Sylvia Galbraith, Photographer

Silver Creek Photography
Fergus, Ontario


Sylvia Galbraith, Photographer

Silver Creek Photography
Fergus, Ontario

Winter 2023 - I've been sitting on this email since last August, but now that the magazine is coming out, I can finally share the news...

"Dear Sylvia, 
I am so pleased to tell you that your submission, CATALINA COAST, has won this year’s Riddle Fence Visual Art Grand Prize! Our editors loved the piece, and we’re so excited that you submitted it to us. "Catalina Coast" will run in Issue 50, which is a doubly exciting anniversary issue, packed with truly amazing writers and artists. The issue will be out in early December 2023." 

Riddle Fence is a hub for fast-paced literature from Newfoundland & Labrador, across Canada, and around the world, unearthing the best contemporary writing and art.  The magazine is published four times per year, and is full of poetry, fiction, features and reviews alongside visual art.  I'm completely blown away by this award.  Wow.



Winter 2023 - After some procrastinating, a lot of sorting, and tons of help from Digital Main Street, I'm happy to let you know that my online store is now live.  You can shop for photographs - limited editions, framed work, or some of my latest alternative process photographs, some of which are one-of-a-kind unique prints, and some that are reprinted on fine art paper, depending on the process used to create the original work. I have also included options for purchasing gift certificates which can be used for lessons, artwork or custom printing of your own photographs. You can check it out here: 

Silver Creek Photography Online Store.




July 2023 - I have just returned from my first ever foray into a desert landscape, and I have to say I was completely blown away.  The big skies, the mountains, the rich colours of the hills, and the sense of nature being completely in charge inspired me in ways I had not imagined.  You all know I'm a "water person"...  lakes, rivers and oceans are what draw me in and inform my artistic work and honestly, the desert was not high on my list of places I'd find compelling.  I was so wrong!  And yet, one can easily compare a desert with an ocean or vast lake; with shared characteristics of distance, undulating forms, temperamental weather, and horizons always beyond reach, I found myself in familiar territory in terms of my photographic approach.  I need to go back.  



July 2023 - I'm still loving the mordencage process, and while I've been having a lot of fun experimenting,  due to the toxic nature of the chemicals involved, I've been hesitant to really let loose.  Which is why I'm heading to Santa Fe in a few weeks to study with one of the most fabulous artists worldwide who works in this process.  Elizabeth Opalenik has perfected working with the veils and chemicals to produce the most stunning photographs I've ever seen.  After 40 years of sharing her methods with countless students, this is her last year of teaching...  I feel so fortunate to be able to learn from her.  I'm including two of my recent efforts here, but honestly still have a lot to learn.  





















Spring 2023 - More news! Check out Analog Forever Magazine's online exhibition "Elemental".

“Catalina” by Sylvia Galbraith (@sylviagalbraith) is one of our favorite images from our April 2023 Online Group Exhibition, “ELEMENTAL,” curated by renowned photographic community leader and The Photographer’s Eye gallery director, Donna Cosentino (@donnadcosentino)!

The exhibition explores the fundamental powers of nature – earth, water, fire, air – and how photographers interact with these elemental forces. The results of which range from beautiful landscapes made with expired film to abstract cameraless photograms that will bend your mind. 
Thank you @analogforeverzine, for choosing one of my 'experiments" !  I may be on to something....     


Catalina.  Unique silver gelatin mordencage print, 11 x 14".  2023



Spring 2023 - Photography Award at Insights, Elora 2023.

I thought I’d submit a couple of my recent experimental process photographs, kind of a test to see the reaction, as they're a total shift from anything I've done up until now.  Apparently the jurors liked them, and I was surprised to come home from a holiday to find I'd won the overall Photography Award!  Wow!  You’ll have to check out the show to see the photographs in person -  it runs until June11 at the Wellington County Museum in Elora.  

