Art Archive

Current Art Exhibition

Erik Van Miltenburg

April 24 – May 28, 2018 

Erik, as a furniture design/maker, began his work by apprenticing with aEuropean master cabinetmaker, and continues to be influenced by the Dutchdesign movement “de Stijl”.

He was born in den Haag, Holland, and grew up in a multilingual household inabout 18 locations in Quebec and Ontario, Canada. His furniture work is indaily use in Ireland, Greece, and Canada.

The works of art on display at Silence, which Erik refers to as his ‘Sunday afternoon diversions’, are generally themed by current issues which bug the maker – donating the proceeds to Wellington Water Watchers seems a good fit for these questions about the environment, equality and other human issues.

All the craft “Playroom” pieces are made from diverted landfill,with the exception of necessary adhesives, some art supplies, and theoccasional use of hardboard or other backing materials.

Silence is located at 46 Essex Street in Guelph. Building hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12-5 pm. The event is free and physically accessible. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available. For more information about Erik visit

Past Art Exhibitions
Dianne McCrimmon & Dixi le Roux
March 23 – April 19, 2018 

12x12 Acrylic Abstract 4 $150photo 1

Living in downtown Guelph, Dianne works mostly in acrylics with some mixed media. Her work has been featured in juried art shows such as Insights Art Show 2016 & 2015 as well as Wellington Artists Gallery 2015 & 2014. Diane attended Sheridan College for art fundamentals and graphic design.

Painting in an impressionist style, Dixi lets the paint and image guide her work, she enjoys exploring the possibilities and challenges of different mediums. Dixi was born into a family of artists and has been painting and drawing for as long as she can remember. However, life happened and it is only now in retirement that she has found the time and freedom to fulfil her passion for painting.


Opening Reception March 8, 2018


University of Guelph School of Fine Art Student Exhibition  

January 31 – February 15, 2018









Aggie McCormack
January 9 – January 26, 2018
agnes McCormack #1 30-X30- acrylic on canvas 2017 500$
Aggie McCormack is currently completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art at the University of Guelph.
She has exhibited her work at a number of galleries and competitions in Ontario including Boarding House Gallery, Owen Sound Celebrates: The Banner Project, The Schomberg Village Street Gallery Juried Art Show, and River Gallery, Guelph.

Join us for the Opening Reception on January 18 from 7pm-9pm, with an artist’s talk at 7:30pm.




Silence 1st Annual Miniature Exhibition                                                                 

FREE of charge
Opening Reception: November 24, 7-9pm
All ages, licensed

Please join us at our 1st Annual Juried Miniature Exhibition as we celebrate the artworks of local and regional artists!

All works of art are no larger than 6 x 6 inches!

The exhibition runs November 22 – December 20.

Participating artists include:

Adele D’Arcy
Oxanna Adams
Jane Baran
Cecily Binning
Erika Bishop
Meredith Blackmore
Rebecca Casalino
Judy Daley
Greg Denton
Laura Hacker
Emma Hawley-Yan
J. Andrew Hillman
Anne Jackson
Madhumita Jaipuria
Dixi Le Roux
Colleen McCann
Diane McCrimmon
Lewis Melville
Julia Narveson
Michael Reece
Jennifer Ronan-Vander Veen
Moumita Roychowdhury
Kaitlin Russell
Goldie Sherman
Ron Shuebrook
Tamara Soto
Dani Stahle
Shelly Hawley Yan
Peter Zevenhuizen

Silence 2nd Annual Mystery Art Sale

October 28 – November 10, 2017 
What’s the mystery?More like ‘who’s’ the mystery!All works of art will be priced at $100. Artists’ names will not be identified. You will discover who created the piece *after* you buy it!Silence hopes to create a level playing field where art is valued based purely on the reaction and emotion the work of art elicits within the viewer.The artwork pricetag is split between artist and Silence. By attending the event and purchasing a work of art, proceeds support artists both directly and through what Silence does — offering an affordable, accessible space and creating opportunities for these and other artists.Silence’s proceeds will support music and art events in 2018.


