Visual Arts

47th Annual Art Auction [Dundas Valley School of Art]

Dundas Valley School of Art 47th Annual Art Auction

Paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics and more – the studios at Dundas Valley School of Art are brimming with stellar artworks as the school gears up for its 47th Annual Art Auction, April 6–8. The school’s main fundraiser of the year, this edition features must-see pieces from art world masters such as Picasso and Renoir, works from iconic Canadian artists such as Robert Bateman and Frank Panabaker, and a vast selection of artwork by the region’s finest new and established artists.

Now in its 47th year, the exciting three-day event features over 1,400 works of art in all styles and all price ranges. Proceeds from the event directly benefit the local artistic community and fund DVSA’s mission to provide high-quality and accessible visual arts education programs for the region. The auction weekend kicks off with three days of free previews, from Thursday, April 6th to Saturday, April 8th, offering art lovers the opportunity to place silent bids on hundreds of works of art on display throughout the school. Every studio is filled with artwork that includes paintings, drawings, pastels, prints, photography, sculpture, pottery, jewellery and more.

The marquee event is the Live Auction to be held on the night of Saturday, April 8th in the school’s Studio Loft. Commencing at 8 p.m., the Live Auction features 50 distinct selected works such as the Picasso and Renoir along with pieces from leading regional artists such as Catherine Gibbon, Eric Ranveau, Lila Lewis Irving, E. Robert Ross, Julia Veenstra and Peter Fischer. Other highlights of the weekend include the Dream Auction, featuring great value gift packages from local businesses. The Discovery Room showcases a wide selection of highly affordable pottery and matted works, books, art supplies and equipment – all on sale only during the preview days.

Free Preview Dates: 
Thursday, April 6 and Friday, April 7 (9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
Saturday, April 8 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Live Auction & Silent Auction Closing Night:
Saturday, April 8, 2017. Doors open 7:00 p.m., Live Auction 8:00 p.m.
Admission $35.00 in advance, $40.00 door
Tickets at or at DVSA
Full information at or 905-628-6357

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 09:00 to 21:00
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 09:00 to 21:00
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 09:00 to 16:00
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 19:00 to 22:00
Dundas Valley School of Art - 21 Ogilvie St, Dundas

Equinox: SUMMA 2017 [McMaster Museum of Art]

Equinox: SUMMA 2017 Graduating Student Art Exhibition

April 6 – 22, 2017

Guest Curator: Svava Thordis Juliusson

The McMaster Museum of Art proudly presents Equinox, the annual Studio Art exhibition, representing twenty-seven emerging artists from McMaster’s Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts program. An equinox occurs when the sun crosses the equator, making both day and night equal in length. This event therefore signifies not only an end, but a beginning for these artists as they embark on the next chapter of their careers. From material exploration to conceptually-driven processes, this culminating exhibition will showcase this diverse and ambitious group’s evolution as they celebrate a period of change.
Follow Equinox on Facebook and Instagram. Support their culminating project and catalogue here.

Artist Talks: April 6, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Reception: April 8, 2:30 - 4:30 pm

The Artists:

  • Jaslin Bhangoo
  • Gillian Bochenek
  • Laura Brandreth
  • Angela Busse
  • Justine Ciaramella
  • Mischa Dabrowski
  • Kristina Durka
  • Parker Flood
  • Stephanie Grant
  • Rachel Hillock
  • Wing Lau
  • Camelia McLeod
  • Meaghan McMurrich
  • Dana Milton
  • Jonathan Mitchell
  • Hilary Rosa
  • Hannah Sampson
  • Maria Simmons
  • Jasmyne Smith
  • Whyishnave Suthagar
  • Jennifer Tewnion
  • Riley Vanderzee
  • Tess Visser
  • Alexandra Walker
  • Cassandra Whall
  • Serim Ye
  • Qianyu Zhou

INFO: 905.525.9140 (x 23081)

Thursday, April 6, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, April 22, 2017 (All day)
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 17:30 to 18:30
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 14:30 to 16:30
McMaster Museum of Art, ALvin A. Lee Building, McMaster University, 1280 Main St West, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L6

WAAH 121st Annual Exhibition [Art Gallery of Hamilton]

Founded in 1914, the Art Gallery of Hamilton is the oldest and largest public 
art gallery in southwestern Ontario. Its permanent collection, which is focused
on historical Canadian, 19th-century European and Contemporary art, now
numbers more than 10,000 works and is recognized as one of the finest in Canada.
The AGH is a vital creative hub and centre of lifelong learning that enables people
of all ages to enrich their lives by gaining a deeper understanding of art.

