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Interference Ensemble

Them F*ckin' Robots

Video Screening
Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7pm
Admission: $5

Directed by Dutch filmmakers Ine Poppe and Sam Nemeth, the documentary celebrates the extraordinary life and career of one of the world’s leading electronic artists: Norman T. White. This affectionate portrait follows his work from the 70s through the first decade of the new millennium, and includes archival footage of White and his family from the 40s to the 60s. The film also speaks to the role of media art in the mainstream art world. White will be present to discuss the film and his work after the screening.

Interference Ensemble

Tethered Together Pageant

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 1:00pm

Durham's Interference Ensemble Sauntering Band* will be performing in the Holstein Christmas Parade and live-streaming to Facebook and the Gallery in a cyber-folk mashup. If you're not in Holstein, come to the Gallery and hear singer Heather Saumer perform a libretto over the live event!

Each musician is pulling a float in the non-motorized parade, carrying a sculpted passenger.


The livestream will be at:


* The Interference Ensemble Sauntering Band includes: William Bossi, Grace Bridgman, Dave Dunn, Jim Grant, Basha Mayo, Steve Morel, Chris Palmer, Jenny Parsons, Robin Rich, Heather Saumer and Doug Tielli. The Ensemble is led by Tony Massett and Geoffrey Shea and is supported by the Ontario Arts Council, Akimbo Art Promotion and the Durham Art Gallery.

Patrick McKenna

Patrick McKenna and the Art of Comedy

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 7:30
Admission: $20 - doors open at 7pm

Join us for an evening with Patrick McKenna who will take us on a journey with hilarious side trips that follow his career from The Second City, to The Red Green Show, to Traders, to the big screen and beyond. Irreverent, insightful and infectious, Patrick McKenna's conversational performance will be sure to delight.

McMichael Gallery

Art Bus to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Bus fare: $40
Free admission for Durham Art Gallery Members! Please have your valid membership card and an I.D. ready upon entering the Gallery.
General admission is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, payable at McMichael.

Book your seat on our Art Bus for a trip to the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg. The bus fare is due by September 5.

Durham: Pick-up at 8:30am and return at 6:00pm at the Durham Arena, 451 Saddler Street West
Flesherton: Pick-up at 9:00am and return at 5:30pm at the Flesherton & District Arena, Hwy 10

Experience stunning exhibitions such as Leaps and Bounds featuring Lawren S. Harris, Passion Over Reason featuring Tom Thomson and Joyce Wieland, and Cutting Ice featuring Canadian Inuk Artist Annie Pootoogook and also including works by Shuvinai Ashoona, Itee Pootoogook, Jutai Toonoo, Ohotaq Mikkigak and Siassie Kenneally.

Stroll the grounds surrounding the gallery which include a sculpture garden and the Tom Thomson shack. Please visit the McMichael’s website for details.

(Images: Lawren S. Harris: Pic Island 1923, oil on canvas, detail; bottom: interior of Tom Thomson Shack)

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Workshop with Xiaojing Yan

Sunday, September 17, 2017
2:00pm – 3:30pm
Fee (including materials): $25 for Gallery members / $30 for non-members
Space is limited to 8 spots SOLD OUT

On the last day of Xiaojing Yan’s exhibition Floating, the artist will share her expertise with artists and artisans interested in her creative know-how. This workshop is inspired by Yan’s stunning three-dimensional forms made of tissue paper and natural reed. Participants will create a sculptural piece using techniques similar to Chinese lantern making.

If available, please bring a hot glue gun, scissors and an X-acto knife. The artist will provide different colour tissue paper and natural reed. If you want to bring your own paper, thin ones such as tissue paper used for wrapping gifts work best.

To register, please contact Steven Morel at 519-369-3692, or send an email to smorel@durhamart.on.ca. The registration fee is due by September 8.

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The Creators Club

July 5 to August 23, 2017
Every Wednesday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
For children age 6 to 12
$10 per session

Sign up your child(ren) for a morning of fun-filled arts and crafts activities provided by our amazing summer arts coordinator, Emma Allen. Call Emma at 519-369-3692 for further information and registration.

