Saturday, July 19, 2014

OPS Think Green

The John B. Aird Gallery presents the 9th OPS Think Green Art Show showcasing artworks by Ontario Public Service employees and their family members on the theme of "Patterns of the Environment." The exhibition is on view from July 22 to August 22, 2014. An opening reception takes place on Thursday, July 24, 6 - 8 pm.

The John B. Aird Gallery is located at 900 Bay Street, Toronto. Gallery Hours: Mon., - Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Ernestine Tahedl: Water-Music





Ernestine Tahedl: Water-Music"

June 24 - July 18, 2014.
Opening Reception: Thurs., June 26, from 6 - 8 p.m.

"All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music." Walter Pater (1839-1894)

Ernestine Tahedl was born and educated in Austria. Her work is represented in public, corporate and private collections and galleries in Canada, United States, France, Switzerland, Austria, and Japan. She was elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1977 and of the Ontario Society of Artists 1984. She received the Governor General's Canada 125th Anniversary Medal in 1993. She was the recipient of the Arts and Letters Award from the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto in 2000, the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and the "In Celebration of Women" Long-term Achievement Award, Arts, in 2004. She participated in the Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy in 2003. She received the President's Medal of the Ontario Society of Artists in 2006.

The John B. Aird Gallery is located at 900 Bay Street, Toronto. Gallery Hours: Mon., - Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The PRINT Show 2014

The PRINT Show 2014

The John B. Aird Gallery presents this 11th annual juried exhibition of
contemporary prints from April 29 to May 23, 2014. The exhibition
showcases a wide range of printmaking techniques and practices by 24
printmakers, including works by artists from Ontario, Quebec and
British Columbia. Participants include: Sally Ayre, Carlina Chen,
Victoria Cowan, Robert Creighton, Louis Roy Crout, Pamela Dodds,
Nelrene Dunleavy, Susan Fothergill, Phyllis Gordon, Rose Hirano,
Lucie Jolicoeur CÔtÉ, Jae Lee, John-Ming Mark, Ann McCall, Liz
Menard, Deborah Moore, Kurt Pammer, Laura Peturson, Robert Quance,
Walter Procska, David Whiteside, Laura Widmer, Meggan Winsley, Laurie

Printmakers from across Canada submitted entries for review by this
year's jurors, Ed Phillips and Dale Barrett. Ed Phillips is an
independent arts advisor specializing in collections management,
acquisitions and divestitures, educational tours and art appraisal
for corporate and private clients. For over 29 years he was the
consulting Curator/Manager of the Ernst & Young Art Collection, a
private collection of over 4,000 historical & contemporary Canadian
original prints and since 1986, he has been a Volunteer Educator at
the Art Gallery of Ontario. Dale Barrett is an independent curator,
art gallery administrator and graphic designer. He has worked in the
art gallery sector for over 30 years, holding positions at the Art
Gallery of Hamilton, Oakville Galleries, Inter/Access Electronic
Media Art Centre, The Craft Gallery, the Ontario Crafts Council and
Prime Gallery.

An opening reception and awards ceremony will be held on Thursday,
May 1 from 6 - 8 p.m.

The John B. Aird Gallery is located on the ground floor of the
Macdonald Block, an Ontario government building at 900 Bay Street in
Toronto. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For
additional information please contact

Friday, March 28, 2014



11th Annual Juried Print Exhibition
April 29 - May 23, 2014
Organized by John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto

Entry Deadline: Friday, April 18, 2014, 5:00 pm

Please find attached an entry form for The 2014 PRINT SHOW. Artists are invited to submit entries to this 11th annual juried print exhibition. Print the attached form or download one either by clicking here: PRINT SHOW CALL, or going to (via the "Open Calls & Submissions" page). To request an entry form by email contact: Entry materials can be delivered by snail mail, by hand, or by uploading a zipped folder via the Gallery's web site (details online).

Dale Barrett
John B. Aird Gallery

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Drawing 2014: Call For Entry

Drawing 2014: 15th Annual Juried Drawing Exhibition

This annual juried exhibition showcases drawings by contemporary Canadian artists. For this exhibition, a drawing is defined as an art form used to either draft ideas that are further developed in other media or to create a finished work of art. This broad definition is intended to open the exhibition to entries reflecting a wide variety of contemporary drawing techniques and practices.

