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October 14 to November 15, 2014
by Edgardo Moreno, Rod Prouse and Jorge Lozano
Opening Reception and artist presentation Saturday, October 18 at 1pm
This group exhibition involves video and sound installations that play upon a number of considerations. These artists continue their investigation into environmental concerns—hoping to instill a sense of connection and preservation. As new Canadians, will their impressions of Northern Ontario landscape be different or similar to those past new Canadians who established iconic imagery? We reside in an area that is still relatively pristine, a quality that inspired artists to paint aesthetically pleasing work. This exhibition reminds us of its vulnerability through stimulation using sound and motion.

Edgardo Moreno is a composer that has been commissioned for projects in Canada, Venezuela, Mexico, Sweden, Argentina, England and USA. He has written scores for films produced by CBC, Bravo, City TV, NFB, OMNI, Ontario Arts Council, History Channel, TVO. He has worked extensively with contemporary dance choreographers creating sound design and musical scores. He is presently working in creating video and live sound pieces that are part of his Firefly project. His film Double Exposure has screened in various film festivals across Canada and will be part of exhibitions in Ontario in the coming months. www.musicamoreno.com www.fireflyproject.ca

Rod Prouse Born in London England in 1945, the family moved to Toronto, Canada. He is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art, 1968, exhibits mainly in painting, printmaking, photo-based and video art. His professional career has so far seen 34 solo exhibitions, and as many group exhibitions across Canada, and in the U.S.A, England and Germany. Solo exhibitions have included such public institutions as the McMichael Canadian Collection.

Jorge Lozano Studied three years of Philosophy and Literature at University of Valle, Cali Colombia and is a graduate of Ontario Collage of Art and Design (OCAD). He has been creating film and video work since 1990s and has exhibited internationally.


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Artists: John Lennard & David Foyn
August 26 – October 11
Opening reception Friday August 29 at 4:30pm
Two artists, two different styles, one location – how do they interpret the view?
If you dig it, man, it’s crazy. We are talking Jazz and cool beat with Zoe Chilco and band at the opening reception.  You say ‘tomayto’ I say ‘tahmato’ is the name just like Ellington and Fitzgerald sang.



Sunken Villages
Artist: Louis Helbig
July 8 – August 23
Opening reception July 12 at 1pm

Sunken Villages July 1, 1958, is remembered as Inundation Day in the region near Cornwall, Ontario. At 08:00 a controlled explosion tore open a cofferdam and four days later an area that had been home to 7,500 people disappeared under the waves of Lake St. Lawrence, part of the newly created St. Lawrence Seaway. On the Canadian side, twelve communities, some dating back to the 1700s, were affected. Following the old King’s Highway No. 2, upstream: Maple Grove, Mille Roches, Moulinette, Sheeks Island, Wales, Dickinson’s Landing, Farran’s Point and Aultsville were entirely destroyed; Iroquis was demolished and moved a mile to continue on in name; and, about half of Morrisburg–including its waterfront and most of its business district and main street–were levelled.

Louis Helbig lives and works in Ottawa. The more he learned about the lost villages with their layers of history, human drama, politics, and tragedy, the more incredible he found it that their story is virtually unknown.

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Waiting for the Thaw
May 20 to July 5, 2014
Opening reception Thursday May 22 at 6:30pm
Artist: Peter Graham


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Function vs Expression
March 4 to May 17, 2014
Opening Reception March 7 at 4:30 pm
Curated by Laurie Carmount
Artists: Terry and Jenn Craig, April Gates and Sandra Dunn

“Function vs Expression” is an exhibition inviting dialogue abour craft and fine art. Called “Function” to connote craft and “Expression” to suggest fine art, the title is leading and opens the door to preconceived notions some may have about the two aspects. Terminology and classification is meant to clarify and distinguish. Though fine art has had a steady course of understanding, craft has been pushed and pulled about in attempts to describe handmade items. It gets tricky when one looks closer at these descriptions. Artists who work in tradtional craft sometimes begrudge the word “craft” sensitive to potential inferiority to fine art for instance. Why, is the question – something explored in the artists’ statements.

Terry and Jenn Craig live in Tory Hill and have been operating Artech Studios glassblowing for many years.

April Gates of Blackbird Pottery; balancing on the cusp of fine art and craft, Blackbird Pottery unites the spirit and usefulness of handcrafted work to intrigue, inspire and engage its patrons.

