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.
Treasure has been discovered in the waters of the western basin of Lake Erie, but it does not take the form of gold coins or jewels. The treasure is the profusion of shipwrecks. Since the mid 1800’s over two hundred and seventy-five ships have sunk in the Pelee Passage and western end of Lake Erie. Currently there are over sixty known locations of shipwreck sites, all within a short boat trip of Leamington and its first rate marina.
George Graydon Dyck was born in Leamington on September 15, 1946 and died in Winnipeg, Manitoba on December 19; 2011. Graydon was an artist whose work was shown in Toronto, New York, Los Angeles and Winnipeg. He is best known for painting vintage cars and movie stars. Graydon’s artistic skills were evident from a very young age and in 1967, he moved to Winnipeg to attend the School of Fine Art at the University of Manitoba.
Over his 45 year career, he did thousands of paintings and created hundreds of car and figure movement sculptures. His paintings are in many private and public collections across Canada and the U.S. In 1984, he was commissioned to paint a mural of nudes and figure movements in the women’s powder room of the famous Limelight Nightclub in New York. He was known for being a painter of Cars and Stars and had many a muse, namely 1940s American cars and a fine group of ladies, including Diana Ross, Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe, Tallulah Bankhead, Bette Davis, Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford. He also painted many others, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Winston Churchill and Golda Meir. Graydon loved music, especially Motown and saw many of the greats perform in Detroit and Chicago in his teenage years.
The Henry Family Traveled the world collecting art and artifacts from all around the world and as far away as far 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.
A selection from this collection is exhibited each year in an annual show.