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Alexandra McCurdy, Blue and Red-Footed Bowl with Ladders (detail)

GET to know us Courtyard magic!

Guild member Display areas

Over the course of several months, the Courtyard has been dismantled and put back together again to provide a fully-accessible space and a renewed environment. It was officially opened on July 14 with Mayor Rick Goldring, members of Council and donors and sponsors in attendance. Special guests included the in-kind sponsors that made it all happen, led by Haig Seferian of Seferian Design Group, and the many other organizations mentioned below.

As you wander through the BAC, be sure to stop at the guild display areas showcasing members’ creations.

The Courtyard annually features a special installation and is used both for special events and just relaxing. The renewed bubbling water feature, gardens, patio area, accessible entries and ramps have generated many favourable comments - and the birds and squirrels seem to like them too! Bistro tables, chairs, umbrellas and the Courtyard Installation, Sunday Morning: Recent Work, Sunmi Jung, all await you.

Sunday Morning: Recent Work, Sunmi Jung

Sunmi Jung, Horn

Sunmi Jung is a KoreanCanadian who lives in Toronto. She approaches the world from two distinct viewpoints. Her Courtyard exhibition (to September 18) reflects Sunday morning, the dreamy state between sleep and wake, and nature awakening.

Sunmi Jung, My Love

Mission Accomplished! Many Thanks to our Supporters

The Burlington Handweavers and Spinners Guild and the Burlington Hooking Craft Guild share the glass case across from the Conservatory. The Fireside Lounge is shared by the Burlington Fine Arts Association and the Latow Photographers Guild. The Burlington Sculptors and Woodcarvers Guild’s display case is outside its studio, and the Burlington Potters’ Guild has display areas across from the Clay Studio. Each guild decides the content of its display space, allowing it to share its artform with our community. Here’s what to look for in coming months: Fireside Lounge: Latow -Tim Story (August); Dave Lawson (September); Don Corby/Bob Walling (October) Sculptors and Woodcarvers: Pyrography (wood burning) (August); Native-style Works (September); Soapstone (October) Potters: an ongoing silent auction item is on display, as well as other members’ pieces Handweavers and Spinners: Travels of a Lifetime with Barbara Reid (August, below)

Funding provided in part by the City of Burlington Courtyard Design/Project Management: Seferian Design Group In-Kind Supporters: Al Miley and Associates, Aquascape, Arrowhead Paving, Connon Nurseries, Let’s Landscape Together, Select Stone Supply, Simon Hughes Photography, Vanden Bussche Irrigation, and Wetlands Irrigation.

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Reserve Fund Protection Grows The $20 Reserve Fund Fee paid by all members is building a protective umbrella for the future of the BAC. Thanks to each of you for your contribution. The Fund currently has over $8,300 and will continue to grow as more members join or renew their memberships. The ultimate goal is to have a ready source of funds for unanticipated circumstances such as economic uncertainty, sudden drops in government funding, or emergency docents: bac ambassadors facility repairs. The BAC has a small and dedicated group of volunteer docents. Docent This type of rainy-day planning is common is a time-honoured term for a guide who leads tours through an art practice in both the profit and non-profit gallery or museum. sectors, and many Burlington organizations, “BAC docents are ambassadors for the BAC, its Permanent Collection such as the Burlington Public Library and and exhibitions because they share their knowledge with visiting the Museums of Burlington (Joseph Brant groups,” says Matt England, Curator of Education. “It’s a specialized and Ireland House), hold reserve funds for role requiring training, which we offer in September and January.” these same reasons. Any decision to tap into the Reserve Fund would require BAC BAC docents come from many different backgrounds and career fields. “The main requirements are good communication skills, enthusiasm Board approval. for working with people of all ages, and an interest in the art and programs at the BAC,” says Janet Lepp, Volunteer Coordinator. “Being Adopting the outgoing and a people-person is important for this role .” BAC for a day

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Janet conducts intake interviews for prospective docents (and other BAC Ian Ross had his day. BAC volunteer roles) on an ongoing basis, so contact her for more So did Bob Redhead, information at or 905-632-7796, ext 327. Today’s Billie Miller and Joanne New docent training includes information about the BAC, the Adopt the BAC Nicholson (courtesy of Permanent Collection, and how to structure a tour and orient it for donor is her husband, Bruce different age groups. New docents shadow experienced docents YOU Nicholson). before conducting tours. After the initial training period, docents are invited to attend two training sessions per month. These often feature They all adopted the BAC for a day - and were celebrated for it on that day with Adopt the guest speakers and cover a wide range of art-related topics. Kayo O’Young, Porcelain Bowl, 1993, donated by Louise Cooke

BAC signboards in our lobbies. ArcelorMittal Dofasco has gone one step further with a donation of $7000 to Adopt the BAC for a week! We are grateful for their financial support.

