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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
County of Oxford
WAG Winter Exhibitions

On Saturday February 18 @ 2pm the Woodstock Art Gallery will be hosting the celebratory reception for its new suite of exhibitions. The entire building has been refreshed and all three floors feature brand new displays.

Starting at the top, the 3rd floor is the special project, What is a Bully?, which features illustrations and poetry created by local artist Pat Herlovitch that comprise the book of the same name. Mounted in partnership with the Canada Mental Health Association – Oxford, this unique and interactive exhibition will be supported by an artist walk and talk on Monday February 20 @ noon. The first 25 families to visit the WAG on Family Day will be given a free copy of Herlovitch’s book which shares a very important message.

Working down to the 2nd floor are two banner exhibitions. The Community Gallery features the solo exhibition of late local watercolour artist Devona Paquette. An active community member, Paquette was best known for her watercolours of rural Ontario, which she tried to capture on paper before the old barns and homes she so dearly loved completely disappeared.

Dr. Roberta L. Bondar’s wildlife photography is featured in the main gallery. As Canada’s first female astronaut, Dr. Bondar developed a deep respect for our planet. During the course of her exhibition Dr. Bondar has graciously loaned the WAG some of her artifacts from her travel into space. Roberta Bondar: Windows onto the Wild is graciously sponsored by Meridian.

The 1st floor features two new exhibitions that highlight the richness of the City of Woodstock’s collection. In the centre of the Dr. Leonard Reeves Permanent Collection Gallery is the exhibition Character Sketches, which includes work from the National Portrait Gallery of Canada. In the main foyer is a display of recently acquired drawings from the now defunct Museum of Inuit Art. The focus of this exhibition is around the power and respect for one of the Arctic’s mightiest inhabitants; the polar bear.

The reception is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Quality Sheep Milk will kindly be providing free samples of their wonderful produce for tasting during the afternoon.

The Woodstock Art Gallery will be open on Family Day, Monday, February 20 for drop-in family activities from 11am to 2pm. The day kicks off at 9:30am with a screening of Lego Batman at Gallery Cinemas, 15 Perry Street. Advance tickets only can be purchased at the WAG for $5.00 each. Admission to the Woodstock Art Gallery is free and open to all.

The Woodstock Art Gallery is a member of the cultural sector of the City of Woodstock. The gallery is generously supported through the financial assistance of the City of Woodstock, the members, and Friends of the Woodstock Art Gallery. The Woodstock Art Gallery serves our region through our developing collections, exhibitions, education and public programs, we are a leading resource for creativity.

Hours:

Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm; Wednesday’s open later 10am to 7pm; Closed Mondays and Sundays

Media Contact:

Mary Reid
519-539-6761 ext 2800
mreid@cityofwoodstock.ca
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