Posts Tagged ‘Exhibitions’

Grand Manan Art Gallery – Talk and Exhibition



I’ve enjoyed a rewarding association with the Grand Manan Art Gallery for several years. One of my watercolours, Ross Island Light, is in the Permanent Collection and I’ve contributed work to the last two annual Square Foot shows. This summer, I wanted to celebrate my 25th anniversary of painting and teaching on the island and offered to do an illustrated talk at the gallery. The GMAG had never hosted an artist talk before but the Board accepted and I prepared a one hour PowerPoint presentation which I gave to an audience of over fifty people last Thursday evening.

One of the works I showed during my talk was the FUNDY GEM, a small watercolour that I painted outdoors on the wharf in North Head in 1992.

FUNDY GEM 1992 Watercolour on paper by Barry Coombs

Watercolour on paper
by Barry Coombs

Over the past winter, I decided to submit a new work to the annual Island Art Show, which runs from August 8 – 27. As I was preparing my talk, I took a fresh look at the FUNDY GEM watercolour of 1992 and I thought that the cropped composition and the attention to the mechanical elements of the fishing boats reflected my longtime passion for Cubism. I decided to re-visit the earlier watercolour and painted a new acrylic on canvas. If you’re on Grand Manan Island, drop by to see the new incarnation of the FUNDY GEM and all the other wonderful work by a wide range of artists. Opening night is this Saturday, August 8, at 7pm.

FUNDY GEM 2015 Acrylic on canvas  by Barry Coombs

Acrylic on canvas
by Barry Coombs

The gallery is located at 21 Cedar Street and is wheelchair-accessible. It can be contacted at and (506) 662-3662.

GMAG Hours
11am – 6pm – Daily
1pm – 5pm – Sunday

Admission – Cash Only
Adults – $2
Children under 12 are free


AT THE TABLE exhibition at the DVSA Gallery

FORMAGGIO  by Barry Coombs

by Barry Coombs

FORMAGGIO (24 x 36″) is my latest acrylic on canvas. It’s currently on view in a curated exhibition entitled AT THE TABLE. The exhibition juxtaposes still life paintings and handmade functional vessels featuring local potters and painters from the Dundas Valley School of Art and the Carnegie Gallery plus rarely-exhibited historic works from private collections.

Meet the artists on Thursday, June 11 from 7 – 9pm! The exhibition continues until June 12, 2015.

Dundas Valley School of Art is located at 21 Ogilvie Street in Dundas, Ontario. 905-628-1087

Gallery Hours:
Mon to Thurs – 9am – 9pm
Fri and Sat – 9am – 4pm
Sunday – Closed

Grand Manan Art Gallery – Square Foot Exhibition

DORY by Barry Coombs Acrylic and cardboard on wood panel

by Barry Coombs
Acrylic and cardboard on wood panel

I guess I don’t have to tell you how big this piece is. The Square Foot Exhibition opened last Saturday at the Grand Manan Art Gallery. My contribution is DORY, a painted relief made from acrylic paint and cardboard.

The Square Foot Exhibition continues until July 17.

The GMAG is located at 21 Cedar Street, Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada. The Gallery is open from 11am – 6pm daily and from 1pm – 5pm on Sundays. Contact the Gallery at 506-662-3662 or

New Work at Pilar Shephard Art Gallery in PEI


Eight of my watercolours are currently on display at Pilar Shephard Art Gallery in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. These works can be viewed online and on the premises during business hours. I know that many of you will be unable to visit lovely PEI this summer so here’s a look at five of them.

By the way, if one of these framed watercolours appeals to you, the gallery will ship anywhere in the world.

TIED UP, PEI by Barry Coombs

by Barry Coombs

NEW LONDON, PEI by Barry Coombs

by Barry Coombs

MONTAGUE, PEI by Barry Coombs

by Barry Coombs


by Barry Coombs

LOBSTER BOATS, PEI by Barry Coombs

by Barry Coombs

A Rocha Exhibition at Carnegie Gallery


I’ll be exhibiting two watercolours in March at the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas, Ontario. All of the artists have been inspired by Cedar Haven Farm and the exhibition will promote the fine environmental work of the Hamilton branch of A Rocha.

Drop by on March 7 from 7 – 9:30pm for the Opening Reception.


Gallery Artists Exhibition at Earls Court



I’m currently exhibiting recent gouaches in an annual exhibition of gallery artists at Earls Court Gallery in Hamilton. That’s one of mine in the top left corner of the invitation. Drop by and enjoy the excellent and diverse work on display. The exhibition continues until January 4, 2014.

Earls Court Gallery is located at 215 Ottawa Street North in Hamilton, Ontario. Contact the gallery at 905-527-6685 or


Summer Salon Show at Yumart


by Barry Coombs

“…and the livin’ is easy…”.
I’m pleased to be exhibiting three of my drawings this August at yumart, “a new art venture located in the heart of Toronto’s fashion and entertainment district, steps away from fabulous 401 Richmond and “art at 80″ on Spadina. A unique retro low-rise building, yumart is situated on the 2nd floor of 101 Spadina Avenue on the southeast corner of Adelaide and Spadina.” Thirty artists are participating in the exhibition.

DOLORES HIDALGO is a work on paper with resist, acrylic ink washes and pen. Some of the geometric shapes are arbitrary but the dark purple shape is a carefully-observed study of the core and cast shadows of an architectural feature from the town of Dolores Hidalgo in Mexico.

The Opening Reception is this Saturday, August 10 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. Contact yumart at for information. The gallery is open from 12:00 – 6:00 pm, Wednesday to Saturday.

Who to see at TOAE this weekend!


Ian Mackay at TOAE

The 52nd annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is on this weekend at Nathan Phillips Square in downtown Toronto. There’s always lots of great art to see and some of my friends will be exhibiting.

Ian Mackay and I have known each other for a long time and his studio is across the hall from mine. His block paintings, as seen in his promotional card here, are intriguing and unique. He’s at booth Yellow 220.

Dominique Prevost loves paper and her beautiful work is definitely worth a look. Her booth is Yellow 310.

Victoria Pearce is at booth Yellow 343. She’s featuring her new ‘suspended nest’ paintings.

Good luck to them all and may the weather gods smile upon the event.



5th Seoul Art Fair, South Korea


I’m currently exhibiting YELLOW TREE, WINTER in the 5th Seoul Art Fair in South Korea. This work was made with gouache and watercolour on paper and is 15 1/4 x 11 3/8″.

Art & Criticism has provided a special booth for Canadian artists at this event. Art & Criticism is the only art magazine in South Korea totally dedicated to the promotion of visual culture and has a huge circulation.

The 5th Seoul Art Fair is taking place at SETEC, Seoul Convention Centre and runs from April 27 – May 1 , 2012.

Salon 6 at Propeller Gallery


Happy New Year everyone! The nice people at the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts have invited me to submit work to their annual Salon show which runs from January 4-29, 2012. I’ll be showing two of my colourful gouaches, painted in Newfoundland last summer. The Salon show is always exciting with a tremendous variety of work from many different artists.

Drop by for the Opening Reception on Thursday, January 5 from 6-9 pm. Propeller is located at 984 Queen Street West in Toronto and may be reached at (416) 504-7142.