On Thursday, February 10, entirely refreshed and repainted, Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre reopened with an exhibition that gives a glimpse into future generation of talented artists.

On Your Mark!

Curated by Stephanie Pete, owner of Art & Dream Studio in Vankleek Hill, the current exhibition “On Your Mark!” features creations by her students from her arts and crafts and drawing and painting classes. In an eclectic display, paintings, graphite pencil drawings, photographs, watercolours and much more adorn the walls of both halls of the gallery. In addition, the small hall features numerous pictures showing the artists at work and play.

“We want to give these young artists a taste of showing their art in a gallery setting,” explains Sylvie Bouchard, who manages the gallery. “I strongly believe that this acknowledgement of their creations can help them thrive to see art as more than a fun activity, potentially as a career.”

Some young artists even tried their hand at pricing and selling their artwork.

This exhibition continues until February 27.

Fun fundraiser small but mighty

On Saturday evening, a few supporters of the gallery attended the Virtually Impossible magic show presented by Majinx and Lawrence Larouche. Although attendance was smaller than hoped for, participants were mesmerized and the fundraiser’s objective was met, allowing Arbor to cover its reopening repainting costs.

“We are very grateful to our guests and to Lawrence and his team for this fundraiser,” said Bouchard. “By giving us 50 per cent of the proceeds, we were able to meet our goal.”

Makeover improves gift shop displays

Upon visiting Arbor Gallery, guests are invited to conclude their visit by browsing the sunroom gift shop that features fine arts and crafts from local artist and artisan members.

The gift shop items range from fine art cards to glass creation, pottery, wood work and more. Stocks are refreshed on a regular basis, and the gallery offers debit, credit, cash and e-transfers, and a layaway plan. Gift certificates are also available.

Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre is located at the heart of Vankleek Hill, 36 Home Avenue and can be reached at [email protected] To find out more people are invited to follow the gallery’s Facebook page and to subscribe to their newsletter on arborgallery.org


Watercolour illustration by Frances Kerr. Submitted Photo

The Arbor Gallery’s new and improved gift shop. Submitted Photo