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Workshop with Natalie Hussey

Monday, May 15, 2017, 11am to 3pm (one hour lunch break)
Fees: $42/DAG members; $50/non-members. All materials and tools will be provided for $40. Payment is due by Friday, May 12.

Natalie Hussey, our featured artist in the East Gallery will introduce participants to the unique mixed media technique she uses to create gorgeous works of art. Participants will craft a multi-dimensional surface by hand-carving wet plaster on board, and then bring the surface and imagery to life by applying layers of colourful acrylic glaze.

Space is limited to six participants. To reserve your spot, sign up now or contact Steven Morel at 519-369-3692 or smorel@durhamart.on.ca.

Image credit: Natalie Hussey: Dig Deep (2015); acrylic on hand-carved plaster.

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Bus Trip to AGO

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Adult: $55 / Senior (65+): $50 (includes bus and admission to AGO)
Durham Art Gallery Members receive a $5 discount

The Durham Art Gallery is hitting the road again! This time we're heading to the AGO for the only North American stop of Georgia O’Keeffe, the much anticipated retrospective of this pioneering American painter (1887-1986). A great opportunity, not to be missed!

Departure from Durham @ 9:30am – Return @ 9:00pm Durham Arena 451 Saddler Street West
Flesherton Pick-up and Drop-off (10am; 8:30pm) Flesherton & District Arena, Hwy 10.

“Georgia O’Keeffe features more than 80 works of art capturing the essence of her deeply personal connection to the landscape, architecture and nature that inspired her iconic style. A major retrospective of the art and legacy of this profoundly influential artist, the exhibition examines O’Keeffe’s relationships with renowned photographers of the time including Ansel Adams, Paul Strand and Alfred Stieglitz. Stunning views of New Mexico by Adams, as well as nudes and portraits of O’Keeffe by Stieglitz, are additional highlights of this breathtaking artistic journey.” (from AGO’s website.)

The exhibition was organized by Tate Modern in collaboration with the AGO and the Kunstforum Wien, Austria.

(Image: Georgia O’Keeffe, Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, 1932. Oil on canvas, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2014.35. Photograph by Edward C. Robison III. © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Bildrecht, Wien, 2016)

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Bus Trip to AGO

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Adult: $55 / Senior: $50  (includes bus and admission to AGO)

The Gallery invites you on a journey to the Art Gallery of Ontario to see Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more. Organized in partnership with the renowned Musée d'Orsay in Paris, this outstanding exhibition breaks new art historical ground, exploring the mystical experiences of 37 artists from 14 countries, including Emily Carr, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Piet Mondrian, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Georgia O'Keeffe and James McNeill Whistler.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Departure @ 8:30am – Return @ 7:00pm Durham Community Centre (Arena) 451 Saddler Street West, Durham. Flesherton Pick-up and Drop-off (9am; 6:30pm) Flesherton & District Arena, Hwy 10. Please contact us at 519-369-3692 for further information.

(Images: top: Starry Night Over the Rhone at Arles (1888) by Vincent Van Gogh, Musee d’Orsay, Paris; bottom: Vision after the Sermon (1888) by Paul Gaugin, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh)

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Thursday, November 10 @ 7pm
Free Admission

The Durham Art Gallery and ART21 travel to “the land of milk and honey” - Los Angeles - to search out modern artists working in the shadow of the vast Hollywood entertainment industry. Diana Thater, Liz Larner, Tala Madani and Edgar Arceneaux are this episode's featured artists, working “under the radar” that affords them the space and time to imagine. And imagine they do: video installations grappling with threats to the natural world; abstract sculptural forms that evoke tectonic geologic shifts; sharply satirical paintings that evoke clashes of culture: men and women, the rational and the absurd; and installations and multimedia events that investigate historical patterns. Perhaps “the land of milk and honey” should be updated to “the land of reality and illusion”. Thursday, November 10 – 7pm @ the Gallery

Info for images: (top to bottom) Edgar Arceneaux. A Time To Break Silence, 2013. Single-channel HD video with color and sound; 1 hour and 4 minutes. © Edgar Arceneaux. Courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Liz Larner. ii (inflexion), 2013-15. Ceramic, epoxy, and pigment; 18 1/4 x 33 3/4 x 10 1/2 in. © Liz Larner. Courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow. Diana Thater. knots + surfaces, 2001. Installation view: Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, November 22, 2015-February 21, 2016, © Diana Thater, photo © Fredrik Nilsen. Courtesy of David Zwirner, New York/London. Tala Madani. Finding Zebra, 2008. Oil on linen; 15.7 x 19.7 in. © Tala Madani. Courtesy the artist and Pilar Corrias, London.


