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News, notes and the latest general information about the Art Gallery of Bancroft.


The Art Gallery of Bancroft was thrilled to be selected as host of the 56th Annual East Central Ontario Art
Association's annual juried exhibition this year. The Gallery was full at the show's opening earlier this month, as regional artists and guests from far and near gathered in a social setting to enjoy the wonderful display of art that presently adorns the Gallery walls.
The juror for this Year's exhibition was Bancroft's own Arne Roosman, maestro of the mural, stage settings and well known local artist.  Arne faced an extremely difficult task making his final selections in the different categories. When asked about his selection process, he said "all submitted pieces were of substantial quality, and show the artists' love of painting, but in the end, I had to just trust my heart".
Artist Debra Bannister took home the Juror's Choice Award for her stand-out watercolour "Swan Parade", which was inspired by the Swan March that takes place in Stratford every year to mark the beginning of the Stratford Theatre Festival.
Be sure to stop in at the gallery to enjoy this wonderfully diverse show, on display until August 24th. While there, check out the impressive Bancroft and Area Studio tour preview wall in the gift shop. Local and area artists have displayed selections of their work to give you an advanced look at their beautiful creations. The Studio Tour takes place this year on the weekends of September 20-21 and 27-28. 

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The Hybla Residency is an opportunity for an artist to develop and reflect on their art practice surrounded by the beauty of Hybla. This inaugural residency is in partnership with the Art Gallery of Bancroft.

The Inaugural Artist-in-Residence is Penny McCann, an Ottawa media artist whose body of work spans more than twenty years and encompasses both dramatic and experimental films and videos.  Her work has been exhibited extensively at festivals and galleries nationally and internationally, including the Centre national d’art contemporain (Grenoble, France), Oberhausen International Short Film Festival (Oberhausen, Germany), the Owens Art Gallery (Sackville, New Brunswick), the Images Festival (Toronto), the Canadian Film Institute (Ottawa), and the Festival International du film sur l’art (Montreal).

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The AGB’s site at the Wheels, Water and Wings street festival was buzzing with activity on Saturday July 5 under a hot and sunny sky, perfect for this year’s Caribbean-related theme of “Hot on Hastings”. Carole and John Kirby kept the samosas and grilled pineapple skewers flying off the BBQ and into the hands of eager customers to the happy rhythms of the Northern Lights Steel Orchestra. Gusty winds kept napkins, paper plates, signs and even umbrellas flying off as well! Roustabout Hugh Monteith collected the errant items, and filled in as food chopper, banker, plate preparer, amateur photographer, and general go-fer. Latecomers were disappointed to learn the delectable offerings were sold out by 1 p.m. 

At the adjacent kids’ tent, budding artists tried their hands at T-shirt painting with Isla Key and Diana Gurley, or driftwood painting with Ingrid Monteith. While clearly enjoying their handiwork, the concentration on their faces was intense as they created their imaginative masterpieces to the approval of parents, grandparents, siblings and friends.  So much fun was had, the painting continued for over an hour beyond the posted closing time.

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There is a dignified silence at 10 Flint Avenue this month of June. It is a pleasure to see how well our modest little gallery serves the creatures on display.

The arrangement is a piece of art in itself and every carefully executed detail of the ‘wild’ on display exposes a dedicated craftsmanship seldom exhibited anywhere.

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It’s spring cleaning time! Looking to clean out your basements, attics, sheds and garages for the coming summer?  Why not donate all gently used and formerly needed articles to the Art Gallery of Bancroft’s fund-raising yard sale, taking place Saturday May 24th from 9 a.m. to noon.  All Items can be brought into the gallery from Wednesday to Friday in the coming week

We will also be holding a plant sale at that time, so any excess plant from garden thinnings will be gratefully accepted, as well as the usual yard sale goodies.

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Art Gallery of Bancroft
10 Flint Avenue
P.O. Box 398
Bancroft, Ontario
K0L 1C0

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