May 23, 2022

The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery welcomed three new award-winning exhibits this past weekend. Admission is free. 

The exhibits include art from Meghan Sims, Walter Ostrom, and the 2021 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics. 

Denis Longchamps, the executive director and chief curator of the gallery, has worked there for three years. He has enjoyed his time at the gallery and is looking forward to this new exhibit.

“We do fantastic exhibitions, we do programming, we’re with the community so there are multiple reasons,” Longchamps said. 

The exhibits are award-winning and are all created by Canadians. The gallery also gives out the annual Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics.

“We highlight the emerging artists of talent and give them a chance to move forward with their career,” Longchamps said. 

This year’s award winner was Jocelyn Reid of Calgary, Alberta. They also invited last year’s winner, Joon Hee Kim of Oakville, Ontario to the ceremony because there wasn’t one in 2020 due to COVID-19. 

Longchamps, chief curator of the gallery, decides on some exhibits that they display to visitors.

“I’m always looking for originality, new work. Work that engages social issues always interests me,” Longchamps said. 

Meghan Sims created the “Capacity for Wonder” exhibit and was able to produce her work with a visual impairment called Achromatopsia. This affects how she sees everything.

Meghan Sims’ exhibit “Capacity For Wonder” in the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. Photo by: Denis Longchamps

The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery loves to be able to help artists reach their potential and get the recognition they deserve. 

“We’re quite unique and there’s not that many places for clay and glass artists to exhibit in Canada as a whole,” Longchamps said. 

He also enjoys that all the exhibits in the gallery right now are unique from each other, giving visitors a variety to look at. 

The gallery is also bringing back its glass-specific artwork award thanks to RBC Foundation.

“We used to have it, then we stopped giving it, and now RBC is back and will be able to provide the $10,000 prize for the winner starting next year,” Longchamps said. 

The gallery’s award-winning exhibits can be seen from Oct. 10 to Dec. 31.

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