Sylvia Galbraith, Photographer

Silver Creek Photography,
Fergus, Ontario


Sylvia Galbraith, Photographer

Silver Creek Photography,
Fergus, Ontario

January 2019 - Exhibition News - SNAP Toronto Art Auction 

Here's a photograph from last summer...  on my way to Cape Race on Newfoundland's southeastern tip, I was told to "hang onto that puny rental car, it gets pretty windy here."  Apparently, it does.  



"Route 10 to the Cape"  has just received an Award of Merit in the SNAP Toronto Photography Competition, and is included in their art auction during the annual Gala Night on March 21, 2019.  Details & ticket info here.


December 2018 - End of a crazy busy year....

Here we are at the end of 2018...unbelievable!  I have no idea where it went, but then again, when I look back through my photographs from this year, I can see exactly where the time went.  It's been a year of travel, inspiring workshops, exhibitions, and ideas for the coming year.



October 2018 - The Landscape Through A Lens

This past month I had the pleasure of teaching an intensive photography workshop at Sunbury Shores Art & Nature Centre in St. Andrew's, New Brunswick.  What a great time...I made a lot of new friends, explored new places, and am looking forward to going back in September, 2019.  I found more rocks.....


May 2018 - Outside of Time - Download the Exhibition Catalogue below.



April 2018 - You're all invited.....

....... to the opening of my solo exhibition "Outside of Time" in Toronto on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.....  the show is part of the annual Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, and will include photographs from my residencies in Newfoundland, Ontario and Alberta & BC.  Abbozzo Gallery is located in the historic arts hub at 401 Richmond...well worth a visit, as there are many galleries, shops and cafe's that will enhance your arts experience.  The show runs from May 3 until June 2, so if you can't make the opening, there's plenty of time to pop in....


November 2017 - Sometimes, magic happens.  Trinity Bay, NL.


November 2017 - two recent photographs, from opposite ends of the country.  Funny how they are similar...but many millions of years apart in age.  Both are from the "Outside of Time" series.


November 2017 - New photographs from "Main Streets & Memories".....  I'm still working on this series, and have been focusing on the Region of Waterloo recently.  These 4 are from Linwood, Elmira and New Hamburg, and were included in my recent exhibition at the Rotunda Gallery in Kitchener.  


November 2017 - Save the date...Friday Nov. 24, and check out "Bayscapes"...a fundraising gala held in Toronto, hosted by the Georgian Bay Land Trust to support their efforts to preserve and protect the unique areas along the east coast of the Bay.   I have provided this photograph from my "Outside of Time" series for the art measures 32 x 48" and is framed and ready to hang.  There are many gorgeous works of art up for grabs...check out the catalogue, and come out for a fabulous evening.


October 2017 - We often take our home towns and countryside for granted, and feel we need to travel in order to create better photographs.  I have been guilty of this myself, and think I have to "get away" in order to make new work.  This summer I spent several weeks in Newfoundland again, followed by 10 days in Alberta, with a couple of trips to the Ontario wilderness thrown in at the end.  And certainly my photographs from these trips are (I think, anyway!) unusual and compelling, and I felt inspired and fully immersed in my work while away.  But I think the real issue is not whether we travel to exciting or exotic places, but whether we take the time to look more closely at our own neighbourhood.  This fall has given us some gorgeous weather, and I spent a lot of time photographing in and around Fergus and Elora, challenging myself to look at those often-photographed  scenes with fresh eyes.  It worked!  I have a new appreciation for this place I live in, and realize that just because we see the same landscape every day,  it's no less special than anywhere else in the world.



Sunday July 23 – That same weekend, I’ll be hosting a presentation of my landscape photographs from the series “Outside of Time”, created during this past year , as a 2016 recipient of the GBLT’s King Family Bursary.  I’ll have large prints on hand and will share stories about my boating adventures & the fabulous people I’ve met.  This event will take place on Frying Pan Island, at the SSCA Community Centre, from 2 to 4.  Rain or shine, with refreshments too!  Check out the details here.


Saturday July 22 –  Join me for a photography walk on West Lookout Island near Pointe au Baril.  This one’s a free family event starting with a picnic (swimming optional), then from 2 to 5 pm we’re off to shoot some of the spectacular Georgian Bay landscapes that I love.  Suitable for all skill levels & ages, and will definitely be a blast.  Details are here.


May 2017 – Now that the snow has melted, and the ski season is over, I’m looking forward to another busy summer that will be filled with events hare at home and elseware.  This May, check out my work at the Scotiabank Photography Festival in Toronto….“Spectra” is a group show by members from Gallery 44.  Our exhibition runs from April 27 to May 7 at Gallery 1313, on Queen St. West.

Later this summer, I will be hosting two events for the Georgian Bay Land Trust… these are open to everyone….members, future members, or those who simply love photography and Georgian Bay.


