If you're looking for a fun holiday experience, I am a guest instructor for three workshops in fabulous new locations across Canada.  These will take place in exciting locations in Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland.   Details, and registration info is available through the organizations' websites...  links are below.  All of these offer in-depth photography instruction and field trips that will take you beyond simply taking a snapshot, and will draw on local scenery, history and architecture for subject matter.  The courses are:

July 8 to 12, 2019 - Photography Explorations, Wellington County Museum, Elora, Ontario - 5 full days of instruction and field trips in and around 'Ontario's most beautiful village" and the Elora Gorge.

August 20, 2019 - Between Land & Sea, Bonavista Peninsula, Newfoundland - field trip along the coastal rocks and pools in Tickle Cove, home of the famous sea arch and 500 million year old rocks.  This free workshop is part of the Bonavista Biennale arts event that runs from Aug. 17 to Sept. 15, 2019.

Sept. 16 to 20, 2019 - Land & Sea Photography Explorations, St. Andrew's, New Brunswick - 5-day workshop in and around the historic town of St. Andrew's-by-the-Sea.  Recognized for it's beautiful location on the shore of the Bay of Fundy, and it's historic and diverse architecture.

Posted on June 06 2019 top

For exhibition news, new projects, and more, make sure to check out my personal website at www.sylviagalbraith.ca.

Posted on June 06 2019 top

I'm looking forward to shooting weddings again at the rejuvenated Elora Mill Inn ...it was always one of my favourite locations over the years, and with the recent expansion and redesign, it's even more fabulous for photography. Check out my interview at thestar.com.


Posted on July 10 2018 top

As part of the annual Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, I am showing new photographs from recent residencies in Newfoundland, Ontario and Banff .  "Outside of Time" runs from. May 3 to June 2, 2018 at Abbozzo Gallery in Toronto, located in the historic arts hub at 401 Richmond.... well worth a visit as there are many galleries, shops and cafes that will enhance your arts experience.  My personal website describes the project in detail, and includes image galleries.

Download an exhibition catalogue here.


abbozzo card


Posted on May 10 2018 top

Earlier this spring, I was a recipient of a snakes_1Georgian Bay Land Trust - King Family Bursary, an annual award that aims to promote knowledge and appreciation of the the bay through creative or scientific projects.  The GBLT is an organization that was formed to preserve and protect the unique archipelago and bodies of water along the eastern shore of Georgian Bay. 

Through my landscape photographs of the coast, I am examining the relationship between science, history and art;  my visual references are rocks that have been transformed in often violent ways, where the patterned shapes in the present-day strata mirror the forces that created them.  Needless to say, it's been a wonderful summer of boating and exploring, and I am thrilled to have been chosen for this award.  This collection of images will form an exhibition and publication in the coming year.  I'll keep you up to date as the project progresses.

Posted on September 28 2016 top

Recently I returned (reluctantly!) from an artists' residency in Newfoundland..... hosted by 2 Rooms Contemporary Art Projects, based in Dunatara on the Bonavista Peninsula.  This was my second time in Duntara...I also spent three weeks there last fall, and I fell in love with the place all over again. I have never felt so much at home (outside of MY home, of course), from the astounding landscapes, the temperamental weather, and the people and their stories.  I learned what 110 kph winds do to ocean waves (and tiny rental cars!), that sunrise really is the best time to make photographs, that nothing beats fresh blueberries picked along a trail, and swimming in a wilderness pond surrounded by ancient hills is truly magical.  I found that everyone has a story they like to share, along with their fresh cod and jiggs' dinners, and discovered that the Newfoundland sense of humour we've heard about is alive and well.  Also, moose DO NOT adhere to the rules of the road, and a bag of really cool rocks in your suitcase can put you in the "overweight category" for the flight home. Thank you, Westjet, for not laughing....at least, not in front of me.  

Posted on September 28 2016 top

In addition to my classes, I offer:

Portfolio Reviews for intermediate and advanced photographers or students applying to art schools.  Constructive feedback and tips included!

