Whitby’s Station Gallery opening Monday, McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa still mum on its plans


Published July 16, 2021 at 7:51 pm


Durham Region’s two major public art galleries are taking some extra time to fully open, despite the Province allowing them to re-open as of July 16.

Whitby’s Station Gallery will be first off the mark, welcoming the public Monday with regular summer hours, which means a couple of projects already underway virtually will soon be available for the public to see face-to-face.

Play Grounded is the brainchild of Mirjana Simeunovich, who has been documenting Canada’s music scene since the early eighties. When the pandemic put a hold on music concerts and rock shows she turned to documenting a more intimate side of musicians’ and artists’ lives. The exhibit runs to August 14.

Beyond Skin, which runs from June 26 to Aug 29, is an ‘undrgrnd’ art exhibition exploring the creative work of six local tattoo artists. The VANs Art Shoe Fundraiser happens at the same time, where the public will have a chance to bid on original art painted and drawn onto VANs shoes.

Art Attack 2021 gives youth (12-8) an opportunity to show off their creative side as part of National Youth Week. This year’s submission categories include drawing and painting, sculpture, video and film, photography, graffiti, fashion, jewelry and spoken word. The exhibition takes place August 4.

Over at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in downtown Oshawa, a new exhibit of Bowmanville-based artist Ron Eccles’s work, called ‘Primary Structures’ will take place from August 3 to December 5. With a career spanning more than five decades, this exhibition focuses on a new series and work from the last fifteen years.

Also on tap is Layers of Love – an interactive collage-making website that was created by Khadija Aziz and Laura Kay Keeling in early 2021 – and Oshawa in the Roaring Twenties, a virtual exhibition talk scheduled for July 28.

The McLaughlin Gallery, housed in a building designed by celebrated architect Arthur Erikson and home to the world’s largest collection of the works of the Painters Eleven group, has yet to announce when they will re-open to the public.

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