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January 4 – February 28

Temporarily Closed to the Public

Exhibits rescheduled due to COVID-19

February 17 — February 28 

GRAYDON DYCK: from the LAC permanent collection

Opening Reception: Cancelled due to Covid-19
 

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. It was there that he met the love of his life Judith (nee Wolinsky). They explored many art scenes over the years, living in Toronto, New York, Los Angeles and Winnipeg.

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.

This exhibition made possible through the courtesy of Bob Ceh.

 

March 4 — March 28

8×10: 2021 Amateur Photography Contest 

Awards: TBA online due to COVID-19

The LAC is proud to present the 8×10 amateur photography contest. This annual exhibit features nearly 150 striking photographs in the categories of Abstract, Architecture and Weather.

With three prizes in each category, plus a People’s Choice Award, be sure to cast your vote today!

 Sponsored by: Speedprint & Framing by Anna

U21: Members Exhibit + Sale

Opening Reception: Cancelled Due to COVID-19

The 2021 annual members exhibit 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 and we thank all those contributing artists.

LIGHT-VISION-EMOTION: Phos3 Photography

Opening Reception: Cancelled Due to COVID-19

Light ∙ Vision ∙ Emotion. There must be light in order to see. Photography is about capturing light. A Photograph cannot be taken without light. Vision is the composition of the frame. It’s the artist’s eye and how we perceive what we are seeing. And last but not least, Emotion – You will hear them say, “hopefully if we have done our job right, using light to capture the vision that we see, it will stimulate some sort of an emotion within you, letting you feel the story. We shoot to thrill.” This deep thought process flows into the way they make all their photographs. 

Kathryn Parent and Dave Paddick are a husband and wife team, life partners and soul mates. Together they publish their fine art photographs under one name, “Photography by Phos³.

The duo are self taught photographers who are known Internationally and have not only sold their photography globally, but have won a plethora of photo contests and prestigious photography awards. For example, their award winning extreme weather photography is admired in the weather community around the world. In 2017 by special request, they participated in the international (National Weather Service/Environment Canada) NWS/EC Lighting Validation Research Project for the new GOES 16 Satellite called “Lightning Mapper Program.” 

When not on a shoot you will often find them storm chasing and storm spotting for EC-CANWARN Trained or NWS -SKYWARN Trained in the United States or driving down country roads photographing abandoned houses and whatever else catches their eyes along the way. 

April 1 – April 25

                                                     Temporarily Closed to the Public 

                                                                                                         Due to COVID-19. Visit our Virtual Gallery to view exhibits

JURIED STUDENT ART SHOW: 23rd Annual

Awards & Winners: Announced online the week of April 12, visit our Facebook page for results.

Generously sponsored by the Rotary Club of Leamington and the Kiwanis Club, the Leamington Arts Centre (LAC) presents the 2021 23rd Annual Juried Student Art Show. 

This exhibition is open to ALL Essex County Secondary Students and features $2300 in cash prizes including a Future Artist Award and a People’s Choice Award.

This exhibit can be viewed online in our Virtual Gallery

ART MEMORIES: Ellen Cooper

Opening Reception: Cancelled Due to COVID-19

Art Memories by Ellen Marie Cooper is an exhibit featuring a collection of various works from Ellen’s artistic career, with a particular focus on the beauty of landscapes and flora in the medium of watercolour.

Ellen was born in Windsor, Ontario and raised in Kingsville, Ontario, where much of the inspiration behind her vibrant work displayed here has originated.

This exhibit can be viewed online in our Virtual Gallery

MAY

May 6  – May 30

ART MEMORIES: Ellen Cooper

Opening Reception: Cancelled Due to COVID-19

Art Memories by Ellen Marie Cooper is an exhibit featuring a collection of various works from Ellen’s artistic career, with a particular focus on the beauty of landscapes and flora in the medium of watercolour.

Ellen was born in Windsor, Ontario and raised in Kingsville, Ontario, where much of the inspiration behind her vibrant work displayed here has originated.

May 27 – June 27

ARTS @ THE MARINA: in the gallery

Opening Reception: Cancelled Due to COVID-19

This year, due to COVID-19, the LAC presents its annual Arts @ the Marina arts & crafts show, only it’s INDOORS and for a MONTH! Open to all artists and artisans in any medium; photography, painting, jewelry, literary arts, crafts, woodworking, glasswork, pottery and more… Exhibit and sell your work directly inside our beautiful galleries during this month long “vendor” style exhibition to fill the entire main floor galleries.

ART MEMORIES: Ellen Cooper

Opening Reception: Cancelled due to COVID-19

Art Memories by Ellen Marie Cooper is an exhibit featuring a collection of various works from Ellen’s artistic career, with a particular focus on the beauty of landscapes and flora in the medium of watercolour.

