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Guest Artist of the Month

Guest artists for the month of July at the Goderich CoOp Gallery will be very familiar to our regular visitors. In fact, Jerry and Carol McDonnell, have been members of the CoOp Gallery almost since it’s inception. You have no doubt seen their art during their many years of membership. So, now you are is it that they are also the Feature Guest Artists? The answer lies in their celebration of 50 years of marriage this year.
Both Jerry and Carol are actively involved in many community endeavours, and possibly you think you know them well. However, let’s explore more deeply their 50 years together.
It was the summer of 1968, an election year, while doing volunteer work for their local candidate in London, Ontario. Coincidentally, that year, 1968, was the first election run for the first Prime Minister Trudeau. Introductions were made by a mutual friend, (who was to become their future Best Man), during a campus event at the University. Jerry commented that they “fell in love while posting election signs together” that summer, (who knew that hammering election signs in lawns could even BE so romantic)? Compressing their growing relationship into the school year, they found time to get married during Reading Week the following year.
The first years of marriage were very busy, as each of them continued their education, moved a few times in search of suitable teaching jobs for each, oh...and started a family. Eventually, both found teaching positions in Wingham. Jerry as school Librarian, and Carol as an English teacher. They settled into rural life in a spacious home they built in a beautiful wooded area between Blyth and Goderich, where they raised 4 children, and became involved in the community life of both Blyth and Goderich.
Theirs was a busy life, but both Carol and Jerry always maintained a creative focus in their choice of hobbies during their working years. Both are accomplished photographers, and while Carol has embraced the development of other skills, branching into work with pastels, oils, and linoblock, Jerry has maintained his strong interest in photography. Jerry’s photos reveal facets of the world around us through his camera lens. His interest lies in seeing some of the hidden details, such as texture on old buildings, which his black and white photos show off well. He loves finding old doors, windows, and barns, and revealing overlooked features. Both Carol and Jerry have studied and honed their artistic skills over the years during summer studies at the Halliburton School of Art.
In addition to their many areas of community involvement, both Carol and Jerry have been CoOp members from its early days. Their membership, and contributions to the gallery are numerous, and keenly appreciated by all members who join in helping them to celebrate this special anniversary.
Carol and Jerry will celebrate their milestone throughout the month of July, and welcome your visit to see this retrospective of memories depicted through their art during 50 years together. We are open Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 54 Courthouse Square, lower level, drop in for a visit during the month of July.
Guest Artist Information

Thank you for your interest in being a guest artist.  I am attaching the form that you would need to fill out. As well, to finalize acceptance, we would require at least two high quality photos of your work and a short bio, these can be sent as an email.  There is a cost associated with being a guest artist. This provides you with the space for one month, an opening reception and advertising in local papers. Our members staff the gallery, so your attendance is required only at the opening, after that, you are, of course, welcome at any time and we would love to see you there as often as you can make it in. While we will do advertising for your opening, you are strongly encouraged to do your part to promote your event. So get out there and invite all the clients, friends and relatives that you can.  The costs varies with the month as follows: May $150, June $200, July and August $250, September to November $200, December $150. Payment is due at the time that you bring your work in for hanging (sometime during the last week before your month begins).


Our hanging committee takes care of hanging your work. You are required to make certain that all of your pieces have gallery style wire and hooks. No other form of hanging system will be accepted. If in doubt, please contact the gallery prior to bringing your work in for hanging.


Additional to the above costs, the gallery retains a 20% commission on all sales.


Guest Artist’s Agreement for the Use of the “Feature Wall”


1. The Goderich C0-Op members agree to allow a selected guest artist to make use of the “Feature Wall” for the purpose of  display for the period of one month.


2. Rental cost will vary depending on the chosen month as follows:

May $150, June $200, July and August $250, September to November $200, December $150. Payment is due at the time that you bring your work in for hanging (sometime during the last week before your month begins).


3. There is no restriction to the number of works displayed. However, the presentation style must be complimentary to the general appearance of the gallery. The Goderich Co-Op Gallery members retain the right of refusal if the display is deemed unsatisfactory in appearance.


4. The guest artist agrees to take full responsibility for his/her own work. The gallery does not assume responsibility for damages and does not insure the work.


5. The gallery will carry normal levels of tenants and premises liability insurance.


6. The guest artist agrees to provide proper gallery style hooks and wires for all two dimensional works.


7. If tables or other special display cases are required the artist must inform the hanging committee prior to the date of hanging.


8. All sales are subject to 20% commission. If a credit card is used for the purchase an additional 2.5% charge is applied.


9. If, an opening reception is requested by the artist, he/she is required to be present during the event.


10. The Gallery agrees to publicize the exhibit and its opening in the course of its normal promotional activity; media releases, information items in media columns, posters, etc. A gallery representative will be touch to obtain all of the artist’s relevant information for promotional purposes.


11. Arrangements for the removal of this exhibition must be made prior to the closing of the show.


Exhibition Information:


Exhibition Start Date: _________________ Completion Date: ____________­_______

Name: __________________________________________________________________________

Address and postal code: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Phone number: ________________________________________________________________

Email address:


I, the guest artist for the month of ___________________, agree to all of the above terms.

Signature: ______________________________________________________________________



Artist’s checklist:


All promotional information such as biographies and high quality photos of your work are given to the gallery representative.


All two dimensional pieces are ready for the hanging committee with proper gallery quality hanging wires and hooks.


You have confirmed with the representative your wishes regarding an opening event. If you have chosen to have an opening, you agree to be present during that event.


You have made every effort on your part to self promote your exhibition.


You have made your payment to the gallery of your fees.


You have made arrangements for the dismantling of your exhibit at the end of your time.