Whitestone Gallery Closes its Doors
(Left) A few pieces from Whitestone Gallery's final exhibition, "Glass Art, Paper Masks and the stories that tie them together" by artist Barbara Bryce.
(Right) Goldie Sherman, of Vessels Pottery, working in her studio space at Whitestone Gallery.
Photos taken by Noelle Lalonde
One of Guelph’s signature gallery spaces, Whitestone Gallery, will unfortunately be closing its doors by the end of the month due to rising rental costs. For almost seven years now, the Gallery has successfully served the community of Guelph as a multidisciplinary artists’ collective. Each of the artists–currently fourteen– holds a membership with Whitestone and has a permanent installation in the gallery, which displays at least one piece from each. Whitestone has had more than 50 members over the years, featuring artists from a variety of disciplines including sculpture, painting, printmaking, fused-glass, encaustic, and photography.
Located at 80 Norfolk Street in downtown Guelph, the Whitestone Gallery is hosting one last solo show to say goodbye to the community. "Glass Art, Paper Masks and the stories that tie them together" by artist Barbara Bryce is currently on display at Whitestone and will remain until Saturday, July 26. The exhibition includes a variety of stained glass works and paper masks that relate through a common theme of Tai Chi. Bryce is actively involved in theatre work that involves children and youth, so it is important to her that her work is accessible to this age group and perhaps the inner child in all of us.
Although the Whitestone Gallery closes at the beginning of August, the building will remain open as a pop-up gallery until the end of October. Goldie Sherman, of Vessels Pottery, and mixed-media artist Mosa McNeilly, will oversee subletting the building and encourage emerging solo or group artists to apply to exhibit in the space for the remaining three months. This is an ideal opportunity for young artists to experience exhibiting their work in an established location for a one-month period. Displaying artists are required to gallery sit on Fridays and Saturdays and pay a fee of $650 for the month. Please contact Goldie Sherman at 519-836-4243 for additional information regarding the space.
By Noelle Lalonde
12th Annual Art on the Street a resounding success
Michelle Purchase, printmaker, receiving her "Best of Show 2014" award.
Photo credit: Downtown Guelph Business Association
The arts came alive on the streets of downtown Guelph on Saturday, July 12. Close to 100 established and emerging artists showcased their talents in a range of disciplines in blacksmithing, pottery, paint, photography, textiles, sculpture and much more. It was the perfect opportunity to experience art, engage with artists and purchase art from such a vast artistic landscape.
The Children's Arts Festival, organized by the Children's Art Factory, at St. George's Square featured a collection of activities to inspire and engage young minds. The Play With Clay craft bus – a festival favourite – was onsite, as well as the Guelph Public Library, Guelph School of Art, and the Suzuki String School of Guelph. Sculptor Ben McCarl also unveiled his latest work, Ascending Spirit.
The mood of the day was made complete by a variety of wandering musicians, great food and, of course, some sunshine was ordered for good measure. Several awards were also handed out later in the day:
Best of Show: Michelle Purchase, Printmaking
Best Booth: Clavaux Designs, Millinery
Honourable Mention: Glenn Rivison, Kinetic Sculpture
People's Choice Award: Nancy Plummer, Driftwood and Papier Mache
Thank you to the teams from Downtown Guelph Business Association and Guelph Arts Council, as well as all of the volunteers involved, for the hard work in coordinating and facilitating this fantastic celebration of arts in Guelph.
By Noelle Lalonde