Mordançage, a Historic Photographic Process

Based on a 19th century method, the process known as mordançage has been used to dramatically alter black and white photographs since the 1960s. In the darkroom, using a series of chemical baths that include acidic copper(II) chloride and hydrogen peroxide bleaching solution, the artist subjects a fully developed traditional silver gelatin photograph to a series of wet chemical reactions which lift the pure black portions of the print off the substrate, while leaving the lighter areas intact. When immersed in a warm water bath, the resulting “veils” can be allowed to move and flow across the paper as the artist wishes, finally becoming fixed in place as the print dries. Staining from the process introduces unique characteristics, providing insight into the chemical transformations involved in this artistic process.


Landscape, Undecided.  Unique silver gelatin mordencage print, 11 x 14".  2023


Winter 2023 - Summer plans are well underway, and as I mentioned earlier, I have been invited to co-facilitate an art retreat in Orkney, Scotland this coming July.  I am so excited to be part of this retreat... Orkney has always been on my list of "must photograph" places, and I'm looking forward to sharing my experience of this amazing place with you.  Details about the retreat can be found on the Luxeca Studios website.  This will be a small group, so if you think you'd like to be included, you should send in the registration form on the website right away. 

See you there, and in the meantime, I'll leave you with this, from Orcadian poet George MacKay Brown:



Monday I found a boot –
Rust and salt leather.
I gave it back to the sea, to dance in.

Tuesday a spar of timber worth thirty bob.
Next winter
It will be a chair, a coffin, a bed.

Wednesday a half can of Swedish spirits.
I tilted my head.
The shore was cold with mermaids and angels.

Thursday I got nothing, seaweed,
A whale bone,
Wet feet and a loud cough.

Friday I held a seaman’s skull,
Sand spilling from it
The way time is told on kirkyard stones.

Saturday a barrel of sodden oranges.
A Spanish ship
Was wrecked last month at The Kame.

Sunday, for fear of the elders,
I sit on my bum.
What’s heaven? A sea chest with a thousand gold coins.




Fall 2022 - Through the pinhole...  my view of Port Union, NL.


Fall 2022 - Going through new work from my recent residency in Newfoundland, and thought I'd share a few of my experimental camera obscura images.  I'm still amazed by this basic process of light interacting with a space... 


Fall 2022 - Who doesn't love mucking around with messy emulsions and darkroom chemicals?  Over the past summer, I've been exploring alternate photographic processes, and have been playing with anthotypes - images made using plant based emulsions and sunlight, as well as cyanolumens, made by coating 4x5" photographic film with cyanotype chemicals and also exposing them to sunlight.  I'm loving the "one of a kind" effects, and the ephemeral nature of these photographs...  they must remain in darkness or they'll keep fading away.  But don't worry, I've scanned them and made permanent prints as well.  



May 2022 - As photographic techniques become more computer-driven, I find myself enjoying historic methods of image creation more than ever...  there's something about the ephemeral quality of these processes that appeals to me and complements the nature of my subject, in that light, landscape and human situations are transitory and cannot last.  This photograph, while originally taken with a high-end digital camera, was contact-printed from a digital negative on analogue photo paper, and subsequently re-processed using the mordencage technique.  So fun to be playing in the darkroom again.


March 2022 - I'm honoured to have one of my photographs selected for SNAP Toronto, an annual photographic fundraiser in support of ACT (Aids Committee of Toronto). Bidding for the auction is now open through Waddington's Auctions.  For tickets to the SNAP 20th Anniversary Gala on March 24, check out: SNAP Toronto.  


                                                       Fifth Avenue, 16 x 24".


Every so often something really good happens....  It seems like I’m not the only one who feels I should return to Newfoundland to “Explore and Create”. Thank you Canada Council for the Arts for believing in, and funding my next project. I’m honoured, and totally stunned by the news that I have been given a grant to cover my expenses.  But even more important to me than the funding is the fact that a panel of jurors, made up of professionals in the art world, felt my proposal was important, and that it should become a reality.

