ALFEW wraps-up continuous shows at the The Grange

After eighteen shows, spanning six years, ALFEW will no longer be curating art shows at Heritage Mississauga's The Grange House.

It was a great experience, giving us the opportunity to meet many wonderful artists, but unfortunately organizing such shows takes up too much time for one person to undertake. Also, while we were grateful for the opportunity to display our work at The Grange, the hours were somewhat restrictive and frequently prevented people from readily accessing the work.

The last show (presently running) is Aggregation 18: a solo show with photographer Dave Hook, which opened on July 28 and runs until October 2015.

Matthew Wilkinson, Historian at Heritage Mississauga, has graciously invited us to hold a show from time to time in the upstairs space, which we will be pleased to do.

At some point, we may consider holding a show at The Neilson Park Creative Centre, in Etobicoke.

Posted August 3, 2015 by Louise Peacock

Important Note For ALFEW Members: upcoming shows and schedule changes

Important note for ALFEW members

Due to changes in scheduling made by Heritage Mississauga, we have had to make some adjustments to our own show schedule.

Aggregation 17: pick up

Work in this show must be picked up on Tuesday June 30 between 9am and 7pm

Aggregation 18: Dave Hook

This will be a one-man show featuring the photography of Dave Hook.

Exhibit dates: July 28 to Aug 28, 2015
Opening: Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Aggregation 19

Drop off is for Sept 1.
Exhibit dates: September 8, 2015, to February 26, 2016
Opening: Tuesday, September 8, 2015 (Double opening with Irene Monique Salehi)

Posted May 12, 2015 by Louise Peacock

Call for art: Aggregation 17

We are looking for art submissions for the next show, Aggregation 17.

Please email me to submit your proposed works as follows:

Name of work, size of work, medium, value, if for sale

Please include jpgs of your work.

I need your submissions no later than Sunday February 23

A reminder - ALL work whether framed or canvas, must be properly wired for hanging, or the Grange will not allow it.

Aggregation 17 - drop off is early (March 3rd), and show opens March 24th. Show runs until June 25th, with a pick-up of art work on June 30th

I will be looking forward to receiving your submissions

Posted Februrary 16, 2015 by Louise Peacock

Aggregation 16 - Fall and Winter

You are warmly invited to attend


On: Tuesday November 4, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
At: The Grange, 1921 Dundas Street West, Mississauga, ON L5K 1R2

Light refreshments will be served

The show theme is Fall and Winter, featuring artwork and photography from:

Nisreen Askar
Meena Chopra
Dave Hook
Dorothy Knight
Louise Peacock

For more information contact Heritage Mississauga at 905) 828-8411 or or Louise Peacock at or visit the ALFEW website

Posted October 22, 2014 by Louise Peacock

"Aggregation 15" - "Memory Lane"

July 8th to October 3rd, 2014 at The Grange

Aggregation 15 teaser

Art can be a tool for sharing, exploring and expressing memory.

2014 marks the centennial of the start of the First World War, and Heritage Mississauga will be focusing many of its programs on the theme of remembering and remembrance of historic Mississauga's involvement.

In connecting to the theme of remembrance and memory, Heritage Mississauga is inviting the collective ALFEW artists to artistically explore the concept of remembrance and memory in ALFEW's Aggregation 15 art exhibit at The Grange, running from July 8th to October 3rd, 2014 (Art drop off is June 24th).

The challenge is to use your art, in any medium, to explore the concept of memory. What inspires you to remember? What stirs your memory from a specific place, event, emotion or story? What and why should we collectively remember or share something? Some memories are shared, some are intensely personal.

Representational or abstract, regardless of style or inspiration or theme, any memory-inspired-art is welcome. We invite ALFEW artists to also provide a short narrative (50 words or less) describing your memory-inspired-artworks.

-- Matthew Wilkinson

Posted April 2, 2014 by Bruce Walker

Aggregation 14 important dates update

The Grange is "enjoying" some renovation so please note that important Aggregation 14 dates have shifted:

Drop off: March 18th, 2014
Opening: March 25th
Exhibiting: March 25th to June 20th, 2014

Posted February 9, 2014 by Bruce Walker

Art updates for 2014

It's hard to believe but we are already almost halfway through January of 2014, and that means we are approaching the end of the Fall/Winter show at the Grange, and getting ready for the Spring show.

