The Antechamber Gallery is devoted to the celebration of our community’s artistic and creative endeavors. Displays rotate approximately three times per year.
CURRENTLY ON DISPLAY
NORTHERN IMPRESSIONS: THE ART OF WILLIAM ARMSTRONG
March 3 – June 14, 2015
William Armstrong (1822-1914) came to Northwestern Ontario in search of profit first in 1859 and again in 1867 and 1870, but the scenery he found gave him material for a lifetime of art. He painted Native encampments, dense forest, rocky outcrops, waterways and waterfalls, ships, the remnants of a once great fur trade and the new mining sites. These images, done in almost documentary style, provide us with the only clear, early images of the region we call Northwestern Ontario.
Over the past 50 years, the Museum has acquired a sizeable collection of watercolour paintings by 19th-century artist William Armstrong. In this exhibit, our entire collection can be seen for the first time.
This exhibit came about in large part through the sponsorship of the Tbaytel-for-Good competition in 2014 and we thank both Tbaytel and hundreds of those who voted online for our project. Thanks also to The Picture Store and Framing Centre for the excellent job they did reframing the paintings.