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February to april 2012

Rosemary Sloot, Indonesian Tea Tin

art auction Always something new and different

nine reasons to come to the auction

People come to the Art Auction year after year, knowing that it will 1. 101 pieces of original artwork for sale always be a new and different experience because of the unique 2. It takes place just before Valentine’s Day – selection of artists and their artwork. The 33rd annual Art Auction is lots of great gift ideas for your Valentine! no exception - it features 101 pieces of original Canadian artwork to entice anyone who buys a ticket to bid often and bid high starting at 3. It’s a great evening out, especially if you start with the Cocktail Reception 8 pm on February 10. While the auction experience changes each year, the long and 4. It’s the BAC’s most important fundraiser in support of programs and the meticulous process which ensures the high-quality auction collection Permanent Collection of Contemporary remains consistent. This year, over 850 artists were invited to submit Canadian Ceramics their work, and the pieces received in response were assessed by

three respected jurors: Rob Freeman, Executive Director/Curator, Art 5. Most artists donate a portion of the purchase price to the BAC, so you are Gallery of Mississauga; Emma Quin, Executive Director, Ontario Crafts supporting both artists and the BAC Council; and Ineke Zigrossi, Director and Corporate Art Consultant, Abbozzo Gallery. 6. The selection of auction items is eclectic, including fine art, ceramics, sculpture Over two days, they carefully selected the eclectic mix of artwork and photography, as is the price – bids for the auction. The results of their efforts can be previewed either range from $100 and up online at or at the BAC on February 8 and 9 from noon to 9 pm and February 10 from noon to 5 pm. 7. Where else will you find that fantastic piece that you see in the previews? The auction evening has been enhanced over the years and now includes a pre-auction Cocktail Reception from 6 to 7:45 pm. Guests 8. You may be highest bidder for that fantastic will enjoy our signature Art-tini, tasty canapes and food stations piece and take it home that night! while mingling with other guests, including artists, BAC Trustees, art collectors and novices, all for $75, including auction admission. 9. It is a great way to experience a live auction, as Auctioneer Nello Romagnoli Auction-only admission is $35 for BAC Members or $40 for nonbrings a light and entertaining touch to members, which includes light refreshments and cash bar. Tickets the proceedings, welcoming bids from are on sale now and can be ordered online at, by both novice and experienced art buyers phone (905-632-7796, ext. 326) or at the BAC. and collectors

Thank you to our Art Auction sponsor CIBC Wood Gundy Burlington Waterfront Place Branch has sponsored the Art Auction for 17 years. Many thanks for this continued and valued support.

Burlington Waterfront Place Branch

Find Us on Facebook. See Us on YouTube Enrich your experience of the BAC by visiting us on Facebook for up-to-date inside information on what’s happening. Go the and click on the facebook link at the bottom of the page. You’ll also find out about the BAC on YouTube. Alexandra McCurdy’s tour and talk is already there.


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BAC Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 am-10 pm; Friday-Saturday, 9 am-5 pm; Sunday, 12 noon-5 pm Art Etc Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 am-6 pm; Friday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm; Sunday, 12 noon-5 pm

GET involved A New Era – weekend/evening docents


The docent program has been an invaluable resource to the BAC for many years, with dedicated docents donating their time to lead prearranged tours through the facility while informing school children about our exhibitions and Permanent Collection. The program has operated from Monday to Friday during the school year – until now. A new docent program is starting up to address the gaps.

BAC volunteers are invited to a party! Leap Year only occurs every four years, so we’re celebrating it on Wednesday, February 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. All volunteers are welcome.

Celebrating Volunteers

Volunteer Week is April 15 to 21, and the BAC’s Volunteer Awards Event will be held on Wednesday, April 18. There will be special “The key is flexibility,” says Janet Lepp, Volunteer Coordinator. “The new opportunities for volunteers throughout program will recruit and train docents who can provide guided tours the week. Look for more information at the of the BAC exhibitions and the Permanent Collection to individuals, Volunteer bulletin board and at Janet’s desk. families, and other groups who can’t visit during the weekday due to Soup Bowl Thank You conflicts with work or other commitments.” Thank you to the 2011 Soup Bowl committee, Once a core group of docents are trained, the BAC will advertise the led by Darla Youldon, volunteers, and to availability of drop-in tours from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Anyone the potters who created and donated the interested in more information on this exciting new program can beautiful bowls that make the event so contact Janet at or 905-632-7796, ext. 327. special. Flawlessly executed once again with your help, the sold-out event raised $25,000. MOORS AND MORE Our weekend/evening docent program will offer pre-booked tours during weeknights and open tours on Saturday afternoons .

