January 12 – March 18, 2018
Curator: Ève De Garie-Lamanque
Opening Reception: Winter ARTcrawl, January 20
Presented in partnership with Musée Regional de Rimouski, Quebec
Angelopoulos' drawings and sculptures utilize a variety of scales to translate subjective experiences of sensation, emotions and behaviour into physical form. Her abstracted extractions of emotion, stimulus and behaviour straddle a line between anatomical and whimsical, and explore an abstracted personal narrative interwoven with mythological folklore.
Project Room: nichola feldman-kiss : \ childish objects / between a rock and a hard place
nichola feldman-kiss' artistic practice has evolved from using her own body/psyche as a site to explore the self-portrait and identity narratives. Framed by her interests in psychoanalysis, feminist and postcolonial theories of subjectivity, childish objects (1966 – ) is an ongoing body of work including photographic, audio, digital and sculptural installations fashioned from personal objects drawn from autobiographical meditations on early memories of artistic impulse.
Mezzanine Gallery: UCC High School Art Show
Students led by Ursuline College Chatham art teachers Nicole McEachran and Melissa Fernandes explore themes of Identity in multi-media works.
Patrick DeCoste: 13 Moons and a Canoe
March 23 – May 13, 2018
Curator: Carla Garnet
Opening Reception: March 23
This solo exhibition presents new interdisciplinary work exploring DeCoste's Nova Scotia Métis roots and Indigenous histories. The presentation includes a series of acrylic paintings on Polar Bear, Spirit Bear and other animal skins, along with paintings and studio objects that the artist has created, as a means to a deepened understanding of his cultural identity and connections to land, earth and sky.
Julia Vandepolder: Truth in Beauty
May 18 – July 15, 2018
Curator: Irene MacCreadie
Opening Reception: May 18 at 7:00PM
Caledon based artist Julia Vandepolder's highly gestural large oil paintings are observational studies whose textural surfaces create tension between abstraction and representational elements. Her point of view is marked by an awareness of the environmental impact of human beings on the natural and domestic world, noted by the subtle transitions of colour, and its ability to transform.
Mezzanine Gallery: Fireworks
Presented by FUSION: The Ontario Clay & Glass Association
The talent and creative spirit of FUSION members is highlighted in this celebratory exhibition, which showcases diverse and unique works of art selected by jurors Sandra Alfoldy and Ione Thorkelsson. Fireworks stands as a testament to the vitality, originality and inventiveness of today's practicing crafts community - a tribute to those makers who have chosen clay and glass as their mode of self expression and in some instances, their livelihood.
July 20 – September 16, 2018
Curator: Ellyn Walker
Opening Reception: July 20
Presented in partnership with Charles Street Video, Toronto
This guest curated group exhibition considers the lived histories and contested realities of people's diverse relationships to Chatham-Kent as a way to understand the limits and possibilities of conversations around shared land. Diverse works from Canadian and international artists explores colonization, slavery, diaspora, and immigration, sharing in the complicated histories of imperialism, settlement, and now, gentrification, which shape how we both use and portray landscape, the settler-colonial narrative of Chatham farm-life and notions of black freedom that evade the longstanding histories of indigenous presence in the area.
Ed Pien: Shadowed Land
September 21 – November 18, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, September 28, 2018 at 7:00PM
Shadowed Land features installation and video work in which Pien explores notions of sense memory and the irrepresentability of traumatic histories and loss. Incorporating photography, video, sound, light and kinetic installations, this body of work has grown out of Pien's interest in concepts of disappearance and haunting, and probes ideas of being implicated, bearing witness, loss, mourning, resilience, and empathy.
Mezzanine Gallery: Breaking Barriers
Presented in partnership with C-K Prosperity Roundtable & Chatham-Kent Employment and Social Services
The exhibition's themes of oppression, marginalization and overcoming barriers (especially ones of poverty) are filters experienced by many community members – facilitating creative expression that empowers and builds a broader understanding of local issues benefits all members of Chatham-Kent.
Eye For Art
November 23, 2018 – December 30, 2018
Opening Reception: November 23
This biennale exhibition celebrating regional artists, serves as a fundraiser for ARTspace, our community art gallery. Guest Juror and artist Kris Knight formerly of Ridgetown and currently based in Toronto, selects from a range of works in various media.
* The Thames Art Gallery hosts 12 – 15 exhibitions each year. These include projects that feature regional, national, and international artists. This section of our web site provides current information on upcoming exhibitions and Gallery related events.
Thames Art Gallery exhibitions and programs are generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.