Selections from the Collection in the Time of COVID

Guest Curated by Jane LowBeer 

winner of the 2019 Curator’s Experience

Jane Ash Poitras, Anne Meredith Barry, Jack Bush, Lucie Chan, Louis de Niverville, Jim Dine, Ivan Eyre, Brian Kipping, Nobuo Kubota, Robin Mackenzie, Michael Maglich, John Marok, Mimmo Paladino, Michael Poulton, Akira Yoshikawa, and Tony Urquhart


“At last year’s AGP fundraiser I bid on a chance to curate a show from [the AGP] collection. How surprising to realize I had never curated an exhibition beyond my own artwork, even though I have been a printmaker and mixed media maker for 40 years and have had many exhibitions. This is an extraordinary opportunity to see the depth of our local community gallery’s archive. The process was challenging – I had to look at tiny digital images of each artwork with no way to know size, medium or artist. What was fascinating to me was that my personal aesthetic preferences were revealed by dint of this limitation.

Originally I had a title in mind “The Space Between.” As full pandemic lockdown had begun and new definitions of isolation formed. Now we had to keep six metres between ourselves as we stood in lines and walked the streets. This title reflected our daily condition and called to mind my preoccupation in art with negative space, the area around and between an object.  This title changed but COVID remained. Instead of looking for a theme I clicked away on images that made my heart beat a little faster.

Now it is up to you, the viewer, to peruse and find your own connections and story. I hope you will find in this exhibition a reflection of the many emotions that are manifest in this unprecedented time of COVID  and  pieces to make you smile, stay curious and leave you believing a bit more in the magic of art. Maybe even tomorrow or the next day you will feel the urge to pick up a pencil or brush …make a mark….”

Jane LowBeer, a mixed-media artist, recently moved from Toronto to the Peterborough area. Monotypes, and lately drypoints, have been her medium of choice. LowBeer started her artistic career as a printmaker studying with Stanley Hayter at his famous Atelier 17 in Paris.

During her career she has exhibited in New York, Montreal and various places in Europe. Her works are held in public and private collections including The Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Bibliothèque National in Paris.


Regular Hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Admission is by Donation.

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