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Current + Upcoming 
Exhibitions

Experience a kaleidoscope of artistic expression featuring both established artists and rising stars. From thought-provoking installations to visually stunning canvases, our exhibitions promise a journey through the ever-evolving landscape of the art world.

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A Cultured Diet

Holly Archer

January 19th, 2024 - March 2nd, 2024

What if we appreciated our bodies for the places they lead us to, the connections they help us make, and the adventures they take us on? What if the way our bodies look was the least important part of who we are?

 

"A Cultured Diet" is an artist's exploration of diet culture and the value we place on our bodies.

Holly Archer is a Canadian artist from Penetanguishene, working primarily in acrylic, ink and charcoal. Archer’s work has been featured in galleries internationally, in both public and private collections. Most recently, Archer was presented with an award from The McMichael Canadian Art Collection as part of the 2022 McMichael Plein Air Competition. She received a 2021 Juror’s Award at the Newmarket International Juried Art Show, was featured in the San Diego Museum of Art’s International Juried Winter Exhibition, unveiled her first large-scale public art piece in 2021, and was selected to be a part of the 27th Annual Juried Art Exhibition at the Hopkins Center for the Arts in Minnesota, USA. Archer has a solo show launching in January 2024 at Quest Art School and Gallery in Midland.

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What's On Your Plate?

Members' Exhibition

January 19th, 2024 - March 2nd, 2024 

Each day, three times a day, we sit down in front of an artistic arrangement. The plate is like a canvas, and the food is like paint.

Show us your compositions of daily fare. Make your food still-lifes good enough to eat!

 

Quest Art School + Gallery members are invited to submit up to two artworks for the exhibition "What's On Your Plate". Artwork must depict a still life under the theme of food; these artworks can be 2D or 3D. This exhibition will complement Holly Archer's "A Cultured Diet" in our Upper Gallery, which will explore the themes of food and diet culture in our society.

Intake for "What's On Your Plate" will be on January 15th, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 

Interested members can fill out the intake form HERE.

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Looking North 

Tanya Cunnington

March 8th, 2024 - April 5th, 2024

I create artwork in response to my current surroundings, but the underlying theme is always the passage of time, memory, identity and family.  

 

This exhibition, titled Looking North, consists of paintings inspired by the land in both Northern Ontario and Ireland.  
 

My great-grandmother, although proudly Scottish, was born in Northern Ireland, where
her father was stationed as a police sergeant. My family tells me that she took a boat to
Canad
a, boarded a train to Northern Ontario, stepped off the train wearing leather
slippers into several feet of snow and cried.  Not long afterwards, her husband was
killed in a work-related accident, and yet she stayed in Northern Ontario to raise her
family.  I wondered why she stayed but was also very aware that if she had left, I would
not be here.  I recently set out on a trip to Ireland to see the land that she left behind.  

 

Born in Northern Ontario, I have always been drawn to the landscape of the Canadian.
Shield with its rocks and sparsely treed terrain.  I am fascinated by my family history of
settling in and around Port Cunnington, Matheson and Kirkland Lake Ontario and how
my ancestors mined and manipulated that land to survive.  Painting this land is my way
of communicating with them and forming a bond with those who came before me so I
could be here today.  Now, as I start my own family, I wonder what legacy or footprint I
will leave behind on this land that I inhabit.

*Tanya Cunnington and Derek Berry will be sharing the upper gallery as two separate shows*

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The Secret Illness

Derek Berry 

March 8th, 2024 - April 5th, 2024 

As an individual who has developed obsessive-compulsive disorder in their youth and has
overcome a plethora of ritualistic tendencies that riddle the mental illness, the pandemic has
been increasingly overwhelming and parasitic. This constant disposition of fear and uncertainty
has been an assault on my outlook within a world of constant motion and change. As time
continues forward and society becomes desensitized to these overwhelming fears that plague
my thoughts, I can’t help but wonder about my place within it, and if there is room for someone
like me.

 

My work is a pursuit of insight that pertains to the avoidance tactics that riddle my
everyday interactions. Recent independent research on OCD has unveiled just how intertwined
these tactics are within my psyche, to the extent of influencing social interactions, engagement
with communal objects, and the distancing of certain creative processes within my practice. This newfound revelation has led me to confront these ingrained disorderly behaviours with
increased intensity while simultaneously accepting these traits of avoidance that permeate my
being, creating a state of ‘tug of war’ that is ripe with friction and strife, which I intend to lay
bare.

 

The Secret Illness illustrates an amplification and intense fixation of the miniscule for those with a susceptible disposition. Utilizing an intentional multiplicity of scale alongside a presentation reminiscent of a petri-dish, these 'Macro-Organisms' portray the all-consuming threat of the unseen and self-fabricated.

*Derek Berry and Tanya Cunnington will be sharing the upper gallery as two separate shows*

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Form & Function

Members' Exhibition

March 8th, 2024 - April 5th, 2024

Architecture is an art that weaves form and function to create spaces that shelter us and also inspire us. Dwellings are more than mere shelters, they are extensions of our identities and aspirations, sanctuaries where life unfolds, memories are made, and relationships thrive.

We invite artists to show us where they live.

Quest Art School + Gallery members are invited to submit up to two artworks for the exhibition "Form & Function." Intake will be on March 5th, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Interested members can fill out the intake form HERE.

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Sculpted

Explorations in Texture

March 8, 2024 - April 5th, 2024 

"Sculpted: Explorations in Texture" features artwork crafted by students in collaboration with our Community Partners: Chigamik, Community Living Huronia, and the Alzheimer's Society.

 

Each piece showcases distinctive textures and intricate designs crafted using a diverse array of tools and everyday objects within wet plaster. Enhanced with various colour palettes, the creative expression knows no bounds. Every panel within the exhibition creates a unique and compelling image. 

"Sculpted" will be on display in our Mezzanine Gallery from March 8th until April 5th.

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