A Romance with Canada
JULY 16 – AUGUST 10, 2022
One of Canada’s leading contemporary artists, Charles Pachter is a painter, printmaker, sculptor, designer, historian, and lecturer.
He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier of France’s Order of Arts and Letters, a recipient of the Order of Ontario, and holds honorary doctorates from Brock University, OCAD University, the University of Toronto, and Lakehead University.
He has been awarded the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals.
His images of the Queen, moose, barns, and maple leaf flag are icons of Canadian contemporary art. His murals of HOCKEY KNIGHTS IN CANADA enhance Toronto’s College Subway Station.
Born in Toronto in 1942, he studied art history at the University of Toronto, French literature at the Sorbonne, and painting and graphics at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan.
His work has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the McMichael Gallery. He has held solo exhibitions in France, Germany, Japan, the UK, India, and Bangladesh.
He worked at Expo 67 in Montreal supervising the installation of 60 contemporary sculptures from around the world. He taught printmaking at the University of Calgary in 1969-70. He spearheaded Toronto’s Queen Street West revival in the 1970s and 80s by restoring several old buildings into facilities for arts usage.
McClelland & Stewart has published an illustrated book on his life and work by Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov, (1992). Cormorant Books has published The Illustrated Journals of Susanna Moodie, his celebrated collaboration with poet Margaret Atwood (2014). A biography by Leonard Wise, CHARLES PACHTER: CANADA’S ARTIST was published by Dundurn Press in 2017.
Mr. Pachter lives and works in downtown Toronto in an award-winning home and studio designed by Canadian architect Stephen Teeple. His works are also displayed in his second home and studio – MOFO, Moose Factory of Orillia, a compound of four buildings he created in the heart of town.
His paintings are in the Portrait Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Embassy in Washington, Canada House in London, the Parliament Buildings, the Prime Minister’s residence, and the Embassy of France in Ottawa.
Pachter’s steel and granite moose sculptures have been installed across Canada.
His best selling children’s books, M is for Moose, and Canada Counts, are published by Cormorant Books, Toronto.
A 3-storey addition to his existing home and studio at 22 Grange Ave is to become the Charles Pachter Museum when completed in 2022.
AUGUST 13 – SEPTEMBER 8, 2022
Byron Hodgins received a B.F.A from Nova Scotia School of Art and Design. He lives and works in Ottawa and has exhibited across Canada.
Hodgins uses landscape like a mirror. Through colour, abstract symbolism, and grand romantic gestures the visible exterior manifest the invisible interior until the two are irrevocably intermingled. Here an innate understanding of the metaphysical expresses itself through nature, where each curve of light becomes a stroke in an almost holy alphabet. The results are trance-like meditations on the illusion of duality, a challenge to the viewer to see their oneness with the world so seemingly around them.
May 21 – June 15
June 18 – July 13
July 16 – August 10
August 13 – September 8
September 10 – October 10
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Founded in 2020 at Haliburton Village's historic Lucas House, the Corner Gallery showcases works by Ontario artists, with a focus on abstraction and modern Canadian landscapes. The Corner Gallery provides a space for works demonstrating traditional methods and skills that help us see the world around us in innovative and provocative ways. Most of our exhibitions are paintings, with occasional shows featuring photography and other media where the subject matter and execution allow.
A Haliburton Landmark
Built in 1907 as a residence, Lucas House was the first house in the area to have gas lighting and modern plumbing. Over the years it's had several lives: as a rooming house, a real estate office, an antique store, and now home to the Corner Gallery, The Highlander Newspaper, a law office and artist studio.
Since purchasing the property in 2019, we have been repairing and upgrading the building for energy efficiency, safety and comfort, while slowly restoring its stately presence on Maple Avenue. Most of the exterior work will be completed by the end of 2022, with the final step being the re-wilding of the property with native plants to support the natural environment. In 2023 we will continue with interior upgrades to improve the building's functions as an event space, gallery and office.
We are grateful for the assistance of the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario in helping us to bring one of Haliburton County's most beautiful and historic buildings back to life.
The Corner Gallery's mission is to
Create interest in art by showing works that emotionally connect with or intellectually challenge the public.
Lead the growing recognition of Haliburton Village as a destination for fine art.
Provide a professional, supportive environment for Ontario artists to display and sell their works.
Be the centre of a community hub at Lucas House as it grows to include event space and demonstrations of innovative rural projects and businesses.