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February Art Gallery Listings in Windsor Essex

Saturday, February 1 to Saturday, February 29

ArtCite Inc.

January 10 – February 22, 2020
Placed – Placed gathers the work of three artists and one writer working through articulations of home and place. Andrea Carvalho (Hamilton, ON) and Czarina Mendoza (Windsor, ON) both work with domestic materials and architectonic forms to explore how cultural traditions and iconography are re-imagined by second-generation Canadians. Laura Madera (Peterborough, ON) works with watercolour and latex resists on non-absorptive supports to create works that complicate an understanding of landscape. Interspersed through the exhibition space are excerpts from the novel Little Fish by Casey Plett (Windsor, ON). Plett’s novel follows the central character reconciling a complicated rural familial history, with her life in Winnipeg.

Wed – Sat 12 – 5 pm or by appointment
Artcite Inc.
109 University Ave. W., Windsor


February 15 – May 10, 2020
Françoise Sullivan – This retrospective exhibition highlights the key role of artist Françoise Sullivan in the history of modern and contemporary art in Quebec. The exhibition, which includes more than 40 works of art, will feature a diverse mix of painting, sculpture, video, costume and archival materials. It offers a chance for visitors to discover or rediscover an artist whose major impact on Quebec and Canadian culture deserves to be more fully recognized.

Les Automatistes: Collective Expressions – This exhibition drawn from the AGW’s collection represents a number of bold, expressive works by the artists who were the originators of a significant art movement in Montreal called Les Automatistes. Inspired by the writings of French Surrealist poet and writer André Breton, the artists began painting and working in a spontaneous manner without predetermination. The collective’s de-facto leader, Paul-Émile Borduas also led the creation of their manifesto Refus Global in 1948 which offered an anarchic perspective on society expressing the need for major changes to be brought about in the conservative atmosphere that existed at the time. The exhibition contains works by Paul-Émile Borduas, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Marcelle Ferron, Marcel Barbeau, Jean-Paul Mousseau and Pierre Gauvreau.

Look Again! Celebrating the AGW Collection at 75 Years – Includes many of your favorite works and those which have truly defined the Gallery’s collection as high quality. Notably enriched in this exhibition is the Gallery’s continuing commitment to Indigenous histories.

February Gallery Events
Guided Tours – February 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29
Enjoy learning about the AGW’s collection and the current exhibitions. Guided tours are informal and support your artistic interests.  Tours are led by the AGW’s Gallery Guide educators.
2 – 3 pm; Included in Admission

Family Fun Sundays in the Studio – February 2, 9, 16, 23
Join AGW’s signature family-friendly program with local artist-led workshops and participate in a hands-on activity related to the current exhibitions. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. February’s featured artist is Amanda Dupuis.
1 – 4 pm; Included in Gallery Admission
Second Floor Studio

First Thursdays – February 6
Enjoy extended gallery hours through 9 pm on the first Thursday of the month.  Enjoy a third floor guided tour at 7 pm.

Remembering Through Art for Persons with Dementia & Their Care Partners – February 6
AGW offers informal guided tours of the Gallery’s Canadian Art collection. This program offers a calming and relaxing opportunity to engage with artworks that support processes of remembering and storytelling for Alzheimer clients and their care partners.
11 am – 12 pm; Call Alzheimer Society of Windsor Essex County 519-974-2220 ext. 231 to register

Fridays Live! Opening Reception for Winter Spring Exhibitions – February 14
‘Fridays Live!’ is one of the AGW’s signature public events presented when new exhibitions are launched throughout the year. Come see the exhibitions, meet artists, curators and project supporters and enjoy live music. A cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres are available.
7 – 10 pm; $15
Second Floor Studio

Quebec Automatism and the AGW Collection Guided Tour – February 15
Learn about important artists associated with Quebec’s first abstract painting movement. Join Chris Finn for a guided exhibition tour exploring the AGW’s collection of works by Automatists artists Paul-Émile Borduas, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Jean-Paul Mousseau, Pierre Gauvreau, Marcelle Ferron and Marcel Barbeau.
12 – 12:45 pm
Third Floor