Dennis Gaumond with Nora Ruddock & Nathan Saliwonchyk
September 22 – October 20, 2017 


Gaumond, a professional musician for forty years, is also an author, a songwriter and a visual artist. He has been painting off and on for about thirty years and in the nineties, studied art at Zavitz College, University of Guelph. In 1998, he participated in a juried art competition sponsored by Wellington County with about one thousand other submissions, and placed in the top twenty. His painting, “Cheap Room in Cuba”, was part of a three-month exhibition at the Wellington County Museum. Paintings in this phase were done using a thick paint applied with painting knives. In the past several years Gaumond has begun a new line of paintings using painted tissue. The style is mostly non-representational abstracts, emphasizing color relationships. This new style is the result of a search for a process that allows the artist to relinquish a certain amount of creative control to chance. For Gaumond, the artistic process is even more important than the product. After many years of being a ‘closet painter’, it is time for this artist to begin showing his work.

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“Tinderbox” (2017), Nora Ruddock & Nathan Saliwonchyk
Tinderbox generates a random sequence of 30-second videos; simultaneously, a random audio sequence of poems is heard; every 30 seconds, a new set of images and sounds follows the old. By mimicking the random connections created by dating apps, Tinderbox experiments with the ephemeral “sparkage” of image and word. What does the juxtaposition of one video do to a poem, and vice versa? What new “piece” is fired in the viewing consciousness? Our hope is that the meditative connections made will be rich and strange, celebrating the possibility, as Whitman says, for us to “preserve [our] nakedness / from the gibe of image-making love.”
Join us for the opening reception on September 22, 2017

The events of the evening will transpire as listed below:
6:30pm-7pm: Artist talk by Dennis Gaumond
7:30pm-8:00pm: Presentation, screening of Tinderbox (2017) and Q&A with artists Nora Ruddock & Nathan Saliwonchyk.
8:00pm-9:00pm Reception
9:15pm: Free sit-down concert with Dennis Gaumond and guests.

There will also be additional presentations by the artists for Canada Culture Days on September 29, 2017.

L.T. Dougherty                                                                                           August 25 – September 17, 2017 

L.T. Dougherty works in many mediums, including assemblage, painting, mixed media and moldmaking. A graduate of Bealart in London and Ontario College of Art in Toronto, she has exhibited in North America and internationally. Coining the phrase ‘myth cabinets’ in 1991 to describe her box-work assemblages, she has been expanding her practice into painting and drawing.



Join us for the Opening Reception on July 20th from 7pm-9pm.


Roelf Zantinge                                                                                           July 6 – August 16, 2017

Roelph imageRoelf was born in the Netherlands and came to Canada when his family immigrated here in 1955. Being raised in a creative family, Roelf has always had an interest in the arts. He learned to play guitar as a teenager and went on to study art history and drawing at the University of Guelph. After university, he focused on a trade and began his on-the-job training as a carpenter. His love of woodworking and art merged a few decades later when he was inspired by the effect of dyes he used to colour some Cajóns (drum boxes) he was building. Intrigued by the “whimsy” of this medium on wood, he set out to produce larger scale paintings and, drawing on his carpentry background, framed these pieces himself (using native wood species and salvaged woods) with the frames often becoming integrated to the pieces. These would be the first of many to launch his second career as an artist.

When not painting or playing guitar, Roelf enjoys spending time with his two sons, daughter, and granddaughter in Guelph, Ontario.

Join us for the Opening Reception on July 20th from 7pm-9pm.

Stefan Berg: Prints                                                                              May 26 – June 29, 2017

“Recording”, 2016, 14×14 inches, linocut, $460

 Stefan Berg works in the form of the wordless novel using lino-block prints to create sequential single-image narratives. His work has been exhibited in Canada and the United States, and has received positive reviews from The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. “Architecture Of Music” is Berg’s second wordless novel, a series of 50 images in response to Glenn Gould and the notion of solitude. His previous work, “Buddy Bolden’s Last Parade” was published in 2008 by the Porcupine’s Quill, a series of 70 images depicting the culture of New Orleans parade music and the legend of Buddy Bolden.

