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ARTSSPECIAL IN ELGIN EDITION 2009 Flavours of

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Welcome to Our 1st Annual Art Edition You will find a thread of Provence-style themes woven throughout this edition of Relish Elgin. Provence is all about a mystique that captures the imagination with thoughts of lavender, fresh foods and markets, regional wines, museums, outdoor activities and scenic variety that includes colourful fishing villages, natural parks and quiet rural areas. All of the pleasures mentioned above are here to be discovered by residents and visitors. Even the allure of lavender is now available through four unique local businesses. One local artist enthuses that our skies, light and rural areas dotted with manor-like homes make painting here a special experience—one that brings Provence to mind. That theme, then, is a perfect complement to our first Arts in Elgin Special Edition. The Art Section features some of our art happenings and talented local artists. It is a snapshot of our artistic community. Our hope is that this will be a starting

SPECIAL ARTS SECTION 12 Dates in Canadian Art History 13, 16, 18 The History of Art in Elgin

A Who’s Who in Elgin’s Art History • Early Photography in St. Thomas The Alma Influence • Creations from the Potters Wheel

17 An Auction & A Dream

Looking back over the 40 years of STEPAC’s history

18-25 Artists in Elgin Artist & Gallery Listings

25 Art Events 26 Creative Kids at the Art Centre

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point for an annual edition which will grow in future years to encompass more of the “album” of artistic activity (visual art, music, drama) that enriches Elgin County. For many visual artists, creating a piece of work is a stage on a creative journey to push their own limits. They strive to study and manipulate light, colour, shape, texture, and so on to reflect the world as they experience it. Whether or not you “like” a piece, most artists appreciate the viewer’s efforts to understand their efforts. Buying a piece of art that “speaks to you” can add joy to your living space, no matter the artist’s locale. Buying a piece from a local artist provides the added delight that you may readily have opportunity to get to know the artist and develop an appreciation for their unique artistic journey.

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Flavours of Provence Find out what’s makes Elgin so much like Provence, with

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The Arts in Elgin Entertaining Elgin Writer Dave Ferguson profiles local musician Sam Hurrie The Surprising Power of Family Meals Reveiwed by Maggie Richardson Lavender Join us as we traipse through the lavender fields with local lavender growers

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A Labyrinth of Peace Discover the Unity Peace Labyrinth in

features on the Horton Market, Railway City Brewing and Clovermead Bees & Honey

En Fleur Lavender in Bloom, Lavender Blue, Lavender Sense & Heritage Line Herbs Waterworks Park, St. Thomas

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Flavours of Provence

Places and events to relish this summer in Elgin County.

Thoughts of Provence bring to mind a place to which artists have been drawn for centuries, as well as cuisine based on passion for quality, fresh ingredients; beaches, canyons, colourful fishing villages, natural parks; opportunities to canoe, walk, hike, and cycle and many festivals including ones to celebrate melons and lavender. Find your own Provence-style places and events to love in Elgin County this summer. FRESH CUISINE Delicious, fresh local produce, meats, poultry, fish and more are harvested nearby. Growing numbers of people have become hooked on the pleasures of making local, seasonal food the basis of their meals. Pick up a copy of “Eat Fresh, Buy Local 2009” for an extensive listing of places to buy farm fresh foods in Elgin County (available from Elgin Business Resource Centre, 519.633.7597). Grow your own, visit a market that offers local foods, a farm gate or a farmers’ market—there are plenty of options!

TOUR THE WINERIES Three wineries produce a sensational variety of wines from grapes and other fruit of the region. Quai du Vin, set on a ridge just north of Lake Erie is not only a source for fine wines, but a popular entertainment venue on several weekends of the summer. For more information: phone 519.775.2216; go to www.quaiduvin.com; visit 45811 Fruit Ridge Ln, St. Thomas. Rush Creek Wines captures the essence of summer in wines produced from local fruit, much of it from their own farm. A complimentary tasting bar, bruschetta bar, tours and outdoor licensed BBQ area are also available at the winery. Ladies are invited to join them Sun July 26th for a “Health & Wellness Winery Tour” from 1 – 4pm. For more information: phone 519.773.5432; go to www.rushcreekwines.com; visit 48995 Jamestown Line south of Aylmer off Hwy 73.

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Meadow Lane Winery is a small, friendly country winery that produces superior quality fruit and grape wines made with a European flair. For more information: phone 519.633.1933; go to www.meadowlanewinery.com; visit 44892 Talbot Line, St. Thomas. BIG SKIES & STARRY NIGHTS Some believe that the occasional Mistral wind in Provence sweeps away clouds and haze, giving the unique brilliant blue skies and starry nights that have drawn artists over the centuries. Many artists are drawn to the challenge of capturing the nuances of outdoor light in their paintings. Local artists ascribe a unique quality to the light in our region. Artist Connie Greger, profiled in Relish Elgin Holiday 2007, has made note that Southwestern Ontario is at a latitude similar to that of Provence, and the light here has a similar special quality. A devoted group Continued on page 7 �

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News & Events � of plein air artists meets regularly to trek Elgin County and capture its landscapes. In an interview with Joan Murray (Canadian Forum, Oct 1979), artist Clark McDougall was asked about the regional aspect of his painting. He replied, “The land here is flat and we have big skies. I love big skies. I always did. This love goes back to when I studied English watercolour painters such as John Sell Cotman, Richard Parkes Bonnington, Turner and David Cox. [...] I don’t think I could ever be unaware of big skies, because they are there, all of the time.” Starry Skies London Centre hosts the nearest group of amateur astronomers belonging to the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC). They’re often found in Elgin County, due to the darkness of our skies. Sites sheltered from light pollution are a precious resource in heavily urbanized Southwestern Ontario. The RASC offers two nights to experience some aweinspiring celestial views nearby this summer. Quai du

FARMERS’ MARKET The Horton Market in St. Thomas, started in 1878, has sprung to life with the rejuvenation efforts of the city, board and producers in the last few years. It opens each year in May with the first delectable treats of spring, and then builds momentum with ever-changing seasonal offerings each week. Renovation of the market building with refrigerators has added more space and possibilities. Farmgate Markets, Oegema Turkey Shoppe and Frisa Farm Eggs now sell more perishable items. Plants, hand-crafted items and baked goods round out the offerings of delectable produce. Now, as in the past, the market creates opportunity for producers to market their products, the public to connect with them and for community-building. The basic concept of the market is the same now as

Vin Estate Winery hosts the society on Fri July 24th and Sat July 25th. HISTORY Churches, ruins and must-see museums are part of Provence’s appeal. Elgin County offers much for history buffs. It is steeped in the history of early Canada and the Talbot settlement. Committed curators, volunteers, and students preserve local history in seven area museums, a historic railway station, an 1850’s Georgian-style historic home in the Talbot settlement, an ancient native earthworks and a historic Quaker village. Check www.relishelgin.ca for a complete listing. OUTDOOR ADVENTURE Backroads Elgin County countryside is predominantly quite flat, with those big skies set against golden or green farm fields. However, a little backroad trekking reveals many it was in 1878. It provides a short route from farm to table, with the consumer providing direct compensation to the farmer. Market Manager Tricia Herbert recognizes, however, that the world in which the 2009 Horton Market operates is vastly different than that of the Horton Market of 131 years ago. Tricia is devoted to developing the market to reflect today’s world. She notes, that “as we continue to re-define the terms local, sustainable, producer-based, and healthy eating, the boundaries of our local market shift. The focus on these themes and others changes quickly, largely because today we have immediate access to so much information. This means we have to educate ourselves and question our own values constantly.” That’s some food for thought to add to your market basket this summer. Why is “local” important to you? How would you like your market to grow? Let Tricia know. For weekly updates, visit the Horton Market blog at

