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VISIT

ABOUT 

GALLERY

THE

Mission and Vision

SG is a creative hub in the community! We’re a public art gallery and a registered charity. We show art exhibitions of emerging, mid-career and established artists. We bring art and culture to kids, youth, adults and families of all ages and abilities through programs, classes and workshops, performances and special events. We are a resource to artists and champion of all things empowering and creative.

 

We have four main gallery spaces. The Jill Dyall Community Gallery is reserved for community exhibitions. The other three galleries may feature a single artist or group collection. 

 

Station Gallery is a registered Canadian charity # 11929 7042 RR0001

 

Our Mission

Unleash the power of arts and culture to educate, connect and inspire our diverse communities in meaningful and compelling ways.

 

Our Vision

Arts and culture flourish in Durham Region and are recognized as being at the heart of our thriving communities.

Land Acknowledgment

Station Gallery respectfully acknowledges the traditional territory and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. We are thankful to be welcomed on these lands in friendship. 

 

The land on which the gallery is situated remains home to a number of Indigenous nations including the Mississauga Peoples—a branch of the great Anishinaabeg Nation— including Algonquin, Odawa, Ojibway and Pottawatomi.

History

From Whitby Junction to Station Gallery

In 1967, a group of passionate arts enthusiasts in Whitby started a community gallery, operating under the name Whitby Arts Inc.  In 1969, the group, supported by interested volunteers and benefactors purchased Whitby's Grand Trunk Railway Station which had been slated for demolition. The name 'Station Gallery' was adopted to reflect the heritage building. Some of the founding names included the Irwin Family amongst others…. Through the foresight of a number of local citizens and the Town of Whitby, the 1903 Whitby Junction Station continues to serve the community, not only as an art gallery, but as a part of Whitby’s heritage.

 

When it looked like the quaint old Victorian station might be demolished, it was purchased in 1970 by the three-year-old Whitby Arts Incorporated for use as an art gallery. The purchase price was one dollar, but with one condition: the station had to be moved.  On February 16, 1970, the station was moved across the tracks to a new site at the north-east corner of Victoria and Henry Streets.  All trains on the CNR were stopped at the station as they passed over the tracks.  On its new site, the station was renovated for use as an art gallery and a basement was constructed under it.

 

On September 26, 1970, Mayor Desmond Newman officially opened the Whitby Arts Station Gallery along with Whitby Arts President, Dr. David Epstein.  More than 200 people sat down to a “Railway Supper” at the Centennial Building in the evening to honor those who saved the station and gave it a new life.

 

In 1974, Linda Paulocik was hired as a full-time Director and Curator for the gallery and a London and Port Stanley Railway box car was brought to the gallery for use as a print-making studio.  It was later named the Nicholas Novak print studio after an artist-exhibitor who died of cancer.  Monthly exhibitions of local and national interest were held at the station over the years and an active program of classes was held in the basement.  The station also served as a venue for receptions and special events held by organizations in the town.

 

In 1980, the Whitby Arts Station Gallery was designated as a historic building under the Ontario Heritage Act and it was repainted grey and green, the original Grand Trunk Railway colors of 1903.  For many years it had been painted red and yellow.  A few years later, a vestibule was added around the west doorway. 

 

The station made its second move on October 27, 2004.  While the building process was underway, Whitby Arts operated out of the Centennial Building.  It is an interesting coincidence that Bill Irwin, the President of Whitby Arts Inc. during its second move, was the son of Norman Irwin who paid for the initial move.

 

Station Gallery began a major transformation on November 11, 2005 supported by unprecedented municipal cultural commitment. The original Victorian Railway Station and Port Stanley boxcar were moved across the street to its new location on the Iroquois Park Sports Complex landscape and expanded to close to 10,000 sq. feet with increased exhibit, studio, collection storage and administrative space.

 

In 2020, Station Gallery celebrates its Golden Anniversary and looks forward to the next 50 years as a community arts hub!

OAC Exhibition Assistance Program

Station Gallery (SG) is a recommender to the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Exhibition Assistance Program. This program provides grants between $500 and $2,000 for costs related to presenting work for a confirmed exhibition.

