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June 1st is Right Around the Corner!

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

In just one week, we’ll be opening our doors for the brand new season, and 2016 is going to be a great year. We seriously can’t wait for our family of art fans and friends to spend some time with us in the awe-inspiring surroundings of Algonquin Provincial Park. And we have some very special announcements to get you excited for this year’s program…

Our 2016 exhibit, Metamorphosis, promises to be fertile ground for conversation and inspiration. This season we’re fascinated by the idea that stasis is a fiction and all life is change. Across biology, ecology, and practices of internal well-being, the art we’ve chosen reflects big ideas. If all life is change, what does our experience of stillness mean? What roles do science and art play in understanding change, and how can they work together? In what ways can we guide change to make things better in ourselves and the world?
Come experience our 2016 lineup of artists and ponder these questions with us!

David Lidbetter, “Morning, Brewer Lake”

We’re very excited to announce that our featured artist for the month of June is David Lidbetter. We’ll be profiling this painter who’s rapidly becoming one of the most potent forces in Canadian art. His muted tones, ingenious takes on perspective and proportion, and all-season passion for Algonquin Park make his work the perfect launch into Spring at the gallery.
We’re thrilled to have David with us, so stay posted as we highlight his work throughout the month of June!

As we hang the new pieces and put the finishing touches on the space, we’re also gearing up for all the things our friends have come to expect. Take in art classes in our gazebo, where you can paint birch bark canoes or learn landscape painting in the style of the Canadian masters. Shop for the perfect gift in our boutique, or stop in for an artist’s talk.
Follow us here on the blog or on our social media channels to stay updated on everything happening at the gallery. Our Twitter is @AlgonquinArt, and you can stay informed on our Facebook page as well! We’ll also be sharing moments on our Instagram, @AlgonquinArtCentre, and keeping abreast of art news, travel, and nature on our Tumblr. There’s a lot of ways to keep in touch and stay informed, so follow us across all of our channels!

All in all, we can’t wait for you to join us and make 2016 a summer to remember in Algonquin.
Experience art in the park!

2016 Art Show: “Metamorphosis”

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

We’re excited to announce the theme for its 2016 art show, “Metamorphosis”.

This special exhibit will feature artworks that explore the concept of transformation as it applies to Algonquin’s wildlife and landscapes.

Why Metamorphosis?

One of our principal aims at the Centre is bridging art and science through special art exhibitions. Our philosophy is that science and art are part of the same spectrum of experience, and that choosing or emphasizing one over the other will reduce the full breadth and significance of experiencing Nature.

Based on this integrated science/art approach, we chose Metamorphosis as our 2016 theme. Before scientists appropriated the term in the 17th century,   ‘Metamorphosis’  had a much broader, more significant meaning, especially for the arts. As the Roman poet Ovid described in his poem, “Metamorphosis”, penned over 2,000 years ago, metamorphosis describes a vital life process: “All things change, nothing remains the same.”
For Ovid and his artistic successors, which include painters and poets from all eras in Western art history, including Correggio, Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Kafka, and more recently, Anne Carson, metamorphosis represented a vision of life in which all organisms (humans, animals, plants, etc.) were bound by the same fate: transformation. Life was in a constant state of flux, and although there was great resistance to this view,  these artists offered a bold, refreshing, and sometimes sublime view of life as change.

For our 2016 show, we want to restore the artistic meaning to Metamorphosis by exploring its connection to landscape and wildlife in Algonquin Park and Ontario’s protected areas.

The Golden Encore Artist’s Residency with Daniel St-Amant

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

We have some exciting news!
This October we’re partnering with Algonquin Provincial Park to provide the Golden Encore Artist’s Residency from October 14th to 21st. We’re proud to announce that we’ve chosen Daniel St-Amant to take part in this fantastic experience during one of autumn’s most beautiful times!

Daniel and his work

Daniel originally hails from Sherbrooke, Quebec, and spent time in Halifax at the esteemed Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. He eventually landed in Toronto, where he works as a visual effects artist for the film industry.

“The Noble Messenger”

Daniel’s artistic practice represents a blend of wildlife painting and a medium he describes as “modern surface.” He lays his canvasses on road-surfaces in areas of urban traffic or construction, and lets vehicles leave their impressions. Then, in the midst of those urban imprints, he paints wildlife that often seem poised in watchfulness, almost demanding that the viewer engage with them. You can see Daniel’s process here. It’s amazing to watch!


Daniel’s work explores the the way human encroachment, driven by consumption, leaves its impression on the landscape and wildlife around us. His paintings’ sombre but resolute subjects stand out and confront the human gaze, forcing us to acknowledge our place within nature, not above it, no matter what indelible marks we might leave on the landscape.

