Core Sample: Points of Departure
From the JNAAG Permanent Collection
October 5, 2012 – March 3, 2013
Dr. J. Telford Biehn Gallery (Level 2)
The history of the Judith & Norman ALIX Art Gallery can be traced back to a cold February day in 1900, when a visionary group of Sarnians met at the Town Hall and established what is now known as the Sarnia Public Library. Between that first meeting and the exciting opening of our new facility on October 5, 2012, the Library and the Art Gallery have both evolved to become cornerstones of the cultural and social fabric of Sarnia-Lambton.
Core Sample: Points of Departure, tells the story of the growth of our permanent collection of art through the generosity of regional donors and other unique partnerships. It includes work by Tom Thomson and members of the Group of Seven, Emily Carr, Sarah Ann Johnson, Ron Martin, Agnes Depew, Lowrie Warrener and Harold Town — to name a few. Our permanent collection cannot help but resonate with the population it most immediately serves; it was built and enjoyed by people from every walk of life in this community. It is something that we in Sarnia-Lambton can be proud of. And it will remain something we can constantly learn from, for years to come.
Different sources have combined to establish a unique collection with its own sense of personality and preference. The collection continues to grow and to tell the story of Canadian art, and, in the process, the evolution of our community and our nation. All of this, however, would not be worth the nail it hangs on without the consistent support and energy of everybody in our community. The art that the Gallery cares for today is for all of us to enjoy, all of us to live with, all of us to identify with. Preserved and expanded through equal parts entrepreneurialism and creativity, it speaks of a region that sees the visual arts and culture as an essential part of daily life—and the heart of a community.
The Dr. J Telford Biehn Gallery
During the mid-late 1980’s, Dr. J. Telford Biehn donated a number of paintings to the permanent collection. His legacy has been honored by the generous dedication of the Permanent Collection Gallery by Dr. Biehn’s three children (Judy Craig, Terry Biehn, and John Biehn) as the Dr. J. Telford Biehn Gallery, commemorating their fathers’ dedication and passion for Canadian art.