The historic Alton Mill Arts Centre is located in the village of Alton, nestled in the rolling hills of Caledon, Ontario, just fifty minutes northwest of downtown Toronto. With its unique blend of studios, galleries (Bartlett Gallery, Falls Gallery, Headwaters Arts Gallery, Paul Morin Gallery and Noodle Gallery), shops, café and event spaces in a stunning setting, the Alton Mill is a wonderful escape. Here you can discover the perfect piece of art, hand-crafted objects in clay, glass, wood or fibre, and exquisite jewellery.
Enjoy the ambiance of a breathtakingly beautiful building and its fascinating heritage exhibit. Partake in an art class, take a hike in the woods, skate on the pond, or experience a delicious treat from the Gourmandissimo café.
Paul Morin Gallery
Paul Morin Gallery is the most scenic space in the entire Alton Mill with a vaulted ceiling and extensive windows and glass doors giving breathtaking views of their millpond. The gallery showcases paintings, music and books created by artist Paul Morin. His artwork has been exhibited in museums across Canada including The Museum of Civilization. The gallery is also available occasionally after business hours for receptions and other special events.
The story of the The Georgina Arts Centre (GACG) begins with a small group of local artists (Georgina has upwards of five hundred of them) who decided that they would like a place to show their work, a wall to hang their latest paintings and have them admired, or at least seen by other art enthusiasts. They also wanted a place where children could find tuition in the visual arts, because they believed that art is an essential part of life, and that children should grow up with it.
The Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery has an extensive Permanent Collection in-house of over 530 original works of art, which include Albert Chiarandini, Bruce Smith, Kay Murray Weber, York Wilson and Tom Zsolt. While the GACG may look humble from the outside, it holds a treasure trove well worth a visit.
Meet the Maker: Ewa Chwojko-Srawley
Curator, Georgina Art Centre & Gallery
Ewa is a trained art historian who enjoys delighting visitors to the small but mighty Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery (GACG). Happily ensconced in the vibrant Georgina arts scene, Ewa curates exhibits that feature works in a variety of media – including art by local Ojibway artists and indigenous artists from across Canada.
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG) is a vibrant and engaging art gallery dedicated to sharing and protecting the stories of our communities through art, shared authority, education, and engagement. Their mission is work together with our communities to create conversations through the arts that encourage people to experience the world differently and foster experimentation and risk taking.
The RMG houses a permanent collection of over 4500 works, The Thomas Bouckley Collection, an art library and archives.
September 22, 2018 – January 06, 2019
In Anishnaabemowin, inaabiwin means “movement of light” and is used to describe lightning. Indigenous peoples embody a relational approach to understanding and interacting with the world which allows them to engage more deeply through complex relationships with themselves and the natural world. Through colonization, this way of being and knowing has been compromised. The artists in this exhibition use their varied art practices to reclaim these ways of being and knowing, hoping to restore compromised connections and encourage audiences to follow. As we seek to understand our place in the world, relearning these relations is essential, and will help us navigate today’s challenges and thrive on the lands we call home.
In the heart of Downtown Orangeville, Dragonfly Arts on Broadway displays the works of over 200 Canadian artists, with an emphasis on local talent. A visit to Dragonfly often includes meeting studio artists and watching their creative process.
You will find one-of-a-kind paintings by Canadian artists as well as jewellery, pottery, glass, wood and any other unique creation you can think of.
Dragonfly Arts on Broadway is a recent winner of the Headwaters 2018 Tourism Awards for Best Arts and Heritage Visitor Experience.
Station Gallery is a non-profit public art gallery, open seven days a week, and free to visit! They offer art classes for all ages and abilities, engaging exhibitions, family art days and fun community events. The gallery came to by a group of passionate art enthusiasts in Whitby, operating under the name Whitby Arts Incorporated.
In 1969, the group, supported by interested volunteers and benefactors, purchased Whitby’s Grand Trunk Railway Station, which had been slated for demolition. The station was saved from being torn down and moved to Henry and Victoria Streets in 1970. The name Station Gallery was adopted to reflect the heritage of the building. Be sure to stop in and check out the beautiful architecture of both the new and heritage exhibition spaces.
October 13 – December 9, 2018
This three-person exhibition focuses on personal and investigative responses to Castor canadiensis, Canada’s official national animal symbol.
At the Museum of Dufferin (MoD) you will find an eclectic mix of exhibits and special events as well as a collection of over 10,000 artifacts relating to Dufferin County and the people who were born, lived in or contributed to the region. Highlights include a collection over 200 historic quilts, the W. J. Hughes Corn Flower Glass collection as well as paintings, textiles, toys, agricultural tools, sports equipment and objects related to local businesses and institutions.
The Archives at the MoD hold over 1000 family history files and documents. There are over 7000 photographs in their collection, as well as thousands of archival documents, newspapers, maps, church records, and diaries; their online portal “Dufferin Genealogy” is a gateway to over 20,000 archival resources.
Lifeactually – A Photography Exhibit Photography by Pete Paterson
October 28, 2018 – December 23, 2018
These photographs remind us that there are more things that tie us together than hold us apart. They are about LIFE at its best – finding meaning and joy in our relationships, our work, our hobbies, and our communities. They are about the ways that we all contribute to making the world a stronger and more vibrant place.
The McMichael is located in the charming Village of Kleinburg, approximately 30 minutes from the city of Toronto. The story of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection begins in 1952, when Robert and Signe McMichael purchased ten acres of land in the village of Kleinburg, Ontario. Architect Leo Venchiarutti designed the McMichael’s original home in 1954. Moved by the natural environment, the McMichaels began collecting works of art by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, artists who also drew inspiration from the natural landscape. In 1965, the McMichaels donated their collection, as well as their home and land to the Province of Ontario.
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection stands alone as the only publicly funded fine art gallery in the nation that focuses on Canadian art and the Indigenous art of our country. The permanent collection consists of over 6,500 artworks by Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, their contemporaries, and First Nations, Métis, Inuit and contemporary artists who have contributed to the development of Canadian art. Their grounds have over 100 acres of stunning woodland trails perfect for walkers, hikers, naturalists, and mountain bikers.
David Milne: Modern Paintings at McMichael Canadian Art Collection
October 05, 2018 – January 4, 2019
This exhibition documents an artistic career that spanned the first half of the 20th century, bringing together more than 100 works in oil and watercolour, never-before-exhibited photographs and drawings by the artist, and memorabilia collected by Milne during his time in Europe as an official war artist.