Loud music and an art gallery are two things you wouldn’t normally put together. The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG) is changing that. The gallery introduced RMG Fridays in 2011 and has been meshing the two for the last four years on the first Friday of every month.
RMG Fridays incorporates two live bands and the opening of an exhibition during the night.
“It’s a celebration of art and music right here in the gallery,” said Sam Mogelonsky, RMG’s communications and social media coordinator.
RMG Fridays marked its fourth anniversary on Feb. 6.
“RMG Friday has now gone to kindergarten and its learning it’s A-B-C’s, it’s kind of figuring out life and getting through things,” said Norah O’Donnell, manager of community and volunteer development at the RMG.
The celebrations were met with a varied crowd of people, ranging from those who have been going to RMG Fridays when it started to newcomers, including people of all ages.
“There’s always a new diverse art install and the different bands that come really draw different crowds. So sometimes it’s really young and there are some teenagers here, whoever’s following the crowd which is really fun to see,” said Pam McColl a frequent attendee. “It’s nice to come and see the different people especially the people coming with their children, lots of little kids and exposing them to the art and to the music.”
McColl has a standing date with friends at the RMG Fridays who she only gets to see at the event. McColl decided she was going to bring Roger Prescott to the event as well. Prescott doesn’t normally go to the gallery by himself.
“This is my second time here she’s trying to expose me to the art and music too,” laughed Prescott.
One of the youngest attendees was two-year-old Ivy Manuel. Her goal for the night was to find a snowman in the artwork. She didn’t find any but her older sister Ella Manuel made her one in the kid-friendly art room. Ella’s only concern was that she couldn’t find another eye for her snowman.
“If I could make one suggestion, it would be that I could drink my wine in this child-friendly room but otherwise it’s nice to have a night out and bring the kids and they seem to like the art,” said Sarah Manuel, the girls’ mother.
Among others at the event included the mayor of Oshawa John Henry and MP of Oshawa Colin Carrie.
Carrie gave RMG CEO Gabrielle Peacock, a scroll to honour her work including helping to raise more than $500,000 for the gallery. There was also another scroll for the recognition of the fourth anniversary of RMG Fridays.