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Holiday Art at the Gallery ongoing through Dec. 11

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Gibson Gallery is ready for the Christmas holidays and wants to help the community get ready as well.

The gallery is hosting its annual “Holiday Art at the Gallery” and it runs through Dec. 11.

“It’s basically a smaller version of Art by the River,” explained Bonnie Deslippe, publicity director at the gallery. “We have it every year as a fundraiser for the gallery.”

Bev Williams, a volunteer at the Gibson Gallery, looks at some of the items available at "Holiday Art at the Gallery." The sale runs Thursday-Sunday through Dec. 11 at the gallery.

Bev Williams, a volunteer at the Gibson Gallery, looks at some of the items available at “Holiday Art at the Gallery.” The sale runs Thursday-Sunday through Dec. 11 at the gallery.

Deslippe explained they used to rent space to vendors but changed formats about five years ago to where vendors can now drop off items with a percentage going to both the gallery and the vendor if there are any sales. She added it allows more people to participate and also frees up space for people to shop.

“It freed up the vendors to go to other events,” said Deslippe.

Among the items available at this year’s Holiday Art at the Gallery are jewellery, woodworking, stuffed animals, books, Christmas decorations, knitting and crocheting and other forms of artwork. There was a bake sale last weekend with a raffle also available for those in attendance.

Pictured is just a sample of what is available at Holiday Art at the Gallery. The last show of the 2016 season for the Gibson Gallery runs through Dec. 11.

Pictured is just a sample of what is available at Holiday Art at the Gallery. The last show of the 2016 season for the Gibson Gallery runs through Dec. 11.

Acknowledging “it’s not on the scale of Art by the River,” Deslippe said it is a smaller version which allows the Gibson Gallery to raise funds to support itself. It is the final show on the gallery’s 2016 calendar before closing for the winter.

“It’s a way you can support local artists and crafters and get some really great gifts,” said Deslippe.

Deslippe estimated there are over 40 vendors that are participating in this year’s Holiday Art at the Gallery.

“We always get a lot of positive feedback,” she said.

The Gibson Gallery’s current hours are Thursday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Their phone number is 519-736-2826, the website is www.gibsonartgallery.com and they are on Facebook and Twitter as well.

Mary Johnston making exhibiting debut at Gibson Gallery

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The work of Mary Johnston is currently on exhibit at the Gibson Gallery with it being Johnston’s first-ever exhibit whatsoever.

The “What Has It Become” exhibit is Johnston’s debut with a reception being held for it Sunday afternoon. Johnston paints at the Gibson Gallery Thursday afternoons and was encouraged by gallery board member Bonnie Deslippe to enter an exhibit.

Mary Johnston stands with some of her work that is part of the “What Has It Become” exhibit. Johnston's debut exhibit runs at the Gibson Gallery through Nov. 15.

Mary Johnston stands with some of her work that is part of the “What Has It Become” exhibit. Johnston’s debut exhibit runs at the Gibson Gallery through Nov. 15.

“The whole idea of this is to share what I do and have people enjoy it,” said Johnston. “I wanted to show my growth from decorative painting through oils, watercolors, pastels and pen and ink.”

All of those mediums are included in the exhibit with much of the work on display being from the past 25 years.

After an attempt at painting didn’t pan out years ago, Johnston wanted to give it another try and made the most of it.

“Something inside of me just made me have to do it,” said Johnston.

Johnston’s main subject matter is the outdoors, particularly trees. Growing up on a farm north of Toronto, Johnston said she was brought up with a love of the outdoors. She mainly paints in watercolors or pastels now as it is easier for her to transport her supplies when she paints with other artists.

“I’m just so happy to show my work,” said Johnston.

Johnston added praise for the Gibson Gallery itself.

“I feel the gallery is an important part of the community,” she said.

“What Has It Become” runs through Nov. 15 with the gallery open Thursday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Gibson Gallery is located at 140 Richmond St.

It is the final formal exhibit of the 2015 season, though Holiday Art by the River follows from Nov. 26-Dec. 13 before the gallery closes to the public for the winter.