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Chenfu Lin, Untitled, Oil/Mixed Media on Canvas

GET CREATIVE GET INSPIRED GET INVOLVED EVENTS GALORE! The BAC will be bustling with activity in November. Come out to all four events. Each has a different focus, mixing shopping, food, fashion, artists and local businesses, but all are great get-together opportunities for family and friends.


November 13, 10 am-4 pm

Browse and buy spectacular handmade jewellery, scarves, hats, clothing and more. Each artisan’s work passed the BAC’s juried process before being accepted into the show, so this is a rare chance to have artisans of this calibre under one roof. Several jewellers will demonstrate jewellery-making techniques throughout the day. Advance tickets may be purchased in groups of 5 for $20! Tickets at the door are $5. Go to to order group tickets online.


November 17, 5-9 pm

Visit us for Shopapalooza, a fun-filled night of food and fashion. Meet Burlington’s finest merchants as they promote hair fashions, shoes, make-up, flowers and much more! Enjoy delicious samples from area restaurants and a sensational fashion show. A great girls’ night out! Tickets $10 in advance or at the door. Proceeds from this event support programs at the Burlington Art Centre.


November 25, 26, 27, 28: noon; November 26: 6 pm Choose a hand-crafted pottery bowl from an array of possibilities. Then select a soup provided by one of our area restaurants. Add a salad, roll and dessert…and keep the bowl! A cash bar is available as well. Soup Bowl sells out quickly—reserve a seat early to avoid disappointment. BAC Members: $35; Non-members:$40; Reserved table of eight: $275. Call 905-6327796, ext. 326, or visit to order online.


November 25, 11 am-2 pm; November 26, 10 am-9 pm; November 27, 10 am-4 pm; November 28, 11 am-4 pm Here is your chance to shop for hand-crafted items produced by the Guilds of Arts Burlington. This unique shopping experience is a great before or after activity for Soup Bowl guests! You’ll enjoy the remarkable selection and great value. Free of charge!


There’s never a dull moment at the BAC. The place is in a constant state of change, with exhibitions coming and going, programs starting and ending, rental rooms filling and emptying, shoppers browsing and buying, and events either being planned or happening. This vibrant energy has to be reflected in how members and the community find out about all that the BAC offers. A myriad of new methods of communication are now available, and the BAC is embracing those that reach out most effectively. It started with the revamping of the BAC website, which launched last spring, offering a fresh and dynamic way for users to find out about everything BAC. Functionality will continue to evolve, as demonstrated by recent additions of online membership and event registrations. E-blasts now keep members close to what is happening on a monthly basis. Want information on the Wearable Art Sale? Check out the Facebook page. Moving with the fast pace of our information age is a challenge, but it’s all part of staying relevant in a changing world. Perhaps there is a blog in the future! Traditional methods of communicating still have an important role to play; they just need to evolve as well. In keeping with that reality - welcome to @theBAC. It incorporates a new look consistent with its electronic counterparts and will give members inside information on what’s going on and who’s doing what at the BAC - three months at a glance. Plus, your Get Organized calendar is now an insert, which you can keep on your fridge. Style meets function so you can get to know your BAC and get involved!


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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 and Saturday 10 am-5 pm Sunday 12 noon-5 pm

Docents: Docents conduct tours of the BAC from September to June. The majority of tours are with school children who are being introduced to the BAC. Duties include a 30-45 minute tour of the BAC and assisting an instructor when needed with a hands-on art project. Training is ongoing and includes building knowledge in art history and techniques in guiding tours.

