Feature Exhibition

Dundas Inspired: A History of Visual Arts
February 16 – April 27

An exhibition of local artwork spanning multiple mediums and two hundred years of history, Dundas Inspired will focus on the role which the visual arts have played in the cultural history of the community. As a commercial product, means of self-expression, or a resource for learning about the past, the historical significance of local artwork is immense. Ranging from the earliest depictions of the town through to the vibrant artistic culture of today, this exhibit will not only enlighten visitors about the lives and passions of local artists, but will also offer a centuries spanning glimpse of how the region has changed and evolved. In the early years of Dundas’ growth the professional artist was as essential to the community as a blacksmith or tailor. The vibrant interests of Victorian artists expanded into a tradition of local exhibitions dating back to the mid-1800s. The emergence of a thriving artistic community in the last few decades has played a major role in reshaping and defining the character of Dundas as we know it today. The visual arts have a long and varied history in Dundas which is rarely appreciated or explored. By pairing the Museum’s extensive collection of paintings, prints, pottery and carvings with a large number of pieces from both gallery and private collections, this exhibit aims to present a more comprehensive look at the town’s artistic traditions than has ever been available before.

 In the Education Centre Gallery

Drawing at the Museum
January 24 – April 4

Explore the treasures and challenges of drawing at the Dundas Museum & Archives. Students from the Dundas Valley School of Art once again joined us to work with artist Katherine MacDonald.

Each class featured something unique: exhibitions, pieces from the collection, and the opportunity to explore local history through artwork. From depicting the sharpness of a crease or the sheen of silk, to the challenges of light and shadow on crystal, this unique class provided both creative challenges and delight for those with a love of all things Dundas. Works drawn by the group during their time at the Museum will be on display in the Education Centre Gallery along with some of the artifacts they captured.

COAA Juried Art Show 2019
April 6 – June 22

From April 6 to June 22 our Education Centre will host a juried art exhibition presented by the Central Ontario Art Association. We are honoured to host this bi-annual presentation of local artwork, specially curated by COAA judges. This salon-style event will feature the work of multiple artists who have entered their pieces into the competition, with awards given to those pieces which the judges deem ‘best in show’. Good luck to all contestants!

For more information, please see their website at: coaart.com