Beacon Herald — Latest & Greatest of Stratford Artists @ Agora Gallery

Quote from the Beacon Herald, Stratford:

The latest work of 18 artists who once lived or currently live in Stratford is now on display in Agora Gallery’s 2018 summer exhibition.

Following Saturday’s exhibition opening, pieces ranging in style from photography, painting, and drawing, to sculpture, glass, prints and mixed media will rotate through the gallery over the course of its summer season.

“There are 18 artists in the show, and they all have connections to Stratford,” said Cindy Hubert, the owner of Agora Gallery. “They don’t necessarily live here now, but many of them do. Some of them have trained as fine artists and work at the theatre in props or scenic painting, or other areas. Some are from theatrical families that trained internationally and then came back to Stratford.

“So, there’s a real mix. It really is a celebration of creativity in Stratford.”

The art currently on display and that which will rotate in throughout the summer include pieces by Marion Anderson, Terry Manzo, Antonie Los, Patsy Berton, Tanya Lyons, and many more.

Tom Campbell, an artist who has shown his work in Agora Gallery’s summer exhibition for the last three years – and at Gallery Stratford many years before that – said the art he has on display this year was inspired by both his travels through Greece and everyday experiences.

“My art is mainly about people, both in sculpture and in painting. It’s mainly been people in the city, but recently I’ve been painting city people in the country doing things like campfires and going to the cottage and boats and kind of connecting to nature,” Campbell said.

“It’s a kind of Canadian thing – being in the city, but then we go out and sort of try to connect again with land, with fire, water, forest. So, I’ve been, in the last couple of years, working on that kind of thing.”

New this year at Agora Gallery, Hubert said she will be extending her hours of operation in July, August and September to 8 p.m. Currently, the gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. In July, August and September, the gallery will be open Tuesday through Sunday, from noon to 8 p.m.

Also in July and August, Hubert said she has invited a few of the exhibiting artists to come into the gallery for a short talk every Sunday at 11 a.m., giving patrons a glimpse into their process and a chance to ask any questions they may have.