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January Guest Artists: Art at the Library - Portraits

Michelle Miller is well known for her imaginative, beautiful watercolour renderings of historic Goderich homes. More recently, she has been inspired to try her hand at portrait painting. She didn’t want to just find a model and start to paint, instead, she wished to involve the community in some way.

 She began by inviting local artists whom she thought might also be interested in the challenge of painting portraits. There would be no instruction, instead, each artist would work independently, within a supportive group, to develop skills.

 Of course, to paint portraits, a model is required. By inviting volunteer models, each week new people were included within this developing community of painters and models. The group has now grown to include about 20 painters, who meet monthly at the library. And as word has spread, Michelle has found that she has volunteers ready and willing to “sit” for the artists.

 With no formal instruction, each session finds the artists simply chatting with, and supporting each other. At the end of the morning, there is an informal walk-about, so participants can admire and critique each other’s work, all within the framework of collegiality and mutual support.

 From a simple desire to learn a new skill, while also involving both community members and artists, a group of dedicated portrait painters and models has emerged. These portrait artists wish to share their work with you during the month of January as our guest artists at the Goderich Co-op Gallery.

Come for a visit and see who you recognize.

 We will be welcoming these artists, some of the models, and the paintings on Saturday January 4, from 2:00-4:00, 54 Courthouse Square, lower level.

 Come and enjoy a snack and see if you can match portrait to model.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Just a reminder, the Gallery will begin “winter hours” on January 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., from Wednesday through Saturday.


February / March Guest Artists:

We are planning another “invasion” of grade 3-4 artists from local schools, for an enjoyable time making art with Co-op member Laura Brown. These days are fun, not just for the children, but also for Laura and her helpers. Their work will be on display at the Gallery in February and March.


April Guest Artists:

Don’t succumb to the January blahs, spring is on the way, and “Exposure”, our annual art show, will be opening on April 1, so plan your New Year...don’t hibernate....create! Entry forms and details will be available under the Exposure Title on our home page.


Guest Artist Information


Thank you for your interest in being a guest artist.  I am attaching the form that you would need to fill out. As well, to finalize acceptance, we would require at least two high quality photos of your work and a short bio, these can be sent as an email.  There is a cost associated with being a guest artist. This provides you with the space for one month, an opening reception and advertising in local papers. Our members staff the gallery, so your attendance is required only at the opening, after that, you are, of course, welcome at any time and we would love to see you there as often as you can make it in. While we will do advertising for your opening, you are strongly encouraged to do your part to promote your event. So get out there and invite all the clients, friends and relatives that you can.  The costs varies with the month as follows: May $150, June $200, July and August $250, September to November $200, December $150. Payment is due at the time that you bring your work in for hanging (sometime during the last week before your month begins).


Our hanging committee takes care of hanging your work. You are required to make certain that all of your pieces have gallery style wire and hooks. No other form of hanging system will be accepted. If in doubt, please contact the gallery prior to bringing your work in for hanging.


Additional to the above costs, the gallery retains a 20% commission on all sales.


Guest Artist’s Agreement for the Use of the “Feature Wall”


1. The Goderich C0-Op members agree to allow a selected guest artist to make use of the “Feature Wall” for the purpose of  display for the period of one month.


2. Rental cost will vary depending on the chosen month as follows:

May $150, June $200, July and August $250, September to November $200, December $150. Payment is due at the time that you bring your work in for hanging (sometime during the last week before your month begins).


3. There is no restriction to the number of works displayed. However, the presentation style must be complimentary to the general appearance of the gallery. The Goderich Co-Op Gallery members retain the right of refusal if the display is deemed unsatisfactory in appearance.


4. The guest artist agrees to take full responsibility for his/her own work. The gallery does not assume responsibility for damages and does not insure the work.


5. The gallery will carry normal levels of tenants and premises liability insurance.


6. The guest artist agrees to provide proper gallery style hooks and wires for all two dimensional works.


7. If tables or other special display cases are required the artist must inform the hanging committee prior to the date of hanging.


8. All sales are subject to 20% commission. If a credit card is used for the purchase an additional 2.5% charge is applied.


9. If, an opening reception is requested by the artist, he/she is required to be present during the event.


10. The Gallery agrees to publicize the exhibit and its opening in the course of its normal promotional activity; media releases, information items in media columns, posters, etc. A gallery representative will be touch to obtain all of the artist’s relevant information for promotional purposes.


11. Arrangements for the removal of this exhibition must be made prior to the closing of the show.


Exhibition Information:


Exhibition Start Date: _________________ Completion Date: ____________­_______

Name: __________________________________________________________________________

Address and postal code: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Phone number: ________________________________________________________________

Email address:


I, the guest artist for the month of ___________________, agree to all of the above terms.

Signature: ______________________________________________________________________



Artist’s Checklist:


❒       All promotional information such as biographies and high quality photos of your work are given to the gallery representative.


❒       All two dimensional pieces are ready for the hanging committee with proper gallery quality hanging wires and hooks.


❒       You have confirmed with the representative your wishes regarding an opening event. If you have chosen to have an opening, you agree to be present during that event.


❒       You have made every effort on your part to self promote your exhibition.


❒       You have made your payment to the gallery of your fees.


❒       You have made arrangements for the dismantling of your exhibit at the end of your time.

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