Gallery in the Grove
Gallery in the Grove (GITG), is a volunteer operated gallery that was established in 1980 by a local group of women who held a passion for art, education and community. The gallery is a registered charitable organization that fosters awareness, appreciation and pride in the artistic achievements of both emerging and established artists in our area and throughout Canada.
The relationship between the City of Sarnia, the County of Lambton and the Gallery has been very successful. Mayor Mike Bradley has attended many openings along with members of City Council and County Council members. GITG has in fact, hosted an exhibition of photographs by Canadian Astronaut and local native Chris Hadfield. (2005)
The Gallery has an excellent relationship with the Bright's Grove Library staff and patrons and often the library staff will utilize the Gallery space throughout the year for additional programming space. GITG recently updated and upgraded the lighting on the second floor with the assistance from capital funding from the Judith and Norman Alix Foundation Fund. (2015) The new LED lighting will reduce hydro costs significantly for the building. High ceilings and beautiful natural light are just a few reasons why the space is so successful as an Art Gallery.
Friends of Gallery in the Grove support the organization with annual donations to the gallery. Gifts over twenty dollars receive a charitable tax receipt. These gifts support our mandate of exhibitions, education and scholarships.
The gallery has over 100 Friends and appreciates the past and present support of the Rotary Club of Bluewaterland (2016), Alix Foundation (2016) Sarnia Community Foundation (2015), CF Industries (2015) and the Lambton County Creative Fund (2014) to name just a few.
Board of Managers Listing
Kirsten Kilner Holmes - Chair & Social Media
Holly Rutherford - Secretary
Ati Powell - Treasurer
Sheila Brown - Exhibition Planning
Clare Bloxam - Exhibition Planning
Leanne O'Brien - Publicity
Ron Broda - Education
Gwen Moore - Education
Mary DeSwert - Staffing & Special Events
Since 1982, Gallery in the Grove has awarded annually, up to five $1000.00 post-secondary scholarships to students who have been accepted to an arts program at a college or university. To date, over $124,000.00 has been granted to Lambton students and many past recipients have moved on to successful and professional art careers.
Visiting Artists in Lambton Schools (VALS) began in 2001. VALS provides six hours of FREE art instruction to Grade Six classrooms. Gallery in the Grove hires three professional artists to deliver art instruction two hours per week for 3 weeks. This successful program, made possible by donations and Friends of GITG, has been enhancing the Visual Arts Curriculum in Lambton County for fifteen years. In 2019, twenty-two schools and thirty-two classrooms received the VALS program. Over nine-hundred students participated. VALS is available to both school boards and delivered across the county. The cost to deliver VALS in 2019 was $5,550. This amount covers artists payment and supplies.
Gallery in the Grove is first and foremost an art gallery. As mentioned, the roots of our existence is showcasing local and regional visual artists. The founders believed that by providing artists an opportunity to showcase and sell their art, the gallery would receive a commission and in turn forward that money into scholarship and education for youth. For thirty-five years, volunteer board members have worked tirelessly on this mandate. Gallery in the Grove gives new and and established artist opportunities to show their art through invitational and juried exhibitions.
Gallery in the Grove offers exhibitions; education and scholarships. GITG is open six days per week and admission is free. GITG is operated entirely by volunteers. There are over 80 staffing volunteers and a Board of Managers who oversee the exhibition planning, education programs, special events and scholarship awards.
In 2019, Gallery in the Grove will present six exhibitions featuring local and regional artists. The work the artists exhibit is for purchase with the gallery receiving a 25% commission on the sales.
What We Need
The only way to access to GITG is by stairs. This is affecting our visitor numbers and volunteer numbers. We have lost many volunteer staffers because they no longer can manage the stairs up to the gallery. It also means we are not fully accessible to anyone with a mobile disability. The lack of a Lift also means it is quite difficult for the transportation of artwork. The aging demographic of this community will only increase the problem. This is a challenge for people of all ages though. Parents with young children and strollers cannot access the upstairs for library and gallery programming.
Sheila Brown, board member and past chair has worked for many years (since 1997)to achieve a solution to the accessibility problem of the gallery. We are very pleased to present a complete package to you which includes: Engineered drawings; Three quotes from local contractors; Supporting documents which include emails and letters of support.
Finally, we recognize that a Lift Project is an expense and the City of Sarnia may have difficulty finding appropriate funds within the budget. We are confident that there are many accessibility grants available through Federal and Provincial granting arms. Gallery in the Grove board members have also made a motion, voted and agreed to contribute $25,000 towards the project.
Bill Hoekstra, General Contracting 226-313-2158
Estimate: $104,087 + hst
Triad Contracting, Rhiad Khudair 519-383-0020
Estimate: $110,000 - $150,000
Estimate: $220,000 + hst
Wright General Contractors, John Wright 519-331-1121
Estimate: $165,800 + hst
If you have any questions in regards to the proposal or require additional information, please call Kirsten at 519-542-2835 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org