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Simplicity is a new exhibition at UpTown Gallery featuring recent works by Candice Leyland, ManChoi Chow and Sanela Dizdar. 

The show runs from May 14 to July 14. Join us at the opening reception on Saturday, May 25 from 2-4 pm to enjoy the artwork and meet the artists. Refreshments will be served.



Candice Leyland:  Candice Leyland’s is a contemporary watercolour artist. She paints ethereal florals and landscapes with a focus on light, colour and mood. Using pure colours and delicate glazes, she creates dreamy, emotional watercolours inspired by the natural world around her.   

ManChoi Chow: ManChoi attempts to creatively express the harmony and interconnectedness he sees and yearns for, as much as the reality of the brokenness and paradoxical tensions of being human. “Simplicity” grounds him in the here and now.

Sanela Dizdar: Sanela Dizdars paints Venice in the warm, welcoming acrylic colours of sun that are reflecting on amazing ancient architecture. Water becomes alive when you take a stroll in a gondola.

Complexity is a new exhibition at UpTown Gallery featuring recent works by Christine Gagnon, Anna Siren, and Adrienne Zoe.

The show runs from March 19 to May 12. Join us at the opening reception on Thursday March 21 from 6-8 pm to enjoy the artwork and meet the artists. Refreshments will be served.


Christine Gagnon: Christine Gagnon creates one of a kind and limited series precious metal and gemstone jewelry.  In this collection of miniature wearable works of art, the complex worlds found in intricately patterned stones are showcased and juxtaposed with clean designs in metal inspired by the art and culture of ancient Greece and Rome.  


Anna Siren: Anna Siren is fascinated by abstract art, it keeps her wondering and it inspires her constantly. She uses fabric and thread to create a story.  She never quite knows how a finished piece will look, as she lets her creative spirit guide her. She believes there is no one true interpretation, but many.


Adrienne Zoe: Adrienne Zoe enjoys creative photography and giving her subjects an artistic twist. For this show, Adrienne has chosen a set of four images: Trinity, Watchful, Kaleidoscope of His and Hers, and Dahlia Dazzle.  Each of them has undergone some kind of transformation. Techniques she has employed include in-camera multiple exposure, colour manipulation, and image layering.  This set of images earned Adrienne the Bronze Medal for third highest overall submission at the 2018 Canadian Association of Photographic Arts (CAPA) Fine Art Competition. Furthermore, Dahlia Dazzle, received 3rd Merit for tying for second highest scoring image. 

Landscape is a new exhibition at UpTown Gallery featuring recent works by Laurie SpiekerAssem Hamdy, and Chesley House 

As Artists, we interpret the landscape through our chosen media. Life experiences, ideology, and personal experiences also inform our rendering of the landscape. The landscape affects who we are, and who we are informs our presentation of the landscape. 


Opening Reception:

Sunday, January 27, from 2 to 4 pm




Laurie Spieker’s work in glass is a wonder of light, colour, and shape. Her work is breathtaking in its first impression yet has a spiritual quality that elevates her work beyond the mastery of her craft. 

Assem Hamdy has a transcendent vision of the world that blends mathematics and architecture with a mythical vision of the world. Through light and colour, Assem’s landscapes transport us to lands that are beautiful beyond our reality.

Chesley House (Susan Arness and Ron Hewson) filter the Waterloo region landscape through their photographic vision. Traveling the backroads north of Waterloo, they create landscapes that go beyond the mere recording of the scene before them. It’s not just the landscape but the spirit of the land that make their images so captivating.

A Moment In Time



A Moment In Time is a new exhibition at UpTown Gallery featuring recent works by Jane BayneCarolyn DixMary Lou Hiller and Aileen Pou.

The show runs from July 16 to September 15 Join us at the opening reception on Sunday July 21 from 2pm to 4pm to enjoy the artwork and meet the artists. Refreshments will be served.


Jane Bayne: Jane's focus for this theme of a Moment in Time was to render local landscape in oils and acrylics.  Her attention was drawn to cloud formations or the weather of a perfect memorable day. A scene can change dramatically in a matter of minutes and a location can look unrecognizable from year to year due to the changing climate.   Jane wishes to convey some moments of pleasure that she has captured through the eye of her camera.


Carolyn Dix: Carolyn has spent the past few years contemplating time through her art using mixed media. A moment in time can change the course of history for humanity and/or an individual life in so many varied ways. Our collective time history is depicted in the legacy of art ever changing with each generation. Life requires a delicate balancing act as we make choices as to how we spend our time. Will our moments bring regret or future happiness and peace?