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quite breathtaking curvy, hilly roads through landscape sculpted by ancient glaciers as they receded from Lake Erie. Beaches & Fishing Villages Stretching across much of the shore of Lake Erie, Elgin County offers beaches from the busy and well known to quieter spots. Port Stanley’s beaches and fishing village entice visitors from far and near to enjoy Main Beach, Little Beach at the end of Main Street, plus plenty of restaurants, shops and galleries. The pier at Port Bruce attracts fishermen and women eager to reel in some Lake Erie Yellow Perch. There are also plenty of shaded picnic areas at Port Bruce Provincial Park. Meander the main street, check out the lighthouse and eateries, and enjoy some fishing in the seaside village of Port Burwell. The swimming is great at Port Burwell Provincial Park, where sandy dunes separate an expansive beach from the bluffs above. Day use areas have plenty of parking, and long beaches and a boardwalk invite you Continued on page 8 � www.hortonfarmersmarket.blogspot.com. There’s also a market newsletter that you can receive by email - sign up at the market (Saturdays 8am to noon).

Market goers at the Horton Farmers’ Market load their goodies into a variety of environmentally friendly carriers—cloth bags, bins, rolling carriers. The people with baskets, though, seem to be the ones most enjoying their market experience—Provence style! Above: Donna LeCourtois and Maggie Richardson

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News & Events � to take a stroll. A hidden gem to the West, the beach at Port Glasgow seems like a local secret. The Marina is a popular spot for fishing, and offers typical beach fare and ice cream. There is a large sheltered beach to the west of the Marina and several small, isolated sandy coves to its east. Walk, Hike & Cycle Some of the many hiking and cycling options available locally can be found at www.elgintourist.com/ cyclingandhiking. Maps and points of interest are included. RAILWAY HISTORY Day Out with Thomas Hero of the Rails Tour Thomas is a modern phenomenon, but his visits bring much of the revenue needed to run the Elgin County Railway Museum; at the same time delighting thousands of children. Thomas is back in St. Thomas Fri July 17th to Sun July 19th & Fri July 24th to Sun July 26th . CASO Historic Railway Station’s Heritage of the Rails Walk the Station on Sun July 12th and see characters from St. Thomas’ rail history come to life. View a computerized model of the possible future of the railway lands. For more information: phone 519.633.2535; go to www.narhf.org; visit Canada Southern Railway Station at 750 Talbot Street. FOOD FESTIVALS Herb and Local Food Festival Heritage Line Herbs hosts its first annual Herb and Local food festival on Sat July 11th. Vendors, food samples, face painting, demonstrations, games and wagon rides are just some of the activities planned for the day. Cooking with Lavender Lavender has long been a part of cooking in Provence. On July 11th, the flavours of lavender will be the focus

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of a cooking demonstration by Chef Jonathan Collins at Lavender Blue (see ad, page 2). Canada Parks Day Celebrate Canada Parks Day at Backus-Page House & John E. Pearce Provincial Park on Sun July 19th from 10am – 4:30pm. Opening in 1957, the John E. Pearce Provincial Park is home to a diversity of habitats that attract a wide variety of insects, birds, plants and animals. For more information: phone 519.762.3072; go to www.tyrconnellheritagesociety.blogspot.com; visit 29429 Lake View Line, Wallactown. Annual Bee Beard Competition Clovermead Bees & Honey will bee abuzz with its annual Bee Beard Competition on Sat July 25th. This event really has to be seen to be believed. Wagon rides, bee barrel train rides, face painting, honey tasting, live music and plenty of photo opportunities with the beekeepers offer fun for the whole family! For more information: phone 519.773.5503; go to www.clovermead.com; visit Clovermead Bees & Honey at 11302 Imperial Road N, Aylmer. Admission goes to support the Women’s Shelter. Fish Fry & Waterfront Festival The Port Glasgow Annual Fish Fry & Waterfront Festival, Sun Aug 2, features a buffet-style fish dinner, entertainment from “The Repetoire”, and fireworks. It starts at 4pm at the Port Glasgow Marina, Port Glasgow. For more information: phone 519.785.0560; go to www. westelgin.net. FreshFest—A Local Taste Experience New this year, FreshFest will present an evening of local food at the CASO station in St. Thomas, Thurs Aug 20th. Sip, savour, celebrate the bounty. Chat with the producers and chefs. Your passport will entitle you to creations from nine local chefs, six wineries and a brewery. The station will be decked out in its finest with entertainment featuring Sam Hurrie, and a selection of fine local art. An evening market and food demo area will round out the evening. The event is brought to you

by the Iron Horse Festival and Elgin Business Resource Centre. A silent auction of treasures from Elgin County will raise funds for the CASO station. Go to www. freshfest.ca. Straffordville Watermelon Fest Celebrate this popular taste of summer at the annual Straffordville Watermelon Fest on Sat Aug 29th. Family-focused fun includes pancake breakfast from 7am to 10am; parade at 10am; craft and bake sales; live entertainment; BBQ; games and contests including watermelon seed-spitting, children’s rides, silent auction and a family dance at 7pm. For more information: phone 519.866.5295; go to www.bayham.on.ca. Sweet Corn Fest—Fri Aug 28th & Sat Aug 29th Nothing says summer like fresh sweet corn. Aylmer celebrates the corn grown on farms nearby with events throughout downtown including sidewalk sales, wagon rides, BBQ, music and kids activities. FAIRS AND OTHER CELEBRATIONS Cowboy Fun in West Lorne Go west to take part in a day of horse-focused free fun at Cactus, Cattle & Cowboys on Sat July 18th. The adventure begins near Graham Road and Main Street with an 8:30am Farmers’ Market and horse parade at high noon. The events continue at Ballistik Paint Ball Park with live entertainment, music, food, horse demo’s, horse breed displays, gymkhana horse games, wagon rides and much more! For more information: phone 1-866.401.2965; visit www.westelgin.net. Tub Daze in Port Burwell In 1984, Ed Matthews “sailed” across Lake Erie from Port Burwell to Erie, Pennsylvania in a bathtub to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House. Each year, Port Burwell holds Tub Daze to commemorate this momentous feat. This year it runs from Fri July 31st to Sun Aug 2nd. Celebrations include a beer tent, volleyball, fire truck pulling contest and lots of great food and entertainment. A truly spectacular fireworks display on

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News & Events Sunday evening at dusk tops off each annual Tub Daze. For more information: phone Deb at 519.874.4450; go to www.bayham.on.ca; visit Port Burwell East Beach (some activities also at Legion). Fred Eaglesmith Charity Music Festival—Fri Aug 14th – Sun Aug 16th 15 years ago Fred decided to invite some of his friends to join him for a picnic and to make some music. They all had so much fun that the summer tradition of the Fred Eaglesmith Annual Charity Picnic was born. All of the money that is raised by this event is donated to registered charities. For the second year, this event will focus on supporting bio-diversity: Catfish Creek Conservation Authority and the Longpoint Basin Land Trust. The details: go to www.fredeaglesmith.com/ Aylmer2009-1; visit Springwater Conservation Area. The Iron Horse Festival Elgin’s Greatest Street Festival draws more than 20,000 people over four days (Thur Aug 20th – Sun Aug 23rd). This downtown street festival combines a variety of festival attractions with a unique blend of railway, family fun and other heritage-oriented displays. This year’s festival will include a Classic Car Night, Motorcycle Show & Shine, Walk the Chalk Chalk art competition, Iron Chef Cookoff, Ribfest, Midway, Kids Junction, and three stages of entertainment. Performers include Murray McLaughlan, Traci Kennedy, Roy Leblanc, John Milles, Hotel California, Thunderstruck, Point Taken, Hog Wild and Captain Corbin. Check out the entire entertainment schedule on the Iron Horse website www. ironhorsefestival.com.