Ron Shuebrook and Peter Johnston: Selected Works
March 3 – May 7, 2017
About the Exhibition:

This exhibition is a rare opportunity to see a concise selection of the rigorous and contrasting abstractions by these two prominent visual artists who live and work in Guelph.

About the Artists:

Ron Shuebrook is a Canadian artist, educator, and writer who has been exhibiting his work regionally, nationally, and internationally since 1965. He has been represented for many decades by the Olga Korper Gallery in Toronto as well as, more recently, by Renann Isaacs in Guelph. His paintings and drawings have been collected by more than sixty public institutions and corporations as well as by numerous individuals. Shuebrook is a Professor Emeritus and former President of OCAD University, as well as former Chair of the Dept. of Fine Art and founding Coordinator of the MFA Program in Studio Art, University of Guelph.

Peter Johnston is a sculptor who has worked in a wide range of materials and is perhaps best known locally for his commissioned copper wall in the entrance of the River Run Centre in Guelph. He has taught at Queen’s University and the University of Guelph and was represented for many years by Klonaridis Inc. in Toronto. Currently with bcontemporary in Hamilton, he has works in many public and private collections, including commissions for Minto Place, Bell Canada and Sony.

Ron Shuebrook and Peter Johnston

Kissing the Ground: Barbara Dametto
kissing the ground (1)About the exhibition:“I chose the title, ‘Kissing the Ground’ for this art exhibit because it reflects my gratitude of nature- the primary source of my inspiration.The ground is both life giving and devouring. It is where I plant my seeds and establish my roots. It is what supports my feet as I walk my path. It is the place where I go to when I fall down. It is what is pulled out from under me when life unravels. It is what cradles me when I am in awe and when I am broken. On many occasion, I have pressed my face into the forest floor, smelled, tasted, surrendered and learned to see that which cannot be seen. Hear that which can not be heard.After having just lived in the forest for the past 8 years, I consider nature (and the ground) to be my best friend and teacher. I am forever thankful for all the signs, symbols, solace and small objects of beauty that now abide in my work.””There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground; there are a thousand ways to go home again.”


About the artist:

Barbara (Eva) Dametto is a visual artist, dancer, actor/playwright, expressive arts practitioner and educator. She received her formal education at the University of Waterloo (B.A. dance, kinesiology, theatre), York University (B. BarbEd. fine arts education), and Fleming College (expressive arts). Over the years she has worked in Toronto, Port Hope, Peterborough and Bancroft as a dancer, choreographer, painter, actor, clown, teacher and yoga/meditation instructor. What inspires and motivates Barbara to create visual art is her desire to allow spirit to move through her without judging, directing or predetermining the outcome. Her bold and colorful images flow onto the canvas with the use of acrylic paint and mixed media- mostly found in nature. Her work can be described as intuitive expressions of personal impressions, experiences and dreams. Her paintings are not a destination but rather a journey inward. Barbara’s work illuminates her belief that when one is in alignment with what excites them most- creativity flows effortlessly and endlessly.

Barbara’s work has recently been exhibited at the Art Gallery of Bancroft (Landscapes of the Spirit, September 2015) where she co exhibited with two other Canadian artists. She is also the recipient of several awards of honourable mention for two dimensional designs in recent juried shows at the Art Gallery of Bancroft.

The Works of Guelph’s own Lewis Melville


Artist’s Statement:

In late 2014 and early 2015 I created a series of paintings based on freely interpreted images relating to the history of law for an exhibit at the Waterloo County Courthouse Law Library. Several of these paintings will be on display during the Silence exhibit.For the past year I’ve been preoccupied with the subtle

aerial view number 1interaction of light, shadow, and colour in closely-viewed subjects. I’ve chosen to work in oils on a variety of surfaces, including canvas, hardboard, cedar panels, and bas-relief wood constructs. Working in a small size augments the details of brushwork (and other implements) in thickly applied oil paint. The smaller the painting, the closer one approaches the image, the greater the relative effect of depth and texture. Close viewing also has the added consequence of causing the surrounding environment to disappear from the viewers field of vision, thus potentially minimizing visual and other distractions in a physical space.Over one hundred small paintings and several large images were created and mounted in carefully selected frames. The visual content is rather more evocative than subjective. No attempt has been made to accurately describe a particular narrative or visual event, but rather to use pigments and brushes to express all the random experiences that I’ve accumulated over the past few years.The show will be changing week-by-week for the duration of the exhibit.
In the closing week a retrospective of older works in a variety of styles and media will be on display.
About the artist:

