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JANUARY

January 2 – February 2 

8×10: 2020 Amateur Photography Contest 

Opening Reception & Awards: Fri. Jan. 17, 7pm 

The LAC is proud to present the 8×10: 2020 amateur photo contest. This annual exhibit features 169 striking photographs in 3 categories: 1) Nature & Wildlife 2) Hometown & Travel 3) Everything Else . With prizes in each category, plus a People’s Choice Award, be sure to stop in and cast your vote.

 Sponsored by: Speedprint & Framing by Anna

CHIPBOARD PAINTINGS: Irina Teske 

Opening Reception: Fri. Jan. 17, 7-9m 

Exploring the relationship between image and material serves as the foundation of my artistic practice.  The dichotomy between the natural and the man-made is acknowledged by a close engagement with the chipboard, unearthing the imagery inherent in the material.  The repetitive patterns found in nature echo the repetition found in industry, in the mass production of building products.  Though the starting point is often a memory the real world, as the work progresses, the material, and the position of the chips or even the lumberyard stamp influence the development of the image.  Chipboard’s rough, unfinished surface works against our preconceived notions of the softness and beauty found in nature’s ideal.  The material has its own repetitive patterns that can be manipulated (by painting individual chips and background) to reflect and correspond to the patterns found in the natural world.

My work concerns itself with the creation of a meditative space, a halted place in time.  Painting, with its fluidity of line and endless tonal qualities is the medium that best lends itself to this end.  Chipboard arrests this mutability and forces sharp, coarse edges not only on the beauty of the image but also on the gestural quality of the paint.  I am intrigued by how these two elements work with each other and against each other, adding layers of meaning to my paintings.  It is this contradiction that results in the creation of a new space, the space between the background and the surface, a place of contemplation.

February 5 – March 8

U20: 2020 LAC Members Show + Sale

Opening Reception: Fri Feb 7, 7-9pm

The 2020 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

Windows and Doors - Barbara Alkemade

DIRECT DELIVERY: Barbara Alkemade

Opening Reception: Fri Feb 7, 7-9pm

 

These artworks are a celebration of the magic of soft pastels. Straight from the artist to the paper, no tool can be more direct. And the irony of capturing the purest of colour pigments in a fragile soft stick is just part of the fun (or frustration) for the artist. The immediacy of each mark, gesture and blur is a delight, a joyous embrace. 

 

NEW ACQUISITIONS: LAC Permanent Collection

Opening Reception: Fri Feb 7, 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.  It is because of the generosity of these donors that the SEAA/LAC enjoys the position it holds as a collecting institution.

This exhibit features works collected primarily in 2018-2019.

CHIPBOARD PAINTINGS: Irina Teske 

Opening Reception: Fri. Jan. 17, 7-9m 

Exploring the relationship between image and material serves as the foundation of my artistic practice.  The dichotomy between the natural and the man-made is acknowledged by a close engagement with the chipboard, unearthing the imagery inherent in the material.  The repetitive patterns found in nature echo the repetition found in industry, in the mass production of building products.  Though the starting point is often a memory the real world, as the work progresses, the material, and the position of the chips or even the lumberyard stamp influence the development of the image.  Chipboard’s rough, unfinished surface works against our preconceived notions of the softness and beauty found in nature’s ideal.  The material has its own repetitive patterns that can be manipulated (by painting individual chips and background) to reflect and correspond to the patterns found in the natural world.

My work concerns itself with the creation of a meditative space, a halted place in time.  Painting, with its fluidity of line and endless tonal qualities is the medium that best lends itself to this end.  Chipboard arrests this mutability and forces sharp, coarse edges not only on the beauty of the image but also on the gestural quality of the paint.  I am intrigued by how these two elements work with each other and against each other, adding layers of meaning to my paintings.  It is this contradiction that results in the creation of a new space, the space between the background and the surface, a place of contemplation.

March 11 – April 5

OSVALDO RAMIREZ CASTILLO: Artcite Inc. Collaboration

Opening Reception: Fri. Mar. 13, 7-9pm

Details coming soon. 

THE HENRY COLLECTION: Municipality of Leamington

Opening Reception: Fri. Mar. 13, 7-9pm

The Henry Family traveled the world collecting art and artifacts from all around the world and as far away as East Asia. The collection includes oil paintings from across Canada and the United States, porcelain figurines from China, jade and silver sculptures and reliefs, plus much, much more. 