For just $500 or 5 payments of $100, anyone can Adopt the BAC for a meaningful day or just for fun. In addition to recognition on your day, you’ll get a charitable donation receipt, and you’ll have helped to bridge the gap between the $1000 it costs to open and run the BAC every day and the amount of money we receive from funders, supporters and sponsors.

The docent program is evolving to meet new needs and audiences. Tours and events are being developed for evenings and weekends to accommodate volunteers, groups or visitors who can’t participate during the day or on weekdays.

upcoming volunteer events Volunteer Barbeque: This complimentary barbeque takes place on September 8 from 4 to 6 pm in the Rotary Shoreline Room. Just come out, eat and gather with volunteers from across the BAC’s many activity areas. Please note: formal invitations will not be sent. If you are a volunteer, or if you have volunteered, we welcome you! Sponsored by

Volunteer Orientation: If you started volunteering after March 1 or would like a refresher, come to the next orientation session (October 22, To Adopt the BAC, call 905-632-7796, ext. 9 to 11 am). The morning will include a review of the BAC Volunteer 302, e-mail, or go online: Handbook, testimonies from seasoned volunteers, a tour of the BAC, fellowship, and light refreshments. RSVP to Janet Lepp, Volunteer Coordinator:; 905-632-7796, ext 327.

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Alexandra McCurdy, The Golden Rule #1 (Black and White with Butterfies and Hearts (detail)

continuing EXHIBITIONS: Sunday Morning: Recent

Work, Sunmi Jung to September 18; CYNICITY: Steve Hudak and Steve Mazza to August 28; Nora Hutchinson: Willow to August 9


Judith Graham and Chandler Swain: Handbuilt

Black + White = Grey

October 29 - January 22, Permanent Collection Corridor Jane Hill (Dundas, Ontario); Dian Nasr (Kleinburg, Ontario); Kayo O’Young (Kleinburg, Ontario); Sadashi Inuzuka (Vancouver, BC); selections from the Permanent Collection of Contemporary Canadian Ceramics Curator: Jonathan Smith

August 6 - October 16, Permanent Collection Corridor Judith Graham (Toronto, Ontario); Chandler Swain, (Blakeney, Ontario) Curator: Jonathan Smith

Chandler Swain, Teapot

This exhibition contrasts the differing approaches of these two senior-career artists who handbuild their work with the classic methods of pinched, coiled and slab construction. While Graham works in a highly methodical manner emphasizing formal values, Swain’s approach is highly intuitive and spontaneous in response to her subject matter. Reception: September 18, 2-4 pm

THE FABRIC OF CLAY: Alexandra McCurdy September 17 - October 30, AIC Gallery Alexandra McCurdy (Halifax, Nova Scotia) Curator: Gloria Hickey

The beauty of clay and textiles merge in this exhibition. Renowned ceramist, printmaker and independent curator Alexandra McCurdy works in porcelain making one-of-a-kind decorative pieces. Alexandra McCurdy, Black Box This exhibition will reinterpret her with Raffia creations in light of the pivotal role which her equally passionate interest in textiles has played in her career and life. A selection of key ceramic pieces from the late 1970s to the present will be accompanied by textile sources of inspiration: quill boxes, textile samples and yardage. Through them, the exhibition will examine the autobiographical nature of her work, the relationship between textiles and ceramics, and the meaning of pattern to material-based practices. Reception: September 18, 2-4 pm; Artist/Curator Talk, 2:30 pm

Sadashi Inuzuka, Teapot, 1989

Drawn primarily from the Permanent Collection of Contemporary Canadian Ceramics, with additional work by a selection of invited artists, this exhibition is one in a continuing series which examines the relationship of ceramics and technology through the development of glaze technology.

