The Macdonald Stewart Art Centre’s contemporary Canadian silver collection is the only collection of its kind at a public art gallery in Canada, with over 40 works that were acquired through special commissions, sponsored purchases, and donations from the artists and collectors.
The show runs to July 19.
The exhibition features the work of 19 artists from across Canada: Beth Alber, Jackie Anderson, Mary Anne Barkhouse, Anne Barros, Michael Belmore, Aggie Beynon, Beth Biggs, Brigitte Clavette, Lois Etherington Betteridge, Antoine Lamarche, Fiona Macintyre, Michael Massie, Ross Morrow, Harold Muller, Sandra Nobel Goss, Kye-Yeon Son, Ken Vickerson, Susan Watson-Ellis, and Lyn Wiggins.
Highlights of the exhibition include the work of Guelph artist and mentor Lois Etherington Betteridge, matriarch of Canadian silversmithing who is known for her innovative hollowware, ecclesiastical silver, and jewellery.
For over 50 years, she has guided the craftsmanship and development in the work of generations of students and apprentices, many of whom are represented in the Art Centre’s collection.