Gallery Arcturus is a not-for-profit contemporary art exhibition and art education centre, funded and operated by The Foundation for the Study of Objective Art, a private charity.
The gallery is an oasis of peace in the midst of a busy city. The space has been carefully designed to provide an opportunity for uninterrupted contemplation of visual art. Light, colour and proportion have been used to create an atmosphere suitable for accessing subtle impressions and insights which are usually obscured by the impact of the urban landscape.
The permanent collection includes works of sculpture, paint, drawing and collage.
Thoughts About Art and Community
Located just south of the Church-Wellesley Neighbourhood in what some know as Garden District, the gallery is among a flowering network of exhibit spaces in an area previously lacking public art venues. Within blocks of the gallery are three Ryerson University galleries, associated respectively with the Architectural Science and Modernism, Literature and Culture (MLC) Research and Image Arts departments, respectively. Visitors might combine their trip here with the nearby Canadian Sculpture Centre and Allan Gardens Conservatory.
Students of Ryerson University and George Brown College are particularly invited to use the gallery space and art library as place of calm consideration as well as respite from the demands of academic life.
Gallery Arcturus consists of five exhibit spaces: the Genesis Gallery, the Up North Gallery, the Ascending Gallery, the Collage Gallery and the Kuptana Gallery, which includes an art library. The first-floor Genesis Gallery is the main exhibit area and the location of artist workshops by invitation of the artist-in-residence, deborah harris. Work is often created in the space itself, following a theme or area of inquiry and the public is invited to witness the installation of the current exhibit as it develops over days or weeks. Regular collage workshops are also open to those interested in working on their own in a shared space.
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