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* some exhibits and receptions may be subject to change due to COVID-19

January 5 - January 30

8×10: 2022 Amateur Photography Contest

Reception: Cancelled due to COVID-19
 

The LAC is proud to once again feature its annual amateur photography contest. This year’s exhibit features nearly 200 amazing photos in the categories of Black-and-white, colour, digitally enhanced. Prizes to be awarded in each category!

Due to current provincial orders, this exhibit is currently closed for in-person viewing, but available as a VIRTUAL EXHIBIT, CLICK HERE.

Generously sponsored by Framing by ANNA and SPEEDPRINT. 

*Exhibition dates and details are subject to change due to COVID-19.

February 2 - February 27

U22: 2022 SEAA/LAC Members Show & Sale

Reception: Cancelled due to COVID-19
 

The 2022 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. Open to all media, any subject matter. Please see submission form for more details.

 

*Exhibition dates and details are subject to change due to COVID-19.

RECENT ACQUISITIONS: LAC Permanent Collection

Reception: Cancelled due to COVID-19

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 2020-2021.

*Exhibition dates and details are subject to change due to COVID-19.

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A NEW BEGINNING: Rosalyn Raymont

Reception: Cancelled due to COVID-19

In January 2021, as the world greeted a new year amid the pandemic, I was fortunate to find a door that opened a new chapter in my life’s story. 

Having worked for 20 years in a different field, I decided to seize the moment and return to my true passion for painting. Specifically, I chose to explore the creative canvas of abstract painting.

For this collection, each painting has been selected for its representation of a new beginning. These pieces are bold explorations of design, technique, and colour. 

My process incorporates acrylic paint and mixed media, along with the use of large brushes and different tools, to create evocative compositions and textures.

With these pieces, I drew inspiration from the creative process itself. Indeed, I found that I possess an intrinsic need and drive to create, and I am genuinely grateful that I am able to do so. 

Constantly looking at the world to envision and capture my next painting, I want my pieces to convey meaningful emotions and sensations for anyone who views them. I see my art as a journey that begins with me but continues and evolves with the viewer long after the final brushstroke. 

Ultimately, the purpose of this collection is to offer a rich and engaging chronicle of my new beginning and how I have developed my identity as an artist.

*Exhibition dates and details are subject to change due to COVID-19.

March 2 - March 27

THE HENRY COLLECTION: Municipality of Leamington

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.

*Exhibition dates and details are subject to change due to COVID-19.

BREAKING BARRIERS

Reception: Cancelled Due to COVID-19

Breaking Barrier’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 healing through the arts. It is an exhibition for creative expression that empowers, builds awareness, and facilitates partnerships and collaborations.

This exhibition is open to all 2D and 3D visual art (painting, mixed media, photography, sculpture, textile art, installations, etc.) 

*Exhibition dates and details are subject to change due to COVID-19.

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A NEW BEGINNING: Rosalyn Raymont

Reception: Cancelled due to COVID-19

In January 2021, as the world greeted a new year amid the pandemic, I was fortunate to find a door that opened a new chapter in my life’s story. 

Having worked for 20 years in a different field, I decided to seize the moment and return to my true passion for painting. Specifically, I chose to explore the creative canvas of abstract painting.

For this collection, each painting has been selected for its representation of a new beginning. These pieces are bold explorations of design, technique, and colour. 

My process incorporates acrylic paint and mixed media, along with the use of large brushes and different tools, to create evocative compositions and textures.

With these pieces, I drew inspiration from the creative process itself. Indeed, I found that I possess an intrinsic need and drive to create, and I am genuinely grateful that I am able to do so. 

Constantly looking at the world to envision and capture my next painting, I want my pieces to convey meaningful emotions and sensations for anyone who views them. I see my art as a journey that begins with me but continues and evolves with the viewer long after the final brushstroke. 

Ultimately, the purpose of this collection is to offer a rich and engaging chronicle of my new beginning and how I have developed my identity as an artist.

*Exhibition dates and details are subject to change due to COVID-19.

March 30 - April 24

JURIED STUDENT ART SHOW: 24th Annual

Reception: Thurs April 21, 6-8pm (*Due to COVID-19, this will NOT be an awards presentation, this will be an open house type reception with a capacity limit of 50%. Masks are not mandatory but appreciated for our higher risk visitors and for the safety of our staff.)

Generously sponsored by the Rotary Club of Leamington and the Kiwanis Club, the Leamington Arts Centre (LAC) presents the 2022 24th Annual Juried Student Art Show. 

