The Laughing Buddha

Kaarina Ranta - Divine Feminine 

April 18 – July 04, 2017

Visit the Laughing Buddha (194 Elgin Street) to view Divine Feminine by local artist Kaarina Ranta.

Kaarina Ranta is a Sudbury-based artist who uses acrylic and mixed media to express femininity and motherhood. She has devoted her life to motherhood and social work and uses paint as a medium to express her daily experiences. Kaarina Ranta explores and celebrates the divine feminine in her artwork by methodically applying multiple layers of paint to her brightly coloured artwork.

To submit artwork to the Laughing Buddha Offsite Venue Program (or to purchase artwork) please contact the Art Gallery of Sudbury (705-675-4871) or email


18 avril - 4 juillet 2017

Visitez le Laughing Buddha (rue 194 Elgin) pour voir Divine Feminine par l'artiste locale Kaarina Ranta.

Kaarina Ranta est une artiste basé à Sudbury qui utilise les moyens acryliques et techniques mixtes pour exprimer la féminité et de la maternité. Elle a dévoué sa vie à la maternité et le travail social et utilise la peinture comme moyen d'exprimer ses expériences quotidiennes. Kaarina Ranta explore et célèbre le féminin divin dans ses œuvres d'art en appliquant méthodiquement plusieurs couches de peinture à ses œuvres d'art à couleurs vives.

Pour soumettre des œuvres d'art au programme hors-site (ou acheter des œuvres d'art), veuillez contacter la Galerie d'art de Sudbury (705-675-4871) ou envoyer un courriel à




Past Exhibitions / Expositions passées

Raymonde Béland

From January 17, 2017 – April 17, 2017 visit the Laughing Buddha (194 Elgin Street) to view works by local artist Raymonde Béland.

Raymonde Béland is a local Sudbury artist who paints landscapes en plein air. Raymonde Béland is influenced by the great masters from the impressionist period to create her oil and acrylic paintings. Raymonde has travelled internationally to participate in painting workshops where her teachers have praised her boldly expressive oil paintings.


Makers North Collective

From November 13, 2016 – January 16, 2017 visit the Laughing Buddha (194 Elgin Street) to view Makers North Collective by local makers Tracy Baker and Julieanne Steedman.

Artists Tracy Baker and Julieanne Steedman have been making waves in Sudbury. The duo cofounded Makers North Collective, a group responsible for bringing together makers and artists from the North. Tracey and Julieanne “believe in the art of creating something by hand, the process that starts with a simple idea and ends with something amazing. Collaboration and community are a huge part of our collective and our main goal is to share and highlight the rich talent found throughout Northern Ontario.”


Sudbury Exposed


From May 16 – August 8, 2016 visit the Laughing Buddha (194 Elgin Street) to view Sudbury Exposed a photographic exhibition by local artist Jennifer Walker.

Walker describes her photography as “double exposures representing the complexity of [our] urban infrastructure in [the] developing downtown core.” Her black and white photos mimic the surroundings of a ghost town – omnipresent angles in conjunction with the lack of human presence fills the bright frames and makes you reconsider the hidden beauty in forgotten buildings. The juxtaposition of Sudbury’s historic architecture against glistening lakes creates a sense of nostalgia that has the ability to bring you memories of “back in the day.” 

If you have an opportunity to visit the Laughing Buddha this summer – be sure to take a moment and reflect on our local urban landscape as seen through the lens of Jennifer Walker. Sudbury; it may be gritty and grey - but Walker has the ability to pump some civic pride into the hustle and bustle of your everyday life. 




Giovanni Presenza is an artist living in Sudbury, Ontario. Working mostly in ballpoint pen, graphite and occasionally acrylic, Giovanni draws masterful portraits of people that inspire him. The life-like qualities of the works seem rather impossible to create with limited supplies, however, Giovanni moves past the ghoulish qualities of his subject’s exterior form and transpires the inspiring and curious nature of people.On display at the Laughing Buddha (194 Elgin Street) from March 29 - May 23, 2016.


This Is Me and Waterscapes

Carenie Little is an artist from Whitefish, just west of Sudbury. Her paintings are inspired by the people close to her and the natural beauty in our northern community. On display at the Laughing Buddha (194 Elgin Street) from November, 2015 – February, 2016 are two recent series created by Carenie: This Is Me are portraits of people in Carnie’s life and Waterscapes are works inspired by the beautiful rivers and lakes in our region.

Carenie Little est une artiste de Whitefish, situé tout juste à l’ouest de Sudbury. Ses tableaux sont inspirés par ses proches et la beauté naturelle de sa collectivité nordique. Deux de sa série récente sont en montre au restaurant Laughing Buddha (194, rue Elgin) de novembre 2015 à février 2016. Les portraits de This is Me montrent des gens dans la vie de l’artiste, tandis que les œuvres de Waterscapes sont inspirées par les rivières et les lacs magnifiques de la region.


Dreaming in Digital Comics

Drop by the Laughing Buddha (194 Elgin Street) to view the newest AGS/GAS Offsite Venue display. “Dreaming in Digital Comics” by artist Dani Taillefer will be on display until November 1st, 2015.


Its All About Colour 

April 26 – July 26, 2015

Visit the Laughing Buddha from April 26 – July 26, 2015 to view abstract artwork by artist Lucie Lessard.

Du 26 avril au 26 juillet 2015, rendez-vous au Laughing Buddha pour admirer les œuvres abstraites de Lucie Lessard. Son exposition intitulée « It’s All About Colour » est véritablement une vitrine colorée et éclatante.



February 15th - April 17th

This latest series of collages by Sydney Rose explores theoretical representations of women and the Earth in our present, past and future. A combination of found imagery from 1970s encyclopedic guides and sewing patterns for women’s lingerie, Hindsight represents a general apocalyptic and skeptical perception of our planet’s future: predictions for her demise, explorations of her misuse and our undeniable, irreparable connection to all things in the natural world. Sydney is a graduate of the photography program at OCAD University.




 December 13, 2014 – February 15, 2015

Visit the Laughing Buddha (194 Elgin Street) between December, 2014 and February 2015 to view paintings by local artist Kathleen Ryan and photographs by international artist Genna Bu.

Kathleen Ryan is originally from Temiscaming, Quebec and moved to Sudbury in 1970. Her calming artwork is created using mixed media such as acrylic paint and foil.

Genna Bu is an international artist from China who moved to Canada in 2012. Her long exposure photographs were taken on film, developed by hand, and transferred to a digital format.


Looking for a Venue?

The Art Gallery of Sudbury & the Laughing Buddha
offer a 3 month venue program.
Thousands of patrons visit the Buddha annually !

Submit the following via Email:
1) Artist statement (250 words max.)
2) 10-15 jpeg images of your work
*All artworks must be ready to hang
1-705-675-4871 x.231