OPG Sunday: Celebrating Centennial

Suitable for ages 3+

Let’s celebrate with an art party! We will design our own mixed media, artful party hats and paint over-the-top, vibrant cakes.

Free admission, no registration required.

This event is generously sponsored by Ontario Power Generation.

OPG Sunday: Taking Care

Suitable for ages 3+

Inspired by the themes of mental health in Jack Bush: Breakthrough, we are creating neurographic art. Neurographic art is known to be a self-care artform. This month we are also decorating canvas bags while supplies last!

Free admission, no registration required.

This event is generously sponsored by Ontario Power Generation.

OPG Sunday: Get Cozy

Suitable for ages 3+

The weather is getting cooler, let’s cozy up with some autumnal books. In the studio, create artwork of our favourite warm beverages.

Free admission, no registration required.

This event is generously sponsored by Ontario Power Generation.

OPG Sunday: Natural Textures

Suitable for ages 3+

Let’s celebrate nature in our artwork. We will be creating textured art with real leaves and gelli-plate printing techniques!

Free admission, no registration required.

This event is generously sponsored by Ontario Power Generation.

Christina Leslie: Likkle Acts Opening Reception

Help us celebrate the opening of Christina Leslie’s solo exhibition Likkle Acts!

Learn more about the exhibition here.

This event is free and open to everyone. If there are ways we can support your participation, please contact Hannah at hkeating@rmg.on.ca.

Christina Leslie is an artist based in Pickering, Ontario. She earned her BFA in 2006 at OCADU in Toronto and her MFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, USA in 2022. Her photographs have been featured in numerous publications and exhibited both nationally and internationally. Her latest series “Sugar Coat” has been exhibited virtually on Ain’t Bad Magazine (2021), Featureshoot.com (2022), PetaPixel.com (2022), and in-person at BAND Gallery (2023). She has exhibited nationally and internationally at GAMU (2009), Royal Ontario Museum (2010), Pier 21 (201, Art Gallery of Windsor (2017), Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives (2020), Prefix ICA (2021), and McMaster Museum of Art (2022). Much of her photographic practice revolves around the themes of de-colonialism, identity, immigration, issues of marginalization, history, memory, race, and her West Indian heritage. She often utilizes text and alternative and historical photographic processes to produce her photographs. She is a member of an all-female photography collective, Silver Water Collective and is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto.

Oshawa100 Photo Contest Opening Gala

In celebration of Oshawa’s centenary, the Oshawa Camera Club is proud to present Oshawa100, a photo contest and exhibition featuring images by local amateur photographers.

Please join us to experience the vibrancy and diversity of Oshawa through photographs at the opening reception and prize presentation.

This event is free and open to everyone. For information on our facilities, please click here. If there are ways we can support your participation, please contact Sonya at sjones@rmg.on.ca.

Unity Through The Arts Opening Reception

Come together to celebrate cultural diversity in Durham Region!

The RMG invites you to attend the opening reception of Unity Through the Arts: Juried Exhibition 2024 presented in partnership with Cultural Expressions Art Gallery Inc.

Several awards will be presented to adults and youth ranging from $100 to $1000. Refreshments will be provided.

This event is free and open to everyone. For information on our facilities, please click here. If there are ways we can support your participation, please contact Sonya at sjones@rmg.on.ca.

Jack Bush: Life and Art

Join us to learn about the life and art of Jack Bush. Guest lecturer Sarah Stanners, art historian and Director of Jack Bush Catalogue Raisonné Project, will share her extensive knowledge and research about Jack Bush to complement the exhibition “Jack Bush: Breakthrough”. Registration encouraged.

Dr. Sarah Stanners is an independent scholar and Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Art History. She has lectured extensively on modern and contemporary art within an international context, and her career as a curator has specialized in celebrating the art of Canada. She began curating exhibitions in 2003, as Assistant Curator of the Hart House Permanent Collection, and by the end of her tenure as Chief Curator of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, in 2018, she had curated forty exhibitions and collaborated in the publication of ten catalogues; notably Passion Over Reason: Tom Thomson & Joyce Wieland (2017), as well as two nationally touring Jack Bush solo exhibitions: the Jack Bush retrospective at the National Gallery of Canada, which she co-curated with Marc Mayer in 2014, and Jack Bush: In Studio, organized by Calgary’s Esker Foundation in 2016. For the past thirteen years, Dr. Stanners has served as the Director of the Jack Bush Catalogue Raisonné Project, culminating in the release of the four-volume publication in summer 2024, which now stands as the definitive record of Jack Bush’s painted oeuvre.

Go BIG

Artists have often played with scale to convey significance or to demonstrate their painting abilities. Similarly, abstract artists have used large-scale art to create striking visual impact and to highlight the physicality of the process. Whether to inspire awe or elevate abstraction to new levels, the artists in this exhibition have worked at a larger-than-life, even monumental scale.

Abstraction is an important part of the RMG’s story. While the gallery frequently exhibits work by Painters Eleven, it also has an extensive collection of artworks by other important Canadian abstract artists. This exhibition brings together large-scale abstract paintings from the RMG’s permanent collection some of which have rarely been exhibited – mostly due to their sheer size. The big and bold artworks are expressive and joyful, showing that great art comes in all colours, shapes and sizes.

RMG Friday: Backyard Bliss

Come join us in the Backyard for an August retreat for some easy vibes with performances from Moonfruits and Cale Crowe. Just hang with some new friends or bring some old ones with you.

Moonfruits—led by Ottawa-based partners Alex Millaire and Kaitlin Milroy—craft contemporary folk, organically alternating between French and
English, that addresses our collective humanity with heart, wit, and wonder. This Stingray Rising Star, SOCAN, and Trille Or award-winning group has
toured their transportive live show across Canada, the US, France, Belgium, and Germany.
Moonfruits’ lushly orchestrated sophomore album, Salt (2022), is a 12-song suite that explores what it means to the band to live, dream, and raise a
child in an era of climate change and deepening inequality. It tells the stories of their families and the kinds of communities they hope to help build.

Cale Crowe has been fueled by music since he was a toddler in the back of his dad’s Ford Bronco and has been taking audiences on an emotional journey since he first picked up a guitar at 12 years old. His performance started with an acoustic guitar and a loop pedal and has evolved to implement powerful melodies and moving rhythms for a deep, emotional experience.

Cale describes the songs that make up his discography as “Moments of vulnerability & (sometimes painful) honesty, captured and thinly veiled by upbeat tempos and textured sounds.” These moments have shown his increasing potential and have granted him stages from Nova Scotia to New Mexico and opportunities including sharing stages with Ron SexsmithScott HelmancleopatrickCinzia & The Eclipse, and countless others.

Gathering inspiration from Dermot Kennedy, City & Colour, Ed Sheeran, and the rolling hills of his home territory of Alderville First Nation, Cale seeks to connect listeners to a sense of boundless sincerity and authenticity; “I’ve always wanted my music to be a place in time where & when people might allow themselves to truly feel free.”

This event has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.