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Arts & CultureKITCHEN: virtual exhibit at Sivarulrasa Gallery

KITCHEN: virtual exhibit at Sivarulrasa Gallery

KITCHEN at Sivarulrasa Gallery, Almonte

Jointly presented by Sivarulrasa Gallery & Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

A group exhibition, May 13 – July 10, 2020

Featured artists: Karen Haines, Caroline Ji, Cathy Ross, Gillian Willans

From May 13 to July 10, 2020, Almonte’s Sivarulrasa Gallery is pleased to partner with the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum to present KITCHEN, an exhibition that elegantly combines works by four contemporary Canadian painters with artifacts of kitchens past from the Museum’s collection. This exhibition has been more than a year in the making, and we are grateful to our artists for completing their paintings despite many challenges posed by the current pandemic. The exhibition will be shown virtually until we are able to open the gallery to visitors once again.

The kitchen is often called “the heart of the home”. The act of cooking, and of sharing a meal, has always been a powerful symbol of our culture, our history, and our identity. What we do in the kitchen connects us to our past, to our bloodlines. Covid-19 and stay-at-home orders have forced upon us a togetherness in our homes. The pandemic has led us back to the kitchen, the traditional gathering spot. The constant of the kitchen, and the joys and comforts we experience there, are helping us adapt to isolation. These joys and comforts will be there still when the pandemic recedes and we open our homes once again to welcome friends and family.

Artist Karen Haines sees the kitchen as a place of safety, where families gather, share stories and make memories for a lifetime. Her still life paintings pulsate with the energy of the everyday. Artist Caroline Ji explores the intermingling of the kitchen and the artist studio, a space that combines brushes, cups, studio props and sinks. Artist Cathy Ross aims to convey the uniqueness and special character of everyday objects in her watercolour works, exploring the intimacy and subtle joy of the ordinary. Artist Gillian Willans’ depictions of interiors, including kitchens and everyday spaces, is both nostalgic and critical, steeped in questions of gender and social structures. Devoid of figures, her paintings invite the viewer to imagine each private space as a stage on which a range of social interactions play out.

The artifacts from the collection of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum invite us to imagine and recollect the joys and tribulations of kitchens past. A cast-iron frying pan #3 produced at Findlay’s Limited in Carleton Place, Ontario, recalls the company’s range of frypans, numbered from 1 to 10. In operation for over 100 years, this family-owned foundry produced iron cookware, furnaces and woodstoves, including the best-selling Findlay Oval Cookstove. The Five Roses Cookbook was a compilation of almost 600 recipes carefully chosen from the contribution of over two thousand successful users of Five Roses flour throughout Canada and was issued by the Lake of the Woods Milling Company in 1913.

KITCHEN can be viewed online until Sivarulrasa Gallery is allowed to open once again to visitors. In keeping with health directives, we will not have a vernissage for this show. We are offering free delivery locally and free shipping of art within Canada on orders placed before May 31, 2020. You can reach us by phone at 613-256-8033 or email

Please visit our Exhibition Webpage for more photos:

Visit our Virtual Gallery where we will soon add video clips:

Thank you and stay safe!

34 Mill Street, Almonte, ON






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