Walker Industries Art Competition: Deadline – close of March 30th, 2019

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Tom and Frank Goldspink of TAG Art Gallery would like to salute Walker Industries and the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre for presenting the Walker Industries Art Competition in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Pumphouse Gallery in Niagara-on-the-Lake ON. This will be a juried event, with $3,000 in total cash prizes. The jury of six established Ontario artists/art educators will select 25 pieces for a month-long exhibition at the Pumphouse in Niagara-on-the-Lake in July, 2019. The three prize winners will be announced in early August at the 14th annual Art at the Pumphouse Show and Sale (Aug. 3rd and 4th, 2019). This competition is open to emerging and established artists anywhere in Canada. Deadline for Submission is March 31, 2019. Please click here for the submission page. Congratulations from TAG Art Gallery to Walker Industries and the Pumphouse for this wonderful initiative.

‘Small Treasures’ Make Wonderful and Lasting Christmas Gifts

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               'Dancing in the Night'                                     'Sundae'

                          by Brita Housez                                         by Geoff Farnsworth

Does your Christmas-gift list include finding an ideal and affordable gift for that first time art-collector?  Now, your search is over!!!  TAG Art Gallery is offering a selection of right-sized pieces at 20% off until closing at 6 p.m. on Dec. 22nd, 2018. . . Read More.

New works from five excellent artists in Winter ’18 Group Show


                               'The Big Bang Theory' by Fred Riley

A welcome respite from these chilly, winter days is a visit to the warm and welcoming environs of TAG Gallery to enjoy new works from five excellent artists in our Winter '18 Group Show. There is a 40-year range of experience in the Group, and with their diverse backgrounds and styles, you are sure to discover, finally, that one piece of art which will be perfect for your home or office.
Fred Riley is a self-taught Hamilton artist whose work strikes an emotional chord by creating a the sense of mystery about his subjects. Nancy Haskell, a well-known Niagara artist and photographer, offers a series of vivid and stylized portraits of women which 'come alive' on the wall. You will also find wonderfully-rendered, large landscapes from Sueda Akkor of St. Catharines, who decided to step away from her career as a health-care professional to take up the challenge of painting full-time.
And we welcome back watercolourist Prudence Smith and abstract-landscape artist Hanna MacNaughtan who have been favourites of clients and visitors at TAG Gallery. The energy of their creativity will help to chase away your winter chills.
The Gallery also features art jewellery; bronze, soapstone, and limestone sculptures; and glass, medal, and transfer art. And we are pleased to offer a viewing of selected pieces from our extensive and informative collection of Historical Images of Niagara.

New from Francie McGlynn: paintings in oils

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'Coeurs d'or'                                                     'Coeurs d'ange'

“For the past several years I have been working exclusively in oil pastels and before that  I worked with pen-and-ink.  This spring, just as I was finishing a series of radiation treatments for Stage 1 breast cancer, I was invited to join a ‘plein-air’ watercolour group.   I enjoyed it immensely and, on a whim, went out and bought some oil paints.  Cancer has a way of catapulting a person into another way of ‘seeing’, and the slow-drying oil paints allowed me to explore new techniques and subjects.
“Although I still highlight with oil pastels (mainly because I don't like using brushes and the pastel stick allows me to define smaller areas better than if I was just using my fingers), these new pieces are done almost completely in oils on an acrylic-glaze-covered, India-ink background.
“When I finish a piece that speaks to me I always have the sensation that I've seen it before, that it has always existed.  So, in this new series, I simply trusted that my muse would go where she was needed to go. I let my fingers do what they wanted to do and I gave no thought to the colours I chose.” (Francie McGlynn)
Read More for a fascinating glimpse into the Artist's process . . .