This prominent collection was gifted to the Municipality of Leamington and is currently in care and possession of the Leamington Arts Centre/ South Essex Arts Association.

Regularly select works form the collection are brought into the gallery space for public viewing. Works selected for this exhibit primarily include two-dimensional works in the medium of oil, acrylic and watercolour, and a number of them by well-known Canadian painters.

CHIPBOARD PAINTINGS: Irina Teske 

Opening Reception: Fri. Jan. 17, 7-9m 

Exploring the relationship between image and material serves as the foundation of my artistic practice.  The dichotomy between the natural and the man-made is acknowledged by a close engagement with the chipboard, unearthing the imagery inherent in the material.  The repetitive patterns found in nature echo the repetition found in industry, in the mass production of building products.  Though the starting point is often a memory the real world, as the work progresses, the material, and the position of the chips or even the lumberyard stamp influence the development of the image.  Chipboard’s rough, unfinished surface works against our preconceived notions of the softness and beauty found in nature’s ideal.  The material has its own repetitive patterns that can be manipulated (by painting individual chips and background) to reflect and correspond to the patterns found in the natural world.

My work concerns itself with the creation of a meditative space, a halted place in time.  Painting, with its fluidity of line and endless tonal qualities is the medium that best lends itself to this end.  Chipboard arrests this mutability and forces sharp, coarse edges not only on the beauty of the image but also on the gestural quality of the paint.  I am intrigued by how these two elements work with each other and against each other, adding layers of meaning to my paintings.  It is this contradiction that results in the creation of a new space, the space between the background and the surface, a place of contemplation.

April 8 – May 3

JURIED STUDENT ART SHOW: 22nd Annual

Opening  Reception & Awards: Thurs April 17, 7-9pm

The LAC presents the 21st 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.

$2120 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 “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

TBA: Toni MacDonald Wells 

Opening  Reception & Awards: Thurs April 17, 7-9pm

 

More information coming soon. 

May 6 –  May 31

6th ANNUAL: Flock Fest

Opening Reception: Fri May 8, 7-9pm

The 6th Annual Flock Fest is an annual arts event that brings the community together to embrace the arts. The exhibit features inspirational artwork that highlights artist’s feats and flights through the thrills of personal and spiritual migration and growth. This year’s theme is «Shift». To shift is to change place, position, or direction.

The Flock Fest brings together a community of artists whose work poses urgent questions around the experiences and perceptions of migration in relation to current global challenges. Through a variety of mediums, artists explore themes of changing geographies and reconstructed identities. The exhibition focuses on how art can be a language shared between people and cultures. It can redefine or reestablish identities that have been lost or abandoned when people move. Despite these shifts and challenges, we must find a way to land in harmony and flock together.

Kathy Braun-Wiebe

HALF CENTURY CLUB: annual group exhibit

Opening Reception: Sat. May 9, 1-3pm 

The Half Century Club Art Group began with a single teacher, inspiring beginners in the 1970s. Faithful to this mission, we are now 20+ members strong. Blossoming artists/artisans explore various art mediums, from coloring books to fine art oils, each Wednesday, 9-11:45 am or so. We teach each other. We have materials, an art library and friendship to get you started, even if you have never created anything!

Recently retired, just moved into the region, or in new circumstances? Visit us. We offer acceptance, encouragement, camaraderie, fun, support and many interests to share. Laughter rules. We are a family, caring about each other, celebrating events, weathering challenges. Perhaps most importantly, what happens at the HCC Art Group stays there! Please come meet us on Wednesday mornings at the Half Century Club, 160 Talbot Street East, Leamington, ON N8H1M2, 519-326-2521. If you stop in at 10 am, we will likely be gathered around tables, drinking excellent coffee/tea and sharing great stories. We’ll always have a spot for you!

BREAKING BARRIERS: group exhibit

Opening Reception: Fri May 8, 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.  

TBA: Toni MacDonald Wells 

Opening  Reception & Awards: Thurs April 17, 7-9pm

 

More information coming soon. 

