Past Events 

Innovations: Conversations

10:00am - 4:30pm January 12th

Innovations: Conversations

Crafting a New Dialogue around Craft and Curation


Join us for this one day symposium exploring ideas around innovation, curation and creation in craft. 

Members $50 / Non-Members $100

Panel Discussion: The artist-curator relationship
10am - Noon
Stuart Reid + Susan Low-Beer
Virginia Eichhorn + Michele Karch-Ackerman

Textile and Memory

1om - 2:30pm
Workshop with Michele Karch-Ackerman
Michele Karch-Ackerman is a nationally recognized contemporary installation artist whose work is known for its provocative and touching mining of the 'smaller' and often tragic histories of Canada's past through employing 'the domestic acts of love'.

Clay and Experimentation

3:00pm -  4:30pm
Workshop with Susan Low-Beer
Susan Low-Beer has exhibited internationally in Europe, United States, Japan and Korea, as well as nationally in both juried and invitational exhibitions and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards. She currently teaches and works in Toronto and has a 30 year retrospective at the Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo.

Artist Bios:

Michele Karch-Ackerman is a nationally recognized contemporary installation artist whose work is known for its provocative and touching mining of the 'smaller' and often tragic histories of Canada's past through employing 'the domestic acts of love':  commemorating those who died in sanatoria, the plight of unwed mothers, the sad childhood of the famous Dionne Quintuplets, the 'Lost Boys' of the First World War and the children lost to pioneer mothers.  A graduate of Ontario College of Art and Design, her installations have been shown in over forty solo exhibitions at public galleries across Canada, including a retrospective at the Tom Thomson Gallery, participation in Fashionality at the McMichael Gallery and her most recent exhibition 'Bluebird Dress Factory' at the Campbell House Museum in Toronto (in conjunction with the ornithology department at the ROM).  She has been the recipient of numerous awards from the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council, a guest juror for Ontario Arts Council grant applications for emerging, mid career, artist in education and artist run centres, awarded residencies throughout Canada and received national media coverage in print, radio and television.  Michele has taught for over twenty five years at the Haliburton School of Art and Design and runs independent creativity classes from her studios in Buckhorn and Peterborough.

Susan Low-Beer received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Mount Allison University and her Masters of Fine Arts in the United States at the Cranbrook Academy of Art with a major in painting. She has exhibited internationally in Europe, United States, Japan and Korea, as well as nationally in both juried and invitational exhibitions and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards. In 1999 she received the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in the Crafts and in 2000 was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. She currently teaches and works in Toronto.

Stuart Reid is an Independent Curator and Arts Writer and has over 25 years of experience as a leader in the not-for-profit sector. He joined Community Foundation Grey Bruce as Executive Director in 2016 after serving for over four years at Brock University in St. Catharines as Director/Curator of Rodman Hall Art Centre. He has also served as Executive Director of the Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, and was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Regina, from 2009 to 2012. From 2001 to 2009, he was Director/Curator of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound. He has also held curatorial posts at Art Gallery of Mississauga (2002-2009) and the former Ontario Crafts Council Gallery (1999-2002).  Reid is a graduate of York University in Toronto. He also completed the J. Paul Getty Trust’s Museum Leadership Institute training at the University of California at Berkeley in 2002. He is an elected member of IKT International Curators of Contemporary Art Network, Luxembourg. An award-winning writer, Reid is the author of over 60 exhibition catalogues and several books. An active community volunteer, he is a former president of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and currently sits on the Board of Craft Ontario.