 

SG accepts applications from eligible artists living in Zone 3, which includes Durham Region and Toronto. SG has dispensed the funds available for the 20/21 fiscal year and will be accepting submissions once the OAC allots funds the 21/22 fiscal year.

 

Please carefully read the information on the Ontario Arts Council’s website before applying for the grant. 

 

Priorities for SG

  • Regionally significant works

  • Some consideration is given to print-based practices, honouring the Station Gallery’s commitment to the history of printmaking in Canada as represented in our permanent collection.

  • Priority is given to first-time applicants.

Anticipated Deadline(s)
October 15, 2021, 1 p.m. ET 

January 15, 2022, 1p.m. ET

Executive Directors

Executive Directors

Meet our Board of Directors

Gail Brown

Treasurer

A mini-bio about myself is coming soon.

Executive Directors

Meet our Board of Directors

Dr. Leanne Foster

Vice-Chair

Dr. Leanne Foster is Head of School at Trafalgar Castle School, an all-girls’ day and boarding school in Whitby. A dedicated and experienced educator, Leanne’s career in teaching and consulting has taken her from kindergarten classrooms to university lecture halls to government ministries, working in both public and independent schools, as well as the private sector.

Dedicated to supporting her community, Leanne serves on the Boards of Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre in Oshawa and Royal St. George's College in Toronto. She is a member of the Family Council at the Salvation Army Isabelle and Arthur Meighen Manor, a long-term care facility in Toronto. Leanne lives in Whitby with her husband and two dogs.

Executive Directors

Meet our Board of Directors

Dr. Vidal Chavannes

Chair

A mini-bio about myself is coming soon.

Directors

Directors

Sam Welbourn

Director

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Directors

Ronald Skeffington

Director

A mini-bio about myself is coming soon.

Directors

Natasha Serba

Director

Natasha is an educator with over 20 years experience. During this time she has held various roles, such as New Curriculum Leader, Cross-Curricular Literacy Leader, Head Librarian, and classroom teacher. She used creativity, collaboration, and community-building to make a positive impact in all of these roles. She is a lifelong learner and enthusiastic supporter of all forms of art and creative expression.

Directors

Caitlin Rochon

Director

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Directors

Ken McConnachie

Director

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Directors

Jorge Gamboa

Director

Jorge Gamboa in licensed partnership with LMI Canada leads a performance excellence firm (jorgegamboacoaching.com) works with leaders and organizations to realize more of their potential. Previously with an MBA and a background in Computer Science, Jorge worked with Fortune 500 companies leading strategic initiatives, building high-performance teams and coaching organizations on scaling agile across the enterprise.

Jorge has been a resident of Whitby Shores for the last 20 years, he is happily married, father of two daughters and 3 pets (a cat, a ferret and a rabbit), and every given Sunday he will turn into a cheesehead cheering for the Green Bay Packers... GO PACK GO!

"...to be part of the Board of Directors is an honour.  My daughters took many different classes here and the Station Gallery is what I would call the hidden jewel of Whitby!..."

Directors

Joanne Burghardt

Secretary

A mini-bio about myself is coming soon.

Directors

Peter W. Bherer

Director

A graduate of Queens University (BA, BPHE, B.Ed.) and the University of Toronto (M.Ed.), Peter is a retired teacher, experienced financial services executive, and senior learning consultant. He and his wife Elizabeth have two daughters and four grandchildren, and are long time Whitby residents.

Peter began painting in watercolour a few years ago as a hobby, and enjoys the challenge of working in this medium. He has had a number of his works accepted into Station Gallery (SG) juried exhibitions and he donates a work each year to SG Drawing for Art fundraising efforts.

He believes that the achievement of SG’s mission is an important part of strengthening the cultural fabric of Whitby and Durham Region as our population grows in both size and diversity.

SG staff, with board support and the efforts of hundreds of volunteers, continue to innovate and expand initiatives that promote educational and developmental opportunities for artists, SG patrons, and the entire community.

