Spring Exhibitions: Pio Abad | Rebecca Brewer & Rochelle Goldberg

Please join Oakville Galleries to celebrate our spring exhibition openings on Sunday 31 March from 2:30 pm–3:30 pm at Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square, followed by a reception at Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens from 3:30 pm–5:00 pm. Need a ride to Oakville? Get on the ARTbus (details below).

Pio Abad: Splendour

31 March – 2 June 2019
Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens

In Pio Abad’s Splendour, the London, UK-based artist brings together objects and images that draw connections between specific moments of political and economic upheaval, from the fall of Cold War era dictatorships that erroneously heralded ‘the end of history’ to the economic crises of 2008 that brought us to our current age of political disenchantment. Lifting its title from an Abi Morgan play, which takes place in the drawing room of an unnamed autocracy on the eve of its collapse, the exhibition imagines Gairloch Gardens as the domestic setting of another scene of political devolution and decay. Splendour reflects on the roles of repetition and mistranslation in our understanding of history and asks how we might meaningfully go forward at this moment of worldwide political unease.

Free exhibition tours:
Saturday 13 April 2019, 3:00 pm
Saturday 11 May 2019, 3:00 pm


Rebecca Brewer & Rochelle Goldberg: Waves and Waves

31 March – 2 June 2019
Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square

Longtime friends and occasional collaborators, New York-based artist Rochelle Goldberg and Vancouver-based artist Rebecca Brewer have been engaged in a dialogue about their respective practices for years. This exhibition emerges from that conversation, with their distinct ideas unfolding materially in a shared space for the first time. The project sees both artists explore forms that allude to the relationship between human life and the natural world: Brewer’s recent textile works recall dream-like perceptions—seen here alongside new paintings that stem from an early memory of being carried out to sea on a wave—whereas Goldberg’s sculptural works evoke material transitions, tactility and the traces that contact leaves on human bodies and other living beings.

Free exhibition tours:
Saturday 13 April 2019, 2:00 pm
Saturday 11 May 2019, 2:00 pm


Sunday 31 March 2019, 12:00 pm–5:00 pm
Pick-up and drop-off at the Ryerson Image Centre
$10 donation includes transportation to all galleries and afternoon refreshments

Our spring ARTbus begins at the Ryerson Image Centre with a tour of True to the Eyes from the private collection of Howard and Carole Tanenbaum. The ARTbus continues to the Art Gallery of Burlington to visit Ears, Eyes, Voice curated by Dr. Julie Crooks. Lastly, at Oakville Galleries participants will visit the opening of Rebecca Brewer & Rochelle Goldberg: Waves and Waves and Pio Abad: Splendour.


Sunday 26 May 2019, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens

Bring the whole family to Oakville Galleries for an exhibition tour and hands-on art activity inspired by the work of Pio Abad. A parent or guardian must accompany children for the duration of their visit.



Oakville Galleries is a not-for-profit contemporary art museum located 30 km west of Toronto. Housed in two spaces—one alongside a public library in downtown Oakville, and another in a lakeside mansion and park—Oakville Galleries is one of Canada’s leading art museums, driven by a belief in the singular power of art and artists to deepen our understanding of ourselves and our communities and move us toward a better world.

Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens
1306 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville
Tuesday to Sunday: 1:00 pm–5:00 pm

Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square
120 Navy Street, Oakville
Tuesday to Thursday: 11:00 am–9:00 pm
Friday: 12:00 pm–5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm–5:00 pm

Admission is free.

For more information about Oakville Galleries, our exhibitions or programs, visit www.oakvillegalleries.com or call 905.844.4402.

Images (from top to bottom): (1) Pio Abad, Primaverii no. 3, 2018. Courtesy of the artist. (2) Rebecca Brewer and Rochelle Goldberg, Waves and Waves, 2019. Courtesy of the artists. (3) Clockwise from top left: Mary Ellen Mark, Three Acrobats, Vazquez Brothers Circus, Mexico City, Mexico (detail), 1997 (printed 2005), gelatin silver print © Mary Ellen Mark. The Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Photography Collection; James Russell, Miss Black Ontario Winner, Miss Rexdale, Rhonda Broadbent (detail), 1981, silver gelatin print; Rochelle Goldberg, Pétroleuse (installation detail), 2018. Courtesy of the artist; Pio Abad, Primaverii no. 4 (detail), 2018. Courtesy of the artist.