Virginia Eichhorn has worked in the visual arts field for over thirty years and was appointed to the position of ED and Curator of Quest Art School + Gallery in July 2018.  Previously she was Director & Chief Curator of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery from 2009 to 2018 and was the first full-time curator at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery. She is a graduate of the Art History programme at Queen’s University. As an independent curator she has presented exhibitions at numerous prestigious venues including the XII Biennale of Art at Villa Nova Cerveira in Portugal. She has worked extensively with artists from across Canada and abroad, including Carl Beam, Judy Chicago, Vessna Perunovich, Jane Ash Poitras and Peter Von Tiesenhausen, developing exhibitions for high profile Canadian galleries and museums. In addition to curating, she has written numerous catalogue essays and has contributed articles to prominent Canadian magazines including Artichoke, Canadian Art, Border Crossings, ESPACE Sculpture and international magazines such as Ceramics Monthly.  She is a member of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, the International Association of Art Museum Curators (IKT), the Canadian Art Museum Directors’ Organization (CAMDO) and the Association of Art Museum Curators and is Past-President of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries. Previous board tenures include the Association of Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts (ANDPVA), Visual Arts Ontario (VAO), Visual Arts Alliance (VAO), Cahiers métiers d’art /Craft Journal and the National Historic Site Alliance of Ontario (NHSAO).  In 2009 she won the Jean Johnson/Melanie Egan Award for Curatorial Excellence awarded by the Ontario Crafts Council.In 2016 she successfully completed the Certificate in Not-for-Profit and Charity Finance Leadership programme through the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario programme. 

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From Food to Monument: Northern Retellings Film Series

Tuesday November 6 - Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Admission Free or by Donation


In collaboration with the Midland Cultural Centre, Midland Public Library, Canadian Commission for UNESCO in partnership with the Indigenous Matters Committee of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations, the National Film Board of Canada, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and Library and Archives  of Canada, Quest Art presents a five part film series sharing Indigenous perspectives about Indigenous lives. 


Tuesday, November 6, 7 pm

Angry Inuk 2016 | 1 h 22 min

Tuesday, November 13, 7 pm

Birth of a Family 2016 | 1 h 19 min

Saturday, November 17, 11 am

Our People Will be Healed 2017 | 1 hr 37 min

Tuesday, November 20, 7 pm

Totem: The Return of the G'psgolox Pole, 2003 | 1 h 10 min

Tuesday, November 27, 7 pm

The Road Forward, 2017 | 1 h 41 min 

Please RSVP by clicking on each film in blue or email 


Thank you to our partners & funders:

Kaleidoscope of the Arts

2019 - To Be Announced

Thank you to all of the sponsors, donors, volunteers and patrons who made our 2018 Kaleidoscope of the Arts Gala such a huge success. The evening raised a total of $20,000 in support of visual arts programs in North Simcoe. 


2018 Quest Art at Home

Art Selection Night: Thursday, October 18 at 7 PM - 10 PM

Quest Art @ Home Preview Exhibition: August 24 - October 18, 2018


This year's Quest Art at Home program provides an extraordinary opportunity for local art lovers to support their local artists and Quest Art School + Gallery! Have an original, locally made artwork for your home or office and receive all the benefits of participating in this year's program -- all for just a dollar-a-day! 

By becoming a Quest Art at Home patron ($365) annually), you will receive all the following benefits: 
✧ A Quest Art family membership (value $65) with all advantages of membership
✧ An invitation to the Quest Art at Home evening gala (October 18th, 2018) 
✧ An original artwork selected at the Quest Art at Home evening gala. Work is on loan for a 12-month period.
✧ A tax receipt for $300. 

Interested? Buy your memberships here by Thursday October 18, 2018



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Third Annual Art Slam

Friday, September 21, 2018

Back for the third year, watch some of the best regional artists compete in an epic paint off! Evening includes a silent auction, DJ, dancing and more! 

