BLYTH FESTIVAL ART GALLERY

In 1976, one year after The Blyth Festival began producing Original Canadian Theatre in Huron County, local visual artists Bev and Ron Walker formed a committee of volunteers to create a public art gallery as a complement to the Festival. The aim was to showcase regional artists working in various media. The Blyth Festival Art Gallery was born.

A vibrant and integral part of the Blyth Centre for the Arts, The Blyth Festival Art Gallery is housed in the Bainton Gallery (so named thanks to a generous gift from Frank and Cenetta Bainton, in 1990). The Gallery is physically attached to Blyth Community Memorial Hall.

The Blyth Festival Art Gallery hosts five shows annually: one group student show, one group community show, and three professional shows.

Past Professional Gallery Shows:

2017

PERFECT IMPERFECTION: Michelle Zarytshansky
REFLECTIONS FROM THE SANDS: Darren Woluschuk
SILENT SPACES: Julian Mulock

2016

QUIET TIME: Wendy Orr
COMMON GROUND: Elfi Enns, Madeleine Roske, & Jane Stryker
TRANSFIGURATION: Montina Hussey

2015

FROM the BEGINNING; the FOUNDERS’ RETROSPECTIVE:
the Art Gallery founders Ron and Bev Walker
A VISION of HOME: Michelle Miller
A TRICK of the LIGHT: Greg Sherwood

2014

VESTIGES and PAUSES: Rose Pearson
WHO HEALS YOU: Kelly Stevenson
CELEBRATING 40 YEARS: to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Blyth Centre for the Arts: selected works from previous gallery shows

2013

TRANSPARENT ARCHITECTURE: Brenda McDonnell
INDWELLING: Wayne Muma
COLOURS of the LAND: Susan Hay

2012

AN ENCAUSTIC VIEWPOINT: Anna Koot, Wendy O’Brien, & Wendy Orr
BEAL ART – a 100th anniversary group exhibition: works by H. B. Beal Secondary School Art teachers
WHILE I WAS WAITING: Monica Eckert

2011

FOOTSTEPS in the GARDEN: Danuta and Vlodek Tydor
RETROSPECTIVE: Jo Manning
DOUBLE EXPOSURE: Anne Hamilton and Tristan Eekhoff

2010

ROAD to OLYMPUS: Edward Schleimer
CARNIVAL: Natalie Hussey
COORDINATES: Elizabeth Van den Broeck

2009

THE ART of FUNCTION – Eight Ontario potters
PERCEPTIONS – ABSTRACTS on ALUMINUM: Darlean Morris
RURAL ROOTS – a group exhibition Members of Stratford’s Gallery 96

2008

A BEND in the RIVER: Kerry Ferris and Catherine Morrisey
BEHIND the MASK: Monte Wright
A GLASS MENAGERIE: Paulus Tjiang

2007

SYMBOLS: Ron Milton
EN MASSE: Irene Hartwick and Madeleine Roske
SCENE CHANGES: Phil Irish

2006

LAYERS and LAYERS: Cathy Van Raay-Myers
DIALOGUES in CLAY: Zsuzsa Monostory
AT FIRST LIGHT: Tim Murton

2005

CELEBRATION 30 – 30th Anniversary Show
New works from artists exhibited over the last 30 years
WHIMSICAL DISORDER: by June Selznick Drutz
UNTITLED: Landscape paintings by Leonard Jubenville
SPIRIT of the NARROWS: Willi Henry

2004

HARLEQUIN’S MASK: Wesley Bates
LAST VISIONS: Walter Sunahara

2003

COLOUR DYNAMICS: Maurice Stubbs
HOOKS, PINS and SHUTTLES: fabric artist group show
NORTHERN FRAGMENTS: Joel Masewich

2002

DIMENSIONAL ILLUSIONS & INCARNATIONS: Roberta Corey, & Cyril Leeper
THE SELECTIVE EYE: Jerry McDonnell & John Palmer, with Greg Sherwood

2001

POSITIVE/NEGATIVE – Gerard Bender à Brandis and Scott McKowen,
LINKS to a TRADITION – work from the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford
REAL PAINTING – Jane Stryker, Elfi Enns, and Gwen Smithers Kiar

2000

FROM THE COLLECTION OF: a silver anniversary exhibition – an exhibition of art works purchased by private collectors from the Art Gallery Since 1975

