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A Ripple Effect: Canadians & Fresh Water

January 28, 2017 - September 10, 2017
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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A Ripple Effect: Canadians & Fresh Water JANUARY 28 TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JANUARY 27 | 6:30 PM A Ripple Effect examines Canadians’ relationship with fresh water by focusing on the Thames, Speed, and Eramosa rivers. Organized under the themes of work and play, the exhibition explores the ways in which we have used fresh water for domestic and industrial pursuits. Highly interactive, the exhibition features a variety of activities geared to families with young children as well as…

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Wall of Art: Fresh

April 11, 2017 @ 10:00 am - June 18, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Reception: Friday, April 28, 6:30 PM | Guelph Civic Museum The Guelph Civic Museum, Guelph Arts Council and the City of Guelph are pleased to present the “Wall of Art” juried exhibition series, featuring excellent artists from Guelph Arts Council’s membership. This exciting series aims to showcase the breadth of local talent that we have here in Guelph as well as provide artists with a unique opportunity to share their work with a larger audience. For the upcoming exhibition, we invite…

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Wall of Art: O Canada

June 20, 2017 @ 10:00 am - September 17, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Guelph Museums, Guelph Arts Council and the City of Guelph are pleased to present the “Wall of Art” juried exhibition series, featuring excellent artists from Guelph Arts Council’s membership. This exciting series aims to showcase the breadth of local talent that we have here in Guelph as well as provide artists with a unique opportunity to share their work with a larger audience. For the upcoming exhibition, we invite artists to explore the theme O Canada. A nation’s anthem tells…

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To The Gathering Place

June 24, 2017 @ 10:00 am - February 25, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Five pairs of shoes and boots from the Guelph Museums collection arranged in a semi circle. White background.

RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 6:30 PM From the Attawandaron Nation that gathered to farm and trade, to the most recent newcomers journeying from across the globe, Guelph has been shaped and enriched by the individuals and families who have traveled to it. Through personal accounts, artifacts and images, To the Gathering Place presents an engaging selection of stories of those who have searched for new beginnings in Guelph. Guest curated by Lisa Hunter. Transported: Objects of Meaning and the Immigrant…

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Wall of Art: Standing Guard

September 19, 2017 @ 10:00 am - January 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Opening reception: September 22 | 6:30 PM Performance by Annakin Slayd | 7 PM The Guelph Civic Museum, Guelph Arts Council and the City of Guelph are pleased to present the “Wall of Art” juried exhibition series, featuring excellent artists from Guelph Arts Council’s membership. This exciting series aims to showcase the breadth of local talent that we have here in Guelph as well as provide artists with a unique opportunity to share their work with a larger audience. Artists…

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Canadian, Eh! A History of the Nation’s Signs and Symbols

September 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am - February 25, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Exhibit install view of Canadian Eh exhibit. One Wall is painted red, the adjacent wall is painted white. There are panels and artwork hung on the walls. There is a mannequin in the foreground wearing a dark dress.

RECEPTION: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 | 6:30 PM Performance by Annakin Slayd at 7 PM Through art and artifacts, explore the official and unofficial signs and symbols that communicate our history, culture, and distinct national identity. “Our national identity is complex and nuanced,” says Dawn Owen, Curator at Guelph Museums. “And so too are the signifiers of our nationhood. From the iconic landscapes of the Group of Seven to our edible exports (beer, maple syrup, and poutine), from our national sports (lacrosse in…

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Transported: Objects of Meaning and the Immigrant Experience

November 5, 2017 - February 25, 2018
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Five short films and an installation featuring stories and objects contributed by Mwangi Wa Wairimu (Kenya), Oluwaseun Jilani (Nigeria), Amira AL Tahhan (Syria), Nicola Maggs (England) and Farshad Mazloumi (Iran). Transported is directed by Dawn Matheson with cinematography and editing by Erin MacIndoe Sproule and is part of the Guelph Film Festival’s annual Hidden Histories project, presented in partnership with The Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition and Ed Video Media Arts Centre with funding from The Guelph Community Foundation. The five films, along with…

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Focusing on Nature: Photography in the Natural World

March 10, 2018 - June 10, 2018
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Photograph of green leaf with caterpillar trails

A collaboration between Focus on Nature and Guelph Museums. Opening reception: Friday, March 23, 6:30 PM Photography provides new ways of seeing and understanding our local environment. Today’s technological, urbanized culture meets the natural world in this exhibition of digital photographs created by Guelph youth through Focus on Nature, a local organization that connects kids to nature through photography. The exhibition includes photographic artifacts from the Guelph Museums’ collection and from private collections. These historical objects combined with the digital…

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