There’s always something going on at the TOM, and our Gallery Shop is just one of the good reasons to plan your visit to the TOM! Located in the Atrium, the TOM Gallery Shop Gallery offers an extensive selection of merchandise related to the TOM’s permanent collection and contemporary exhibitions. The Gallery Shop maintains a broad collection of art related publications and products on the influential Canadian artist, Tom Thomson, as well a large selection of publications from recent and past exhibitions.
Our Gallery Shop also features fine giftware items from local artists and artisans including unique ceramics pieces, blown glass work, stained glass, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, fabric art, prints, cards and much more! From exquisite jewelry to striking stained glass creations, from functional and aesthetic pottery to exclusive Tom Thomson apparel and products, the TOM Gallery Shop is the destination for contemporary gift ideas suitable for all occasions!
Gallery Friends receive a 10% discount on all regular priced items. Proceeds from the Gallery Shop support Gallery operations, acquisitions, exhibitions, and educational programs at the TOM. Come in for a visit and see what’s happening at the TOM!
CURRENT GALLERY SHOP PROJECT
The TOM’s Feature Local Artist
Iriz Paabo: WSNEW
March 1- April 20, 2017
Iriz is an award-winning visual artist with an extensive body of work. Here she is showing her WSNEW series.
WSNEW uses acrylics on found lithographic plates from the Owen Sound Sun Times, 1982. The works give new associations to the perception of regional cultural history. Textual allusions are to NEWS and also to the cardinal directions, North, South, West and East. The redacting references censorship of news, and the checkerboard pattern alludes to the gaming of the systems in a post-truth world populated by fake news.
The process involves first incising the letters using a dremel tool, and then preparing the litho plates to receive acrylics. Certain areas are masked and the surround is painted. Some text is redacted with black acrylics. And over half of the checkerboard pattern Iriz sculpts a transparent gel texture. The gel itself is the heaviest available, appearing rather like white peanut butter as it comes out of the jar. Iriz uses a wide palette knife to spread an even coating of this gel over the surface and then she uses the tip of the smallest palette knife for the patterning. When the gel dries, it becomes transparent.
This transparent gel saturates the colours. It disrupts viewer expectations, unifies the picture plane, captures light reflections, and causes refractions that subtly distort the image.
“I like the look of it, the slight veiling that takes place, and the refractions of the light that interfere with the image. The process isn’t as onerous as one might imagine. It’s repetitive and yet requires concentration to deal with all the small unexpected problems that crop up. And the repetition is never the same, as there’s always some element that needs attending to at all times. Nevertheless, it’s very conducive to thinking about other things. I think it’s much like knitting, or even to going for a walk in the woods, as the physical activity seems to free up other parts of the mind.”
Born in Sweden to Estonian parents, Iriz is a self-taught internationally recognized composer-filmmaker with 14 films to her credit. In a creative process that is informed by a synesthesia involving musical keys, tones, pitch, and colour, Iriz creates visual music that meshes image and sound and collapses the distinction between the two. She uses a combination of representational and abstract imagery, and is drawn to the formal capacities of three-part visual/musical structures.
Iriz composes and performs the music for all of her films and continues to develop her structural vocabulary of image-and-sound phrases that she calls “animbits”. “HA’Aki” – her most recent film with the National Film Board of Canada – was the winner of the Ars Electronica Golden Nica award for Best Computer Animation and Visual Effects, and Pääbo is the first Canadian woman to win this prestigious international award. She is currently finishing her latest film “Hot Dogs” with a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Iriz examines systems of social control as they relate to climates of technology, consciousness, the environment, the body, and social politics: it is from this general ground that her artwork evolves. She explores a complex network of patterns that emerge from the interaction of co-existing realities, each with its own laws, rules and relationships and her practice shifts across disciplines and expresses a formal concern with rhythm, colour, and proportion within space and time.
Iriz is represented by Gallery de Boer in Owen Sound, and her studio and offices are located in Elmwood, north of Hanover. email@example.com
UPCOMING SHOPPING DAYS
Friends of the Gallery Shopping Days
On Member Shopping Days, friends of the TOM receive 20% off retail prices on everything in the Shop! Upcoming shopping days include November 26, December 7, 17, 18 and 22nd.
