2019 Exhibits

Jeff Bierk: CURTAIN  

January 17 to March 10, 2019








In this exhibition, Toronto-based artist Jeff Bierk photographs friends and family to question how photographs of past events and experiences produce meaning. He pairs a series of photographs taken in hospitals between 2009 and 2010 with current photo-based projects. The result is a layering of memory that is at once beautiful and distorted. Bierk was first acquainted with hospital curtains when both his parents were hospitalized; soon after, his then-partner was regularly admitted to hospital due to serious illness. At this time, Bierk began shooting photographs of hospital curtains as a means of coping with the trauma he had long-associated with hospital spaces. By returning to these objects as only the living can, by seeing them as both photographs and lived experience, Bierk finds new possibilities for emotional exchange with the departed. “These seemingly lifeless, inanimate folds of fabric say much more to me,” he writes. “They embody the personal loss I have experienced and my incessant desire to search for the beauty in the realities of life.”zz

Media image: Jeff Bierk, Untitled #17, digital photograph (2015)

Brant Visual Artists Guild 25th Anniversary Exhibit

In conjunction with the Glenhyrst Permanent Collection

March 23 – May 19, 2019
Opening Reception: Sunday April 7, 2019, 2 – 4pm











Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant is pleased to announce an exhibition celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Brant Visual Artists Guild, in conjunction with Glenhyrst’s annual exhibition of works from the gallery’s permanent collection. Glenhyrst is delighted to support an organization that helps to shape and define visual art in Brantford, Brant Region, and beyond.  Since its formation, the Guild has been dedicated to sharing ideas, strengthening our art community, and gathering resources for classes, workshops, and exhibitions; in addition, the Guild is active in helping local charities and fundraising events within our community. In this exhibition, Glenhyrst’s Curator, Matthew Ryan Smith, and Chair of the Permanent Collection, David Leng, pair works from the gallery’s permanent collection of more than 600 artworks alongside selected artworks created by members of the Brant Visual Artists Guild. The result is a conversation between the past and present, between subject matter, and between mediums as a way to forge compelling and unexpected connections.

Image: Betty Davidson, Beach, 1977, Cast paper relief.

Tracey-Mae Chambers: TO THE END

May 25 – July 14, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 30 @ 7 pm











In this exhibition, artist Tracey-Mae Chambers explores the theory of the Anthropocene, defined by geologists as a profound transformation in the climate and natural environment caused by human activities; as a result, plant, animal, and human life on Earth is in danger of mass extinction. However, there are those who criticize the Anthropocene for lacking scientific evidence and believe that it is based in ideology. In response, Chambers writes, “the act of ‘leaving only footprints’ is still an intrusion. This exhibition illustrates one possible outcome of our inaction.” Chambers’s encaustic sculptures are created using melted beeswax, which is made more resilient with the addition of damar resin (tree sap). These works represent a multi-dimensional experience that engages the senses—each appears fragile yet durable, mysterious yet invites touch, and emits the faint scent of beeswax.

About the Artist

Tracey-Mae Chambers is a Métis sculptor and installation artist based in Simcoe, Ontario. Committed to art as a vehicle for social change, her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Her work is also included in numerous public and private art collections. Chambers has been awarded several artist residencies, including Artscape’s Gibraltar Island Residency. In 2017, Chambers was commissioned by the United Nations to create six sculptures for the U.N. Environmental Awards celebrating 30 years since the Montreal Protocol was initiated. Her work has also been the subject of feature articles and interviews by CBC News and CBC Radio.

Derek Boswell and Scott Waters: Sleepscapes

20 July to 15 September, 2019
Opening reception: Thursday, 25 July from 7:00—8:30pm







In this exhibition, Derek Boswell and Scott Waters explore the aesthetics of night. When darkness falls, these artists venture out into streets, woodlands, and neighbourhoods to observe how night invents new experiences, sensations, and ways of seeing the world. Evolutionary scientists argue that our nearly universal ‘fear of the dark’ is, in actuality, an instinctual trepidation of night since it makes human beings vulnerable to threats we cannot see, be they poisonous flora, preying animals, or unknown terrain. However, as Boswell and Waters suggest, the night is also a captivating mystery that struggles to be put into words—the unfamiliar or unexpected hidden by the dark can produce extraordinary visions which compel us to take a different look at where we live and who we are. For both artists, looking into the night is an encounter with endless possibility.

