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Common Thread

Major Exhibition

Catherine Dormor, Lori Zimmerman, Saidhbhín Gibson, Maggie Tchir & Kathleen Hill, Lisa DiQuinzio, Judy Martin, Dominique Arlot, Yael Brotman.



The Gallery
Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre

Oakville, Ontario, Canada


Nov. 2 – 25, 2012
Opening Reception: Sat. Nov. 3, 2012, 2 - 5 pm

Address: Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, 2302 Bridge Road, Oakville, Ontario
(Closest Intersection Bridge Road & Third Line)
Gallery Hours: Mon. - Sat. 10 am - 5 pm, Sun. 12 - 5 pm
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Exhibition Description

While viewing the submissions for the Common Thread International, curator Dawne Rudman was most caught by the work in neutral colours and from this, an idea emerged. Neutral colours are often used as a background or to give a highlight to something. However, neutral shades can also be elegant, alluring and strong, deserving prominent recognition in their own right. For this reason, she decided to make them the focus of this show.

Ranging from the blacks and charcoals with their dusky, shadowy hues, to the frosted, milky, or chalky whites, the work also explores the café au lait, creamy caramels, sand and tan shades. A rich range of opposites and complements is the result, made more exciting by the variations in texture. There are fragile pieces, which almost beg for protection. There are others that in spite of being multi-layered are very revealing. Some are made of silk or paper adding to their delicate appearance, some have a luminous quality, and some cast gentle shadows. 

All their differences aside though, the work in this exhibition engages the viewer in a remarkable visual feast of blending and intertwining hues and textures. There are 25 artists in this exhibition, hailing from Austria, Canada, England, France, Ireland and the USA. 

Download the 2012 Festival Exhibition Brochure.






Common Thread International Exhibitions

The Common Thread International exhibitions are the flagship shows of the World of Threads Festival. Hundreds of artists from around the world submitted bodies of work, installations or individual pieces to the Festival. Multiple curators from various Oakville and Toronto galleries have created exciting exhibitions based on their own unique interests. We bring international contemporary fibre art to Oakville and the Toronto area as well as highlight the strength of our local artists.



The Gallery at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre
Oakville's newest cultural centre just opened in April 2012. We are very exhited to be one of the first exhibitions in this spectacular new gallery.  (Note the lighting is not set up in these photos.)

Special Thanks:
Gallery Liaison
: Tonia Di Risio.
Facilities Staff: Julie Ascah, Mike Besic, Lori Coletta, Adrian Duplessis, Susan Fanelli, Tina Field, Chris Fontes, Kamal Fox, Tony Luis, Mitch MacKenzie, Dan Miotto, Don Pearce, Dave Rookyard, Michael Sanserverino, James Schulze, Blake Talbot, Joe La Vergne, John Vidal

The Gallery at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Culture Centre, Oakville