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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

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. 

 

RECENT 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 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 16 – July 7

July 8 – July 26

THE HENRY COLLECTION: Municipality of Leamington

Opening Reception: Cancelled Due to Covid-19

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.

BID OR BUY NOW: from the LAC Collection

Opening Reception: Cancelled Due to Covid-19

Bid or Buy It Now is your chance to bring a piece of artwork from the LAC collection to your home. Its time to share some of the LAC collection in new spaces and in new places. From July 8 through July 26 the public will have the opportunity to bid on or directly buy at a set price, all artwork on display in this exhibit. The works include, but are not limited to, original acrylic, oil and watercolour paintings as well as limited addition lithograph and giclée prints.

FEEL: Tim Roelens

Opening Reception: Cancelled Due to Covid-19

A collection of abstract in mixed medium. As an obsessive gardener the most enjoyable moments happen at that very moment I am digging in the dirt or planning for new plantings.  I am forever building on or modifying what exists, as well as constantly changing colours and textures found in the garden.  It is through these changes that my creative thought processes emerge.

The abstracts give me that same satisfaction. Each new piece is a discovery in what I feel at that time.

The type of medium, amount of texture, size of canvas and colours are all determined by what I feel at that moment.

Since pieces are compiled over an extended time period, the feeling can change altering the direction of the final outcome. The colours may be altered and the texture built on, sending each piece in a new direction.

Each abstract I create is a sum of what I have felt from beginning to end.

I hope each piece will spark a feeling in you.

July 29 – August 30

SHIFT: 6th annual flock fest (virtual exhibit)

Opening Reception: N/A

The 6th Annual Flock Fest is an annual arts event which brings the community together to embrace the arts. This is an exhibition of work representing the journey of creative exploration, connecting and soaring past our personal limits. 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. 

SIX: Gisele Poisson, Claire Hayes, Jaclyn Abt, Marriette Comartin, Gina Foy, Chantelle Poisson

Opening Reception: Cancelled Due to Covid-19

Six Sisters “a collective.” We are six sisters. We have each come to art in a different and profound way in our lives. Our work is very different from each other and yet our practices share a commonality as sisters. As sisters, we share, teach, inspire and laugh together. This is our common. This is our collective. This is our tribe.

BID OR BUY NOW: from the LAC Collection

Opening Reception: Cancelled Due to Covid-19

Bid or Buy It Now is your chance to bring a piece of artwork from the LAC collection to your home. Its time to share some of the LAC collection in new spaces and in new places. From July 8 through July 26 the public will have the opportunity to bid on or directly buy at a set price, all artwork on display in this exhibit. The works include, but are not limited to, original acrylic, oil and watercolour paintings as well as limited addition lithograph and giclée prints.

FEEL: Tim Roelens

Opening Reception: Cancelled Due to Covid-19

A collection of abstract in mixed medium. As an obsessive gardener the most enjoyable moments happen at that very moment I am digging in the dirt or planning for new plantings.  I am forever building on or modifying what exists, as well as constantly changing colours and textures found in the garden.  It is through these changes that my creative thought processes emerge.

The abstracts give me that same satisfaction,

Each new piece is a discovery in what I feel at that time.

The type of medium, amount of texture, size of canvas and colours are all determined by what I feel at that moment.

Since pieces are compiled over an extended time period, the feeling can change altering the direction of the final outcome. The colours may be altered and the texture built on, sending each piece in a new direction.

Each abstract I create is a sum of what I have felt from beginning to end.

I hope each piece will spark a feeling in you.

September 2 – September 27

WFCU CREDIT UNION: painting competition + exhibit

Opening Reception & Awards: Cancelled Due to Covid-19 

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 to 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

FEEL: Tim Roelens

Opening Reception: Cancelled Due to Covid-19

A collection of abstract in mixed medium. As an obsessive gardener the most enjoyable moments happen at that very moment I am digging in the dirt or planning for new plantings.  I am forever building on or modifying what exists, as well as constantly changing colours and textures found in the garden.  It is through these changes that my creative thought processes emerge.

The abstracts give me that same satisfaction,

Each new piece is a discovery in what I feel at that time.

The type of medium, amount of texture, size of canvas and colours are all determined by what I feel at that moment.

Since pieces are compiled over an extended time period, the feeling can change altering the direction of the final outcome. The colours may be altered and the texture built on, sending each piece in a new direction.

Each abstract I create is a sum of what I have felt from beginning to end.

I hope each piece will spark a feeling in you.

September 30 – October 25

FAR OUT SHOW: group exhibit

Opening Reception: TBD Due to Covid-19

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. 

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD : Toni Wells 

Opening  Reception: TBD Due to Covid-19

A compilation of paintings, watercolours, and drawings of the natural world with warm and bright layers of colours, textures, and patterns.  Like the song, this show is designed to remind us all that despite the ugliness in this world and our increasingly stressful lives, we need to stop once in awhile to just enjoy the world around us – blue skies, roses, rainbows, the warmth and friendliness of people, and this exhibit.  

Oh, what a wonderful world we live in! But someone once said that this world is just an illusion.  This is very much so in the world of art where one small dab of paint can make a huge difference in how an art piece is perceived.  I use acrylics on canvas or watercolours and ink on paper to create images that I hope are truly unique and inviting to your eyes.  Look closely and you will see each section is a small abstract or illusion in itself because my technique involves applying multiple layers of colour and media.  Recently, I’ve been focusing on some rather large acrylics that I plan to share with you in upcoming months.

October 28 – November 22

MEMBER SHOW & SALE: Shooters Photography Club 

Opening Reception: TBD Due to Covid-19

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: TBD Due to Covid-19

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD : Toni Wells 

Opening  Reception: TBD Due to Covid-19

A compilation of paintings, watercolours, and drawings of the natural world with warm and bright layers of colours, textures, and patterns.  Like the song, this show is designed to remind us all that despite the ugliness in this world and our increasingly stressful lives, we need to stop once in awhile to just enjoy the world around us – blue skies, roses, rainbows, the warmth and friendliness of people, and this exhibit.  

Oh, what a wonderful world we live in! But someone once said that this world is just an illusion.  This is very much so in the world of art where one small dab of paint can make a huge difference in how an art piece is perceived.  I use acrylics on canvas or watercolours and ink on paper to create images that I hope are truly unique and inviting to your eyes.  Look closely and you will see each section is a small abstract or illusion in itself because my technique involves applying multiple layers of colour and media.  Recently, I’ve been focusing on some rather large acrylics that I plan to share with you in upcoming months.

November 25 – December 23

A SIGNATURE CHRISTMAS: indoor artist market

Opening Reception: TBD Due to Covid-19

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!

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD : Toni Wells 

Opening  Reception: TBD Due to Covid-19

A compilation of paintings, watercolours, and drawings of the natural world with warm and bright layers of colours, textures, and patterns.  Like the song, this show is designed to remind us all that despite the ugliness in this world and our increasingly stressful lives, we need to stop once in awhile to just enjoy the world around us – blue skies, roses, rainbows, the warmth and friendliness of people, and this exhibit.  

Oh, what a wonderful world we live in! But someone once said that this world is just an illusion.  This is very much so in the world of art where one small dab of paint can make a huge difference in how an art piece is perceived.  I use acrylics on canvas or watercolours and ink on paper to create images that I hope are truly unique and inviting to your eyes.  Look closely and you will see each section is a small abstract or illusion in itself because my technique involves applying multiple layers of colour and media.  Recently, I’ve been focusing on some rather large acrylics that I plan to share with you in upcoming months.