Custom printing services for those who appreciate the fine qualities of a properly printed photograph.  You can choose from several types of paper, and have the option of colour correction or photo editing services if needed. Check out the details under the tabs above.


Posted on September 28 2016 top


lightI have new work in two exhibitions opening this month.  This photograph, titled "Light on a Little Grave', is included in a group show at the Wellington County Museum in Elora.  "Death Perceptions" is an exhibition of works from over 100 artists, and was conceived by Shelley Carter as a way to promote a conversation of death and dying.  The opening reception is Friday, Sept. 16 at 7:00, and the show runs until early November.


hilltopA little farther from home, I have work at the Orillia Museum of Art & History.  The Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed was created in recognition of Group of Seven member, Franklin Carmichael, who was born in Orillia. Now in its 15th year, this juried show calls on artists from across the country to submit work that embraces, challenges, comments, critiques, echoes, challenges, re-works or strengthens images, perceptions and interpretations of Canadian landscape through the artist’s chosen medium.  

Posted on September 28 2016 top

Summer has arrived... my workshop schedule has thinned out a bit for the next couple of months, but I am still running my Sunday Lecture series.....  July 19 is all about photographing People & Pets, and in August we will be shooting Streetscapes & River Views around Fergus. In early July, I am running two kids programs - one session for ages 10 to 13, and another session for ages 13 to 16.  The details are on my Workshop Calendar.  I am working on my Fall schedule and will have new classes posted shortly.  I'll be adding more field trips...because you asked!...  Look for an exciting new class for intermediate to advanced photographers on "The Abstract Landscape" and an advanced level two part lecture & field trip on "The Art of Seeing"...

I am also taking part in this year's Elora-Fergus Studio Tour again, and will be showing out of my studio at 198 St. David St. in Fergus.  I will have new photographs from my Fall 2015 Newfoundland residency.  I hope to see many of you on either of the show weekends.

Posted on June 24 2015 top

Artists LectureYou are all invited to join me a lecture on Sunday May3 at 2:00 pm in the main gallery at the Wellington County Museum & Archives in Elora.  I'll be sharing the stories behind the photographs currently on display in the "Main Streets & Memories" exhibition, and talking a bit about my process in creating the prints.  I hope to see you there.

Posted on May 03 2015 top


                        I'm inviting all of you to the opening of my upcoming solo exhibition at the Wellington County Museum & Archives in Elora.  The show runs from April 3 until May 31, with an opening reception mainstreetsposteron Friday April 10 at 7:00 pm.  Here's an idea of what to expect....

"Awarding-winning photographer Sylvia Galbraith of Fergus has created a major exhibit that celebrates the places and people of Wellington County. For over two years, Sylvia has visited ten County towns and villages and photographed present day streetscapes based on historical images from the Museum and Archives collection of photos and postcards. Her interpretations offer insights about permanence and change in our County over the decades. The result is an exhibit of stunning images of everyday life against historical backdrops that will delight and intrigue."

Posted on March 04 2015 top

My Winter 2015 Photography Courses schedule is now on the website and open for registration.  Lot's of new classes, for beginner to advanced photographers.  Check it out under the"Workshops" menu.

Posted on November 10 2014 top

If you missed the Elora-Fergus Studio Tour last weekend, there's still time to check it out this coming weekend, October 4 and 5.  I'll be sharing Patrice Baker's studio at 15 Grandview in Fergus - I'd love to have you stop in.  For more details, and a map of all the artists' locations, check out:  www.elorafergusstudiotour.com.

Posted on September 30 2014 top

2015 Elora calendar2015 Fergus calendarThey're here!  I now have 2015 calendars for both Fergus and Elora.  You can buy them through this website or at Roxanne's Reflections in Fergus.  They're full of new photographs of the area.

Click here to purchase a Fergus calendar.

Click here to purchase an Elora calendar.

Shipping is included in the price - when filling out the form, choose "local pickup" so shipping charges are not added upon checkout.

