Art Archive

Previous Exhibitions

Adam Lindsay Honsinger

July 3 – 25, 2019

As an artist who divides his time between illustration, music,
and writing, drawing for me is a meditative and playful
exercise that allows me to both concentrate on the form and
detail of a subject and to contemplate its nature and
beauty—to look closely, to study, and to imagine.

Inspired by the works of the naturalist painter John James
Audubon and the whimsical notebook renderings of
Leonardo da Vinci, my visual work attempts to capture the
iconic quality of a subject and to express the wonder inherent
in the ordinary.

Each piece in this series began with a pencil sketch on a birch
panel which was then outlined and coloured with inks,
marker and coloured pencil.

I have shown at the Riverdale Art Walk in Toronto, at the
ebar, the ACE show, and most recently at Art on the Street.

Art Exhibition by Roelf Zantinge
June 7 – 26, 2019

Roelf was born in the Netherlands and came to Canada with his family in 1955 settling in Galt. Raised in a family where everyone seemed to have an instinctive creative urge in their daily work, he carried this on with a love of art and music, and went on to study art history and drawing at the University of Guelph. After, he focused on a trade and began his on-the-job training as a carpenter, and the arts had to lay fallow for a while. His love of woodworking and art emerged after a few years ago when he was inspired by the effect of dyes he used to colour some cajons (drum boxes) he was building. Intrigued by the “whimsy” of this medium on wood, he set out to play with their effects on a larger scale, and framed these sometimes odd-shaped pieces with native wood species and salvaged woods. The frames often became an integral part of the pieces. These would be the 1st of many to launch his second career as an artist. Wen not painting or playing guitar, Roelf enjoys spending time with his sons and daughter and 2 granddaughters in Guelph, ON. Being without shops/studio space this past year, he has been doing smaller scale works on paper. To satisfy his cravings for working with colour. A few older works have been included in this show.

Adele D’Arcy – Deeply Superficial
May 1 – May 27, 2019

“I am a deeply superficial person.”

-Andy Warhol

A plaque with the quote above has hung in my studio for years. It resonates with my own art practice, which is inspired by decorative art in its many forms. To me, decorative art is more than just surface decoration. It is historically important as an expression of a time, a place or a culture.

My work is inspired by European folk art and the ornate decorative elements of early 20th century architecture. The converted 1920s office building I live in is a rich source of inspiration, as is the Financial District in my hometown, Toronto. In both cases the familiar decorative motifs have strong personal associations with home and roots.

Barbara Shaw & Oxanna Adams – North
April 3 – April 27, 2019

Opening: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Artist Talk: 8:00 PM
Wine and Refreshments will be served.
New work by Oxanna Adams and Barbara Shaw

Oxanna Adams and Barbara Shaw are Guelph artists. Their friendship and artistic collaboration grew from a mutual passion for northern landscapes. Both artists were inspired by their travels to places such as Iceland, Sweden, and the Yukon. Oxanna uses shape, colour and value to create abstract panels that convey a strong sense of place. She applies multiple layers of oil paint mixed with cold wax medium to evoke a landscape that stirs the soul and lifts the heart. From large acrylic paintings reflecting dramatic vistas to smaller detailed watercolours, Barbara’s art captures the beauty of these northern regions. The music of the
land can be imagined as each painting pulls the viewer closer. Although very different in style and technique, both Oxanna and Barbara’s art radiate an indelible passion for the North.

Don Proctor – Human Hydraulics
March 15 – March 31, 2019

Welcome to a World Water Day Celebration through art. The flow of water
and the environment into the body and then the return of it back to the
environment is something most people don’t think about and take for granted.
Roughly 800 million people in the world do not have access to a safe source of
water for drinking, cooking and bathing. Roughly 2 billion people worldwide do not have proper means for sanitation. The two are intertwined as sewage, if not properly treated before it is returned back into the environment causes illnesses and contaminates water sources taking the lives of people who have no other choice, or don’t even know they’re harming themselves by collecting and ingesting the dirty water to live. You may think of places like Africa, Central America or South East Asia where these problems are occurring, but it is happening right here in Canada. 1 out of 5 Indigenous Reservations in Canada are under boil water advisories. In Ontario 2 out of 5 do not have access to safe water or sanitation. Some Reserves do not have indoor plumbing at all and no flushing toilets. The Canadian Government has been doing a lot of work to correct the issues and have invested a lot of money into infrastructure but a Water or Wastewater system is only as good as the person who operates it because it needs constant attention and specific skills in math and science to maintain the quality of the water or the quality of the effluent of the wastewater. All of these digital art prints are of the City of Guelph Wastewater Treatment Plant and all proceeds from this show will be donated to Water First, an NGO located just
north of Guelph which is providing education to young Indigenous adults to help them obtain the skills necessary to properly operate the infrastructure within their own communities. They recently had their first group of graduates fall 2018 and it was a huge success with most graduates obtaining employment in their communities or some deciding to further their education. If you like the show feel free to make a donation here at Silence, to directly or buy some art. Make sure to take a moment to appreciate the billions of dollars in infrastructure and skilled labour involved in being able to drink from your tap and flush your toilet without you even thinking about it. For some people it’s just a dream.

