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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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New Exhibition: February 23 – April 3

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Mary Unrau, Paintings

Reception: Sunday, March 4, 2 – 4 pm

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Mary studied theatrical stagecraft and design at Niagara College, which led her to staff positions as a theatrical scenic artist at the Shaw Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake and the National Ballet of Canada in Toronto. In Toronto, Mary attended the Toronto School of Art and the Ontario College of Art and concentrated her studies on anatomy and the human figure. As an entrepreneurial artist, Mary served the theatrical market with contracts throughout Canada, the United States, the Far East and Europe. With over 600 productions to her credit, Mary branched out into fine art and a holistic lifestyle. Her passion is nature, nutritional healing foods, yoga, Reiki, and Indigenous healing circles. Mary is currently residing in Port Colborne, Ontario. One of her dreams is to drive coast to coast of Canada and paint the magnificent scenes, then eventually choose a place to build an artist’s wilderness retreat centre, on a lake, with a forest.

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March Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 12n – 4pm

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February 24, 2018 at 6:14 pm

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“Poetry, Music & Art”, February 25

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We are especially pleased to present a “Poetry, Music & Art” event on Sunday, February 25 from 2 – 4 pm.

Poetry, Music & Art will be a rare opportunity and unique afternoon to enjoy.  The presentation will consist of four experienced poetry writers who will read their poetry with musical interludes; simply a delightful event and a presentation that is not to be missed.

The scheduled program will be poetry reading by Mori McRae.  Mori is a Fine Arts Graduate of the Ontario College of Art: Drawing and Painting, 1982-1986. She has lived and worked in Niagara for the past 27 years, developing strong ties to the region and the artistic community. She is a member of the Niagara Artist Centre, a founding member of the Jordan Art Gallery and a member of the Canadian Authors Association.    She began writing poetry late in life. Her debut chapbook titled Shelf Life was launched in 2017. She is currently working on a new collection of poetry called Passersby which will be released this April, at In the Soil, in downtown St. Catharines. Both chapbooks are published by Grey Borders Books.

Following Mori’s readings, James Millhaven will read his work.  James was born in St. Catharines in 1987. His published works include three chapbooks–Edges, As Well, and Thirty–and a new and selected collection–new & used–published in 2017. In 2015, he wrote and co-produced a one-act play (Untitled #33) as part of the In The Soil Festival.   He can usually be found downtown, avoiding his deadlines.

A brief intermission will take place before Poetry reading by Adam Richards, who began writing poetry at the age of 13.  He stopped soon after, and started again when he realized that girls like it.  Since then, he’s earned a B.A. in French Language and Literature, an M.A. in Comparative Literature and the Arts, and is presently enjoying a peaceful lull before completing his Ph.D. in Digital Humanities, investigating the power of the word to shape human perception.  He’ll be reading from “Andrea’s Book of Love”, the single edition of which belongs to her, and which he presents, with her permission, as proof that poetry really does get the girl.

Finally, our Gallery Coordinator and host, Joyce Honsberger, will read from her poems, “The Interiors of Intimacy”.  Joyce is a  graduate of the Ontario College of Art, Toronto and a member of the S.S.C and S.C.A., has exhibited extensively and is well known for her space sculpture.  Her Windpoppy Studio is located adjacent to Arts Place Gallery which she founded & has been the coordinator since 1991.  Joyce is also a member of the Jordan Art Gallery.   Joyce is currently focusing on writing & has compiled 39 theme booklets of her poetry musings . . . exploring the behind scenes of emotional content and the weaving of daily living bombarding the psyche.  Each musing is placed in a space on a companion page of colourful imagery.

The Gallery is especially pleased to be able to have musical interludes provided by Mary Lou Minor.  Mary Lou is a Port Colborne-born singer-songwriter whose writing is eclectic, being influenced by her classical piano background, classic country, her brother’s jazz collection, and folk. Her stories tell of real emotions lived by real people.   While living north of Toronto she co-founded an acoustic roots band, Three Penny Opus, that took ‘Gold’ at Havelock’s Ontario Country Music Showdown and ‘Best Country’ at the Barrie New Music Fest in 2009.   Moving back to Niagara, she was nominated for ‘Country Group of the Year‘ and ‘Folk Group of the Year‘ at the Niagara Music Awards, 2012, and ‘Country Group of the Year‘ in 2013. Minor was a finalist in the Ontario Arts Council’s ‘Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award’ in 2015 and again in 2016.

The Gallery is both very honoured and appreciative to have these creative professionals take the time to share their passions in this venue.  We hope you can attend this occasion.

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February 21, 2018 at 8:47 pm

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