Sandra Dunn owns and operates Two Smiths that works primarily with metal – steel, wrought iron, copper, aluminum, stainless steel and bronze.



A Different Way
January 7 to March 1, 2014
Opening Reception and Curatorial Talk January 11 at 1pm

“A Different Way” is an exhibition high-lighting the beauty of hooked rugs and how it is a different way artistically to portray Canadian landscape. The exhibition also examines how economics affect our choices and abilities in beautifying our surroundings.

To help illustrate this point, “A Different Way” will include a selection of rugs from The Textile Museum of Canada, Susan Murray’s private collection, the Minden Hills Museum collection and selected rugs from Ontario and Minden Rug Hooking Guilds.



Andre Lapine – Illustrator of Eaton’s Catalogue
January 8 to February 23, 2013
Opening reception and curatorial talk January 12 at 1pm

The exhibition looks at the career of an illustrator working for Brigden’s Ltd (Toronto Engraving Company). This was the beginning of commercial art and graphic design. It was a way for visual artists to make ends meet while they pursued their passion as visual artists. Andre Lapine was a recognized Canadian artist but was also known for being able to render lace and fur exquisitely. Learn how the commercial role of artists affected the Canadian art.

The exhibition includes enlarged pages individually displayed from a 1917 Eaton’s catalogue, images from Archives of Ontario showing employees working on the catalogue at the Brigden Ltd. studio as well as images of Andre Lapine from the Agnes Jamieson Gallery collection.

Thank you to Sears Canada for allowing the use of the Eaton’s catalogue and to the Arts Alive Minden / Minden Hills Cultural Centre Foundation for funding towards this exhibition.

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Gr. 12 Art Exhibition
January 8 to February 23, 2013

Saturday January 12 at 1pm Curatorial Talk and reception

This exhibition is work from the Grade 12 art class at Haliburton Highlands Secondary School. Facilitated by the Agnes Jamieson Gallery and instructed by artist Rose Pearson, and art teacher Paul Marshall, this project experiments with a variety of art methods using new media.

Who We Seem To Be
Tanya Lyons

February 26 – March 30, 2013
Opening reception and artist talk Saturday, March 2 at 1pm

This exhibition will involve life-size glass dresses which express the idea of changing how you feel is as simply as changing your clothes. Dressing up brings us out of our day-to-day. Lyons uses glass to reflect a multitude of styles and emotions clothing can project and create. Glass artist Tanya Lyons is from Ontario but has been living in Quebec for a number of years.

Between the Lines
Jeanette Charron

February 26 – March 30, 2013
Opening reception and artist talk Saturday, March 2 at 1pm

Artist Jeanette Charron uses colour pencil to create repetitive patterns, lines and colour that evoke a sense of land, isolating landscape to its bare essentials.

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Robert Achtemichuk

April 2 – May 11, 2013
Opening reception April 6 at 1pm

Achtemichuck went to art school in Winnipeg. This exhibition includes small, alluring paintings in gouache on silk mostly of Achtemichuck’s backyard. Predominantly each work has the moon playing a prominent role. The moon is not easy to paint but Achtemichuck expertly uses the media to give that soft, glowing quality and strong contrast needed. “Observation, then memory, guides the development of the images. Elements are made more important/dominant by using composition, colour and simplification,” says Achtemichuck

Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council sponsorship

Sense of Place
Liz Menard

April 2 – May 11, 2013
Opening reception April 6 at 1pm

As a printmaker, I use etching, aquatint, drypoint, chine colle, and hand colouring to explore my subjects. Every etching and drypoint is hand wiped and hand printed. Often I hand colour my images using watercolour, pastel, or wax medium. Typically, I print on traditional Western papers, handmade Japanese papers, and textiles. I am a Toronto-based printmaker, visual artist, and educator. My practice includes drawing, painting, and printmaking. My interest is in landscape and how our perception of the landscape helps us define who we think we are. I am particularly drawn to water – especially fens, bogs, streams, rivers and lakes as well as the life these systems support. However, I am increasingly concerned about not only our water, but the native plant species and wildlife which our water systems sustain. Like our environment, these things need to be cared for, protected, and nurtured.

Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council sponsorship

Uncertain Horizons
Bertrand Pitt

May 14 – July 1, 2013
Opening reception and artist talk Thursday, May 16 at 4:30pm

Uncertain Horizons explores the connection between body and landscape. This work of art refers both to the current issues surrounding the effect human presence is having on the environment and to the micro repercussions that arise on a more personal scale. The video images, as well as the throbbing of the horizon activated by the participating spectators, lead to critical and poetic reflection on our sense of perception and on our impact on the environment.

Art for Thought
Margot Splane

July 4 – August 17, 2013
Opening reception and artist talk July 6 at 1pm

Splane has exhibited her work around the world throughout Canada, United States, Greece, Germany, Bulgaria, India, Spain, Australia, Poland, England, Turkey and Mexico. Margot has won 12 awards for her artwork at international juried competitions.

She has also had 28 solo exhibitions, including shows in Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and on the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In the winter, Splane works on acrylic paintings and on her serigraph prints in the summer. Margot pulls all of her serigraphs by hand in her studio. Visit her website www.margotcormiersplane.com to understand how serigraphs are made.

Foul Whisp’rings Are Abroad
Judith Jaimet Bainbridge

August 20 – September 21, 2013
Opening reception and artist talk August 23 at 4:30pm

Bainbridge worked for twenty years as a full-time, freelance artist. Her commissions for the federal government and the Governor General used her traditional scribe skills- gilded and decorated initials, lettering in historical scripts, cutting quills and writing on skins. This exhibition involves some of this skill along with other mixed media work.

Foul Whisp’rings Are Abroad explores the power of words. Each piece combines images with words, using a variety of techniques and media with quotes from great writers throughout history. Shakespeare wrote for the stage thereby also bringing in the visual as well as the verbal. Social media has made it possible to spread our words instantly and world-wide, for good or ill. This show hopes to encourage us to consider the effects of our words, and their motivations. As our theme quote from Shakespeare’s Macbeth makes clear, we are exploring the dark side of words: “Foul Whisp’rings are Abroad” indeed! Beware!

Laura Culic
August 20 – September 21, 2013
Opening reception and artist talk August 23 at 4:30pm

Award winning painter Laura Culic works in beeswax, oil and paper to create landscape and map-based abstract paintings.
This series of paintings is inspired by time spent in the Haliburton area, and embraces the topography, natural history and wilderness of the region.
Culic’s painting process is an organic and imaginative journey: a gradual interplay of adding and subtracting, concealing and revealing.

Through the exploration and navigation of the painting surface, a sense of natural history emerges. The final painting bears the physical evidence of its own history.

A River Runs Through – Haliburton Forest
Carole Finn and Charles O’Neil

September 24 – November 9, 2013
Opening reception and artist talk September 28 at 1pm

The panorama of the farthest point in the Haliburton Forest is capture through a series of large canvas painting by Finn. Set is a triptych manner, with side panels angled out, the viewer feels pulled into the awe-inspiring beauty of the vista before them. As these panels line the walls of the gallery, the centre has an impressive wire sculpted life-size wolves created by Charles O’Neil. The wolves represent the pack that lives at the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve.

Laurie O’Reilly

September 24 – November 9, 2013
Opening reception September 28 at 1pm

O’Reilly describes her art as ‘observational’, however, her paintings read as concerns about our physical and social environments. Her recent work in this exhibition is bold and honest to O’Reilly’s intense feeling and beliefs about war, religion and the future challenges we face. The work is mostly encaustic with mixed media.

Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council sponsorship

Annual Members’ Art Show
November 12 – December 21, 2013
In honour of Dr. Agnes Jamieson’s wish, this is a non-juried opportunity for members of the gallery to show their most recent artwork. Members are allowed one piece per media that they work in. Entry form is available in the column to the right. Visitors are encouraged to vote in the People’s Choice Award, selecting one of their favourite pieces. Winning artist will receive their next year’s membership free.



The Land Narrative
Elaine Carr
March 1 – April 28, 2012
Artist Elaine Carr’s work shows human evidence on the land from a mapping/surveying viewpoint.

January 5 – February 25, 2012
A group exhibition featuring photographers Ryan Szulc and Darren Lum exploring the role of photography today.

10,000 Hours
Oscar Ross
May 3  –  July 14, 2012
Sculptor Oscar Ross shows a combination of bronze sculptures of figures as well as numerous figure drawings.