As an artist Peter feels that the development of their creative potential provides people of all ages with important life enhancing benefits. SG is a positive place that supports and nurtures this growing trend.

Staff

Staff

Kerri King

CEO

Kerri joined Station Gallery as CEO on February 1, 2016. Kerri is a passionate promoter of art, culture and creativity. Under Kerri’s leadership, SG has expanded and strengthened its role and profile in the community; creating numerous new programs, partnerships and events. Kerri lives in Port Perry and enjoys yoga, travelling and the outdoors.

Staff

Olexander Wlasenko

Curator

Olex has been the Curator at Whitby’s Station Gallery since mid-February 2008. Wlasenko has curated over 75 exhibitions, including Broken Promises: Soviet Photography in the Age of Stalin at the MacLaren Art Centre (2007), Vera Jacyk: Chysto, Chysto, Chysto (2007) at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery. He introduced many emerging and mid-career artists to Whitby audiences at Station Gallery. Selected highlights include:

Brendan Fernandes: Dada Afrika (2011)
Meryl McMaster: In Between Worlds (2012)
Toni Latour: The Femme Project (2014)
Barry Ace: Nayaano-nibiimaang Gichigamiin | The Great Lakes (2017)
Christian Chapman Ziibaaska’iganagooday | The Jingle Dress (2019)

When he’s not busy being a “curator by day”, he listens to records and maintains a studio practice during off-hours.

Staff

Natasha Downes

Director of Operations

Natasha joined SG in the fall of 2016 and oversees gallery operations. She works closely with the CEO to help develop and implement the Gallery’s vision and strategies. Natasha was raised in Ashburn and currently resides in Whitby with her three children.

Staff

Chuck Lamoureux

Facilities Services Coordinator

Chuck joined Station Gallery Jan. 16, 2006. Chuck is happiest installing art, meeting all the great Artists passing through and calling the gallery his home.

Staff

Chris Cote

Administrative Manager

Formerly a freelance oil painter and illustrator, Chris Cote is a graduate of the Fine Arts program at Durham College. Chris got his start at SG as a Lead Counsellor for SG’s summer camp program, and has since worked here as an Artist Instructor, Gallery Attendant, Education Administrative Coordinator, and now Administration Manager, with a few other odd stops along the way. This shift in career direction has allowed him the freedom to explore his own artwork without the limitations of commission work, while being able to help shape the educational programming available to both adult artists and the next generation. A fan of dark surrealism, some of his biggest artistic influences include the likes of Zdzislaw Beksinski, H.R. Giger, and Hieronymus Bosch.

Staff

Rola Jaber

Studio Coordinator & Artist Educator

Rola holds the position of an Artist Instructor and the Studio Coordinator at Station Gallery. She has been teaching school programs and community classes at the gallery for the past 3 years. Rola believes that exposure to the Arts can help develop great positive skills. She also believes in harnessing the vast well of creative potential within each and every soul, and her purpose in life is to “Tap the Genius in every Soul”.

Staff

Kerry Lovett

Artist Educator

Kerry is living her passion for art and teaching working with children as an Artist Educator at SG, applying her learning development and training skills achieved over a 30-year corporate career.

Staff

Morgan Kagesheongai

Artist Instructor & Studio Tech

Artist Instructor and Studio Tech

Staff

Chris Trubela

Marketing Director; Producer: UNDRGRND

Chris has worked in the design and marketing industry since 1997 as a self-employed Creative Director for Citrus Media. Joining Station Gallery in 2020 as Producer of SG:UNDRGRND (the lower level of Station Gallery), Chris leverages his extensive experience and love of art, design and experience to create fun, immersive and engaging events.

Staff

Madelaine Frank

Artist Educator

I'm busily writing a creative mini-bio for myself. Stay tuned!

Staff

Victoria Wallace

Artist Educator

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Staff

Patty Bowman-Kingsley

Artist Educator

More to come soon on Patty and her amazing art career!

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Address

 

1450 Henry Street

Whitby, Ontario, Canada

L1N 0A8

(905) 668-4185

art@stationgallery.ca

Charitable Registration #:

11929 7042 RR0001

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