Beginning on August 6, Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre in Vankleek Hill will present 7 Works Collective – 7 Artists 7 Voices. This will be the first time that the artwork resulting from this virtual residency will be displayed together.

The 7 Works Collective Artists – all members of the West Carleton Art Society – had plans in 2020 to travel to Toronto Island for an artists’ residency. But, as it often happened in 2020, well-laid plans were derailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unable to attend the Artists’ Residency in person, the seven artists did their best to adapt to the situation and made plans to regularly meet virtually to see what they were all working on. It was during one of these meetings the plan was hatched to challenge each other to biweekly art prompts. Each artist would show a work of art in their medium and the remaining six artists would create a piece in their own medium based on the visual prompt.

“Our first collaborative project was initiated by Photographer Mario Cerroni,” they explain. “Collaboration One is of flowers viewed through droplets of water, which is Mario’s expression of Joy. Joy in life, Joy in friendships, Joy in the coming of spring.”

The photo was divided into six equal sections and assigned to each artist with instructions to create a work of art in their chosen medium, no larger than 20×20″. Once created they would be assembled into one larger assemblage.

On Saturday, August 6, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the artists will meet and greet visitors to chat with people and walk them through the show at their leisure. On Sunday, August 28, on the last day of their show, they will present a talk to introduce the Residency Reworked project and the artists involved. Reservations recommended for the talk.

The 7 Works exhibit will be on display in both halls of the gallery, from August 5 to August 28.

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

Karen Wynne Mackay, Catherine Gutsche, Judi Miller, Kathryn Bossy, Mario Cerroni, Lynn Dubinsky and Jo-ann Zorzi are presenting the result of their collaboration for the first time together. Submitted Photo