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Share the Passion: Gifts of Art
Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery
Sarnia, Ontario

The Bold & The New
June 2–August 6

Marcel Barbeau | Dosi–Dola–Dosa, 1960 | Acrylic on Canvas | 141.6 x 187.3 | Gift of Chantel Laberge

A gallery’s permanent collection is a public legacy reflecting local, national, and sometimes international artistic developments, and is held in trust for the future. Through a series of four exhibitions, we are honoured to pay tribute to the many individuals, artists, collectors, and corporations who have donated art to help build the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery’s outstanding permanent collection.

The Group of Seven put forth a distinctly identifiable national aesthetic that resonated with the times. Moving toward abstraction in the latter part of their careers, they had an impact on the emergence of a new generation of artists who were rooted in abstraction and questioned the role of the artist, the viewer, and the act of making art in and of itself.

From the automatists to abstract expressionists to conceptual artists working throughout Canada, The Bold & The New includes work from the 1960s to present day by Marcel Barbeau, Ron Martin, Alex Cameron, Tom Hodgson, John Boyle, Brian Groombridge, Mark Gomes, Jason McLean, James Kirkpatrick and others. A number of works included in the exhibition have never been exhibited at the JNAAG.

Ongoing Exhibitions

A Keen Eye: Early Donors
May 5–June 25

John William Beatty, Winter Scene (near Toronto), oil, Gift of the Sarnia Women’s Conservation Art Association

A Keen Eye: Early Donors is the second segment of the Share the Passion: Gifts of Art series featuring a sliver of the community's most beloved works. Collecting art is an essential and vital part of a public art gallery. The keen eye of donors is not to be underestimated as a healthy collection and is greatly enhanced by their generosity. Take a glimpse at the origins of the gallery's permanent collection, featuring some of the first works purchased by the Sarnia Women's Conservation Art Association in the 1920s.

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Upcoming Programming

From painting workshops, to collage compositions, to artist and expert talks, our programming offers something for everyone. Below are a few highlights – check out our website at for a full listing of upcoming events, descriptions, and presenter biographies.

Panel Discussion: The artist, the collector, the gallery
Thursday, July 13 | 7:00PM

To compliment The Bold & The New exhibition, the JNAAG is bringing together art collectors, John Oravec & Marisa Bernardi, private gallery owner Michael Gibson, and artist James Kirkpatrick. The panel will discuss the unique relationship that forms between an artist and a collector, the roll that a collector and gallery can play in the life of an artist, and delve into the back story behind the London Room purchase. The discussion will touch on topics of collecting unconventional art, how to live and display a contemporary art collection in your home, along with why it can be important for donors to give works to public art galleries.

Register for the Panel Discussion by contacting Ann at or 519-336-8127 ext. 3226.

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

Share the Passion is a four-part exhibition series at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery. The first three exhibitions will explore the foundation of the collection and will include many of the community’s most familiar and beloved works. Additionally, this series will present a number of recently acquired works that have never been presented to the community until now, including work by Emily Carr, York Wilson, and A.J. Casson. The fourth exhibition in the series will celebrate the donors of modern and contemporary art.

A Keen Eye: Early Donors
May 5 – June 25, 2017

The Bold & The New
June 2 – August 6, 2017

Heavy Hitters: The Group of 7 & Contemporaries
July 7 – August 6, 2017

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