THE ATRIUM GALLERY
Quest Art School + Gallery is a volunteer-run charitable organization located in Midland, Ontario and operating as guests on the ancestral lands of the Wendat and Ojibwe/Chippewa. Formed by 8 artists in 1995, by 2003 Quest Art School had opened a gallery and was offering workshops for adults in a variety of visual media. In 2005, Quest Art launched a Young Artists' Program to complement adult education.
Quest Art's mission is to engage and enrich the community through visual arts exhibition, education and appreciation. Our mandate is to demonstrate excellence and innovation through arts education and the presentation of contemporary and interdisciplinary art practices that critically address current issues relevant to our demographic. As part of our mandate, Quest Art celebrates diversity and encourages the creation and presentation of art by all levels of artists regionally and from across Canada.
As part of our commitment to fostering a thriving local arts community, The Atrium Gallery is an exhibition space reserved for exhibiting the work of local and regional artists. The Atrium Gallery supports artists from the traditional through to the experimental, and embraces all forms of art including sculpture, ceramics, photography, fibre, painting, drawing, mixed media – all art forms are equally at home in The Atrium.
The exhibitions are a dynamic representation of our arts community providing supported opportunities for local and regional artists to exhibit their work. These exhibitions hosted within The Atrium Gallery each year, demonstrate and celebrate the diverse artistic talents of the region’s artists.
Upcoming Exhibitions in The Atrium Gallery 2020
Life Is Like A Box of Crayons, January 18 to February 29,2020
Crayons can represent many things; childhood, diversity, community. From the moment we are born, our lives become a product of experiences that colour and shape us into the beings that we are today.
When you are young your box of crayons is small, with only the most basic colours. As you grow, your crayon box grows with you. You meet new people, learn what you like and dislike, experience a multitude of milestones and gain exposure to different perspectives. Each experience adds new hues and nuance to your life, expanding your world and your box of crayons. This idea goes both ways, your interactions will have an impact on those around you. It doesn’t matter if it’s just one person or a whole community, your actions will help fill the crayon boxes of others. Through this lens, you can not only gain understanding in yourself, but hopefully come to better understand those around you as well. You may not enjoy every single experience that colours your life, however, like with colours, you must learn to accept them in order to create a complete picture.
Artists are invited to create work that responds to the idea of diversity and how it creates a richer and more vibrant community.
~ Rachel Whittington, Curatorial Intern
Drop off: January 13th
Exhibition Dates: January 18th to February 29th
Tangled Up in Blue - MEMBERS ONLY March 7 to April 11, 2020
The exhibition Tangled Up In Blue borrows its title from the song of the same name, written and recorded by Bob Dylan 1975. The track is essentially a love story, and widely considered a quintessential example of Dylan’s attempt at ‘multidimensional’ songwriting, in which the lyrics defy a fixed notion of time and space and express viewpoints from multiple perspectives. Dylan was inspired by his recent exposure to Cubism, which offered a new approach to representing reality through art, by bringing together multiple, fragmented depictions of the same subject.
Akin to the Cubist art movement, Dylan’s song skips from first to second and third person perspectives, as it narrates and contemplates a romance that spans years. Reminiscing a nostalgic past and anticipating an uncertain future, the voice behind the lyrics oscillates in tone, transitioning from a state of melancholy, to one of hopefulness, and meandering through a spectrum of emotions in between.
Tangled Up In Blue is an exhibition bringing together works by multiple artists who have individually responded to Dylan’s song, resulting in a series of fragmented interpretations that together form a multidimensional reflection on themes explored in the lyrics. In some works the reference is literal, while others interpret the words metaphorically. Whichever the case, within the exhibition visitors will find a diverse range of visual responses to the notion of being Tangled Up In Blue. ~ Emma Watson, Curatorial Intern
Drop off: March 2nd
Exhibition Dates: March 7th to April 11th
High Art '20: Annual Exhibition featuring work by Local Highschool Students
Pablo Picasso famously said, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once one grows up." We are pleased to profile the incredible range of talent of the young people in our community.
Exhibition Dates: April 18th to May 30th
We've Got the Silver!
Quest Art turns 25 and as we all know, that is a silver anniversary. Artists are asked to create works that incorporates silver - as a colour or material or reference into their artworks.
Drop off: June 1st
Exhibition Dates: June 6th to July 11th
The Quest Continues - MEMBERS ONLY
Life is a journey - and Quest Art has been very fortunate to have wonderful artists, artisans, volunteers, friends and supporters. In recognition of this anniversary, we invite you to create a work that highlights a favourite memory about Quest Art.
Drop Off: July 13th
Exhibition Dates: July 18th to August 29th
Quest Art At Home - Gala Evening October 8th
Quest Art At Home provides a special membership opportunity for you! For $365 you get a family membership, a $300 tax receipt and the opportunity to take home an original artwork for one year.
Exhibition Dates: September 5th to October 10th
The Chill in the Air
We are moving from the long days of summer and into the longer, dark and cold nights. It is also the time of magic and storytelling - and a time when the line between the Spirit and mortal world can be very thin. Are the chills we feel merely the colder temperature - or could it be something else? Artists are invited to create works that explore what "chills" and thrills you.
Drop Off: October 13th
Exhibition Dates: October 17th to November 28th
With the holiday season upon us, we are encouraging artists to think back to what was a gift that was especially memorable for you - this could be something tangible, something someone did for you, or anything else that falls under that umbrella. This exhibition focuses on what we are truly grateful for.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. ~ Dr Suess
Drop off: November 30th
Exhibition Dates: December 5th, 2020 to January 9th, 2021