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JANUARY

8×10: 2020 Amateur Photography Contest 

Opening Reception & Awards: Fri. Jan 17, 7-9pm 

The LAC is proud to present the 8×10: 2019 amateur photo contest. This annual exhibit features striking photographs in 3 categories: 1) Nature & Wildlife 2) Hometown & Travel 3) Everything Else . 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 & Framing by Anna

U19: 2019 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

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.

OPEN: tba

Opening Reception: Fri Feb 7, 7-9pm

Seeking artist submission for this exhibtion space. Please inquire for more information or visit the Submission page and navigate to the solo exhibition section at the bottom the page for more information.

OSVALDO RAMIREZ CASTILLO: Artcite Inc.

Opening Reception: Fri. Mar. 6, 7-9pm

Details coming soon. 

THE HENRY COLLECTION: Municipality of Leamington

Opening Reception: Fri. Mar. 6, 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.

OPEN: tba

Opening Reception: Fri. Mar. 6, 7-9pm

Seeking artist submission for this exhibtion space. Please inquire for more information or visit the Submission page and navigate to the solo exhibition section at the bottom the page for more information.

JURIED STUDENT ART SHOW: 22nd Annual

Opening  Reception & Awards: Thurs April 17, 7pm

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 $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

6th Annual Flock Fest: group exhibit

Opening Reception: Fri May 1, 7-9pm

The 6th Annual Flock Fest is an annual arts event which brings the community together to embrace the arts. Flock Fest is an exhibition of work representing the journey of creative exploration, connecting and soaring 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 spiritual migration and growth.

Kathy Braun-Wiebe

HALF CENTURY CLUB: annual group exhibit

Opening Reception: Sat. May 2, 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 1, 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.  

SPECIAL EXHIBIT

Opening Reception: Fri June 5, 7-9pm

 

Details coming soon. 

 

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

Opening Reception: Fri June 5, 7-9pm

Seeking artist submission for this exhibtion space. Please inquire for more information or visit the Submission page and navigate to the solo exhibition section at the bottom the page for more information.

OPEN: tba 

Opening Reception: Fri June 5, 7-9pm

Seeking artist submission for this exhibtion space. Please inquire for more information or visit the Submission page and navigate to the solo exhibition section at the bottom the page for more information.

SPECIAL EXHIBIT

Opening Reception: Fri June 5, 7-9pm

Details coming soon. 

REDEFINING BORDERS: Vanguard Youth Arts Collective  

Opening Reception: Fri. July 10, 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.

OPEN: tba

Opening Reception: Fri. July 10, 7-9pm

Seeking artist submission for this exhibtion space. Please inquire for more information or visit the Submission page and navigate to the solo exhibition section at the bottom the page for more information.

SPECIAL EXHIBIT

Opening Reception: Fri June 5, 7-9pm

 

Details coming soon. 

 

OPEN: tba

Opening Reception: Fri Aug 14, 7-9pm

Seeking artist submission for this exhibtion space. Please inquire for more information or visit the Submission page and navigate to the solo exhibition section at the bottom the page for more information.

OPEN: tba

Opening Reception: Fri Aug 14, 7-9pm

Seeking artist submission for this exhibtion space. Please inquire for more information or visit the Submission page and navigate to the solo exhibition section at the bottom the page for more information.

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… 

*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.

OPEN: tba

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

Seeking artist submission for this exhibtion space. Please inquire for more information or visit the Submission page and navigate to the solo exhibition section at the bottom the page for more information.

OPEN: tba

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

Seeking artist submission for this exhibtion space. Please inquire for more information or visit the Submission page and navigate to the solo exhibition section at the bottom the page for more information.

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!

FAR OUT SHOW: group exhibit

Opening Reception: Wed Nov 4, 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. 

OPEN: tba

Opening Reception: Wed Nov 4, 7-9pm

Seeking artist submission for this exhibtion space. Please inquire for more information or visit the Submission page and navigate to the solo exhibition section at the bottom the page for more information.

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!