"Aggregation 14" Spring Themed

Drop Off: Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 (Pickup art from the Fall Winter show the same day)
Exhibit dates: March 25th to June 20th, 2014
Opening: Tuesday, March 25th

For your information, here are the dates for the 2014 shows ...

"Aggregation 15" - "Memory Lane"

Use your art, in any medium, to explore the concept of memory.

Drop Off: June 24th, 2014 (pick up Spring show artwork same day)
Exhibit dates: July 8th to October 3rd, 2014
Opening: Tuesday, July 8th (to coincide with HM's WWI exhibit opening, show will also be on exhibit during Doors Open at the end of September, and Doors Open will be themed on WWI for 2014)

Aggregation 15 teaser

"Aggregation 16" Fall/Winter in Mississauga

Drop Off: October 7th, 2013 (pickup Remembrance day artwork same day)
Exhibit dates: October 14th to February 27th, 2015
Opening: Tuesday, October 14th

Posted January 16, 2013 by Louise Peacock

Heads-up: Summer Themed Show - Remembrance

Our summer show for 2014 will be themed around remembrance and the 100th anniversary of WWI.

There is currently very little scheduled on the topic of the 100th Anniversary of the First World War, and an art exhibit themed on remembrance would, in my opinion, be quite a draw. For artistic inspiration, artists might look to the styles of Frederick Varley, A.Y. Jackson and Arthur Lismer, members of the Group of Seven. They were all employed as war artists during the First World War. Other Canadian artists employed as war artists during WWI included Maurice Cullen, Kenneth Forbes & C.W. Jefferys, amongst likely many others. Here is an interesting link ...

Artists are free to interpret this theme as they wish. They could use Remembrance as the main force, which could include a wide variety of subjects, since Remembrance is different for everyone. Or they could hone in on WW1 or any war they had relative's in or which had an impact on their lives.

Art lists and .jpgs must be submitted by June 9/14 and accepted Art is to be dropped off June 24/14.

Posted October 24, 2013 by Louise Peacock

Aggregation 13

Invitation to Art Show Opening

Aggregation 13, our Fall/Winter show runs from September 3/13 until February 28/14.

Please join us at the opening on Tuesday, September 3 from 6:30pm 'til 8:00pm, at The Grange, 1921 Dundas Street West, Mississauga, Ontario

Aggregation 13 features the work of the following ALFEW artists:

Missi Ali - Photos  
Nisreen Askar - Paintings  
Lance D'souza - Photos  
Myrna D'souza - Paintings  
Dave Hook - Photos  
Julie Lo Tauro - Paintings  
Pilar Rey de Castro - painting  
Bruce Teel - painting  
Bruce Walker - photo  
Diane Zaremba - photos

We are delighted to welcome Lance D'Souza (photographer spouse of Myrna), both as a new member, and as an exhibiting artist.

For information about The Grange, and the upcoming opening, please call (905) 828-8411

For more information about ALFEW and its artists, please visit the website at, or email

Posted August 25, 2013 by Louise Peacock

Heritage Mississauga's "We Did It Again"

New show opening July 9, running through August 23 and featuring invited ALFEW artists: Nisreen Askar, Myrna D'Souza, Bruce Walker plus Heritage Mississauga's own Matthew Wilkinson.

For more details see the Facebook event ...

Posted June 29, 2013 by Bruce Walker

Aggregation 12

Folks: mark your calendar for the opening reception of Aggregation 12:

Tuesday June 4, 2013, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.  
Light refreshments served.

Featuring the artwork of: Nisreen Askar, Ray Bechard, Myrna de Sousa, Kyla Dorey, Dave Hook, Marlene Leighton, Julie LoTauro, Eleonora Gattesco Roberts, Nigel Roberts, Pilar Rey de Castro, Bruce Teel, Bruce Walker, Darlene Watson, and Diane Zaremba.

These artists are working in acrylic, watercolour, oil, charcoal, pastel, photography and mixed media.

The show will run from June 4 through August 23.