SPAIN: SEPTEMBER 6 – 19, 2012

Permanent Collection Curator Jonathan Smith invites you to join him on a journey into the art and culture of Spain. Jonathan has planned a guided tour of the two faces of Spain: the art of the Renaissance and Baroque eras, when Catholic Spain was the greatest power on earth, and the great cultural flourishing of an earlier Islamic age that blossomed while the rest of Europe suffered through the Dark Ages. This is no mere sight-seeing tour. You’ll explore the museums, galleries, palaces and treasures of Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, Seville, Granada, and Malaga. As you do, you will walk medieval streets and become immersed in the culture of the places you go, enjoying tapas, wine, flamenco, and animated discussions. Jonathan’s tours are renowned for their meticulous and creative planning, undertaken in consultation with Worldwide Quest. Space is limited to 20 people. Proceeds from the trip support the purchase of artwork for the BAC Permanent Collection. Go to thebac. ca/get-inspired/bactrips/ or call 1-800-387-1483 or e-mail travel@ for more information.

Adopt the BAC in 2012 The Adopt the BAC program had a great start in 2011. Thank you to Ian Ross, Bonnie BAC Sylvia, Bob Redhead, Pat and Today’s Adopt the BAC Gary Beaudoin, Arcelor Mittal donor is Dofasco, Lynn Curtin Lange, YOU Raymond James Ltd., Louise Cooke, Billie Miller, Darla Youldon, Irene and John Wood, Bruce and Joanne Nicholson, and Don and Gloria Baxter for your support of the program. Kayo O’Young, Porcelain Bowl, 1993, donated by Louise Cooke

Adopting the BAC for a day or more is a great way to celebrate a special day or to just let the world know you support the BAC and to be recognized for it. Our goal is to have at least one Adopt the BAC donor to celebrate every month. A donation of $500 or $50 a month is all it takes. Contact Sandra Baker (905-632-7796, ext. 302, or for more information.

GET creative Quan Steele Social Interaction in a Box Society, 2012 (detail)

CONTINUING EXHIBITIONS: Walls of Memories: Khalid Thamer to February 19


Where They Brought Us: New works by rosemary sloot April 21- June 4 Curator: George Wale Lee-Chin Family Gallery


February 4 to April 22 Curator: Jonathan Smith Permanent Collection Corridor

“This is an exhibition that deals with the post-war emigration of the Dutch to Rosemary Sloot, Departure Canada … In telling my family’s story I am, The first pattern decorations found on ceramics in part, telling the story of every Dutch immigrant and were geometric, an indication of a desire to in telling of the post-war experience, I am touching on Roseline Delisle,. establish an ordered and predictable world. every immigrant Canadian’s story.” Rosemary Sloot Serie Pneumatique #16 That desire has never left us, and artists still Reception: May 6, 2-4 pm create work that is ordered on the idea of geometrical form Artist’s talk: May 27, 1:30 pm and/or decoration. This exhibition examines the various degrees of order artists chase, from the tight control of Roseline Delisle’s clean-cut and striped container to Kayo F.R. Perry Gallery Coordinator: David Popplow O’Young’s deliberately distorted pristine forms. Burlington Sculptors and Woodcarvers Guild -


Reception: February 26, 2-4 pm Curator’s talk: March 25, 1:30 pm

Woodcarvers Group, February 25 - March 25 Juror: Victor Paroyan, Wildfowl Artist Reception: February 26, 2-4 pm

VERGE - New Generation Mentor Group

February 18 - March 25 Artists: Kathy Marlene Bailey (Oakville), Sarah Collard (Waterdown), Andrea Eby (Grimsby), Kim Lee Kho (Brampton), Ellen Lalonde (Oakville), Magdalena Lesniak (Stoney Creek), Iriz Pääbo (Elmwood), Quan Steele (Etobicoke), Josh Andrea Eby, Tiessen (Stoney Creek) Portrait Installation, Curator: George Wale 2011-2012 Mentor: Judy Major Girardin Lee-Chin Family Gallery Gallery A twelve-month mentor program for emerging artists working in a wide variety of media, culminating in this exciting exhibition. Reception: February 26, 2-4 pm Kathy Bailey, Gull River, Under a Willow Tree, 2011

Magdalena Lesniak, Landscape 16, 2011 (detail)

Iriz Pääbo, Utopia, 2012 (detail)

Kim Lee Kho, Pressed/ Pressing 01, 2011

Josh Tiessen , Forgotten Fountain, 2011(detail)