GET INVOLVED VOLUNTEER COUNCIL The Volunteer Council plays an important role in the life of the BAC. It works with and represents a group of 110 volunteer Docents, Gallery Attendants, Art Etc Volunteers and Conservatory Volunteers who give thousands of hours to the BAC each year by helping the hundreds of students, teachers, visitors, and shoppers who come to the BAC and by taking care of the Conservatory and plants that decorate the building. The Volunteer Council itself is comprised of a group of these volunteers who meet monthly to ensure that the needs of its members are being met and also interact with BAC staff to strengthen lines of communication regarding BAC programs and volunteer issues. A key priority is recruiting and screening potential new volunteers, as well as welcoming them and assisting in orienting them in their respective roles and to the BAC. Unlike many event-related volunteer opportunities, which are short-term in nature, the roles played by volunteers under the Volunteer Council’s umbrella are ongoing throughout the year. They are often on the front lines, greeting and informing visitors about the BAC and its programs, and they receive special training and develop the skills to do so. As a result, they make important contributions to the BAC’s image and smooth functioning. According to Bev Douglas, President of the Volunteer Council, volunteers enjoy an enriching experience learning about visual arts and fine crafts, as well as participating in a variety of community outreach programs. New recruits are always welcome, so why not consider volunteering for one of these positions: Art Etc. Gallery Shop, Art Rental & Sales: Art Etc carries an array of high quality items by artists from across Canada, and its sales are an important funding source for the BAC. Volunteers develop a wide range of skills in this busy retail environment. Duties are retail selling, display and gift wrapping, and may include art rental and sales. A long-term, weekly commitment is required, and training is provided. Please contact Art Etc Manager Nancy Helmers for more information: 905-632-7796, ext. 316, or

Gallery Attendants: The Gallery Attendant is often the first contact people have when visiting the AIC Gallery, the BAC’s main exhibition space. Duties include distributing information, answering questions about exhibits and providing gallery surveillance. Ongoing training is provided. A long-term commitment is necessary to provide continuity, and volunteers must be able to complete their scheduled time commitment. Conservatory: The BAC’s beautiful Conservatory is cared for by six volunteers who attend to the plants on Monday and Friday mornings. They also sell small plants to provide the BAC with extra funds. No conservatory volunteers are needed at this point. Call 905-632-7796, ext. 330, or e-mail to receive information on these volunteer opportunities.

OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Fundraising events run by the Burlington Art Centre Foundation (BACF) raise funds for and promote the BAC. Volunteers are essential to their success and help to ensure that guests have a great BAC experience. Volunteers can join committees to assist in planning special events with BAC staff and/or they can assist as ‘day-of-event’ volunteers. Secondary school students who want to build their experience and add to their community service hours are welcome. Why not join the fun in November as a volunteer at the Wearable Art Sale and/or Soup Bowl? Wearable Art needs greeters and ticket takers, as well as help setting up and cleaning up. Soup Bowl has a variety of roles to be filled. Greeters, hostesses, wait staff, raffle and ticket desk helpers, ice cream servers, water servers and soup bowl cleaners are needed for each sitting. E-mail or call 905-632-7796, ext. 302, for more information.

EMPLOYERS VALUE BAC VOLUNTEERS TOO! The BACF recently received a donation of $500 from a Trustee. The donation was made by the Royal Bank of Canada in recognition of 40 hours of volunteer time given to the BAC and BACF this year by one of its employees. Thank you to them both. Volunteers: check with employers to see if you can receive recognition for your volunteer hours, as that also may benefit the BACF. We understand that many financial institutions and major corporations offer similar programs, for which retirees often qualify as well!

GET INSPIRED: BAC ART Juliet Jancso, William Gives Orders (detail)

CONTINUING EXHIBITIONS: Alight: Chris Bacon Selected Works to November 9



Handbuilt porcelain ships, sculptural manifestations of tiny illustrations found in illuminated manuscripts of the earliest books, early prints and the Bayeux tapestry of the 11th century. Artist’s Tour and Talk: February 2, 7 pm

January 29 - February 27 F.R. Perry Gallery Curator: George Wale

Celebrations: Burlington Potters’ Guild Exhibition to November 7; Reception: November 7, 2-4 pm


November 6 - January 23 Collection Corridor Curators: Members of the Waterloo Potters’ Guild Part of a continuing series of exhibitions where five ceramists choose a selection of work from the BAC’s Jack Sures, Lidded Pot Permanent Collection of Canadian Ceramics and (detail) write their perspectives, as makers, on their choices. This exhibition explores the creative process from the point of view of the artist and illustrates a wide range of approaches, from the highly technical to the conceptual. Reception: November 7, 2-4 pm