Posted February May 29, 2013 by Louise Peacock

Aggregation 11

You are invited to attend the opening reception for Aggregation 11, Tuesday March 5, 2013 at The Grange, 1921 Dundas Street West, Mississauga ON L5L 2N2.

It begins at 6:30pm and runs til 8pm. Light refreshments will be served

It features photography by Mississauga Photo Club members David Hook and Bruce Walker and photographer Nigel Robertson and a great selection of paintings from Nisreen Askar, Myrna d'Souza, Frances Lindblad, Julie LoTauro, Eleonora Gattesco Roberts, Louise Peacock, Pilar Rey de Castro, Irene Salehi and Bruce Teel.

This will be a joint opening with the upstairs gallery show showing the artwork of the Rick Hanson Secondary High School students. Last year we had a blast with them.

We encourage you to spread the word, and if you plan to attend, bring a couple of friends - let's make this a spectacular event. We are looking forward to seeing everyone there.

Posted February 27th, 2013 by Louise Peacock

Spring 2013 Exhibit: Call for Art

Call for work for the upcoming Spring 2013 show with a Spring theme.

To an abstract artist this would mean light, spring-like colour, a portrait artist might submit a portrait featuring some spring-like flowers or plants in the background, or the subject wearing light garb; the still life artist could again, submit spring flowers, etc. Photographers, use your imagination.

Important dates to remember:

  • Art drop-off on Tuesday, February 26 between 9am and 7pm
  • Exhibit opens Tuesday, March 5 (coincides with opening of Rick Hansen Secondary School art exhibit upstairs, so we will have a joint opening)
  • Exhibit closes Friday, May 24
  • Art pick-up on Tuesday, May 28

Posted February 1st, 2013 by Louise Peacock

Open Art Contest 3: "Along the Waterfront Trail"

An Art Contest from Heritage Mississauga & ALFEW

We are inviting artists and photographers to capture an image along the Waterfront Trail in Mississauga.

Completed artwork must be submitted at The Grange, offices of Heritage Mississauga, no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, June 22, 2013. This is a juried art show and prizes will be awarded to the winning entries. All the artworks will be part of the ALFEW show "Along the Waterfront Trail", which will run from July 9, 2013 to August 23, 2013 at The Grange. All works must be framed and ready to be hanged, and a minimum 15x18 inches and no larger than 21x28.5 inches (framed).

Posted January 7th, 2013 by Louise Peacock

Spring 2013 Updates

The Fall show at the Grange has been held over until the end of February 2013 to accommodate some renovations. The walls have been repaired and repainted in honour of the new and updated picture hanging system. This will make hanging the shows a lot easier.

We look forward to a new show -- Spring themed -- for March, April and May. We will put out a call for art in February, but you are all forewarned: Spring is the theme, so artists, get those paintbrushes going. Photographers, look through your work and find some spring themed photos you can print and frame.

Posted January 7th, 2013 by Louise Peacock

Postmodern Pinups - Bruce Walker

ALFEW artist Bruce Walker has mounted a cozy exhibit of what he calls Postmodern Pinups in the Junction, and it will be there for all of May. Opening reception is Wednesday May 9th.

"I call them Postmodern because while they are centered around the 1950's painted pinups of the great Gil Elvgren, they contain ephemera and influences from the 1920's through present day", says Bruce.

The address of the exhibit:

the Junction Chiropractic & Wellness Centre
3093 Dundas St West (just west of Quebec Ave.)
May 2 - June 4, 2012

Opening Reception Wednesday May 9
6:30PM - 10:00PM

For the opening reception there's a very informal dress theme: 1950's
Show us your pincurls and up-dos! Your 1950's dresses. Have some fun!

More info, and lots of images here ...

Posted May 4th, 2012 by Louise Peacock

Aggregation 8

Hi everyone!

You are invited to attend the opening reception for Aggregation 8, Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at The Grange, 1921 Dundas Street West Mississauga ON L5L 2N2. It begins at 6:30 PM and runs til 8:00 PM. Light refreshments will be served

It's a really varied show; 8 new artists - including 1 photographer - have joined us and we are looking forward to seeing everyone there.

