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The doors are starting to open at several galleries, museums, and establishments with new exhibits or access to shows that were closed. Enjoy a cornucopia of virtual exhibitions and events in these artful corridors of commerce.  

What a welcome sight – Art Gallery of Burlington’s meditative greenhouse space.

Dufferin-Halton-Peel - Art Gallery of Burlington's meditative greenhouse space

ARTS & CULTURAL EVENTS CELEBRATE HISTORY…

While Black History Month has come to a close, there are these shows, events, or resources you may still access the richness of artistic and cultural contributions the Black Community has brought and continues to bring into our lives. Podcasts, videos, virtual shows, and events share people’s creative journeys and cultural backgrounds.


Dufferin-Halton-Peel  - Ontario Black History Society

Heritage Mississauga partnered with The Ontario Black History Society to share material from their archives. Resource still available on their YouTube channel here. The video features community recognition profiles, Black history, entertainment, museum tours, and so much more.


Dufferin-Halton-Peel - Beaux Arts - Kofi Frempong

Beaux-Arts Gallery Follow the Candid Conversations that Regan Hayward, Director, has with various artists here. Kofi Frempong, an artist showcasing in the current virtual exhibit, I KNOW WHY, is featured in this interview. View show here


Dufferin-Halton-Peel  - Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives (PAMA)

Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives (PAMA)‘s current exhibit, Our Voices, Our Journeys, Black Communities in Peel “… is a celebration of one of many black communities in Peel Region. It highlights the personal journeys of leaders and mentors from the North Peel Community Church congregation. Their photos and objects illustrate stories of immigration and family life, and how they established a community of faith in Caledon.” Virtual exhibit at here


Dufferin-Halton-Peel - Museum of Dufferin - Black History Month - Solidarity in my Community

Museum of Dufferin partnered with the Dufferin County Canadian Black Association to invite artists and photographers from across Canada to submit their work. Jurors selected pieces that best represent the theme “Solidarity in My Community, which one can see here. Runs until March 31. One can also see the live panel of their discussion here.


Art Gallery of Burlington is open! Check out their new exhibitions here. And enjoy a virtual presentationMaterial Histories with Meera Sethi, on Friday, March 12 on Zoom, 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Meera Sethi is one of the exhibiting artists in the paired exhibition In Visible at the AGB’s Perry Gallery from January 15- April 3, 2021. This artist talk and show & tell is an ancillary program to the exhibition—images courtesy of the artist.   


ArtTrendZ collective members continue to “make noise” and get the word out about what their artists are doing. Thaniath Siddiqui and Vibha Malhotra have each been interviewed and featured by Deepa Mahanti in her series ‘I AM.’ Deepa is an Author, Filmmaker, Advocate, Humanitarian, Educationist, Entrepreneur and much more! The series‘ purpose was to tell stories representing the feelings and experiences, struggles and positive direction that influenced people.


CLASSES, WORKSHOPS, ACTIVITIES…

Opening up in various areas allows some arts organizations and artists to start their classes and workshops in person, following current health protocols. Many groups continue to offer some or all of their courses and events virtually.


Ann Randeraad - Dufferin-Halton-Peel

Ann Randeraad is offering classes in pottery again! At the beginning of March, she has announced that “…the studio will be open for classes. Book your lessons now. Daytime, evenings & weekends. Scheduled, social distanced, small class sizes, sanitized tools & equipment & masks worn. When you are ready, call to book your class or lessons. 519-938-2092.” Just a piece up the road and northwest of Orangeville. 


Cathy Disbrow of Woolly Doodles, textile artist and felter, offers Zoom workshops from $20 = $35.00; kits are extra. Gorgeous winter scene with sheep March 14, followed by spring-themed classes on Sunday afternoons, Tuesday evenings, and Friday mornings. Get the Woolly Doodles newsletter here—felting projects: March 14, Winter Sheep, then violets and cute bunnies later in March.


Visual Arts Brampton has sprung into action with their ‘Try It Paint Nights’ and adult programming. You don’t want to miss their exciting international Snail Mail World Postcard Art Show either! Exciting options with their Spring Break Camps here. ENCOURAGING CREATIVITY!


Burlington Public Library has a plethora of FREE virtual activities and cultural delights to sample. While some require pre-registration, others do not. Family Storytime, Puppet Shows, Opera, Writing Classes, Bookclubs, Art Activities, and more!


Visual Arts Mississauga

Visual Arts Mississauga features virtual courses for adults and youth. SPRING Break activities here.


Museum of Dufferin’s Learning Hub is a treasure trove of resources! With Social Studies, Language Arts, and Games & Activities, it’s time to DISCOVER, EDUCATE, and SHARE with the MOD! It’s about those collections they have – from the Archival Collection to the Artifact Collection and the Education Collection.  


EXHIBITIONS HERE & AFAR…

Dufferin-Halton-Peel - Janice Ykema - Freedom of Expression

Arts On The Credit is helping people to ‘escape to the country’ to visit with lots of the 4-legged critters there, all with charming human characteristics layered on them by Janice Ykema, our featured artist for March. Enjoy Freedom of Expression, Ykema’s solo show on through March 31 in our virtual gallery. Janice shares that if you take her three loves of art, storytelling, and seeing people laugh, then “… put those three loves in a bowl and give them a good shake, you will come up with what I do.”


Dufferin-Halton-Peel - Art Gallery of Mississauga - Qi of The Water

Art Gallery of Mississauga’s new exhibitThe Qi of Water, is extended to April 12.  Explore the very stuff of life, Yin or the subtle energy of water. Immerse yourself in this poignant experience with the world-renowned Artist Xiaojing Yan and two award-winning Canadian artists, Laura Beaton and Huan Chen. Both Beaton and Chen are members of Arts on the Credit. 


Headwaters arts

Headwaters Arts Gallery can help you “wrap up those gifts” with their Artful Giving show from March 10 – April 18 in their gallery, NOW OPEN to the public. All health protocols and guidelines are carefully monitored. An excellent and unique collection of artful treasures await you. Because it is always wonderful to both give and receive, consider a short trip far from the maddening crowds and enjoy browsing in an inspirational space at the Alton Mill Arts Centre, 1402 Queen Street, Suite100, Alton (Caledon), L7K 0C3. 


Visual Arts Mississauga - Social Fusion by Doreen Renner
Social Fusion by Doreen Renner

Visual Arts Mississauga is pleased to host their Third annual Chapter: An Exhibition Celebrating Lifelong Learning in the VAM Gallery. The featured artwork is by VAM students and members aged 60+. Third Chapter will be online from March 1- March 14, 2021.  


Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre Sibyl Rampen, Artist and proprietor of this beautiful heritage site, shares that … “Art From the Heart 2021 is possibly the most important exhibition to date. It is not about artists, but about hope and healing for all challenged people. It is about teaching and inspiring people to find their artist Within.” Located on Burnhamthorpe Road on the eastern border of Oakville and Mississauga, it makes a great day trip as they opened March 3; hours are Wednesday – Sunday, 1 – 4 pm. This current show is both virtual for viewing and may be seen in person. 


TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS

Mississauga Arts Council continues to present their members and the larger community with a series of virtual workshops for all artist-entrepreneurs, visual, performance and musical, in conjunction with various partners. Visit the website here.


Central Counties Tourism continues to offer workshops, research, and guidance for reopening their members and communities in the Headwaters Region, which includes Caledon, Erin, Orangeville, and a number of destination areas.


E.Connie Munson Local writer, photographer, and artist covers the arts and cultural scene so others may share the creatives and makers’ passion and joy. ellie73m@gmail.com.

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