1999

An exhibition of children’s book illustrations by Eric Beddows (aka Ken Nutt)
CLOSING the CIRCLE: Robert Tetu
DYNAMIC EQUILIBRIUM: Geri Binks and Chris Wallis

1998

WATERCOLOURS and ACRYLICS: works by wildlife artist William Creighton
POLARIZED TEXTURES: Saree Marais and Debbie New
SANCTUARIES: Ada K Hunsberger

1997

From SERENE FIELDS to DYNAMIC WATERFALLS: Andres Vilar
INCANDESCENCE – CONTEMPORARY HOT GLASS:
an exhibition featuring the best of Ontario’s contemporary hot glass artists
REACHING OUT of the FRAME: Gerald Pedros

1996

A BEAUTIFUL GARDENSCAPE: Bonnie Parkinson
THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S EYE: photos by our region’s best photographers
CONTAINERS / CONTAINERS within a CONTAINER:
an exhibition of vessels and containers by our region’s artists and artistans

1995

ABSTRACT GRAPHIC and FLORAL COLLAGE WORKS: by Mary Donlan
MINIATURES : Vanita Jay
MIXED MEDIA FIGURATIVE WORKS: Liisa Rissanen

1994

Woodcut Prints & Unique Figurative Wood Sculpture: Peter Wilde
Chalk and Pastel Waterscapes: Antje Laidler
COMPLEX TEXTILE ART: Lorraine Roy
NATIVE WOODCARVINGS: Harold Rice

1993

PLAYERS: Alan Dayton
SPACE CLEARINGS: Joyce Honsberger’s paper cast
MASTERY of MEDIA and the FIGURATIVE TRADITION: Herb Ariss’s works of war imagery

1992

IN the ACADEMIC TRADITION, RURAL ROOTS: George Reid
Multimedia Installation by Audrey Shimizu & Janny Fraser
THE PRINT DEFINED: curated by Jo Manning and Eunice Diamond

1991

FOLK ART TREASURES of HURON COUNTY:
An Exhibition of Local Folk Art with a Driving Tour Guide
ART DECO QUILTS: Ellen Adams

1990

WITHIN the LANDSCAPE: David Peter Hunsberger
RAKU, PERFORMANCE in CLAY: from the Leslie Tichner Collection
Paintings by Members of the Canadian Group of Painters, from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s

1989

UNTITLED: Ron Milton
HANG the QUILT: a juried show of traditional and contemporary quilts
CONTEMPORARY WORKS: Mark Fletcher

1988

Canadian Embroiderer’s Guild: A selection of works
Huron Photographs: a juried exhibit
ASPECTS of NATURE: by Jo Manning & Ron Walker

1987

INNER LANDSCAPES: Katherine Marshall Naylor
RAKU WORKS: Karen Scott Booth
FABRIC ART 1: Sharyn Seibert
FABRIC ART 2: John Muldrew Scott

1986

ARTISTS with THEIR WORK: Tom Benner
FACE IT: an exhibition of contemporary portraits by three artists
Country Arts – quilting, woodworking & other country crafts by four artists
Exhibition from the Huron County Pioneer Museum, Goderich
WALLS and WAYSIDES – three local artists

1984 & 1985

Selected works from The Objibwe Cultural Foundation, Manitoulin Island
ONTARIO NATIVE ARTISTS at WORK: Helena Wilson
PERSPECTIVES in WATERCOLOUR: paintings by five artists
THE COMPANY WORKS: artwork by members of the Blyth Festival
THE QUILTERS COLLECTION: Traditional and modern quilts and fabric arts
FESTIVALS: Brian Cere, photographs
WATERCOLOURS: Ed Krauter

1983

CANADIAN LANDSCAPES: works on loan from Gallery Stratford
RETROSPECTIVE: Jack MacLaren
Paintings and Prints from The Objibwe Cultural Foundation, Manitoulin Island

1982

WATERCOLOURS: Denise Ireland
A COLLECTION of QUILTS II

1981

COLOURSCAPES ON PAPER: Karen Kulyk
PHOTOGRAPHS :Brian Cere

1980

60 PAINTINGS: Jack McLaren

1978

G. Brender a’ Brandis – wood engravings
Doris McCarthy – Arctic landscape in watercolours and oils.

1977

An exhibition of works by eight area artists

1976

An exhibition featuring works by nine area artists

1975

SPIRIT GATHERING: Robert Evans and Shirley Clifford
Recent work of landscape by Ron Walker