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The Back Alley Gallery was born out of a simple desire to spend more time creating.  In November of 2019, the old garage was emptied and cleaned out, designs were made and contractors were hired.

Then COVID hit!  Turns out that because the large double doors opened up to the alley (which provided great ventilation), the space became an opportunity to meet and chat with neighbours as well as a space to create.

The gallery is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 to 4:00pm. Often neighbours will stop by, artists will be inside creating either collaboratively or on a solo project and curious walkers will pop in to have a look at the art and have a chat.

From the artist's perspective, it's a fun, accessible place which serves as an inspiration to explore creativity and build confidence often leading to their first gallery showing. It is also a place for more experienced artists to present workshops and to promote connection between fellow artists as well as show and sell their art in the gallery. For the community, it is a welcome space to experience art through our gallery shows, meet artists and discover their own creativity through our workshops.




Mary Flynn is an artist creating in many mediums including acrylic, encaustic, and collage/mixed media.  Born and raised in Hamilton with a "slight" detour (25 years) in Toronto as a corporate salesperson.  Mary returned home to Hamilton in 2012.  Along the way, she discovered the healing properties of hiking, nature, and then art.


While mostly self-taught, Mary has taken many courses and workshops at Etobicoke School of the Arts, Dundas Valley School of Arts, Georgian Bay Centre for the Arts, and the Cotton Factory. 

Her work has been sold at McMaster's Art in the Park, to private collectors, and now through her own gallery, "The Back Alley Gallery"

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