This is a project I've had in mind for a long time;  one that's been repeatedly put on hold with one thing and another, including COVID-19 (ok, MOSTLY because of COVID-19!).  I had almost given up on it, but with the support of the Canada Council, I'm feeling optimistic and even more excited about the work than before.  I'm not letting too much info out just yet, but will keep you updated as things progress.



Summer 2021 - Note that the TOAF gallery will remain online until December 31, 2021.    Summer's here, and with it comes the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, celebrating its 60th year!  While the fair is running on-line again, it is one of the most anticipated arts events of the year.  I will have work in the show, and while you wait for the opening date, you can enjoy the artwork right now, starting with my gallery.  The website opens for sales on July 2, but in the meantime, feel free to browse, and contact me if you'd like more information.

Canada’s largest and longest-running contemporary outdoor art fair is turning 60!

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair will take place from July 2-11 and celebrate 400+ artists online.

May 19, 2021 (Toronto, ON): Celebrating their milestone 60th Anniversary this year, Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF) will bring together the public and artists once again to connect, engage, and showcase art via their online platform for the second consecutive year. Starting today, the public will be able to get to know the 400+ juried artists, browse thousands of artworks, start planning their art purchases, and get a sneak peek of all the exciting programming celebrating TOAF60. The main cultural hub for TOAF60 will be hosted on the not-for-profit arts organization’s new website at

TOAF began in the parking lot of the Four Seasons Motor Hotel in 1961 when founders and philanthropists Murray and Marvelle Koffler joined forces with former Director of the National Gallery of Canada Alan Jarvis, and artist Jack Pollock. Four years later, the Fair moved to the newly built Nathan Phillips Square and has since showcased over 20,000 artists, given out over one million dollars in awards, generated millions in artist sales, and welcomed over 130,000 visitors and collectors annually. 60 years later, TOAF not only prevails but continues to innovate and reinvent. Last year, TOAF swiftly shifted to a robust, contemporary e-commerce platform and delivered a highly engaging digital event and online fair that saw a 300% increase in visitor traffic to the website. Art lovers throughout Canada, the US, and as far as Japan and Hong Kong, brought over 600 works of art to their homes, offices and galleries.

We are so proud of how far TOAF has come over the years and to have played a role in the careers of so many talented artists”, says Anahita Azrahimi, TOAF Executive & Creative Director. “There are so many artists who began at TOAF’s iconic tents and have since experienced great success. One of the most amazing things about the Fair is discovering new talent and watching them grow and prosper. We can’t wait to see what the next 60 years will bring!”




I've finally finished the exhibition catalogue for my recent show that the Elora Centre for the Arts, which ran from October to December 2020.  Click here for the full catalogue.



Spring 2021 - While things are pretty quiet right now, artistically and otherwise as we make our way through another lockdown here in Ontario, I'm finding that online galleries and lectures help keep me inspired.  After the success of my "Continuum" exhibition at the Elora Centre for the Arts last fall, I've included the photographs in their online gallery. The "Horizons" collage (below) was one of my favourite parts of the show.  Enjoy.




Fall 2020 - Originally planned for May 2020 as part of the annual Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, "Spectra", an exhibition of work by members of Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography in Toronto, will run in November 2020.  Comprising three separate shows in two venues, Gallery 1313 (Nov. 11 to Dec. 6) and Artscape Youngplace (Nov. 2 to 21), the exhibition demonstrates varied interpretations of the photographic medium using both traditional and contemporary methods. Responding to individual ideas of place, abstractions, portraiture and others, Spectra speaks to the diversity of artistic practise while celebrating connectedness within the photographic technique.  Details on the groups, artists and event dates can be found on the Spectra website.

I will be showing at Gallery 1313 in Group 1, from Nov. 11 until Nov. 22.  There will be an opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 12 from 6 to 9 pm, and a virtual artists' talk on Wed. Nov. 18 at 7 pm.  Check out my personal exhibition page for more details.


