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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.

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 Incorporated. In 1969, the group, supported by interested volunteers and benefactors, purchased Whitby’s Grand Trunk Railway Station, which had been slated for demolition. The station was saved from being torn down and moved to Henry and Victoria Streets in 1970. The name Station Gallery was adopted to reflect the heritage of the building.

 

The idea of a gallery was born from a conversation between two members, Mrs. William Sala and Mrs. Stanley Blackwell, who were discussing the charm and historical interest of the C.N. Station (formerly Whitby Junction G.T.R.) located down on Byron Street. The building was soon to be closed and therefore doomed to be demolished. While Mr. and Mrs. Blackwell obtained permission from the C.N.R., Mrs. William Irwin contacted a Toronto house mover about transporting the building. With the help of Canadian National which provided the building, the Town of Whitby that offered the site, and an anonymous donor who paid for the moving and rehabilitation, Whitby Arts Incorporated inherited a home.

 

Station Gallery began a major transformation in 2005, supported by unprecedented municipal cultural commitment. The original Grand Trunk Railway Station was moved across the street to the current location at 1450 Henry St.

 

The building expansion saw Station Gallery’s space increase to close to 10,000 sq. feet. Designed by Phil Goldsmith of the nationally acclaimed Goldsmith, Borgal and Company, the new addition significantly enhanced gallery capacity with increased exhibition, studio, collection storage and administrative space.

 

The newly renovated Station Gallery re-opened on January 3, 2006, with an exhibition comprised of a selection of works from the Canada Council Art Bank entitled Cross-Over.

 

From its small beginning in 1967 of five members, Whitby Arts Incorporated had grown to include 450 members today. Station Gallery has been expanding to meet the needs with its steadily growing programs. In the spring and fall, different adult and children’s’ art programs are still held every weeknight and weekend mornings. Special weekend workshops in areas such as watercolours, lithography, acrylic painting, papermaking and photography are held throughout the year.

 

Station Gallery has operated as a community visual arts centre for almost 50 years. Be sure to stop in and check out the beautiful architecture of both the new and heritage exhibition spaces.

Meet our Board of Directors

Executive Directors

Gail Brown

Treasurer

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Dr. Leanne Foster

Vice-Chair

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Dr. Vidal Chavannes

Chair

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Directors

Sam Welbourn

Director

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Ronald Skeffington

Director

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Natasha Serba

Director

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Caitlin Rochon

Director

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Ken McConnachie

Director

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Jorge Gamboa

Director

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Joanne Burghardt

Secretary

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Peter W. Bherer

Director

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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”.

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.

Morgan Kagesheongai

Artist Instructor & Studio Tech

Artist Instructor and Studio Tech

Chris Trubela

Marketing Co-ordinator; 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.

Tara Larkin

Artist Educator

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Megan Cunningham

Artist Educator

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Hours of Operation

 

Open 7 days a week except for statutory holidays:

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Saturday:

Sunday:

10am - 4:30pm

10am - 4:30pm

10am - 4:30pm

10am - 9:00pm

10am - 4:30pm

12pm - 4pm

12pm - 4pm

Address

 

1450 Henry Street

Whitby, Ontario, Canada

L1N 0A8

(905) 668-4185

art@stationgallery.ca

Charitable Registration #:

11929 7042 RR0001

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