About Us

Our mandate

Colborne Street Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary art, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, fibre, and mixed media arts. Our exhibition programming includes local artists from the Kawarthas and surrounding area, as well as other Canadian and international emerging, mid-career, and established artists. Located in downtown Fenelon Falls, the gallery also hosts artist talks, interactive workshops, and other special events that engage and support the local community.

The gallery is a proud member of the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council and the Arts & Heritage Trail.

Please note the gallery cannot guarantee a response to unsolicited portfolio submissions.


Art consulting

Whether you are looking to acquire that perfect piece for your home, cottage, or office, or simply adding to your growing collection, our educated and experienced staff is available to guide you through the selection process and advise on artwork placement.

services

Our partner, Home by Tim + Chris, is a full-service design and decorating firm located in the Kawartha Lakes and can assist with tasks ranging from artwork installation to designing and decorating your dream home.

Gift Registry

Celebrate life’s special occasions with a work of art. Contact us regarding gift certificates and registry services for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and any other special occasion.


Staff

Tim Wisener, co-owner

Before launching his design business alongside his husband Chris, Wisener completed his studies in Theatre Production Technology. He was the Tour Manager for the Alberta Ballet Company and has worked with both the Canadian Stage Company and the Banff Centre. Wisener’s admiration for fine art is born from a deep respect, and some jealousy, for artists’ talent. His time at the Banff Centre fostered in him a profound interest in the astounding products that seemed to come from inter-disciplinary artistic collaboration, and as such has inspired his long-term hope to someday offer artistic residencies. Ultimately, Wisener wishes to establish a space where creators can create; free of any predispositions about what that relationship entails.

Chris Van Lierop, co-owner

Van Lierop began his career as the owner of his own accounting practice. His love of art lead him to the founding of a new business; Home by Tim + Chris. Art has always been celebrated in his family and the discussions he would have with his parents about their favourite works inspired an admiration for creative practice. It was not until 15 years ago, as he made the transition from accountant to interior designer, that Van Lierop truly began to understand what he loved about art. Now, operating his design business from within Colborne Street Gallery, Van Lierop draws inspiration from the art that surrounds him. Because of this, he felt it was very important for people, especially children, in the area to have access to art that inspires them. Van Lierop wanted to provide the community’s youth with the opportunity for art to become a part of their lives, just as it played a big part in his. That’s why the gallery’s proudest moments, in Chris’s eyes, are when it hosts educational sessions for Fenelon Falls Secondary School’s art students. He believes that art is meant to be accessible and that is precisely why the gallery will always be open for anyone and everyone to enjoy.

Darcie Kennedy, Managing Director

Kennedy holds an Honours Bachelor of Art, Specialist in Art & Art History & Minor in Political Science, from the University of Toronto, a Diploma in Art & Art History from Sheridan College, and a Master of Fine Art from the University of Ottawa. Previously, she completed an internship with the Canada Council for the Arts in the Audience and Market Development Department and was the Gallery Manager and Programming Coordinator at Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto. She has worked in the non-profit sector at the Toronto Entertainment District Business Improvement Area (BIA) and was a Teaching Assistant at Sheridan College and the University of Ottawa. Kennedy's own art practice explores the relationship of predetermined methodologies and their application to contemporary painting. Through process and mechanical paint application, she examines structure and control, specifically the often repetitive and cyclical tasks present in the domestic environment historically occupied by women. Her work has been exhibited in Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Oakville, Mississauga, Gatineau, and Japan. Kennedy grew up on a farm just outside of Fenelon Falls and even worked in this exact space throughout high school and undergrad when it was The Video Image. She is very excited to be back home, using her skill set, education, and experience to expand the already thriving arts and cultural scene in the area.

Kevin Frank, Gallery Assistant

The creator of Scurvy Dogs, True North, and Monster Under My Bed, Frank has been creating books, cartoons, and illustrations for over 20 years. Frank created a newspaper comic strip for King Features from 2006-2016 which was profiled in the New York Times and has freelanced for publishers including Scholastic and the Discovery Channel. Frank spent 15 years on the art staff of a small Chicago-based magazine where he met and married a wonderful Canadian woman. They eventually moved north to rural Ontario which provided the inspiration for Kevin’s book of cartoons called, True North, The Nearly True Story Of An American in Canada. Lynn Johnston, the creator of For Better or For Worse, said of his work: “Kevin’s ideas are right on target, his timing is great, punchlines too.” Frank enjoys doing school visits where he describes his road to publication and gives tips for aspiring authors and illustrators. Frank steals his best ideas from his wife and three children.


 

Contact information

44 Colborne Street, Fenelon Falls, ON K0M 1N0

t: 705.887.0997

e: info@colbornegallery.ca

Hours of Operation

Monday to Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday 11am - 3pm