Valerie Kent's Marketplace Series at Cavan Art Gallery

Submitted by Valerie Kent

“We may not be big but we are small.”  Stuart McLean

We are not the first art gallery to be housed in a roomy, renovated and refurbished barn, over 100 years young out in a rural area.  I like to think of it as the metropolis of Cavan, Ontario, settled in 1817 and with a population of less than 9,000 in all of the Township of Cavan Monaghan. 

Here the hills roll into green lushness starting soon and winters are winters.  And here, alongside the Cavan Creek is the not so large gallery and workshops led by esteemed artists such as Lucy Manley and Peter John Reid. This is where those who know come from far to experience peace and inspiration to take those workshops. They come brandishing brushes, paints and creative expectations from Ottawa, Montreal, Richmond Hill, Toronto and further afield.  It makes for a beautiful day having lunch on the patio at the red café tables and watching the clouds dreamily wander across the sky. 

 The artwork on the walls changes.  From April 1st to 30th Valerie Kent Solo Exhibit and Sale Marketplace Series highlights the spring offerings. The Marketplace Series has done some travelling from places as diverse as Shenzhen, China to Amsterdam, to Belleville at the John M. Parrott Art Gallery and now to Cavan, Ontario. 

 The work was always conceived as a Series following years of travel and visiting the markets in various parts of the world, some while teaching on river cruises in France and in the Tuscany region of Italy.  

Artist Statement about the Marketplace Series

My current work focuses on social interaction.  A basic desire of human beings is to interact, and through connection to make memories, experience happiness, explore what is new and exciting, and to practice commerce. Today we have Facebook, Snapchat, Google, Instagram, Linkedin, and a myriad of social media sites. This flow of information on the Internet is our Silk Road, our virtual marketplace.


As late spring comes along, landscape works of Marianne Broome, Peter John Reid, Don Cavin, Lynda Todd, Lucy Manley and Valerie Kent will follow. 

 And it is hoped that you too will come to see the gallery, to experience the workshops and join us on art retreat adventures.  In 2020, the third year of painting in the Dordogne, is now available.   705 944 9444