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Thursday, October 27 @ 7pm
Free Admission

The Durham Art Gallery and ART21 invite you to visit the boisterous city of Chicago, a city rooted in industry and towering architecture, where artists are disrupting urban experience through experimentation. See the experimental sights and artistic works of Nick Cave, Chris Ware, Barbara Kasten and Theaster Gates: “Soundsuits” – surreally majestic objects blending fashion and sculpture; video projections evoking the experience of modernist architecture; sculptures made from clay, tar and renovated materials; and complex graphic novels from a master of the comic art form. The American mid-west has never been more challenging or inspiring. (images: top - Chris Ware. Building Stories — Daughter, 2007. Ink, pencil, and white gouache on board with offset ink color; original drawing 40 x 30 in. © Chris Ware. Courtesy of the artist. bottom - Theaster Gates. Raising Goliath, 2012. 1967 Ford fire truck, magazines, tar bucket, mop, steel, and wire; dimensions variable. Installation view: My Labor Is My Protest, White Cube, London. © Theaster Gates. Photo: Ben Westoby. Courtesy of the artist and White Cube, London.)


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Thursday, October 20 @ 7pm
Free Admission

The Durham Art Gallery and ART21, Art in the 21st Century, visit Mexico City! Mexico City artists exit their homes and studios to use the growing megalopolis as their canvas. The artists present everyday materials as artworks, mine recognizable images for the poetic potential, and take their art to the streets. This ART21 episode follows artists Damian Ortega, Pedro Reyes, Minerva Cuevas and Natalia Almada as they engage with urgent social problems, politically charged events and personal family tragedies through art that ranges from food carts to films to paintings and spectacular sculptures. “Viva arte moderno!” For more information: www.art21.org.


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Thursday, October 13 @ 7pm
Free Admission

ART21 is a series of in-depth videos that introduce audiences to a diverse range of established and emerging artists working today, and to the art they are producing. Through profiles and interviews, the four-part series reveals the inspiration, vision and techniques behind the creative works of some of today’s most accomplished contemporary artists. Season 8 introduces 16 artists who are grouped according to the cities where they live and work, revealing unique and powerful relationships – artistic and otherwise – to place.

Our first viewing for Season 8 of Art 21 focuses on Vancouver, Canada. From humble objects and utopian aspirations to fantastical, photographic images and whimsical sculptures, ART 21 travels to Vancouver to explore and enter the work of four artists who live and work in this cosmopolitan city on the Pacific. Through the work and interviews of artists Liz Magor, Stan Douglas, Brian Jungen and Jeff Wall, we get an intense and intimate portrait of four, modern artists who navigate the city and integrate it in their work.


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Sunday, September 11 @ 4pm

On the closing day of our current Water exhibit we are moving Christopher McLeod’s interactive Aqua Lauta sculpture to the banks of the Saugeen River (the backyard of the mill across from the Gallery) to draw and clean fresh water from the river. People will have the opportunity to climb aboard McLeod’s fascinating artwork and use their biking muscles to fill up their drinking bottles with purified river water. Christopher McLeod will be present.


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Wednesday, September 7 @ 7:30pm; doors open at 7pm
The Garafraxa Café, 131 Garafraxa Street South, Durham
Admission by donation; Liz Zetlin will be present

In conjunction with our current shows the Gallery is presenting two award-winning films about water. Made in 2013, Liz Zetlin’s short film Keepers of the Water is a lyrical docu-poem about women and water, narrated by Anishinabe poet and storyteller Lenore Keeshig. Through stories, music and song, Zetlin takes us back to the basics of why water is so important and must be cared for by everyone.