Mary Lou Hiller: Better known for painting landscapes, florals and still lifes, Mary Lou Hiller

has decided on figurative subjects for this exhibition to work to the title of 

“A Moment in Time”.  Each image is drawn from headline news stories, both past and present, to show the emotional impact on humanity with just one moment in time.


Aileen Pou: Aileen wants to capture a special moment in life that changes everything. Change is represented in the curvature of the stem; beauty in the petals and the leaves. Aileen captures the beauty and change represented in the moment. 





Passion is a new exhibition at UpTown Gallery featuring recent works by Mary GuillaumeVickie Lawrence, Christine Murray, and Ida Tong

The show runs from September 17 to November 10. Join us at the opening reception on Sunday, September 22 from 2 – 4 pm to enjoy the artwork and meet the artists. Refreshments will be served. 


Mary Guillaume: When Mary was a child, drawing was just a fun thing to do, so she kept doing it, and learned each time how to do it better. As she grew older, drawing turned to painting and she learned about pigments, colour temperature and complements, textures and contrast - and her 'fun thing to do' slowly became a passion. To do it better, to do it with excitement, to surprise herself and to complete the circle of start, play, improve, interject and round it up. And so her passion became the most important thing in her life. It still is, and brings the rewarding knowledge that each and every time a challenge has been met, a task completed, and the delightful sense of knowing she has created something beautiful and unique. 

Vickie Lawrence: Vickie comes from a long line of artists and as a result she grew up surrounded by art, art materials and books on art. Her passion has always been horses and art equally. Vickie works in a wide variety of mediums... graphite, coloured pencil, watercolour, acrylic and mixed medium. Vickie's subjects aren't just horses either... floral, still life, landscape, etc... She has had her work published in magazines and books on art. Vickie's work has won numerous awards nationally and internationally. She is teaching workshops and classes using coloured pencil and mixed media all over North America... and at UpTown Gallery Waterloo. 

Christine Murray: Christine is passionate in her work to create contemporary iterations of an ancient field of artistic endeavour involving felting, nuno felting and textiles. With Japanese, European and Russian influences, her artistic inspiration comes from everyday life, her adventures travelling around the world and the natural environment. She utilizes a wide range of media including wool, silk, lace, beads, satin, embroidery and various types of fabric. Christine produces a wide range of pieces including wall-art, vases, sculptures and items such as table-runners and purses. 

Ida Tong: Ida has been passionate about learning our human history and the future of humanity. For the last few years, she has been studying human evolution and artificial intelligence. This all- encompassing learning has inspired Ida and unleashes her to create a body of work that are mostly done with a technique concocting with oil and acrylic. Each painting, Ida tells a story as she has imagined our past, present, and future, or the cross-section of these phases. Furthermore, Ida believes that her art can be beautiful, playful, and didactic, all at the same time. 

New Life

an exhibition of drawings, paintings, and textile art, runs from Tuesday, January 16 to Sunday, March 25, 2018



featuring Mary GuillaumeAileen Pou, and Nancy Yule


New Life is an open concept of new beginnings, new moments, change, and the beginnings of something different and encouraging. New Life is a reality or a mood or a change, with fresh and forward-looking emotions. Newness in general is refreshing, exciting, and it entices us all to look ahead with enthusiasm and hope.

Exhibition runs from Tuesday, January 16 to Sunday, March 25, 2018.

Opening Reception: Sunday, January 21st, from 2 to 4 pm - with the regular Gallery Opening Reception for the new show 'New Life'



New life, rejuvenation, and rebirth are main themes for Aileen’s art. Winter has just arrived; however, in Chinese tradition, January (in the Lunar calendar) heralds the impending arrival of Spring. Working with Chinese art makes Aileen think about spring and flowers and the coming of Chinese New Year.

Rebirthing Mother Earth is the theme of Nancy Yule’s new work. Nancy explores the concept of the Mother Earth, replanting her one stone at a time. Working with encaustic wax, wire, and fibre, Nancy has created seed pod structures with a small stone as the heart of the seed. Is it too late? Or can we still save Mother Earth by rebirthing her, one small piece at a time?

For Mary Guillaume, the 'newness' as expressed in a delightful change in the weather—from stormy skies to the lovely glow that that brings hope and refreshment—or the newness of a child's discovery of the creative process. They all signify changes that bring joy to our hearts.

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