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Winter 2018 Exhibition Opening
Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery
Sarnia, Ontario


Beside Myself: Kelly Wallace
February 2, 2018 – May 6, 2018

The drawings of London-based artist Kelly Wallace are precise, technical renderings of hyper-detailed scenes found in memory and imagination. As described by Wallace’s friend and curator Ihor Holubizky, “light and dark are generated by the proximity and intervals of straight lines as units of information.” Appearing to disintegrate before your eye, one is struck by the labour intensive nature of these delicate drawings. Peppered throughout Wallace’s drawings are selections from Glenn Stillar’s 20-hour film Marking Time. Stillar, a filmmaker based in Waterloo, spent 250 hours filming Wallace in the act of drawing. The viewer is given a glimpse into the private world of the artist creating in the studio, exposing his technical mastery, his focus and stamina, and his creative capacity.

Making Marks:
Works on Paper from the collections of the McMaster Museum of Art and the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery
February 2, 2018 – May 6, 2018

Making Marks presents an intimate collection of works on paper, ranging from the fifteenth to twenty-first century. The power of the line and its ability to express human emotion is celebrated through an array of drawing mediums that include lithographs, woodcuts, etchings, encaustic, pencil, ink and pastel.

Experience the tenderness and grief in the work of Käthe Kollwitz, empathize with the challenges of the everyday in the encaustic drawings of Tony Scherman, and delight in the sheer joy expressed by Scottie Wilson. This eclectic exhibition includes work by some of the most well-known and admired artists of their time with pieces by David Hockney, Jean Dubuffet, Henry Moore, George Grosz, Miller Brittain, Raoul Dufy, Eugene Delacroix, Albrecht Dürer and Murray Favro… to name a few.


Chemosphere: Kate Wilson
Winter/Spring 2018

Toronto-based visual artist Kate Wilson visited the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery this winter season, producing site specific studies which transformed into larger-than-life wall drawings.

Her images are both familiar and strange: vegetation and debris intertwine with fictional winds, celestial bodies appear as molecular structures with planetary shapes. Chemosphere references the earth’s atmosphere, a place where chemical reactions are triggered by the absorption of energy or light. Similarly, the drawing is activated through the experience of the viewer. The drawing represents a source of energy generated by its own creative aura and the viewer’s reaction. Wilson’s work engages us celestially; her use of line is a response to the space’s energy.

Wilson has exhibited nationally and internationally and is a recipient of numerous awards.

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 for a full listing of upcoming events, descriptions, and presenter biographies.

Part I: Nude, Naked, and in Between
Part II: Suffering Soma
With Dr. Buj
Wednesdays, February 28 & March 7 | 7:00PM | Free

Part I: A talk on the spiritual ideals and carnal fantasies projected onto the female nude in the annals of Western art.

Part II: A talk on the iconography of stress and suffering in canonical Western art, with a view to the male physique.

Dr. Buj holds a doctoral degree in literary studies from the University of Michigan. He taught art criticism and contemporary art history for twenty years at Western University and currently teaches comparative literature and linguistics at the University of Windsor.

Marking Time: An Act of Endurance
With Kelly Wallace and Glenn Stillar
Thursday, March 22 | 7:00PM | Free

Over the course of a year, Stillar filmed Wallace in the act of drawing one work, Freehold, for over 250 hours. They describe the process like a dance, with each participant sensing the ques and anticipating the moves of the other without the need for conversation. Moving into a silent, meditative partnership, the project required stamina, trust and a synthesized imagination for the creative process.

Join Kelly and Glenn as they discuss their collaboration and offer insights into how their individual artistic practices brought them together.

Kelly Wallace is a master artist whose chosen medium is pencil and paper and exhibits regularly in Canada and the United States.

Glenn Stillar is an independent filmmaker and videographer and a professor at the University of Waterloo in the Digital Arts Communication program.

Drawing with Kelly Wallace

London-based artist, Kelly Wallace, will lead participants deeper into the practice of figurative and conceptual drawing. Join in on an intimate class experience as you are guided in a supportive and creative environment.

Life Drawing
Saturdays | February 10, 17, 24 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm | Series - $180 (+tax)
Lunch and supplies are included.

Conceptual Drawing
Saturdays | April 14, 21, 28 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm | Series - $180 (+tax)
Lunch and supplies are included.

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

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






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