RAILWAY CITY BREWING Things are heating up for the people who bring you the cold ones made in St. Thomas. Railway City Brewing is making their mark in St. Thomas and beyond. In May, Ontario MPPs voted in the most popular representatives of Ontario’s Craft Brewing industry. The tasting event was hosted by Hon. Steve Peters, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Railway City Brewing’s Amber Ale was picked the favourite in the “Malty Dark Lager or Ale” category. The seven category winners become the ‘official beers’ of Ontario’s Legislative Assembly. Following close on the heels of this honour, the LCBO began to stock the brewery’s Iron Spike Blonde Ale in several stores in southwestern Ontario. Until now the Iron Spike ales have been available only at the brewery and at several pubs. You can continue to pick up the Blonde, Copper and Amber Ales, as well as a new Light version, at the brewery—it’s always a great place to pop in for a sample or look around. Railway City recently paired up with “Les Noiracochon,” an award-winning barbecue team with truckloads of trophies, who compete nationally and internationally. You can find the first sampling of their delicious Railway City barbecue creations, including Blonde Brined Pork Chops, on the Railway City website. Below: Paul Corriveau and Al Goulding of Railway City Brewing with Hon. Steve Peters (MPP, Elgin-MiddlesexLondon), Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

First Fairs of the Year in Aylmer & Shedden Aylmer Fair returns Thur Aug 6th – Sun Aug 9th. Agricultural, school and homecraft exhibits, and Farmer Brown’s Menagerie are open every day. Other special events occur daily. For more information go to www. aylmerfair.ca. Shedden Fair runs Aug 22nd & 23rd. For more information, contact 519.764.2939.

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Blonde Brined Chops 2-4 thick (>1”) cut pork chops, rib or double-loin cut 2 cups (16oz) Railway City Blonde Ale 2 cups (16oz) water 3 cloves garlic 1 thick-cut slice lemon 1 thick-cut slice orange 1 small yellow onion, quartered 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup coarse sea salt • Combine all ingredients except chops in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes. • Chill the brine in a non-reactive container (plastic, glass, ceramic) or Ziploc bag in the refrigerator. • Add the chops to the brine and ensure that they are completely submerged. Refrigerate for 4-8 hours. • Remove the pork chops from the brine and pat dry with a paper towel. • Season the chops to taste with granulated onion, granulated garlic and fresh ground black pepper. • Grill the chops on a preheated grill at medium-hot heat (375°-425°F), turning once, until cooked. • Rest the chops for 5 minutes before seving. Recipe adapted from one submitted by Suzie Q of Les Noiracochon, from the Railway City website. Railway City Brewing is located at 168 Curtis Street in St. Thomas. They’re open 7 days a week for the summer. Call 519.631.1881 for information or to book a tour. You can find the recipe above and others from Les Noiracochon at www.railwaycitybrewing.com.

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CLOVERMEAD BEES & HONEY Wonderful products, fun and education all come together at Clovermead Bees & Honey. Gift shop, heritage buildings, fields of wildflowers, the Bee Discovery Station, tours for school groups and visitors all combine to create a sweet honey experience. The Bee Beard Festival on July 25th and Honey Harvest Festival (first three Saturdays in September) are both popular family-centred events that celebrate bees and honey.

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The gift shop and settlement have undergone several creative additions and updates in recent years and the Hiemstras have been recognized for their innovative agri-food strategies. They were named Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmers in 2008 and also received a Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence in the same year.

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The Hiemstras are third-generation beekeepers. Chris and Christy Hiemstra have made Clovermead such a fun place that it’s easy to forget that the bees don’t do all the work. Running the shop, settlement and tending 20 bee yards placed around farmers fields (about 22,000 acres worth) keeps the Hiemstras as busy as their staff of 24 million bees. It also demands an indepth knowledge of the science of bees, honey production and the life of the hive. The work of these modern day beekeepers requires innovation and business skills related to honey extraction equipment and methods, commercial bee pollination services and commercial bee pollen, retail, marketing and education. Like most agricultural production, there’s a lot more going on than meets the eye. The end-product though is simple—good food, locally made. Each flower has a unique nectar and each of the resulting honeys has its own distinct aroma and flavour. Drop in and find your favourite. Will it be Summer Blossom, Sweet Clover, Wild Blueberry, Golden Rod…Mmmmmm. Clovermead Bees & Honey is located at 11302 Imperial Road N (Hwy #73), just north of Aylmer. Contact them at 519-773-5503 or visit www.clovermead.com.

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A Day of Family Fun Take a 25-Minute Ride With Thomas • Meet Sir Topham Hatt • Build With LEGO® DUPLO® Bricks and Much More Live Entertainment Featuring:

Elgin County Railway Museum Top: Chris Hiemstra tending to the bees Second: Chris Hiemstra judges the contestants’ beards at the Bee Beard Festival Third: One of the friendly farm animals at Clovermead Bottom: The Clovermead Settlement attraction

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Arts

The Arts in Elgin

Welcome to the arts section of our Arts in Elgin County 2009 Special Edition. In the pages that follow, you will find profiles of some of the artists who are part of our unique art history. Alma College was shaped by some of them and in turn became a weighty influence on local artistic activity through the years. We have also featured some highlights of the history of the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre as they celebrate their 40th Anniversary. Its beginnings and success over the years have been due largely to the efforts of volunteers. Congratulations to them and to the current Director, Laura Woermke, and her staff. They continue to make the Centre a place where art comes to life! Finally, you will find listings of artists and galleries. Enjoy the samples of their work and take the opportunity to find out more about an artist whose piece catches your eye.

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“Lights of a City Street” Shown on the Previous Page Style, for most painters, evolves over time. During his time at Alma College, Frederick Marlett Bell-Smith focused on figures, portraits, seascapes and beach scenes; his style influenced local artists and his direction had significant impact on art education at Alma College. By 1894, living in Toronto, city life had become a new inspiration for Bell-Smith. “Lights of a City Street” marked a new direction. The cityscape as subject occupied the majority of his artistic output for the rest of his career. Simpsons Limited purchased the painting soon after its first exhibition, and it hung in their Queen Street Store, later in the Hudson’s Bay Company’s executive offices and now in the foyer of Acadian Court restaurant on the 8th floor of the Bay on Queen Street. A window on another era of Toronto’s history, the painting has many admirers. Relish Elgin thanks the Hudson’s Bay Company for their cooperation and contribution of this image for reproduction in this issue.

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Canadian Art History The Context of the Development of the Arts Scene in Elgin County 1886 Women’s Art Association of Canada is Founded Its mandate was to promote a general interest in art and the encouragement of work by women. 1870 Formation of Society of Canadian Artists This was the first organization to reflect a national art identity. Until then, Romanticism was the predominant stylistic influence. F.M. Bell-Smith played an important role in the founding of the Society of Canadian Artists and other local and national artistic associations. 1910 Medalta Pottery opens Medalta Pottery was the longest running and largest producer of household crockery and hotelware in Canada. By the 1940s, restaurants, hotels and railways all used Medalta’s tableware. The same clays used at Medalta eventually spawned the development of a dynamic studio clay movement. 1911 Ontario College of Art opens 1916-1919 War Artists The Canadian War Records Office hired more than 60 artists to produce canvases, works on paper and sculptures depicting Canada’s participation in the Great War. These gave Canadians a war memorial and also helped to elevate the status of Canadian art. Ross Reverdy Osgood’s war paintings can be found in the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa and at the St. Thomas Armoury. 1920 Group of Seven holds their first exhibition The group consisted originally of Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer, J. E. H. MacDonald and Frederick Varley. Tom Thomson and Emily Carr were closely associated. The members were strongly influenced by European Impressionism of the late nineteenth century and are most famous for their brilliantly coloured scenes of Canadian wilderness.