Fall 2020 - While I can't say I'll be sorry to see this year end, I'm happy to have two exhibitions in the works... something to look forward to, and even with our COVID restrictions, it will be great to see friends again at the openings.  The first show, a solo exhibition at the Elora Centre for the Arts in Elora, ON, opened on Oct. 24.  “Continuum - Considerations of Memory in Unquiet Landscapes" is presented in partnership with Art North Magazine from Scotland and runs until December 20.   Details can be found on the Elora Centre for the Arts website.  


Summer 2020 - Looks like wild Newfoundland coastlines appeal to folks in Scotland too...  check out my exhibition with Projectoom2020,  a virtual gallery  which showcases art from Scotland and the Far North across six galleries.  Initially conceived as a means for artists to exhibit during the COVID-19 pandemic, Projectroom2020 will be an on-going endeavour.  The website includes photographs that were created during two residencies in Newfoundland, Canada, as well as an in-depth interview with Art North Magazine editor, Ian McKay.  


Summer 2020 - I love print!  Books, magazines, photographs....  there's something seductive about holding fine paper or beautifully printed publications in my hands (ok, weird, I know).  I still prefer to look at artwork in its physical form, rather than digitally, and I subscribe to several magazines that I keep forever.  The stacks are piling up, yet I can't bring myself to get rid of any...  in fact, I've just added two more subscriptions to my list.  Both are based in Europe - Art North Magazine, out of Scotland, is relatively new on the scene, yet promises to become an important addition to the art world, while the second magazine, Katalog, from Denmark, features photography only and has been around for 30 years or so.  They give me a bit of a glimpse of what other artists are doing, and I look forward to each issue. 





Summer 2020 - Am I the only one who enjoys learning new words?  I collect them in a notebook, simply because I like the way they sound.  I am intrigued by words or phrases that describe landforms or processes such as wave action and wind movement.  In reading them, I experience a strong visual interpretation; they hover in the back of my mind as I create my photographs.  Favourite sources?  Writers such as Robert Macfarlane,  Lucy Lippard, Simon Schama and Rebecca Solnit.  I pick and choose their words for my collection, imaging places I could go as I read their works, and the landscapes I'll photograph.



Summer 2020 -   I spent a few days in a cottage by Georgian Bay, inspired by the peace and calm of the  wilderness.  So restorative, and good for the soul... a chance to recharge and take a break from the world.  No agenda, beautiful low light and a willing niece (and her dog) as my model.




Spring 2020 - I have to admit that I have been living in limbo the past while - staying close to home and literally hiding inside, like the rest of the world right now.  But unlike many artists I know who are busy creating and revelling in the sudden break from their everyday lives, I have been feeling very uninspired, mired in disappointment from cancelled travel plans, and exhibitions that are likely not going to happen.  I miss my friends, the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival,  strolling down the street, or getting a haircut.  I have been unable to look at my photographs at all, let alone come up with the motivation to make new work.  And yet....   every day I receive emails from galleries, museums and artists who have adapted to these strange times...  they carry on in spite of our situation, and continue to do what they do so well.  I feel a stirring of optimism and realize that I too can follow their lead, and try something new.  So here you go...  my first virtual exhibition.  Opening now....  pour yourself a glass of wine, and enjoy.



“Why do you teach? Don’t you get tired of showing people how to set a shutter speed, or explain depth of field, over and over and over again?”