Co-directed by Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky, the 90-minute documentary Watermark (2013) weaves together narratives of water’s role in nature and culture, touching on every aspect of our relationship to water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. The film is an immersive version of Burtynsky’s stunning photographs: “thrilling, terrifying and enraging all at once.” Simon Houpt, Globe & Mail


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Tuesday, August 9 to Thursday, August 11, 2016
9am to 1pm; ages 10 to 14
3-day package: $90 for members; $95 for non-members
Individual workshop: $35/members; $40/non-members
A material fee of $10 applies to both the printmaking and encaustic workshops.
Please register now! Space is limited to 6 participants.
519-369-3692; info@durhamart.on.ca

Words, images, and art forms intertwine in a series of workshops held at the Durham Art Gallery. Each of these half-day workshops will focus on a different medium and will be taught by a different instructor: Gail Pletsch, photography (Aug. 11); Tim Dyck, printmaking (Aug. 10); and Kim Kool, encaustic mixed media (Aug. 9). Designed for students ages 10 to 14, participants will create visual art works that incorporate words and text using a variety of techniques. We will celebrate the students’ accomplishments in a two-month-long fall exhibition at the Gallery.

Subsidy for low-income parents may be available through Grey National Child Benefit (NCB) Reinvestment Program. For further information, please contact the NCB Coordinator at the YMCA in Owen Sound at 519-376-0484, ext. 227, or email ncb@ymcaowensound.on.ca

Special thanks to Canadian Heritage, the J.P. Bickell Foundation and Community Foundation Grey Bruce.


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Video Production Workshop

Thursday, August 4 to Saturday, August 6, 2016
10am to 5pm; Ages 14 to 18
Fee: $145 for members; $150 for non-members
Please register now! Space is limited to 6 participants.
519-369-3692; info@durhamart.on.ca

Over the course of three days, participants will learn both the artistic and technical skills used in video production. The instructor is OCAD University professor and media artist, Geoffrey Shea. Beginning with the basics in shooting and editing, the workshop will advance to storyboarding, individual or group concepts, and further developing directorial and camera work skills. Participants will also learn new tips for technical editing in post-production. Post-production will take place at Launch Pad in Hanover. The best works will be featured in one of our fall exhibitions. No prior experience is required, only a passionate interest in moving images. Some cameras will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own camera or camera phone.

Special thanks to Canadian Heritage, the J.P. Bickell Foundation and Community Foundation Grey Bruce.


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Orchestra North Chamber Ensemble

Sunday, July 10 at 2pm
Admission: $15

Join us for an afternoon of enchanting classical music performed by Orchestra North’s youthful Chamber Ensemble. Rebecca MacLeod (violin), Meagan Turner (violin), Chantal Lemire (viola) and Sebastian Ostertag (cello) will seduce your ears and caress your mind and heart with renditions of Antonin Leopold Dvořák’s American Quartet, Ana Sokolović’s Ves and more. Proceeds from this event support Orchestra North, Grey-Bruce’s newest music education and performance program, as well as the Durham Art Gallery’s exhibitions and outreach activities. Tickets can be purchased online through PayPal, or during your next visit to the Gallery. For reservations, please call 519-369-3692.


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Sewing with Paper
Workshop with Liz Eakins

Saturday, June 18, 10am-1pm
Members: $45 Non-Members: $50
Materials fee: $10
One of two exciting workshops with Liz Eakins, an artist who is currently featured in the Gallery exhibition: Layering. Learn the secrets of sewing with paper. Liz will teach you some of the techniques she has developed in her art practice.


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Lino-Block Printmaking
Workshop with Liz Eakins

Monday, June 20: 10am-1pm and 2-4pm
Members: $75 Non-Members: $90
Materials fee: $20
Design, carve, and print your very own limited edition print using linoleum, carving tools, Japanese paper, and water based ink.


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Camp Home Project
Documentary by Karen Andres

Thursday, April 28 at 7pm – the Garafraxa Café, Durham
Admission: $10
In classical cinema verité style, Karen Andres’ film documents life on Eigensinn Farm, the home of Michael and Nobuyo Stadtländer. The film provides great insights into how food, art and social awareness are connected. Celebrity Chef Michael Stadtlander will introduce the documentary and take part in a Q&A following the film presentation. Tickets are available at the Gallery, Chicory Common and the Garafraxa Café.


