New Doors are Opening in Georgetown! The New SIDEDOOR GALLERY and re-opening of RED DOOR GALLERY

New Doors are Opening in Georgetown! The New SIDEDOOR GALLERY and re-opening of RED DOOR GALLERY image
Jun 13, 2016

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New Doors are Opening in Georgetown! The New SIDEDOOR GALLERY and re-opening of RED DOOR GALLERY

A new community space is opening within The Hotel McGibbon footprint at Main and Mill Street in downtown Georgetown. Affectionately dubbed Sidedoor Gallery, this community event space is cousins with the locally owned Red Door Gallery. Sidedoor will offer residents of Georgetown a place to meet, collaborate and showcase local events and projects, like Canada 150 and the Heritage Trail design. Sidedoor Gallery is opening on Saturday June 18th with Inside Out – a showing of local photographs of the upper residences of the old Hotel McGibbon. The space has been made available by Doug Pattison of SilverCreek Group – the developer behind The Residences of the Hotel McGibbon.

INSIDE OUT – An Invitational Photography Exhibit Featuring:

  • Greg Coman
  • Bonnie Courchesne
  • Lucien Delean
  • Bob Greenfield
  • Doug Pattison
  • Jaime Pattison

Many residents of Georgetown are familiar with the landmark exterior of the Hotel McGibbon, and perhaps the bar and restaurant, however the rest of the hotel including the basement, hallways, and tenant rooms on the upper second and third floors were likely seldom seen.

Driven by historical and cultural inquisitiveness, and a love of photography, a small group of photographers embraced a unique opportunity to explore the full recesses of the building during its transition.

With the McGibbon acting as a blank slate for creativity, each photographer captured images that would reveal their interpretation of their experience, whether it was the revelry of the closing party, the empty rooms of its transition, or the memories of its vibrant history.

As you walk around the exhibit today, you will get a glimpse into that past, whether its stark reality as a transition zone, or its beauty revealing earlier days of grandeur. If the images stir up memories, emotions, or curiosity, then we know as artists we have succeeded.

There was only one mandate. The photographs had to have been taken from the Inside Out. Take home a piece of history. Framed photographs available for sale as marked.


After receiving a $74,800 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation earlier this spring, Georgetown’s Red Door Gallery will be reopening on Saturday June 25th. Thanks to a generous donation by Doug Pattison, Red Door Gallery will have great new digs at 69 Main Street South in downtown Georgetown. Pattison offered the new one year location at a subsidized rate, and will help prepare the space alongside Red Door Gallery tradesmen and volunteers.
“A gallery like Red Door helps to retain the character, vibrancy and charm of our historic downtown area. We look forward to partnering with Red Door Gallery to show the best of GTA West artists’ work,” said Pattison.

The Red Door Gallery fulfills a unique niche in Georgetown. In its first year, located in an annex of the Royal Canadian Legion on Mill Street,  this small community gallery and its volunteers put on 15 successful art exhibits featuring over 100 artists.

Red Door’s 2016/2017 art show calendar also features music performances and spoken word evenings, as well as a day time seniors’ program and paint nights. Studios for emerging artists and artist in residence spots will also be available.

To get involved, or to apply for a show or studio, email For further updates, visit or follow Red Door Gallery on Facebook.