CHENFU LIN: FUSED AESTHETIC December 4 - January 30 AIC Gallery Chenfu Lin, Halton Curator: George Wale

Abstract paintings that fuse aesthetic sensibilities from across cultures. Chenfu Lin was born in the Province of Fukien, China. He has spent the past five decades creating pieces that meld the East and the West. His work projects a sense of Eastern Zen peacefulness combined with Western abstractionism, using oil and mixed media on canvas and paper. Reception: December 5, 2-4 pm Chenfu Lin, Untitled


December 4 - January 30 AIC Gallery Evelyn Kelch, Dundas; Erika Reisenberger, Carlisle Curator: George Wale Evelyn Kelch, eyelet

Erika Reisenberger, Diagonal and Vertical Moves (detail)

New abstracted paper works by these emerging artists. White, black, minimal colour … sculptural and two dimensional works. Reception: December 5, 2-4 pm Artist’s Tour and Talk: January 23, 1:30 pm

Janet Jancso, St. Cuthbert Crosses the Sea (detail)


BURLINGTON FINE ARTS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION November 20 - December 19 F.R. Perry Gallery Coordinator: David Popplow

Members’ juried exhibition includes a juror’s feedback session for all participants. Reception: December 5, 2-4 pm


November 7, 2-4 pm Makers’ Choice 4; Celebrations: Burlington Potters’ Guild Juried Exhibition December 5, 2-4 pm Chenfu Lin: Fused Aesthetic; Paper Work: Evelyn Kelch and Erika Reisenberger; Burlington Fine Arts Association Juried Exhibition

ARTISTS’ TOUR AND TALK January 23, 1:30 pm Paper Work: Evelyn Kelch and Erika Reisenberger February 2, 7 pm Juliet Jancso: Form and Shadow

FIRESIDE LOUNGE Latow Photographers Guild Kirk Johnston: Multifarious to November 23. Selected juried choices and oversights featuring local and international True Colour images One Day in the Life of Burlington - November 24 to January 2 Fireside Lounge and Community Gallery Burlington Fine Arts Association Mae Giroux: January 4 to 25 Anna Kutishcheva: January 26 - February 22


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT All seminars are free. Call 905-632-7796, ext 307, to reserve a seat.


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

IDEA EXCHANGE: HOW TO APPLY FOR EXHIBITIONS AT PUBLIC ART GALLERIES November 21, 1:30 pm Presentation by George Wale, Director of Programs, BAC HOW TO APPROACH COMMERCIAL GALLERIES AND DEALERS January 16, 1:30 pm Presentation by a member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada.

This soup tureen, by Dundas-based ceramic artist Scott Barnim, entered the Permanent Collection as part of a bequest from long-time donors Bernard and Alice Peck Slavin. As with all bequests, the Collection Committee had to approve the acceptance of the gift, but Bernie Slavin had made arrangements before his death that the Committee could accept or pass on any pieces as they saw fit. The gift amounted to a selection of twenty-two pieces of functional ware by area artists, most of whom Alice had exhibited in her business, the Alice Peck Gallery.

HEALTH AND SAFETY FOR ARTISTS: RISK ASSESSMENT November 14, 1:30 pm Using a risk assessment as a guide, artists and craftspeople discuss potential health and safety issues in their practice.


David Popplow joined the BAC on August 26 as Preparator-Assistant Curator. He brings extensive experience in the cultural management sector, along with analytical skills and other talents in carpentry, fabrication and procurement.