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A Who’s Who in Elgin’s Art History

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Here we profile some of the influential people in the history of Elgin County’s Art Community. Susan Elizabeth Paul (1838 – 1925) Susan Elizabeth Paul was the youngest daughter of a pioneer merchant and mill proprietor. She is perhaps best known as the young woman of “blue dress” fame. Many children who visited the Elgin County Museum when it was located in the Duncombe House remember the fairy-tale story of her unexpected dance with a prince. Paul went on to paint and study internationally. She was a driving force behind the organization in 1895 of the St. Thomas Women’s Art Association. Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith (1846 – 1923) F.M. Bell-Smith trained first in London, England with his artist father. He emigrated to Montreal in 1867 with his family and later studied in Paris. He was chosen in 1881 to be the first Director and Professor of Fine Art at Alma College and continued there until 1901. Bell-Smith’s work was popular. It included portrait, genre, and landscape subjects in both oil and watercolour in the impressionistic, picturesque, and sublime

styles of the last century. Canada Post commemorated him with a stamp bearing his likeness in 1928. Mary Ella Williams-Dignam (1860 – 1938) Williams-Dignam was born in Port Burwell. She painted with Paul Peel in London Ontario and later studied abroad. She is perhaps best known as co-founder and 1st president of the Women’s Art Association of Canada (1886). This initiative was largely in response to the fact that she was not allowed to exhibit with men and there was no place for women to paint at the time. The organization was so successful that branches were started in 12 cities across Canada. William St. Thomas Smith (1862 – 1947) and Julia Anne Elizabeth Payne Smith (1856 – 1928) William St. Thomas Smith is probably one of the best known of early local artists. He arrived in Canada with his family in 1871. Smith attended Toronto Art School and married fellow-artist Julia Payne (from Payne’s Mills). They moved to St. Thomas in 1888. Julia taught sculpture at Alma College and Smith joined the staff in 1902. He acted as Director of Fine Art there from 1905 to 1910. It is thought that St. Thomas Smith was allergic to turpentine so chose to work in watercolours and in a subdued palette. It was a style that was popular and brought him recognition as an important impressionist painter. He early developed the technique of painting on wet paper to obtain his characteristic atmosphere of fog or mist. In later years, he suffered a paralyzing stroke but continued to paint with his left hand.

William St. Thomas Smith’s Off Grand Banks, 1920

Watercolour on paper, 43.4 x 61 cm Donor Donald H. Anderson Permanent Collection St. Thomas-ELgin Public Art Centre

His “Wabash Station” hangs in St. Thomas City Hall. Ross Reverdy Osgoode (1867 – 1945) Ross Reverdy Osgood was born in Durham Township

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Mackie Cryderman, Untitled Urban Landscape, ND

Oil on panel, 30.5 x 40.5 cm Donor Mr. Thielsen Permanent Collection St. Thomas-ELgin Public Art Centre

and educated in Ingersoll, London and St. Thomas. His parents pushed him to become a lawyer, saying that Canada was too undeveloped to appreciate great artists. In spite of financial problems he persevered with has art, frequently mixing coal oil with linseed oil and turpentine in order to make the paint go further. He painted portraits (including ones of several St. Thomas mayors), figure studies, landscapes, seascapes, religious subjects and still lifes. From 1916-1919 he served with the 13th Field Company of the Royal Canadian Engineers, and while there was issued a permit to sketch battlefield scenes. The St. Thomas Armoury has some of his war paintings. Lila McGillivray Knowles (1886 – 1979) Dr. Dobson, then principal of Alma College, viewed McGillivray Knowles’ work in Granton Ontario and hired her immediately to teach art in September 1926. The appointment lasted 28 years. In the years following, Continued on page 14 �

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Arts � numerous artists note having benefited from her instruction. Mackie Cryderman (1900 – 1969) Cryderman was born in Dutton, graduated from London Normal School and taught at the elementary level for several years. She was appointed first head of London’s newly organized vocational art department at H. B. Beal Technical School in 1927. As member of the Board of Governors of Fanshawe College, she was key to the development of its Division of Applied Arts. She was a multi-talented individual and drew an excellent group of teachers about her. Carolyn Curtis (1903 – 1995) Carolyn Curtis was born in St. Thomas, educated at St. Thomas Collegiate Institute, Alma College and the Ontario College of Art where she studied with Arthur Lismer, J.E.H. MacDonald and F.H. Varley. Finding few openings for women, she taught handicrafts. During World War II she found a demand for lettering and illuminating honour rolls and Books of Remembrance. She subsequently pursued courses in sketching, linocut, etching and aquatint, the latter being an attempt to loosen her style. A St. Thomas Times-Journal article (March 10, 1995) following her death noted that she was known as a talented local artist who brought local buildings and landscapes to life, and as a woman who didn’t fit the traditional mould of her day. Her work can be found in the Canada Council Art Bank in Ottawa, at the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre and in many private homes. Roy Morris (1914 – 1995) Born in Helen Mine Ontario, Morris grew up in North Bay. He had an early talent for drawing and was allowed in 1932 to go to the Ontario College of Art Summer School in Port Hope. He studied under J.W. Beatty, who was associated with the Group of Seven and got his grounding in oil painting. Oil remained his favourite medium, and nature his favourite subject. He noted, “There is no reason to quit painting Canadian scenery

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Clark McDougall’s Talbot Street, 1964

90 x 120 cm • Donor University Women’s Club • Permanent Collection St. Thomas-ELgin Public Art Centre

since we are endowed with lots of wilderness.” Morris worked as an art therapist at St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital from 1971 to his retirement in 1979. For his last 10 years he was legally blind but discovered that if he increased the size of his canvas he could paint just as well. Clark McDougall (1921 – 1980) McDougall was born in St. Thomas. He was primarily a self-taught artist but received some art instruction from Lila McGillivray Knowles, William St. Thomas-Smith and Ross Osgoode. He taught for a short time at Arthur Voaden Secondary School and exhibited extensively. McDougall began painting primarily in watercolour. His commissions included “Stations of the Cross” for Holy Angels. A visit to Montreal to view an exhibition by Matisse initiated a change of ideas and style culminat-

ing in the black enamel technique he first used in 1962. Joan Murray’s interview with Clark McDougall (Canadian Forum, 1979) reveals much about his influences and thoughts on painting. She noted that a heart attack in 1957 meant that he had to adjust his painting style to work more in the studio. His signature “black enamel” style enabled him to work inside and still create “energy” in the painting. McDougall felt that if he could have kept working out of doors, he might have become an abstract expressionist. In the studio he found that he no longer had to work with the ‘speed of a sprinter’ as he did outside—he had all the time in the world to get ‘perfect design’. The black outline in oil took a long time to dry and he struck upon the idea of testing enamel for the painting grid. He used up to a hundred brushes in a painting to prevent muddy colour mix.

