Arctic Experience McNaught Gallery

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The Arctic Experience McNaught Gallery is an art gallery located in Hamilton, Ontario. It specializes in Inuit art and Canadian landscape paintings.

A summer shot of the building -- an old Victorian home.
The Arctic Experience McNaught Gallery on James Street South.


The Arctic Experience Gallery was established by Marvin and Lorraine Cohen. Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, the Cohens moved to Baffin Island in the 1970s when Marvin accepted a teaching position in Frobisher Bay. The couple spent five years with the Inuit community there and fell in love with both the people and their art. They returned to Hamilton in the 1980s and opened a gallery in 1983 to showcase the Inuit sculpture they had discovered during their time in Canada's north.[1]

The gallery was originally located on Houston Street in Hamilton. The Cohens moved the gallery to its present location on James Street South in 1993.[2] At that time they entered into a partnership with Janet McNaught. McNaught introduced a collection of Canadian paintings and prints to the gallery.

McNaught grew up in Deep River, Ontario and moved to Toronto and Burlington, Ontario before attending McMaster University. She had a strong interest in the arts and became involved in Hamiton's arts community. She sat on the Editorial Board for Art Impression Magazine, was Arts and Entertainment Editor for, and acted as Director of Beckett Gallery from 1981-1993. When Beckett Gallery closed its doors in 1993,[3] Janet decided to open her own gallery.


The Cohens continue to visit Cape Dorset to bring back new sculptures from some of Canada's top Inuit artists, including Pauta Saila, Kelly Qimirpik, Pudlalik Shaa, and Tukiki Manomie.[4]


The McNaught Gallery showcases pieces from Canadian artists who work with landscape and nature motifs. There is a special emphasis on Hamilton-area painters, including Brian Darcy, James Gummerson, Heather Pate, and Gisele Comtois. The gallery also features a number of historical prints, including pieces from George Thompson, Franz Johnston, Ghislain Caron, Frank Panabaker, Frederick Haines, and Major James Wallis.


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Coordinates: 43°15′03.2″N 79°52′17.2″W / 43.250889°N 79.871444°W / 43.250889; -79.871444