The Life of Robert Markle

The Life of Robert Markle
Documentary by Daniel Zuckerbrot

Tuesday, May 10 at 7pm – the Garafraxa Café, Durham
Admission by donation
A fascinating biography and snapshot of Canadian cultural history, the film provides intimate glimpses into Robert Markle’s life and career as a brilliant and complex artist, as well as a teacher, writer and musician.
Robert Markle (1936–1990), a Mohawk from southern Ontaro, emerged in the 1960s as a prominent member of the buzzing Toronto art scene of that era. Together with his wife, muse, and model, Marlene Markle, he moved to a small farm near Holstein in 1970. Residents in our area likely have seen Markle's public art, including a 1986 wall mural still on display in Mount Forest. The Gallery mounted a retrospective of Markle’s work in 2002.
Marlene Markle will read from a couple of Robert’s writings at this event, and will answer questions following the screening of the film.

Restoring Black History

Sunday, February 21 at 2pm
Admission: $10
(Snow date: Sunday, February 28 at 2pm)
During Black History Month you will have an opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the African American settlers in Grey and Simcoe Counties. Janie Cooper-Wilson, accomplished historian, author, artist, and former historical director of the Emancipation Festival, will talk about her latest project on the restoration of the Oro African Church. A fantastic storyteller, Cooper-Wilson will weave in accounts about the families that formed that community while giving us a glimpse into her own narrative as a descendent of the Oro African-Canadian pioneers. Naomi Norquay, President of the Old Durham Road Pioneer Cemetery Committee, professor of education at York University, and co-editor of Northern Terminus, the African Canadian History Journal, will facilitate the conversation. Come join this event that honours the legacy of black Canadians. Reserve your seat today!

Lynn Hershman Leeson

! W.A.R – Women Art Revolution (A Secret History)
Documentary (2010), 1h 23m
Tuesday, March 8 at 7pm. Admission by donation
The Garafraxa Cafe, 131 Garafraxa Street S, Durham
Reservations appreciated.
What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than to re-visit the pioneering artists who shaped the beliefs and values of the Feminist Art Movement in the 1970s. Directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson, !Women Art Revolution chronicles the major developments of the women’s movement and feminist art from the 1970s through 2008, by interweaving intimate interviews, provocative art and archival footage. From Judy Chicago to Suzy Lake to Yoko Ono, we’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the first feminist art education programs, the advent of alternative art spaces, and landmark exhibitions that called attention to the groundbreaking work of women artists.

Music in the Afternoon

The Jim Kinnear Jazz Trio
Sunday, March 13 at 2pm at the Gallery
Admission: $15
The versatile Jim Kinnear Jazz Trio delights with a wide variety of musical styles including Jazz, Latin, Broadway, Pop, and American Standards. Renowned musicians Jim Kinnear (piano and keyboards), Dave Watson (trumpet and vocals), and Ralph Johnson (acoustic bass) promise an entertaining afternoon at the Gallery! Call us to reserve your tickets.

Watercolour Getaway in Creemore

Saturday & Sunday, April 2 to 3, 2016
Treat yourself to an exciting spring weekend of art and relaxation!
Paint in vibrant watercolours with Martha Bull at Mill Street Art Studio in the charming village of Creemore. Working with painters of all levels, Martha promises to “deepen your ability and desire to paint”. Enjoy delicious meals at local restaurants and then unwind at Patricia Cleary’s 4-star country retreat, the Mountain Ash Farm Inn & Spa. The full workshop schedule is Saturday, 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm; Sunday, 10am-1pm.
Getaway Packages
Single Occupancy, Workshop: Members: $255pp; Non-Members: $270pp
Double Occupancy, Workshop for Two: Members: $205pp; Non-members: $220pp
Double Occupancy, Workshop for One: Members: $275; Non-Members: $290
Workshop Saturday Only, no overnight: Members: $100; Non-Members: $115
Materials available for a $10 fee. Spa packages are extra and can be arranged.
A $25 deposit is required by February 29 to hold your spot. Full payment is due by March 19. To reserve, please call the Gallery at 519-369-3692, or email Debbie Ebanks at debanks@durhamart.on.ca.
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