The Art Gallery of Sudbury – Where Art & History Meet

by | May 23, 2020 | Attractions and Festivals, Big Blog | 0 comments

The City of Greater Sudbury has a vibrant arts and culture community, and one of the cornerstones of that community is the Art Gallery of Sudbury. A unique place where art and history meet, the gallery presents exhibitions that are sure to challenge, enlighten, and inspire visitors of all ages.

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Visit the Bell’s Historical Home

The stone mansion in which the gallery is housed has an interesting story all its own. It was built in 1907 as the residence for lumber executive William J. Bell and his wife, Katherine.

The Bells were both very active in the community. They willed their estate, which overlooks Ramsey Lake, to the Sudbury Memorial Hospital. It was later given to Laurentian University to be used as a museum, and arts centre.

Established in 1967 by Sudbury’s Chamber of Commerce as a project for Canada’s centennial, the gallery originally operated as the Laurentian University Museum and Art Centre. It was incorporated in 1997 as the Art Gallery of Sudbury.

View Timeless Works of Art… and Maybe Take Something Home!

With its unique architectural appeal, three galleries for exciting exhibitions, park-like grounds, and a boutique, the Art Gallery of Sudbury is one of Northeastern Ontario’s major cultural and tourism destinations.

Kukagami Lake Series, 1962-1981. Frederick Hagan. Collection of Laurentian University Museum and Arts Centre. Gift of the artist.

The gallery’s year-round exhibitions feature works by local, regional, provincial, and national artists. Past exhibits have appealed to a variety of tastes and have ranged from “For Better or For Worse: The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston” to “Assemble: Five Years of Contemporary Canadian Drawing 2011-2016.”

The Art Gallery of Sudbury is entrusted with the city’s permanent collection, which boasts over 2000 pieces from noted Canadian and international artists such as A.Y. Jackson, Ivan Wheale, Norval Morrisseau, and Franklin Carmichael, one of the founding members of the Group of Seven.

Assemble: Five Years of Contemporary Canadian Drawing, 2011-2016. Curated by Amanda Burke.

For a keepsake of your visit to the Art Gallery of Sudbury, visit the Gallery Shop and browse through exquisite pieces of jewellery and ceramics as well as CDs and books.

The Art Gallery of Sudbury is located at 251 John Street, close to downtown Sudbury, and is open year round. Visit their website for details, and make sure to visit them in person! The Art Gallery of Sudbury is most definitely worth the trip.

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