Sarah Collard, Stop the Spread, 2011 (detail)

Ellen Lalonde, Tresnak 2011 (detail)

Latow Photographers Guild, April 14 - May 13 Juror: Susan Dobson, Photo Based Artist, Associate Professor, University of Guelph Reception: May 6, 2-4 pm

RECEPTIONS AND TOUR AND TALK SESSIONS: enhancing your bac experience Most exhibitions have a reception and many have artist or curator tour and talk sessions. They are free, informal, and open to anyone. Both events celebrate the artists and their exhibitions and give you inside information about the inspirations and talent behind them. Receptions start at 2 pm with comments from BAC staff and artists at 2:15 pm, followed by refreshments and mingling. Come for the whole session or just drop in at any time between 2 and 3:30 pm. Tour and Talk sessions start at a set time with the artist and/or curator moving through the exhibition, providing information about the pieces in it and answering questions. Look for flyers promoting these sessions in the galleries. It’s a relaxing way to enhance your experience of BAC exhibitions, so join us!


Sunmi June, Yawning

NEW ACQUISITIONS 2011 by Jonathan Smith, Curator, Permanent Collection In 2011, the Permanent Collection grew by well over 100 donations, ranging from a small tea bowl to large sculptural work. Over 20 different donors were generous with their gifts to the Centre, many of them repeat donors, but, as I reflect back on 2011, three donor stories stick out in my mind. The first came with a surprise message from Herbert O. Bunt. Herb has donated many treasures to BAC over the years and now lives with only a few favourites that he dearly wants to keep. As a result, I was very surprised to be told rather suddenly: “Jonathan, you know the Kinichi? I’ve almost knocked it over twice – the third time will not be lucky. Please come and pick it up.” With that, we are now the proud owners of a very special Kinichi Shigeno teapot. This gift is Herb’s 247th gift to the Collection, a monumental contribution. In the summer, Bob Redhead indicated that he wished to donate a piece from our Courtyard Installation by Sunmi Jung in memory of his wife Sharon. The family selected Sunmi’s piece entitled Yawning and then gathered one summer’s evening to celebrate the gift with refreshments and a tour of the exhibition. We were delighted to have such a significant artwork donated as a reminder of a long-time BAC supporter. The third story takes place at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Here, I ran into Geoff Hogarth and Karen Brouwers, two long time donors to the Collection, at Reid Flock’s booth. Geoff asked me which of Reid’s pieces were the finest, and I pointed out two particularly interesting works. Geoff asked if I want them for the Collection, and I said yes! He bought them, gave them to me, and I brought them directly to the Centre. These three stories highlight the generosity and loyalty of our Permanent Collection donors. A very special thank you to everyone who has been part of its growth. Watch for some of the 2011 Collection acquisitions in the Shoreline Room Collection Cases.


professional Development

Free: To register, call 905-632-7796, ext. 307. Grant Information Workshop: March 5, 6:30 pm: An overview of grant applications and strategies for artists, presented by Lisa Wöhrle, Ontario Arts Council. Public Art @ Burlington Art Centre: April 22, 1:30 pm: Presentation and lively discussion focused on A Space Composition for Rebecca and Alumina, two public sculptures on the BAC grounds. How to Approach Commercial Galleries and Dealers: April 29, 1:30 pm: Presentation by a member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada.

art in Progress Lecture Series: Have you ever wondered • what goes on behind the scenes at an art gallery? • how artists work with curators? • how to select art to build your own collection? • how to display your art collection? Explore these and other issues at our Art In Progress lecture series: Sunday, February 5 at 2 pm: Art Collections and Collectors – Investment vs. Pleasure, led by local collector Louise Cooke with Jonathan Smith, Curator of the BAC Permanent Collection. Sunday, April 15 at 2 pm: Curating Your Own Collection – How to Best Display Your Stuff, featuring local artist Scott Pattinson. $15 for lecture and refreshments. Call 905632-7796, ext. 307, to reserve a seat.

The BAC offers classes to add fun and creativity to March Break. They fill quickly, so register early by calling 905-632-7796, ext. 307.

MARCH BREAK/SPRING CLASSES Looking for a new creative outlet? Consider our classes on how to use the latest technology to edit digital photos and create promotional materials - or learn March Break: March 12-16. how to combine it with traditional art forms such as painting. There also will be Registration begins January 24. workshops on clay and glazes specific to gas kiln firing, using the new gas kiln in Spring Session: April 23-June 18. our Pottery studio. Watch for details. Registration begins March 6

get creative: guild news Dominique Prévost , Forest Series/After (detail)


BURLINGTON HOOKING CRAFT GUILD Interested in travelling to New Zealand some day? Guild member Ruth Emerson did just that and will share her experiences at the guild’s monthly meeting on March 6 at 7:30 pm. Open to everyone.

