New art gallery opens in The Ward

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A Guelph couple opened Lalani Jennings Contemporary Art at 60 Ontario St.

Art exhibitions without battling the traffic of big cities.

A couple from Guelph have moved into The Ward to showcase artists from across the country and beyond.

“What we’re trying to do with the space is bring something new and exciting to Guelph, and allow them to see what’s out there in the Canadian market, and the unique lineup of artists that we have in this country that are accessible to us,” said Ross Jennings, co-owner of Lalani Jennings Contemporary Art.

He and his wife Sheena Lalani took over the space at 60 Ontario Street in January.

Although small in stature, Jennings said the space worked for them.

“There was something that clicked for my wife and I, that we could just have a vision of how it would work,” he said. “We think it’s the perfect size and it’s the perfect location.

“We live in The Ward, we love The Ward and I think it’s a great community of people from all walks of life and it’s a really great place.”

One of the most important aspects of it, he said, was wanting to present a welcoming and comfortable environment for locals to enjoy the art.

Currently, the space houses Constellation Ian exhibition featuring around 30 works, ranging from paintings to ceramic sculptures that customers can view and purchase.

Jennings said all of the pieces are from Canadian artists, based in places like Halifax, Victoria, British Columbia, Montreal, as well as a few in the United States.

“Guelph has a huge artistic community and a huge artistic heritage, but it’s not used as much as it could be by the general public,” he said. “Those who are involved are very involved and very supportive. But for the general public, there is so much they can see and there is so much they can experience.

“We’re really trying to close that gap.”

The space is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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