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@theBAC May to July 2011

Sunmi Jung ,Chasing the Moon 1997, Collection of the Burlington Art Centre Donated by Carlos Yep and Sylvia Lau

Annual General Meetings Welcome New Board Members

GET to know us The Continuing Evolution of the BAC One of the great aspects of the BAC is its ability to evolve to meet new needs and standards. The most recent example of this is the renovation of the Courtyard, which has been under wraps for several months. Everyone is curious about its new look and the wait is almost over. Work will be completed by the end of May, just in time for the June 4 opening of the 2011 Courtyard Exhibition by Sunmi Jung.

The Burlington Art Centre (BAC) and Burlington Art Centre Foundation (BACF) annual meetings took place on April 7. Departing BAC Board members Kim Luis, Peter Schulze, Jay McMahan and John Clausen were thanked for their commitment and dedication. BAC Board members for 2011 and 2012 are Pat Beaudoin, Past President Fay Booker, President Nancy Brewer, Secretary/Treasurer Toni Browning Charles Davies Sandra Edrupt Tom Evans Martin McInally Anne Swarbrick Councillor John Taylor Peter Young, Vice President

A number of trustees left the BACF Board: Dr. Theodore Witek and Sabatina Vassalli resigned. Louise Cooke and Darla Youldon completed their time with the BACF and were thanked for their commitment and dedication and for the important roles that they played in the growth of the Less dramatic but equally important were recent repairs to the roof. organization, particularly during its recent Long overdue, the repair ensures that the treasures inside the BAC will transition. stay safe and dry. This project was undertaken by the City of Burlington, BACF trustees for 2011 and 2012 are which owns the building. Gloria Baxter Even the parking lot has a new look. New light standards have been Doug Gowman installed, supported by King Luminaire/Stresscrete, and are enhanced Hussein Hamdani by eight banners that promote the BAC’s Permanent Collection of Nancy Lorimer Contemporary Canadian Ceramics. Billie Miller, President Bruce Nicholson, Vice President and Treasurer Making it easier to find Robert Redhead BAC BAC direCtory your way Alyson Sweetlove Bonnie Sylvia Navigating the BAC can be a bit challenging, with two entrances and  SHORELINE ROOM Irene Wood, Secretary all those hallways, studios and rooms, but it’s about to get easier. We are embarking on a wayfinding sign project to clarify directions Full biographies can be found at LOUNGE for finding yourFIRESIDE way around theBAC. Watch for this in early June. Funding to support this initiative was kindly provided Burlington Art Centre 1333 Lakeshore Road by Myron ART and and KNY Architects. ETCDonna GALLERY Karp SHOP 

The renovation was undertaken to make the Courtyard accessible to everyone and provides a great facelift and new restful place to stop and admire the art. The design was created by Seferian Design Group, which contributed greatly to the project along with the City of Burlington, Let’s Landscape Together, Arrowhead Paving Inc., and Aquascape Ontario Ltd.

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Volunteer Council Initiatives Welcome Volunteers The Volunteer Council started 2011 with new initiatives, producing a handbook for new volunteers and staging the first biannual New Volunteer Welcome and Orientation meeting on February 26. The event allowed new volunteers to meet some of the BAC’s active volunteers and ended with a tour and special visit to the vault housing the BAC’s Permanent Collection, led by Curator Jonathan Smith. Many thanks to the Volunteer Council team, led by Chris Evans, who helped to make the morning such a success. The next Welcome and Orientation event takes place on October 22. All volunteers are invited. The Volunteer Barbeque on September 8 is another opportunity to meet and mingle, courtesy of the BAC and sponsor Dodsworth and Brown. New members Sabrina Leoni-Celli (President), Mary Brierly (Vice President) and Helen Van Holten (Treasurer) were welcomed in March. Thank you to retiring members Lynn Tomasek, Sheila Segato and Joyce Elhard for your time and commitment.

