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JNAAG to celebrate 10th anniversary with ‘the power of art’

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The Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a series of special exhibitions slated for the next year and a half.

“It has been 10 years since Gallery Lambton closed its doors at the former Bayside Centre and moved down the street to re-open in the historic Thom Building,” a Lambton County news release noted, adding that the series of exhibitions will be titled ‘Re View’ and will place the gallery’s permanent collection in the spotlight “and celebrate the power of art.”

The first exhibit in the series, opening Nov. 4, pulls visitors into the past to trace the building’s history and offers an opportunity to celebrate J.S. Thom (1893-1933), the artist that constructed the Thom Building. Original Thom photographs are brought together with artifacts of the era to reconstruct the feeling of his historic photography studio. An audio tour, scripted and voiced by a gallery volunteer, will be released to accompany the painting ‘In Celebration of the New Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery,’ by David Moore.

Starting November 4, in partnership with TMRRW Inc., the gallery will merge the historic with the modern and members of the public can experience the Thom Building through augmented reality by scanning a QR code on site. From street level, the original Thom Building will be augmented, to scale, overtop of the current building.

Several components, artifacts, and photographs of this exhibition were developed and borrowed from community member John Rochon, Lambton Heritage Museum, and Lambton County Archives.

For information about the exhibition, visit The Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery is open Wednesdays 11a.m.– 4p.m., Thursdays 11a.m.– 8:30p.m., and Friday and Saturdays from 11a.m.–4p.m.

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