Exhibitions at the Public Art Centre take place in our Gallery ONE, TWO and THREE. Tours are free of charge and can be organized in advance for school and community groups. For more information please see Education Programs.

Current Exhibitions

Rosemary Sloot

The Dresses My Daughter Never Wore

February 25 to April 8, 2023

Gallery One and Two

Artist Reception March 11, 2023 1-3pm

This body of work developed over a dozen years beginning and ending with self-portraits.  Plant based images evolved into still life objects such as feathers, eggs and shorelines fragments that have been my mainstay.  Then dresses I had worn as an infant were given to me by my mother.  I failed to have children, so my daughter never wore them.  Eventually I decided to include them in the paintings as still life objects.  My earlier work was highly illusionistic but with this series the images lack specificity, as soft-focus sabotaging some of the detail making some passages almost abstract.  They are meditative paintings that draw the viewer in for contemplation, asking questions in one image and seeking answers in another.  Rosemary Sloot

Records of Journeys

Selections from the Permanent Collection

In Memory of Eric Atkinson (1928-2022)

February 25 to April 8, 2023

Gallery Three

Eric Atkinson was an influential Canadian abstract landscape painter and art educator.  He studied at West Hartlepool College of Art, under Harry Thubron, 1943–7, and from 1950 to 1955 studied the Royal Academy Schools, under Henry Rushbury.

After teaching at Leeds College of Art, 1964–9, he moved to Canada, settling in London, Ontario, where he was the Dean in the faculty of applied arts at Fanshawe College in London from 1972–82 then held the position of Professor until he retired in 1994 to concentrate on his artistic pursuits full-time.

Eric believed that his artworks were “records of journeys through the landscape … and explorations into the existence of possible bridges between the physical structure of man and his empathy for the environment”.

Eric Atkinson introduced generations of students, artists, culture workers, and collectors to the influences of European art and design and

we are honoured to display the collection’s holding of his artwork.  These works span over 30 years and demonstrate his passion for creating. 

Upcoming Exhibitions

Robert Ruby

The Mechanics of Meaning

April 15 to June 3, 2003

Gallery One and Two

Artist Reception May 6, 2023 1-3pm
''The Mechanics of Meaning' is an exhibition of mixed media art including many assemblages, and to varying degrees all works represent a personal post-concussive study of a decades-long journey through life with an ABI (Acquired Brain Injury). Also known as 'The Invisible Injury', for an ABI survivor to try and explain their new sense of normal to people can be compared to trying to nail a hunk of Jello to an orange tree; largely fruitless. That considered, the intention with 'The Mechanics of Meaning' is to 'visually' showcase the issues, experiences, challenges and the mechanics of navigating through life with an ABI.

Cultivated Landscapes: Reflections of Nature in Elgin County  

Selections from the Permanent Collection

Gallery One and Two

June 10 to July 22, 2023

Artists choose landscapes as their subjects for a variety of reasons. In addition to wanting to represent or replicate their obvious beauty, some artists opt to create these depictions to study and explore various aesthetic elements, like light, colour, and texture. Additionally, some artists also use scenes of nature as a way to tell a story, illustrate an idea, or conceptualize a metaphor.

This exhibition will explore landscape painting using a variety of media and approaches— from abstraction to representational painting—with the local landscape in and around Elgin County serving as a catalyst for their own artistic pursuits. Each artist has been chosen for a different perspective both real and imaginary.

Artists included in the exhibition: William St. Thomas Smith, Ross Reverdy Osgood, Patrick Landsley, Carolyn Curtis, Jeff Wilmore, Robin Baratta, Ron Kingswood and many more.

In View of the Artist

Annual Juried Exhibition

Gallery One and Two

July 23 to September 9, 2023

Application deadline: July 15, 2023 at 4pm

Application available here...