Gibson Gallery debutes first annual members exhibit

By Joel Charron

The Gibson Gallery’s latest exhibit is that of its members.

Roughly 45 pieces of art ranging from photography, to oil-based paintings. to clothing. to needlepoint art are on display as part of the Gallery’s First Annual Members’ Show.

The exhibit will run through Sept. 4.

Gibson Gallery office administrator Bonnie Deslippe said the Gallery used to host members’ shows in the beginning but

Roughly 40 piece of art by Gibson Gallery members now grace its walls. The exhibit will run until Sept. 4

for some reason backed away from it.

“It’s our first show in a very long time,” said Deslippe.

Deslippe said when the Gallery first sent notices to its members about the Member’s Show it didn’t seem to drum up a lot of interest, which made the board of directors very nervous.

However, Deslippe said in the weeks leading up to the show the artwork started to “magically appear.”

Deslippe noted the reason why the Gibson Gallery decided to host a Member’s Show is because the Gallery is trying to go back to what their mandate is.

“Out mandate is to promote and develop culture in Amherstburg,” explained Deslippe. “What better way than to show what our member’s talents are.”

There are roughly 80 artists amongst the 160 total members.

Deslippe mentioned that the exhibit has gotten a lot of attention and plans are already underway for a Member’s Show for next year. The Gibson Gallery has had an influx of new members in order for artists to show off their talents in the exhibit.

“We hope to make this an annual show,” she said.

Deslippe said she is amazed at the talents of the Gallery’s members and has already eyeballed a few favourites.

“I’m not a big portrait person but I’m falling in love with a piece done by Judy Dempsey,” she said.

Deslippe said the “Native Malden” portiet by Cecile Villemaire has attracted the eyes of the board of directors so much that they have offered her an exhibit of her own next year.

“She’s quite talented and she does a lot of first nations pieces,” said Deslippe.

The Gibson Gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. It is located at 140 Richmond St. and admission is free although donations are accepted.

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