Exhibits & Art Shows


Main Exhibit: True. Grit. 2018   The Pioneering Spirit of Dufferin County 

We look to the past; to the pioneers, the originals, to understand where our community began. This display of artifacts, archival materials and modern photography compares and contrasts pioneers and present-day people who have made important contributions to our community.

Temperance and Temptation Exhibit sponsored by Central Counties Tourism

Between the mid 1800s and early 1900s, much debate surrounded the consumption of alcohol in Canada. While bootleggers tended to their hidden stills, local temperance enthusiasts met to discuss their anti-alcohol agenda. Unlike the United States, the prohibition of alcohol was less stringent in Canada. At no time was the entire country under prohibition. Instead, residents voted for laws restricting alcohol in their own regions, this was known as Local Option. Beginning in 1894, towns and townships in Dufferin County voted to go “dry”. As a rural community with traditionally conservative values, the majority of the county felt that alcohol should be strictly controlled. Of course, not everyone agreed… Join us on a journey as we bring you secret stills and stories from Dufferin County’s past.

Pine River Institute Student Art Show – Long Gallery – First floor

Located near Shelburne, Ontario, Pine River Institute is a residential treatment centre and outdoor leadership experience for youth 13 to 19 struggling with addictive behaviours and often other mental health issues. Pine River Institute offers adolescents and their families room for hope. The first and only program of its kind in Canada, Pine River uses a four-stage approach to treatment: wilderness, residence, transition and aftercare support. Combining therapy with a fully-accredited education program, Pine River reinforces the healthy life skills required for a successful future.

Experiential Arts at PRI

Open Studio visual art making sessions are offered to students as a non-academic elective. A low pressure environment is created to encourage young people to search for their own personal means of expression. Raw intuition and the freedom to experiment with colour, form and an assortment of materials provides a therapeutic experience. With a focus on psycho education and social learning students are invited to share their creations with each other and their families; in campus art displays; in local art galleries; and in Public Education Projects.