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Gallery Guidelines & FAQs

Gallery Guidelines

We would like you to have a great time while visiting! The following guidelines will help you enjoy your visit to the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery.

Protecting the Art
Please do not touch the artwork. Keep a safe distance between you and the works of art. Please do not lean on, or use the cases as writing surfaces, in any of the galleries.

Food and Drink
Food and drink are not permitted in the galleries. This is to help the gallery control insects and other pests which pose risks to the collections on display.

Cell Phones
Please turn your cell phone to the vibrate setting, and be respectful of other visitors when using your cell phone. If you receive or need to make a call, please step outside the gallery for the duration of your phone call.

Photography
Photography of the artworks in the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery is permitted without flash unless otherwise stipulated. Occassionally, works on loan are not able to be photographed and these exhibitions/artworks will be clearly marked. If in doubt, you can always ask one of our friendly animators in the galleries if it is okay - chances are it is!

Video Surveillance
For the protection of visitors, staff and works of art, the Gallery is monitored by video surveillance.

Fragrance-Free Environment
Due to allergies and sensitivities, we ask that you refrain from wearing perfumes or heavily scented products. We thank-you for your cooperation.

Service Animals
A service animal may accompany a visitor to all public areas of JNAAG.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of attending the Gallery?
As a public art gallery, we have been able to keep admission to the Gallery free. Members of Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery have discounted rates for all public programs and special events. Costs for public programs including our Family Sundays and Art & Ideas programs are usually free unless otherwise stated.

Can I take photographs? What are the copyright policies?
The JNAAG allows photography for personal use only, except where indicated. We ask that you respect the rights of artists and their representatives under Canadian copyright law.

Why can't I touch the art, frames, or sculptures?
There are acids and oils in your skin that will damage the art. When we are hanging or taking shows down, our staff wears white cotton gloves to protect the artwork. Even large sculptural works and the frames of paintings need consideration. If we didn't take such precautions, fingerprints would show up, soft materials would absorb acids and oils, and patina or faux finishes would wear off over time.

How often do you change exhibitions?
We offer a variety of historical and contemporary exhibitions that, as per our mandate, focus on visual art and visual culture by Canadian artists of national and regional calibre in a dynamic environment. Often exhibitions are planned three years in advance, and typically remain up for approximately three months. Generally speaking, each gallery space will house three different exhibitions per calendar year, but this can vary. Sometimes multiple gallery spaces will be used for a single exhibition.

What does a visit to the Gallery include?
You can visit the Gallery and explore it on your own, you can book a guided tour with your group or on regularly scheduled tour opportunities you can participate in a docent-guided tour. You can also get involved in one of our many public programs, schedule some time to enjoy the rich array of resources available in the Visual Art Research Room, and even book a space in the Gallery for a future special event. Contact the facilities manager for more information about opportunities available to you at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, both within our programming and our facility.

What is the oldest work in the collection?
The oldest work in the collection is a watercolour painting on paper by Daniel Fowler (R.C.A., O.S.A.). This painting is as old as Confederation itself, being completed in 1867. It is an untitled work, but features a fairly traditional rendering of a freshly hunted bird on its back. This work was purchased by Gallery Lambton in 1986.

What was the first work in the collection?
Though it was before the formal existence of the gallery or a properly identified permanent collection, the Sarnia Women's Conservation Art Association purchased three paintings on March 31, 1920. These are now seen as the first three works in what became our collection of Canadian visual culture. They are H.S. Palmer's Sawing Logs (1919), J.W. Beatty's Winter Scene (Near Toronto) (1918), and A.Y. Jackson's Spring in Lower Canada (Maples, Early Spring) (1915). These paintings were acquired for a total of $700.00.

How do you care for your works?
One large on-site vault stores works that are not on exhibit, either on site or as part of a Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery traveling exhibition. The Gallery permanent collection houses over 1,100 works of art, so at any given time, the majority of these are in storage. Our exhibition spaces and vaults are carefully monitored by machines that measure temperature and humidity levels. The vaults are kept dark, and works on paper are stored in acid-free boxes and are separated from one another by sheets of acid-free tissue. Staff wear clean, white cotton gloves, and keep the handling of the art to a minimum. When required, we send works in our collection to specially trained conservationists to have maintenance and corrective work performed.

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