January closure under the threat of Omicron virus has not discouraged the Arbor Gallery team, which is actively working on finetuning the gallery’s 2022 programming, including some new exciting activities.

The gallery’s exhibition calendar is already full, with a waiting list and some registrations for 2023.

“We are very happy to present a diverse selection of artwork this year,” says Sylvie Bouchard, of the Arbor Gallery. “We aim to feature visual, textile and fine craft local artists, as well as from other areas of Ontario and Québec.”

Encouraged with the success of the December Coup de coeur show, the gallery aims to increase the presence of community shows, starting in February with a very special exhibition titled ‘On Your Mark – A show of creative arts from the students of Art & Dream Studio’. Curated by well known local art teacher, Stephanie Pete, the show will feature artwork by her young students, including portraiture, painting and illustration. This will give enthusiastic young artists a first chance to exhibit their artwork in a formal gallery setting. Should public health restrictions cancel the show, it will be postponed until the end of year holiday season.

“We are giving glimpses of our programming now,” Bouchard explains. “We want to give a sense of hope to everyone – looking forward to live events and some normalcy in the near future.”

The gallery’s exhibition calendar is presented in this week’s Arbor Gallery column in The Review.  More events and collaborations are in the works and will be presented in the following weeks.

Following Public Health directives, Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre is closed until at least January 26. More details on reopening will be announced as the situation evolves. Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre is located at the heart of Vankleek Hill, 36 Home Avenue and can be reached by email at [email protected] .