Confirmed artists include:  John Hartman, Holly Archer, Tanya Cunnington, Murray Van Halem, Joanne Lomas, Ginette Pelletier, Mark Hope, Heather Collins, Ross Skoggard, Marlene Bulas, Julie Himel, Jeanette Luchese, Peter Adams, Michael Farnan, Cathy Boyd, John Anderson, Ruth Hurdle, Gary Evans, Ila Kellerman, Andrew Maize

Cost: $35

Purchase your ticket here:

Thank you to our sponsors: Scotiabank - World of Wonders - Bremel Enterprises - KEVIN CASCAGNETTE PHOTOGRAPHY - Midland Cultural Centre - MIDAS Midland /John Hurdle - Todd Lalonge State Farm Insurance - myGBAY - Nicholls Funeral Home - Mink Insurance - Marlynns - Tripps Paint - Shoes to Boot - Aaron Pauzé Royal Lepage - Pantry and Larder - Beau's

Food to Monument: Oral Histories Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Saturday, November 10, 10 am - 4 pm

How do you register?

Register through our Facebook event onlineThe Midland Library will have a bank of six computers available onsite.  Please email Faith Roebuck Shergold ( to reserve a computer.

Where is it?

The Midland Public Library, 320 King Street, Midland, Ontario, L4R 3M6, 705-526-4216

What is it?

A compliment to  the Indigenous peoples of North America Wikiproject, a project created “to improve, maintain, and organize the information in articles related to Indigenous peoples of North America, “ Aylan Couchie, Quest Art School & Gallery & the Midland Public Library invite people from across Turtle Island to participate in the Food to Monument:  Northern Retellings Wikipedia Edit-a-thon.  An event aiming  to acknowledge the importance and validity of Indigenous oral histories, this intervention is a chance to contribute at a grassroots level towards Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation by responding to: 

the Education Call to Action #62 ii
[…] integrate Indigenous knowledge […]


Commemoration Call to Action #79 ii.
[…] integrate Indigenous history, heritage values, and memory practices into Canada’s national heritage and history.


Who’s invited?

Indigenous Elders and storytellers are invited to share stories so that editors may populate important indigenous sites on Wikipedia Contributors of oral histories may share their stories in person or mail in or email links to recordings for transcription.

Snail mail recordings can be mailed to:

c/o Faith Roebuck Shergold
Midland Public Library
320 King Street
Midland, Ontario
L4R 3M6

Editors from all cultural backgrounds, gender identities and expressions are invited to work in collaboration with the Elders and storytellers to populate Wikipedia with Indigenous perspectives to offer pre-colonial, decolonial and post-colonial content as reference material on topics related to the indigenous histories and culture of Canada.

*Children over the age of 14 are welcome to participate with adult supervision.

How will it work?

No Wikipedia editing experience is necessary – however participants are encouraged to bring a laptop and create a Wikipedia account in advance.  Participants are also asked to read a small essay about Oral Histories ( introduced by Stephen J. Augustine, Hereditary Chief and Keptin of the Mi’kmaq Grand Council and written by Erin Hanson. 


Schedule of Activities

10:00 am Welcome and Introduction to the Midland Library by Community Engagement Co-ordinator, Faith Roebuck Shergold to review technology and resources available to participants. 

10: 30 am Oral presentation by Aylan Couchie, Anishinaabe artist and writer from Nipissing First Nation

11:00 – 3:45 pm Collaborative listening and editing of Wikipedia pages (lunch & snacks as needed)

3:45 – 4:00 pm Opportunity to quietly or verbally share personal reflections on experience

Facilitator Bio:


Aylan Couchie received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design at OCAD University where she focused her studies on Indigenous monument and public art. Her work explores the impacts of colonialism on First Nations people as well as issues of cultural appropriation and representation. She’s been the recipient of several awards including an “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture” award through the International Sculpture Centre and a Premier’s Award through Ontario Colleges. Her work has been shown internationally and her public art installations can be found in the City of Barrie and Halifax International Airport.


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A Community Call to Read: Truth & Reconciliation Calls to Action Reading Circle with Jeff Monague

October 27, 2018, 1 - 3 pm

Join Quest Art & facilitator Jeff Monague in reading our nations' Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action

When: Saturday, October 27, 1 – 3 pm

Where: Quest Art Project Gallery, 333 King Street, Midland, Ontario, 2nd floor

Who is invited: Community members who want to gain knowledge and become allies in the call for reconciliation for Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island

To Register visit our Facebook Event online.