Adopt the BAC for a day! For just $500 or 5 monthly payments of $100, you can Adopt the BAC in your name or as a tribute to someone special for a meaningful day, such as a birthday, anniversary or other milestone. Your name will be placed on Adopt the BAC boards like the one below on your day, plus you’ll receive a charitable tax receipt. Many thanks to Louise Cooke and Ian Ross, our first two donors - now it’s your turn! To Adopt the BAC, call 905-632-7796, ext. 302, or e-mail

Inspired to volunteer? talk to janet! Just as finding your way around the BAC is getting easier, so is finding your way as a current or prospective BAC volunteer. Now you can contact Janet Lepp, our new Volunteer Coordinator and Human Resource Assistant, for help. Janet will play a key role in recruiting and developing BAC volunteers, while working closely with the Volunteer Council as staff liaison and with BAC Executive Director Ian Ross to achieve the BAC’s goals for volunteers and staff. She is looking forward to using her background in human resource management and the volunteer coordination experience she gained while working at the Trillium Health Centre to develop a volunteer management program for the BAC. Janet will reach out to the community to recruit volunteers who value art. She will interview candidates, conduct reference checks, and match volunteers to the positions which suit them best. Volunteers will receive orientation and ongoing support through Janet, who also will coordinate special volunteer-related events. In her capacity as Human Resource Assistant, Janet will work with Ian on staff-related initiatives. She can be reached at 905-632-7796, ext 327, or by e-mail: This important role is supported by a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

create a legacy May is national LEAVE A LEGACY™ month, a great time to consider making a special legacy gift to the BAC Foundation by • • •

BAC Kayo O’Young, Porcelain Bowl, 1993, donated by Louise Cooke

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Leaving a bequest to the BAC Foundation in your will. It can be a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your assets. Naming the BAC Foundation as a beneficiary of your RRSP, RRIF, pension plan or a life insurance policy. Asking your financial advisor to include charitable giving to the BAC Foundation as part of your financial plan.

Leaving a gift to the BAC Foundation has many benefits, including supporting an organization that means a lot to you and being remembered for doing so. It can also provide your estate with a charitable receipt that will help to offset taxes owing. For more information, call Barbara French, Development Officer, 905-632-7796, ext. 309; The Burlington Art Centre Foundation is proud to be a partner with LEAVE A LEGACY™ (

get inspired Steve Hudak, Oasis (detail)


Leszek Wyczolkowski: Beyond Geometry

April 26-June 14, AIC Gallery Curator: George Wale Paintings and intaglio prints that contemplate confluences of nature and geometry. “Geometrical forms and patterns within the organic world often go undetected. It is when we isolate organic matter, viewing it at close range, Leszek Wyczolkowski, that its affinity with geometry becomes Decode apparent.” L. Wyczolkowski

tactile: selected Works From The Collection Of Ann mortimer

April 30-July 24, Collection Corridor Curator: Jonathan Smith Ann Mortimer, RCA, of Newmarket, Ontario, shares selected works from her collection, reflecting key influences and important Canadian ceramists. Ann Mortinmer, Untitled

Sunmi Jung: courtyard Installation Sunmi Jung, Untitled

June 4-September 18 Curator: Jonathan Smith

Jung, a Korean-Canadian, is a late-career sculptor who has worked with large-scale, figurative clay sculptures based on a personal mythology. Using the natural setting of the BAC’s Courtyard, her installation will focus on the relationship of her sculpture to the setting. The work will examine the relationship between the cycles of nature and human life.

CYNICITY: Steve Hudak and Steve Mazza

June 25-August 28, AIC Gallery Steve Mazza Curator: George Wale The idealism of the industrial revolution and the mythology of the garden and nature are at the core of this exhibition. Sculptural installations by Hudak and Mazza offer the audience an ironic insight: what happened to the urban utopia?