Scott Barnim, Soup Tureen

This work is important for the Collection as it represents a transition in Barnim’s work. The piece was one of the first pieces Scott created after he returned from his Master’s Degree studies in Cardiff, Wales. The work was entered into the Designer’s Craft exhibition held in the late eighties at the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas. Alice Peck was the juror for the show, where she awarded Scott a prize and then purchased the piece. The work is decorated with molded fish handles and slip trailed leaves and flowers. The fish has become a regular decorative feature on Barnim’s work, used for handles but also as a sponged glaze decoration, often in a repeat pattern. The slip trailed flowers and leaves also still appear as repeat patterns in different production lines. Barnim has used plant and animal motifs in his work from early in his career. Often based on classic patterns, he has interpreted them with his loose and fluid decorating style. In the last few years, he has been investigating a long-neglected glazing technique Persian lustre – a technique developed in the Middle East in the 9th century. These new works will be featured next year in an exhibition at the Centre, where visitors will be able to see how these favourite designs have changed and evolved over the years. Alice and Bernie Slavin were firm supporters of ceramic artists, especially emerging artists. Their faith in the work produced by these young artists was demonstrated by their generous donation of work to the BAC Permanent Collection during their lives and after their passing.

Wondering what a Preparator-Assistant Curator does? David is primarily responsible for the installation and takedown of exhibitions in the AIC and Perry Galleries, as well as maintaining the gallery space in terms of security, appearance and environmental conditions. He is the exhibition coordinator for all annual guild exhibitions. In addition, he provides clerical support to the exhibitions, such as insurance reports, artists’ exhibition applications, and Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant recommendations, amongst other duties. David’s skills and experience will be put to good use in his new role at the BAC.


BAC TRIPS UPDATE: GARDENS, TEMPLES, CERAMICS: JAPAN MARCH 31 TO APRIL 13, 2011 This fabulous tour of Japan is proving to be very popular! There are only two spots left, so act now if you want to join BAC curator Jonathan Smith and ceramic artist Reid Flock for this unique trip. Download the itinerary from or call 905-632-7796, ext. 302, for details.

GET CREATIVE: GUILD NEWS Victoria Pearce, Celestial Pods (detail)

BURLINGTON FINE ARTS ASSOCIATION The BFAA is looking forward to a creative and stimulating fall session and some new initiatives are in the works for the winter and spring. Barb Townsend and Victoria Pearce received honorable mentions in the Fire+Earth+Imagination show. Other members accepted into the show were Marcia Lantagne, Helen Hendry, Anna Kutishcheva, Cathy Roberts, Maria Sarkany, Shirley Whitaker, Dominique Prevost, Callie Archer, Lynda Jones, Grace Falco Chambers, Lois Crawford and Sarah Collard. The following BFAA members had work exhibited in shows this fall: Anna Kutishcheva - McMichael Autumn Art Sale; Antoinette Stevens Award award, best acrylic painting, 42nd Open National Juried Exhibition of the Society of Canadian Artists, Deena Errampalli - Art in the Workplace Juried Exhibition, McMaster University Innovation Park (to November 23); Wildlife, Nature and Native Show, Beaux-Arts, Brampton; two third place awards for Photography, National Environment Week Photography competition; Claudette Losier - Art in the Workplace exhibition. Scholarship Program: In partnership with the BAC, the BFAA will be starting a pilot scholarship program in 2011. One student from either the Catholic or Public school board will be chosen by a panel to receive BAC and BFAA memberships (and all the programming that encompasses); one BAC art class (funded by the BAC) and one or more classes funded by BFAA, plus some financial support for equipment needs by BFAA. The student will be mentored by a BFAA member. Workshop on November 12: Heidi Rodhe: using a variety of surfaces and media with pastels. Call Gail Forbes (905-388-3250) to register. Christmas Show: The BFAA will be selling hand-made ornaments, with proceeds going to the BACF. BFAA meetings on the third Tuesday of each month are open to everyone. The guest speaker on November 16 will be Jody Joseph, Instructor, Dundas Valley School of Art, and Director of the International School of Painting Drawing and Sculpture in Todi, Italy. The meeting starts at 7:30 pm with the annual general meeting followed by the speaker.

Burlington in March of 2010 and was approved in July. Other guilds interested in exploring the Trillium Grant process can consult with BAC staff for information on how to proceed. Please contact Sandra Baker, Director of Development and Marketing at sandra.baker@ or 905-632-7796, ext. 302. Be sure to check out the work by guild members in the display case outside the guild studio. November will feature Ribbon Winners – 2010 and December will have Christmas-themed items.