We encourage you to spread the word, and if you plan to attend, bring a couple of friends - let's make this a spectacular event.

Posted February 26th, 2012 by Louise Peacock

Special Recognition: Louise Peacock

On behalf of all the member artists, please join me in congratulating ALFEW coordinator and founder Louise Peacock, who is being awarded "Special Recognition" by Heritage Mississauga!

Here is the announcement:

Each year Heritage Mississauga Foundation gives recognition awards
to honour those in the community who have made significant contributions
to the preservation and conservation of heritage in Mississauga.

The Board of Directors is pleased to inform you, that they have
chosen you to receive a "Special Recognition" Award.

The Awards ceremony will be held Thursday February 23rd at the Maja
Prentice Theatre, Burnhamthorpe Library, 3650 Dixie Road, commencing
at 7:00pm. Opening reception will begin at 6:00pm.

Tickets are $25.00 and can be obtained from:

Heritage Mississauga,
1921 Dundas Street West
Mississauga ON L5L 2N2
(905) 828-8411

Posted February 14th, 2012 by Bruce Walker

New! Contest page

I've added a brand new Contest page to draw attention to the joint ALFEW/Heritage Mississauga challenge to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Rebellion of 1837. Check it out and make plans to enter it. Make William Lyon Mackenzie proud!

Posted December 27th, 2011 by Bruce Walker

Update 2: Aggregation 7

Aggregation 7 opening reception time is 5:00pm to 6:00pm Sunday December 4.

Posted November 20th, 2011 by Louise Peacock

Update: Aggregation 7

The next show at The Grange is Aggregation 7, and it runs from December 4, 2011 until February 28, 2012.

The following artists are participating:

Nisreen Askar - oil and mixed media
John Carvalho - Photography
A. Caylakyan - Photography
John Doherty - Acrylic
David Hook - Photography
Julie LoTauro - Oils
Louise Peacock - Acrylic
Bruce Walker - Photography
Diane Zaremba - Watercolour

The opening is Sunday, December 4, 2011 (time TBA)

Posted November 16th, 2011 by Louise Peacock

News flash: Aggregation 7

Next ALFEW show: Aggregation 7
Winter Theme
December 4, 2011 - February 28, 2012
Opens Sunday Dec 4 at The Grange

Posted November 6th, 2011 by Bruce Walker

Aggregation 6

[Aggregation 6 banner]

New show coming up next Tuesday:

Aggregation 6 runs from October 11 through November 29, 2011. The opening reception is Tuesday October 11, from 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM. Ray Bechard will be performing on accordian.

Ray Bechard - Coloured Pencil/Pencil/Photography
John Carvalho - Photography
John Doherty - Acrylic
David Hook - Photography
Julie LoTauro - Oils and watercolour
Iain Macdonald - Acrylic
Bruce Teel - Mixed Media
Bruce Walker - Photography
Jay Ward - Photography
Diane Zaremba - Watercolour/computer art

Posted Oct 6th, 2011 by Bruce Walker

The Next Contest

"The Grange in June" was the first contest in a series we have called "Capturing Mississauga's Heritage". The next contest -- which will reach its conclusion summer 2012 -- begins immediately.

We will be celebrating the 175th anniversary of the (failed) rebellion of 1837, led by William Lyon McKenzie. Our contest involves the Mississauga portion of McKenzie's flight following his defeat at the Battle of Montgomery's Tavern.

Contestants are provided with a map detailing the various points which McKenzie passed, and the location where he actually stayed for 3 nights (and was almost captured).

You will be free to take pictures, paint, draw or carve your interpretation of whichever point or location you choose, and during whichever month you choose, starting right now: August.

Final date for finished art to be delivered in 2012 will be announced shortly.

Posted Aug 16th, 2011 by Louise Peacock

Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of our "Capturing Mississauga's Heritage: The Grange In June" contest.

The winners are:

1st prize - Julie Lo Tauro for her watercolour "The Grange in June"

2nd Prize - John Carvalho for his photograph "Mystery Lady"

3rd prize - Nisreen for her lacquered collage plaque "The Heart of Mississauga"

Stefan Krivda - Honourable mention for his three dimentional creation "The Grange"

We'd like to thank all the contestants for participating in this contest

  • Nisreen Askar
  • Ray Bechard
  • John Carvalho
  • Stefan Krivda
  • Julie LoTauro
  • Bruce Walker
  • Diane Zaremba

The diversity of entries was really great, no two alike really.