Jordan Blackburn 
February 13 – March 13, 2019










The Silence Art Auction

Saturday February 9, 2019

Please join us at the first ever ‘Silence’ Auction a live art auction and gala event taking place on Saturday, February 9th at 7PM at Silence located at 46 Essex St. Guelph. The auction will be hosted by city councillor and local musician, James Gordon and proceeds will go towards supporting the work of musicians and visual artists both locally and internationally as well as continuing our ability to provide an accessible community space in downtown Guelph. Artworks for auction have been donated by the following artists:


Ron Shuebrook
Cheryl Ruddock
Susan Dobson
Martin Pearce
Will Gorlitz
Robert Achtemichuk
Roelf Zantinge
Ted Fullerton
Patrick Cruz
Stephen Livick
Pearl Van Geest
Eileen McArthur
Karin Silverstone
Elise Puddy


A full list of artworks available at the auction can be viewed here.

Tickets are $40 and will include one free drink token as well as a selection of hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are available here: I hope that you will consider joining us for the unique opportunity to bid on works by these incredible artists and to support the work of Silence.

Lyn Westfall – I Play Colours

January 8 – January 24, 2019

Lyn Westfall has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Fine Arts Major from the University of Windsor and has completed sessional studies at the Banff School of Arts, York University, the University of Guelph, the Toronto School of Art, and The British Institute of Art in Florence. Her work is included in various collections throughout Ontario: Osgoode Hall, House of Providence, Art Gallery of Peel, Wilfred Laurier University and Shell Canada (Calgary). Her studio is located at Boarding House Arts in Guelph.

She is exhibiting artwork resulting from her experience of attending the Monday Morning Improv Music Sessions at Silence. There she attends, not as a musician, but as an artist. With a small sketchbook, watercolour pencils, brush, and water, Westfall sketches the actual sounds that she hears, as the music is being played ‘live’. Each sounds corresponds to a specific colour, while the rhythms of the music provide the texture, shape, and line combinations. She also records each session on her IPhone. Later in her studio, Westfall creates both large and small watercolours.

In contrast, this exhibition also includes one large oil painting, “Sanctus” from The Requiem Series, which Westfall completed following her mother’s death in 2000. At that time, she actually painted Gabriel Faure’s Requiem, completing 16 oil paintings to this music.

Rebecca Payne – are you going to respond to that?

November 1 – 29, 2018

Join us for the Opening Reception of Rebecca Payne’s exhibition here at Silence

November 14th, 7 – 10 PM

Rebecca Payne works in a variety of mediums in to explore the sexualisation and objectification of womxn and the body, from funny encounters with shitty men at the bar to sexual assault. Rebecca’s often biographical work creates narratives to open more dialogue around gender roles, gender identity and lived experiences as a womxn.




Pearl Van Geest – Caught in the Act with Ambient Soundscape by Terry Dame

‘Caught in the Act’ is inspired by the gestural actions of modernistic painting and a connection with the drama (and pathos) of theatre and performance. The action is set against deep black areas with shapes that suggest openings through which the action takes place.  A stage is referenced through the sweep of curtain-like gestures framing the action, and the curled up canvas in some of the paintings is a kind of stage. The large gestures and drips are meant to give the painting a feeling of openness to continued manipulation and also to interpretation – more process than finality. Pearl likes to play with visual puns and while very serious on one hand, she also includes an awkward sense of humour in these paintings – some more than others.

For this exhibition Terry Dame will compose an ambient soundscape in response to the themes and ideas, and the paintings.

Silence invites you to the opening reception for Pearl Van Geest on June 22 from 5:00-7:00pm. Beer, wine, coffee, and kombucha will be served. This event is free of charge.

Scott Drew – Show of Hands

June 22 – July 21, 2018
Show of Hands

A dozen or so paintings arising from Morning Music assemblies Mondays at Silence around about Winter Solstice 2017.





Sona J. Mincoff
May 25 – June 14, 2018

BuriedSona is a visual artist based in Guelph, Ontario, Canada exhibiting work for the past thirty years. Her self-taught technique is expressed through the media of oil paint and dry pastels. She has a keen interest in spiritual and visionary encounters with landscape and aims to reveal the mystery of the land. Sona has had solo and collaborative exhibitions from 1984 to the present in Guelph at Renaan Isaacs Contemporary Art Gallery, Ed Video Media Arts Centre, The Kloepfer Gallery, in addition to the Flesherton Art Gallery and Elizabeth’s Art Gallery in Goderich. She has also been an artist in residence in Alkmaar, Netherlands (2007) as well as in Guelph (2002), and has been funded by the Ontario Arts Council (2012, 2013, 2016).

Sona’s aim is to further explore a way to find the underlying beauty in the seemingly mundane world and to develop a deeper connection to the otherworldly aspects of what surrounds us.

Join us for the opening reception on June 1, from 7:00-9:00 PM.

Erik Van Miltenburg
April 24 – May 18, 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 the occasional 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

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

12x12 Acrylic Abstract 4 $150Living 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.


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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 fulfill her passion for painting.


International Women’s Day Exhibition
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.


Silence 1st Annual Miniature Exhibition
November 22 – December 20

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!


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 price tag 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.  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. 

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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.

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.



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.

Stefan Berg: Prints
May 26 – June 29, 2017

 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
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.

Kissing the Ground: Barbara Dametto
January 6, 2017
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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.Ed. 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.

The Works of Guelph’s own Lewis Melville
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For the past year I’ve been preoccupied with the subtle interaction 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.

The Works of Donald Chrétien, First Nations Artist
Art Exhibition and Sale
13_Moons_Silence_Promo_InviteThe 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.


“Water·Earth·Sky·Spirit” – Pieter Zantinge
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.