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Exhibition On View
Witness - Canadian Art of the First World
Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery
Sarnia, Ontario

September 1, 2017 – January 7, 2018

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Witness – Canadian Art of the First World War explores how the First World War was documented in Canadian art, both at home and overseas.

This travelling exhibition from the Canadian War Museum is comprised of deeply personal testimonies and documentary records of the conflict. With very few exceptions, the works on display in Witness are from the War Museum’s Beaverbrook Collection of War Art. They include both large canvasses completed by artists hired by the Canadian War Memorials Fund and intimate soldiers’ sketches made from behind the front lines and in prisoner-of-war camps.

The exhibition includes a number of official war art pieces by renowned artists, A. Y. Jackson, Frederick Varley, David Milne, and Mabel May.


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Lambton at War
September 1, 2017 – February 4, 2018

To enhance Witness – Canadian Art of the First World War the JNAAG has partnered with the Lambton Heritage Museum to install an exhibition which spotlights Lambton’s roll in the First World War. Lambton at War explores the contributions made by the men, women and families of Lambton County who fought or supported Canada’s wars and peacekeeping missions around the world.


Upcoming Programming

The Art & Ideas series draws connections, reveals new perspectives and uncovers stories surrounding current exhibitions. Below are a few highlights – check out our website at www.jnaag.ca for a full listing of upcoming events, descriptions, and presenter biographies.

Art and War
Thursday, December 7 | 7:00PM | with Scott Waters
Non-members $20 (+tax)

Scott Waters will speak about the history of the Canadian Forces Artists Program, his experience as an active war artist and deployed soldier, as well as his current role on the advisory and selections committee. Learn about the impact the program has had on Scott’s work, how he had evolved as an artist and what his hopes are for the future of the program. Scott Waters was born in Preston, England, and lived in South Africa before immigrating to Canada. He currently lives in Toronto, and previously served in The Canadian Armed Forces.

Art of Writing

Inspired by the First World Wars dependency on letter writing as the prime form of communication, the JNAAG presents two workshops focused on meaningful writing.

Calligraphy for Beginners | with Janet Leonard
Saturday, December 9 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Non-members $45 (+tax) | Lunch Included

This class is for beginners who want to learn how to add a special flare to their handwritten notes. Janet will expertly lead participants through the process of learning the italic calligraphy style using felt pens. Learn how to sit properly, angle your paper, and hold the pen to achieve the greatest effect. Participants will learn the whole alphabet, upper and lower case and learn about decorative motifs and borders. The session will end with each participants creating postcards to be mailed to deployed troops. Always interested in beautiful handwriting, Janet Leonard has been a Calligrapher for more than 35 years. Learning this art form began when Janet opened a paper specialty and gift shop in downtown Sarnia: The Rainbow Connection. Calligraphy became one of her special services. Janet has also instructed Calligraphy as a special interest course at Lambton College. She is excited to be sharing the art of writing at the JNAAG.

Writing is the Window to the Heart | with Kara Ghobhainn Smith
Saturday, December 16 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Non-members $45 (+tax) | Lunch Included

Join Kara in the studio to develop the mindset that will stimulate the writing skills that truly reveal the window to your heart. Participants are encouraged to pen a letter to deployed troops or a veteran before they leave. Kara Ghobhainn Smith is the author of The Artists of Crow County (Black Moss Press, 2017), coauthor of Next to the Ice (Mosaic Press, 2016), Teaching, Learning, Assessing (Mosaic Press, 2007), and the author of the blogspot poetry series, The Travelling Professor. Ghobhainn Smith was Chatham-Kent’s 2015-2016 Writer-in-Residence, and Editor of the Journal of Teaching and Learning (JTL), as well as the books’ editor for the Canadian Journal of Education (CTL) and the National Reading Program of Canada. Her poems have been shortlisted for the 2016 Walrus Poetry Prize and the Polar Expressions Prize.


For program and event registration, please call 519-336-8127 ext. 3226.

For more information about the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, visit jnaag.ca or call 519-336-8127.


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