Gallery Hours:  
​Tuesday & Wednesday, 11 am - 6 pm; Thursday, 11 am - 8 pm;
Friday, 11 am - 6 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 12 noon - 5 pm

Women's Art Association of Hamilton 121st Annual Juried Exhibition 

February 18, 2017 to May 7, 2017 

The Women's Art Association of Hamilton was formed in 1894 in response to concerns that Hamilton's cultural life might be overshadowed by the rapid growth and industrialization of the city. It played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Art Gallery of Hamilton in 1914 and in building the Gallery's extensive collection. Their annual juried show has occurred every year since their inception, and has been hosted by the AGH since 1947. Today the Association continues to be a collective of talented women artists and art enthusiasts with a goalto promote appreciation of the visual arts among its members and within the community.

In the The Jean and Ross Fischer Gallery


The Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King Street West, Hamilton
905.527.6610 or email


Saturday, February 18, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, May 7, 2017 (All day)
Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King St West, Hamilton, ON

Home is Where We Are [Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts]

Home is Where We Are

by Katherine Murphy

Sat, Mar 25 - Sat, Apr 22, 2017
​Opening Reception: Fri, Apr 14, 2017 from 6-8 PM



Katherine Murphy’s practice explores personal and public places and the relationships between. For this show, Murphy reflects upon her pursuit for perpetual; repose and has included paintings from her series In Search of Quiet Place and Tents.

Katherine Murphy is a multidisciplinary artist with roots in painting. Her works often veer toward recorded memories and places. She has exhibited locally and internationally.

This exhibition opening will coincide with the HCA Concert Series featuring Janina Fialkowska taking place Sunday, March 26th at 4PM and the LaFayette Quartet on Sunday, April 9th at 2 PM.

Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts
126 James Street South, Hamilton
905 - 528 - 4020

Saturday, March 25, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, April 22, 2017 (All day)
Friday, April 14, 2017 - 18:00 to 20:00
HCA Gallery, 126 James St South, Hamilton, ON

Guidance [Hamilton Artists Inc]

Guidance - Bogdan Luca, Nancy Anne McPhee and Trudy Perks

March 25 - May 13
Opening Reception: March 25, 2:00-5:00 pm

Nancy Anne McPhee – Cotton Factory Talks: April 29, 2:00 pm at the Cotton Factory (270 Sherman Ave N. Studio 236 in the Storehouse Building.)

What results when an art work can guide itself? No longer determined solely by the hand of the maker or the circumstances of creation, accidents and flaws inevitably shape the outcome of a work. Is it a collaborative process with chance? An exploration in potential? Bogdan Luca, Nancy Anne McPhee, and Trudy Perks each allow material process to guide and surprise them in the creation of their work. Luca’s mixed media paintings combine collage, abstraction and figurative representation into a liminal field that evokes the ambiguity and shifting identities of the subjects he portrays. At times, a comment on how societal contexts and mass media can effect a shifting sense of self, and the power relations at play. McPhee’s ink washes juxtapose satellites against the vastness of space. These large-scale drawings exemplify the willfulness of the materials used, ink running and collecting into chance constellations. Simultaneously, the viewer is asked to ponder the resulting sense of loneliness, and, at the same time, the mass surveillance evoked by these satelite images. Inspired by NASA re-entry parachutes, Perks’ subtle textural canvases evolve into soft structures evidencing mark making, the relational history of a body being moved, and the canvas’ response. As demonstrated by the works on display, when expertise can lead to a predictable outcome, a willingness to relinquish control can allow for the development of new approaches, pathways, ideas, and connections.

This exhibition will be accompanied by a critical essay written by Benjamin Prus.