June 3 – June 28

TBA: exhibit

Opening Reception: Fri June 5, 7-9pm

Details coming soon. 

sandydavidson

ONLY BORING DOGS GET BORED, SAID MRS. PICKLE: Sandy Davidson 

Opening Reception: Fri June 5, 7-9pm

Inspired by a children’s book, Only Boring Dogs get Bored, said Mrs. Pickle is a series of drawings by local artist Sandy Davidson, capturing the joys and expressions of childhood. Reminding us there’s a beautiful world to discover, and a full life yet to live – no matter our age.

Sandy Davidson is a self-taught artist who enjoys drawing photography, with a genuine love and respect for children. This exhibit is the expression of both.

TBA: Toni MacDonald Wells 

Opening  Reception & Awards: Thurs April 17, 7-9pm

 

More information coming soon. 

July 2 – July 26

TBA: exhibit

Opening Reception: Fri June 5, 7-9pm

Details coming soon. 

BEYOND BORDERS: Vanguard Youth Arts Collective  

Opening Reception: Fri. July 3, 7-9pm

Vanguard’s REDEFINING BORDERS: A 100 Journals Project brings together local organizations and youth groups from across Essex County & Leamington through a sketchbook share. Artists participating in this project are encouraged to share their lived experiences through written word, imagery, photography and other forms of expression that can be communicated through the sketchbooks. Local artists are hired to deliver culturally relevant instruction.

Over the course of the project, the 100 sketchbooks will be circulated between the participating service organizations. Overtime, the sketchbooks will become full with contributions from all the youth participants. 

The 100 Journals Project breaks barriers and opens communication between youth through art. We hope that 100 Journals creates safe environments for discussion about belonging, identity, and community.

TBA: Miklos Galata   

Opening Reception: Fri. July 3, 7-9pm

Originally from Budapest, Hungary, Miklos Galata has been taking pictures since he was 10 years old. His father, who was also an avid photographer, taught him how to develop his black & white pictures in a dark room at an early age.

Things changed dramatically in early 2019 when he experienced anxiety, panic attacks and an episode of major depression. His doctor recommended walks in the forest and Miklos grabbed his beloved camera.

Since then he has had exhibitions in Essex, Kingsville, Ruthven, Harrow, McGregor and Ridgewood, Ontario. He also sells his photography online and private collections include his work in Vancouver, Toronto and many cities across the United States.

Miklos is moving forward and exploring portrait photography while maintaining his true passion for nature.

July 29 – August 23

TBA: exhibit

Opening Reception: Fri June 5, 7-9pm

 

More information coming soon. 

September 2 – September 27

WFCU CREDIT UNION: painting competition + exhibit

Opening Reception & Awards: Fri. Sept. 4, 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

TBA: Ina Vu 

Opening Reception: Fri. Sept. 4, 7-9pm

Details to come… 

September 30 – October 25

*ZIP CODE (N8H 1M4)

Opening Reception: Fri Oct. 2, 7-9pm

Zip Code is an exhibit of selected works from the region by a guest curator. The exhibit’s focus is to bring together a collection of efficacious works in a variety of mediums and subject matter throughout the artist’s careers.  The LAC is proud to feature and welcome new exhibiting artists to Leamington and to our region.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCY PROGRAM: Point Pelee National Park

Opening Reception: Fri. Oct. 2, 7-9pm

More information coming soon. 

FAR OUT SHOW: group exhibit

Opening Reception: Fri. Oct. 2, 7-9pm

This 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. 

October 28 – November 22

MEMBER SHOW & SALE: Shooters Photography Club 

Opening Reception: Wed Nov 4, 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!

THE WONDER SHOW: Jay Raven 

Opening Reception: Wed Nov 4, 7-9pm 

 

November 25 – December 23

A SIGNATURE CHRISTMAS: Indoor Artist Market

Opening Reception: Sat Nov 28, 1-3pm

The LAC presents a Signature Christmas indoor Artist Market. This annual arts and crafts show offers perfect unique and beautiful gifts for everyone on your list! Come see a festive presentation of jewelry, pottery, ceramics, driftwood and woodworking arts and crafts, acrylic, oil and watercolour paintings, photography and much more; handmade items to fit every budget from stocking stuffers to signature gifts. Everyone is certain to enjoy shopping in a warm Christmas setting in this month-long “holiday store” with free visitor admission!