to be a contemporary gallery providing a platform for local artists to showcase their work (11 photos)
The contemporary be gallery features all kinds of work by local artists, including paintings, functional art, sculptures, and more.
Innisfil’s contemporary be gallery is a one-of-a-kind space, showcasing works by local artists while contributing to the city’s artistic and cultural community.
Located on Yonge Street in Stroud, director Jeanette Luchese is in her second year managing the space. Luchese is also an award-winning visual artist.
The gallery came into being just before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic with its first exhibition, “Leap of Faith” in February 2020.
“It was just about opening it up, showcasing the local artists who are just phenomenal and giving them (the artists) an opportunity,” she said.
“We don’t really have an art scene in Innisfil, so this is a first step,” she said, adding that the Innisfil library has been one of the supporting spaces for artists in the area. city.
The gallery was only to be open for a year, with plans to have the building demolished.
But there was a delay in its demolition, and the owner of the building allowed Luchese to keep the gallery open.
The Leap of Faith show was so well received by artists and visitors that an advisory committee was formed. The membership committee including Ted Fullerton, Sue Hickling, William Moore, Tim Laurin, Gary Evans, Jill Price, Christina Luck, Sarah Elizebeth Leonard, Jeanette Luchese, help with all gallery programming.
Most of the artists featured at the gallery are friends and colleagues that Luchese has made throughout her artistic career, such as Ted Fullerton and Marlene Hilton Moore.
“They are not only well-celebrated artists, but they are artists who help to affect the artistic community,” she said.
It does not charge artists for exhibiting their work, but takes a commission for the sale of their pieces.
Lucese has always loved art.
“It’s like breathing, you just have to do it,” she said. “You don’t think about it, you just do it.”
Growing up in the Port Credit area, her mother was a seamstress and her father was a carpenter, and both inspired her creativity.
“We were manufacturers,” she said of her family education. “And I like to experiment …”
When she was young, she often snuck in to play in her father’s workshop, playing with pieces of wood to build her own masterpieces.
One day, she got into trouble by climbing on a bandsaw in the workshop, putting her in a cast for six months. It was at this time that she developed a passion for drawing because it was the only thing she could do physically.
“I would just like to sit there and draw,” she said.
When asked what her favorite type of medium is, she says she enjoys experimenting with all types: printmaking, sculpture, drawing and painting.
“I like to do different things for different reasons,” she said, but “I think drawing is my favorite. I really love drawing. It is the basis and the common thread of everything,” said she declared.
Luchese moved to Innisfil in 1987.
“I think I gravitate around the water areas, it’s really wonderful,” she said.
She worked in the fine arts industry before embarking on graphic design. After her son graduated from college, she decided to enroll in Georgian College as a mature student for its fine arts program.
“I just loved it,” she said of the program.
“Most of Georgian’s instructors were people who inspire and build Barrie’s arts community,” she said, noting that they were all very supportive when she opened Stroud Gallery in 2020.
The gallery comprises two exhibition areas, the Main Gallery and the BHCV Gallery, named after special people who helped bring the space to life: William Blakey, Susan Hickling, Billi + Kayti Chttenden and Bernice Vasey.
The be Contemporary gallery is located at 7869 Yonge St., Innisfil.
To find out more, visit their website here.
Gallery hours –
Open from Wednesday to Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Reserved tours only: in person now available, three people in the gallery at a time. Masks mandatory and social distancing 2M mandatory.
Online ordering, curbside delivery or pickup available
Call Jeanette Luchese at 705 431-4044
Luchese’s work can also be found on his personal website, here.