Fall 2019 - I am asked this question regularly, mostly by experienced photographers who seem unwilling to share their  ideas or skills. I've always found this odd;  it's a competitive, narrow viewpoint that I do not share.  Well, the answer to the above question is a definite “No!” I do not get tired of it. You might even say I teach photography for purely selfish reasons. As a professional photographer, I take photographs every day, most often to satisfy a commercial need for someone else. Over the years, I found myself straying a long way from my reasons for becoming a photographer - my love of the “art” in photography, my enjoyment of the need to be in a particular place to make my work. I never picked up a camera for my own purposes and I realized one day I had not taken a single personal photo in years. Since I started teaching more than 10 years ago, I rediscovered my joy in photography - the challenge of new situations, learning new technology through a beginner’s eyes, and new insights from personal life experience that influenced my way of interpreting the world through a camera. Through teaching, I am able to share all of this. I experience photography every day, and discover new ways of creating photographs that I can share with others to help them learn. Through teaching, I better understand my own work; I dissect it - examining my technique or contemplating my intent behind an image, and I explore historic and alternate methods of image creation. I study the work of other photographers, like I never have before. Finally, and most importantly, I see teaching as “giving back”... when I first picked up a camera and made many amateur (and embarrassing!) mistakes, there were photographers who kindly shared tips and ideas, who mentored me, and who influenced my work to bring me to where I am today. Seeing a new photographer suddenly understand depth of field, or attending a first photographic exhibition of one of my more advanced students brings me back to my own photographic journey, of fond memories of learning and discovery.

So, why do I patiently explain camera settings over and over and over again? Silly question.




November 2019 - During this past summer's trip to Newfoundland, I decided to explore the southernmost tip of the island, as I'd never been there, and everyone knows how much I like "the road less travelled".  Predictably, the weather was foggy, rainy and windy on the only day I had to visit the lighthouse at Cape Pine...  I had been told the Cape is remote and completely uninhabited most of the time, with a long drive down a gravel track that might not be passable even on a good day. 

One of the things I love most about Newfoundland is how helpful and friendly the people are.   I stop at the one gas station in the area and ask directions, trying to get a sense of whether I should attempt the drive or not. The proprietor's wife is the first person I meet after filling up my car....  she isn't sure about the road to Cape Pine, but calls her husband from underneath a car he's repairing to add his thoughts to the matter.  He also hasn't driven there in some time, but wait! he knows someone who has a hunting cabin out that way... a quick phone call should do the trick!  Another woman answers - the wife of his buddy; she informs us that her husband can't help... he's working in Korea, so hasn't been down the road either.  By now I'm thinking I'll just give it a try, but before I can extricate myself from what is becoming quite an intense discussion,  hubby in Korea is on FaceTime, his wife telling him about my plight and asking if he thinks I would be able to make it.  So, now we're up to five people, including two on cell phones, and one FaceTiming from Korea, all of  us trying to figure out if  my trek is a good idea.  " I think they put in a new culvert, although with all the rain, it won't have lasted long...  those government boys don't know what they're doing" says one.  "Does she look like she knows how to drive?" asks the guy in Korea (mechanic gives me the once-over, assures him I do, and gives my 4-wheel drive rental car his seal of approval).   Meanwhile, my car is still parked at the single gas pump, and I'm seriously wondering how to extricate myself before someone asks me to stay for lunch and my day disappears.  Just then another fellow pulls up to the shop and rather grumpily states that he's after some gas and "that Toyota's been plugging the pump for half an hour...  I seen it there from my window".  "But this lady's wanting to get to Cape Pine, and we're trying to figure out the road!"  he's told.  And, you guessed it....  out comes his map; he jots down a list of the tricky spots, with detailed instructions on how to navigate them and tells me to call if I get stuck.  And to make sure I honk as I pass on my way back through, so they all know I'm ok, if not, they'll come looking for me. Finally I'm on my way, warmed by the experience, and the kindness of strangers.               


                                                                                                                                                               - Fog, Cape Pine


November 2019 - Now that the cooler weather has arrived, I've finally taken some time to sort through several hundred photographs from this past summer's time in Newfoundland.  I was there once again for the Bonavista Biennale, an art exhibition that showcases work by regional, national and international artists, exhibited in various outports around the Bonavista Peninsula.   Although busy teaching a photography workshop as part of the event lineup, I managed to take some time for my personal work, and spent almost a month hiking along the cliffs and shorelines in rain, fog, or sunshine.  I explored new places and travelled to the extreme southern tip of the island, a lonely place with some of the most incredible landscapes I've ever seen.

