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 riverbank art lab, nestled in a two hundred year old mill in one of Canada's last hamlets.

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 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.