Alton Mill Gallery
The Alton Mill Gallery wishes to thank its many guests for their patronage and support. It's been a fantastic two years since we opened with our first exhibition of sculptures by Yael Erlichman.
After 15 exhibtions featuring a wonderful array of established and emerging Canadian and international artists, we've passed the baton on to Craig Bell, who has just opened the Crimson Feather Gallery in our former space. Thank you to the numerous artists who shared their enthusiasm, talent, creativity and patience with us.
Meg will continue to be involved in marketing for the Alton Mill and in curating special exhibtions in the Millrace Room, Pond Gallery and throughout the grounds. Anyone interested in purchasing any of the works that they saw in the Alton Mill Gallery can still contact Meg via the mill's main phone number or by email. Nancy is continuing with Crimson Feather.
Our Final Exhibition - just completed
TIME FRAME was a juried exhition celebrating Ontario's cultural and natural heritage, presented in conjunction with Heritage Caledon to celebrate its 35th anniversary.
TIME FRAME features more than 90 original pieces, showcasing the work of 48 Ontario artists. The exhibition includes paintings, photographs, fibre art, sculptures and furniture, all of which offer reflections on the essence of the province.
Whether it's a sun-streaked forest floor on a six-foot canvas, a photograph of a half-demolished church in Picton, ON, or a sculpture made of “found” objects, each work invites us to pause and contemplate our shared roots. We are introduced to “Bernice, Darriene and Dagny,” dairy cows that typically populate many area barnyards. We're swept to the brink of Niagara Falls, and presented with old factories, tattered barns and abandoned cinemas. A Union Jack rendered in wood, evokes our Loyalist forefathers. An encaustic work celebrates a magnificent elm that survived the ravages of Dutch elm disease, thanks to the efforts of one determined horticulturalist. These works are encoded with Ontario's DNA. They speak of the land and the people who inhabit it.
“We are very excited to be partnering with the Alton Mill Gallery for this show,” said Heritage Resource Officer Sally Drummond. “It is so great to have the art displayed in a beautifully restored designated building.”
Jurors for the show were Sharlene Rankin, Director and Curator of the Telephone Booth Gallery in Toronto, former Executive Director of Headwaters Arts and previously of the Art Dealers Association of Canada (ADAC), Ted Fullerton, an award-winning painter and sculptor and co-ordinator of Georgian College's School of Design and Visual Arts program, and Catherine Nasmith, architect, publisher of Built Heritage News, past president of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario and project architect for the restoration of Alton Mill, for which she won an achievement award from the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals.
In conjunction with TIME FRAME, is a two-week exhibition of student art in the second-floor Pond Gallery at the Alton Mill. Again employing a heritage theme, Grade 9 and 12 art and photography students from Mayfield Secondary School will showcase their work from June 2 to 16. Meanwhile, Alton Mill studio potter Ann Randeraad has worked with students from Alton Public School on a collaborative project – one of three planned to coincide with Time Frame.
“Partnering with the schools provides a great opportunity to showcase student artwork to the public,” Heritage Caledon Chair Randy Ugolini said. “The creative atmosphere helps to nurture the talent at both schools.”
Also on display: pottery & glass; sculptures by Yael Erlichman and Floyd Elzinga.
Alton Mill Gallery
1402 Queen Street, Alton
Open Wed - Sun 10-5