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Art References

To learn more about the history of art in Elgin County, check out the following resources, which were used to compile the articles in this section. • Catherine A. Elliot’s “A Tribute to St. Thomas” (1981) from the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre • “St. Thomas: 100 Years a City 1881-1981” (1981), by W Paddon, G Thorman, D Cosens & B Sim • Artist Files, St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre • “The Scott Sefton Collection” (2001), edited by K Verrell and members of the Elgin Photographic Heritage Society • The St. Thomas-Elgin Pubic Art Centre’s 40th Anniversary Publication, “Celebrating 40 Years” • Joan Murray’s article “Auguries of Innocence, An Interview with Clark McDougall,” in Canadian Forum Magazine, Oct 1979 • “Alma College Centennial Book 1877-1977” (1977), edited by K Riddell

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Early Photography in St. Thomas Early photographers in St. Thomas have been traced back to the 1850’s; they were some of the first in Canada. Perhaps the best known were Thomas H. Scott and James H. Hopkins. Scott’s skills were recognized internationally and his services requested widely, including by Alma College, railroads and the Royal Canadian Air Force. T.H. Scott sold his business to his son Murray Scott in 1910. On May 1, 1955 the Studios were purchased by Cliff Sefton and his father, Frank Sefton. When the Sefton Studio closed in 1989, they were in possession of glass and plastic negatives from photographs taken over 110 years. The work to take the negatives from deteriorating storage envelopes, identify, inventory and preserve has taken countless hours by many volunteer groups and individuals. The work of the Elgin Photographic Heritage Society was celebrated in a book, “The Scott-Sefton Collection, Elgin’s History Through a Photographer’s Lens—Volume 1” in 2001. A second volume will be off the press later this year.

The Alma Influence

Alma College opened in 1881. Frederick Marlett BellSmith brought students at Alma to a high level of excellence in drawing and painting. In 1893, at the World’s Fair in Chicago, the Alma College exhibit won half the awards given to private schools in Canada. The College purchased several paintings by leading Canadian artists, many of which hung in the halls and were greatly treasured. Today several of these paintings form part of the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre’s Permanent Collection. As first director of the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre in 1969, David Morris found that the Alma influence was profound. He notes that over the years there were

very proficient, competent people teaching at Alma and living in the community. People were taking art lessons and paintings were steadily going into people’s homes. This, “created a unique situation here, unlike that in other towns of this size. There was interest in art. People received paintings as retirement gifts or often inherited them.” He recalls, putting together a William St. Thomas Smith or Ross Reverdy Osgoode exhibit was easy—local people had pieces in their homes and were willing to loan them to the art gallery. Below: Mrs. Lila McGillivray Knowles observes her art class at Alma College in this photo dated 1945-1946. Photo courtesy of the Elgin County Archives.

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An Auction & A Dream In April of 1969, the University Women’s Club organized an “Art for Elgin” auction. A Times-Journal article reported, “Elgin Art Auction Raises $3,372, Brings Dream into World of Reality.” A large measure of community spirit and fun were in evidence: “Mayor E. O. Fanjoy, resplendent in a red vest and traditional derby was the first auctioneer. He sold the first few paintings. “Primitive art works were sold by George Thorman, suitably dressed in a wolf skin. John L. Moore, decked out in wooden shoes, white coveralls and a shower cap, was the auctioneer for the Dutch school of art. “Dave Fisher, dressed as a hippie, sold the psychedelic works. Others who took their turns at the auction block were William Johnson, Gary Mailing and Mrs. Rosemary Scott. The response was overwhelming, in the words of the convener, Mrs. Robert Farley, “a tremendous success.”

Top: George Anderson, Mrs. Ray Knight, George Copeland, Vincent Barrie and Paul Jefferies at a kick-off campaign for the Art Foundation of St. Thomas and Elgin (1970) Middle: West Lorne’s Walter Redinger’s 450-pound fiberglass sculpture is raised into place (1973) Bottom: John Miller, Jim Medlyn, Roy Morris and Carolyn Curtis gather around Miller’s work entitled “Time Configuration” (1973) Photos courtesy of the Elgin County Archives

A Painting and a Place With money from the auction, the painting “Talbot Street” by Clark McDougall was purchased to begin a Permanent Collection. The community contributed $45,000 toward the purchase and conversion of the former Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce at 301 Talbot Street. The converted building was officially opened as the Art Gallery St. Thomas-Elgin. The first elected executives included D.H. Anderson, President; George Copeland, Vice President; Mrs. David Little, Secretary; Ballie Stephenson, Treasurer; and five members, Dana Porter, Mrs. George Thorman, William Haight, Mrs. W. Scott McKay and Mrs. R.O. Farley. The executives composed a 50-member Women’s Committee to assist in making the Art Gallery a reality, and were responsible for making it attractive and a much used space. The commitment of this committee still goes strong today.

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ART CENTRE MILESTONES 1984 “Project Renewal” was formed to raise money for needed renovation 1986 Sod was turned for the planned expansion and services were moved to the parish Hall of St. John’s Anglican church and the Permanent Collection stored at Ontario Police College 1987 Art Gallery re-opened in May with doubled space 1999 Millennium Project raised funds for further renovations 2000 Work began to create a new entrance and reception/retail area, a new Timken Foundation gallery to display the permanent collection, and the Wimbush gallery 2000 The name was changed to St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre to more clearly reflect the roles of exhibition gallery, art education, and collection of important local artworks

AN ASSET TO ELGIN COUNTY • The Art Centre plays an ongoing role in developing the visual arts and artists, in collecting and preserving the artistic heritage of the region, and in cultivating the artistic awareness of the community. • It has amassed a collection of over 900 works of art representing a diverse number of 19th and 20th Century Canadian artists. • It has assembled exhibitions ranging from works created by our own young “artists” in the Elgin County school system to the works of the 19th Century Impressionists • It has hosted a rich assortment of art classes, special programs and lectures. • It is ranked a grade A-1 museum facility capable of housing almost any works of art from around the world.

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Creations from the Potter’s Wheel Selma Caverly Clennell and Jimmie Clennell started Pinecroft Pottery in May 1948. 2008 was the 60th anniversary, making Pinecroft the oldest family-run pottery studio in Canada. It is now operated by Jimmie and Selma’s niece, Brenda Smith, and her husband Paul.

Here we begin our listings of artists and galleries. Take some time to discover each one. Those with a gallery or studio that is open to the public appear on the maps appearing on the next few pages (note that some are open by appointment only). Listings are organized by area to encourage you to get out and tour the galleries and studios of Elgin County. y ille W ad Ro

Creation of the popular Muskoka-like setting was begun in 1921 by Arthur Caverly and developed over many years. Arthur and Selma Maria’s daughter, Selma, served as a WREN during WWII. In January of 1946 she enrolled in Ceramic Design at MacDonald College in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec where she met Jimmie Clennel. Jimmie had travelled to Canada from England as an orphan at age 14. He had learned the art and science of Canadian clays and glazes at the Medalta Pottery in Alberta. When WWII came along he joined the 22nd Battery of the Royal Canadian Artillery.

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During their two years of study in Quebec Selma and Jimmie developed their skills, tested clays and glazes, built kilns and decided to work together as potters. Arthur urged Selma to return to Aylmer and offered them workshop space and Pinecroft Pottery was born. Selma’s niece, Brenda, eventually took over Pinecroft and still produces fine pottery which is well proportioned, designed and glazed.

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The Studio of Beth Spence (by appt) 43070 Gentry Ln, PT STANLEY • 519-782-7772

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Evergreen Studio (by chance or appt)

5207 Yarmouth Centre Road, UNION • 519-852-2961 D

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Crickets Studio Gallery

6333 Yarmouth Centre Rd, West of SPARTA 519-633-1599 (see listing on page 25) E

Pinecroft Pottery Studio

8122 Rogers Rd S, AYLMER • 519-773-3435

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Beth Spence

mixed media artist 43070 Gentry Lane, Pt Stanley (by appt) 519-782-7772 wbspence@rogers.com Fans and fellow artists appreciate Beth’s skills and knowledge, sense of humour and joy she takes in art, teaching and learning.