Françoise Sullivan and the Automatistes’ Animated Plasticity: A Panel Discussion – February 15
Join exhibition curator Mark Lanctôt (Montreal) and Automatist scholar and writer Ray Ellenwood (Toronto) for a discussion featuring Quebec’s first abstract art movement in the 1940s-50s and learn about Françoise Sullivan’s remarkable inter-disciplinary art practice.
1 – 3 pm
Third Floor

Family Day – February 17
Bring the whole family to enjoy the new exhibitions and participate in family-friendly drop in studio activities all afternoon, facilitated by the AGW’s engaging Gallery Guides.
12 – 4 pm; Included in Admission

Art History Film Series – February 26
In honour of the late Janet McKenzie, the AGW Volunteer Committee presents films by Waldemar Januszak. The series includes the film-maker’s episodes from Understanding Art. Light refreshments will be served.
12 – 1 pm; Included in Admission
Third Floor

Wed – Sun 11 am – 5 pm; $10 Adult, $5 Youth (ages 6 – 17), $5 Student (with valid ID)
Art Gallery of Windsor
401 Riverside Dr. W., Windsor

Common Ground Gallery

January 22 –  February 4, 2020
FREEZE FRAMES – FREEZE FRAMES featuring new paintings from two series of paintings: nature paintings (painting on canvas photo prints) and freeze frames (abstract paintings inspired by freeze frames from popular movies).  Challenge yourself to see if you can figure out which paintings were inspired by the freeze frame from which movie.

Tues – Fri 10 am – 5 pm, Sat 12 – 5 pm
Common Ground Gallery
Mackenzie Hall, 3277 Sandwich St., Windsor


January 15 – April 5, 2020
CHIPBOARD PAINTINGS: Irina Teske – Chipboard’s rough, unfinished surface works against our preconceived notions of the softness and beauty found in nature’s ideal.  The material has its own repetitive patterns that can be manipulated (by painting individual chips and background) to reflect and correspond to the patterns found in the natural world.

February 5 – March 8, 2020
U20: 2020 LAC Members Show + Sale – The 2020 annual members show and sale celebrates the strength, vitality, creativity and wealth of talent found within the Leamington Arts Centre (LAC)/South Essex Arts Association (SEAA). Each year, the diverse and outstanding works by members creates an exciting and engaging exhibition whereby artists are able to showcase, share and sell their work.
Opening Reception – Friday February 7, 7 – 9 pm

DIRECT DELIVERY: Barbara Alkemade – These artworks are a celebration of the magic of soft pastels. Straight from the artist to the paper, no tool can be more direct. And the irony of capturing the purest of colour pigments in a fragile soft stick is just part of the fun (or frustration) for the artist. The immediacy of each mark, gesture and blur is a delight, a joyous embrace.
Opening Reception – Friday February 7, 7 – 9 pm

NEW ACQUISITIONS: LAC Permanent Collection – The collection has been built through donated gifts and considered purchases. Approximately 90% of Gallery acquisitions come from private donors.  It is because of the generosity of these donors that the SEAA/LAC enjoys the position it holds as a collecting institution.
Opening Reception – Friday February 7, 7 – 9 pm

Wed – Fri 10 am – 4:30 pm, Sat and Sun 12 – 4 pm; Free Entry, Donations Appreciated
Leamington Arts Centre
72 Talbot St. W., Leamington

Walkerville Artists’ Co-op

February 18 – 22, 2020
Teen Art Show 2020 – This show’s objective is to encourage young people to pursue creative endeavours in all fields of art. The exhibition is open to all teens.
Opening Reception – Saturday February 22, 2 – 5 pm

Tues – Sat 10 am – 6 pm, Sun 12 – 4 pm
Walkerville Artists’ Co-Op
1974 Wyandotte St. E., Windsor

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