Opening Reception: Saturday March 25 from 1-4PM
Celebrating our ABILITY to fly, sing and SOAR through the ARTS
Gallery exhibition March 9 – April 2, 2023
Among the 10,000 species of birds, there is a bird to express each of us and our desires to FLY, to SING, to SPEAK, to NEST, to MIGRATE, to LIVE FREE, and to SOAR!
Our SUPPORTIVE ARTS groups have filled the gallery with their interpretations of our avian friends: migrating birds, land birds, sea birds, birds of prey, sparrows, swallows and songbirds – they all have unique traits and skills that make them powerful.
Exhibition by Maryam Ebrahimi: ‘Fly Me Away – finding your way and soaring with love’
Artist Reception: Sunday April 23, 2023 from 2-4PM
Most popularly known for her ability to capture the illusion of flow on an otherwise static canvas, Maryam Ebrahimi, a Canadian-Iranian artist, is an exquisite professionally trained artist living in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Her pieces have been showcased both nationally and abroad. Over the years, Maryam developed an artistic style that is uniquely her own. Her use of a limited colour pallet, combined with heavy layers and seamless brush strokes, results in artwork that is full of depth and personality, and tells a vivid story that is full of emotion.
Sunday May 21, 2023 | 12:00 – 5:00 PM in the gallery at the Elora Centre for the Arts
Elora Plein Air Festival Show and Sale: This is the culmination of the artists’ efforts and they are ready to share and celebrate. In the gallery there’s a buzz of excitement as people come in to view and buy the beautiful works the artists created over the previous 3 days. Meet the artists, discover a piece you can’t resist, vote for your favourite for the People’s Choice award and just enjoy the show!
For more information about the Elora Plein Air Festival (entire festival takes place May 18 – 21, 2023) please visit their website.
‘Making the Unfamiliar Familiar’ | A solo exhibition by Vera Kisseleva | May 25 – July 9, 2023
Presented by the Elora Mill, in the gallery at the Elora Centre for the Arts
Opening Reception Sunday May 28, 2023 2-4PM | in the gallery at the Elora Centre for the Arts
Have you experienced moments when unfamiliar places look so familiar?
During my encounters with nature, I often find myself thinking about how nature in its pure form can awaken certain emotions, bring good memories and influence our well-being.
‘Living | language | Land: Word portraits from the Earth’ by Lorraine Roy, part of our summer exhibition series presented by the Elora Mill
Gallery Exhibition: July 13 – September 10, 2023 | Artist Reception: Sunday July 16th from 2-4PM
Elora Centre for the Arts | 75 Melville Street, Elora Ontario
‘Living | language | Land: Word portraits from the Earth’ a solo exhibition by textile artist Lorraine Roy is a collection of textiles inspired by 26 specially chosen words from endangered and minority languages from all over the world. These beautiful, poetic words, many of which have no direct translation to English, reveal complex and elemental connections to land and nature. Visual interpretations, or ‘word portraits’, seemed like a perfect way to make the words more accessible, and to light up curiosity about their meanings and the cultures from which they spring. This project brings together subjects Lorraine is passionate about: how we express words and language, the connection of culture and spirituality, and our relationship with nature.
October 6 – November 20, 2022 | Artist reception on Saturday October 15 from 1-4PM
“A Moment in Time” by emerging mixed media artist Maureen Ault captures the idea that all of us experience moments in our lives that leave lasting impressions upon us. Whether that be a particular location or experience in nature, we carry those memories within us because we relate to them and want to revisit them time and again. When Maureen began focusing on the subject matter to be included in this exhibit, she thought of those experiences and places people could relate to, but in the end, she realized that it was a personal journey to those places, experiences, and feelings that have touched her life.
Maureen Ault uses hundreds, and sometimes thousands of tiny pieces of leaves, petals and other materials to create one culminating image. The Elora Centre for the Arts is thrilled to host her new exhibition, entitled ‘A Moment in Time’ which captures the experiences and moments in life that leave a lasting impression. The artist focuses on personal experiences and places in nature that have touched her life.
Maureen’s own artistic journey was rekindled during the latter stages of her hospitalization following a motor vehicle accident in 2012 that resulted in an Acquired Brain Injury. Working with traditional pressed flower art became a critical part of her rehabilitation and transformed her as an artist.
