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Featured Artist: Elizabeth Lennie
December 1, 2014 – January 24, 2015

Lake of Dreams, oil on canvas, 2014

Water to ice and back again, the seasons rolling over each other with the passage of time. Our Canadian landscape is vibrant in all its seasons, but none is more haunting than the distant echo of human sounds over a stark winter landscape, the crisp light, the sharp bite of the cold. Add to this harsh place the vibrant colour of rosy cheeks, frozen toes, a slice of skate blade on ice and the echo of voices as the players squeeze every last ray of light from the shortened day in the common pursuit of the nation's identity. The characters come from an imagined narrative, journaling a collective memory myth of winter, of a place that connects Lennie to the remembrance of her own childhood. 

Series dedicated to Matt Kirby who love to play hockey for his beloved North Toronto team and who played shinny every opportunity he could.



Things Made Here: The Glen Faulman Collection
January 31 – March 21, 2015
Curated by Melissa Bennett, Curator of Contemporary Art at the AGH and Tara Bursey, Independent Curator


Glen Faulman and his Studebakers. Photo: Ian Walker.

Glen Faulman (AKA The Hamilton Kid) is a 10th generation Hamiltonian and a 3rd generation steelworker. He is also part owner of This Ain’t Hollywood on James Street North—needless to say he has great pride in this city, and in particular, the things made here. Glen’s goal is to collect “an artifact from every manufacturing plant that ever operated in Hamilton,” which would be a number approaching a thousand.

On view at the AGH Design Annex are selections from his extensive collection of objects made in Hamilton. From a late 19th century sewing machine produced at a factory formerly located at James Street North and Vine Street, to a stunning Hamilton cash register made on James Street North at Colbourne, to nail samples and graphic ads for soda pop and beer, these everyday artifacts will be familiar to long-time Hamiltonians. They are a stunning introduction for those less familiar. Three types of objects are on display: graphic designs used commercially, the things themselves that were produced, and the things to make things with, such as nails and other components.

At the AGH Design Annex, we provide a platform for contemporary local designers. This exhibition will situate newer pieces in the context of historic local production, with the goal of celebrating those aspects of graphic and industrial design that have stood the test of time.

This exhibition is presented in association with On the Waterfront, a Hamilton Winterfest exhibition that is part of the Winterfest Kick Off event on Saturday February 7th, 2015 at Pier 8. The Winterfest program encourages Hamiltonians to celebrate the beauty of the winter season by engaging in activities throughout the city February 7 to 16. www.hamiltonwinterfest.ca





The Design Annex exhibition space features experimental contemporary art installations by artists from Hamilton and farther afield. Exhibition receptions are held on the second Friday of each month during the James Street North Art Crawls.

The Design Annex provides artists with a new location in which to present works in all media, including new media. The space welcomes Hamilton residents and visitors to engage with contemporary art in a highly visible and accessible venue in the heart of Hamilton’s James Street North Arts District.



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