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The Marianne van Silfhout Gallery is a state-of-the-art community art gallery located at the front atrium of the campus and is the focus of the visual arts for Brockville and the larger Eastern Ontario area.

Creation of the gallery was made possible by a major half-million dollar bequest from the estate of Marianne van Silfhout, a graduate of the Fine Art program at St. Lawrence College, as well as numerous donors to the St. Lawrence College Foundation. Behind this gift is Marianne’s belief that wilderness adventure and education and art are inextricably bound together in an experience of enduring value and benefit to humanity. The bequest will also fund bursaries for both part-time and full-time Fine Arts students at St. Lawrence College. 

Gallery Hours

Tuesday - Friday, 10 am to 8 pm
Monday & Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm


The Marianne van Silfhout Gallery is located on St. Lawrence College's Brockville campus.
2288 Parkedale Avenue, Brockville, ON K6V 5X3
To find the Gallery more easily, please use the main entrance at the front of the college.


Surface Tensions

January 9- February 20, 2015

Belize, 2013; Artist: Michèle Larose; Medium: Oil on Canvas

Belize, 2013; Artist: Michèle Larose; Medium: Oil on Canvas

Michèle LaRose's abstract paintings play with spatial illusion and pattern. While presenting us with images that are in ambiguous space, she reminds us of Escher, as she confounds the viewer with contradictions and puzzles and plays with an intriguing mix of high colour and neutrals. She suggests that viewing abstract art, in general, presents many surface tensions as the observer tries to decipher the images or determine the meanings. She provides few clues. This challenge of making interesting non-representational work has kept her engaged for the last 15 years. She hopes viewers will be equally smitten.

Saints, Mermaids & Swine

January 9- February 20, 2015

Diane Black-Sometimes you're riding a wave, sometimes a pig.

Sometimes you’re riding a wave, sometimes a pig; Artist: Diane Black; Medium: clay, underglazes, encaustic wax

Diane Black's expressive clay figures appear whimsical on the surface though their tongues are often quite firmly planted in their cheeks. The surfaces belie a tension, a contradiction, or a narrative more closely attuned to the inner world of her characters (or perhaps the inner world of the viewers). In this collection, Diane explores life's subtle ironies through symbolic characters; mostly amusing, sometimes dark, always informed by real life.  With her unique mixture of clay and wrought iron, Diane will convince you that what you see is not always what you get.


General Call to Artists

The Marianne van Silfhout Gallery is currently accepting submissions for our programming roster. Established and emerging visual artists with professional curricula vitae are invited to submit exhibition proposals. As a learning facility, preference will be given to artists who demonstrate innovation and creativity in their art, and are willing to provide opportunity for learning within our SLC student community by way of lecture, workshop, etc. To view submission requirements and apply, download the submission form (pdf).

For more information about the Gallery and upcoming exhibitions please contact:

Christina Chrysler, Curator
613-345-0660 ext. 3636