A new art gallery offers a welcoming space for young artists

Brittany Bull draws a self-portrait at the Limbic Collective Art Show, which featured work by various young local artists at their studio in Unit 4 at Steadman’s Plaza in Haliburton from May 20-22. The group’s plan is to open -time to the public from June 1st.

A new art gallery offers a welcoming space for young artists

By Vivian Collings
The Limbic Collective opens a door for everyone to be part of a community of artists and gain insight into who they are and what they create with their new studio space in Haliburton.
Limbic Collective is a group of 10 young artists from various mediums who recently acquired a studio in Unit 4 of Stedman’s Plaza on Highland Street in Haliburton and held their first weekend art show from the 20th-22nd may.
The group aims to provide a welcoming studio space for young artists to experience artistic creation in a dynamic setting and share it with the community.
Poet Ever, senior curator of Limbic Collective, said the group’s main goals are “to have a community, to make entering the art world a little more welcoming, to be non-elitist, to share experience art, making art together, selling and showing art and the process of making it, and engaging the community.

The Limbic group art exhibit included a silent auction, mural unveiling, open mic night and silent film screenings.
“The whole weekend was a huge success. We were kind of testing the waters of community interest and engagement and it went so well. Our open mic night was definitely the highlight. Almost every artist sold something, and we all really felt the love,” Ever said.
The name Limbic Collective comes from Ever’s interest in psychology, particularly the limbic system, and a desire to incorporate it into their own art.
“The limbic system is responsible for some of our most essential behaviors for survival. It is an essential part of the function of emotions and memories. It’s all about impulses and associations. Making art is very impulsive, and so much art is made around ideas of love, emotions, and memories,” Ever said.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information has described emotional processing, spatial and long-term memory, anxiety, and nervous system regulation through hormone production as some of the major functions of the limbic system.

Ever also explained that the limbic system is a collection of small parts that work together to make something bigger, much like how the collective started.
“The collective started as an idea that I talked to a few people about who happened to have a shared secret vision that we all thought was unrealistic at first,” Ever said.
Ever joked that the only thing stopping them from turning it into reality was anxiety, a function of the limbic system, about whether they could make it work or not.
The collective debuted as a pop-up art exhibit in December 2021 and was a big hit.
“When the pop-up show ended, we thought, ‘Well, that was cool. If only we could do this all the time. We then magically landed a lease for our studio,” Ever said.
Their lease ends in December 2022, but they hope to stay longer if they are successful in their space.

The Limbic Collective Art Show presented works by various young local artists at their studio in Unit 4 at Steadman’s Plaza in Haliburton from May 20-22. The group’s plan is to open full-time to the public from June 1st.

Limbic Collective member Mo Christiano says being part of the group and sharing his space with other young people has been the most rewarding aspect.
“I think it’s important to have a space dedicated and managed by young people in this city. There’s not a lot to do for young people in Haliburton right now, so having a space where people can come hang out, do art, listen to music, and interact with people their own age is very beneficial,” says Christiano.
The Limbic Collective opening was made possible through contributions from the Ethel Curry Gallery, Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre, Jim Blake, Talitha Varga and the Haliburton County Development Corporation (HCDC).
The HCDC has awarded the Limbic Arts Collective $4,500 from its 2022/2023 Local Initiatives Program.
“Our plan is to have a multifunctional studio starting June 1. We plan to have a real grand opening this summer, as well as monthly exhibition events, and smaller things like workshops, movie nights, open mics, rap battles, poetry sessions and other invitations to create art on a regular basis,” Ever said.

With five full-time members and five part-time members, the collective hopes to get more part-time members as well as sponsors to help financially.
“We hope people are interested in just walking through our door, seeing a space filled with art, and seeing the process of making it,” Ever said.

William E. Bennett