GAC Fall Exhibition @ 10C Shared Space – Call To Member Artists

GAC Artist and Organizational Members are invited to submit a proposal for a solo exhibition either for the month of November or December in the main floor gallery space at 10C Shared Space, GAC’s home at 42 Carden.

Please submit a short exhibition proposal to Patti Broughton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Include a brief description of your work, which month you are available to exhibit (November or December) and what you would like to showcase. Please include 3-5 images of your current proposed work. If selected and the work is a good fit for the space, you’ll be asked to provide more details including timelines, additional images, and what costs you anticipate. Please note, artists will be paid an exhibition fee.

Low-relief work that can be installed using the existing hanging system is appropriate for the space. Please contact us if you have questions about the type of work the space can accommodate.

The gallery space at 10C will be open to the public for viewing by appointment during the November and December exhibitions and will be promoted online through GAC’s social media channels.

Monthly Musical Member Video – Jenna Kessler

Each month we’ll feature a video from one of GAC’s musical members. If you’re a musician and have a video you’d like us to feature, please send a YouTube link our way along with a short bio.

This month, we visit multidisciplinary artist Jenna Kessler, who released an EP earlier this year. People may also have seen Jenna’s illustrations on this summer’s Taste Detours recipe book called “Little Bites: Tastes from Isolation”. We know autumn just started, but the lyric video for “Forest Black and Warm” features some beautiful winter scenery, and also a cameo from a four-legged friend!

Jenna Kessler
For the last decade, Jenna Kessler has been working as a farmer and illustrator, cultivating a relationship with the land and memorializing plants and landscapes in her paintings. In between, she was carefully crafting a collection of songs that reflect her unique, artistic vision of the world and careful attention to detail. Her poetic new EP, A Still Life, is the culmination of these reflections in musical form. These piano-driven songs are written through the observation of a quiet moment, translating that feeling of stillness into melody and harmony. The intimate themes are decorated with surprise ragtime twists, staccato horn lines, soaring cello sections, and howling harmonies.

Visiting Jenna Kessler’s website will allow you to learn about this multidisciplinary artist’s music as well as other creative endeavours. You may purchase Jenna’s latest EP on Bandcamp, where we like to remind you each month that they have committed to continue forgoing their share of artist sales on the first Friday of each month until the end of the year. That means you have three more months after this one to put a little more money in the pockets of Jenna Kessler and many of your other favourite musicians.

And now, sit back and enjoy this relaxing and beautiful lyric video for Jenna Kessler’s “Forest Black and Warm” 

Jane Graham Memorial Award Now Accepting Applications

By Ahmri Vandeborne

Guelph Arts Council is currently accepting applications for the Jane Graham Memorial Award, until October 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm for paper applications and 11:59 pm for online applications. In memory of Guelph visual artist Jane Graham, this award was established so that local visual artists from Guelph or Wellington County can develop their professional development portfolio and seek out opportunities that they might not otherwise be able to pursue.

GAC appoints a volunteer award jury with representatives from the local visual arts community, past award recipients, GAC, and the Graham family, and this year, award recipient(s) will be notified in late Fall 2020.

We connected with the 2019 award recipients, Annie Burgess and Jagdeep Reina, to talk about their experience with the application process and using the award funds, as well as how COVID-19 affected their plans. They also provided advice for artists planning on applying this year. Burgess requested assistance to help with the costs of the Intermediate/Advanced Pottery-Throwing course at Haliburton School of Art & Design, Fleming College, to help her move towards her goal of blurring the line between craft and fine art as well as to better her skills as an instructor. In pursuit of expanding his artistic practice in textiles, Reina requested funds for spinning classes with local artist Alisa McRonald, with a long-term goal of making a “phulkari,” an embroidered textile art form that is almost a lost art in the villages of Punjab.

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Annie Burgess with her barnacle mugs ready to be bisqued.

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Self-Care

by Barbara Salsberg Mathews

Taking time for regular self-care is crucial to a healthy mind, body and soul. Living through a pandemic adds additional concerns such as health, finances and safety. During times like this our minds can go into worrying overtime, but there are things you can do to improve your reaction to stress.

Best-selling author Laurie M. Martin is a certified trauma specialist and critical incident responder who believes worry can show itself in many ways. Martin has been involved with many high-profile disasters, including the Oklahoma City Bombing, the Walkerton Water Crisis, 9/11, and the hurricanes in 2018. To calm our thoughts Martin suggested using the analogy of a suitcase:

“Allow yourself to go into that suitcase and pull out some thoughts and feelings, think about them, then return them. If we did that daily, it would help us to understand and feel, instead of keeping it all locked up with the lid closed.”

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Artwork by Barbara Salsberg Mathews

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