Are you a member of the community who works in Child Welfare, Education, Language, Arts, Athletics, Health, Justice, Religion, Public Service, Politics, the Media, Business, or Immigration?  Are you curious or still unclear about Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action?  Do you wonder what this might look like, sound like or feel like in your sector of society? Quest Art is looking for 12 or more representatives from different sectors of North Simcoe to join elder and past Chief Jeff Monague for an informative and respectful round circle discussion about Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation report and its outlined Calls to Action.  

Part of Quest Art’s larger Food to Monument: Northern Retellings fall program, during this reading circle participants will work together to explore how we might all gain a deeper understanding of what reconciliation means for each and every one of us.   After a brief introduction to the mandate and mission of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission, Jeff Monague will invite volunteer readers to orate their respective calls to action aloud to stimulate dialogue that will lead to a broader understanding of how all citizens of Turtle Island might move forward on this long journey together.  Don’t want to read, but want to listen with an open heart and mind, register online for this free event.  Seating limited.

Bio: Canadian Veteran Jeff Monague is a member of the Beausoleil First Nation on Christian Island and currently resides in Coldwater Ont.  Presently, the Manager at Springwater Provincial Park, he has been an instructor of the Ojibwe Language and has taught at every level, from junior kindergarten to post-secondary at Georgian College.  A former Chief and Councillor of his community on Christian Island, he has served as the Treaty Research Coordinator for the Anishinaabek Nation.

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Quest Art's FROM FOOD TO MONUMENT presents



Registration: Up to 16 participants (Ages 12 & Up - Families encouraged)

COST: Free


As part of Quest Art's From Food to Monument: Northern Retellings fall program, this intergenerational workshop will offer its participants food for thought. Located in Quest Art's Project Gallery, this full day workshop will introduce the community to stories and sounds related to manoomin (wild rice) and blue berries, two foods that continue to nourish and remind Anishinaabe people of their long histories around the Great Lakes region and the ways people were also> cut off from these food sources. Offering inspiration and sources for image making, participants will learn different relief printing techniques experimenting with commercial inks and also using traditional pigments derived from berries and plants. Using linocut and screen-printing methods the workshop will provide opportunity to create surface design.



Introductions & Presentation: 10 am to noon

Lunch: noon to 12:30 pm

Art Workshop: 12:30 - 3 pm

Workshop Share & Discussion: 3:00 to 4:00 pm


Bio: LISA MYERS is an independent curator, artist and educator. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial practice from OCAD University and since 2010, she has worked with anthocyanin pigment from blueberries in printmaking, and stop-motion animation. Her participatory performances involve sharing berries and other food items in social gatherings reflecting on the value found in> place and displacement; straining and absorbing. She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in venues including Urban Shaman (Winnipeg), Art Gallery of Peterborough and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her writing has been published in a number of exhibition publications in addition to the journal Senses and Society, C Magazine and FUSE Magazine. She is currently an Assistant Lecturer in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. Myers is a member of Beausoleil First Nation and she is based in Port Severn and Toronto, Ontario.

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Three Sisters Family Outing to Huronia Museum

Sunday, November 18, 2018, 2 - 4 pm

Who:  Free to families living in North Simcoe
Where:  Meet at Huronia Museum parking lot at 1:45
Why: Learn about the Ouendat people and their ecological practices around food and land


Spend a Sunday afternoon with the whole family enjoying an intergenerational educational activity at the Huronia Museum.
The activity begins with a brief Introduction to the Ouendat people and a discussion of a farming versus nomadic lifestyle.  Families will then act out the Three Sisters legend for one another and get hands on experience corn grinding with small replica grinders.  As a treat, everyone will get the opportunity to try some Hominy (Popcorn and syrup) and make a clay oki that conveys information about themselves.  Want to arrive a little early or linger a little longer?  Visit the Southern Georgian Bay Farmers Market from 9 til 1 or take some quiet time with the museum’s exhibits including the Rekindling Voices exhibition organized by Paul Whittam on until November 23.


