Guelph: Deck the walls

Fashion Royalty by Heather Loney

The season of power shopping and parties has begun.  For those who panic at the thought of entering a mall anytime after November 1, there is a chic new way to complete your holiday shopping and socializing—enter the local art gallery.

The Alma Gallery (133 Wyndham St. N., 519-763-6392, recently hosted a reception for their first annual Deck the Walls group exhibition.  Curated by Renann Isaacs, the show runs until December 24 and features a beautiful mix of local and national artists.  You can pick up works from renowned Canadian artist Tony Urquhart and photographer Susan Dobson or a vivid Pollock-inspired painting by Mike Hammer.  You’ll also find Yuriko Kubota’s double-layer photographs, cut meticulously to reveal the image under the surface, mixed media works by Max Wright and the haunting illustrations of Guelph artist Ryan Price.  The prices range from $65 to $3,500, but most are under $600.

The Alma gallery opened its doors this past summer, transforming a downtown space, which formerly housed an H&R Block, into a sophisticated haunt in the artist-rich city.

Owners Tom Dowd and Corinne Maloney have added to Guelph’s cultural mélange, providing not only a place for esteemed and emerging artists to showcase their work, but also a community space, a unique place to shop for the holidays, and eventually even a yoga studio—something to keep in mind for any post-holiday stress.

Shown: Max Wright’s Dissolution (detail). Photography by Heather Loney

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