Nora Hutchinson: Willow

July 9-August 9, F.R. Perry Gallery Curator: George Wale A video installation. A slow-motion picture of a willow bough moving Nora Hutchinson, Willow (still in the wind is projected into a wall from DVD) corner resulting in a curved or “distorted” image. “Its gracefulness is a surrogate for sanctuary while its split frame can be seen as a symbol for cynicism...a postpastoral world.” Nora Hutchinson


All Guild exhibitions in 2011 will interpret the theme United Nations International Year of the Forest. See Page 7 for details. Coordinator: David Popplow April 23-May 22: Burlington Sculptors and Woodcarvers Guild - Sculptors Group Juried Exhibition June 1-28: Burlington Handweavers and Spinners Guild presents Ixchel Suarez: Laurentian Souls


May 15, 2-4 pm: Leszek Wyczolkowski: Beyond Geometry; Tactile: Selected Works from the Collection of Ann Mortimer; Burlington Sculptors and Woodcarvers Guild Sculptors Group June 5, 2-4 pm: Sunmi Jung: Courtyard Installation; Ixchel Suarez: Laurentian Souls July 10, 2-4 pm: CYNICITY: Steve Hudak and Steve Mazza; Nora Hutchinson: Willow


May 29, 1:30 pm - Leszek Wyczolkowski June 5, 2:30 pm - Sunmi Jung July 10, 2:30 pm - Steve Hudak and Steve Mazza; Nora Hutchinson


Fireside Lounge - Burlington Fine Arts Association: April 27-May 31: Elizabeth Pudsey; June 1-June 28: Sketch Group; June 29 -July 26: Gail Forbes and Joan Carte Burlington Sculptors and Woodcarvers Guild Display Case: May - Relief Works; June - Wildlife; July - Canes


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

Like many modern-day bedroom suburbs, Burlington has very few remnants of the past. Aside from a few old buildings of historical interest – the Joseph Brant Museum, St. Luke’s Church or Ireland House - there is very little left to tell the tales of the past. The wharf at the base of Brant Street, the old basket factory on Brant by the railway tracks, and the Robert Campbell Pottery, that stood where the main post office building stands, are long gone. Most residents of Burlington have no idea that there is a long history of ceramic making in the area. A recent gift to the Permanent Collection has changed all that. Charlie Hogg and Heather Graham have donated their collection of early Canadian functional ware to the BAC. This collection of approximately 30 pieces consists of everyday crocks, bowls and jugs that were made in the area, from Grimsby, out to Brantford, and from the Robert Campbell Pottery after it had moved to Hamilton. These pieces range from simple early hand-thrown vessels to later molded bowls in graduated sizes. The BAC has added this selection of work to the Permanent Collection for a number of reasons. The design was utilitarian, which is very much in keeping with today’s contemporary design ideas. The work shows how ceramics evolved from one-of-a-kind objects to standardized sizes and shapes. Some of the pieces are stamped with merchant’s names, revealing their commercial history. Finally, it is of interest how closely some present-day work resembles what was made over a century ago. The work of contemporary Canadian ceramists such as Bruce Cochrane and Scott Barnim has its origins in this style of work. While the forms of these pieces are timeless, it is interesting to see how time has changed the way we store things. Crocks for preserves and pickles have been replaced by glass and plastic jars. Butter once stored in wide-mouthed jars now comes in sticks wrapped in foil. Bags replaced the milk bowls used to separate the cream from the milk. Some forms have disappeared altogether, such as the rare spittoon from the Schuler Pottery in Paris, Ontario, included in the donation. This donation is now on display in the large display case between the weavers’ studio and the darkroom. The Collection Committee thanks Charlie Hogg and Heather Graham for their generous donation to the BAC. This gift documents a forgotten history of the many potteries that once existed in the area. Today, a potter is looked upon as an artist and a craftsperson, but we tend to forget how important they were in everyday life in the past in their communities. These everyday wares are a reminder that the past still lives on.


professional Development Free: Call 905-632-7796, ext. 307, to reserve your seat. Portfolio Critiques May 8, noon - 4 pm An opportunity for artists and craftspeople from the region to receive constructive critiques conducted in small groups.