Ed Pien has exhibited nationally and internationally including the Drawing Centre, New York; La Biennale de Montreal 2000 and 2002; W139, Amsterdam; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Middlesbrough Art Gallery, the UK; Centro Nacional e las Artes, Mexico City; The Contemporary Art Museum in Monterrey, Mexico; the Goethe Institute, Berlin; Bluecoat, Liverpool; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; as well as the National Art Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Dale Barrett has served as Director of the John B. Aird Gallery since 1998. He has worked in the art gallery sector for over 30 years, holding positions at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Oakville Galleries, Inter/Access Electronic Media Art Centre, The Craft Gallery, Ontario Crafts Council, and Prime Gallery.

The jurors will assign cash awards: First Prize, $300; Second Prize, $200; Third Prize, $100. Gift certificates from sponsors may also be awarded.

• Submissions will be juried by digital image.
• Drawings must be original, created by the entrant, and not previously shown at the John B. Aird Gallery.
• Submit up to two digital (jpg) images on CD (CDs will not be returned), 2 MB or less in size, and labeled as follows: Last Name, First Name, Title, Size (Height x Width), Date.jpg. For example: Smith, John, Its a Drawing, 8.5 x 11, 2011.jpg).
• There are no size limitations. Accepted works must be framed (exceptions will be made for oversize work), fitted with hanging devices, and clearly labeled on the back with the name of the artist, title, medium, size, date of production and sale price.
• The Gallery Director has the right to not hang any work which does not conform to entry rules or was misrepresented on the submission CD, whether intentionally or unintentionally.
• Mail or hand-deliver the completed entry form with jpeg images on CD, entry fee, and a one page biography (printed not in digital format) to: John B. Aird Gallery
900 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M7A 1C2

ENTRY DEADLINE: Friday, January 17, 2014, 5:00 pm.

The entry fee is $30. This fee covers entry of two works per artist, is non-refundable and must be mailed with the entry form. Please make cheques or money orders payable to: John B. Aird Gallery.

Jurying will take place on  Monday, January 20, 2014.

Artists will be notified of the jurors’ decisions by email by Thursday, January 23, 2014.

Accepted work(s) must be delivered to the John B. Aird Gallery, 900 Bay Street, Toronto, on Sunday, February 2, between 10 am and noon. Alternate delivery arrangements may be considered for artists living outside the 416 / 905 region.

The exhibition will be on view February 4 - 28, 2014. An opening reception and awards presentation will be held Thursday, February 6, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Participating artists must pick-up their works on Saturday, March 1, between 10:00 a.m. and noon.

Artists will be informed of sales inquiries and must forward the gallery a 30% commission on all sales.

Works in the exhibition are insured at the retail price less 30%. Claims may be subject to an appraisal to determine the market value of the work. In the case of a single claim, artists are responsible for the payment of a $1,000 deductible. In the case of a group claim, (made on behalf of two or more artists), this $1,000 deductible will be averaged among the claimants.

The John B. Aird Gallery, formerly the Macdonald Gallery was reopened in May of 1985 as a result of an agreement concluded between the Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs on behalf of the Government of Ontario and six visual arts organizations, namely: Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, Ontario Crafts Council, Ontario Society of Artists, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Society of Canadian Artists, and Sculptors Society of Canada.

The mission of the Gallery is to foster awareness and enjoyment of artworks by contemporary professional artists. The Gallery endeavours to recognize, encourage and nurture excellence

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Environmental Music

Environmental Music II

Following the highly successful Environmental Music exhibition in 2010, this exhibition presents recent works by Carol Westcott, Dan Ryan and Laura Culic (pictured below). The natural world and landscape painting continue to be drivers for their art work and practice. Subtle changes have occurred in their works over the past three years. This is not unexpected and is true of most artists. However, the natural world has remained their inspiration,and each of them has brought something new and engaging to it.

The exhibition is on view from September 24 to October 18, 2013. The gallery is open Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.