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Guest Artist of the Month 

November / December



Bill Colley 

The CoOp Gallery welcomes Bill Colley as our guest artist for November and December.

Bill visited the gallery a few years ago, while he was still hard at work as a school Principal. He said he was a dedicated part-time artist, who was looking forward to retirement so he could paint full time. During his visit, he asked many questions, and seemed enthused about the CoOp Gallery, and our guest artist program. He went on his way, vowing that he would be back.

It’s now a few years later, both Bill and the writer have a few more grey hairs, but imagine my surprise when, at a recent artist reception, there was Bill, announcing that his appointment as guest artist was already booked for this fall.

Bill lives in Port Elgin, where he spent the final few years of his career as a school principal. He is finally enjoying a life-long dream to be able to paint full time. He has carved a lovely light-filled space for himself in a lower level of his family home, where he is able to enjoy his long range plan to be a full time artist. When we met, he was busy making preparations for a display of his recent work at our gallery.

Bill paints landscapes in acrylic. He is always on the lookout for scenes which are arresting, dramatic, or colourful....a scene that in some particular way will make the viewer stop for a second look. Bill has been painting since his early teens, and he notes that there are many improvements in the new generation of acrylic paints and the accompanying mediums which give him nuances of colour, shading and texture comparable to oil paints.

Bill’s “hobby” (now that painting has become his profession) is woodworking which he has learned from working with his father-in law, who is a talented, professional woodworker. He has been able to enhance his own paintings with frames made from some beautiful exotic woods.

While Bill’s art will be on display through the Christmas season, we plan to welcome him “officially” at an opening reception on Saturday November 2 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Goderich CoOp Gallery, 54 Courthouse Square, lower level. Come on down, join us, meet Bill Colley, enjoy some refreshments, and experience his interpretations of the landscape.


 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.