Are you interested in contemporary art?
First Thursdays Art Walk is a monthly cultural event that is put on by the galleries in the Wellington West neighbourhood (located between the Hintonburg and Westboro neighbourhoods). The galleries are specially open that evening and they welcome members of the public to visit each gallery. While we're checking out the galleries and the artwork together, you will have the opportunity to interact with other members of our group (and with the exhibiting artists, if they're at the gallery) who share an interest in contemporary art. As these are commercial galleries and the artwork is for sale, please don't hesitate to speak to the gallery representative if any of the artworks are of particular interest to you.Free admission to the galleries.
In general, most of the galleries change their rotating exhibitions (featured artists) each month, which means that the rotating exhibitions of art shown at the galleries this time will usually be different from our previous monthly visits. Featured artists may be in attendance, whom you can approach to discuss their work. For a preview of each gallery's featured artists, check out the gallery's website. (In my listing of the galleries below, you'll find the links to their respective websites.)
LOGISTICS: We’ll meet up on the street outside Bridgehead Coffeehouse, 1277 Wellington Street West (at Caroline Avenue) between 6:30 and 6:45 pm. Please make sure you go to the correct Bridgehead. In other words, DON'T go to the other Bridgehead a bit further down the road at 200-block Richmond Road near the Mountain Equipment Co-op- that's the wrong one!
Please note our meeting time of 6:30-6:45 pm.
We’ll leave from the Bridgehead at 6:45 pm and check out the below-listed galleries, in the below-listed order.
I realize that everyone goes through galleries at different paces. Therefore I suggest that, when you're finished at a particular gallery, you congregate with other members at a central spot near the exit using the opportunity to chat and hang out. When there is a critical mass of people who are ready to move on, we will. This way, we can keep the group together -- more fun for everyone. I would especially ask that you make a special effort to keep together with our group at the first gallery (Cube Gallery), particularly if there are other visitors in that gallery. We don't want to lose you all at the first gallery. After Cube, it is relatively easy for our group to stay together as the other galleries on the crawl tend to be less crowded.
If you miss us at Bridgehead, catch us at Cube Gallery.
This event will go on regardless of snow or rain, as the galleries are a relatively short walking distance apart and we'll be inside most of the time anyway. Please dress for the weather conditions.
LIST OF GALLERIES:
***Please note that Orange Gallery (which was been stop #5 in the past and is still #5) has moved and is no longer located in the immediate neighbourhood. Their new location is 290 City Centre Avenue http://www.orangeartgallery.ca -
See google maps at http://goo.gl/maps/aDsDN for the new location.
Orange Gallery is a 22 minute walk from GCTC (according to google maps), so carpooling may be in order, which people can arrange among themselves at our initial meeting point.
As noted in the list below, I've switched around the order of galleries #3 and #4 as a consequence; and Orange is #5.
For our crawl, the revised order of galleries is the following:
I recommend that you print out this list and bring it with you on the night of the event, so that you won't lose the group by mistake.
While all the listed galleries are generally open for first Thursdays, if a listed gallery is closed, please simply go on to the next listed gallery :)
#1 - Cube Gallery (1285 Wellington W) t:[masked]- http://www.cubegallery.ca/
#2 - Gallery 3 (1281 Wellington W) t:[masked] - http://www.gallery3.ca/
#3 - Fritzi Gallery (1233 Wellington W) is located on the 2nd floor of the GCTC - Great Canadian Theatre Company building. If there is a lineup of theatre-goers, you can still go inside, by bypassing the lineup to go inside the building to see the gallery. - http://www.gctc.ca/your-visit/lorraine-fritzi-gallery
#4 - Exposure Gallery (1255 Wellington W) located inside the Thyme & Again Restaurant. When inside the restaurant, go upstairs. t:[masked] - http://www.exposuregallery.info/
#5 - Orange Gallery (at their new location 290 City Centre Avenue)