This exhibition features over 535 works (yes, 435!) of the regions best artworks by Essex County Secondary Students in the categories of Painting, Drawing, 3D/Sculpture, Photography, Video/Film, Mixed Media, and New Media Art.  Winners will take home a total of $2300 in cash prizes including a Future Artist Award and a People’s Choice Award.

 

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A NEW BEGINNING: Rosalyn Raymont

Reception: Thurs April 21, 6-8pm (Due to COVID-19, a capacity limit of 50% is in place)

In January 2021, as the world greeted a new year amid the pandemic, I was fortunate to find a door that opened a new chapter in my life’s story. 

Having worked for 20 years in a different field, I decided to seize the moment and return to my true passion for painting. Specifically, I chose to explore the creative canvas of abstract painting.

For this collection, each painting has been selected for its representation of a new beginning. These pieces are bold explorations of design, technique, and colour. 

My process incorporates acrylic paint and mixed media, along with the use of large brushes and different tools, to create evocative compositions and textures.

With these pieces, I drew inspiration from the creative process itself. Indeed, I found that I possess an intrinsic need and drive to create, and I am genuinely grateful that I am able to do so. 

Constantly looking at the world to envision and capture my next painting, I want my pieces to convey meaningful emotions and sensations for anyone who views them. I see my art as a journey that begins with me but continues and evolves with the viewer long after the final brushstroke. 

Ultimately, the purpose of this collection is to offer a rich and engaging chronicle of my new beginning and how I have developed my identity as an artist.

*Exhibition dates and details are subject to change due to COVID-19.


MAY

April 26 - May 29

CREED

SHOW OFF: Dave Creed

Reception: Fri May 6, 7-9pm (*Due to COVID-19,  a capacity limit of 50% will be in effect. Masks are not mandatory but appreciated for our higher risk visitors and for the safety of our staff.)

This exhibit displays the artwork of David Creed from the past 5 years.

Throughout his art career, David was surrounded by the growing world of technology and design, providing him with a strong understanding of colour, layout and presentation.

These works were created with a passion for developing new techniques, while incorporating the ones of our past with the subject matter of many of the pieces focusing on a mixture of human connection and technology.

His paintings are created through a process of forming optic wave patterns, geometric shapes and playful line art mixed with a strong palette of energetic colours. A mix of spray paint, air brush and brush work are the base for all his art.

EXPLORATION: Académie Ste-Cécile International School

Reception: Fri May 6, 7-9pm (*Due to COVID-19,  a capacity limit of 50% will be in effect. Masks are not mandatory but appreciated for our higher risk visitors and for the safety of our staff.)

Exploration is an exhibit featuring the 2022 graduating class from Acedemie Ste-Cecile International School. The themes the students explored ranged from looking back at the one of the most controversial seasons in NASCAR history, the dream stage, urban landscape, housing, and the environment. The students have been working and developing their ideas for the past eight months.

GRAYDON DYCK: from the LAC collection

Reception: Fri May 6, 7-9pm (*Due to COVID-19,  a capacity limit of 50% will be in effect. Masks are not mandatory but appreciated for our higher risk visitors and for the safety of our staff.)

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 generous gift of Bob Ceh.

June 1 - June 26

TRACES: University of Windsor School of Creative Arts MFA Group Show

Reception: Fri June 17, 5-10pm  (in conjunction with the Mill St Market)

Leamington Arts Centre (LAC) is proud to announce the opening of the new exhibition Traces, on view from June 1st – June 26th, 2022. This exhibition made possible by the sponsorship from RBC Bank and through the efforts of the University of Windsor staff and faculty.

Traces is a student exhibition, featuring the multidisciplinary works of graduate students in the 2022 MFA Program at the University of Windsor’s School of Creative Arts (SoCA): Nate Talbot, Jules Pietras, Daniela González, Lyndsay McKay, Nathalie Dubois Calero and Steve Rose.

Throughout the exhibit, the artist’s works are anchored through their particular ability to describe and convey a sense of “trace”. Whether referring to an indexical relationship with the subject represented, or referencing an identifiable location, or one that is conceptual and abstract, the artists hand over the highest value to the exploration of material, including its own sense of time and place, interactions, agencies, and histories. The collection encourages the viewer to contemplate – or decipher – the context in which ideas of “trace” extend to one another, connecting through themes of death, loss and absence, magic, sustainability, domesticity, immemorial conversation, and recollection.

The opening reception for Traces will take place on Friday, June 17th from 5pm – 10pm in conjunction with our Mill St. Market in uptown Leamington.

