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New Exhibition“Fibre & Foundry”: Liisa Harju & Patti Harris

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Friday, January 19 – February 24

Artists’ reception:  Sunday, January 27, 2:00 – 4pm

We welcome 2019 with an interesting exhibit from two different artists displaying two very different art forms in the presentation of “Fibre & Foundry”, a collaboration from Liisa Harju and Patti Harris.

Liisa has been creating art for about 50 years having taken numerous  art courses  including life drawing with  Ken  Cosgrove  at  Niagara  College, and  she has participated in many exhibitions.  Liisa admits she is always trying to express her concern for the environment, land preservation and  affordable housing, which are her main causes.

Patti Harris has used old foundry patterns for many years. She also collects intriguing items from all over; often unsure at the outset what eventually will come from them. Each piece of art in this show is a one-of-a-kind assemblage made in or on an old wood foundry pattern. Old objects seem to stand the test of time and Patti strives to reuse as many as possible. The items may not ‘go together’ but Patti proves that they can

Patti Harris, a mixed media, collage and assemblage artist, from Fort Erie will display her foundry pieces.  Her bio details, “I am inspired by industrial design, natural materials and vintage objects. Putting a variety of materials together, in old boxes, in frames, in and on foundry patterns and old wood typifies much of my work. Whether creating a collage or assemblage, I generally use these old parts that have stood the test of time. More recently I have begun to collage with paint and photographs that I have taken.”

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“Bass 89”

“I apply materials somewhat ambiguous in meaning, but arranged in a well-designed manner. For me, it is all about the visual impact. The objects I choose often don’t routinely ‘go together;’ the resulting work necessitates thought on the viewer’s part. Hidden meanings, humorous twists, irony and surreal elements embody many pieces.”

“My art clearly may mean one thing to one person and possibly something different to another. Each of us has a unique set of experiences that inhabit our perceptions and cause us to react one way or another to what we see. My goal is that my art will strike at that perception and create a new way of looking at the relationship between the parts and the new emerging dynamic, keeping in mind that others’ interpretations are often different than mine, as their reality is also different from mine.”

See more of Patti’s work at


Art Place Gallery’s Annual Silent Auction will take place this year on
Sunday, April 14. 2 – 4pm.  Previews available Friday April 12 and Saturday April 13


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January 15, 2019 at 2:00 am

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A Festival of Colour

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The Holiday Season is coming fast and furious and we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you about the many gifts and presents available at Arts Place.    The current exhibit, “A Festival of Colour”, represents the work of the Gallery’s collective of fine artists and artisans and opened this past week.  All the  work, by both the consignment and member artists, has been displayed for the season and your gift giving consideration.

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We are pleased to offer unique and exclusive items and all the offerings are all hand made from local artists who take pride in expressing their creative talent.  All purchases are TAX-FREE too.  From hand-dyed 100% silk scarves, exquisite glassworks, attractive pottery and striking jewelry to original fine art and photography, the gallery represents local, professional artists producing original artwork at reasonable prices.   Arts Place has just the perfect one-of-a-kind gift for that one-of-a-kind person.   Gift Certificates are also available.

The Gallery will hold an artists’ reception from 2:00 to 4:00 on Sunday, December 2 for
“A Festival of Colour”.   Stop in for a view and season’s greetings.

Gallery Hours  – Thursday to Sunday, Noon to 4:30

714 King Street, Port Colborne, ON  905-834-9060

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November 26, 2018 at 8:21 pm

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New Exhibition: Dan Pigeon, “Traces”

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Saturday, September 1 – Sunday, October 7
Meet the artist opening reception:  Sunday, September 9, 2 – 4pm

DanPigeon. Delve. 2018

Traces began as an exploration of the relationship between man and land, how one shapes the other and vice versa, mostly through the avenues of agriculture and waterways. This series is visually inspired from cartography; how we use maps to record the ever-changing land in various ways and its multitude of layers. We humans trace the land with the use of maps.

I redrew sections of Niagara’s map and then traced and redrew my drawings anew a multitude of times, each time deconstructing and altering the surface of the image furthermore. Deconstructing and altering the surface of the land, much similarly as we humans do.

The title of this series arose firstly from the act of tracing a map and the plentiful meanings and interpretations of the word, trace. The final pieces that are scene here are but only hints of my original drawings of Niagara’s map, and that also only a trace of the original piece of land itself that once existed. What trace will you leave of your existence?

Dan Pigeon

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August 28, 2018 at 6:42 pm

“Making Connections”, Linda Hankin

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“Making Connections” is the Gallery’s newest exhibit featuring the paintings of
Linda Hankin.  This accomplished artist, whose creative artistry is both identifiable and distinguishable,  presents eclectic expressions of her travels and life around her home.

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Having received a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Visual Art, Brock University, St. Catharines,  Her residencies, workshops and paintings trips include such destinations as Spain, throughout Newfoundland and the United Kingdom.  She has participated in numerous juried and selected solo and group exhibitions, as well as being the recipient of awards and grants throughout her career.  Founded in October 1999, The School of Ideas, is her fine art school and contemporary art gallery which exhibits her work and on occasion, the work of invited international artists.  The mandate of the gallery is to show work in the area of environmental philosophy, science, the universe, spirituality and mystical associations with the natural world.

Linda’s opening reception is Sunday, July 29, 2 – 4 pm

Making Connections
Photo Steve Henschell

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 Also Coming Up:

Joyce Honsberger’s Windpoppy Gallery, housed at Arts Place Art Gallery, will be Studio Tour stop # 7 on this year’s South Niagara Artists 7thAnnual Summer
Studio Tour
, August 11 and 12th, 10 am – 5 pm.

Arts Place Gallery hours are Noon to 4:30, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday,
714 King Street, Port Colborne

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July 26, 2018 at 3:35 pm

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New Exhibition: Alex Basco, “Aluminism”

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Our new exhibition,“Aluminism”, is the work of Welland artist, Alex Basco.  Alex describes his very contemporary and popular artwork as follows.

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The foundation of my art is aluminium. I grind and carve designs right into the aluminium then I use my specialized process. The end result is a mesmerizing effect that is unparalleled to what can be achieved on canvas. Lighting brings out stunning movement, colours and texture. As you move and observe the art from various vantage points you will see it change before your very eyes. 

My artwork is topped with a high-gloss finish. This allows the light to penetrate through the layers of colour and refract off the grinds in the aluminium to achieve a stunning holographic illusion.

Whether the subject matter is serene sunset landscapes, nebulas portraying the very depths of space, or even abstract pieces that test the imagination of its viewers, my Aluminism style never fails to captivate.”


Alex’s exhibit runs from
May 31 to July 15
meet the artist reception:
Sunday, June 10, 2018, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


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June 5, 2018 at 3:51 pm

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New Exhibition, Pottery Sale, Painting Party

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Landscapes Close To The Heart

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April 20 – May 27
Meet the Artist Reception Sunday, April 29, 2 – 4 pm

also showing

An Exhibition & Sale of Released Pottery
by Fenwick potter of renown Rosslyn Reed

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Coming Saturday, April 28
9:30 am – 4:30 pm

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hosted by Mary Unrau
$75 All Inclusive, 16 x 20″ canvas, lunch provided
R.S.V.P.    905.834.9060 / 905.894.8199


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April 16, 2018 at 5:34 pm

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Annual Silent Auction

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apg auction 2018

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April 7, 2018 at 2:22 pm

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