I've learned over the years that I can't really assess the photographs I've made until some time has passed.   I have  to let my emotional connection fade; to separate myself from the experience of being there.  My senses are on overload from sights and sounds that are unfamiliar to me and I can't objectively judge the work on its own merits.  Some photographs make the cut, while many others are relegated to the "nice to have" pile.... 

My work is constantly evolving, and this year my images are quite different from my previous work.  I've become intrigued with old photographic processes;  I experimented with expired film, pinhole cameras, and even turned my rental house into a camera obscura at one point. I'll see how the film looks once it's processed... 


                                                                                                                                                - Jack's Room, Duntara


Sept. 2019 - I'm running another workshop at Sunbury Shores Art Centre, in the beautiful town of St. Andrews by the Sea in New Brunswick, starting on Monday Sept. 12, and running until Friday Sept. 20, with a choice of taking all 5 days, 3 days, or just one.  This workshop is suitable for all skill levels, and will include field trips and a night photography session.


Designed to take advantage of dramatic changes in weather and light during the fall season, this project-based workshop will introduce you to topics such as visual design, understanding light, developing a concept, critiquing, and more. Using the historic seaside town of St. Andrews, NB as our base, we’ll explore the area’s dramatic tides, stunning landscapes, botanical gardens and village life in ways that will inspire and challenge you.

Registration details and course information can be found at Silver Creek Photography.


Fall 2019 - From a new series....  "Horizons -  2018 & Dad, 1971" was selected to be part of the TD Thor Wealth Management Juried Art Exhibition, which opened this past August 24th at Quest Art, Midland.   Chosen from over 300 submissions from across the country,  this diptych is one of  32 pieces that are included in the show.  It comprises one of my recent photographs, and one of my dad's taken in 1971...  when digging through his old photographs this past winter, I found strange parallels in his work and mine...  similarities in subject, composition and sentiment which can't be explained.... when printed on an organza panel and overlaid on top of my image, his photograph and mine demonstrate an uncanny sameness.  

 I have to say I am honoured to be part of this exhibition, given the calibre of the jury: Olga Korper (Director, Olga Korper Gallery and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Art Dealers’ Association of Canada);  Miklos Legrady (Visual Artist & Writer; Toronto Editor of Chicago’s New Art Examiner; and Carrie Shibinsky (CEO for ArtBombDaily; Corporate Curator for Air Canada). 

The exhibition runs until October 24, 2019.



December 2018 - End of a crazy busy year....

Here we are at the end of 2018...unbelievable!  I have no idea where it went, but then again, when I look back through my photographs from this year, I can see exactly where the time went.  It's been a year of travel, inspiring workshops, exhibitions, and ideas for the coming year.



October 2018 - The Landscape Through A Lens

This past month I had the pleasure of teaching an intensive photography workshop at Sunbury Shores Art & Nature Centre in St. Andrew's, New Brunswick.  What a great time...I made a lot of new friends, explored new places, and am looking forward to going back in September, 2019.  I found more rocks.....


May 2018 - Outside of Time - Download the Exhibition Catalogue below.



April 2018 - You're all invited.....

....... to the opening of my solo exhibition "Outside of Time" in Toronto on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.....  the show is part of the annual Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, and will include photographs from my residencies in Newfoundland, Ontario and Alberta & BC.  Abbozzo Gallery is located in the historic arts hub at 401 Richmond...well worth a visit, as there are many galleries, shops and cafe's that will enhance your arts experience.  The show runs from May 3 until June 2, so if you can't make the opening, there's plenty of time to pop in....


November 2017 - Sometimes, magic happens.  Trinity Bay, NL.


November 2017 - two recent photographs, from opposite ends of the country.  Funny how they are similar...but many millions of years apart in age.  Both are from the "Outside of Time" series.


