May 26, 2023

Conveniently located in the Greater Toronto Area, Oakville is a lovely lakefront town rich in history and culture. Enthusiasts will enjoy its vibrant and diverse art scene, boasting galleries, outdoor exhibits, in-person workshops and more. There’s no better time than summer 2023 to take it all in. Here’s how:

The Oakville Galleries

The Oakville Galleries is a contemporary art museum with two locations, Centennial Square (120 Navy Street) in the heart of Downtown Oakville, and the picturesque Gairloch Gardens (1306 Lakeshore Road East). Admission to the galleries is always free, although donations are welcome. Both sites are open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and closed on Sundays and statutory holidays. 

Summer 2023 is a great time to visit the galleries and view three new exhibits. 

TIMOTHY YANICK HUNTER – Collapse and Incompletion and JULIA BROWN – American Vernacular will be on display at Gairloch Gardens from June 3 to September 2 2023. 

LEISURE – Having Ideas by Handling Materials will be on display from June 3 to December 30 2023 at the Centennial Square location. 

In addition, the Oakville Galleries will host several programs for kids, adults and families throughout the summer of 2023. These include art classes, camps, workshops, and guided tours of the exhibitions. Learn more. 

Whether you’re a seasoned art enthusiast or a casual observer, the Oakville Galleries is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in contemporary art.

Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre

Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, located at1086 Burnhamthorpe Road East, is a restored barn gallery and 1827 house with a studio nestled on a 12-acre, 20,000-year-old valley. 

Sybil Rampen founded and opened the centre in 2008 as a hub for art and nature enthusiasts to connect, create, learn and develop.

The centre runs art programseducational activities, and exhibitions throughout the year. The focus is on preserving the heritage and the history of the area’s early settlers and protecting and nurturing the centre’s nature. It also focuses on mindfulness by hosting meditation and yoga classes. 

In the summertime, you can visit the Prairie Labyrinth, modelled after Chartres Cathedral, a mown path in a world-class meadow. 

Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre (Image Source: Visit Oakville)

At Home in Bronte Project 

Experience the beauty of Bronte Harbour by taking a seat in one of the stunning hand-painted Muskoka chairs. Since 2017, the At Home in Bronte project has brought together local artists, residents, businesses, and community groups to collaboratively design and create these chairs for display in Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park. Grab a cold drink or ice cream from one of the shops nearby and relax in one of these comfortable art pieces. 

Learn more about the creators. 

Art in the Park

Art in the Park Oakville will take place at Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park on August 7, 2023, from 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission is $5, and children under 12 are free. 

With over 175 artists and artisans from across the country, the event draws in crowds of thousands to the Bronte waterfront.

The festival showcases various mediums, including traditional paintings such as oil, acrylic, and watercolour, as well as glass, ceramics, photography, mixed media, sculptures, and fine jewelry. Visitors can engage with the artists and learn about their creative process.

See a piece that catches your eye? Many pieces are available for sale.

Art in the Park has a reputation as one of Ontario’s best-run art shows, so save the date and enjoy.

Oakville Art Society Exhibits

The Oakville Art Society (OAS) exhibits are a must-see for art lovers and enthusiasts. The OAS facilitates the presentation of the works of its members, talented artists, both emerging and established. These exhibitions feature various artistic styles, techniques, and mediums, including painting, sculpture, photography, and mixed media. 

The OAS is committed to promoting and supporting the arts in the community. Their exhibits are a testament to the incredible talent and artistic expression in the area.

The members will showcase their work this summer at Members Artist Choice Exhibition, from May 17 to September 11, 2023, at Queen Elizabeth Park Community Centre. Stop by and experience Oakville’s Art Community. 

Other Galleries Worth Checking Out

Oakville is home to several smaller-scale art galleries that are worth checking out. 

Summer Grace Gallery (350 Lakeshore Rd E Unit 2) is a contemporary art space that showcases a diverse body of artwork in a relaxed environment. The gallery features various painting styles and offers art classes for those wishing to advance their skills. 

Towne Square Gallery (94 George St Unit 4) is a contemporary art space, home to a collection of original works by established and emerging artists. The gallery’s two floors of modern interior offer an elegant and welcoming atmosphere perfect for immersing oneself in the art world.

Founded in 1998, Trias Gallery‘s (11 Bronte Rd Unit 29) name is derived from the Greek number three, representing the relationship between the artist, dealer, and collector. Located in picturesque Bronte Village, Trias offers a range of original artwork, from bronze and Inuit carving to contemporary and traditional paintings. 

Create Your Own Art

Discover your inner-artist at Pottery N Paint Cafe (3513 Wyecroft Rd Unit H1) or Crack Pot Studio (301 Robinson St). Both offer drop-in pottery painting classes and programs, are wheelchair accessible and stroller-friendly.

With galleries, showcases, exhibits and more, Oakville is a great destination for art enthusiasts this summer.