Thursday, September 23, 2021

Thames Art Gallery re-opening on July 21

With the recent move to Step 3, Thames Art Gallery is excited to be reopening its doors on July 21 with two new exhibitions. Admission is free, but registration is currently required to ensure the continued safety of all. Please book your visit 24 hours in advance at

Collected Works: The Permanent Collection in View (Part One)

With over 120 works on display from The Thames Art Gallery’s permanent collection, catch this rare opportunity to view featured historical and contemporary paintings, prized works and seldom seen objects. Artists on view include some of Chatham-Kent’s favorite sons and daughters from the past, including AM Fleming, Hortense Gordon, and George Wolfe, You will also find contemporary artists like Tracy Bultje, Becky Fixter, Darla Fisher-Odjig along with many more. There is something of interest for everyone.

“This is also an opportunity to examine the role the collection has to play in preserving and advancing the cultural values of CK. With so many significant changes this past year, the collection presents an excellent opportunity to take pride in our roots and reflect on how we as a community would like to see the future unfold. The exhibition is not definitive by any means but rather about opening doors and reflecting on our evolving world-view.” Gallery Curator Phil Vanderwall.

In the Mezzanine Gallery, view Facing North by artist Jean Hay.

Facing North presents a significant group of paintings by this fascinating artist. Drawn from the combined collections of the Thames Art Gallery and the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery in Sarnia, this show is both beautiful and inspiring.

Hay began painting seriously in her later years, making her work a testament to the power of the creative drive through all phases of life. Trained as a nurse, Hay was inspired by the Canadian Arctic, dedicating her painting career to capturing that land’s timeless essence, its importance as a site for ecological research and its spellbinding effect on the human imagination.

These family-friendly exhibitions are open Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Advance registration is currently required, so please reserve your spot at

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