Category Archives: Art Archive

Exhibition running from May 1st to 27th “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.

April 3 – April 27, 2019 Opening: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PMArtist Talk: 8:00 PMWine 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 theland can be imagined as each painting pulls the viewer closer. Although very different in style and technique, both Oxanna and Barbara’s…

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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…

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February 13 – March 13, 2019

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 ShuebrookCheryl RuddockSusan DobsonMartin PearceWill GorlitzSADKORobert AchtemichukRoelf ZantingeTed FullertonPatrick CruzStephen LivickKIAMPearl Van GeestEileen McArthurKarin SilverstoneElise 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: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-silence-auction-tickets-54598934884 I hope that you will consider joining us…

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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…

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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.

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.Website: scottdrew.org

‘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…

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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…

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