Maximum 20 participants. Register Online at Eventbrite

For More information contact Gillian Ross

Education Coordinator-Huronia Museum

549 Little Lake Park Rd, Midland, ON,(705) 526-2844

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REKINDLING VOICES October 26 - November 23, 2018

Natalie Bertin / Steve Brunelle / Hillary Clermont / Patrick DeCourcey / Katelyn Dyment / Marilyn George / Nancy King / Marilyn Mixemong / Paul Whittam

Part of Quest Art’s community program entitled Food to Monument: Northern Retellings, this exhibition, organized by Paul Whittam, celebrates the knowledge and work of regional artists living and working in and around North Simcoe.  All
storytellers in their own way, each one of these artists were selected for “a light that shines through their artwork into the hearts and minds of people willing to accept the resilience and inextinguishable fire of our collective peoples”.  Also invited for their unique style or use of traditional art forms that honour their First Nations / Metis culture, Rekindling Voices showcases culture that will live on through the next seven generations and beyond.

Click here to let us know you are coming.

Huronia Museum 549 Little Lake Park, Midland, Ontario, Canada, L4R 4P4, Phone: (705) 526-2844

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm, last admission 45 minutes before closing

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Canoe Fight: From Reverence to Redress by Michael Farnan

November 4th, 1 pm

Quest Art’s From Food to Monument: Northern Retellings presents:

Canoe Fight: From Reverence to Redress 

A performance of slapstick, struggle and the spectacle of Canada's settlement history.

Written & directed by Michael Farnan in partnership with Jeff Kearns & David Hartman


When: November 4th, 1 pm
Where: Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre
Admission: By Donation

RSVP online by clicking the blue link. 

Canoe Fight, looks directly at the symbolic history of the canoe and how it has been framed as both an icon and idea, and ultimately acted as a metaphor for the building of a universalized Canadian national identity. Canada’s recent 150th anniversary celebrations have demonstrated this relationship, paying homage to the canoe through portrayals of national inclusiveness, transforming the settlement of land and the history of its occupation into a shared heritage for all Canadians. But what is revealed in these initiatives is the problematic creation and continuation of a narrative that inscribes Canadian Settler culture as the natural inheritor of both land and power, this at a time when government and institutional discourse speaks to the need for reconciliation between Settler and Indigenous nations, and communities demand action and intervention on important cultural and environmental issues.

Working mainly through elements of camp humour and slapstick, Farnan’s new project invites the public to bear witness as he disrupts the idea that the canoe was somehow a freely given gift to early settlers who then used it as means to travel and “discover” the waterways of an otherwise unmanageable Canadian landscape. A journey that for many continues into the present day, through both the physical and spiritual acts of connection, recreation and commemoration. Part of a major video work filmed over several locations in Ontario, including a multi-day October shoot in Algonquin Park, Farnan and crew will be filming the final scenes of this project and create a performance-based work open to the public at the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre in Midland, Ontario. Joining Farnan will be Cinematographer David Hartman, principle actor and performance artist Jeff Kearns, along with musician Joel Alain and local accompaniment.

All visitors to the performance should expect to be filmed and possibly feature in some way in the final production and exhibition of this project.

Supported by Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Wye Marsh and generous patronage of Kathryn Foot.


Bio: Michael Farnan is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and researcher based in Victoria Harbour, Ontario. Informed by discourses of reconciliation and decolonization, Farnan’s work employs settler-based interventionist strategies aimed at challenging colonial legacies of Canada’s settler past and the contemporary representational practices that continue to privilege and empower colonial constructions of space and place.

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Saturday, October 27, 11 - 1

Join Director Virginia Eichhorn as she introduces and speaks with artists involved with the Food to Monument Fall Program and larger national and international discourse about decolonization and reconciliation. 

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