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Durham Reach

Rowena Dykins, Where the River Begins 1994 (detail)

Durham Reach

January 28, 2017 - April 02, 2017

We begin our 50th anniversary year by celebrating our regional artists, a community who have been at the heart of the gallery since its conception.

In 1967, William Caldwell, a local artist, sent out a call to like-minded individuals, artists and non-artists alike to shape the Oshawa Art Gallery, eventually becoming The Robert McLaughlin Gallery.

Regional artists sat on the gallery’s first board of trustees, helping to shape its vision and mission that included a mission to “foster the appreciation and to encourage and stimulate public interest in the Arts and Letters.” Over the past 50 years the RMG and regional artists would continue their relationship through exhibitions and building our permanent collection with work by local artists; by engaging artists to teach workshops and classes and to conduct critiques, lectures and performances.

Durham Reach is the most comprehensive public exhibition of artists from the area to date and showcases the work of over 70 artists. Although not a complete representation of the diversity of art being produced in Durham Region, the project includes works evenly distributed between emerging, mid-career and senior artists in four distinct, yet complimentary exhibitions. Durham Reach looks to celebrate the region’s artists, past and present, and to look forward to a strong, vibrant, and continuing arts community.

Curated by Linda Jansma and Sonya Jones