Posted on September 30 2014 top

After School Photo Adventures for Kids - ages 10 to 14  Wednesdays., Oct. 22 to Nov. 12

Location: 198 St. David St N., Fergus

Designed for kids who love to push the limits of photography. Learn how a camera works, and how to create amazing photographs of smoke, water drops, funky portraits & more.  Bring your own camera if possible ( I have a couple to loan for the class)

 Fee: $60.00 + HST  includes supplies

 Register Online or call 519-787-7040 to register by phone or mail.

Posted on September 30 2014 top

Starting this fall, I will be teaching photography classes in Fergus, at 198 St. David St.  This is a new studio space I will be sharing with painter Meredith Blackmore.  I'll be adding a lot of workshops for intermediate to advanced photographers, as well as my popular Basic Levels of Photography classes.  I'll be posting the schedule on this website shortly, but some of the topics will include an extensive Digital Imaging class, Fine Art Photography,  Business Practices for Artists, and more. More updates to follow......

Posted on August 06 2014 top

Conestoga College - Fall registration now open

Once again this fall, I will be teaching both the Fundamentals of Photography and Advanced Photography at Conestoga College in Kitchener, ON.  These two courses are the first in Commercial Photography Program offered at the Doon Campus.  Upon completion of this two-year part time program, students will be accredited in contemporary photography practices and will graduate with an Ontario College Certificate.  The College website has more information, and is open for registration for fall programs.

Posted on July 15 2014 top

Insights 2014 Insights 2014 Award

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.

Posted on June 19 2014 top

Recent news: Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography

I have finally updated my member’s profile on the Gallery 44 website - have a look.  Gallery 44 is a contemporary photography gallery located at 401 Richmond, in Toronto.  This artist-run organization features shows, on-lines sales of members’ work, and offers work space for printing, scanning and wet darkroom processes.  I’m really looking forward to spending more time there, and plan to take a number of their workshops on alternative photographic processes.  I’ll keep you posted on the results.

Posted on May 22 2013 top

Winter Landscapes Photography – extra session added at the Guelph Arboretum!

Wow, we must love winter! My Winter Landscapes Photography workshop scheduled for January 30 at the University of Guelph’s Arboretum filled up within a couple of weeks, so I have added another date, Saturday, Feb. 6 from 1:00 to 4:00. Check my workshop schedule for complete details, and contact the Arboretum to sign up.

Posted on January 13 2013 top

CTV.ca interview, July 2, 2012

Check out this CTV.ca interview here,  with my tips on summer landscape photography.

Posted on July 02 2012 top

Visit my art photography website

If you’re interested in my fine art photographs, visit the galleries on my alternate website .  Here you will find some of my recent images, as well as a list of exhibitions and other information about my work.  You can join my mailing list for regular updates as well.  if you have questions about any of the photographs, or would like to order a print, check in to the “Guest Book” …

Posted on July 02 2012 top

The Harris Collective show opening Dec. 5 & 6

Make sure you stop in at the Elora Centre for the Arts next weekend for the opening of The Harris Collective Show & Sale. The show features the work of over 20 artists, including myself. I will have original framed photographs in the show, new works from the past year. Some will feature local landscapes, but I may have a few surprises as well. This is a new initiative of the ECFTA, allowing artists to dislay and sell their work in a gallery setting. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday Dec. 5, and Sunday Dec. 6. I hope to see you there. For more information, contact me or check the ECFTA website.

Posted on November 28 2009 top

Art in the Yard a great success!

This past weekend I took part in the annual Art in the Yard Show and Sale at the Elora Centre for the Arts. In spite of the thunderstorm during the Saturday morning setup, the weather was perfect for the weekend. The crowds came out and it was very successful for me, with several significant sales of my latest images. I also launched my new book ” A Living River by the Door”, at the show and sold many copies. Contact me if you would like to view it or purchase a copy, or watch for it in bookstores later this summer.

I am delighted to announce that I was the recipient of the “Jurors’ Choice Award” which goes to the artist with the best all round body of work. This was a huge surprise for me, as I have not shown my work in a number of years. Art in the Yard features many talented and well-known artists, and I feel honoured to be counted among them. I have to thank the jurors, and Rhoda Lipton whose sponsorship makes the award possible. I am looking forward to next year’s show already.

Posted on July 15 2009 top