The BFAA has a new logo. Several guild members responded to a request The studio will be filled with hooking craft enthusiasts during the for designs. After much guild’s March 31 Hook-In. consideration, Heather Moore’s submission Ingrid Hieronimus will present a workshop on Tessellation (a pattern was chosen by the BFAA Executive. of shapes that fit perfectly together) on April 14 from 9 am to 4 pm. Congratulations to all guild members who were A Special Thank You to hooking craft guild members accepted into the Annual It takes an army of volunteers to make the Art Auction a success and Juried Show in November. many guild members donate their time to help with set it up, hold up Juror Art Green selected the artwork during the auction, keep track of winning bids, handle Dominique Prévost’s Forest phone-in bids, take the pieces for packaging, package them, and (left to right): Joyce Reynolds; Series/After for the Juror’s Helen Hendry; Dominique Prévost; process the payments. This ongoing support is much appreciated. Deborah Thomas and Assistant Choice award. Deborah Curator David Popplow at the awards presentation. Thomas (Lost) and Joyce This year, special thanks goes out to dedicated members of the Reynolds (Earth Treasures) received Honorable Burlington Hooking Craft Guild, who for years have volunteered to Mentions and Helen Hendry received the process invoices and payments, as the role will be automated from Alice Peck Award for best interpretation of now on. This job involved accuracy, late nights, hours of sitting in the the 2011 The Year of the Forest theme for hallway waiting for buyers, and missing the auction action. Standing Alone. While new technology will provide a streamlined process and reduction BFAA Art Appreciation sessions start up in post-event paperwork, it will again in February. They take place on the never replace the cheerful customer second Wednesday of each month at 1 pm service provided by Elva Bailey, in the Fine Arts Studio. These free talks are open to everyone, so bring your friends, Cheerful and reliable members of the Hooking Craft Guild could Barbara Norman, Sue Waddington, whether they are BAC members or not, and be found manning the hallway payment table over the years. Joan Drummond, June Cliffe, Carole enjoy an interesting talk and discussion on Collins, Kathy Wilkes, Marjorie Hewitson, Diane Craig, and Ruth Barrett over the years. many forms of art: February 8: June Watson will share her Thank you! knowledge of Ontario artists. March 14: Self-Portrait: Snow Hill, a onehour documentary on the American realist Andrew Wyeth. Doug Cockell will conclude with some images from the Brandywine River Museum. April 11: Doug will take you back in time to London’s Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens to experience the English Rococo.

partners with Normally held in early April, Kaleidoscope of Arts will be moving to June 9 and 10 as a partner in the Fine Art and Craft Festival. Kaleidoscope’s show and sale of fine art and craft by guild members and demonstrations and hands-on activities will add an exciting guild dimension to this already popular art and craft sales event.


Guild member Displays

The Three Club Show on February 4 from 6:30 to 10 pm will showcase the photographic work of members of Latow, the Hamilton Camera Club and the Trillium Photographic Club. The evening consists of an exhibit of printed works in the Lee-Chin Family Gallery, an audiovisual presentation by each club highlighting the variety of new photographs, and a greet and mingle during the course of the evening. Tickets will be available during Tuesday night Latow meetings or for $15 per person at the door.

Fireside Lounge February 1–28: Ann Kelly Walsh, Spirit of the Rock: Newfoundland; Reception: February 12, 1-4 pm February 29–March 27: Sharane Gilbert March 28–April 24: Latow Photographers Guild Members April 25–May 29: Meena Dhar

Nevada Wier will be the guest speaker at the 33rd annual seminar presented by the Latow Photographers Guild on April 14. An awardwinning photographer, Nevada specializes in the remote corners of the globe and the cultures that inhabit them.