The search for expressive colour in ceramics has driven the development of glazes and clay bodies, ranging from carbon trap shino glazes to the translucency of porcelain. Reception: October 30, 2-4 pm; Curator Talk: 2:30 pm


All guild exhibitions in 2011 will interpret the theme United Nations International Year of the Forest. Sponsored by Coordinator: David Popplow August 20-September 20: Burlington Hooking Craft Guild Juror: Barbara D’Arcy. Reception: September 18, 2-4 pm October 1-30: Burlington Potters’ Guild Juror: Mark Jaroszewicz. Reception: October 30, 2-4 pm


September 18, 2-4 pm: The Fabric of Clay: Alexandra McCurdy; Judith Graham and Chandler Swain: Handbuilt; Burlington Hooking Craft Guild October 30, 2-4 pm: Black + White = Grey; Burlington Potters’ Guild


September 18, 2:30 pm: Alexandra McCurdy, Gloria Hickey October 30, 2:30 pm: Jonathan Smith


Susan Collett, Vespiary (detail)

by Jonathan Smith, Curator of the Permanent Collection of Contemporary Canadian Ceramics

We are often asked why galleries have permanent collections and what purpose they serve. The simple answer is that they give institutions a focus. Think about it: the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg is known for its collection of Group of Seven paintings and the Royal Ontario Museum is world famous for its collection of Chinese art. Permanent collections attract new members and visitors. A gallery with an important collection becomes better known, especially outside its region, making it a calling card for its community. In the gallery itself, a collection gives the curatorial staff an opportunity to concentrate on one area of study, encouraging excellence in their programming lectures, artist talks and exhibitions. Significant artists are more likely to deal with a gallery known for its collection and the exhibition opportunities that go with it. Younger artists see acceptance into the collection as a major step in their artistic careers. It also makes it easier for institutions which share a similar area of expertise to borrow or lend work. Traveling exhibitions can be planned with other galleries, allowing the galleries to share the expertise of both institutions while splitting the costs. The BAC is nationally known for its ceramic collection, yet when it first opened, there was no intention to have a collection. After five years of operation and one recession, Jock Wilson, then President of the Board, advocated for the establishment of a Permanent Collection, stating that founding a collection would help to guarantee the future of the BAC as a gallery, instead of being a community centre. A number of factors determined why ceramics were the chosen field, the major one being the presence of a donor, Herbert O. Bunt, who wished to make a long-term commitment to the BAC. Nearly thirty years later, Mr. Bunt is still donating work to the Collection. The second factor was that the art form was flourishing, but nobody else was publicly focusing on ceramics, which allowed the BAC to obtain some very important work early on. The Burlington area also had a long history of ceramic-making, and there was and still is a large community of ceramic artists in the area. The last factor was the cost. At the time, a major work by an important ceramic artist could be obtained for what it would cost to frame a Group of Seven painting! These factors provided us with a strong base upon which to found our Collection and have allowed it to grow and prosper. With 2,000 pieces, we now have the largest collection of contemporary Canadian ceramics in the world. Its presence, with many pieces displayed around the building, has fostered a warm and inviting atmosphere that has helped to make the BAC a vital part of our community.


professional Development

Free: Call 905-632-7796, ext. 307, to reserve your seat. HOW TO APPLY FOR EXHIBITIONS October 2, 1:30 pm: An overview of how to apply for exhibitions at the BAC. Presentation by George Wale, BAC Director of Programs. MARKETING WORKSHOP FOR ARTISTS AND CRAFTSPEOPLE October 23, 1:30 pm: A discussion of a wide variety of marketing ideas, including websites, advertising, selling, and more. Presented by Sandra Baker, BAC Director of Development and Marketing. MENTOR PROJECT - PHOTOGRAPHY Deadline for applications: November 30 Mentor: Suzy Lake Launch of a 12-month mentor program for emerging artists working in photography, culminating in an exhibition in 2013. For information, contact George Wale, Director of Programs: 905-632-7796, ext. 303;

Book Signing

October 5, 7 pm: Iris Nowell, Painters Eleven: The Wild Ones of Canadian Art. PowerPoint presentation and discussion. Book available at Different Drummer Books.

studio Programs

Summer camp programs continue until the end of August, providing a special BAC experience for children. Many return year after year, thanks to our talented instructors and our great programs. A key summer camp team member is our Education Assistant, a student hired through the Canada Summer Jobs program, funded by the Government of Canada. For the past two years, Jada Lewis has filled this demanding role with a calm assurance which is appreciated by staff, teachers, children and parents alike.


Call 905-632-7796, ext 307, for information or go to for the online brochure. Classes start September 26.

get creative: guild news Paul Sparrow, Contemplating Whales (detail)

latow Photographers Guild

Burlington Sculptors and The Latow Photographers Guild turns 40 this year. Founded in Woodcarvers Guild

1971 by a group of local camera enthusiasts, the club became a founding guild of Arts Burlington and went on to become a very active resident of the BAC, which has been a vital part of Latow’s success, providing space for a darkroom, studio and meetings.

