Agora Gallery Reopening!

AGORA GALLERY is delighted to announce that we will be reopening for our 10th season in our new location at 100 Downie Street in Stratford ON on Wednesday, June 14Our first exhibition will be a tribute to JOHN PENNOYER, the talented Artist and Theatre Designer who sadly passed away in July 2021. The exhibition will include a variety of John’s gorgeous paintings from the past decade (including several which have never been seen publicly before!) and will be on display until Sunday, July 16, 2023.

While there will not be an opening reception for the JOHN PENNOYER exhibition, we look forward to celebrating our 10th season with you at the opening of our Summer Exhibition on Saturday, July 22!

Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm 

JOHN PENNOYER, "Dresden Row" 2017, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 24 inches

JOHN PENNOYER, “Dresden Row” 2017, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 24 inches

JOHN PENNOYER was an accomplished Artist and internationally-respected Theatre Designer who received a BA from McMaster University before beginning his theatrical career as a props apprentice at Stratford, Ontario in 1972. Three years and several theatres later, he began design training under Daphne Dare, Stratford’s first Head of Design. In 1976 Pennoyer designed Robin Phillip’s production of Hamlet. This was followed by Ghosts, The Devils, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, Henry V, Henry VI, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Measure for Measure, Pericles, Twelfth Night and Of Mice and Men, among others done at Stratford, Ontario. Pennoyer also designed for Tarragon Theatre, Young Peoples’ Theatre, Le Theatre du P’tit Bonheur, the National Ballet of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company. Outside of Toronto, he worked for Le Theatre du Trident in Quebec City, the Banff Centre, Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox Ma, the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, the Welsh National Opera and Tawandang Brewery in Bangkok. Most recently he worked as Lecturer of Costume Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Pennoyer exhibited his paintings and works on paper in Stratford and beyond throughout his career, including his solo exhibition at AGORA GALLERY in 2015.