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Artful Corridor of Commerce: Marquee Bulletin for Halton-Peel-Dufferin

Artful Corridor of Commerce: Marquee Bulletin for Halton-Peel-Dufferin

Now showing virtually in many corners of this busy corridor…

we have the following shows for the people of Halton-Peel-Dufferin to enjoy.

           Visual Arts Mississauga launched its much anticipated 43rd Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 3:00 pm with a live Facebook Event on Visual Arts Mississauga’s FB page.VAM43 showcases an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary visual art works.  While over 150 artists applied to the exhibition province-wide, only 43 artworks were chosen by VAM’s expert jurors.  This virtual exhibition will be up on the VAM43 website from January 14 – December 31, 2021.

           Arts On The Credit had their live virtual opening of S’jon de Groot’s solo show Friday, January 8 at noon through the Zoom platform.  His body of work is energizing with his characteristic use of strong colours and decisive brush work. “He principally works in oils, using a combination of traditional European and North American techniques. The work is bold and multi-dimensional, an expression in colour of a South African coming to terms with his adopted land; and combining his African and North American experience with the influence of his Dutch artist ancestors.”  AOTC’s virtual gallery is easy to access and maneuver within for an enjoyable viewing experience! 

Headwaters Art Gallery - A New Mood -

            Headwaters Arts Gallery, located in the Alton Mill Arts Centre, has moved their exhibit to a virtual platform as well on their website.  Seven area artists boldly and bravely stepped forward into our new decade with this eclectic collection of landscapes, florals, still life, and abstract pieces, Pensive and considered or pent up with energy bursting forth, contemplative, looking forward with hope, or nostalgic tinged views of simpler moments, strong and bold colours, rich vignettes and spare, minimalist panels – all are invitations to share these artists’ moods as we move into our new decade.    Hanging virtually for now, you may view and purchase from this exhibition on the Headwaters Arts website.

Winter Art Show - Beaux Arts Gallery

           This Brampton gem of a gallery, Beaux Arts Gallery, has a wonderful virtual show for viewing virtually.  Their Winter Art Show is on from November 19, 2020 through January 31, 2021.

And because busy hands are happy hands…

           there are a plethora of interesting workshops. Many of these have migrated either temporarily or permanently to virtual platforms. 

           How interesting is it that Visual Arts Brampton regularly has people signing onto their Zoom arts classes who are in other cities, provinces, or countries?  You can check their website for classes geared towards children, teens, and adults.  From soft pastels, to drawing, painting, and more, there’s no shortage of fun activities to enjoy!

Halton-Peel-Dufferin Art Workshop 5″x7″ wool painting - Cardinal  - Cathy Disbrow, Woolly Doodles
5″x7″ wool painting – Cardinal – Cathy Disbrow, Woolly Doodles

           And just when you thought there was no more whimsy left in the world, you can introduce that into your life through Cathy Disbrow, Woolly Doodles textile artist and felter.  From the comfort of your home, learn to needle felt a 5″x7″ wool painting such as this Cardinal.  Zoom workshops are $35.00; kits are extra.

Learn more about her workshops here, follow her on IG @woollydoodles, and contact her through

           Engage with online courses from the Art Gallery of Burlington and discover your creative-expressive side.  These long winter evenings or quiet afternoons at home can come alive with virtual workshops

           Because ‘makers’ or artists are life-long learners, their professional development includes workshops, or a special course for new techniques, and important exhibitions to view.   This mini-PD section has a mix of info items.  The ones posted here are open to the public as well.

           Visual Arts Mississauga has three classes for emerging, mid-career, or established artists.

       Because the planning behind a piece of art is integral to its execution, there is Zan Barrage’s Before the Brush and two courses offered by Fausta Facciponte, Professional Development for Artists and Anatomy of an Exhibition.

When “the calls go out”…

       it means opportunities for artists, photographers, and sculptors to apply for exhibitions or shows.  These are important ways for makers to get their work out in front of people. 

Halton-Peel-Dufferin Call for Entry - A Black History Month Exhibition - Museum of Dufferin

            The Museum of Dufferin has a special call open to residents of Canada, with no fees to enter, and open to both professional and amateur creatives.  This Call-for-Entry is for a Juried photography and art show with monetary prizes,  deadline to apply is Monday, February 1st, 2021 – 5pm.  In partnership with the Dufferin County Canadian Black Association, the Museum of Dufferin is presenting a Black History Month Digital Exhibition. Canadian photographers and artists are encouraged to submit their work to reflect the theme of “Solidarity in my Community”.

            Did you participate in a Black Lives Matter march? Did you hang signs in your windows? Have you witnessed your community coming together in powerful ways? What does “Solidarity in My Community” mean to you through an artistic and photographic lens?  Share your art and photographs! Students, professionals and non-professionals are encouraged to submit! The application form and submission guidelines are here.

Halton-Peel-Dufferin Call for Entry - I Know Why: Black History Month Exhibition - Beaux Arts Gallery

           Also honouring Black History Month with a special exhibition, is Beaux Arts Gallery of Brampton.  For more information on this Call-for-Entry, please go to I Know Why.  Beaux Arts’ February Feature Show seeks artworks from Black artists for an exhibition that not only demonstrates (their) committed effort to supporting Black culture and its many contributions to the arts, (but) also serve as a platform meant for the celebration of Black Artists, who undoubtedly deserve a place to be seen, heard, and above all, valued.

Halton-Peel-Dufferin Artisan Market - Makers Market Online Auction - McMichael Art Gallery

           McMichael Art Gallery is sponsoring an Makers Market Online Auction.   Canadian artisans, designers, and makers will receive 50% of the proceeds with the remainder going to support the renown institution’s core mission for educational outreach, exhibitions, and public programming.  Deadline to apply is February 1, 2021.  For more information about this opportunity, please go here.

E.Connie Munson: Local writer, photographer, and artist covers the arts and cultural scene to share the passion and joy of other creatives and makers. To get in touch with her, e-mail

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