Ron Shuebrook and Peter Johnston
Ron Shuebrook and Peter Johnston: Selected Works
From March 3 to 31, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday evening, March 3 from 7 to 9 PM.
With a Musical Improvisation by Gary Diggins & a conversation about improvisation in the visual arts (and other arts) with Ron Shuebrook and Peter Johnston will take place from 7:30- 8:00 PM.

Everyone is welcome to attend this opening. The exhibition will be available for
further viewing at the scheduled musical events, or by appointment.

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 also 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, 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’s Art Exhibit and Sale – Closes February 14th!
About “Kissing the Ground”‘I chose the title, “Kissing the Ground” for this art exhibit because it reflects my gratitude of nature- the primary kissing the ground (1)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.” Rumi.’

Artist Bio

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.

Artist Statement: Barbara (Eva) Dametto

I see the canvass as my stage. As a dancer, I express my ideas through movement, breath and performance art. Initially there is an inspiration. Perhaps this is music, or a feeling, or an idea. Whatever the case, there must be lots of room for interpretation and a willingness on my part to not be in control; to let one impulse of creativity follow the next. Likewise, when I stand in front of a blank canvas, I connect with an inner source that I believe is beyond the self. One could say that I simply, “get out of the way” and allow spirit to create authentically and without judgement. There is no predetermining. My job as an artist, is to be in alignment with inspiration and to accept what unfolds in front of me. To hold space and honor what is birthed whether I like it or not.

Through this process, my paintings tend to be mystical in their nature. They are often bold andcolorful with lots of movement, direction and vigor. The dancer in me makes use of qualities of shape, line, pattern, texture and form. My paintings are expressive and full of life. They are intuitive, abstract expressions of personal experiences, feelings, impressions, dreams and insights. They are often a curious surprise to me.

Sometimes whimsical and playful. Sometimes aloof and formless. Sometimes sharp and loud and sometimes sacred and reverent. Whatever the case, my work is not a destination but rather a journey within which is always changing and evolving. If it touches something within your own being and makes you feel more real, then I know as an artist that I’ve done my job.

The Works of Guelph’s own Lewis Melville
Art Exhibition and Sale


Opening September 10, 2016 running to the end of October 2016.

Soft Opening: September 10th from 10-2:30pm

Grand Opening Reception: September 10th from 7:30pm to 11pm with musical guests Banjo Mechanics and more

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 Lewis Melville:

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.

Launch: Silence’s new Saturday Morning Gatherings!
Morning Gathering - Silence

Celebrating Silence’s Morning Music Through Film

An extraordinary short film capturing the essence of Silence’s Monday Morning Music! Many thanks to João França for his hard work in putting this together, to everyone else involved in this film’s creation, and to our generous, dedicated and inspiring musical community for participating in Morning Music every Monday at Silence.

Music Set Free
Interview by Barb Minett with Daniel Fischlin and Martha Nandorfy about Silence
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“Silence is not just a concept but a physical space dedicated to presenting sounds and musical practices that are diverse and challenging through concerts, workshops and improvisation sessions. Founded in 2012, it has presented over 350 performances, workshops, screenings and installations. No you are not in New York City but Guelph Ontario!”
Read the full article here.

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

Opening April 29, 2016 running to the end of June 2016

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.



The Top 10 Live Music Venues in Guelph

April 7, 2016 – The Culture Trip

Silence makes Danielle Subject’s list of the best live music venues in Guelph!

“From buzzing bistros and venues to tucked away local secrets, these ten live music spots cultivate Guelph’s prominent and thriving music scene. In a tight-knit city known for its passion and support for local artists, there are a variety of options available for even the most particular music fan.”

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“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.



Kevin Breit

Juno-award winning guitarist Kevin Breit performs a solo concert on February 27, 2016 as a fundraiser for Silence.

Breit, who has performed with the likes of Norah Jones, Céline Dion, Cassandra Wilson, and Harry Manx, appreciates the intimacy and community focus of Silence’s programming and performance space. “I think Silence is an amazing community space where art, dance, music, and spoken word come together and are appreciated,” said Breit.

