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.
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.
Reflections of Shadow & Light
JUNE 18 – JULY 13, 2022
Once described as a “calculated Bohemian”, John applies his love of travel, curiosity for life and experimental spirit to the traditional craft of painting in oil, creating the unique expression of his art.
John was born in Barrie, Ontario, later moved to the Toronto area and now resides in the Haliburton Highlands. He displayed a keen interest in art from an early age and studied at the Ontario College of Art, and later the Art Students League of New York. In over forty years devoted to painting, the Canadian landscape has provided John with an unending variety of subject matter, and continues to be a constant source of inspiration for his art.
John has exhibited his work internationally for many years. His paintings are represented in numerous collections in Canada and abroad and have won many awards. He is a member of various art organizations and is listed in A Dictionary of Canadian Artists and Artists in Canada. John is an elected member of The Society of Canadian Artists.
The Art & Craft of Garden Making
MAY 21 – JUNE 15, 2022
The Corner Gallery’s first show of 2022 celebrated the timeless and subtle joy of gardening as a metaphor for rebirth and connection with the outside world.
Artist Rose Pearson’s remarkable photo-realism draws you inside the harmony and complexity of flowers, painstakingly rendered with extraordinary vibrancy and depth of field. In a second series, Rose presents flowers laid atop text from the book that inspired this recent work. Perhaps in tribute, these flowers, singly and in small groups, contrast with the permanence and finality suggested by the stone-like medium below.
Rose started her artistic career with a B.F.A. in painting and drawing from York University and a B.Ed. from Windsor University. She has worked as an arts educator throughout the last 30 years, currently at the Haliburton School of Art + Design. Her professional life as an artist began simultaneously with the decision to become a mother; the subject of her painting is tied to the levels of experience encountered in her daily life.
Since 2002, Rose has been exhibiting in solo and group shows at public galleries across Ontario, earning multiple awards from the Ontario Arts Council. Her work is in private collections in North America, Australia, Europe, and the West Indies.