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By Katie Wilde and AGG

Visit AGG’s Imagination Station at Riverside Park on Wednesday

On Wednesday, July 1, join AGG at the Rotary Club of Guelph’s annual Canada Day in the Park celebration at Riverside Park (Guelph). Let your imagination run wild at AGG’s Imagination Station! Using industry cast-offs, found objects, and odd craft materials, kids can create whatever they can imagine. AGG Staff will be onsite to help bring the wackiest ideas to life! AGG invites parents to join in the fun too.

The Imagination Station will run from 11am to 5pm.

Follow the signs at Riverside Park to find the Canada Day celebrations. The Imagination Station will be in Exhibitor’s Row.

This free activity station is the Art Gallery of Guelph’s first appearance at the Canada Day celebrations, and we hope it won’t be the last. This is a great opportunity for families and individuals of all ages to take part in some free-form, no pressure creativity and mess making!  Pre-cut materials available for those too young to use scissors, although school age children will get the most out of the activities, and you can even take your creations home with you.

You may have noticed that the Art Gallery of Guelph (formerly Macdonald Stewart Art Centre), has been undergoing some changes lately. But don’t let the construction fences fool you – these folks are busier than ever!

On Sunday, June 14 the AGG brought their Inflatable Gallery to the Exhibition Park Neighbourhood Group Creativity Picnic, where children painted on the plastic sheeting, inside and out!

Photo Credit: Sally Evans, Art Gallery of Guelph

Art on the Street is historically a very hot day. Look for refreshing treats available from people in AGG t-shirts, who will be selling ice cream from push-carts.

They are also running a series of fun and cleverly educational art camps for kids this summer. For more information, email [email protected] or call Elise at 519-837-0010 x5. Visit the Boarding House Gallery (12-5pm) for a Registration Package. Camps will be held at Harcourt Memorial Church while the gallery undergoes renovations.

The gallery’s name change coincides with an important renovation to safety and accessibility features at the front of the building. On Thursday, September 17, they will reopen with a bang to three new exhibitions, and all members of the public and their families are welcome at the reception.

Exhibitions opening that evening:

“Of Time and Buildings” (Sep 17 – Nov 1)
“Of Time and Buildings” considers space, place, and time as expressed and depicted photographically before and after the digital turn.

“The Queer Feeling of Tomorrow” (Sep 17 – Dec 13)
Curated by the winner of the 3rd Annual Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators, Adam Barbu, the exhibition traces a kind of queer orientation to the world expressed through a pursuit of the ambiguous enclaves and shadows of “official culture.”

“ART/CRAFT” (Sep 17 – Nov 14)
This year’s major fundraising event, ART/CRAFT, will feature 30 works by regional artists in an eight-week long exhibition that will close with a live auction on Saturday, November 14.

See you tomorrow at Riverside Park! Have a happy, safe, and artful Canada Day.

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