About the Artists

Derek Boswell (b. 1994) is a London-based social documentary photographer and visual artist. A graduate of Bealart, one of the best-known secondary-schools fine art programs in Ontario, with alumni including Greg Curnoe, Jack Chambers, and Jason McLean, Boswell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from King’s College, Western University. In 2018, his work appeared in the exhibition “My Backyard” at Westland Gallery, and he is a feature subject for a CBC documentary about emerging artists in Ontario.

Scott Waters (b. 1970) is a Toronto-based visual artist born in Preston, England. After serving in the Canadian Armed Forces, he received a Master of Fine Arts degree from York University and later joined the Canadian Forces Artists Program (CFAP). For his work as an official war artist in Afghanistan, Waters received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Waters’s work has been shown in galleries and museums throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe, including the McMichael Art Gallery, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Canadian War Museum, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, and La Galerie de l’UQAM.

Image: Derek Boswell, Vessels (2019), 35mm photograph, image courtesy of the artist.

when i die i will have loved everything

September 21 to November 17, 2019
Opening reception: Thursday, 26 September from 7:00—8:30pm










In this exhibition, artists Angie Quick and Heather Verplanke examine how memory is preserved. Using a variety of media, including painting and miniatures, they approach memory as both a ruin and an object of salvation. On the one hand, Quick’s diaristic work expresses the ways that memory can perish with the passing of time; on the other hand, Verplanke’s model environments blend memory with fantasy as a means to prevent forgetting. Though they use the concept of memory differently, Quick and Verplanke are connected by their desire to negotiate past memories in the present moment before they fade again. “The moments of the past do not remain still,” Marcel Proust reminds us, “they retain in our memory the motion which drew them towards the future.” Here are intimate memories seen in other ways through other worlds, turned inside out, then put back together again. The result powerfully demonstrates how vulnerable memory can be.

About the Artists

Angie Quick (b. 1989) is a self-taught painter and poet working in London, Ontario, who is known for her large oil paintings exploring flesh in a manner both historical and contemporary. Her practice experiments with the nature of language and sensation in visual and performative contexts. She is the recipient of multiple awards and grants, including an emerging art grant from the Ontario Arts Council. Her work is also including in several public and private collections.

Heather Verplanke (b. 1981) was born in Brantford, Ontario, and currently works in Port Dover, Ontario. She graduated from Sheridan College in 2004 with a degree in Technical Illustration. She spent several years illustrating industrial designs for a heavy machinery company based in Brantford. Verplanke currently teaches drawing and illustration at regional schools, public art galleries, and her personal studio. Most recently, she was an instructor of life drawing at the Lake Erie Arts Academy based in Port Dover.

Vibrant Palette Student Art Exhibit

November 29, 2019 to January 1, 2020
Opening Reception:  November 29th at 7 pm








Finally, Glenhyrst’s annual “Vibrant Palette” exhibition of local elementary and high school student’s artworks is always special and this year is no different. Hundreds of artworks executed in a wide variety of styles, mediums, and movement filled Gallery walls while hundreds of people attended the exhibition opened, which took place in conjunction with the “Brantford Lights” annual reveal of Holiday lighting. In nurturing young, talented artists from Brantford and the surrounding area, we at the Gallery look to foster a life-long and rewarding engagement with arts and culture.

Each of the above exhibits include a Gala event, free to the community, where the community can engage with the artists and ask questions about their work and inspirations.

It is our hope that each of these exhibits and activities provide access to the visual arts in a way that evokes conversation and inspiration, without intimidation, and we look forward to continuing to provide a venue where art becomes a part of life.