If you were not a winner, it wasn't for want of your contributions being appreciated - the judges had a really tough time making up their minds, with a few ties and much hard thought and soul searching.

We would also like to thank our judges:

Arnold Caylakyan - Humbertown Framing
Zofia Krivdova, student - Heritage Mississauga.
Candi McNeil - Canclone Services
Linda Thomas - Mississauga Arts Council
Matthew Wilkinson, Historian - Heritage Mississauga

Thanks, of course, to our prize sponsors:

Canclone Services
Heritage Mississauga
Humbertown Framing
Mississauga Arts Council

Posted Aug 16th, 2011 by Louise Peacock

ALFEW In The News: Mississauga News

[Julie LoTauro]

The Mississauga News paper published a nice story about the joint Heritage Mississauga / ALFEW "Capturing Mississauga's Heritage" contest.

"Lo Tauro, who's been painting for most of her life and specializes in landscapes, still life and portraits, said it's a nice compliment to have her work featured at The Grange and chosen for the grand prize."

Read the entire article here ...

photo by Mississauga News staffer Fred Loek

Posted Aug 9th, 2011 by Bruce Walker

Exciting News

The works in our joint Heritage Mississauga / ALFEW contest "Capturing Mississauga's Heritage" have been delivered. Lovely variety of entries and we can't wait to see what our judges say next week.

The exciting thing is that Heritage Mississauga has decided that the contest entries will be displayed in the upstairs gallery!

So come on all of you and join us for the show opening and to see who the winner is on August 9 ...

Posted July 28th, 2011 by Louise Peacock

Deadline extended

Hi everybody

I'm delighted to let you know that Heritage Mississauga has graciously extended the deadline to receive framed and wired contest entries for the "Capturing Mississauga's Heritage" contest.

You may drop you entries off at the Grange on Tuesday July 19 between 9am and 7pm -- that's today!

  • photos and paintings must be framed and wired, or if a canvas, wired to hang.

  • Artwork must have labels affixed to the back with name and address of artist, contact phone and email, name of piece and value, if for sale or not.

(See the Resources page for a .pdf with labels on it which you can print out)

  • You can submit more than one entry

  • if you haven't filled out a contest form yet, we give you one when you drop off your work, you can fill it in on the spot.

We are looking forward to seeing the results.

Best of luck to everyone entering!

Posted July 19th, 2011 by Louise Peacock

Thanks to everyone

ALFEW wishes to extend its thanks to everyone involved in the Aggregation 5 art show.

First, to our friends at Heritage Mississauga for allowing us to use their space for our shows, and for organizing a lovely opening night reception, and for taking all those nice pictures!

Then to all the artists who contributed their artwork to the show and for coming out to the opening night.

The participation of the artists is a vital part of our shows, and will help to build the momentum we need to make this really big.

We were also delighted at the interest shown by the artists in our contest to capture a likeness of The Grange either in photo, or some other art form.

We are looking forward to seeing the results. Don't forget - if you haven't filled out a contest form yet, we can email you one, and that you need to get your contest entry started during the month of June, to be completed and handed in to The Grange no later than July 15.

Best of luck to everyone entering!

Posted June 9th, 2011 by Louise Peacock

Contest: Capture a likeness of The Grange

Hey folks,

Here's a heads-up on our brand new contest to capture a likeness of Mississauga's historic The Grange. We'll have the sign-up form at our upcoming opening on June 7/11

  • To enter the contest, artists must be Grange members, and must sign up on the Contest Sheet. There is no Contest entry fee.

  • All types of media accepted (pencil drawing; pen and ink drawing; painting; photography; carving; sculpture; collage; weaving; macrame; embroidery, etc.)

  • Art must be initiated during the month of June 2011

  • Completed artwork must be submitted by Friday July 15/11

We are looking forward to seeing your submissions!

