The inspiration for this exhibition comes from a 2016 episode of Revisionist History, by Malcolm Gladwell. The episode, The Lady Vanishes, tells the story of the place of women artists (or lack thereof) throughout the history of art and art collecting. The term, on the line, refers to the hanging of art. A work of art displayed prominently in an exhibition and at eye level is considered on the line. For far too long, women artists were not located on the line or in many exhibitions and public collections. The Public Art Centre has and continues to place importance on collecting and exhibiting the works of women artists, both contemporary and historical. This permanent collection exhibition is focused entirely on local and regional women artists, their work, and heir extraordinary determination to create.
"And She Can Cook..."
Josepha van den Anker
June 18 to July 30, 2022
Josepha van den Anker, throughout four decades of her career, describes herself as a "figurative artist", a painter and printmaker. Influenced by media imagery, archaic iconography, quotations by writiers and philosophers, her art often reflects a personal narrative... engaging the viewer in the psychological drama of human emotions and questioning the confines of self in the Power Politics of Society. Born in Holland, JvdA is a naturalized Canadian Citizen. An honour's Graduate of the Ontario College of Art, 1976, she has continuously exhibited in Canada, and while living in Ireland and Holland for several years.
The St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre is pleased to present, ART IN BLOOM, by Susan
Garrington, from August 6 to September 24, 2022, in gallery One and Two. ART IN BLOOM is an exploration of plants that bloom along highways, in woodlands and in local gardens. A celebration of colour, form and pattern designed to share the artist’s wonder and happiness.
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The St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre is pleased to announce that our Executive Director, Laura Woermke, will be coordinating the new “Art, Trees & Trails” project, a community-wide collaboration with partners including the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority, Catfish Creek Conservation Authority, and St. Thomas Elevated Park. This project will bring historic and contemporary artwork from the Art Centre permanent collection to our beautiful local trails and Elevated Park through the installation of attractive signs that feature high quality reproductions of many of our landmark paintings. The “Art, Trees & Trails” project has been generously funded with $115,000 by the Estate of Donna Vera Evans Bushell.
Art has an incredible ability to unify. Supporting the mission of the Public Art Centre, especially “encouraging the appreciation for and supporting the practice of the visual arts in St. Thomas and Elgin County”, the “Art, Trees & Trails” project will allow us to engage with the community outside the walls of the Public Art Centre, promote art education, and add to our visual environment in places where community members and visitors explore nature. Signs will be installed along the trails at Springwater Forest, Dalewood Conservation Area, and St. Thomas Elevated Park. In each case, the artwork selected will correspond to the precise physical location.
It is with gratitude that we thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for providing support through the Community Building Fund. The funds provided, contributed to the operating and equipment costs, which has allowed us to continue to fulfill our mission "to encourage the appreciation and support the practice of the visual arts in St. Thomas and Elgin County."