Hooking Craft Guild Case: February: pieces created during workshops Sculptors and Woodcarvers Guild Case: February: Hamilton Wood Show Entries March: Clay or Stone April: Kaleidoscope of Items


Celebrations of the Arts Her journeys have taken her throughout Southeast Asia, India, China, Burlington 40th Anniversary Nepal, Africa, New Zealand, Central Asia, Mongolia, and South will begin at its Annual America. She is a Fellow of The Explorer’s Club and a member of the General Meeting on March 22 Society of Woman Geographers. at 7:30 p.m. in the Shoreline Room, so plan Nevada will present a full day of inspiration and instruction in the to attend. In March 1972, a number of art techniques that have earned her accolades as a National Geographic and craft groups in Burlington formed the Workshop Presenter. As always, everyone is welcome, especially other umbrella group Arts Burlington to work with BAC members. For details and tickets, go to and the City of Burlington to establish a centre to follow the links to the Seminar, or email house its members. After much fundraising and planning, the Burlington Cultural Centre Member awards: Dan and Glen Jones had work accepted into the 2011 Robert McLaughlin Gallery Juried Photographic Exhibition in Toronto. (now the BAC) opened in June 1978. Glen’s print, Black on White, received a second-place award. Arts Burlington also has a new home on the web -

year of the Forest gallery

Latow: Keith Marshall, Picnic Time for Black Bears, Juror’s Choice

Handweavers and Sculptors and Spinners: Ixchel Suarez, Woodcarvers: Helen Gray, Bald Eagle, Juror’s Yukon Fields Choice

Hooking Craft: Margaret Stewart, Blackwaterfoot Bridge, Juror’s Choice

Potters’: Monica Schaefer, Bling-Tree Jewellery, Best in Show

Fine Arts: Dominique Prévost, Forest Series/ After, Juror’s Choice

The United Nations organization declared 2011 to be the International Year of the Forest, and the BAC adopted it as the theme for all guild juried exhibitions through the year to support the goal of increasing awareness surrounding the management, conservation, and sustainable development of all types of forests around the globe. Guild members rose to the challenge, using the strengths of their individual craft or art to interprete it with creativity, sensitivity and talent. The result was five unique juried shows by the Latow, Sculptors and Woodcarvers, Hooking Craft and Potters’ guilds and the Fine Arts Association, plus a solo show by the Handweavers and Spinners guild of work by Ixchel Suarez. As can be seen from the gallery above, each show provided insight into the diversity of the subject matter offered by the theme and increased awareness of the issues it raised. The artwork in the juried exhibitions was documented and will be showcased in a publication commemorating the Year of the Forest project. The 2011 juried shows were generously sponsored by TD Bank.

get involved Make your bac membership work for you

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Your membership is important to us! It contributes to our artistic NOTICE AND INVITATION

community and to the life of the BAC. It also provides important The Annual General Meetings for the financial support for our operation. Burlington Art Centre (BAC) and the The benefits which accompany BAC memberships add value to them Burlington Art Centre Foundation (BACF) both in terms of discounts and services. Here are some that you can will take place at on Wednesday, April 4, at 5 pm in the Shoreline Room. These meetings use in the coming months: are open to all BAC Members in good • Pay $35 instead of $40 to come to the Art Auction standing. Copies of the Annual Reports for • Get $20 discounts on March Break and spring studio classes. both organizations will be distributed at Family Members who are parents or grandparents can use this for the meeting. up to four children/grandchildren. Nominations For Board Members And • Shop for less - get 10% off purchases at Art Etc Gallery Shop every Foundation Trustees: Applications are day, plus enjoy special members-only sales during being accepted for the BAC Board of the year. The next one is from May 4-6, just in Directors, (responsible for the governance time for Mother’s Day! and operations of the BAC), and for the BAC • Access the BAC Group Home & Auto Insurance Program through Foundation, (a separate organization which newsletter sponsor Dan Lawrie Insurance Brokers Ltd. For more oversees fundraising in support of our information and a quote, call 905-681-2766 and let them know operating fund and our endowment fund). Our Boards are seeking new members that you are a BAC member! • Use entrance privileges at other galleries, which may who are strategic thinkers and have been include free admission and discounts in gallery shops and on involved in long-range organizational publications. Participating galleries can be found at http://oaag. planning and corporate and individual fundraising. Members need to be proven org/membership/reciprocal.html leaders and team players, with a high • Belong to a Guild - Guilds at the BAC offer the opportunity to level of personal and/or professional get involved in an artistic group with a specialized focus, such accomplishment. Ideal candidates would as fine art, photography, pottery and more. Have a look at our have a passion for the visual arts and website, to learn all about the knowledge of the BAC. Please send guilds at the BAC. résumés to Ian Ross, Executive Director, • Get involved in decision-making at the BAC. Members in good Burlington Art Centre, 1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, Ontario, L7S1A9, or by email to standing can vote at the BAC’s Annual General Meeting. Newsletter sponsored by

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Newsletter of the Burlington Art Centre for the months February - April 2012