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WAG Explores the Importance of Art in Business

The Woodstock Art Gallery will be taking a look at how supporting local arts and culture can help businesses' bottom line.

WOODSTOCK - The business community in Woodstock is invited to check out the Woodstock Art Gallery tonight. 

They are hoping to explore the importance of arts and culture to the Woodstock business community. Curator Mary Reid tells Heart FM having a thriving arts and culture scene in Woodstock is beneficial in many ways. 

"When they come here, either to the art gallery or maybe go out to see a play, they may stay overnight, they will certainly eat here and they may go shopping on our main drag on Dundas Street. There is a lot of spill over in terms of that and that can be quite lucrative for any organization. Really whether it's an art gallery, a museum, or a library, these public gathering spaces where people can come together, they are safe spaces, they are open to everyone and again you start to see that spill over to the businesses that are around us." 

Reid will highlight the significant impact that the presence of art and culture can have on the triple-bottom line of business today and moving forward into the future. She says the arts and culture sector in Ontario represents over 24 billion dollars in the Province and provides over 300,000 jobs. The WAG is hosting a Business After Five tonight from 5-7 pm at the Gallery. The Woodstock Art Gallery is free for the public to stop by and tour at any time. Right now they are featuring a number of great exhibits. 

Joe Lima and Walter Redinger: Unlimited Possibilities features the work of Woodstock-raised Joe Lima presented in concert with the work of his mentor, friend, and prominent artist, the late Walter Redinger.

ArtBeat: The Ripple Effect is a mentorship project that pairs professional practicing artists with elementary and secondary school classes. 

Observations in the Glass House comes from the Woodstock Art Gallery’s permanent collection, this exhibition celebrates the beauty of nature as well as mourning the toll humans inflict on both the environment and other species that share “our glass house.”

Lasting Impressions: Historical European Prints showcases Woodstock’s very own Rembrandt as well as providing a strong overview of the practice and skill of printmaking over the last 200 years.

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