The Mary Green & Doug Donley Project

The Mary Green & Doug Donley Project
31 March 2024


Online Event

The Art Gallery of Sudbury | Galerie d'art de Sudbury is digitizing over 600 works of art by regional artists Mary Green and Doug Donley from the collections. The portal will be live 31 March 2024. This project includes digital content development, digitization and the creation and graphic design of virtual exhibitions and an online archive of works and artistic ephemera presented in three languages; English, French, and Anishinaabemowin. This special project is funded by Canadian Heritage, Museums Assistance Program, Digital Access to Heritage. Special thanks to the City of Greater Sudbury for providing the premises for the completion of this project.

Mary Green, Recent Photographs 22 – Self Portrait, 1983. Silver print on fiber paper. Art Gallery of Sudbury | Galerie d’art de Sudbury.

Mary Green

Mary Green is one of Northern Ontario’s most significant senior artists and art educators. Mary Green is a multidisciplinary artist who has lived and worked in Sudbury since the early 1980s. Born on Vancouver Island, she spent many of her formative years in the Ottawa Valley.  Through her varied career, since 1979, she has had solo exhibitions in Sudbury, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Kleinburg, Kingston, and Ottawa, and has participated in more than 60 group exhibitions across Canada.

In 2014, Mary Green gifted the Art Gallery of Sudbury | Galerie d’art de Sudbury with a major retrospective selection of her art works comprising 15 series of works of art, including 184 photographs, one book of photographs and one video work, completed from 1978 through 2005, in addition to paintings already in the Collection. Seven of the 15 donated series of art feature analogue silver print photographs on fiber paper, including the series Child Vision, Sister Adorers of the Precious Blood, Nor Art, clic! captured in a drawer, Recent Photographs, Sudbury Art Now, and Water.

Doug Donley, In My Pocket, 2001. Colour pencil on rag. Art Gallery of Sudbury | Galerie d’art de Sudbury.

Doug Donley

Doug Donley (1957 – 2005) was a prolific artist with a huge body of work – drawings, paintings and sculptures. He was also a writer of prose and poetry.  Born in Montreal in 1957, and raised in Richmond Hill, Donley moved to Sudbury in 1980 and lived there until the fall of 2004. His first exhibition, in 1981 in Ottawa, was followed by solo and group exhibitions in Sudbury, North Bay, Haileybury, Parry Sound, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, Windsor, Edmonton, and Whitehorse.

Mary Green, Donley’s long-time partner in creativity and in life, said all his work was done in Sudbury. “Doug had a strong presence here. He came here in his early 20s. He was very prolific,” she said. Donley produced hundreds of drawings, mainly in coloured pencil, but also in ink. Mary Green has said: “Doug worked in a variety of media. He was a sculptor as well. He wrote a lot of poetry. There was humour in what he wrote.” In August 2008, over 430 drawings and paintings by Doug Donley were donated to the Art Gallery of Sudbury | Galerie d’art de Sudbury by the estate of Doug Donley.

Ally Zmijowskyj Carlos – Digital and Collections Engagement Manager
Kaylee Sova – Digitization and Products Assistant

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