St. Thomas Elgin Artists’ Guild Meets the 3rd Monday Monthly March to December 7:00pm - 9:00pm St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre ‘Twas the Art Before Christmas 3rd Annual Show & Sale Elgin Labour Temple November 6th, 7th & 8th www.steag.ca

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Lakeshore Boardwalk Sandra England

Brenda Colley painted paws

Evergreen Studio

Detail of Kirtley Jarvis’ 1936 Aldborough Boys Corn Club, embroidered linen, 2009

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Signature Quilts: Community Patterns

Brenda has the uncanny ability to capture the spirit of the pets and wildlife she paints, in a range of media. Commissions available, call for an appointment.

Over 20 Elgin County Historic Signature Quilts from the collection and the community, some dating back to 1890. Featuring new work by Artist-in-Residence Kirtley Jarvis.

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September 20 - February 28

Original Art • Mixed Media Collage • Watercolour • Oil featuring the artwork of Sandra England & June-Anne Reid 5207 Yarmouth Centre Road RR 1 Union, ON 519-852-2961 Open by chance or by appointment

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Collaborative Commissions: Come paint with us! Materials plus service fee. Check out some of these collaborations on our website.

Judy Ross

creative images 519-633-0902 dross1093@rogers.com

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Eyes and heart meet in Judy’s creation of intriguing images. Varied subjects are captured through photography, mixed media collage or acrylic paint.

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Detail of Dutton Methodist Church Quilt, 1890

Elgin County Museum 450 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm 519-631-1460 ext. 160 www.elgin-county.on.ca

Urban Reflection June-Anne Reid

www.portholegalleries.com

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Fine Art Gallery

563 Talbot Street, St. Thomas 519-637-8354

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Continuing Exhibit Oct. 21 - Nov. 6, 2009 TRILLIUM HOUSE FINE ART GALLERY 563 Talbot St., St. Thomas, Ontario Ph: 519-637-8354

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Trillium House Fine Art Gallery

In the 1800s, New Sarum was a bustling community consisting of 3 hotels, a grist mill, school, church, blacksmith, telephone office, railway station and brick yard. The diner building was constructed in the 1930s as a corncob pipe factory, and became known as “Dooley Crane’s” filling station. In 1943, the garage was renovated and became the “Deluxe Diner” and a White Rose service station. The Diner still remains and proudly serves thousands yearly as

Elgin County’s Oldest Diner.

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Jonathon Hayes Amanda Caldwell printmaking

a.caldwell3@hotmail.com www.amandacaldwell.ca Vivid and diverse landscapes constructed through printmaking techniques.

Jennifer Copland jennifer m. designs art | interiors | accessories www.jennifermdesigns.ca 364 Talbot Street, St. Thomas 519-633-9806 Jennifer’s flair for making wonderful things takes form in unique mixed media pieces, paintings, sculpture & photography.

Visit my studio by appointment

Medlyn Stained Glass & Jewellery Studio

39 Barnes St, St. Thomas 519-631-6809 jonathonhayesart@hotmail.com

643 Talbot Street St. Thomas 519-633-3773

“I’ve been working on the railroad” View my blog for regular updates jonathonhayes.blogspot.com

Tired of the same old stuff? Be original & unique. Design & quality of workmanship is our specialty.

Dennis Kalichuk

Robin Fleming

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mixed media artist

86 Gladstone Ave, St. Thomas by appointment 519-637-8757 dkalichuk@rogers.com www.denniskalichuk.com

robinflemingart@hotmail.com 519-631-0965

Stylized landscapes, portraits, wildlife, and soapstone sculpture.

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Robin enjoys creating landscape, still life and animals in oils, pencil crayon and pastels. Her unique mural in Elgin Manor brings residents inside a bit of the rural outdoors.

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Catherine combines painting, fibre and clay in her sculptures. She accepts commissions, and also teaches private and group lessons.

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Robin’s current series shows at risk species in a beautiful and sympathetic manner, seducing the eye while reflecting her environmental concern.

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211 Brentwood Cres, Belmont studio visits by appointment 519-644-0546

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William Street Gallery 172 William Street, PORT STANLEY • 519-782-1126 The Studio of Robin Baratta (by appt) 211 Brentwood Cr, BELMONT • 519-644-0546 The Studio of Catherine Craig (by appt) 128 Dyer St, BELMONT • 519-644-0893

A Selection of Art Events There are several art events held in Elgin County each year. For details on these and other events in Elgin, visit www.relishelgin.ca.

Fri July 10, 2009 ST. THOMAS ELGIN PUBLIC ART CENTRE 40th ANNIVERSARY GALA Fri July 10, 2009 MUSIC & ART IN THE PARK, MILLER PARK, WEST LORNE Come experience music by various bands and browse the unique displays by artists, crafters, and local shops. BBQ at 6pm; cruise night and old-time rock n’ roll at 7pm; open air dance from 9pm – 1am. Supports the Center Ice Youth Centre. For more information call Monica at 519.768.0020. Fri Aug 7, 2009 ART WALK PORT STANLEY This is a wonderful opportunity to chat with the artists at the galleries of William, Bridge, Colborne and Main Streets, from 5-9pm. Look for the balloons at participating gallery locations. Tour from gallery to gallery, stop in at one of the great Port Stanley restaurants for a snack, visit some of the shops and enjoy the harbour views. Sat Sept 26 & Sun Sept 27, 2009 PORT STANLEY ARTISTS’ STUDIO TOUR Pick up your map and follow the yellow flags. Contact Portside Gallery at 195 Main St., or call 519.782.7066 for more information.

Wed Oct 21 – Fri Nov 6, 2009 THE HEALING PALETTE 4TH ANNUAL ART EXHIBT This exhibit highlights the role creativity plays in the healing process of mental health. The exhibit will be at the Trillium House Fine Art Gallery, 563 Talbot St., St. Thomas. The opening reception is on Fri Oct 16, 7:30pm at the Talbot Teen Centre (745 Talbot Street, St. Thomas). For more information call 519.637.8354 or visit www.thehealingpalettehome.com.

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Nov 6, 7, 8, 2009 ‘TWAS THE ART BEFORE CHRISTMAS The St. Thomas-Elgin Artists’ Guild’s 3rd Annual Show & Sale will be held at the Elgin Labour Temple, St. Thomas. Feb 1 – 28, 2010 PORTSIDE GALLERY MINIATURE SHOW Wed May 5 – Sat May 8, 2010 APPRECIATION OF THE ARTS A presentation of art, music and verse at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 436 Elm Street (at Park Ave & Elm), St. Thomas. For more information contact David Auckland at 519.644.0543. STEPAC EXHIBITS The St. Thomas Elgin Public Arts Centre hosts several exhibits throughout the year. For a complete listing visit their website at www.stepac.ca.

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St. Thomas Times-Journal Photo Courtesy of the Elgin County Archives

Creative Kids at the Art Centre

Sherri Howard, Education and Special Events Coordinator at St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre believes strongly in the positive effects of children’s art programming. As Sherri chatted recently with Relish Elgin, she was beaming for several reasons. This was her last day of work before her maternity leave and the birth of her second child; it was her own birthday and she was obviously enthused to talk about the beneficial role of art in children’s lives. Tell me about the benefits of art for kids. It helps them to express themselves and builds confidence. It’s one of those subjects where there are lots of right answers—20 kids can come up with 20 actions and every one is right. Younger children are very confident about their creative abilities. It’s interesting, if you ask second graders as a group how many are artists, most will say that they are. Around grade four to six, they start to think differently and only a few of the group will consider themselves artists. Encouraging art appreciation can also help children to think about the way they make choices. In our tours of the Centre we talk about the ability to look at art and to make choices based on what’s important to you. “Great Beginnings” is a student exhibit which is held every second year. It is rewarding to see the children’s pride and the community support. The exhibit is memorable every time it is held.