There are a lot of exciting things planned for this residency!
The “Golden Encore” takes place after the main flush of autumn colours. Once the reds and oranges of the maples have gone to sleep, the blazing yellows of the birches, the poplars, and the tamaracks flame up amid the deep greens of the pines and make for shockingly beautiful views. You can read all about it here.
During this dramatic time of year, Daniel will be staying at a lodge inside Algonquin’s boundaries, on Clark Lake near the East Gate. He’ll get the chance to take in the peaceful setting around the lake, walk in the woods, reflect on his artistic practice, and spend some time on his own projects, some of which may be hanging in the Algonquin Art Centre next season!
Our friends at the park tell us that there’s often a wolf-pack in the area. Being in such close proximity to one of our most magnificent animals can’t help but inspire a wildlife-artist…

Clark Lake
Imagine getting to look out on this view, flushed with yellow amid the howling of the wolves!

Daniel will also be taking part in art-demonstrations that’ll be free and open to the public. On Friday, October 16th, he’ll be at the Algonquin Art Centre. Then on Saturday the 17th and Sunday the 18th he’ll be at the Algonquin Visitor Centre at km 43 on Hwy 60. Each of those days you’ll be able to see Daniel at work from 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM, ask him any questions you might have, and just hang out with a compelling artist in an inspiring setting.
Again, that’s all free and open to the public. So come in, see the park at its best, and engage with the creator who’s capturing it!

Congratulations Daniel!
We can’t wait to see what you’ll be working on.

2015 Creative Residencies!

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

We hope you’ll join us in congratulating our Creators in Residence for the 2015 Summer Season: Manon Labrosse and Rhiannon Vogl!

The Algonquin Wildlife Research Station will be hosting Manon and Rhiannon from September 2nd to 6th. They’ll get the chance to work in collaboration as they soak up the Park’s landscape and the expertise of the AWRS’ naturalists.

Manon Labrosse is a Franco-Ontarian visual artist originally from up in Hearst, who now lives in Luskville near Quebec’s Gatineau Hills. Her work often focuses on fictionalized representations of her real-world experiences in the Northlands of Ontario, from the dreamy visual drone of telephone-poles as they pass by outside the car-window, to the stark visuals of  a clear-cut landscape. These memories are refracted through the lens of nostalgia, lending her paintings their unreal yet strangely familiar quality.
Take a look at her work here!

Photo-Credit: Rémi Thériault 

Rhiannon Vogl is taking on our writer’s residency. She works as an associate curator in contemporary art at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. Her writing covers contemporary Canadian and international art. Rhiannon comes from Powassan, so she shares a strong connection to Ontario’s North with Manon. Her own work centres around landscape as a site of memory as well as a vessel for the psychological material that observers of nature bring within themselves.

Rhiannon and Manon want to take the chance offered by this residency to absorb the landscape in Algonquin Park. They’ll be using this time to construct their experiences in the Park into a kind of memory-document that they will later work up into a collaborative piece, dealing with the interplay between landscape, experience, memory, and nostalgia.
We can’t wait to see what they bring to the table, so keep an eye out over the next couple of weeks for updates!

Algonquin Photo Show and Sale

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

We’re excited to be hosting our friends from the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station for the Algonquin Photo Show and Sale!

The AWRS isn’t just a hub for important research. It also provides photographers the chance to engage with Algonquin’s landscape and wildlife. For our part, we love when people express a scientific understanding of the park’s ecosystems through images of natural beauty. The researchers and photographers at the AWRS bring just this combination of knowledge and artistry to the table.

We hope you’ll join us from September 1st to 14th at the Algonquin Art Centre! Images will be available for purchase, and all proceeds go towards the operation of the AWRS.

Update: The dates for the show have been revised. Instead of closing on the 15th, as originally stated, the show closes on the 14th. Our apologies for the error!

August 2015 Exhibition: “Algonquin Spirit”

Thursday, August 13th, 2015


This month at the Algonquin Art Centre, we’re highlighting the beauty and drama of Algonquin Provincial Park through the paintings of E. Robert Ross. His work sets realism within an extra-rich colour palette, and points to the otherwordly qualities waiting to be revealed in our landscape at just the right moments.
Come see Ross’ work in person and get swept up in his vision of the park!

“Algonquin Spirit” will be on display until August 31st.
As always at the AAC, admission is free!

“Wetlands” 2015 Art Exhibition

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Discover the secrets behind one of the Park’s most biologically diverse ecosystems, “Wetlands”, through the works of Canada’s leading landscape and wildlife artists.

Click the video to see a sneak peek of our 2015 show:

Wetlands Video

“Wetlands” will be on display from June 1st – Oct.17th.   Voluntary Admission.


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