Sept 26th, 2020


It's our first birthday and to celebrate we're having an official baby shower to welcome our newest foreign bundle of joy, The Drey Berlin @ Weißenssee Studio.

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

Mark Twain

Vernissage: Saturday Sept 26th, 12 to 6

New works being exhibited by Michael Nathaniel Green and James (Hiyme) Brummett.

Also in attendance :

Ulysses Castellanos, Kiniko Ivic, Matt Crookshank, Jubal Brown, Ron Loranger, Christopher Lori, Ed de Ryk, SP38, Casey McGlynne, John Kissick and Romas Astrauskas

July 18 - Jan 1, 2020


In an attempt to atone for the contemporary trend of curatorial malpractice, The Drey will distance itself from the current climate of mass manufactured likabilty and divisional descentism through the creation of a fictitious art collective we’re calling “Unlimited Hangout’

A Limited Hangout is "spy jargon for a favourite and frequently used gimmick of the clandestine professionals. When their veil of secrecy is shredded and they can no longer rely on a phony cover story to misinform the public, they resort to admitting—sometimes even volunteering—some of the truth while still managing to withhold the key and damaging facts in the case. The public, however, is usually so intrigued by the new information that it never thinks to pursue the matter further."

Vernissage: Saturday July 18th, 12 to 6

Exhibition runs into the dystopian year 2021

Exhibiting artists:

Ulysses Castellanos, Kiniko Ivic, Matt Crookshank, Jubal Brown, Ron Loranger, Christopher Lori, Ed de Ryk, SP38, Casey McGlynne, John Kissick, Romas Astrauskas and James (Hiyme) Brummett.

Promotional image: Ulysses Castellanos, detail of "Royal Family' Courtesy of Georgia Scherman Projects.

June 24 - July 16, 2020


Reception : Saturday, July 4th, 3 - 9pm

Exhibition Dates: June 24th- July 16th, 2020

Location: The Drey, 515 Main St, Unit M2, Glen Williams

Territorial Pissings features the private collection of Gallery Overlord, Drew Simpson. Artists include: Ron Loranger, Pascal Paquette, Romas Astraukas, Istvan Kantor, Mat Brown, Joe Becker, Peter Wilde, Derik Mainella, Matt Bennett, John Kissick, Robert Farmer, Jubal Brown and Tony Toccalino.

APR 1 - JUNE 1, 2020


Deception Reception : Saturday, May 2nd, 3 - 9pm

Exhibition Dates: April 1st - June 1st, 2020

Location: The Drey, 515 Main St, Unit M2, Glen Williams

The Drey has the privilege of hosting Monty Cantsin as our 3rd exhibiting solo artist during the Covid 19-84 Plandemic.

Istvan Kantor (a.k.a. Monty Cantsin) is active in the fields of robotics, sound, video, performance and new media. His work has been shown at many prestigious international art events, including Documenta and Ars Electronica.

Infamous for his "blood-x donations" to the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the National Gallery (Ottawa), AGO (Toronto), and the Ludwig Museum (Koln), just to mention a few, Kantor/Cantsin's criminal records are even longer than his list of awards. The media and critics have described his work as rebellious, anti-authoritarian, and intellectually assaulting, as well as technically innovative and highly experimental.

He has received the Telefilm Award for Best Canadian Video (Images festival, Toronto), the Transmediale 01 award in Berlin Germany, for his new video Broadcast, and the Canadian Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.

Internationally known as the founder of Neoism, Istvan has lived in Budapest, Paris, Montreal, Portland, New York and since 1991, Toronto Canada.

FEB 1 - APR 1, 2020


Opening Reception: Saturday, March 7th, 12 - 6pm

Exhibition Dates: February 1st - April 1st, 2020

Location: The Drey, 515 Main St, Unit M2, Glen Williams

The Drey is pleased to announce its first salon-style exhibition on display from Feb 1 – April 1 at our new gallery in the Williams Mill.'Cluster Fcuk' features dozens of artworks by Amanda Reeves, Romas Astrauskas, Andy DeCola and Drew Simpson.
The Salon exhibition style was established in 1667, by the French Academie des Beaux-Arts and held in Paris at Louvre. In order to accommodate the vast quantity of work submitted by students of the Academie des Beaux-Arts, artworks were displayed from floor to ceiling with little space separating frames. This style has since been incorporated throughout history in museums and galleries, including the Art Gallery of Ontario’s display of its European collection.