Elemental Exposure
Tony Cooper
May 3 – July 14, 2012
Cooper creates his paintings in the exact manner as Tom Thomson in the outdoors on small panels. The paintings are loose and quick, giving only a brief image of what he intends to convey. These panels are assembled into a mosaic-like configuration, some suspended from branches or metal works.

Rod Prouse
July 19 – September 1, 2012

A retrospective of Prouse’s work spanning fifty year exhibiting oils, printmaking, watercolour and video works

Reign of Chaos – The Final Frontier
Mary Anne Barkhouse
September 12, 2012 – November 3, 2012

Inspired by the Book of Revelations, The Reign of Chaos explores cycles of conflict and resolution  … all for 25 cents a ride. Presented as a series children’s toys, the horses that were originally the steeds for Pestilence, War, Famine and Death, are re-imagined as vehicles for 21st century anxiety and fear, with the accompanying imagery informed by natural and human history



January 6 – January 29, 2011
Road Works
by Diana Hillman
Hillman studied in Montreal at the Museum of Fine Arts School and in England at the City and Guilds of London School of Art and Design. Her interpretation of Canadian landscape is most accurate for today as it is taken from the car window, capturing a moody, dreary and evocative imagery of highways. These representations are views seen through what photographer Annie Liebowitz has called “the ready-made picture frame of the car window”. While Hillman often paints more traditional landscapes, and other subjects, she is very interested in the impact that the automobile has had on our surroundings. She often finds an eerie beauty in these roadscapes.

January 8, 2011 at 1pm
The Purpose of Art Today – panel discussion
Agnes Jamieson Gallery
In an attempt to create dialogue between artists and viewers this panel discussion reviews a questionnaire sent to residents in the Haliburton County asking: what is the purpose of visual art today? The panel will consist of a selection of artists and ‘non-artists’.

February 3 – March 26, 2011
Ice Huts
by Richard Johnson
This exhibition consists of a series of photographs capturing ice huts in Ontario. Johnson’s visual style is simple yet intentional; isolating these structures against overcast gray, snowy backgrounds. This allows the viewer to compare both functional and aesthetic similarities and differences as manifested in variations of colour, design, emblematic detail, accessory, relative proximity to one another and the implies sub-cultural significance to their creators. It is also just simply funny to see to what degree people go to with their huts in decorating and embellishing. Dr. Jamieson was also intrigued by this unique culture. A painting she did of ice huts will also be included in the exhibition.

They Sketch…They Paint!
Youth Art Exhibition
For three consecutive months youth of Haliburton county worked with artist Rose Pearson and curator Laurie Carmount to create a body of artwork capturing their boundless imaginations. Introduced to acrylic painting methods and aspects of mixed media the youth worked out their thoughts and learned to incorporate their imagination. Each then wrote their intent into an artist’s statement and created invitations to the exhibit. An inspiring and engaging showing of what our youth are about – and not necessarily always hockey when they shoot…they score.

March 31  – May 14, 2011
Museum Series
by Adam Matak
A graduate of University of Windsor School of Visual Arts, Matak has studied and concentrated
on emphasizing people’s attitude towards masterworks in galleries and museums, when viewing them. Matak’s exhibition involves life-size cutouts of people mimicking people viewing artwork as well as artwork that conveys people reacting to artwork. A brilliant and witty examination of human nature captured in a cartoon style with bold colour and heavy black outline.

Matak’s work tends to be culturally omnivorous, integrating what some people feel is low art (comics, graffiti art and stencilling) with some high art forms (modernist colour field painting, and images of historic and contemporary art). Matak will further explain his intentions at an artist talk during the opening reception.

May 19  – June 25, 2011
by Michele Karch Ackerman 
Known for her stunning exhibition “Lost Boys” about soldiers of WWI and “Springtime Story of a Little Flower School for Girl Saints” about the Dionne Quintuplets, Michele now tells the story, stitch by stitch, of the her family history. In 1929, at seventeen years of age, her grandmother became pregnant and was sent to an institution in Montreal called Misericordia – a home for unwed mothers run by an order of Catholic nuns. There are few details. She was given a new name. She wore a black veil over her face. She had to look down when walking in the halls. Her initials were cut out of her handkerchiefs. This exhibition honours the secret lives of unwed mothers who fled to institutions like Misericordia across Canada from the 1920’s to the 1960’s. One hundred sleepers, from a vintage 1950s pattern from the curtains that hung in the living rooms of these girls’ homes, will be the central work of the installation. For the opening reception, Michele encourages viewers to participate in a tea selecting from a hundred vintage tea cups, while contemplating the massive wall of garments and the depth of despair these innocent girls experienced. You may know of someone in your own family who went through this and it would be an honour to hear of this as well.

