May 9 (Thursday) - August 3 (Saturday)
An exhibition consisting of 35 portraits and characterisations of the Onkwehón:we of Turtle Island. In a humble attempt to depict their strength, beauty and spirit, the artist utilizes bold colors, thoughtful
An exhibition consisting of 35 portraits and characterisations of the Onkwehón:we of Turtle Island. In a humble attempt to depict their strength, beauty and spirit, the artist utilizes bold colors, thoughtful design and in some cases, a touch of humor to shout out to history – “We Are Still Here!” The exhibition includes a specially-created film “Voices from the Indigenous Community,” streaming in the Blue Gallery, with five participants discussing questions on contemporary Indigenous issues.
Informed by the artist’s Mohawk culture and interest with Indigenous issues, the artist brings to the general public a glance at contemporary Indigenous people which he hopes will dispel colonial stereotypes. Deron describes his solo exhibition, stating: “Our Elders tell us that our feet have walked upon the back of Turtle Island for time immemorial. Our resiliency has been proven time and time again, we have faced genocide both physical and cultural, betrayal at the hands of our allies, residential schools, and the murder of our women and girls. Despite this… We Are Still Here!”
In the artist’s own words he would like to “take the Indian out of the history books and to present them, not as assimilated ghosts of what they once were or thought to be, but rather indigenous people with a vibrant and living culture all their own.”
Please join us for a variety of events during the exhibition:
Artist’s Reception – May 25, 1 – 4 pm
The Artist in Conversation – June 5, 6 – 7:30 pm
Alla Prima Portrait Painting Demo – July 10, 6 – 7:30 pm
All events are offered at no charge. We welcome you to join us!
June 1 (Saturday) - August 24 (Saturday)
Jon Oelrichs presents a solo exhibition of 29 oil paintings inspired by a post industrial space that considers the ambiguities of solidity and transition, the nuanced qualities of light and
Jon Oelrichs presents a solo exhibition of 29 oil paintings inspired by a post industrial space that considers the ambiguities of solidity and transition, the nuanced qualities of light and the opportunities of ageing.
The idea of this exhibition started with an emotional response to a large physical space, the industrial space known as the Portlands of Toronto, which was originally a coal-fired power generating station. When Jon encountered the building it was being used as a setting for art projects, and he experienced a profound sense of the glory of the old building in that particular moment. This is captured in his paintings, where you will find the perspective is “slightly off” and the colours imagined more vividly. Share the experience.
All artworks available for sale.
Please join us for the following artist’s events during the exhibition
Artist’s Reception | Saturday, June 22 from 1 – 4 pm
Ways of Seeing Art Talk
Wednesday July 17 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm
In conversation with Jon Oelrichs
Join Jon as he discusses the fascinating process of creating this series of oil paintings, Portland.