Ellen was born in Windsor, Ontario and raised in Kingsville, Ontario, where much of the inspiration behind her vibrant work displayed here has originated.

July 1 – July 25

Valerie Read

ARTdemic – alone in the studio: Val Read

Opening Reception: TBD due to COVID-19

 

BELIEVE: Tim Roelens

Opening Reception: TBD due to COVID-19

Believe in what you see.

The truth is in your eyes.

Feel from deep within thee.

Your soul will tell no lies.

July 29 – August 29

OPEN: Call For Submissions

Opening Reception: TBD due to COVID-19

Now seeking proposals for solo or group exhibits. Please visit the bottom of the Submissions page for more information and how to submit. 

PARABLES: Bryan Halls

Opening Reception: TBD due to COVID-19

Parable in the Synoptic Gospels, the word stands for a wide range of striking sayings, from well-known proverbs to small metaphors and elaborate allegories.

– Oxford concise dictionary of the Christian Church

Luke 8:9 His disciples ask him what this parable meant He said, “The knowledge of secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you but to others I speak in parables so that, through seeing they may not see: through hearing, they may not understand.”

 – NIV study Bible

BELIEVE: Tim Roelens

Opening Reception: TBD due to COVID-19

Believe in what you see.

The truth is in your eyes.

Feel from deep within thee.

Your soul will tell no lies.

September 2 – September 26

WFCU CREDIT UNION: painting competition + exhibit

Opening Reception & Awards: TBD 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

MEMBERS SHOW: Half Century Club

Opening Reception: TBD due to COVID-19

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. 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!

BELIEVE: Tim Roelens

Opening Reception: TBD due to COVID-19

Believe in what you see.

The truth is in your eyes.

Feel from deep within thee.

Your soul will tell no lies.

September 30 – October 24

Stephen Romanow

RECENT & RETRO: Stephen Romanow

Opening Reception: TBD due to COVID-19

A year ago, I had completed some paintings and decided to try putting a clear lacquer finish on top. The result was that it helped make the colours pop out. I had a few old paintings kicking around that I had painted over 40 years ago, so I tried the lacquer on top of them. To my pleasant surprise, the lacquer seemed to restore them, suddenly making them, in my estimation, “presentable”. 

It was interesting to see some of my very old paintings next to some of my very recent paintings, and the thought of hanging the old with the new occurred to me, thus my “Recent & Retro” show.

 I went through my storage and pulled out more old paintings, and realized I also needed to find frames for all of the old paintings. Most of my recent paintings are on wrap-around canvas that don’t require framing. This aspect also differentiates between the two groups of paintings. I liked the idea of about a 40 year span of time between the two sets of paintings. That’s almost an entire lifespan. For myself, with all of the changes I’ve had, it feels like a few lives in between.

I hope that the show will be interesting because of the diversity of the paintings themselves, but also because of the different frames of mind of the artist they represent.

OPEN: Call For Submissions

Opening Reception: Fri Oct 8, 7-9pm

Now seeking proposals for solo or group exhibits. Please visit the bottom of the Submissions page for more information and how to submit. 

October 28 – November 21

MEMBERS EXHIBIT: 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!

*ZIP CODE (N8H1M4)

Opening Reception: TBD due to COVID-19

Zip Code is guest curated, cross-region and cross-selection exhibition of select works. The exhibit focus is to bring together a broad and diverse collection and new scope of efficacious works to theLAC region.

About the Guest Curator: Laurie Langford is a thought-provoking Canadian assemblage artist based in Chatham, Ontario.
Langford inserts subversive humour into her installations to prick debate on contemporary gender expectations. Her mixed-media shadow boxes, collage, photography, and printmaking overwrite the conventions of sexuality, domesticity, family, history and the body. Inspired by artists Barbara Kruger, Elizabeth ‘Bloodbath’ McGrath, Joseph Cornell, and Tim Burton as well as poet e.e. cummings and writer Edward Gorey, Langford’s work narrates “pop culture innocence gone horribly wrong” (Vanderwall, 2011).

TBA: Windsor Centre of Royal Astronomic Society of Canada

Opening Reception: TBD due to COVID-19

OPEN: Call For Submissions

Opening Reception: TBD due to COVID-19

Now seeking proposals for solo or group exhibits. Please visit the bottom of the Submissions page for more information and how to submit. 

November 25 – December 19

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!

OPEN: Call For Submissions

Opening Reception: TBD due to COVID-19

Now seeking proposals for solo or group exhibits. Please visit the bottom of the Submissions page for more information and how to submit.