Arts and Culture

Oakville is a culturally-rich and vibrant community, with exhibits, performances and tours offered throughout the year

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Cosima von Bonin – Who’s Exploiting Who in the Deep Sea?

Until May 28, 2017 – Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens

Who’s Exploiting Who in the Deep Sea? brings together a selection of works by influential Kenyan-born, Germany-based artist Cosima von Bonin. This exhibition, the artist’s first in Canada, examines von Bonin’s ongoing fascination with the ocean, a theme that is commonly evoked in her works but rarely made explicit.

Cosima von Bonin: Who’s Exploiting Who in the Deep Sea? is co-curated by SculptureCenter Curator Ruba Katrib and Glasgow International Director Sarah McCrory. The exhibition is organized by Glasgow International and SculptureCenter, New York.

This exhibition is part of Germany @ Canada 2017, Partners from Immigration to Innovation.

Sojourner Truth Parsons – Holding Your Dog At Night

Until May 28, 2017 – Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square

With their canny palette and crude perspective, the paintings of Sojourner Truth Parsons readily dispense with distinctions between interior and exterior worlds. Rendering the atmospheric and emotive energies she encounters as lucidly as physical truths, the Canadian-born artist observes a broad affective terrain in her work, documenting the dizzy indulgences of glamour and money as gamely as the dark heat of shame.

Holding Your Dog At Night brings together a series of canvases produced by Parsons since she relocated to Los Angeles in 2015. Whether detailing the city’s infamous nightlife, its extraordinary sunlight or the economic disparities on which it is built, Parsons’ works offer a kind of baroscopic depiction of the spaces and places she moves through, at once ingenuous and acerbic. Neither autobiographical nor narrative in form, these paintings instead nudge us toward the psychic life of the everyday, to the feelings, forms and fantasies—both saccharine and sinister—that structure our worlds.

Art and Fashion

Until June 18, 2017 at Erchless Estate

Through history, fashion design tracked and echoed trends in art. The developing aesthetics of artistic styles can be followed in the progression of fashion design. Discover how each garment on display has a particular relationship to the art of its time.

Freedom, Opportunity and Family: Oakville’s Black History

Permanent Exhibit at Erchless Estate

Discover the stories of early Black settlers in Oakville including Branson Johnson, a freeborn African-American, who arrived with his family in 1855. His Certificate of Freedom from a Maryland court and the pocket watch in which it was hidden for many years are featured.

The Underground Railroad: Next Stop Freedom

Permanent Exhibit at Erchless Estate

In this exciting and moving multi-media presentation, the ghost of Deborah Brown tells the true story of her heroic flight from a life of slavery in Maryland to her new life of freedom in 19th-century Toronto. Presentation available in French and English.

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The following organizations offer more information on arts and culture within Oakville:

Oakville Arts Council 2302 Bridge Road 905-815-5977 www.oakvillearts.com Arts and culture are vital pieces of Oakville’s unique character; it transforms us and enriches our lives. The Oakville Arts Council is home to many of Oakville’s arts and culture groups. The Oakville Arts Council takes great pride in recognizing and honouring the profound arts talent in the community. Plan a visit or attend a class and let the Oakville Arts Council help plan your downtime. Take in a little song and dance, an exhibition, gallery or museum visit. Find out what’s going on in Oakville and put some creativity in your visit – visit the calendar of events at www.oakvillearts.com. To see a list of Oakville Arts Council events, please click here. To see the Oakville Arts Council’s Arts Directory, click here.

The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts 130 Navy Street 905-815-2021 www.oakvillecentre.ca

The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts provides its guests with a place to learn through dance, music, storytelling and theatre, in one of two theatres located on beautiful Oakville Harbour. Local, national and international performers delight audiences up to 260 days of the year. Theatre Sheridan 1430 Trafalgar Road 905-815-4049  https://www.sheridancollege.ca/life-at-sheridan/theatre.aspx Long recognized for performance and technical excellence, Theatre Sheridan at Sheridan College presents six musicals a year at the Trafalgar Road campus in Oakville. Alumni go on to perform in theatres around the world, including Broadway, London’s West End, Stratford and Shaw Festivals. Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCC) 2302 Bridge Road 905-815-5979 www.oakville.ca The QEPCC is a vibrant public space offering active living, cultural and artistic programs and events. The centre provides artists, musicians, and cultural groups with work and studio space, and houses gallery and exhibit space. It also provides residents and visitors to Oakville with opportunities to explore their personal creativity through its schedule of programs. Oakville Galleries Two Locations: Gairloch Gardens, 1306 Lakeshore Road East Tuesday – Sunday 1-5 Centennial Square, 120 Navy Street Tuesday – Thursday 12-9, Friday 12-5, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5 905-844-4402 www.oakvillegalleries.com Oakville Galleries – one institution with two distinct buildings and locations and an eleven acre garden fronting Lake Ontario – is committed to the presentation, collection, preservation, and interpretation of recent work produced in the visual and media arts. Oakville Galleries privileges programmes created to explore and understand the historical, social and cultural context of the art of our time that engage artists and communities alike. The exhibitions, collection, educational programmes and original research present new ways of seeing, representing and responding to life.