Attendees will also participate in an auction of a unique musical instrument and several pieces of art. Breit has donated his ‘banjola’, a one-of-a-kind eight-string banjo. “I am truly honoured to offer an instrument I have owned for 13 years as an auction piece,” said Breit. Several celebrated artists have also contributed beautiful artworks. Attendees have an opportunity to bid on works by Colin Carney, Alison Judd, John Kissick, Stu Oxley, Gina Rorai, Don Russell, Ron Shuebrook, and David Urban.

Silence is proud to announce Eigenworks as a sponsor of this event. Eigenworks specializes in win/loss analysis for enterprise B2B companies. Founder and CEO of Eigenworks Alan Armstrong has been a member of Silence’s Morning Music community since 2015. He has witnessed firsthand the power of music to create community and the importance of supporting artists to build sustainable and fulfilling careers.

The fundraising concert entitled “A Breit Evening of Sound at Silence” takes place on Saturday, February 27 at 7pm (doors; music at 8pm) at 46 Essex St, Guelph. Advance tickets are available on Eventbrite for $60. Only a limited number of tickets are available. Individuals who are unable to attend the concert but who want to contribute to the fundraising event can make a donation on Eventbrite.


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Guelph, ON—Silence presents SHIFT, an exciting series of concerts until June to spotlight some of the most innovative, groundbreaking, and risk-taking musicians across four streams: new music, world music, singer-songwriter, and classical music.

The artists in the SHIFT series demonstrate diversity in gender, ethnicity, and age. “We are excited to present such diverse artists who exhibit the highest levels of innovative artistry,” said Daniel Fischlin, Chair of Silence’s Board of Directors. “SHIFT includes many local musicians, but also those from the GTA, St. Catharines, and Ottawa. There is music for everyone.”

Some highlights of the SHIFT series include highly-praised vocalist Maryem Tollar who sings both traditional Arabic music and her own songs at Silence on February 13, 2016. Singer-songwriter David Sereda combines his skills as a musician and actor with humour and candour at Silence on February 28, 2016. Jerzy Kaplanek, member of the Penderecki String Quartet and Wilfred Laurier University Professor, performs violin at Silence on April 2, 2016. Toronto-based percussionist Germaine Liu presents her improvised and physically-engaged style at Silence on
May 8, 2016.

The SHIFT series takes place at Silence (46 Essex Ave, Guelph). Door admission is $15 or pay-what-you-can. SHIFT is funded by the Ontario Arts Council. Information about specific SHIFT concerts can be found on Silence’s website ( under “Events.”

Since its foundation in 2012, Silence has presented and co-presented over 350 concerts, workshops, screenings, and special events to the broader Guelph community—at no cost for artists. Silence is a not-for-profit arts organization that is unbiased in regard to genre, culture, class, and tradition; the organization fosters risk-taking, innovation, and experimentation in all forms of music and sound, as well as other artistic expressions presented in the space.


On January 29, 2016, Georgia Simms led an IICSI “Thinking Spaces” reading session with dance improvisation at Silence. Listen to a brief interview and see some of the dance improv in action!

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Thinking Spaces with Georgia Simms from Improvisation Institute on Vimeo.


Learn more about the instrument collection of Gary Diggins, Silence board member and musician. Read here. Article in the Guelph Mercury by Andrew Vowles.


Advisory Board member Martha Nandorfy and former Administrative Director Florence Borshy-Desroche explain to Guelph Mercury‘s Troy Bridgeman what makes Silence unique. Read here.

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Thanks to Matthew Fava and Ben Grossman for capturing the mission and significance of Silence in this article from the Canadian Music Centre-Ontario’s Winter 2015 Notations! Read here.

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Thanks to Guelph Life and Dawn Matheson for this really interesting piece about Silence, but also about the history of the building at 46 Essex! Read on.

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Andrew Vowles explores the exciting changes and possibilities on Essex St—home to Silence, Heritage Hall, and near the Boarding House. Read the Guelph Mercury article here.

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“Arts and humanities exploration energizes Guelph changemakers” by Andrew Vowles. Read the Guelph Mercury article here.