Winter at the CoOp Gallery
Traditionally, during the winter months, the Goderich CoOp Gallery has offered our Guest Artist wall for community outreach projects, giving a variety of community groups a venue to share their missions and accomplishments with the public.
This year, we are offering our space in a slightly different manner. One of our members, Laura Browne, is a retired art teacher, and she continues to be interested in helping young people express themselves, and learn about art at the same time.
Laura has invited teachers of local grades 4 and 5 children to spend some of their art classes this winter at the gallery.
The plan is to encourage the students to feel comfortable in the gallery, to learn what they like, and to feel free to chat about art.
What is it they like, or dislike? The colours? The design? The subject? How do they see art in their daily lives? The plan is to introduce them to an art gallery, do a walkabout of the gallery looking at the art, learning about colour, composition, technique, while feeling free to comment, and choose their favourites.
Then, using dry media, such as pastels, pencils, crayons and paper, the children will have an opportunity to make their own drawing/painting of their favourite art, or style of art.
After all the classes have visited, the children’s art will be mounted on Bristol board, hung on our guest artist wall, and we will have a reception for the children to share the gallery and their art with their friends, family, and gallery visitors.
Perhaps your visit to the gallery at some point during the early winter will overlap a day when the children are hard at work, it should prove to be an interesting experience. The Goderich CoOp Gallery members believe that this is a very important function for a gallery, to give young children the opportunity to be introduced to art, to feel welcome and comfortable visiting an art gallery, so that it becomes a normal occurrence to include art in their lives.
In addition to all the children’s activities, the CoOp has something for adults as well, award winning rug hooker, Marjorie Duizer is offering a beginner’s rug hooking class on Friday, Jan. 19, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The class includes all supplies and instructions for you to ‘hook’ a small project, and learn how to incorporate the piece into a small pillow, tablemat, or wall hanging.
The second class to finish the project will be held at a mutually agreed time. Cost for this opportunity is $100.00 for instruction, and all supplies.
For further details, or to register, please contact the CoOp Gallery at 519 440 5023.
We are also issuing a reminder to all local artists - it’s exposure time. It’s time to get out your paints, your brushes, your cameras, your stitchery, your sculpture, whatever your medium - it’s time to start work.
Move that art out of storage, get your artistic juices flowing, if your art needs framing Elizabeth is offering a framing discount for art being entered for Exposure 2019. Time to get busy, no excuses, we will be calling for your submissions in about 10 weeks, you have lots of time. Don’t forget, it will soon be time to expose your art.
The Goderich CoOp Gallery will begin winter hours January 2, 2019; we will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays, and open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday to Friday.