The Sculptors and Woodcarvers have had an extremely busy year so far. Members participated in the Hamilton Wood Show, Kitchener Wood Show, Brampton Wood Over the years, Latow has proven that it is not your average camera Show, Niagara Wood Show, Ireland House club. Its weekly meetings provide inspiration and instruction for 125 and the Halton Elementary School Art members in digital, photo art, black and white, studio, new exposures Show. Carvers demonstrated their craft and and evaluations. Included in its membership are award-winning promoted both the guild and the BAC. photographers and instructors. Congratulations to Guild Member Michael Latow provides an active yearly program for its members, some Sheppard, who won an Honourable Mention of which includes outreach to other photography enthusiasts. For at the Ward World Wildfowl Woodcarving the past 32 years, Latow’s Annual Seminar and Audio Visual Show competition in Ocean City, Maryland, U.S. He has attracted internationally renowned presenters and hundreds will be leading three upcoming workshops: of amateur and professional photographers from Southern Ontario Saw Whet Owl (August/September), Hand and Western New York. The Day in the Life of Burlington show, now Sharpening (September 14) and Bear Mask (September/October). More information is entering its 11th year, is sponsored by Latow. available in the guild studio. Members also can participate in fieldtrips, the Arts Burlington Christmas Sale, Four Club Photography Exhibition and Social, Burlington Fine Arts Association an Annual Juried Show in the Perry Gallery, the Fireside Lounge members’ display, Kaleidoscope, and the International Digital Contest. Olivia Hashka is the first recipient of the They complete the year with Annual Awards and the Fine Art and BFAA/BAC’s new scholarship, which will be Craft Festival. All of these high-calibre activities, combined with a given annually to a Grade 11 student from committed, talented membership, make Latow a unique camera club Burlington. Olivia attends Nelson High dedicated to growing and evolving as it moves on towards its 50th School and hopes to attend the Ontario anniversary. For more information on how to join or activities, visit College of Art and Design after completing Grade 12. She was chosen based on completion of an entry form, review of her Member Awards: Congratulations to Latow Member Paul Sparrow, portfolio and an interview. who recently won a bronze award at the Epson International Pano Awards, the largest international competition devoted strictly to Olivia will receive from the BAC a one-year panoramic images, for his composite panoramic image shot at BAC membership, a BAC fine arts course, Marineland, Contemplating Whales. This global competition spanned and the opportunity to display her progress during the year on the BAC Community 62 countries with 3,586 entries submitted by 985 photographers. Gallery Wall. The BFAA will provide a oneFred Oliver, Dan Jones and Glen Jones had pieces accepted into the year membership to the guild, money to Artworks Oakville Juried Show. Glen Jones won Judge’s Choice/ purchase art supplies, mentoring by an Photographic Award for Orion 4 (pictured left, experienced artist, and a second BAC fine detail). He also won the Award of Excellence, arts course. second place, at the Beaux Arts Gallery’s Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition. Larry Feldman, Workshop: Janet Parker will lead a pastel Dan Jones, Fred Oliver, and Jim Wallace also took workshop in early October ($30 for guild members; $35 for non-members). Go to part in the exhibition. for details.


burlington handweavers and spinners guild

The Hooking Craft Guild unearthed a hidden treasure after members noticed that the large antique rug in its supply room looked similar to some of the rugs in the book Garrett Bluenose Designs. It turned out to be much more.

Guild members are looking forward to welcoming their new Artist In Residence. Celine Gorham, a recent graduate of the Advanced Studies program at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, will start working in the studio in late summer.

While Celine’s courses emphasized weaving and entrepreneurship, she has studied everything To investigate the mystery, the guild from spinning to dyeing to felting. “I’ve worked contacted Suzanne and Hugh Conrod, with eight different types of looms, both manual founders of the newly formed Hooked Rug and computer driven, and the ProWeave Museum of North America in Queensland, drafting software. I have demonstrated a high Nova Scotia. Mr. Conrod realized that the level of skill in my field, evident by my awards rug is older than the one featured in a and community recognition, and I am very forthcoming book, Rug Art Rescued from committed to raising the public profile of art and fine craft,” said Celine in her application. Oblivion. The rug belonged to former guild member Susanne Wobschall, a designer and winner of several Rowan awards, who was so pleased to hear of the museum’s interest that she donated the rug to it. When he received it, Mr. Conrod concluded that it is an important heritage rug, which will have a place of honour in the museum’s Ontario Gallery. The rug has been included in Rug Art Rescued from Oblivion, now available in the BHCG library. In his thank-you letter, Mr. Conrad said that the gift “speaks loudly of how important the mandate of the Museum project is in saving artifacts of such nature. Far too many are now dust. It is rare that we have the opportunity to have such an item to examine in depth….Without a team of supporters such as the Burlington Hooking Craft Guild, this resurrection of our art’s heritage would have not been possible”.

