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Guest Artist of the Month


The Goderich CoOp Gallery has had an interesting and fulfilling winter, with our children’s art program, followed by the annual Community Exhibition, “Exposure”. We are ready to begin a new season of art at the gallery. To usher in the “art year” we are thrilled to present the current works of our Guest Artist for May, Ron Walker.
Ron Walker is well known to art lovers in the Blyth area, where he was instrumental in establishing the Art Gallery, at the Blyth Centre for the Arts. Recently, the Walkers have moved to a new home in Goderich.
Ron Walker was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where he attended University and Art School. Following a move east, he furthered his education at the University of Toronto, and the Ontario College of Education. With these credentials in hand, he embarked on a career as an Art and English teacher with the North York Board of Education. In those days, teaching Art was a creative endeavour, which was not always well funded. Creativity was needed to maintain a high school art program; as an example, Walker held two showings of the film Easy Rider, a popular classic of that era, and from the proceeds was able to fund equipment for his art program, which included two classes of Introductory Film-Making
All the while, he was continuing with his own art; participating in a number of one-man shows in a variety of Toronto galleries, plus juried shows, all while maintaining a Queen Street Studio loft with his wife, Beverly Walker, a talented print-maker.
Eventually, this pace must have taken a toll, and the busy couple found a beautiful country property near Blyth, where they renovated the 1850s era farmhouse, planted many trees, built a freestanding art studio, and began to raise a family. Walker returned to teaching with the Huron County Board of Education in 1975, where he remained until his retirement in 1996.
One can readily see how living in the country has impacted Walker’s art. He says his favourite subjects are trees....which he paints with careful attention to the natural setting, colour,and shape of each individual tree. Walker also paints in a series, so a viewer sees the full expression of a landscape, spread out over three or more canvases, any one of which is a beautiful painting, but taken altogether are expansive and stunning. You will see a series of 5, entitled “Toll’s Field”, which taken singly are purely iconic Huron County farmland, skillfully rendered, each one a beautiful stand-alone landscape, however, to see all 5 hanging together......a stunning impact. You are there!....looking out over Toll’s fields, on an early spring day.
Do not miss this opportunity to see the masterful art of Ron Walker during the month of May at the Goderich CoOp Gallery. You will have an opportunity to meet Ron and Bev Walker during a welcome reception on Saturday May 4th between 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. the show will continue for the full month of May, Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Just a heads-up, the CoOp Gallery will be closed on Monday May 6th, all day, for our spring clean-up and change-over. That’s the day we take down all our art, shuffle ourselves around, and end up in new spots, we also do some spring cleaning, hang new paintings, and when we reopen on Tuesday, you will all be surprised! So except for that day, please visit us at 54 Courthouse Square, lower level, Monday through Saturday, we look forward to seeing you.
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.