About the Colborne Art Gallery
Who We Are
The Colborne Art Gallery is the home of an artists’ co-operative that brings together creative people working independently as photographers, painters, sculptors, printmakers, fibre and mixed media artists and makers of fine craft. The Gallery is housed in the historic village of Colborne, Ontario, in a heritage building modernized to suit exhibition needs.
The Colborne Society of Artists, the original collective, was founded in the spring of 1997 in response to a unique opportunity. The historic East Northumberland Land Registry Office had been sold by the provincial government to the village of Colborne for the sum of $8, on condition that it be maintained as a museum or library. Wilhelmina Kennedy, a Dutch immigrant then living in neighbouring Cramahe Township, proposed that the building become an art gallery, a suggestion that was enthusiastically welcomed by Colborne Reeve George Boycott and the Colborne Village Council. Wilhelmina then set about organizing a group of local artists into a co-operative to be known as The Colborne Society of Artists.
Working in close co-operation with the Colborne Village Council, whose generous support is gratefully acknowledged, and with other local groups, the Colborne Art Gallery has succeeded in breathing new life and usefulness into this heritage building.
The Colborne Art Gallery is an artist-run co-operative dedicated to building awareness of and accessibility to contemporary visual art as practiced by our members and guest artists. By seeking the widest possible audience, the gallery supports and advances the careers of local artists while contributing to the cultural life of Northumberland County.
The Colborne Art Gallery is an artists’ collective that has been operated by the artists themselves on a volunteer basis for over 16 years, a true success story in the world of artists’ collectives! We hang the shows, clean the gallery, maintain the interior of the space, provide food and drinks for openings, sit the gallery during shows, and design, print and mail all our show invitations. We keep our website fresh and current. We purchase local advertising and participate in local events whenever we can. We are successful in attracting additional tourism to the area with our shows and events. Our success is due, in large part, to the support we receive from our members, local businesses, individual art lovers, and our partners in the community. But we can always use your help!
If you are a small (or large) business in Northumberland County (or beyond), or a lover of the arts who would like to support a hard-working group of local artists, please consider making a donation. We will give you a big thanks, and acknowledge your generosity on both our website and in our gallery. Just drop us a line or send us an email (you can find out how on our Contact page).