Bogdan Luca is a Toronto based artist interested in the ecology of images that constantly shapes our consciousness and sense of reality. Bogdan uses painting, drawing, collage, and photographic techniques to create images that reflect a sense of contemporary disorientation in relation to an over abundance of visual information. He has shown his work in Canada, Romania, Germany and the US. Bogdan also teaches drawing and painting at OCAD University and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Nancy Anne McPhee is a textile installation artist originally from Alberta and now based in Hamilton, ON. McPhee has exhibited nationally and internationally and has received funding from the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.  Recent exhibitions include the Biennale internationale du lin de Portneuf (QC), SUPERCRAWL Hamilton (ON), and upcoming solo shows at Agnes Jamieson Gallery (ON) and Grenfell Campus Art Gallery (NL).

Trudy Perks is a painter from California living in Barrie, Ontario, making work about folds. She is interested in the emergence of patterns and soft structures with flexible geometries. Her BFA (2016) is from OCAD University and Hon.B.Sc.(2000) from the University of Toronto. She studied at Loughborough University’s School of Art & Design (2010) in East Midlands, UK, and has exhibited recently in Midland, Orillia and Toronto, Ontario, and in Florence, Italy.

Saturday, March 25, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, May 13, 2017 (All day)
Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 14:00 to 17:00
Hamilton Artists Inc, 155 James Street North, Hamilton, ON

Laboratory Ecologies [Hamilton Artists Inc]

Laboratory Ecologies - Jennifer Willet

March 25 - May 13
Opening Reception: March 25, 2:00-4:00 pm

Artist Talk presented in partnership with the Hamilton Arts Council’s Echo Artist Talk Series: March 23, 7:00 pm at Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)

Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to present Laboratory Ecologies, an immersive participatory bio art installation, and collection of artworks by Windsor-based artist, Jennifer Willet, PhD. Willet’s internationally renowned, seminal interdisciplinary practice combines contemporary visual art, biology and ecology. Grounded by colorfully modified, yet functional laboratory equipment, the exhibition mines laboratory aesthetics, and the messages that contemporary lab equipment design communicates to users.  The visual language of cold, sterile, masculine, steel/plastic/glass used in laboratory technology design conveys a gendered, authoritative, and Western hierarchy of objective truth telling to audiences.  Where as, Willet’s modified lab equipment visually re-connects this equipment to the bodies (and bodily functions) it attempts to re-create, the natural world, and the human drive to dominate nature through the natural sciences.

Exploring these connections between the human body and laboratory processes, Willet likens the lab environment to a complicated natural ecosystem; a carefully balanced relationship between a variety of organisms (and parts of organisms) inhabiting a shared environment: animal and human research subjects, cells, bacteria, enzymes, plants, the scientists themselves, and even unwanted contaminants engaging in mutually beneficial and detrimental relationships. Although these life forms are often not allowed to leave the lab, their by-products and research implications are transforming our bodies, our ecologies, and by extension our cultural and social connections with each other and the natural world. The equipment in Laboratory Ecologies, through its modification and display, makes disciplines of biology, ecology, and the laboratory environment accessible to a diverse array of audiences by disarming viewers through its unique, quirky and colourful presentation.
This exhibition will be accompanied by a critical essay written by Roberta Buiani.
Dr. Jennifer Willet, Associate Professor in the School of Creative Arts, University of Windsor (Canada) is an internationally successful artist in the emerging field of bioart.  In 2009 she opened a bioart research and teaching lab INCUBATOR: Hybrid Laboratory at the Intersection of Art, Science, and Ecology at the UofW.

Saturday, March 25, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, May 13, 2017 (All day)
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 19:00 to 21:00
Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 14:00 to 16:00
Hamilton Artists Inc, 155 James Street North, Hamilton, ON

HERitage: 150 Years of Persistence [Workers Arts & Heritage Centre]

Serving to preserve, honour, and promote 
the culture & history of all working people.

51 Stuart Street, Hamilton  |  905.522.3003       
Public Hours:  Wed to Sat from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


HERitage: 150 Years of Persistence

March 30 - April 22

YWCA Hamilton’s Young Women’s Advisory Council is hosting an exhibition in our community gallery to close Women’s History Month and commemorate Canadian history. Please join them for an opening reception of their exhibition, HERitage: 150 Years of Persistence, on Thursday, March 30th, from 5-7 pm.

