Since Ontario’s January 3rd announcement of the new public health measures to close galleries and museums, Latcham Art Centre has quickly and successfully pivoted from in-person programming to virtual programming.
Staff members have assembled art kits for instructors and participants to pick up prior to the start of their program.
Despite the circumstances, everyone has had positive feedback regarding the adjustment to virtual learning.
Below are some of the wonderful virtual programs that are currently running:
- Exploring Watercolours (Ages 55+)
- Youth Open Studio (Ages 12-16)
- Creative Foundations 1 & 2 (Ages 5-12)
- Latcham Saturdays (All Ages)
“Although we are unable to welcome the community to visit the Gallery at this time,” Latcham curator Carolyn Hickey said, “we encourage patrons to visit our website to view the Stouffville District Secondary School virtual exhibition IMAGES:2021/2022: A Scattered Symphony featuring artwork by the graduating class.”
It is important to recognize that these students represent the next generation of artists from the Whitchurch-Stouffville community and this creative online tour provides an accessible space for the community to view their talents.
The exhibition Inward Identities featuring recent artwork by Whitchurch-Stouffville artist Vicky Talwar will be available to view in-person after restrictions are lifted. In the meantime, the Latcham team is working toward virtual tours of the gallery space. Her paintings as well as installation artwork are inspired by vibrant colour and materiality and express the contrasts of her identity. Talwar uses recurring spiritual motifs such as mala beads, sacred threads, flower garlands, salt and the ritualistic qualities of the mandala to highlight her unique individuality.
Free Mandala colouring pages, inspired by the exhibition, are available to download on the Latcham Art Centre website.
For further details and information regarding programs and exhibitions, visit latchamartcentre.ca.