Tourists and local community members alike will be able to partake in several events at Arbor Gallery over the next two weeks.

On Saturday, July 16, at noon, on the grounds of the historical Higginson building that houses the gallery – Porchfest Chair Martin Lacelle will launch Porchfest 2022 with his opening words, followed by the well-loved local band, 50 PROOF. While Porchfest continues in the afternoon throughout the town, the gallery will host talented visual artist Ronald Headland’s vernissage, welcoming friends, visitors and collectors to his show ‘Memory of Things’.

“Headland’s abstract artwork is not only visually stunning,” explains Sylvie Bouchard, of the gallery, “but also rich in meaning and visual discovery. With a mix of acrylic and collage, it is resolutely contemporary and his reflection transcends it, connecting to the viewer’s experience. Not to be missed.”

‘The History of Things’ runs until July 31 in the main hall of the gallery. Admission is free.

Didier Chasteau in concert July 21

Thursday, July 21, Arbor’s Intimate Concerts series presents Didier Chasteau, international blues/jazz pianist, who will offer his own jazz and neo-impressionist compositions.

An accomplished concert pianist, he has participated in several Jazz Festivals, and founded the Lefaivre Jazz Festival, in 2017-2018. Throughout the years, Didier Chasteau has opened for famous musicians like Chet Baker and Lou Bennett, and performed alongside renowned musicians such as Skip Bey, Oliver Jones’ bass player and Québec bass players Michel Donato, Daniel Lessard and Charles Biddle of the famous Biddle’s Jazz Restaurant & Bar in Montréal.

Limited seating. Tickets are available at sakenmusic.ca/tickets for $20. Only a few places left.

“The gallery is a great place to bring visitors and friends from out-of-town,” remarks Bouchard. “With our collections and gift shop, and our events, we are but one expression of the great creative vibe that makes Vankleek Hill so different.”

Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre is located at 36 Home Avenue, at the heart of Vankleek Hill. Summer hours on Saturdays: 10am to 4pm. Open Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 4pm. More information about programming and events on Arbor Gallery’s Facebook page, website or Twitter, by subscribing to the gallery’s newsletter at www.arborgallery.org or by email at [email protected]

Porchfest returns to the Arbor Gallery on Saturday, July 16, with the opening ceremonies and a performance by 50 PROOF scheduled for noon. File Photo

Main Hall at Arbor Gallery. Photo: Arbor Gallery