The works featured in the exhibition harken Maureen’s best memories from visiting some of Ontario’s most majestic places like hiking the quartzite mountains of Killarney, camping in the Bay of Fundy National Park, her first visit to the covered bridge in West Montrose, and lazy Sunday drives in rural Ontario. “My hope is that you will not only enjoy the pieces in this exhibition but reflect on the moments in time that have touched your own lives as well” says the artist.
With so many tiny elements and pieces and intense focus required for this type of work, patience is essential. “Many times, I have reminded myself to wait patiently to see where the layering of botanical material takes me” shares Ault. “The challenge for me as an artist is how to create my vision for each piece using a limited palette that restricts the development of shadows and highlights” she says. Maureen spends hours at florists, greenhouses, friends’ gardens and commercial flower pressing companies to source the best materials to work with for each piece.
The exhibition will run in the main gallery from October 6 – November 20th. Everyone is invited to attend an artist meet-and-greet on Saturday October 15 from 1-4PM. Admission to the gallery is free, refreshments will be served. The Brain Injury Association of KW is arranging transportation to and from the Opening Reception for its members, for details please visit http://www.biaww.org/a-moment-in-time.html
Exhibition dates: November 24, 2022 – January 22, 2023 | Opening reception with live music: Sunday November 27th from 2-4PM
Carolyn Riddell is a painter and printmaker who muses and makes work about place and memory.
She has had studios in Europe, Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Her research and studio practice, active since 1986, is a constant unfolding towards an understanding of material, history, ritual and meaning.
Her visual explorations resound in printmaking, stitch work and assemblages using ready made materials. Prints, wallpaper, weaving, thread work and collected artifacts become Carolyn’s signatures: possibilities for recollection, affirmations of the handmade and the manifestation of personal stories.
CALL FOR ARTISTS! Apply today! | This is a handcrafted only, juried show
Early bird special – application open until Wednesday April 6th, 2022 at 11:59 PM. Final application deadline May 4, 2022
Elora Centre for the Arts presents Creative Spark in the Yard 2022 | An artisans and makers show & sale
Event Dates: Saturday & Sunday July 9 & 10, 2022
Time: 10AM – 5PM, both Saturday and Sunday
(Entry fee for patrons will be by donation to the Elora Centre for the Arts)
The Venue: Elora Centre for the Arts, 75 Melville Street, Elora ON
Quite literally held in the Yard on the property of this wonderful historic 1850’s stone building just around the corner from the Main street and shoppes. Over 50 artisans, artists and makers will be showcasing and selling their work and products during this two-day weekend OUTDOOR show. Food trucks and parking available at and around the venue and just a short walk to the wonderfully quaint village and gorgeous view of the Elora Mill. It’s a great weekend destination spot for sight seeing and shopping for unique treasures.
For more information and application details to apply, please click here.
The Elora Centre for the Arts presents ‘Beyond Words’ in partnership with the University of Guelph’s School of Fine Arts & Music (SOFAM) department to present a student exhibition that is sure to leave a lasting impression. ‘Beyond Words’ is a curated, by invitation show that taps into the wisdom and the power of artistic expression, and the importance of developing creative ways to help us understand the world we live in.
Art students at SOFAM were challenged to submit pieces for this show that gave voice to something important to them, allowing them to use their art form to communicate their perspective to the world, and to us as a community. The topics explored in this exhibition range from cultural issues, climate change and nature, to memory loss and mental health. Artistic medium includes, oil and acrylic paintings, intaglio prints including photogravure, photography, pencil drawings and mixed media. This group exhibition illustrates a diverse use of many mediums to convey the artists’ thoughts and inspirations.
Our gallery will feature work from the Elora Fergus Studio Tour, one week before the Tour begins. You are invited to stop by for a sneak peek so you can plan your route for Studio Tour weekends!
One sample piece from each of the Studio Tour artists will be on display, and are available to purchase in our gallery.
Admission to our gallery is free.
Studio Tour weekends are Sept 23 & 24 and Sept 30 & Oct 1 10AM – 5PM. For more information about the Elora Fergus Studio Tour event weekends please visit their website here.
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