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.

Silence 2nd Annual Mystery Art Sale
October 28, 2017, 7-10pm

$25 admission
All ages, licensed

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.

Miniature Art Exhibition


Click here to download the entry form. Please email with questions!


ENTRY DEADLINE: October 27, 2017


DELIVERY OF ACCEPTED WORK: November 16, 12-7 pm & November 17, 9 am-4 pm

EXHIBITION: November 22 – December 20

OPENING RECEPTION: November 24, 7-9 pm

PICK UP: December 21, 9 am-4 pm & January 12, 12-6 pm

SIZE AND ELIGIBILITY: There is no entry fee. All works of art must be 2-dimensional and no larger than 6 x 6 inches (including frame) and wired. Work that is not ready for installation may be rejected from exhibition. Artists may submit up to 4 works of art.

HOW TO ENTER: Email up to 4 high resolution images (must be in jpg format) to Please include the following with digital submission:

  • Name, address and phone number
  • Images labelled with name, title of artwork, size, medium, date, retail price (i.e., JohnSmith_Title_40 x 60 cm_Oil on Canvas_2016_$500)

JURORS: Works of art will be juried by members of Silence’s art curation committee.

UPON ACCEPTANCE: Please deliver work to Silence, 46 Essex Street, Guelph, on Thursday, November 16, 12-7 pm or Friday, November 17, 9 am-4 pm. If these dates do not work, please email to arrange an alternate drop off date. All work must be clearly identified with DETACHABLE labels that include artist’s name, title of artwork, size, medium, date, retail price. Artist’s information (next page) must be completed and signed and submitted with works of art.

SALES: All submissions must be for sale. Silence will retain a 40% commission on all works sold. To calculate the retail price, please multiply your price by 1.4. We suggest a minimum price of $40. The price included in your submission will be the retail price of the artwork.

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 Closing Reception on January 26 from 7pm-9pm.



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

12x12 Acrylic Abstract 4 $150

 Living in downtown Guelph, Diane 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, photo 1Dixi 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.


Join us for the Opening Reception on March 23 from 7pm-9pm.


Erik van Miltenburg
April 27 – May 18, 2018

6- Mandala - Shopping for Waste-1Erik, as a furniture design/maker, began the work by apprenticing with a European master cabinetmaker, and continues to be influenced by the Dutch design movement “de Stijl”. He was born in den Haag, Holland, and grew up in a multilingual household in about 18 locations in Quebec and Ontario, Canada. His furniture work is in daily use in Ireland, Greece, the United States, and Canada. All the craft “Playroom” pieces are made from diverted landfill, with the exception of necessary adhesives and the occasional use of hardboard or other backing materials. These ’Sunday afternoon’ diversions are generally themed by current issues which bug the maker, and the donations can perhaps reflect possible solution-providing organizations.

Join us for the opening reception on April 27 from 7pm – 9pm

Sona J. Mincoff

May 25 – June 14, 2018

Sona 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 May 25 from 7-9pm.

Scott Drew
June 22 – July 21, 2018
Drew_Purple Dress_2016_20x20_oil on canvas

Scott’s on an expedition to capture the elusive and volatile Morning Music… or at least, it’s hands.  It’s many, varied, clever hands.