November 2017 - New photographs from "Main Streets & Memories".....  I'm still working on this series, and have been focusing on the Region of Waterloo recently.  These 4 are from Linwood, Elmira and New Hamburg, and were included in my recent exhibition at the Rotunda Gallery in Kitchener.  


November 2017 - Save the date...Friday Nov. 24, and check out "Bayscapes"...a fundraising gala held in Toronto, hosted by the Georgian Bay Land Trust to support their efforts to preserve and protect the unique areas along the east coast of the Bay.   I have provided this photograph from my "Outside of Time" series for the art measures 32 x 48" and is framed and ready to hang.  There are many gorgeous works of art up for grabs...check out the catalogue, and come out for a fabulous evening.


October 2017 - We often take our home towns and countryside for granted, and feel we need to travel in order to create better photographs.  I have been guilty of this myself, and think I have to "get away" in order to make new work.  This summer I spent several weeks in Newfoundland again, followed by 10 days in Alberta, with a couple of trips to the Ontario wilderness thrown in at the end.  And certainly my photographs from these trips are (I think, anyway!) unusual and compelling, and I felt inspired and fully immersed in my work while away.  But I think the real issue is not whether we travel to exciting or exotic places, but whether we take the time to look more closely at our own neighbourhood.  This fall has given us some gorgeous weather, and I spent a lot of time photographing in and around Fergus and Elora, challenging myself to look at those often-photographed  scenes with fresh eyes.  It worked!  I have a new appreciation for this place I live in, and realize that just because we see the same landscape every day,  it's no less special than anywhere else in the world.



Sunday July 23 – That same weekend, I’ll be hosting a presentation of my landscape photographs from the series “Outside of Time”, created during this past year , as a 2016 recipient of the GBLT’s King Family Bursary.  I’ll have large prints on hand and will share stories about my boating adventures & the fabulous people I’ve met.  This event will take place on Frying Pan Island, at the SSCA Community Centre, from 2 to 4.  Rain or shine, with refreshments too!  Check out the details here.


Saturday July 22 –  Join me for a photography walk on West Lookout Island near Pointe au Baril.  This one’s a free family event starting with a picnic (swimming optional), then from 2 to 5 pm we’re off to shoot some of the spectacular Georgian Bay landscapes that I love.  Suitable for all skill levels & ages, and will definitely be a blast.  Details are here.


May 2017 – Now that the snow has melted, and the ski season is over, I’m looking forward to another busy summer that will be filled with events hare at home and elseware.  This May, check out my work at the Scotiabank Photography Festival in Toronto….“Spectra” is a group show by members from Gallery 44.  Our exhibition runs from April 27 to May 7 at Gallery 1313, on Queen St. West.

Later this summer, I will be hosting two events for the Georgian Bay Land Trust… these are open to everyone….members, future members, or those who simply love photography and Georgian Bay.


March 2017 – If you’re planning to take in a fantastic art event this summer, check out the Bonavista Biennele ….  a 50 km loop of art installations and exhibitions in non-gallery settings, situated in historic outport communities of Newfoundland.  From August 17 to Sept. 17.  Needless to say, I’m going.


January 2017 – Welcome to 2017, a new year, with exciting things happening for Canada’s 150th birthday.  It’s sure to be a wonderful year, (in spite of the political scene at home and in the US!)  with lots of fabulous arts events planned across the country.

Currently, I have work in the Deep Roots exhibition (Jan. 4 to Feb. 20) at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, and will be participating in several more shows this year, including Salon 44 (March 10 to 25), an important fundraising initiative for Gallery 44 in Toronto, the annual Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival that takes place in Toronto in May 2017, and the City of Kitchener’s Rotunda Gallery (September 2017).

I will post opening reception dates as they are scheduled, and invite all of you to stop in if you can.  I’d love to see you.

To stay up to date, you can join my e-mail list (link below) or my Facebook page.


