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Friday, September 7, 2001
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Nine out of 10 artsies agree: art rocks

By Dale Wyatt
Gazette Staff

Not only can one wine and dine in this fine city, but London also fulfills the need for some classy, upscale collections of art and old stuff. That is to say, art galleries.

The Forest City Gallery is located at 795 Dundas St.. It operates between 12 noon and 5 p.m., every Wednesday through Saturday, except on Thursdays, when it's open until 9 p.m. This gallery features cutting edge exhibits by local, regional, national and even international artists.

Another gallery worth checking out is the Innuit Gallery on 201 Queens Ave. This gallery is filled with both Canadian Innuit and Native American art. It's open to the public Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Perhaps London's largest art gallery and museum is the former London Regional Art & Historical Museum, now known as Museum London. This majestic building is located at 421 Ridout North and easily recognizable by the large rhinocerous out front.

Admission is free, but a donation is suggested. It's open from 12 noon to 5 p.m., every Tuesday through Sunday. The gallery offers a number of different displays, including photography, sculptures, paintings and other installations created mostly by regional artists.

While you're downtown, also be sure to check out Galleries @ The Galleria. Located inside the mall on the second floor, it's open Saturday to Wednesday 12 noon to 5 p.m. and on Thursday and Friday from 12 noon to 9 p.m. At this gallery, anyone from the local community can rent a booth and present their display. Needless to say, it's mostly contemporary art and often with many surprises.

If you would prefer to stay on campus while still indulging your senses in art, Western houses both the McIntosh Gallery and the John Labatt Visual Arts Center, both of which are free.

The former is easily accessible and pleasantly located between the Physics and Astronomy Building and University College. It's open Tuesday through Thursday, from 12 noon to 7 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

It's always filled with contemporary pieces worth viewing. The Visual Arts Centre is located beside the staging building. Tucked away inside is Artlab, a gallery run entirely by students and faculty. Artlab is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Although London's visual art scene may not be as trendy as Toronto's or as avant-garde as New York's, it's definitely worth some consideration.

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