Treat yourself to something new at the TOM Shop!
FEATURED GALLERY SHOP ARTISTS
The Gallery Shop at The TOM features a great selection of one of a kind works by local and regional artists. See the works and learn about some of our featured Gallery Shop artists below.
Kemble Mountain Roastery is a local coffee roastery that was established in 2005 and has store locations in both Southampton and Rockford. Our goal is to provide fresh roasted 100% Organic Fair Trade coffee to the area. We roast in small batches to ensure a delicious and aromatic flavour with every cup. Our roasts range from medium and dark to espresso. We also carry Swiss Water Organic Fair Trade decaffeinated coffee that is processed in Canada. More information can be found at Kemble Mountain Roastery.
Bella Grey Jewellery Design Bella Grey jewellery grew from the courage, faith and creative focus that were essential in facing and overcoming uncertain and challenging personal circumstances. Drawing inspiration from a variety of sources, including beach stones and vintage buttons, each wonderful and whimsical accessory represents the strength and fulfillment that can come from accepting life’s difficulties and redirecting perspective toward growth, possibilities, and happiness.
Infinite Glassworks offers unique handblown and fused glass products for interior and exterior spaces. Emphasizing shape, form and colour, Infinite Glassworks produces fresh design in functional and sculptural vessels. Using molten glass, Kate and Matthew Civiero work together to form each piece by hand. After gathering hot glass on a hollow pipe, colour is added and the vessel is inflated and manipulated with specially designed hand tools. Upon completion, each piece of glass is cooled slowly to room temperature, then ground flat, polished and signed.
Gibbs enjoys working with FINE porcelain because of the physical purity and hardiness. FINE porcelain has its’ own qualities from the ‘whiter than white – baby powder’ feel to incredible strength and durability when kiln fired at very high temperatures. The colour effects create depth and textures which make us want to use and enjoy each piece. FINE porcelain is all about the natural relationship between ‘true form’ and the ‘FINE‘ touch. It draws you close and exposes its honest beauty through everyday use.
Since 1970, Andrew Goss’ jewellery and metalwork has been shown in over 100 exhibitions, ranging from solo to invitational group shows. He has had solo shows at the Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery in Owen Sound, David Kaye Gallery and Prime Gallery in Toronto, Harbinger Gallery in Waterloo and Karsh-Masson Gallery in Ottawa. He has been in 10 two-person shows with Sandra Noble Goss. Invitational shows have included the Electrum Gallery in London, England, Schwabisch Gmund in Germany, Galerie Aurus in Paris, France, Velvet Da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco (2005) and many in Toronto, Canada.
Sandra Noble Goss’ jewellery and wall pieces have been shown in many galleries including solo shows at Prime Gallery in Toronto in 1991, Harbinger Gallery in Waterloo in 2001 and 2012, and Lefreniere & Pai Gallery in Ottawa in 2009. She has been in 10 two-person shows with Andrew Goss, including Lynda Greenberg Gallery in Ottawa and Prime Gallery. The two jewellers share a studio in Owen Sound, Ontario. Her work has been part of invitational shows in the Electrum Gallery in London, England, Schwabisch Gmund in Germany, Galerie Aurus in Paris, France and many others in Toronto and Calgary. She won the Steele Trophy for Best in Show from the Metal Arts Guild in 2000 and has been the recipient of awards from the Ontario Arts Council.
Joan Hawksbridge was born in Ottawa. Since 1980, she has shown her work in many solo and group exhibitions. She has served on Regional and Provincial Artist juries since the 1980’s. She has also been included in lecture series, and has been invited to submit drawings and illustrations for a number projects. Joan is also a jewellery artist with a wide selection of beaded work including necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
Joan is probably best known as “The Pop-up Lady” as she has written a number of children’s books about making pop-up cards and crafts with boxes. However, she has also been drawing in personal journals for thirty-two years. Her drawings come from within and reflect inner feelings and thoughts. Over the years, some of the drawings have developed into jewellery, paintings, prints, collages and cards. Her work reflects whimsy, spontaneity and thoughtfulness. She is interested in the underlying energy of people and situations.
