Colborne Street Gallery
Established in 2018, Colborne Street Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary art, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, fibre, and mixed media arts. The gallery also features a selection of Inuit Art from Kinngait Studios, Nunavut including print, drawing and sculpture.
Exhibition programming features local artists from the Kawartha Lakes region, Inuit Artists from Kinngait, Nunavut, as well as other Canadian and international emerging, mid-career, and established Artists.
Located in downtown Fenelon Falls, the gallery hosts artist talks, workshops, and other special events that engage and support the local community.
The gallery is a proud member of the Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce and the Arts & Heritage Trail.
Colborne Street Gallery recognizes that its work and the work of our community partners takes place on the traditional lands of the Michi Saagiig Anishnaabeg. Fenelon Falls is covered by the Williams Treaty and Rice Lake Treaty #20.
Please note the gallery cannot guarantee a response to unsolicited portfolio submissions.
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, Peterborough, Gatineau, and Japan. Kennedy grew up on a farm just outside of Fenelon Falls and is 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
Kevin Frank is an author/illustrator who has been creating books, cartoons and illustrations for over 20 years. He wrote and illustrated a middle-grade graphic novel series called Scurvy Dogs (2016), Scurvy Dogs and The Dinosaur Boneyard (2019) and Scurvy Dogs vs. Moby Catfish (2021) with sales over 50,000 copies. Kevin has also freelanced for publishers including Scholastic, the Discovery Channel and King Features Syndicate and his work has been profiled in the New York Times. He enjoys doing school visits where he describes his road to publication and gives tips for aspiring authors and illustrators. Kevin steals his best ideas from his wife and three children.