The Carnegie Gallery of Dundas Ontario is one of the most adorable little galleries I’ve ever been too. Just seconds away from where I used to live at University, I’m shocked to say I’d never been before now, but there is truly nothing I love more than exploring galleries and discovering new art and artists on my own and in new places. A professor of mine from University now works as a curator of the gallery and messaged me recently to tell me about a new show he thought I’d be interested in: Donald A. Stuart – Homage. And too right he was.
Homage is a collection of 38 necklaces that were designed to celebrate past and present Canadian women. Alongside each piece, Curator Susan Benson has included a sketched portrait of each woman as well as a biography, truly rounding out the educational aspect of this Canadian exhibit. I certainly learned a lot.
Donald A. Stuart is a leading Canadian jeweler and has created amazing necklaces that pay homage to these women. Some of my favourites include a piece made entirely from Moosehead bottle caps to pay homage to Susannah Oland, Brewer and founder of Moosehead brewers, a beautiful piece commemorating artist Emily Carr that brings together pieces of the natural Canadian landscape with bones, rocks, and wood. There are pieces that recognize strong Canadian business leaders, heroines of Canadian history, as well as well known Canadian athletes and artists.
I love finding unique galleries and exhibits and although I caught Donald A. Stuart – Homage on it’s last day in the gallery, there are many new and exciting things to see at the adorable Carnegie Gallery in Dundas! Go take a look!