Stained glass has always held a fascination for Ingrid Lupp. The rich colours and patterns within the glass inspire her innovative and timeless designs.
Ingrid’s formal career has been as a forensic laboratory technologist at The Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto. She has been a serious glass artist since 1995 and has taken numerous workshops in stained glass, and kilnworked glass. As well, she has taken jewellery courses at George Brown College in Toronto and in Brisbane, Australia. Ingrid has utilized her skill and passion for glass to teach stained glass workshops for beginners.
Ingrid is a native Torontonian, but having spent most of her summer life at Georgian Bay, she has been influenced by the water, the storms, the rocks and the sunsets.
Elsa’s potting career began initially as a past time, but quickly grew into a full-fledged obsession. She is primarily a self-taught potter, who’s spent over 15 years focusing her attention on raku pottery, and using raku fired works in non-traditional ways. Elsa co-owns Night & Day Studio together with her husband and fellow potter, Paul Kay.
As being an accomplished painter, in recent years Masters has pursued a career jewelry design. Her work has been exhibited in Galleries in Canada, the U.K. and is in private collections in Canada, U.K. Bermuda and the U.S.A and she currently exhibits at the Masters’ Designs Gallery in Thornbury, Ontario.
Smith grew up in Toronto and attended the Ontario College of Art. Her work constantly changes, from fused and lamp worked glass using ancient techniques to creating recent jewellery works with glass beads. Her contemporary art practices are extensions of her life experiences, ideas and passions focusing on concepts and simplicity.
Margriet has been a glass and clay artisan for over 25 years. Working on stained glass with overlays of lead and thin mylar film she uses the surface as a canvas, allowing the designs to have a more painterly quality. During the 90’s custom architectural glasswork was her main focus. While now still accepting commissions, her original artglass series feature “art to go” – ready to hang pieces, giving a wonderful finishing touch to walls or windows.
The notion of creating handmade pieces that acquire their full meaning only when used by others is central to Marcelina’s explorations with clay. She truly believes that using handmade objects in our daily lives, fills us with a sense of connection and an awareness of beauty. She aims to create objects that slip quietly into the dynamics of home-life.
The studio is located two hours north of Toronto, near Markdale, Ontario.
Suzuki’s artistic focus for the past thirty-five years has been on colour and design as it relates to textiles. She works with the ancient technique of BATIK , using Silk, wax and dyes to create unique colour combinations and intricate patterns. She hand selects her silks, which are mostly from India, China and Japan. Silk responds so well to the BATIK process, taking the dyes in a very intense way, colour over colour mixing and blending until the BATIK is completed.
The design and creation of “One of a Kind” garments is the next stage of her work. Each BATIK seems to lead her towards a garment design, whether it is jackets, coats, suits, gossamer evening tops, funky hats and Winter Silk scarves. Her pieces attract people for many different reasons, which she enjoys.
Willy Waterton has freelanced for numerous publications: the Toronto Star, Maclean’s, the Globe and Mail, Cottage Life, Bruce Trail News, Ontario Out of Doors, Canadian Geographic, Harrowsmith, Mountain Life, New York Times, Seasons, Ski Canada and the United Church Observer. He has photographed many assignments for The Canadian Press in this area. He is a contract photographer for Parks Canada, National Defence and the Niagara Escarpment Commission.
Waterton’s lifelong love for the Niagara Escarpment and Bruce and Grey Counties has led to his commitment to protect and interpret through his photography, this special part of Canada for others to enjoy.
Sadikan has been fascinated with wood working from a young age having watched his father restore old wooden chests and ornate them with brass pins. Interestingly, and decades later, he started making pens made from spent rifle brass cartridges. Most of the cartridges were fired from old World War I and World War II rifles and lent some significance as gifts. In short time, the natural progression to making pens entirely out of wood came to light. There is no shortage of wood in the Grey Bruce area, so all of his pens at the gallery are made from local wood.