One of the best ways to get inspired is to visit local art hubs. You don’t have to head to Toronto to see amazing art. In Kitchener – Waterloo, we are so lucky to have a rich and diverse arts culture. Here are some of my favourite Art Spots in Waterloo Region.
The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery
This gallery is located right beside Waterloo park in a modern, stunning structure that won the Governor General’s award for architecture. It shows modern art and installations from a variety of artists working in ceramics, glass and enamel. Their gift shop is just as well curated as their exhibits, featuring a variety of Canadian and local art. Entry is by donation and it is open seven days a week!
It may seem biassed to include this place, as I am represented here, but with over 20 Local Artists and 5 rotating shows per year, its a great place to pop into when Uptown Waterloo. Entry is always free and it is near a ton of amazing uptown restaurants. Don’t forget to see the backrooms and check out the card rack for some great local art. It is open seven days a week!
Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery
KWAG is located at Centre in the Square in Kitchener. They focus on contemporary Canadian and International art and they have an extensive permanent collection which is often displayed. They have amazing programming, gallery tours and special events. I love their stroller tours for parents of little ones.
Button Factory Arts
The Button factory is located in an amazing historic building in Uptown Waterloo. It is a local art centre that has member shows, workshops, classes and a great little gift shop. There is truly something for artists at all ages and skill levels. Their drop in sketch club and life drawing classes are amazing resources for artists. They also have amazing children and family programs and a state of the art Printmaking studio.
Homer Watson Gallery
This gallery is a bit harder to get to, but well worth it. The Gallery is housed in the Victorian home of the late local landscape painter Homer Watson. They have amazing classes and programming for all ages. Interested in learning more about local legend Homer Watson? They have a permanent educational display including family photos, his painting tools and paintings.
What are your favourite Local Art Spots?