Spring 2024 Exhibitions at Gallery Stratford

Colleen Schindler, Ikigai, 2023. Oil pastel on paper

Colleen Schindler
Permission to be still

April 27 – June 9, 2024
Artist Reception: June 2, 1-4 pm
Upper Gallery 1

In this exhibition, Colleen Schindler presents work that attempts to hold onto moments that convey intimate experiences of place. The images are derived from details in natural and built environments, including mundane objects like wallpaper, rugs, and fabrics that are peeling, faded and stained. Other elements are derived from the landscape such as lichens and tidal rivulets. This work is about allowing oneself to be slow. The drawings and embroideries in this exhibition represent intentionally taking time to be in one’s place and notice that which is usually unnoticed. They attempt to push out the busy-ness of our lives and extend memories and experiences.

Colleen Schindler, (Left) For the Longest Time, 2024. (Right) Even When There’s a Lot to be Said, 2024. Oil pastel on paper

Colleen Schindler is an interdisciplinary artist, exploring image-making through drawing, photography, and embroidery. She examines multiple recurring themes surrounding memory, place, time, and shared experiences. Colleen has an MFA from Louisiana State University and is an Associate Professor at Toronto Metropolitan University. Her award-winning work has been exhibited domestically and internationally and is part of the Thames Art Gallery permanent collection.


Grahame Lynch, Surface Tension #11, 2023. Cyanotype on paper

Grahame Lynch
Of breath and water

April 27 – June 9, 2024
Artist Reception: June 2, 1-4 pm
Upper Gallery 2

Grahame Lynch presents an ongoing series of rain-soaked and snow-covered self-portraits alongside fragmented depictions of waves and stormy skies that promise a deluge. The imagery can be interpreted as elements of endless internal dialogues, chaotic yet willfully quiet moments, or as a metaphorical experience of drowning. For the artist, they evoke feelings of panic and hint at efforts to quell situations that are not wholly apparent in the images.

Crafted from an assemblage of photographic negatives that represent numerous and often conflicting moments, these images are produced using cyanotype and silver-based photographic processes and incorporate various digital, physical and chemical interventions. Collage-based methods depart from photographic traditions that have a single frame of reference, resulting in spatially compressed, optically imprecise images suggestive of an altered sense of time.

Grahame Lynch, Avoidance #8, 2024. Collage with silver gelatin prints

Grahame Lynch is a Stratford-based, multidisciplinary artist whose body of work is rooted in lifelong conditions of visual disability. His work often encourages audiences to engage in ways that challenge their own visual and spatial perceptions, as well as their emotional connections to sight. Grahame has an MFA from the University of Guelph and is an Associate Professor at Toronto Metropolitan University.


Life Lines
Open Studio Life Drawing at Gallery Stratford

May 11 – June 9, 2024
Artists’ Reception: June 2, 1-4 pm
Lower Gallery

Life drawing has been a foundational practice for artists going back to the Renaissance, when artists realized that direct observation of the human body was the key to depicting figures. Drawing from a nude model is part of every art school curriculum. It’s easy to find drawing groups in most larger cities around the world, open to artists of every skill level, but they are rare in smaller towns. Artists in Stratford have enjoyed regular weekly life drawing sessions for 50 years now, through Gallery Stratford’s Open Studio program. Life Lines is an exhibition of the work produced in our weekly three-hours life drawing sessions.

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Gallery Stratford gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Stratford. As well, we wish to acknowledge the generous support of all our members, donors and volunteers who have contributed to the ongoing operations of Gallery Stratford over the years.