BURLINGTON POTTERS’ GUILD The Potters’ Guild had a very busy fall. Some guild members did very well in the Fire+Earth+Imagination exhibition and the Celebrations juried show was amazing. Potters from beginners to advanced were involved, benefiting from critiques by juror Kasia Piech. Award winners were: Best in Show - Helen Gray; Best Functional - Reid Flock; Best Non Functional - Barbara Rose; Arts Burlington Award for Best Adaptation of the Theme: Kai Eichenbaum; Jeanette Edwardes Award for a Beginner Potter - Evelyn Kelch. Potters also found time to make bowls for Soup Bowl and pieces to sell at the Christmas sale. Hundreds of bowls were decorated by potters and BAC members alike. Many thanks to Susan Card, Reid Flock and Monika Schaefer for all their mentoring and to all who came out to help.

LATOW PHOTOGRAPHERS GUILD Latow has started a busy year, with a full program and eight field trips scheduled already. As of mid-October, the guild had 107 members, including 22 new members. The 9th Annual One Day in the Life of Burlington took place on October 3, with a full slate of 200 entrants. There were 57 entries for youth under 18. The exhibition will be in the Fireside Lounge and Community Gallery from November 24 to January 2. The winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on December 1 at 7 pm. Members’ show: Jim Wallace, Fred Oliver, Dan and Glen Jones, Fine Art Photography, Joseph Brant Hospital, November and December.

BURLINGTON SCULPTORS AND WOODCARVERS GUILD In September of 2010, the guild received a Trillium grant which allowed the purchase of a new kiln, band saws, drill press, belt sander and dust collector. The new equipment arrived for installation in October. Receiving the grant was a long but rewarding process. Guild members began exploring the concept in 2009. Their application to make the guild studio a more effective, modern and safe place to practice their art was submitted through Arts

Barabara Rose, Easy Pickings

BAC PROGRAMS GET TO KNOW US: MONIQUE THERIAULT Monique Theriault is passionate about sharing her love of flowers. Fortunately for the BAC, she has been its Creative Floral Design instructor since 2003. “Flowers are seen by many people as a luxury, but to me, they are a way of life. My goal is to encourage everyone to enjoy them and integrate them into their lives,” says Monique. Monique studied interior and graphic design and obtained qualifications in visual arts instruction, as well as in floral design, an area in which she has worked since she was 12 years old. With over 20 years of floral design and teaching experience, Monique presents Floral Design as a living art. As in other art classes, her students learn the elements and principles of design, all of which apply to creating works of floral art. Aspects of fashion and interior design, as well as architecture, come into play through the four levels of floral design classes available at the BAC. Her own artistic approach is continually refreshed by the world around her. “Nature is my teacher,” says Monique. “I study what occurs in the natural world and incorporate it into my work.” She shares that unique perspective with her students, encouraging them to look beyond the classroom and open themselves to inspiration. She demonstrates this by presenting a variety of design options within each class. “I want my students to be able to buy a bouquet and make several different arrangements from it. That element of creativity, combined with solid knowledge of the design elements and principles, will result in floral artwork,” says Monique. Monique’s four courses are progressive. Level 1 explores the creative experience, introducing the elements and principles of design in the creation of a variety of design styles. Level 2 is the next step, a continuation of Level 1. It expands the design repertoire with more advanced floral styles and design techniques. Level 3 is an intermediate course focusing on European design styles and intricate construction techniques. Level 4 is advanced floral design. It emphasizes design techniques and attention to fine finishing details, as well as self-expression. Upon completion of all four levels and 96 hours, students receive a Recognition of Achievement Certificate.

Monique demonstrates a variety of arrangements in each class. Here she displays different designs for Thanksgiving. Students take an arrangement they create home each week.