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What classes are available for children during the year? On-going weekend classes attract kids who are truly interested in art. You sometimes see amazing talent in a 10 or 11-year old. Often adults come in who fondly remember taking classes as children. We have enjoyed being able to offer small classes, many wonderful instructors and positive experiences. Kids often take a painting or drawing class over and over—they become better and better and enjoy the social activity as well. How does the art centre fit into the community? I was born and raised in St. Thomas—I love this community and decided to raise my family here. When I started at the art centre, the focus was very much on fund-raising. It has been nice to see increased support from the city and more lately from the county as well. This enables us to plan for the upcoming year, and pay more attention to getting children into the art centre.

The number of kids taking part in classes and touring programs has increased. We have established a relationship with community schools and teachers that has blossomed and really caught on. What happens on the class tours? Half of the class tours take place in the main gallery space. Right now, there is a special exhibit in the Timken gallery with a challenge to find letters of the alphabet in the artwork. The children are encouraged to really look at each piece. The second half of the tour is hands on, and children create a piece of art based on the work of a famous artist and also learn a bit of art history. The tours also have another benefit—parent chaperones who might not normally come into the art gallery discover it is an interesting place to visit! Above: Steve Coates, 9, poses for a sketch by Marcus Wisotzky, left, 10, and Richard Sleegers, right, 9, during the Childrens Drawing Class at the Art Gallery (1978).

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BY DAVID J. FERGUSON John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, to name but a few, have had their lives intertwine with Elgin County’s own Sam Hurrie. This humble and exceedingly talented musician says it subtly “that I am almost famous”. His story, thus far, is one that most musicians only dream about, while this noteworthy Blues icon has lived his life ‘Sam style’ without regret. Grade seven was a pivotal turning point in his musical career. While roaming the radio dial to find some music he locked on to a Johnny Hooker recording being played. Sam stated “that was the instant I became black and hardly listened to any other type of music again”. In high school Sam hooked up with other young musicians and played rock n roll at school dances and other clubs. Briefly taking guitar lessons for six months he switched to another method of learning by listening to Chuck Berry records, which were 78s at the time, playing them at a slower speed to pick up the guitar licks.

Photo Courtesy of Sam Hurrie

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am Hurrie traces his musical roots back to his hometown Yorkville (now part of Toronto), where there was always a guitar around the house as his Dad played a bit of classic country now and then. In 1957 a young Sam was captivated by Buddy Holly on a television program where he recognized the chords as being the same his Dad played. It wasn’t long before Sam began strumming his own guitar and hasn’t stopped since.

to western Canada to raise a family and work a full time job. He continued to perform Delta and Piedmont Blues plus original material on the side. Over the years he perfected his ability on the slide guitar, without switching instruments or re-tuning, that inspired him to develop his own style of bottleneck playing in acoustic and electric music. One satisfaction of being in front of a live audience for Sam is sharing some of the history behind the music, the fascinating stories of the wonderful characters who wrote the songs.

His teen years were filled with an obsession for prewar acoustic blues, but he still continued to play with friends when the opportunity arose. Sam’s first band, The Churls, was with high-school friend Eugene Smith, who later went on to work with Ronnie Hawkins’ legendary ‘60s R&B band. At one time The Churls opened for Blood Sweat and Tears.

Elgin County is certainly fortunate Sam Hurrie calls this area home. Whether you’re a big fan of the Blues or not you will be hooked by his infectious performance, the sweet sound of mellow tone vocals and a stage presence that beckons you to ask for more. Check out myspace.com/samhurrie for dates and times around the area. You won’t regret it.

With band mates from the Churls, he moved to New York to record for A&M Records. Sam was fortunate enough to jam with some of the greats of the period, including Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Miles. Sam encountered many thrills throughout his musical career that included opening for his idol Muddy Waters at New York’s Electric Circus. Muddy even held Sam’s baby daughter at the time! Another thrill was performing in front of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, never really a Beatles fan but always respectful of their success.

Locally grown Dave Ferguson hails from the metropolis of Aylmer and has been writing in a variety of genres and styles for over fifteen years. He’s an active author in several writing groups, member of PWAC (Professional Writer’s Association of Canada) and currently chairs a monthly creative writer’s workshop in St. Thomas. His works can be found in a myriad of magazines, periodicals, newspapers, corporate pieces and websites. Spare moments provide opportunities for his fictional works. If you wish to contact Dave send email to writeadvantage@ amtelecom.net.

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The Surprising Power of Family Meals

Book Review

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ome of the selections I make for the book shop are books with a subject matter that I hope will make people think. This particular book was one that I thought would do just that. The Surprising Power of Family Meals, by Miriam Weinstein is a book which has a very simple message. It looks at the value and benefit of taking the time to sit down for a meal as a family, bringing individuals together as a unit. Weinstein writes “Sharing meals helps cement family relationships, no matter how you define family.” Much of what we do in life today creates separateness and being an “individual” is something that is celebrated in society. We need to have relationships and bonds with others and a family meal can help us do that. The world moves at a very frenetic pace and, as Weinstein writes, “Who has time for supper?” She explains that, “We all do...but we are living in a time when the social fabric is fraying, and supper is one of the few habits that has not yet disappeared from memory.” She notes

the importance of ritual and how it provides us with a “stop-time” feeling. Years ago when it was time for supper, everything stopped. Nothing was scheduled for that time and we all gathered as a family; that time together was considered sacred and untouchable. Today Weinstein notes that “family time is no longer privileged by society.” The family ritual of having supper together has great healing power. Weinstein notes, “The rise of the hormone oxytocin after a meal is linked to feelings of calm and connection. [...] Supper is a small daily treat we give ourselves. If we are frantically busy, it’s a time to slow down. If our days are solitary and slow, a sociable meal can bring a welcome stimulus.” We have many things going on in our lives that are demanding and ever changing, but the family meal can be that one block of time in the day that will be consistent. Time set aside for the family to be together and exchange thoughts, ideas and conversation. The family meal is

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a large part of what makes a house a ‘home’. “Without meals a home is just a place to stay,” writes Weinstein. “Meals provide us all with reliable access to food, and they provide children with dependable access to their parents and to caring.” The underlying message of the book is “family” and the supper meal is the one time each day that family can be nurtured along with each individual. Weinstein writes, “the goal is creating and reinforcing a secure place for your loved ones in a society that can seem awfully uninterested in human needs.”We all want to have that place for ourselves and our loved ones and yet our priorities seem to lead us elsewhere. Many of us are over-stressed and over-scheduled and the family meal seems to be one of the first casualties of life as a family. Its importance though cannot be stressed enough. Weinstein writes with passion and conviction about the importance of this simple and so very important aspect of family life. She not only looks at how we have so easily let go of this ritual and the impact that it has had, but also looks at strategies to bring it back to the forefront of our family life. The Surprising Power of Family Meals will hopefully allow us to rethink our on-the-go meals and have us all sit down together and share time as a family. Maggie Richardson is the proprietor of Oracles Book Shop in St. Thomas (556 Talbot Street, 519-631-2088). Visit her website at www.oraclesbookshop.com. The Surprising Power of Family Meals, by Mariam Weinstein is published by Steerforth Press (2005).

