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Gallery encourages new artists to show work

The Gallery Goguen in downtown Oshawa is opening its doors to new artists wishing to show their work for the first time.

The Centre St. gallery’s first photography show kicked off Sept. 30 and will be open to the public all weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m..

“No one really knows we’re here, so I got a few friends to show just to get it started,” said Sandra MacKenzie-Goguen, owner of Gallery Goguen.

She has her own work on display over the weekend, as well as four other established local photographers. MacKenzie-Goguen and her husband Don plan to have shows every month with a different theme such as abstract, flowers and classical. She encourages young photographers, painters and woodworkers who are too scared to show their work or can’t afford an expensive showing to contact the gallery.

“It’s hard to find a place to show your work and get going on it without paying $200 for a booth,” said MacKenzie-Goguen. “This is only $25 and we’ll hang their stuff. It doesn’t even have to be a weekend, it can be two weeks. It doesn’t matter – just so they can tell their friends and see what people think.”

Additionally, MacKenzie-Goguen teaches oil painting classes at the gallery. A professional artist since the age of 19, she has been running her business, Portraits by Goguen, for 24 years. Her work has always been black and white still life settings.

Up until two years ago the gallery was a photography studio, but MacKenzie-Goguen sold everything because of lack of interest and supplies for the dying art of darkroom photography. She only has a few black and white films left for her old film camera.

“I’m saving that for when my husband takes me to Paris,” said MacKenzie-Goguen.

The gallery doesn’t have a website yet, but for more information you can contact Sandra MacKenzie-Goguen at 905-725-2804.

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