Sarnia, ON – First Friday, June 6 marks the opening of three new exhibitions at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery that span historical, contemporary, video and new media practices.

The major summer exhibition, Making Methods, was produced with the Robert McLaughlin Gallery and features Sarnia native Mark Stebbins and Toronto-based artists Sam Mogelonsky, and Becky Ip. The artists have each produced rich, multi-faceted works that are steeped in themes of traditional craft practices while showcasing a commitment to repetition and process. Their deliberate engagement with materials invites viewers to explore the role of hand-rendered art in an increasingly digitized society.

Through painting, sculpture, photography, and video, each artist explores notions of translation and absence, expressing an evolving appreciation for ‘something new’. Making Methods provides a rich opportunity to compare and contrast exciting new work made by three emerging artists with greatly varied aesthetics.

Under New Management: Video Store, organized by Toronto-based Curators Suzanne Carte and Su-Ying Lee, will temporarily convert the lecture theatre at the gallery into a video rental store, featuring over 200 works of video art created by artists from across Canada. Video titles available for rent were selected through an open call for submissions and include a cross section of experimental films, documentaries, comedy, horror and science fiction.

Patrons are asked to pay what they wish, and forms of exchange are open and flexible. In addition to payment, rental and return are also on an honour system basis.

“The project in part reflects on the current state of small retail stores, in particular the closure of independent rental operations,” explains Darryn Doull, Curatorial Assistant. “This exhibition is modelled on the mom-and-pop video stores of the past, offering visitors a fleeting opportunity to experience original content that hasn’t been produced for mass consumption.

Another exhibition, Echoes of Place, includes works from the gallery’s permanent collection juxtaposed by a video installation by Sarnia native Phil Baljeu. Through a very personal experience of place, Baljeu has created a video work in response to specific sites in Lambton County. Surrounding Baljeu’s video installation is a selection of works from the permanent collection that also inspire a sense of place. Paintings include work by Stephen Andreas, Roland Fenwick, and members of the Group of Seven and Painters Eleven amongst other local, regional and national artists.

Residents are invited to stop by the gallery this First Friday, June 6 at 6:00 p.m. to explore the intricate works of Making Methods, view some selections of video art, or revisit a favourite from the permanent collection.

A number of ancillary programs have been developed around the exhibitions, including an artist talk with Becky Ip and Samantha Mogelonsky this Thursday, June 5, a curator talk with Suzanne Carte and Su-Ying Lee on Saturday, June 21, and an artist talk with Mark Stebbins on Thursday, July 3. For more information about these upcoming events visit

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Darryn Doull
Curatorial Assistant
Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery
Telephone: 519-336-8127 ext. 3220