This Remembrance Day, November 11th, 2018, marks the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice which took effect “at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918 for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I. St. Catharines artist Francie McGlynn drew on her childhood experiences of growing up in Niagara to create this evocative and timeless view of solemn Merrittonians gathering at the town Cenotaph on Remembrance Day. Francie’s pastel work captures perfectly a local community’s feelings of loss and mourning for its Veterans, and also the sense of reverence and respect with which Canadians celebrate all who have served and sacrificed. Thank you, Francie, for this most fitting tribute. Tom and Frank Goldspink, TAG Art Gallery
This early and very rare ‘birds-eye view’ of Niagara Falls is a must-see at our ‘Historical Prints of Niagara’ Exhibition’ which ends at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 20th, 2018. Make your way to TAG Art Gallery soon to see this wonderful piece which is in a section of the Exhibition dedicated to marvelous views of The Falls and environs by European-trained master lithographers and artists who were inspired by the natural splendour of the scene, and were also meeting a booming demand in the mid-19th century for frameable prints of scenes of North America. In the European market, illustrations of Niagara Falls were extremely popular. (This 1851 ‘bird’s-eye view’ is one of the most famous of Niagara Falls, and is based on a painting by Swiss-born artist John Bachmann (1814-96). More rare and important prints and original works can be found throughout the Exhibition. Make a date now to see this educational and entertaining presentation of your Niagara history! Visit TAG Art Gallery, Wednesday to Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., until the end of October 20th, 2018.
An 1833 set of 9 original and fascinating studies of Niagara Falls is one of the centre pieces of TAG Art Gallery’s widely-recognized Collection of Historical Prints of Niagara, on display at the Gallery until October 20th, 2018. The mixed-media works were done by Maj. Charles F. Gibson, a junior officer in the British army at the time. Gallery visitors will also be drawn to a 13-print display tracing the first 100 years of the evolution of illustrations of Niagara Falls, starting with Father Louis Hennepin in 1698. Significant works include the third-ever engraving (c. 1700) of Niagara Falls, after the artist Sebastian Le Clerc; and an unusual hand-watercoloured version of a 1776 drawing by Swiss-born, English artist Henry Fuessli. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore your Niagara History!! TAG Art Gallery welcomes you from Wednesday to Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.
Welcome and Congratulations from Tom and Frank Goldspink of TAG Art Gallery to all of the participants, organizers (Kakekalanicks), and partners who are gathering for the second annual Celebration of Nations in St. Catharines, September 7th to 9th, 2018. Click here to learn and see more about the Festival.
TAG Art Gallery is featuring brand new works from two artists – Krys Kaczkan and Brita Housez – who have captured the essence of Niagara’s floral scenery exceptionally well. Krys describes her art as incorporating the spirituality found in nature and the intrinsic messages that surround us every day. Brita strives to convey basic human emotions through her use of vibrant colours and multi-layers of paint while making sure, at the same time, that every painting is a ‘one-of-a-kind’ piece of art. For the Summer ’18 Group Show, the Gallery is pleased to offer also, new works from Fraser Radford, Prudence Smith, Richard Sadowski, Hanna MacNaughtan and Barbara-Jean Lovell. The show has a wide selection of affordable art to meet the most varied décor needs, including excellent landscapes and abstracts which are perfect for larger wall spaces. Among the Niagara artists participating in the show are Andrea Smits, Sueda Akkor, Danny Custodio, MABO, Lorenda Harder, Robin Nisbet, Baxo, and Francie McGlynn.
TAG Art Gallery was the venue for the year-end Celebration and Exhibition by the 2018 Graduates of the Niagara College Graphic Design Program, School of Media Studies. More than 175 enthusiastic family and friends turned out, along with College staff, to congratulate the students on the successful completion of three years of study. Tom and Frank Goldspink are very pleased to have hosted the occasion for the 9th year. On the afternoon of April 19th, the graduates mingled with prospective employers at an invitation-only Industry ‘Meet-and-Greet’. The Exhibition, which features portfolios of the graduates’ projects and theses over their time in the program, was open to the public on Friday and Saturday, April 20th and 21st. Click here to view a slide show of the Celebration and Exhibition. (Photo credits: @beccaphotography and TAG Art Gallery)
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.
From Dec. 1st to Dec. 22nd, TAG Art Gallery is offering two great specials to all gift shoppers: –20% discount on all items of jewellery, medal art, glassware, and transfer art. –HST rebates on purchases of wall art or sculpture. TAG Art Gallery will cover the cost of the HST on purchases of up to $1,000.* This is a wonderful opportunity to acquire original Canadian art as unique holiday gifts. Consider the fascinating acrylic at left from eastern Ontario artist Hanna MacNaughtan. Or click here for an ethereal depiction of a Fort Erie church by Port Colborne photographer Richard Sadowski. We are also very pleased to offer the works of the following Niagara artists: Andrea Smits, Baxo, Robin Nisbet, Beverly Sneath, Brita Housez, MABO, Francie McGlynn, Lorenda Harder, Danny Custodio,and Elizabeth Chitty. (*Maximum rebate – $130.)
Welcome to the Fall ’17 Group Show at TAG Art Gallery where we are featuring a wonderful selection of seasonal landscapes and florals from Linda Woolven, Everist Prokofiev, Brita Housez, Zenon Burdy, Prudence Smith, Beverly Sneath, Gordon Wilson, and Zenon Nowacki. Special highlights for this Group Show are the striking abstract paintings of Andrea Smits, an emerging Niagara artist, and Hanna MacNaughtan, an established artist from the Eastern Ontario region, near Ottawa. Other Niagara artists with works on display are Francie McGlynn, Elizabeth Chitty, Richard Sadowski, Danny Custodio, Baxo, Rebecca Montemurro, Lorena Harder, Robin Nisbet and MABO.
As we continue the Early Summer ’17 Group Show, TAG Art Gallery is pleased to present new works by photographer Richard Sadowski and painter Greg Dow. Richard has created a spiritual depiction of a historic church in Fort Erie, St. Paul’s Anglican. The showstopper from Greg is ‘The Stationmaster’s Office’, with its countless fascinating details of a workaday life. And there are new and affordable floral watercolors by Carol Basciano. Featured artists include Prudence Smith, Marshal Foster, Dave Froude, Julie Himel, and Karen Rieger. NOTE: The ‘Historical Prints of Niagara’ Exhibition at TAG Art Gallery has been postponed.