Lewis Melville is a Guelph, Ontario, musician composer, producer, and visual artist. A former botanist specializing in plant anatomy, he spent much of his scientific career imaging and illustrating various aspects of tlewis at work 2he structure and ultrastructure of plants. His artwork has appeared in books, scientific publications, and on the covers of numerous music albums. In 2015 he created 30 paintings with subjects relating to the history of law for a solo exhibit at the Waterloo County Courthouse. His role as a producer and musician has taken him around the world, and his work in Mali, West Africa is featured in the documentary film “The Road to Balaya” by award winning Canadian film producer Bay Weyman. Lewis currently performs with Tannis Slimmon, the Banjo Mechanics, the Woodchoppers Association, the Hoofbeats, the Vertical Squirrels, and as a solo artist. He has appeared on hundreds of albums (Skydiggers, Rheostatics, Barenaked Ladies, Cowboy Junkies, etc.) and has four albums of his own. Lewis perceives sound as a visual landscape of colour and light in motion.

The Works of Donald Chrétien, First Nations Artist
Art Exhibition and Sale
The unique style and impact of Aboriginal fine artist Donald Chrétien springs from his combined passion for colour and woodland-style expression. His ongoing exploration of his heritage has him concentrating on distinct features of Ojibwe clans acrylic on canvas.His works are exhibited in some of the most interesting corners of North America. His Vancouver Olympics installation piece, titled: Ngashi Nijii Bineshiinh or Mother, Friend, Small Bird, is on permanent display in Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum and stands 12 feet high by 80 feet long.

Over his 30-year career, Donald has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to giving back to his community. For the Union of Ontario Indians, he produced artwork for a package of educational resources dealing with Indian Residential Schools. “Little Butterfly Girl”, tells the story of a child who was taken from her First Nation and brought to a Residential School. The illustrations depict the harsh reality of losing one’s self and spirituality to abuse and forced religion.

Donald’s art can also be seen at Owen Sound’s Grey Roots Museum, where it has been on exhibit since July 2010. The Good People: Know Our Stories, Know Us relates the history of the Anishinaabe and gives a greater understanding of First Nations spiritual beliefs. This collaboration led to Chrétien providing the illustrations for Basil Johnston’s next book, “Walking in Balance” — ten traditional Anishinaabe stories told in both Anishinaabe and English.

“Water·Earth·Sky·Spirit” – Pieter Zantinge                                           Art Exhibition March-April 2016

Pieter Zantinge at Silence 2016 (1)Born in the Netherlands, Pieter immigrated to Canada as a young child and came to love Northern Ontario through regular camping trips with his family. Almost immediately he began to express his love of water, sky and flatland through drawing and painting. Pieter’s main artistic work expresses his love and respect for the north with colourful abstracts.

“Over the past several years, most of my work has been inspired by the landscape of Northern Ontario. They are not literal depictions but emotional translations. I see the broad washes and saturated colours as the life and breath of day, describing the spirit of a place under the constant change of light. Effects are produced by using a simple atomizer with which I spray inks, watercolours and acrylics onto paper or canvas. Starting with wet on wet, I move to plain water to cause intentional and accidental runs, giving a layered depth to the background. This is overlaid with the sharp edges of cut shapes which represent basic forms of various moments observed or felt.” – Pieter Zantinge

Pieter studied at the Doon School of Fine Arts (under Tom Cayley), the Ontario College of Art and Design, and the University of Guelph. His work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and sold to collectors in the Netherlands, North America, Brazil and Scotland.