Earls Court Gallery
Earls Court Gallery first opened its doors in 1973 as a print and framing gallery located at 105 George Street in Hess Village. Owner Bob Daniels was an avid woodworker and was originally planning to get into custom cabinetry. But his love for woodworking soon met his growing interest in art when Bob and his then business partner were asked to make picture frames for a local photographer. This was just the beginning for Bob, he soon went on to form connections in the industry and decided he wanted to expand his knowledge of historical and contemporary art by working with artists and selling their works in his gallery. As Hamilton evolved and his business grew Bob decided to make the move to Ottawa Street N.
Bob renovated the new space to make it his own. The gallery now features a large open concept showroom which hosts a rotation of contemporary art and sculptures, with a large workshop in the back and a sample room separate from the main space. The second half of the gallery is a historical consignment space. Hamilton holds a wealth of works from a number of notable Canadian and European historical artists such as Tom Thomson, Cornelius Krieghoff, Eva Bradshaw, L.L. Fitzgerald and many more, says Curator Andrea Jackman. Earls Court Gallery offers a number of services including custom framing, appraisals, restorations and consignment.
Earls Court Gallery curates approximately 9 exhibitions a year in their 4,000 sq. ft. facility located at 215 Ottawa Street N. There is no admission fee to enter and Owner Bob or Curator Andrea are happy to give spontaneous tours to anyone walking in off the street. Andrea says they are just happy to share the space with the community, Hamilton’s East End is a bit of a cultural desert, says Jackman. There are no art programs accessible to the community in East or Central Hamilton. Earls Court Gallery is a family friendly space, they want parents to feel comfortable introducing art to their children at any age, a walk through the gallery can help spark creativity in your littles, is educational and free!
Earls Court Gallery has hosted the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in their Gallery Series. This series presents free, 60-minute concerts, giving Hamiltonians the opportunity to experience the beauty of chamber music in a unique setting.
Since the pandemic hit Bob has had to postpone any scheduled exhibitions but was quick to pivot and move things to a virtual space. The Gallery frequently shares online exhibits which can all be found here.
When asked about the challenges brought on by COVID-19 Andrea says they were already ahead of the game with a fully incorporated ecommerce platform in place on their website and a full gallery of inventory available online. The shift became to focus on the website and share works remotely. Andrea is also featuring different Earls Court Gallery Artists each week on their blog, this is a great opportunity to get to know the artists from behind the scenes. Owner Bob believes art should be both affordable and accessible browse a wide selection of unique original art pieces on the website’s under $500 section here.
For more information visit earlscourtart.com
Follow them on twitter at @earlscourt215
Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5 pm
Saturday 10am – 4pm
215 Ottawa St. N.
Canada, L8H 3Z6