June 29 – August 27, 2011
The Teapot Inquiry
Rose Pearson
Funded by the Ontario Arts Council

Have you given any thought as to how the inanimate plays upon the animate in life? Marshal McLuhan spoke of objects as being extensions of ourselves. Everything humans make, every object that resides around us, is part of us. We have no choice but to create a relationship with them, and in this manner, we humanize them.

This can be seen in our literature. Everyone knows ‘the dish ran away with the spoon’.

Today, however, some race through daily existence with little regard to inanimate objects, knowing in the back of their minds that the impact can no longer go unnoticed. Is in-animation threatening our existence? Is the residue potentially fatal?

Others embrace objects to the point of hoarding them, much to the fascination of those who watch reality T.V.

The Teapot Inquiry exhibition focuses on the creative process with the interaction of an inanimate object, noting when an intimate relationship occurs. Artist Rose Pearson’s work is rooted in the study of still life, the creation of calendars and the feminine and maternal worlds. In this exhibition Pearson expands upon images that have been in her artistic repertoire and upon watching a relationship grow, through connective creative process, with the introduction of a particular object.

Over a period of one year Pearson studied, daily photographed, sketched and wrote about her day-to-day experience with her chosen object, a child’s silver teapot. She fully documented the results of this experience in 30”x40” paintings, completed at the end of each month, as well as in some large 3’x4’single-day paintings.

The final paintings are acrylic and oils and mixed media collages. The 30”x40” paintings are complex compositions with multiple images, taken from the photos and journaling, placed sequentially or in layers. Within these works, bridges are made between the inanimate and animate. A dialogue is formed from the personal world to the impersonal. The intensity of these paintings force the viewer to focus on the appointed object while absorbing the information placed around it. Closer examination brings about the information that reads like a story, acquainting the viewer with the day-to-day experiences and seeing the connections between each.

The paintings are the conclusions of Pearson’s day-to-day experience involving 365 photos, journaling and sketching. A series of hand-bound scrapbooks, broken down by months, compiled with the day-to-day documentation are available for thumbing through. Select from an assortment of chairs, from soft, fat and cushy to dainty and refined to sit in while interacting with inanimate objects.

Pearson will speak further about her thoughts and intentions in the exhibition at the opening reception.

September 1 – October 29, 2011
Dear André
A selection of original lettere hand written by Andre Lapine have been reprodeuced for visitors to sit and read. The letters are profound and endearing, giving a personal glimpse into Lapine’s life. Some letters have original sketches in them. Two of the paintings exhibiting are from these sketches. A portion of the Lapine collection will be on display. The curator’s talk will discuss in depth the personality of Lapine. It will delve into how, in the past, letter writing was so personal and important, and how today, our twittering, facebooking and texting falls far short. Not only is there no record but the language is harsh and condensed. What will the long-term effects of this kind of human interaction be?

September 1 – October 29, 2011
Jay McCarten in Haliburton Highlands – Artist in Residence
Jay studied in Toronto at the Ontario College of Art. “Presently I find myself drawn to nature and the emotions created when I am within a forest. Out of a perceptively indiscriminate collision of form, a long established and powerful system of order pervades. It is bigger than our human experience.” McCarten is the first artist to accept the Agnes Jamieson Gallery’s invitation to be our Artist in Residence. In the spring, McCarten set up a studio in a cottage, generously donated by one of our members, to work on a series of sketches and paintings, compiling his impressions of Haliburton Highlands. The results are this exhibition. It is hoped the artist in residence program will continue the Agnes Jamieson Gallery’s goal to support and foster artists working in Canadian landscape, and in the creation of more works to join those prestigious ones done in the past. Join us for the opening reception and hear further what McCarten thinks of the Highlands.

November 3 – December 17, 2011
Members’ Show
For those who enjoy doing artwork, and are a member of the gallery (or would like to be a member) this is your opportunity to be part of a non-juried art show.   The winner of the 2011 People’s Choice Award was Harvey J Walker with his oil on canvas painting entitled Sugarbush.