Featured Image: Lillian Michiko Blakey, Sticky Rice 22,000: Out Of The Darkness Into The Darkness, mixed media – Sumi ink and Acrylic on Shoji paper, 40” x 200”

The Conversation: Seventeen Artists Join

July 31 – Oct 23, 2021

Artists share their creative gifts, thought processes that inspire their artwork and, the connections to the materials with which they work. An exhibit intended to build comfort in engaging with art and bring forth shared conversations with artists, it is filled with many mediums to ignite curiosities: wood, metal, clay, glass, textiles, oil, acrylic, and encaustic painting, drawing and photography.


Lynn Bishop with Tom Loach, Lillian Michiko Blakey, Carmel Brennan, Ann Cummings, D. Ahsén:nase Douglas, Jean Eng, Fly Freeman, Dorsey James, Bert Liverance, Lynne McIlvride, Francis Muscat, Christl Niemuller, Mark Puigmarti, Saundra Reiner, Ernestine Tahedl, Gayle Temple, and Judith Tinkl

Note from Curator and participating artist, Carmel Brennan:

As artists, we have a gift that allows us to create our artwork, limited only by the materials we use and our physical environments. As the poet, essayist, translator, and cultural critic Lewis Hyde said, “A gift is something we do not get by our own efforts. We cannot buy it; we cannot acquire it through an act of will. It is bestowed upon us.” He continues to say that the gift “is supposed to be given away…” (it) “must stay in motion”.

(Artists) thank you all for agreeing to participate in this upcoming exhibition, “The Conversation”. It is not a commercial venture though maybe for some of you, sales will be a by-product.

My aim in organizing this group exhibition is to encourage and allow you to share your gifts with viewers. I am organizing this program, but I am definitely not directing you in your paths. The sharing is encouraged but optional.

Virtual Gallery 

Explore the exhibition in The Aurora Town Hall Gallery Space in this 360 Virtual Gallery. Feel like you’re there in person as you travel through the exhibition, seeing the scale of the artworks and how as they speak to each other.

To use the Virtual Gallery:

  • Click or tap to explore and/or drag to look around
  • Click on the “Fill Browser Window” link underneath the 3D gallery window to view full screen in a new tab
  • Close the new tab to return to the main gallery page
  • For the best viewing experience, we recommend using a desktop computer and Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox web browser
  • Please visit the Photo Gallery to experience the full impact of the original artwork

Photo Gallery 

Featuring close-up photographs of each individual art piece in the exhibition.

  • Click the thumbnail image to enlarge the image and to see the label information
  • Use the arrows on either side of the enlarged image to scroll through the gallery
  • To view as a slideshow, click the play button in the top right hand corner
  • For the best viewing experience, we recommend using a desktop computer and Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox web browsers
Full List of Available Artwork for Purchase

Artist Biographies & Statements

The Conversation is a group exhibition featuring many artists from a range of backgrounds and disciplines.  Click the buttons below to learn more about each artist.

Artist Biographies
Artist Statements

Art Bytes

Enhance your gallery experience with these activities and videos! We invite you to join us for an insider look into the creative process. Art Bytes is an online series that includes conversations with the exhibiting artists, behind-the-scene videos and family friendly art demos. Visit our Art Bytes page for current videos and activities.

Art Bytes

Frequently Asked Questions

You can purchase a specific artwork by clicking on the thumbnail of the image, and clicking the “Purchase this original artwork” link in the caption box, or you can browse all of the artworks for sale here:  All available work.

These links will take you to our e-commerce page where you can pay for the artwork using Visa or Mastercard. Our gallery staff (info@auroraculturalcentre.ca) will provide you with shipping details via the email you have provided.

The Aurora Cultural Centre gallery team is the main contact for all gallery related questions and will get back to you via email the same business day. You can email the gallery at info@auroraculturalcentre.ca and you may include your phone number if you prefer.

The exhibition is installed at the Aurora Town Hall at 100 John West Way and exists as an online exhibition only until the Aurora Town Hall has re-opened to the public.

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