March 2017 – If you’re planning to take in a fantastic art event this summer, check out the Bonavista Biennele ….  a 50 km loop of art installations and exhibitions in non-gallery settings, situated in historic outport communities of Newfoundland.  From August 17 to Sept. 17.  Needless to say, I’m going.


January 2017 – Welcome to 2017, a new year, with exciting things happening for Canada’s 150th birthday.  It’s sure to be a wonderful year, (in spite of the political scene at home and in the US!)  with lots of fabulous arts events planned across the country.

Currently, I have work in the Deep Roots exhibition (Jan. 4 to Feb. 20) at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, and will be participating in several more shows this year, including Salon 44 (March 10 to 25), an important fundraising initiative for Gallery 44 in Toronto, the annual Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival that takes place in Toronto in May 2017, and the City of Kitchener’s Rotunda Gallery (September 2017).

I will post opening reception dates as they are scheduled, and invite all of you to stop in if you can.  I’d love to see you.

To stay up to date, you can join my e-mail list (link below) or my Facebook page.


December 2016 – I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and best wishes for the new year.  I’m a bit sad to see this one end… I’ve had a fabulous time this past year, with another Newfoundland residency finished, and many trips to Georgian Bay and the surrounding areas as part of a separate project.  I’m almost hoping for a few snowstorms so I have an excuse to stay inside and go through the 1000 or so photographs that I made.  I’ll keep you posted with news on exhibitions….. and possibly a book or two.


December 2016 – Check out my commercial website for info on workshops and portfolio reviews.  I’ve updated my course schedule and have a few new topics listed.  You can find the details at


June 2016 – Once again I have had two photographs chosen to be part of the Elora Arts Council’s annual Insights Juried Art exhibition.   These are both new images from this past year, and are two of my personal favourites.  The show opens at the Wellington County Museum in Elora on Wednesday June 15, at 7:00, followed by a jurors’ walk on Sunday June 19,  I’d love to see some of you at one of these events.  Check out the Elora Arts Council website  for more info.


May 2016 – I am part of a group show at Gallery 1313 (Queen St. W) in Toronto, as part of the Scotiabank Photography Festival.  “Ellipsis” opens next week and runs until the end of May.  Join us for the opening on Thursday May 12 from 7:00 to 9:00, or come in on Saturday May 14 for our artists’ lectures starting at 2:00.  The exhibition showcases the work of 14 members from Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography in Toronto.  The exhibition website has all the details, and an e-catalogue to get you started.


April 2016 – Great news!  I have been awarded a King Family Bursary which is administered though the Georgian Bay Land Trust, on behalf of supporters Wally & Marilyn King, and an anonymous donor.  This funding will allow me to spend time photographing the rugged coast and islands along the eastern edge of Georgian Bay.  This is part of a project that I have been working on for a number of years, and I am pleased and honoured to have been selected for this award.  Check out theGBLT website for more details…..


February 2016 – I have new work in the window at the Howard Park Institute on Dundas West in Toronto…check it out on your way by…….



January 2016 –  Join me for “Main Streets& Memories”, an upcoming solo exhibition at the Minto Arts Gallery in Harriston.  The opening reception will be on Thursday, March 3…..details coming soon.


September, 2015 – I recently returned from a residency in Newfoundland, where I have been working on a series of abstract landscapes that play with scale and perspective.  Watch for these in upcoming exhibitions as they are scheduled.


July, 2015 –  Exhibition at Gallery 1313, Toronto – on now until July 18  at 1313a Queen St. W., Toronto –  two of my recent photographs were selected for this show….check out the photos from the opening night party here.

Canoe Lake 2014


April, 2015 – Solo exhibition at the Wellington County Museum & Archives

My most recent exhibition “Main Streets & Memories” opened on April 10 at the Wellington County Museum & Archives  in Elora.  I was pleased to see so many people from all parts of the County, as well as close friends and family.  For over two years, I have explored Wellington County towns and villages and photographed present day streetscapes using historical images from the Museum and Archives collection as a reference.  Working within the boundaries of the original locations, I adopted a documentary approach to photograph the people, architecture and everyday events.  These interpretations offer insights about permanence and change in the County over the decades. The result is an exhibit of stunning images of everyday life against historical backdrops that will delight and intrigue.

Special thanks to exhibit sponsor, the Wellington County Historical Society.


June, 2014 – “Insights” at the Wellington County Museum & Archives

I was thrilled to receive the 1st place overall Insights Award recently at the opening of the annual Insights Juried Art Show, for my photograph “Labyrinth”.  This image is one of my personal favourites, which makes receiving this award even more special.  Insights is hosted by the Elora Arts Council, and attracts submissions in many different art forms from Wellington, Dufferin, Grey/Bruce Counties and the Regions of Waterloo, Halton, and the City of Guelph.  This year’s show marks the 35th anniversary of the exhibition which is held at the Wellington County Museum and Archives in Elora. It runs until the end of August.  it’s a wonderful show of over 65 artworks – I hope you can stop in over the summer.


© 2018 Sylvia Galbraith.