After almost 9 months of shuttered doors, Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre is going to open this week. From October 8 to November 8 a group of more 21 different photographers, many from this area, will be presenting their work in a show titled: Thru the Lens. The show was conceived by curator, Reenie Marx, as a way to honour the talent and passion she observed in the over 200 students who have taken her semi-private digital photography courses over the past 5 years. According to Marx, “Helping my students through the process of taking a jpeg on their computer to a properly framed photo ready for exhibition, was like teaching a whole other course.  Witnessing them move from uncertainty and trepidation to amazement, excitement, and confidence was pure joy for me.”

This exhibition, originally slated to open in April with a big vernissage, was another victim of COVID-19.  But where there’s a will, there’s a way. So, there will now be two ways to see this show. The first is in person, at the gallery. All of the necessary safety protocols have been put in place: a maximum of eight people will be allowed in the gallery at one time, with masking, social distancing and several places to sanitize hands. The gallery plans to be open Thursdays through Sundays (12 – 4pm), however, the newest potential restrictions continue to create unforeseen challenges in the availability of gallery sitters. We recommend that you phone ahead the day you plan to visit just to make sure that someone is there to receive you (613-518-2787).

In addition to the actual exhibition at the gallery, AGCC is proud to present its first full virtual exhibition online. This will allow everyone, regardless of where they live, to see the show from the safety of their own homes.  The link to the virtual online show is It will be visible for your viewing on October 9. You can also follow the gallery on its Facebook page

If you enjoy the way a photo can capture, highlight and allow one to savour a moment in time come and see what these individuals have done.  Their work may inspire you to keep your eyes open to the extraordinary hidden in the ordinary and always have your camera close by.