Cheerful guests filled Arbor Gallery to celebrate the start of colourful exhibition by Maggie Dean and Brunhild Schierding on Saturday, May 7. Visitors were able to admire a collection of their artwork, from colourful paintings to stained glass, birdhouses and more, all set in the inviting décor of the Higginson home.

“Everyone loved this exhibition,” said Sylvie Bouchard of the gallery. “It is so very colourful and whimsical. People are coming back for more, and already our artists have sold several pieces.”

Just Horsing Around – a collection of works will run until May 29, in the Main Hall of the gallery.

Musical duo Martin Gibson will perform at Arbor Gallery on Thursday, May 19, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Submitted Photo

Duo brings 60’s folk music to Arbor gallery

On Thursday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m., the gallery’s Intimate Concert series welcomes duo Martin Gibson, with Bryan Bowser and Jean Montpetit – one plays a Martin, the other a Gibson. Their country, folk repertoire from the ‘60’s, from Mr. Bojangles to Norwegian Wood, mixed with their extraordinary use of harmonies, is guaranteed to please guests.

The concert is being presented by Saken Music. Tickets are available at saken.ca/tickets -and are $20 in advance (until May 28), $25 at the door. Seating is limited.

Black dolls to change the world

On Saturday May 28, at 4 p.m., Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre welcomes guest Gaëtan Etoga, co-founder of YMMA, a company that makes readily accessible and affordable Black and mixed-race dolls. YMMA dolls are meant to build children’s confidence and help them acknowledge their individual beauty, with a larger scope of promoting diversity and inclusion, and helping to fight racism.

“If this initiative can make five, 10, 20 children a little more open to diversity because they’ve been around various toys, I think that would be mission accomplished for us,” Etoga said.

Admission is free and reservations are recommended. Some dolls will be available on site, or can be purchased on the company website at www.ymma.ca .

Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre is located at 36 Home Avenue, at the heart of Vankleek Hill, and can be reached at [email protected] More information about programming and events on Arbor Gallery’s Facebook page, website, and on Twitter or by subscribing to the gallery’s newsletter at www.arborgallery.org

YMMA dolls are meant to build children’s confidence and help them acknowledge their individual beauty, with a larger scope of promoting diversity and inclusion, and helping to fight racism. Submitted Photo