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Artists and patrons mingle at the opening of the show at the Arbor Gallery. Submitted photo

Glen Robertson artists on display at the Arbor Gallery

The mood was festive on Saturday as the Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre launched the Glen Robertson Artists collective show. With 11 artists and 55 items, this exhibition is a delightful collection of diverse styles, techniques and mediums.

Artworks range from wonderful photography, to stunning animal portraits in colour pencil and other mediums, and include watercolours, stained glass windows, as well as paintings in various styles and subjects. The collection also includes ink and chalk drawings, and visitors admired intriguing pieces by Alexandria’s glass artist Eric Covington.

Organizer artist Bob May was on site to greet everyone and enjoyed a well-deserved success after spending many hours setting up this beautiful exhibit.

“The exhibition looks so vibrant and colourful”, said Martin Walker, a regular patron of the gallery, who echoed the general impressions of many visitors. “The new look is stunning.”

The ‘Meet the Artists’ event was held under COVID-19 public health guidelines, and participants were asked to show proof of vaccination, allowing those indoors to mingle while still wearing masks.

The art collective comprises artists from the Glen Robertson area – Eric Covington, Sherry Heinzle, Gordon Hare, Carmelle Lalonde-Hagen, Paulette Larocque-Rozon, Barbara Lehtiniemi, Bob May, Jane Prieur, Danyka Schneider, Mark Summers and Magdalene Van Dam Oetelaar.

The Glen Robertson Artists show will run until Sunday, October 24. More info about the exhibition and the artists can be found on the Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre website (event), including a link to the virtual version of this vibrant exhibition.

Autumn is busy at the Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre

As October begins, for the first time in its history the gallery has opened its beautiful space at no charge to people who want to share their craft, passion or hobby with others.

Titled the ‘Mini-Workshops Series’, with a limit of 4 to 5 participants per workshop, those who wish to teach or present a technique, a hobby or other can do so for a 2-hours session, weekday evenings, or in the afternoon on Mondays or Tuesdays, until early November. Some workshops have already started and participants were very pleased with the experience.

Spots are still available for people interested in giving a mini-workshop. Use of the gallery space is free, and workshop leaders can set their own price or offer their workshop for free, and must provide their material and their workshop’s description. All participants and leaders must show proof of vaccination.

Nested in an enchanting setting, the Arbor Gallery heritage building offers a beautiful exhibition hall, and thanks to volunteers teaming up to refresh its look, now hosts a mini-gallery where artwork from member artists is proudly adorning the walls in a streamlined and more open space. The gift shop has been enhanced and set in the beautiful sunroom, and patrons can find a vast assortment of affordable and unique fine arts and crafts.

To know more about programming and upcoming events, or to visit the virtual exhibition, subscribe to the Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre Facebook page, or visit http://www.arborgallery.org. For questions or to register as a workshop leader or in one of the workshops, please send your email to [email protected].

The gallery welcomes visitors Wednesday to Sunday, from noon to 4 pm.

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