Posted June 6th, 2011 by Louise Peacock

Aggregation 5

Press Release

Art Show Opening

ALFEW's "Aggregation 5"

Tuesday June 7/10 - from 6:30pm to 8pm

At The Grange
Downstairs meeting room
1921 Dundas Street West
Mississauga, Ont.
(905) 828-8411

This is a multi-style art show, hosted by The Grange and presented by ALFEW (Artists Looking For Empty Walls). The show features the artwork of ALFEW member artists presenting photography, acrylics, oils, collage, computer art and watercolours:

The following artists are participating:

Ray Bechard - various media
John Carvalho - Photography
Olivia Cugliari - Photo-art-collage
David Hook - Photography
Julie LoTauro - Oils and watercolour
Seth Mukamal - Photography
Camille Muller - Various media
Louise Peacock - Acrylics and Computer Art
Bruce Teel - Mixed Media
Bruce Walker - Photography
Jay Ward - Photography
Diane Zaremba - Watercolour

Come and join us for the opening reception evening, check out the art, and meet some of the participating artists. Light refreshments will be served.

The show will be running from June 7/11 until July 29/11

For more information about the event contact:
(905) 828-8411

For more information about ALFEW please visit the website:

Posted June 2nd, 2011 by Bruce Walker

New show coming in June

The next ALFEW art show at the Grange will run from June 7 through July 29, 2011. There will be a number of new (to us) artists and some exciting new work. More details soon.

Mark your calendar now -- you won't want to miss it!

Posted May 15th, 2011 by Bruce Walker

Our Artists Galleries and Windows Internet Explorer

I was able to fix a bug that was causing the Artist's galleries to malfunction for some users of Internet Explorer in MS Windows. The art galleries should work properly for anyone viewing us in IE7 or IE8, and I assume also IE9.

Sadly, you still can't view the galleries in IE6, but I strongly urge you to upgrade to IE8 rather than continue struggling with IE6 anyway.

Posted May 15th, 2011 by Bruce Walker


The Aggregation 4 opening went off very nicely and a wonderful time was had by all. Please visit our ALFEW Facebook page for pix .

Posted Mar 9th, 2011 by Bruce Walker

My Mississauga

We got a nice write-up from My Mississauga; read it here ...

My Mississauga "is Mississauga's very own online magazine dedicated to arts & entertainment, food & drink, lifestyle and sports"

Posted Mar 3rd, 2011 by Bruce Walker


ALFEW has joined twitter! Follow us [twitter logo] @alfewdotcom

Posted Mar 1st, 2011 by Bruce Walker

Gallery updates

If you are browsing with IE7 or IE8 the picture galleries may be working for you. I'd love to hear reports about that either way—thanks!

I have sped up the gallery workings enormously, so if it was very sluggish for you before, please give them another try. Things will be much improved for those of you with slower connections to the web.

Posted Feb 25th, 2011 by Bruce Walker

Champagne Time

Well, the new site is launched, and in fact it's almost ready. What's that you say? Oh yes, that's usually done the other way around, but I couldn't wait to just open 'er up and see what she'll do.

I'm happy to get any comments, gripes, kudos and/or bug-reports that you might have about the site. Feel free to drop me a line at Thanks!

IE users: My Apologies

I'm very sorry that the image gallery feature that appears on every artist's page does not appear to be working correctly for Internet Explorer. (That's the web browser that many Microsoft Windows users view the web through.) I'm attempting to get that fixed as soon as I can, but I'm using free Open Source software (Galleria) for that function and getting that stuff serviced is iffy at best.

In the meantime you could give Firefox a try, or Google Chrome or Apple's Safari ; all very fine browsers.

Posted Feb 24th, 2011 by Bruce Walker

New Show Coming

Aggregation 4

Opening March 8, 2011

The Grange

1921 Dundas Street West Mississauga, Ontario

John Carvalho
Matthew Chapman
Computer graphics
John Doherty
David Hook
Elli Jonuschies
Heidi Jonuschies
Julie LoTauro
Oils and watercolour
Seth Mukamal
Michael Ratt
Renee Szuhai
Bruce Teel
Mixed Media
Bruce Walker

Posted Feb 23rd, 2011 by Bruce Walker