.
 
Marshall and Laurie got together back in 2017 to discuss an exhibition, and ended up lamenting the recent deaths of some of their Rock Gods. After four minutes of intense deliberation, these two artists decided to create an exhibition to celebrate and pay homage to these Rock Gods.
 

 

WASHED UP: Kimberly Heaton

Opening Reception: Fri Sept 14, 7-9pm
 

Beachcombing is a noble recreational pursuit; the sun on your skin, the cool water on your toes, the sand under your fingernails as you reach for ‘one more’ piece of treasure. Beautiful and jewel-like; affected already in an aesthetically pleasing way by the natural course of waves and seasons. Beach glass is delightful, magical, and worth walking the beach near daily to acquire, but what of its modern-day material counterpart? 
 
Plastic is an offense to our noble pursuit – do we walk the beach in search of its majesty? Do we genuflect to it as we do beach glass? Do we bend at all? What if we did lean forward and see the small bit of plastic with the wonder and awe we see beach glass – would we save it, store it, collect it, or show others its glittering beauty when still wet? If we did see it at all – if we saw it as beautiful – would we pick it up, what about on the second and successive days? 
I doubt that anyone has collected bits and pieces of plastic on a beach only to lovely bestow the lacklustre selection of organic polymers on an unknown child building a sandcastle at the waters edge. Yet daily we walk the beaches to retrieve that which is beautiful – imagine if we collected that which was not. 
 
While I walk the beach at Seacliff Park I become a beachcomber – no – I become a mudlarker – a true and even more noble treasure hunter. It stands to reason that one mans trash is another mans treasure; if each of us saw the shore as a treasure worth protecting, our noble recreational pursuit could become a better way of life for all.

ATMOSPHERES: Dorit Girash

Opening Reception: N/A
 

An exploration of the infinitely variable artistry created by the interplay of the sun’s energy with air, water and life.

October

September 25 – October 27th

AS I SEE IT: John Haynes 

Opening Reception: Fri Sept 28, 7-9pm
 

As a participant in this art exhibition, I was asked to explain why and how art is important to me.

This is a large and complex question because creating art and my interest in contemporary art are both part of my life. After much pondering, I have decided that my interest in art comes from deep within me. Even as a young child, I felt interested in expressing myself by working with colour, texture, shapes and design in a visual way. Working realistically, as I did in my art courses was boring for me. It was always the use of colours, shapes and design that help much deeper interest for me.

In this exhibition, I include a number of larger paintings on canvas. They are done in acrylic paint and express the thought and feeling that I am dealing with at the time of their creation.

 

EXPOSED TO LIGHT: Douglas Bornn

 
Opening Reception: Fri Sept 28, 7-9pm
 

In recent years my photographs have increasingly headed towards abstraction.  I feel that much of my work (and for a long time now) has been motivated by a sense of the abstract even while working with wholly rational, unmanipulated subjects.  The photos on display in this show are a complete leap into the world of the abstract.

CRYSTAL CLEAR: Leyla Munteanu

Opening Reception: Fri Sept 28, 7-9pm
 

Description to come…

November 

October 30 – November 24th

MEMBER SHOW & SALE: Shooters Photography Club 

Opening Reception: Thurs Nov 1, 7-9pm
 

Have passion for photography? Interested in being involved and gaining some knowledge and experience? See what the Shooters Club members have been up to…

Get inspired to pull out your old camera, or fall in love with a beautiful landscape. The Shooters Show and Sale will definitely have something to catch your eye!

FAR OUT SHOW: group show

 
Opening Reception: Thurs Nov 1, 7-9pm
 
his exhibition’s focus is to highlight and showcase those offbeat, avant-guard, radical and/or extreme works of art that make us all think outside the box and push the limits of expressionism in contemporary art

CRYSTAL CLEAR: Leyla Munteanu

Opening Reception: Fri Sept 28, 7-9pm
 

Description to come…

December

November 27 – December 22nd

A SIGNATURE CHRISTMAS: Indoor Artist Market

Opening Reception: Sat. Dec 1, 1-4pm
 

LAC presents its annual indoor Christmas Arts & Crafts show. Featuring artists and artisans in a variety of mediums; photography, painting, jewelry, literary arts, crafts and more… This beautiful month long “gift shop” style exhibition has many great deals so come enjoy the works in a warm Christmas setting

CRYSTAL CLEAR: Leyla Munteanu

Opening Reception: Fri Sept 28, 7-9pm
 

Description to come…