ART ALIVE!: Don Waffle

Reception: Fri June 17, 5-10pm  (in conjunction with the Mill St Market)

Don Waffle’s strikingly realistic art brings people to life, in portraits and in their activities. These range from a toddler stretching high to barely reach the keys of the piano; to a party setting out on a winter sleighride; to a smiling lass pouring a glass from the Guinness tap at the Spitfire Arms Alehouse in Windsor, Nova Scotia.

This unique exhibit extends to include a replica scale model created by the artist, of the MARK IX Spitfire flown by F/L Gerry Billing in WW2

 

THE CO. ARTIST IN RESIDENCY: Michael Pickard

Reception: Fri June 17, 5-10pm  (in conjunction with the Mill St Market)

The CO. is a studio for creativity and mental health in Chatham, Ontario. It offers two residencies per year for new to mid career artists who have a lived experience with mental health. 

Michael Pickard is the current artist in residence for 2022. Pickard is a visionary artist from Chatham-Kent, Ontario. He was awarded the first artist in residence at The Co. in Chatham. After going through a long battle with depression, Michael was able to heal and pick up a paint brush to create again. His paintings range from abstract, black & white, to spiritual and visionary works. At the core he believes that we all have the capacity to heal and transform ourselves after walking through the darkness. He hopes his works may reflect that and even give healing and comfort to those who still walk there.

 

June 29 - July 24

Z’otz* Collective: Community Collaboration 

Reception: Fri Aug 19, 5-10pm (in conjunction with the Mill St Market)

Z’otz* Collective was formed in Toronto in 2004 by three artists of Latin American heritage; Nahúm Flores, Erik Jerezano, and Ilyana Martínez. In a shared studio, they meet weekly to collaborate on works that incorporate drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, and site-specific installation. Their work connects to the storytelling traditions of their Latin American culture. Through the wording of their titles, the Collective gives hints to the narratives contained within their works, while leaving space for viewers to create their own conclusions. The direct approach of drawing, their primary means of expression, enables them to create quirky subjects and hybrid creatures. They use humour and play to examine the immigrant experiences of displacement, transition and transformation. Z’otz* Collective has shown work at multiple galleries and museums across Canada. 

LIFE’S LETTER: Carly Verheyen

Reception: Fri July 8, 7-9pm

110 love letters from 1946 return to the original building they passed through, the former Leamington Post Office, just after WWII. The letters tell the history of a transatlantic love story between a Canadian Solider Nick and a British war bride Rene. 

Through Rene’s cursive, the love and longing truly display how remarkable the 48,000 war brides were, leaving behind their loved ones, beloved home country and life as they knew it to follow love across an ocean. 

This exhibit will take you back in time to when communication and connection were vastly different than they are today and invite you to consider what connection means to you. 

Life’s Letter inspires the need to dip into the cherished past to better understand the present and reminds us that in times of uncertainty, connection, courage, and hope fuel the quest for love and adventure.

Carly Butler Verheyen is a writer and photographer born and raised in Leamington Ontario. What began as a journey of retracing the steps of her grandmother in 2013 turned into a blog, a book, and calling. Her book Life’s Letter was published in 2021. Currently, she lives in British Columbia with her husband Adam and 3 children.

SOUL SEARCH: TIM ROELENS

Reception: Fri July 8, 7-9pm

 

Born from a thought within your mind

Kindled and nurtured, through your heart

Brought to life from motions from within you find

Creations from your soul is where to start.

 

Look upon and perceive what you see

Heart, mind and soul all become combined

Look upon what is created as part of me

All feelings and thoughts become entwined.

 

Feelings and perceptions to be true

Pulled from the corners of your mind

Memories and passions of only you

A new thought is born for you to find.

July 27 - August 21

Z’otz* Collective: Community Collaboration 

Reception: Fri Aug 19, 5-10pm  (in conjunction with the Mill St Market)

Z’otz* Collective was formed in Toronto in 2004 by three artists of Latin American heritage; Nahúm Flores, Erik Jerezano, and Ilyana Martínez. In a shared studio, they meet weekly to collaborate on works that incorporate drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, and site-specific installation. Their work connects to the storytelling traditions of their Latin American culture. Through the wording of their titles, the Collective gives hints to the narratives contained within their works, while leaving space for viewers to create their own conclusions. The direct approach of drawing, their primary means of expression, enables them to create quirky subjects and hybrid creatures. They use humour and play to examine the immigrant experiences of displacement, transition and transformation. Z’otz* Collective has shown work at multiple galleries and museums across Canada. 