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Home & Garden

En Fleur Lavender In Bloom En Fleur Lavender in Bloom, south of Sparta, is owned by Janine Tucker. It is the legacy of a little property that has inspired its owners to grow things since the 19th century. Ancient apple trees planted by Irish Settlers still provide an abundance of fresh fruit. The most recent past owners took pride in their wild roses and Hydrangea and nurtured a wide variety of trees from seedling to towering specimens over many years. Janine’s mom has long been an avid perennial gardener and passed on this enthusiasm to her daughter. Consequently, Janine’s first planting at the farm was to create a large formal oval Lavender Garden near the house. Each year since, the lavender gardens have expanded.

Lavender

Many people, if asked to imagine themselves in Provence, would envision lavender fields and bring to mind its wonderfully intoxicating scent. The simple pleasures of this ancient herb are now available right here in Elgin County, the specialty of four unique businesses.

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Though her gardens are open by appointment, Janine chooses to share the lavender bounty mainly through local markets. Customers there look forward to her appearance with the first cut bundles of the season, a line of select outsourced products and several of Janine’s own hand-crafted creations. She specializes in custom-made crafted or sewn items. Janine also makes the ultimate, non-pharmaceutical sleep aid— pillow liners of cotton or hemp/silk material filled with alpaca fleece and the relaxing scent of lavender. For more information: phone 519.775.2240; go to www.lavenderinbloom.com; arrange a visit to En Fleur Lavender in Bloom by appt or find Janine’s lavender products at Covent Market Garden in London & Horton Market in St. Thomas. Check the website for availability and more locations.

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Lavender Sense After several international work assignments around the world, Pamela and Jesper Andersen decided that it was time to settle down somewhere away from the city hustle and bustle, and closer to family. They discovered a beautifully restored and expanded centuryold farmstead nestled on an idyllic property near Lake Erie. It was a place they could call home, and one they wanted to share with others.

Lavender Blue Lavender Blue is a short jaunt east from the historic village of Sparta. Owner Suzanne Steed thinks it’s a very fitting place for a lavender farm, since a sect of Quakers introduced commercial lavender growing to North America, and Quakers were also the founders of Sparta. Visitors to Lavender Blue can stop to admire the horses, follow the pathway to a serenely beautiful little shop, then stroll the lavender gardens. Since the business opened in 2007, Suzanne has developed a number of tasteful products for bath, body, home and garden, as well as tasty preserves, condiments and other lavender-laced foods. Lavender Blue products have found a fan in Jonathan Collins, a local chef (Lakeview in Eagle, Shutters on the Beach in Port Bruce) who is also asked to cook frequently at the Prime Minister’s residence. Jonathan often uses lavender in his cooking. He helped to prepare the meal for President Obama’s visit, a regional feast that ended with a Yogurt Pot de Crème with Lemon and Lavender Syrup. Jonathan has also made sure that there was a full sampling of Lavender Blue products available and now being enjoyed at 24 Sussex Drive.

They envisioned a big field of lavender, perfect for strolling and for picking bunches of the fragrant blossoms. Their dream was kick-started this May with the planting of over 4,000 greenhouse matured lavender plants which will be ready to pick in July this year. Visitors to Lavender Sense will also be able to walk the 25 acres of trailed forest, and browse for gifts from an assortment of carefully prepared lavender products, and angels of all shapes and forms from Pamela’s angel shop. Visitors will no doubt want to linger at this lavender haven, explore its nature and maybe even stay over in one of the guest retreat rooms of the B&B. The couple plans to evolve their dream over time into a greater tourist destination with guided tours, lavender education, amazing shopping and more. For more information: phone 519.762.2188 ; go to www.lavendersense.com; visit Angels Welcome and Lavender Sense at 28011 Ash Line, Wallacetown – Thursday to Saturday 10 to 5, Sun 12 to 5, from July 1 to Labour Day (including August 3).

For more information: phone 519.494.5525; go to www.lavenderblue.ca; visit Lavender Blue Lavender Farm at 47589 Sparta Line, Sparta – Thursday to Saturday 10 to 5, Sun 12 to 4, from Mother’s Day through Christmas.

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Heritage Line Herbs Heritage Line Herbs is an herb farm, outdoor tearoom and retail store. Deb and Tom Benner specialize in potted and dried herbs, drying them slowly to preserve their flavour and aroma. In 2003, they made the conversion from tobacco production and have been making innovative changes to their operation ever since. Lavender is just one of the 150 herbs that the Benner’s grow. It belongs to a large family of aromatic herbs that includes mint, rosemary and sage. At Heritage Line, you can savour lunch or high tea in the Silver Birch Tearoom surrounded by the scents and sights of flowering herbs, including lavender. Or just sit by the waterfall a while and sip a glass of lavender-spiked lemonade. You may be inspired to grow some of your own. If so, you will have a choice of 12 varieties. The farm hosts many popular special events throughout the year, as well as classes on growing and cooking with all kinds of herbs. Deb urges attendees to experiment in the kitchen, letting personal taste be the guide. She has also authored a helpful cookbook with plenty of suggestions as a starting point for your creativity. For more information: phone 519.866.5577; go to www.heritagelineherbs.com; visit at 53443 Heritage Line, RR #1 Aylmer – Mon to Fri 10 to 5, Sat 10 to 4, all year; Sun 12-4 for summer; Silver Birch Tea Room (outdoors) from June 1st to September 30th (Mon-Sat).

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On a visit to the St. Thomas library back in 2004, Deb Underwood spied a book lying open to a picture of a labyrinth and was intrigued. She delved further, studied up on labyrinths and became determined to create one in St. Thomas. That she did, and she has persevered to maintain it through the driest of summers, obtain funding for sprinklers, sign and gravel entranceway, and to recruit volunteers.

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eb chose a space at the back of Waterworks Park for a couple of reasons. She notes, “It was a dry, un-utilized space and Waterworks is a beautiful park with a long history.” Ground was broken in 2005 with permission from the mayor. With the maze beyond reach of park workers’ hoses, Deb and a few volunteers struggled to maintain the plants through a couple very dry summers. Thinking there had to be a better way, she applied for Trillium funding and last year saw the installation of sprinklers, drainage and a new sign at the entranceway. It won a 2006 award from Communities in Bloom, for community involvement.

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Don’t visit the labyrinth expecting a maze. Deb emphasizes it is not that—it’s a path for meditation and reflection. With the entranceway poem in mind, you can become absorbed in the rhythm of your circular walk, as you listen to the birds. People have been known to do yoga and tai chi there and Deb has received many emails and phone calls from individuals and groups who have enjoyed the labyrinth.

LABYRINTH FACTS

(From www.labyrinthnetwork.ca ) Common Labyrinth Patterns The Cretan pattern has seven circuits that surround the centre. The Chartres style, based on a pattern set into the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France, has eleven circuits leading to the centre. History Labyrinths are thought to have been used as protective symbols, as pathways for sacred dances, or for displays of horsemanship. Today There has been a resurgence of interest in labyrinths, with increasing numbers found in public parks, private gardens, and churches since the 1990s. Hospitals, community groups and schools have recognized their positive effects. They can be useful in stress relief, aid in rehabilitation, serve as a place of meditation, reflection and exercise and stimulate creative thinking and problem-solving.

The Unity Peace Labyrinth is located in Waterworks Park, South Edgeware Road in St. Thomas. It is entirely dependent on donations for plants and on volunteers for planting and weeding. Work weekends are held in June and in September to prepare the grounds for fall and winter. For more information, visit www.unitypeacelabyrinth. blogs.com.

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Relish Elgin is a lifestyles magazine, promoting the people, place, businesses and events of Elgin County, Ontario, Canada.

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