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Relics, A New Exhibition by Jane Marshall

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October 11 to November 18, opening reception Sunday, October 14, 2 – 4pm

My work expresses the interaction between human endeavor and the natural world and the constant friction between natural beauty and the constructed environment.  Capturing the occasional interaction between these produces iconic images of treasured artifacts and reminders of times gone by in this series of paintings, inspired by a trip that I took to Scotland and England in 2017.  My depictions of Prehistoric, Roman, Medieval, Georgian and Victorian structures convey not only the long history of the island, but also the exquisite juxtaposition of these constructions with the land itself.  The past is easily accessible in Britain, and remnants of earlier societies are celebrated in place, rather than eradicated in the name of progress.

Revealing the properties of transparency, translucence and reflection continues to characterize my work, expressed in colour, form and contrast, rendered in a dynamic and expressive manner.  Rather than strict representation, my work has always suggested an expressionistic rendition. This series of paintings takes that quality of abstraction even further, working toward a more loose and painterly delivery.

Jane Marshall, 2018









from left to right: “The Darkening Sky”. “Column Bases, Melrose Abbey”, “Chester Cat”


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October 11, 2018 at 3:32 pm

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

New Exhibition

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July 21, 2016 at 8:20 pm

New Exhibition: Colour & Magic

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New Hours Starting January 9
Arts Place Gallery will be open

Saturday and Sunday, 12n – 4pm
The Gallery will be closed from Dec. 24 thru January 8

New Exhibition: Skies & Travel Snaps, Michelle Morrissey

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September 3 – October 11
Artist Reception Sunday, September 20, 2 – 4pm

Ridgeway Artist, Michelle Morrissey is presenting some of her latest works in a solo exhibit entitled, “Skies and Travel Snaps”.   Michelle has expertly displayed an exquisite and varied sampling of her beautiful paintings, assemblages and photography for this show.    Michelle’s work reflects both a sense of strong design and  symbolic connectedness in each of her pieces.   Her travel snaps offer the viewer visions of her many travels whether it be views from a jet or the observations from ground level.  This exhibit is a wonderful collection on a number of skilled levels.  Her show runs until October 11, with Michelle in attendance at her Opening Reception on Sunday, September 20 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. 

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Michelle is a veteran art teacher specializing in media arts and design technology. She has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows over the past 20+ years including annual summer art festivals. She prefers to work in assemblage and mixed media incorporating her box constructions, photography and found objects collected from her many travels.  Find out more about Michelle and her work at

It is with much sadness that we advise of the passing of a dear friend, artist, patron and member of Arts Place Gallery, Dorothy Butcherd, on August 22, 2015.  Dorothy was an accomplished artist, having worked primarily as a silversmith, but also created beautiful, fresh watercolour paintings in later years.  Dorothy lived her life with strength and elegance.  A member of the gallery since 1980, she considered it “a window to the artists’ studios” and  she respected established artists as well as supporting emerging artists.  Her travels around the world yielded paintings that were expertly and skillfully created and rendered the warmth that Dorothy always radiated.  She will be dearly missed

Arts Place Annual Auction This Sunday!

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The Annual Arts Place Gallery silent auction is a wonderful opportunity to purchase one of a kind  and unique  articles at very reasonable prices.   Many of the paintings and objects d’art are original paintings and priced well below normal gallery pricing making the purchase a good bargain.  This year there is a large assortment of books as well.  Any monies realized from the Silent Auction sales fund local art projects, cultural events and art education in the community.

The Silent Auction runs from 2:00 to 4:00 on Sunday, April 19.

Preview dates are Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18 from 12n to 4:30.

The Gallery is located at 714 King Street, Port Colborne and is open Thursday to Sunday from Noon to 4:30 p.m. Below are two views of some of the many items at auction.








New Exhibit: Barbara Bucknall, “Between Earth & Heaven”

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biucknall webFebruary 20 – April 12
Reception:  Sunday, March 1, 2 – 4 pm
Winter Hours:  12n – 4 pm, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Barbara’s Bio:
“I was born just outside London, England, on June 8 1933, but brought up in Birmingham where I paid regular visits to the municipal Art Gallery and Museum with my brothers and sisters, two of whom have become professional artists.  One of them, Malcolm Bucknall, is quite well known.  He was pleased when I came back to art after a career in university teaching, most recently teaching French at Brock University.  He says that I draw like Marc Chagall, Odilon Redon, and William Blake.  I only started showing my work quite recently. 

I got my education at Oxford University in England and Northwestern University, Illinois.  I taught for a number of years at the University of Illinois before coming to Brock University in St. Catharines. 

I also collect other people’s art, particularly that of my brother Malcolm.  When I was in Paris in 1975-1976, I acquired three pictures by Basil Ivan Rakoczi, who has since become very well known.  He was also a friend of Samuel Beckett and Robert Graves, but I didn’t meet either of them.  I did however meet the composer John Cage at the University of Illinois, and spent some time with him in the late 60s.  I liked his ideas but not his music.  He introduced me to the I Ching.

I have been drawing and painting since I was a child and this is emotionally necessary to me.  When I was a child in wartime England, my teacher wrote a letter to the authorities saying I deserved to have a paint box of my own.  My father had to show this letter to buy me one as everything was rationed. My drawings represent scenes and figures drawn from the imagination rather in the style of children’s book illustration.  They have been described as childlike and joyful, and show the pleasure I take in doing them.

 I look forward to showing and selling my pictures as that leaves room in my house for more.  A lot of the time I don’t even know what I’m going to draw but just let my hand move freely over the paper.  However, the result is a coherent, recognizable design.  I draw as if in a lucid dream.  Welcome to my dream world.

 In the last couple of years, I have had a picture in the St. Catharines municipal Red Exhibition and a one-woman show at the Kennedy Art Gallery.  My first show was at Strega Bistro, five or six years ago.  I presented a one-woman show at Niagara Artists Centre, “Angels and Easter Eggs,” which ran from January 17-January 30, 2015.

 My show at Arts Place, Port Colborne is entitled “Somewhere Between Earth and Heaven.” I selected this title because I am so concerned with the spirits around us, from the spirits of plants to the heavenly angels.  I am very interested in anything spiritual, psychic and religious, and have written poetry about it.” 


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