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Share the Passion
Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery
Sarnia, Ontario

York Wilson: The Story of Oil
A Partnership Between Art & Industry
March 23 – April 23, 2017

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York Wilson: The Story of Oil
A Partnership Between Art & Industry exhibition installation

A gallery’s permanent collection is a public legacy reflecting local, national, and sometimes international artistic developments, and is held in trust for the future. Through a series of four exhibitions, we are honoured to pay tribute to the many individuals, artists, collectors, and corporations who have donated art to help build the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery’s outstanding permanent collection.

Imperial Oil Limited (Imperial) began collecting art more than 70 years ago with the goal of supporting Canadian artists, contributing to Canadian culture, enhancing the work environment for employees, and providing public awareness of the visual arts. The partnership of art and industry is long and storied at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery.

To mark Canada's 150th birthday, Imperial is donating six million dollars worth of artworks and art sale proceeds to Canadian museums, galleries, and the United Way. As part of the nationwide donation, the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery has received eight large sketches by York Wilson that celebrate Canada's technological and industrial growth, specifically the Story of Oil.


Ongoing Exhibitions

Elusive Utopia
February 3 – May 7, 2017

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Kevin Yates | 11th Street (2/2), 2009 | Bronze, painted wood | 32 x 24 x 21 cm
Ian McLean | Filtration Chamber, 2011 | Oil on canvas | 127 x 127 cm
Renée Van Halm | Scandinavian Interior, 2009 | Acrylic on linen | 119 x 160 cm
Matthew Carver | No Sign of the Kesselmans upriver from Festspielhaus, 2014 | Acrylic on canvas | 200 x 300 cm

Elusive Utopia features artwork by Ian McLean, Matthew Carver, Renée Van Halm, and Kevin Yates

Elusive Utopia presents four artists who collectively explore the built environment, questioning how it simultaneously governs us while reflecting our deepest desires. Oscillating between aesthetically beautiful artwork and gnawing economic and social questions, particularly in light of the growing divide between the ‘haves and the have-nots’, the exhibition blurs the line between home and work space as a site of comfort and production, and as a site of unease.

The exhibition is curated by Lisa Daniels.


Winter Light
February 3 – May 28, 2017

Winter Light features artwork by Jane Austin.

Winter Light is a series of poetic, still life videos that explore the play of light and shadow on everyday objects. The hypnotic sound of the clock and the metronome together with the dance of light and shadow across the objects are at once mesmerizing and familiar. When watched in their entirety, Austin’s ‘moving paintings’ have a hypnotic and peaceful effect.


Upcoming Programming

From painting workshops, to collage compositions, to artist and expert talks, our programming offers something for everyone. Below are a few highlights – check out our website at www.jnaag.ca for a full listing of upcoming events, descriptions, and presenter biographies.

Cut & Paint with Renée Van Halm
April 7, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Collage compositions will form the basis for small paintings on paper. Renée will introduce you to her collage technique and how to use it as source material for paintings. Using photocopy enlargements and cut images from magazines, create compositions that will delight and surprise.

Drawing Workshop Series with Kelly Wallace
Saturdays, 10:00am – 3:00pm
May 13, 20 & 27

In a supportive, creative, and productive environment, Kelly will guide you through the basics of drawing to amazing results. Check out his website at http://www.terminalarts.com.

Each workshop will focus on a different theme:

May 13 - Landscape
May 20 - Life
May 27 - Conceptual

Register for either Workshop by contacting Ann at ann.helps@county-lambton.on.ca or 519-336-8127 ext. 3226.


Upcoming Exhibitions

Share the Passion is a four-part exhibition series at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery. The first three exhibitions will explore the foundation of the collection and will include many of the community’s most familiar and beloved works. Additionally, this series will present a number of recently acquired works that have never been presented to the community until now, including work by Emily Carr, York Wilson, and A.J. Casson. The fourth exhibition in the series will celebrate the donors of modern and contemporary art.

York Wilson: The Story of Oil
March 23 – April 23, 2017

A Keen Eye: Early Donors
May 5 – June 25, 2017

The Bold & The New
June 2 – August 12, 2017

Heavy Hitters: The Group of 7 & Contemporaries
July 7 – August 13, 2017


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