New Media college prep Program for Youth A new series of classes for high school students made its debut at the end of April and will continue through the summer. The New Media College Prep program is designed to expose students to the latest technology available to prepare them to attend post-secondary education programs in new media. Students will learn the basics of Adobe software programs from qualified instructors. Week-long classes will be offered from 9:30 am to noon in three sessions: July18-22; July 25-29; and August 2-5 (4 classes only). See the Studio Program guide (online: or call 905-632-7796, ext. 307, for details. Supported by Rotary Club of Burlington Central.

guild exhibitions interpret one theme through 2011 Did you know that the United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 to be the International Year of the Forest to raise awareness of sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests? At the suggestion of the BAC, it has been adopted by our guilds as the theme for their 2011 juried exhibitions in the F.R. Perry Gallery. “This proclamation presents a perfect opportunity for guild members to showcase their talents and highlight the strengths of their individual art or craft,” says David Popplow, Assistant Curator. “We are certain that each guild will bring a unique perspective and insight to the theme.” Over the year, the members of six guilds will use the theme as a guide in developing their juried exhibition submissions. It offers rich subject matter, such as biodiversity, climate change, desertification, and the forest industry, for artistic expression. The challenge remains for each artist to have the juror connect with their intent and artwork in order to be chosen. Be sure to come to each Year of the Forest guild exhibition to see the different approaches taken by artists working in a variety of mediums. The Latow Photographers Guild started the year with its exhibition (March 12 to April 10), which was followed by the the Burlington Sculptors and Woodcarvers Guild - Sculptors Group exhibition, on display until May 22. The Gallery will be filled through the rest of the year by the Burlington Handweavers and Spinners Guild (which presents Ixchel Suarez: Laurentian Souls from June 1 to 28); the Burlington Hooking Craft Guild from August 20 to September 20; the Burlington Potters’ Guild from October 1 to 30; and the Burlington Fine Arts Association from November 12 to December 3.

GET CREATIVE: guild news

More information on exhibitions and events can be found on the BAC’s website: The Year of the Forest exhibitions in the F.R. Perry Gallery are sponsored by TD Bank.

Latow Photographers Guild The Latow Photographers Guild was the first to interpret the Year of the Forest theme. Members did an amazing job, filling the F.R. Perry Gallery with beautiful forests – or at least photographs of them. Congratulations to guild members whose entries were accepted. Keith Marshall’s Picnic Time for Black Bears received the Juror’s Choice award. Best Interpretation of the Theme went to Dave Lawson for two pieces, Bronze Autumn #1 and Too Young to Sing the Blues. Honourable Mentions were awarded to Glen Jones for The Last Stand and Virginia Stranaghan for Whispering Pines. The Latow annual seminar attracted over 200 people, who learned a great deal from guest speaker Daryl Benson. The Digital Audio-Visual Show which followed in the evening was also a great success.

Keith Marshall, Picnic Time for Black Bears (detail)

A members’ exhibition was held in the Fireside Lounge, demonstrating again the excellent high-quality work being produced by them.

GET CREATIVE: guild news Burlington Potters’ Guild

Burlington Fine Arts The first official firing of the new gas kiln was a successful learning Association experience for the potters’ gas kiln committee and BAC staff. How to load it, discovering hot and cold spots and where reduction happens were all noted. BAC staff and others tried some cone 10 glazes, with varying results. The first guild firing will take place early in May. The kiln will be used in a group gas reduction firing as part of the Ontario Clay and Glass Association’s Fusion 2011 Conference workshop series later in May.