On display will be a collection of banners and posters created both by members of the Young Women’s Advisory Council and youth members of the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre. These works will be combined with artifacts from WAHC’s permanent collection.

These items are the culmination of discussions inspired by the recent Women’s Marches about ways that many, and different Women have affected positive change in Canada by persistent action through civic engagement.

For more information, contact Tara Bursey, Program Coordinator at (905) 522-3003 ex. 29 or

YWCA Hamilton’s Young Women’s Advisory Council wishes to thank Canadian Heritage for their support of this exhibition.

Thursday, March 30, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, April 22, 2017 (All day)
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 17:00 to 19:00
Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St, Hamilton

CRIT Nights [AGH Annex]




CRIT Nights

Are you an artist, writer, performer with a creative block? Have some new work that is just not working? Looking for some art-school-style critical feedback? Crit Night is a new program that offers all of that. In our first event, join a panel of guest critics-artists, curators, gallerists from the region along with a few brave souls who are willing to brave public scrutiny. Join us at the Crit Night Launch party, have a drink and see how what it's all about.

Admission is FREE; Cash Bar

WHEN: Thurs, March 23 from 7PM to 9:30PM (Doors open at 6:30PM)
WHERE: AGH Annex 118 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 2K7, Canada


Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 19:00 to 21:30
AGH Annex, 118 James Street North, Hamilton ON

The Fabric of the City [Art Gallery of Hamilton / Workers Arts & Heritage Centre]

The Fabric of the City

Hamilton Textile Industry and Exhibition

This season, the AGH presents Sara Angelucci: Piece Work, focused on the garment workers of Coppley Apparel. At the same time, Hamilton's labour history museum and multidisciplinary art centre, the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre (WAHC) presents All or None: Garment Workers' Union Banners from the Permanent Collection (January 20 - April 22) which draws connections between the Centre's collection of historic union banners with the work of contemporary Canadian artist Kandis Friesen.

To synchronize these exhibitions, WAHC and the AGH are pleased to co-host an artist-led exhibition tour at each venue, connected by a short walking tour led by WAHC staff highlighting some of the historic and remaining textile and garment manufacturing vestiges in the city's core. Join us!

WHEN: Saturday, April 1 at 10:30 AM - 2 PM

  • 10:30am: Tour of Fabric of All or None with Kandis Friesen starting at Workers Arts and Heritage Centre (51 Stuart Street, Hamilton)
  • 1:00pm: Tour of Piece Work with Sara Angelucci

WHERE: Workers Arts and Heritage Centre and Art Gallery of Hamilton
TIX: AGH / WAHC Members: FREE (RSVP TO; Non-Members $12 (limited space available)

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 10:30 to 14:00
Workers Arts and Heritage Centre and Art Gallery of Hamilton

Rebels and Reformers [Dundas Museum & Archives]


Opening March 18th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Rebels and Reformers: Dundas on the Road to Responsible Government explores one of the most exciting, violent, and chaotic eras in Canadian history – from a uniquely Dundas perspective. From 1820 to 1850 there were those who wanted a greater voice in government and those who were content with the status quo. A more representative government would appear in 1848, creating the foundation for the democratic system Canadians enjoy today.

In this exhibit, we trace the reform sentiments of early Dundasians, examine the attack on George Rolph as a political act, and see how William Notman insulted Allan MacNab. Robert Baldwin visited Dundas in 1846 prior to the  election which would see him form the Great Ministry with Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine. His speech at the Boggis Hotel, standing in front of the Durham Banner, represents a high point for Dundas reformers. Baldwin and LaFontaine would be victorious in 1848 and set the course for the beginning of representative government in Canada.

The themes in this exhibit are national and international in scope and cannot be examined without context. Yet we always return to Dundas. You won’t want to miss this exciting trip through a truly remarkable time in our history.

Rebels and Reformers: Dundas on the Road to Responsible Government will be on exhibition from March 18 to June 3, 2017.

Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 13:00 to 16:00
Saturday, March 18, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, June 3, 2017 (All day)
Dundas Museum and Archives, 139 Park St. West, Dundas, ON