Thames Art Gallery Turns the Spotlight on CK Artists Past and Present

The Thames Art Gallery is excited to open four new exhibitions of local art just in time for the holiday season. All four exhibitions open on November 19 at 75 William Street N. Chatham. The evening begins at 7:00 pm and includes the first chance to view the much-anticipated Annual Holiday Show and Sale. This live and in-person opening event promises to be a full evening with something for everyone. Proof of vaccination is required for entry to this event.

Doris Slater Titus: A Retrospective is the feature exhibition. This long-awaited overview of the work of this pioneering cartoonist and early practitioner of abstract painting in Canada was recently lauded in a Globe and Mail article. Born in Chatham-Kent, Titus is a member of the Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame. She is recognized for her instrumental role in producing popular war-time publications like Penny's Diary and Pat the Air Cadet. Titus was also a progressive painter of intelligence and ambition, experimenting with abstraction long before it became a popular form in this country. This is an important exhibition recognizing the work of one of Chatham's own on the national stage. Curator Matthew Ryan Smith will be in attendance to address her work.

To complement this exhibition and celebrate the incredible contributions women have made in our community throughout the years, Through Her Eyes looks at important female artists and the history of influential women from across the region. This exhibition honours the work of those who were instrumental in building the cultural landscape we enjoy today.

From exploring CK's heritage to a celebration of the present, the Thames Art Gallery's Artist in Residence, Danielle Coleman, is also opening her solo exhibition A Love to Stay. CK resident Coleman's immersive installation explores the place that love holds in popular culture and its impact on our daily lives. It's a subject that is elemental and often heartbreakingly complex. The artist will be present at the opening.

Everyone is welcome to this free and family-friendly event. Don't miss this opportunity to support our local art scene, cross a few things off your holiday shopping list and celebrate Chatham-Kent's rich heritage of artmaking - all in one evening!

Proof of vaccination is required for entry to the opening, so please keep this in mind for when you arrive. Masks and social distancing remain a requirement in accordance with Public Health mandates. Walk-ins are welcome but register online to ensure your place as attendance is capped at 60 to ensure a safe viewing experience. Find registration details and additional information at or You can also follow us @TAGCK and @ARTspaceCK for updates.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

We look forward to seeing you!

Media Contact:

Phil Vanderwall
Curator, Thames Art Gallery
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
519-360-1998 x 4422