As it begins its 45th year, the BFAA continues to encourage, mentor and take pride in a wide range of creative artists. Its numbers have never been higher, with a widening demographic, and it is exploring new venues and modes of expression, led by its printmakers and collage artists, who Members have their work included in the Garden Art Show and Sale, meet on the third Monday of the month in June 25 and 26 from 10 am-4pm, 2 Palomino Drive, Carlisle, which also the Children’s Studio. includes quilts by Renate Min-Oo and weaving by Bonnie Sylvia, and Art Appreciation sessions continue every the Eden Mills Arts Festival on May 28 and 29. second Wednesday of the month in the Fine Arts Studio at 1 p.m. The May 11 session is burlington sculptors and woodcarvers guild about celebrity artists who are also singers, Twenty-two members entered 58 items in the Hamilton Wood Show movie stars and royalty. and 42 ribbons and honourable mentions were received. In the BFAA members have artwork included in Kitchener Wood Show, nine members entered 21 items and a total Art in the Workplace (McMaster Innovation of 12 awards were received. These results indicate the skill and talent Centre to July 14); the Hall of Art (3600 of guild members, which they will continue to demonstrate in upcoming Billings Court, Burlington) in June; the competitions and demonstrations. Women’s Art Association of Hamilton Juried The guild’s sculptors also have been busy with their own juried show, the Show (Art Gallery of Hamilton until May second interpreting the Year of the Forest theme, on display until May 22. 15); the Oakville Art Society (560 Bronte Road, Oakville); and the Artists’ Walk, Village burlington handweavers and spinners guild Square, Burlington. The Burlington Handweavers and Spinners had another successful auction Everyone is welcome to attend BFAA general during its February meeting. These annual auctions allow the guild to make meetings on the third Tuesday of the month regular donations to the BAC and to undertake studio improvements, at 7:30 pm, which feature guest speakers including painting it last year and replacing ceiling tiles this year. Many from the Ontario art scene. thanks to the BAC facility and maintenance staff for their assistance with those projects. The auctions began several years ago with the donation of a large quantity of yarn which, when supplemented by members donations and auctioned, gave the guild’s bank account a healthy boost. In subsequent years, the auction has included weavers’ estates and helped other members to downsize or clear equipment and supplies they no longer wanted as their work evolved.

Visit guild studios during the fine art and craft festival

Auctioneer Bonnie Sylvia is skilled at keeping the bids coming and the energy high, ensuring that everyone has a good time. This event also allows new members to buy out-of-print books and magazines at reasonable cost and interesting yarns that absolutely demand to be taken home!

Guild members will welcome visitors with demonstrations and their original creations for sale.

Guild studios on the lower level of the BAC will be open during the Fine Art and Craft Festival on June 11 and 12.

get shopping! Art Etc Offers New Framing Service Customer service at the Art Etc Gallery Shop has just reached a new level with the addition of custom framing, an option available to customers purchasing artwork through the art rental and sales program or just wanting a fresh look for pieces already in their collections. Now everyone has access to expert assistance with the framing of their treasures to ensure gallery-standard results, so be sure to stop by Art Etc to find out more. “It’s a natural off-shoot of art sales and rental,� says Anne Brownell, who promotes the business both within the BAC and beyond. “A perfect frame enhances the look of any artwork, and our customers appreciate this added layer of service and the peace of mind it gives them.� Framing samples are available in Art Etc, and Anne will assist with frame and matte selection and oversee the quality of the finished piece, produced by a certified framer working with Art Etc. BAC members receive 15% off custom framing orders placed in May.




Art Auction Success

If you haven’t been to the Fine Art and Craft Festival for a few years, it’s time come shopping again. Over 100 artisans from near and far are counting on you to come out to support them by buying their creations on June 11 from 10 am to 6 pm and June 12 from 11 am to 5 pm.

Now located in and around the BAC, the event is compact and provides access to all that the BAC offers, such as guild studios, which are open for demonstrations and sales. There’s something for everyone, including children, who will love our new face art – beyond face painting - and side-walk chalk drawing. Admission is free and the event is accessible. Burlington residents can watch their mail for a ValPak coupon which can be used for a free coffee at the Shoreline Cafe. The BAC is also a Doors Open Burlington destination during the Fine Art and Craft Festival weekend. For more information, call 905-335-7600, ext. 7458, or e-mail Sponsored by:


The Art Auction was a record-breaking success, raising $45,000 in net proceeds for the BAC Foundation. Over 350 people packed the AIC Gallery to bid on the 96 pieces of artwork. Almost all of the auction pieces were sold and one in five pieces went for more than estimated market value. The pre-auction Cocktail Reception was sold out, with 175 guests attending. The proceeds will be used to support the operation of galleries and studio spaces and to maintain the Permanent Collection of Contemporary Canadian Ceramics. CIBC Wood Gundy Burlington Waterfront Place Branch has been Burlington Waterfront Place Branch the exclusive lead sponsor of the BAC Art Auction since 1995, and its support is always much appreciated.


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