A contemporary art gallery in a town with a population of about 2,000 people? Why not? When Tim Wisener and Chris Van Lierop moved to their cottage full time in 2017, they had a vision: use their extensive experience to show Fenelon Falls how much they love living in the country. They met Darcie Kennedy at a dinner party one fateful evening and bonded over their appreciation of all things art. The seeds were planted for Colborne Street Gallery.
The team includes Tim, Chris, Darcie, and local author and illustrator, Kevin Frank. The gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary art, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, fibre, and mixed media arts. Their programming includes local, Canadian, and international emerging, mid-career, and established artists. They also host artist talks, interactive workshops, school tours, community meetings and concerts.
Since opening in 2018, the gallery has hosted over 30 exhibitions and events and is currently gearing up for their fourth season. Upcoming programming highlights include:
– SPARK Photo Festival. For the month of April, the gallery will feature Cheryl Rondeau, La Chute. The exhibition is a series of photographs that capture the gesture of falling in a variety of scenarios; a moment of collision wherein culminates the forces of gravity, balance, judgment and fate.
– Obsession. This group exhibition will feature artists who use repetition, rhythm, and uniformity of surface in their practices.
– Architectonic featuring work of local artist Alexander will be a varied collection of drawings and paintings celebrating historic architecture throughout the Kawartha Lakes region.
The gallery is keenly aware of the incredible amount of talent found in the area and is proud to partner with a wide variety of local artists to showcase their work. The combined passion and experience of this team is diverse and multidisciplinary. Always delighted to share their knowledge with students, teachers, art lovers, and the community, they look forward to bringing arts and cultural programming to Fenelon Falls for years to come.
Exciting news, the Gallery is moving! Currently at 44 Colborne Street, the move will take them to 36 Colborne Street. Renovations are under way and the hope is to be in the new space by the beginning of May 2021. Please note that the current storefront is closed until the move to the new space.
36 Colborne Street, Fenelon Falls, ON, K0M 1N0 705.887.0997 | colbornegallery.ca