DEC 7 - JAN 15, 2020

'STAY POSITIVE’ photo-based work from the series INSPIRATIONAL LINES by Jubal Brown.

STAY POSITIVEA preview of new work by Jubal BrownThe Drey515 Main Street, Unit M2, Glen Williams ONL7G 3S9Opening reception, Saturday December 7th, noon till 6pmExhibition runs December 7th to January 15th 2020 Jubal Brown STAY POSITIVE – Artist statement It has always been my dream to be an iconoclast, but having a good time got in the way. STAY POSITIVE marks my return to art object exhibition after a hiatus of 10+ years. My personal difficulty with the “arts community” split my loyalties between identifying as an artist and being a scumbag outsider, struggling with my place in the community while fomenting a decadent leisure as a rejection of social mores. Seditionary by nature, criminal by necessity, the degenerate lifestyle of a post-postmodern libertine suited me fine, on the wrong side of capitalism I found myself a facilitator of indulgence, most artists need a job. Grinding, chopping, slinging, balling… I enjoyed the spoils of my transgressions, the illumination of my sins was glowing, but rock ‘n’ roll was killing my life. After a series of personal disasters, a brush with death brought me full circle to my present vocation as an addiction and mental health support worker. STAY POSITIVE serves as a milestone of that personal development, my life and work.
The conceptual products in this exhibition are part of the photo series INSPIRATIONAL LINES created with photographer Shawn McPherson. Motivational words and aphorisms are spelled out using white powder. It’s a cheap one-liner. INSPIRATIONAL LINES is informed by the trickle down gangster politics of survival by any means necessary into the milieu of white middle-class art poseur and examines a relationship with substances, choices and consequences, while simply acknowledging a life of excess with dry humour and a positive attitude. It’s ironically appropriate now with the artist and the gallerist both facing serious health issues due to indulgent lifestyles, Brown (multiple organ failure) and his host Simpson (Diabetes) look to the future with naïve optimism and face the ongoing struggle to STAY POSITIVE! Buy art not drugs

OCT 19 - DEC 1, 2019

'Potluck Dynamo' studio studies byJohn Kissick.

Opening reception, Saturday October 16th, noon till 6pmExhibition runs October 16th to December 1, 2019 Trained as a painter and writer, John Kissick has held numerous academic posts, including Chair of Critical Studies at Penn State University’s School of Visual Arts, Dean of the Faculty of Art at the Ontario College of Art & Design from 2000 to 2003, and for the last nine years, Director of the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph. Kissick’s exhibition record includes numerous solo exhibitions in Canada, the USA and Germany, and his work has been included in a number of important survey exhibitions and public collections. A mid-career survey entitled John Kissick: A Nervous Decade, curated by Crystal Mowry, toured Canada from 2010 to 2012 and was accompanied by a major publication. Kissick is also the author of Art: Context and Criticism (1992,) was editor of the Penn State Journal of Contemporary Criticism from 1990 to 1995 and has written numerous catalogue essays and articles for periodicals. Two recent essays: “Elephants in the Room” for Canadian Art Magazine and “Disco and the Death Switch: Tales from Contemporary Abstraction” for Border Crossings were nominated for National Magazine Awards in 2009 and 2010. John Kissick was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy for the Arts in 2005.


The Drey is a remote art lab, nestled in a historic 19th century sawmill on the banks of the Credit River.

As an active artist run gallery, the focus of The Drey will be to encompass itself in innovative exhibitions by diverse Canadian and international talent in formative and established stages of their careers. As a site specific construct, flexibility has been created to inhabit ambitious projects in various disciplines with an emphasis on recording the meta reflexive redoubling of Outsider styled Art in the peripheral.

The Drey will foster an intimate and supportive space for artists in all mediums to develop and take risks with their work, and in turn, our planned exhibitions, educational programs, artists’ talks, publications and events (both on and off site) will encourage critical inquiry and conversation in our community.

Gallery Overlord: Drew Simpson.