GALLERY

Our gallery is OPEN, Tuesday to Saturday  12-5 pm for public viewing

Our gallery is free admission and showcases the talents of many local and emerging artists throughout the year.

On Now:

AMARCORD

Eric J Drummond - TAP Resident Artist

October 4 - 29
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"We exist to express, whether it be artistically or through other means. Our disciplines are our expression. Artists, however, do not express needlessly but from a desire to seek sources much more profound and transcendent than what the natural world cares to show us. Within all the things we see on a consistent basis, a source or beauty lies within. Humanity has and more specifically, artists, have contemplated this since our earliest existence. As a result, through our predisposition to express we have passed on an ever-growing heritage.... or lineage, to describe beauty and truth. 

Beauty does not discriminate. It can be found in tragedy and in triumph. Through complexity or from stillness. It can be discovered or recalled. And it pertains entirely to the individual with capacity enough to express it in their fashion. We recall beauty in our inspirations, and we discover beauty through our methods. Anything that exists today is the result of what has come before. It is all a heritage of our species; we inherit the things that were said once and find those to be echoed again today. Sometimes we forget what we have said before, and therefore it must be stated again. Nothing has ever existed within a void.

This passing down of heritage mirrors that of a memory. The feelings that arise when we recall traumas, or the moments shared of a past loved one. Like a stone cast into still water, the feelings recalled ripple outwards from the soul. We find a divine source within the wistful return to some period in our minds. We recall our most human selves so quickly. “It’s like it was yesterday” is the common phrase. What becomes of it is a passing of culture, elapsing our understanding of time itself. 

Behind my eyes is an inexplicable feeling of homesickness. A constant desire to go back. My solace is found in an understanding that memory and culture are not bound to time.  Relatable feelings from past experiences surface as I view the works done by those long before. In my work, the dried tears weigh the fur of the teddy bear she holds, the jacket as vibrant as the pride poised in the gaze of her eyes, a brother’s hands crown his expression. From work to work, this lineage leads me on. Memories, heritage, and culture is echoed in the marks chosen to describe a beauty searched for. 

Moments we share with each other formulate our nature. We are the sum of all our experiences past, we are all living memories, brought up by cultures cultivated by generations long before, crossing each other's paths. I labor in the standards I’m inspired by; I express the inner truth of the subjects I see, exiling myself of the superficialities of the world today. But while I balance these feelings and techniques, time never bounds me...because Amarcord - I Remember. "  - E. Drummond

We invite you to explore the work and passions of Eric Drummond in his first solo exhibition Amarcord from October 4 to October 29. Meet Eric at the exhibition reception on Friday October 7 from 6-9pm. Eric will also be live painting in the gallery on Saturday October 15 from 2:00PM to 5:00PM.

Past Exhibitions:

Pop-up exhibition of some of our favourite panels.

Comic Jam: Pages Pop-up

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An exhibition of some of our favorite panels from the ever popular "Comic Jam" sessions. Every month artists gather at TAP to participate in a free monthly comic series where someone starts by drawing the first panel, then slides it across the table to see what the next person adds to the story. At the end of the night there are piles of pages, and at the end of the year there are oodles of pages! This is our opportunity to share these pages with you in a pop-up exhibit that honours the artists that gather at this creative table.

The Shady Artists Show

Annual Exhibition for 2022

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The SHADY Artists are back! The Shady Artists share a love of plein air painting. This will be their 7th annual show together.

Sandi McCabe paints vivid scenes from the London area using bold colours and dynamic brush strokes that depict her whimsical nature and daring vision as an artist.

Michele Haley brings a subtle approach to oil painting by effectively combining a variety of brush strokes, intricate textures and subtle hues that produce work that truly captures the artist's emotion.

Janice Howell displays an uncanny ability to invent and exploit colour creating bold designs that add life and vibrancy to everyday scenes while cleverly incorporating architecture into many of her compositions.

 

The Shady Artists’ Reception is Thursday Sept. 8 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be a special welcome for friends, staff and supporters of My Sisters' Place. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the art, live music, and Refreshments. All three Shady Artists will be painting at the TAP gallery Friday Sept. 2 and Friday Sept. 9 from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please come and watch the artists at work and have a chat with them! (An artist will be at the gallery every day of the show.)

 

20% of the proceeds raised from the sale of art at this show will be donated to My Sisters' Place. My Sisters' Place offers support, a hot meal, and a welcoming safe haven for women in need.

Anne, Anna & Annabel

Anne Hamilton, Anna Wilson and Annabel Biro  Resident Artists of TAP

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This exhibition features the work of three of TAP's resident artists: Annabel Biro, Anne Hamilton and Anna Wilson. During the last two years these artists worked in the studio spaces above the closed gallery, connecting when they could with each other and with the community. 

Their subject matter focuses on the familiar: people, objects, and spaces but their approaches to their subjects are unique to each. Annabel's soft painterly style is reminiscent of the personal photos that inspired her work. Anne's illustrations reveal her experimentation with new materials to play up the translucence in her objects. And Anna's exploration of blank space and imagined place creates new corners and depths to envelope the viewer. 

REFLEX

Fanshawe College's 39th annual Photography Program Student Image Competition 

Winners' Gallery 

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REFLEXThe photographs in this exhibition are the top finalist in each category of our 39th annual Photography Program Student Image Competition. It features images from the Fanshawe Photography and the Photography Advanced Programs. This is an excellent opportunity to see the high calibre image created by young emerging photographers. In addition to the finalist, there will be images from various student projects representing first and second year students. 

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The 2022 Graduating Class of Fanshawe College's Fine Art Programme

(un)ADJUSTED"Fifty years ago, in Fanshawe's first Fine Art Graduating Class, 1972, students came to class, bought art supplies, learned and worked in studios together coming and going as schedules required. This learning environment webbed and flowed continuously in each era until March 2020. COVID abruptly changed everything. A murky digital horizon intercepted education. Adjustments centered around safety, and primarily distance learning, with unusual, changeable obstacles and challenges which no art class at Fanshawe has ever faced before. Quietly, unmistakably, art practice was challenged too. As you will note from this milestone exhibition, strength, patience, and courage arise in the many individual approaches experienced. Students crave social interaction, investigating and studying with peers. Cherishing, laughing, advancing, reflecting, smiling and seriously making Art. This Art confronts us now with joy."

         --Gary Spearin, Coordinator, Professor, MFA, BFA