There is a new brewery in town, Spearhead Brewery! They have set up brewing on Development Drive beside Raxx. When you walk in, you enter their little Spearhead shop. It is full of Spearhead swag, including t-shirts, hoodies, hats, and a huge wall-sized fridge filled with their tall cans of freshly brewed beer. Their staff are friendly and are able to help with any inquiries. In the next room, the lighting is dimmed with a bar in the middle, an amazing life-sized mural to the left, and the back wall covered with ceiling to floor windows where patrons can look into the brewery itself. The space is industrial, warm, inviting, and the new venue for KSOA associated artists to hang their art work.
Tap Room and Retail Manager Steph reached out the KSOA in hopes of finding interested local Kingston artists to cover the walls of the brewery. I was lucky enough to have answered her call and to quickly find artists that would jump on the Spearhead wagon! Spearhead Brewery had a private opening late in March so time was of the essence to find one or two people who would be ready to hang. The first round of artists was Margaret Brackley and myself. We both were able to put up at least a handful of artworks including alcohol inks, paintings, and wall weavings. We were extremely lucky in hanging as the walls were grated and all we had to use were “s” hooks. Easy peezy.
With a two-month rotation, there is now a new pair of artists with work up in the Brewery for May and June. They are Tina Barnes and Gaylan Fitsell. Both of these ladies brought a wonderful variety to the space. This includes fibre art with steel and wire, painting on barn wood, and little moody landscapes.
The KSOA is extremely honored and excited to be working with Spearhead to provide local artists with the opportunity to showcase their work in such a unique location. So, if you are looking for a new local hangout, a tour and tastings, and possibly thinking of adding some amazing artwork to your place, visit Spearhead Brewery at 675 Development Drive, Kingston, ON.
Carolina Rojas "The Isabel Bader"
Janis Grant "November Evening at Lemoine Point"
Irene Marie Dorey "The Tradition Continues"
The walls are never bare for long at the WAG. Once one exhibition comes down, only a day or two go by before the next show goes up. The gallery truly serves the community well.
On Tuesday Carolyn Huff-Winters and Peggy Lum-Brouillard were hard at it. Armed with ladder, hammer, nails and hooks, as well as a keen eye, they were searching for aesthetic flow. By day’s end the two artists-cum-gallery technicians had found places on the walls and on plinths for 58 pieces by the Bath Artisans.
Currently at 41 members, the Artisans are comprised of an eclectic group that produces jewellery, paintings, woodcarvings and fused glass. Not all have contributed to this show, but pieces by the artist members are also on display at St. John’s Hall in Bath, which is a permanent venue for their work and serves as a monthly meeting place from September to June.
Carolyn Huff-Winters wears many hats in the group. A painter of abstracts and figurative works, she is also VP and Education Co-ordinator. In the latter role she organizes workshops as well as 15- to 30-minute presentations by members, who are encouraged to talk about their artistic process as well as their sources of inspiration.
The variety of subject matter in myriad media now on view at the WAG is impressive: from pendants made of sea glass and shells, through landscapes, portraits and still lifes, to intensely coloured abstractions, large and small.
The Bath Artisans exhibition continues until Sunday, May 27, with a reception on Saturday, May 5, from 2 to 4pm.