Celine Gorham, Shaft Huck Lace in Merino Wool

Her working hours will be posted on the studio door, and everyone is invited to drop in and welcome her to the BAC. Celine’s arrival marks the culmination of three years of effort by the guild to establish its Artist In Residence Program. It began with a comment by William Hodge, a guest speaker at the guild’s 2008 50th anniversary lecture series, that money for equipment and studio space was the biggest challenge facing a new art graduate. He asked the guild to consider offering a studio scholarship to an emerging textile artist. That led to a committee, a proposal, and agreement to the project with BAC management. Guild member Laura Marotta was Artist In Residence for a pilot project, following which the guild sent packages to provincial craft councils and several colleges and universities across Canada, with posters and postcards using a “Weave Got a Place for You” tagline developed by the BAC Marketing Department. Applications were received from Fredericton, Winnipeg and Saltspring Island.

Travels of a Lifetime with Barbara Reid: Guild member Barbara Reid and her husband Ian lived in Kenya for many years and came to Canada with the travel bug! Indonesia, Peru, and China are just three of the countries that the guild has seen through their wonderful slide presentations at Christmas potluck dinners. As a weaver and spinner, Barbara always sought out the textile traditions in their travels and brought home Special thanks to Sue Waddington for her some wonderful pieces. Part of Barbara’s collection of textiles and tools investigative work on behalf of the guild in are featured in the guild display case until the end of August. finding the best home for this antique rug.

need More Information on a guild? Go to the to read more about the guilds and link to BAC guild pages. Guild brochures are available in the BAC.

Susanne Wobschall with her historic rug.

Some guilds have their own websites: • Hooking Craft Guild: • Fine Arts Association: • Handweavers and Spinners: • Latow: • Potters’ Guild:

get going! show and Sale features artwork Off The Racks The Community Gallery will be the main display area for Art Etc’s Off the Racks event, which starts on September 22 and ends on October 7. The timing of the show coincides with the launch of Art Etc’s online Art Rental catalogue, which will provide greater accessibility to its art rental collection. Visitors to the show will have the opportunity to preview and purchase new works, as well as browse the online catalogue via an interactive display.

BAC flicks! The BAC is partnering with the Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH) and Encore Cinemas to present four film screenings in Burlington between Friday, September 30, and Sunday, October 2. Part of the AGH CIBC Wood Gundy World Film Festival, these films will come from the Toronto International Film Festival. Plan to see them here, then come to the After-Parties (Friday at Red Canoe Bistro; Saturday at The Big Tomato)! The screenings venue will be Theatre 2, Encore Upper Canada Place Cinemas on Brant Street in Burlington, which has a 90-seat capacity. Tickets for both the Burlington screenings and the entire AGH World Film Festival can be purchased either at the AGH, by telephone at 905527-6610, ext. 252, or online:

bac events Thank you to everyone who helped to make the Fine Art and Craft Festival such a resounding success. The shoppers came out, and vendors reported good sales and a very satisfactory experience. November events! Wearable Art Sale: November 5; Soup Bowl (tickets on sale online at or at the BAC) and Christmas Sale: November 17-20; Art Etc Gallery Shop Members Sale: November 18-20.

art-in-the-mews, October 1, 10 am to 4 pm A show and sale by seven artists - a potter, a landscape painter, an abstract artist, a water-colourist, a children’s book illustrator, a fabric landscape artist, and a digital media artist - who all live in Tyandaga Mews (1548-1588 Kerns Rd, Burlington). Each artist will donate 20% of their sales to the BAC, so be sure to get out and support them!

Get To Know Us: Kendra Ainsworth Kendra joined the BAC as part-time Program Assistant in June. She is working on the administration and management of the exhibition, education and Permanent Collection programs. Kendra is completing a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies. With this educational background and her experience as a visitor and interpretive planning intern at the Art Gallery of Ontario, as well as visitor services coordinator at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, she brings valuable skills to her role. “I’m enjoying applying my experience in both visitor research and interpretive planning to the department’s ongoing goal of developing new audiences, exhibitions and ways of connecting them,” says Kendra. Interpretive planning bridges the gap between the visitor’s experience and the curator’s vision by ensuring the information provided is engaging and accessible while at the same time maintaining artistic content. It also involves developing innovative ways to connect with diverse audiences, including video, websites and social media. Kendra has a number of administrative roles, such as tracking course registrations, updating databases and the exhibition aspect of, and assisting with installations and interpretive material.

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