Blyth Festival Art Gallery unveils 2018 lineup

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BLYTH – Now into its 43rd year, the Blyth Festival Art Gallery continues its mandate of presenting quality art work to the Huron County community as well as to visiting theatre-goers, and has announced its schedule of exhibitions for 2018.

The annual Student Show has a growing reputation for featuring the best work from art students in Perth and Huron County secondary schools. It opens May 3 and runs until May 25.

Wave 3D – Happy by Kathy White. Yarn and fibres on board. Part of “Every Fibre of My Being” exhibition.

The public at large is invited to submit their art for the annual Community Show, a non-juried (open) exhibition from May 26 to June 16. Work for the show will be accepted at the gallery from 9 a.m. to noon on May 26.

The Gallery annually presents three exhibitions of professional level art. The first of these, Every Fibre of My Being, is by Kathy White, a Stratford fibre artist who uses wool yarn and beeswax to create complex realistic images with a dreamy haze. It opens on June 22 and runs until July 14.

This will be followed by In Retrospect, an exhibition in various media by a group of artists whose professional collective, the Huron Society of Artists, dissolved more than 20 years ago. Many of the members are still producing creative work and maintain close friendships with each other. It may be viewed from July 20 to Aug. 18.

From Aug. 24 to Sept. 15, the viewing public will be treated to a show of whimsical marionette puppets and sculptures, titled We’ve Been Here for So Long – the Huron County Show. Gemma James-Smith creates the pieces as caricatures of notable local residents and historical figures. This is an exhibition not to be missed.

All exhibitions are organized by an enthusiastic group of volunteers and are displayed at the Bainton Gallery in the recently renovated Blyth Memorial Community Hall. The Gallery is open the same hours as the Festival Theatre Box Office. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.

For more information, email Robert Tetu,