SPIRITUAL REVELATIONS: Pavlo Lopata

Reception: Fri Aug 19, 5-10pm  (in conjunction with the Mill St Market)

Various life and artistic preferences influenced the artist’s interest in pursuing surrealism and symbolic themes. His surrealist art is a journey of discovery and reflection on the deep symbolism of objects such as an egg, a candle, bells, the cross and hands. The hands of God are a repeating theme in many works. The artist’s creative foundation rests on themes which embody God’s world, religion, native Ukrainian roots, the tragic history of Ukraine and the family unit. The juxtaposition of surrealism and symbolism are the artist’s concrete manifestation of the internal dynamic of human reason and imagination.

SOUL SEARCH: TIM ROELENS

Reception: Fri Aug 19, 5-10pm  (in conjunction with the Mill St Market)

 

Born from a thought within your mind

Kindled and nurtured, through your heart

Brought to life from motions from within you find

Creations from your soul is where to start.

 

Look upon and perceive what you see

Heart, mind and soul all become combined

Look upon what is created as part of me

All feelings and thoughts become entwined.

 

Feelings and perceptions to be true

Pulled from the corners of your mind

Memories and passions of only you

A new thought is born for you to find.

August 24 - September 18

WFCU CREDIT UNION: painting competition + exhibit

Reception: Fri Sept 9, 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 to highlight and celebrate the arts in our region and to offer financial support and an audience for artists. $1000 in Cash Prize will be awarded! 

Sponsored by: WFCU Credit Union

SOUL SEARCH: TIM ROELENS

Reception: Fri Sept 9, 7-9pm

Born from a thought within your mind

Kindled and nurtured, through your heart

Brought to life from motions from within you find

Creations from your soul is where to start.

Look upon and perceive what you see

Heart, mind and soul all become combined

Look upon what is created as part of me

All feelings and thoughts become entwined.

Feelings and perceptions to be true

Pulled from the corners of your mind

Memories and passions of only you

A new thought is born for you to find.

September 21 - October 16

FAR OUT SHOW: Group Exhibit

Reception: Fri Sept 23, 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.

POINT PELEE NATIONAL PARK: Artist in Residency Program Exhibit

Reception: Fri Sept 23, 7-9pm

Parks Canada hosts six artists at Point Pelee National Park’s artist-in-residence program. Artists from all stages of their careers are invited to apply for this exciting five-day residency program. The park offers the artists an opportunity to connect with nature and to learn about its cultural and natural history. The artists stay at Camp Henry in oTENTiks, Parks Canada’s unique blend of tent and A-frame cabin, and created Point Pelee-inspired works of art. This exhibit invites you to witness the natural beauty of the park through the artists’ individual experiences.

BID OR BUY NOW: from the LAC collection

Reception: Fri Sept 23, 7-9pm

Bid or Buy It Now is your chance to bring a piece of artwork from the LAC collection to your home; it’s time to share some of the LAC collection in new spaces and in new places.

From March 11 through April 5 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.

October 19 - November 13

*ZIP CODE: Annual Juried Exhibition

Reception: Fri Oct 21, 7-9pm

Zip Code is guest curated, cross-region and cross-selection exhibition of juried works. The exhibition’s focus is to bring together a broad and diverse collection and new scope of efficacious works to the Leamington Arts Centre.

Co-curated by Laurie Langford & Mike Ondrovck.

RASC: Astronomy Exhibit

Reception: Fri Oct 21, 7-9pm

The Windsor Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada is dedicated to the advancement of astronomy since 1945.  This is accomplished by stimulating interest and promoting and increasing knowledge of astronomy through public outreach and sharing the wonders of the Universe.  And what better way is there to inspire curiosity then through photography and art portraying the beauty the celestial night sky.  The exhibit includes amazing Astro Photos taken by members and Astro Art produced by members. Several telescopes will also be on display.  

SHOOTERS PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB: annual members exhibit + sale

Reception: Fri Oct 21, 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!

November 16 - December 18

A SIGNATURE CHRISTMAS: indoor artist market

Reception: Sat Nov 18, 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!

THE CO. ARTIST IN RESIDENCY: Angel Bilagot + friends

Reception: Sat Nov 18, 1-3pm

The CO. is a studio for creativity and mental health in Chatham, Ontario. It offers two residencies per year for new to mid career artists who have a lived experience with mental health. 
Iain Rice is the current artist in residence for 2022. His work explores the concept of “different” and the multitude of definitions this can hold. Through his lens of both photography and digital art, he creates contrasting layers and challenges the eye to see beyond what one has come to believe as beautiful.