Arbor Gallery in Vankleek Hill has received a grant from the Township of Champlain, under the township’s Community Grant Program, whose focus is to help not-for-profit organizations to offer their services to the community.

“We are very grateful to Mayor Riopel and council for approving our request,” said Sylvie Bouchard, who manages the gallery. “The funds will help us put together two major projects this year in line with our raison d’être.”

The Arbor Gallery is a registered charity and as such, its purpose is to educate and raise awareness, through arts and culture exhibitions and events offered to the community at large.

The first project facilitated by the grant will help celebrate and honour Indigenous Awareness and History Month this June. The grant will also help with a LGBTQ+ awareness project in the fall. Exhibitions and various events will be organized and offered for free to the community. Details will be announced later.

Sussex in concert at Arbor Gallery March 29

The first intimate concert of 2022 at the Arbor Gallery will feature 2021 Canadian Folk Awards Nominee duo Sussex on Tuesday, March 29, at 7:30 pm.

Presented by Saken Music’s Ken Duff, coordinator of the gallery’s Intimate Concerts series, the duo featuring renowned songwriter and performer Rob Lutes, with vibraphonist Michael Emenau, will transport the audience to an equally extraordinary and singular musical universe.

With Emenau on vibraphone and pianica and Lutes on guitar, banjo, and vocals, their repertoire is an eclectic, exhilarating journey — at times joyful, at times melancholy — takes listeners to the very heart of American roots music.

Advanced tickets are $20 ($25 at the door) and seating is limited. For more information, visit the Saken Music website (saken.ca) – or the gallery’s Facebook page and website.

André Beau’s artwork to grace the gallery until March 27

Gallery’s visitors can enjoy whimsical and unusual artwork at the gallery by André Breau until the end of March.

Set in the heritage décor of the Higginson house, the exhibition is a diverse collection of relief paintings and sculptures on three main themes: music, maritime landscapes/towns, and gardens.

“Reactions have been quite positive since the start,” says Bouchard. “The overall look is colourful and cohesive, and André Breau’s unique artwork has been very well received.”

A Perspective in Ceramic Art runs until March 27.

Located in the heart of Vankleek Hill, at 36 Home Avenue, the Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre welcomes visitors Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.