WINTER STUDIO COURSE REGISTRATION STARTS ON NOVEMBER 8 Beat the winter blahs and fulfill your artistic side by taking a BAC studio course. Classes start on January 10 and continue until March 7. The course guide is available online ( or at the BAC, or call 905-632-7796, ext. 307, for more information.

HANDS-ON ART AT THE BAC A group of students from the Camelot Centre, a creative day program for intellectually disabled adults, has visited the BAC on the first Thursday of every month for five years for a special education art program tailored to their needs. BAC Instructor Eileen Earnshaw-Borghesan has developed a program that works for the students, ensuring that their experiences at the BAC integrate into the Camelot Centre’s program.

In October, Camelot Centre students painted a backdrop for their Christmas play with the help of BAC and Camelot Centre teachers.

The BAC also offers an innovative art enrichment experience to students from Kindergarten to Grade 8. Each Tour/Hands On visit consists of a tour of the current gallery exhibitions and a hands-on workshop. Hands-On program coordinator Kai Eichenbaum works with teachers to book and plan a great BAC experience for their students. The Tour/Hands On program is sponsored by Turkstra Lumber. Call 905-6327796, ext. 319, for more information.

THE ART OF JEWELLERY: ANNE MARIE CHAGNON Montreal-based jewellery artist Anne Marie Chagnon visited the BAC in October to launch her fall collection at a special event hosted by the Art Etc Gallery Shop. It was attended by over 90 invited guests and Art Etc volunteers who wanted to see the new jewellery and have a chance to shop at the same time. Her fall line was then introduced into Art Etc’s jewellery collection, where it is now available for everyone to buy and wear.


Anne Marie’s jewellery is playful and sculptural, as well as practical and intensely personal. Many pieces have an interchangeable element that allows owners to personalize it to complement their clothes and their lives. Necklaces incorporate detachable links which can alter the length of the necklace or become bracelets and charms can become earrings.

ART RENTAL GOES TO BUSINESS SCHOOL When the DeGroote School of Business Ron Joyce Centre had its grand opening on October 7, school administrators, invited guests and members of the community mingled against a backdrop of 40 pieces of artwork from the Art Etc Art Rental collection. Art Etc’s contribution to the sparkling new building’s decor was acknowledged during the event. Art Sales and Rental Coordinator Anne Brownell selected pieces appropriate for the new space from the over 400 works of art available for rent through the Art Etc Gallery Shop. She arranged transportation, and the artwork was installed in gallery fashion with assistance from the BAC’s new preparator, David Popplow. It’s all part of the Art Rental service for Corporate Members. The oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels, and fine art photography in the Art Etc collection are available to all BAC members. Anne and Art Etc Manager Nancy Helmers are experienced in assisting members wanting one or two pieces for their home, as well as corporate clients wanting to decorate all of their office walls. “It is exciting to have our art hanging in the beautiful new DeGroote facility, but we get the same sense of satisfaction whether we help with the selection of multiple pieces for a business or one for an individual’s home,” says Nancy. The artwork is available for both rental and purchase. Selections from the Art Rental collection can be viewed in Art Etc. Stop by the shop for more information and to take a look, or e-mail your inquiries to anne.brownell@ Art Rental Facts - Monthly rental fees: $18 to $100. Artwork may be kept for up to three months. On purchase, three months of rental costs may be deducted from the purchase price. Corporate Members service includes consultation, extended rental period, delivery and installation.

Crafting her pieces from material such as pewter (lighter and less expensive than silver), resin in multiple colour combinations, and wood, Anne Marie creates designs which are bold, with delicate components which further allow personal expression. Although Anne Marie always loved jewellery, she studied visual arts and sculpture. Her sculptures were in miniature form, so applying them to wearable art was a natural progression of her talent. She formed her own company 15 years ago, and her work is now available across Canada, in the U.S, and in France.

MEMBERS’ ONLY SALE Three days only! November 26, 10 am-8 pm; November 27, 10 am-5pm; November 28, 12-5 pm 15% off all regular priced items; 20% off jewellery; 20% off one item of your choice Paintings and memberships are not included in the sale.

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