December 2016 – I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and best wishes for the new year.  I’m a bit sad to see this one end… I’ve had a fabulous time this past year, with another Newfoundland residency finished, and many trips to Georgian Bay and the surrounding areas as part of a separate project.  I’m almost hoping for a few snowstorms so I have an excuse to stay inside and go through the 1000 or so photographs that I made.  I’ll keep you posted with news on exhibitions….. and possibly a book or two.


December 2016 – Check out my commercial website for info on workshops and portfolio reviews.  I’ve updated my course schedule and have a few new topics listed.  You can find the details at


June 2016 – Once again I have had two photographs chosen to be part of the Elora Arts Council’s annual Insights Juried Art exhibition.   These are both new images from this past year, and are two of my personal favourites.  The show opens at the Wellington County Museum in Elora on Wednesday June 15, at 7:00, followed by a jurors’ walk on Sunday June 19,  I’d love to see some of you at one of these events.  Check out the Elora Arts Council website  for more info.


May 2016 – I am part of a group show at Gallery 1313 (Queen St. W) in Toronto, as part of the Scotiabank Photography Festival.  “Ellipsis” opens next week and runs until the end of May.  Join us for the opening on Thursday May 12 from 7:00 to 9:00, or come in on Saturday May 14 for our artists’ lectures starting at 2:00.  The exhibition showcases the work of 14 members from Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography in Toronto.  The exhibition website has all the details, and an e-catalogue to get you started.


April 2016 – Great news!  I have been awarded a King Family Bursary which is administered though the Georgian Bay Land Trust, on behalf of supporters Wally & Marilyn King, and an anonymous donor.  This funding will allow me to spend time photographing the rugged coast and islands along the eastern edge of Georgian Bay.  This is part of a project that I have been working on for a number of years, and I am pleased and honoured to have been selected for this award.  Check out theGBLT website for more details…..


February 2016 – I have new work in the window at the Howard Park Institute on Dundas West in Toronto…check it out on your way by…….



January 2016 –  Join me for “Main Streets& Memories”, an upcoming solo exhibition at the Minto Arts Gallery in Harriston.  The opening reception will be on Thursday, March 3…..details coming soon.


September, 2015 – I recently returned from a residency in Newfoundland, where I have been working on a series of abstract landscapes that play with scale and perspective.  Watch for these in upcoming exhibitions as they are scheduled.


July, 2015 –  Exhibition at Gallery 1313, Toronto – on now until July 18  at 1313a Queen St. W., Toronto –  two of my recent photographs were selected for this show….check out the photos from the opening night party here.

Canoe Lake 2014


April, 2015 – Solo exhibition at the Wellington County Museum & Archives

My most recent exhibition “Main Streets & Memories” opened on April 10 at the Wellington County Museum & Archives  in Elora.  I was pleased to see so many people from all parts of the County, as well as close friends and family.  For over two years, I have explored Wellington County towns and villages and photographed present day streetscapes using historical images from the Museum and Archives collection as a reference.  Working within the boundaries of the original locations, I adopted a documentary approach to photograph the people, architecture and everyday events.  These interpretations offer insights about permanence and change in the County over the decades. The result is an exhibit of stunning images of everyday life against historical backdrops that will delight and intrigue.

Special thanks to exhibit sponsor, the Wellington County Historical Society.


June, 2014 – “Insights” at the Wellington County Museum & Archives

I was thrilled to receive the 1st place overall Insights Award recently at the opening of the annual Insights Juried Art Show, for my photograph “Labyrinth”.  This image is one of my personal favourites, which makes receiving this award even more special.  Insights is hosted by the Elora Arts Council, and attracts submissions in many different art forms from Wellington, Dufferin, Grey/Bruce Counties and the Regions of Waterloo, Halton, and the City of Guelph.  This year’s show marks the 35th anniversary of the exhibition which is held at the Wellington County Museum and Archives in Elora. It runs until the end of August.  it’s a wonderful show of over 65 artworks – I hope you can stop in over the summer.


© Sylvia Galbraith, 2023.