EARLY NOTICE: APRIL'S OPEN MEMBER EXHIBIT WILL CELEBRATE CANADA'S 150th
The annual Fireside Exhibit open to all members will have a special theme in 2017, to recognize Canada's Sesquicentennial.
To make this exhibit relevant to the celebrations, and to provide a bit of a fun challenge to members, the theme will be “Canada: an 1867 Perspective.” Images in the exhibit are to show scenes or objects that would be recognizable to people in 1867, although of course they would be contemporary images.
Some potential subjects are: landscapes, buildings, artifacts, and people in period costume. The main requirement is that the subject be recognizable to people at the time of Canada’s birth.
The usual rules for a Fireside exhibit will apply: one piece per member in good standing, art ready to hang, etc. For this occasion, there are two new requirements:
- Members must indicate 4 weeks in advance that they are planning to submit a piece. If a selection process is needed because there are too many pieces, an impartial juror will be used.
- Submissions must include a brief text describing the image and how it relates to 1867. Here's an example:
"Watson’s Mill, Manotick, Ontario. Built in 1860, this mill south of Ottawa used water power from the Rideau River to grind wheat and corn for local farmers. It is one of very few grist mills in North America still operating."
There are lots of readily accessible places to look for suitable images. Some examples are:
- Pioneer and heritage villages such as Westfield, Bronte Creek Provincial Park, Black Creek (Toronto)
- Historic buildings such as Dundurn Castle, Griffin House, Burlington’s Ireland House, Bronte’s Sovereign House, Balls Falls CA, Joseph Brant Homestead (not actually that old, but a replica so it would qualify as recognizable), and many churches
- Neighborhoods with well-preserved heritage buildings: old town Oakville, Niagara-on-the-Lake, historic Mississauga, Cabbagetown and other parts of Toronto (Grimsby’s “painted ladies” would not qualify; they are too new).
- Displays in museums in Hamilton and Oakville, including the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology, Hamilton Military Museum, Battlefield House, Ireland House, Joseph Brant, Oakville Museum, etc.
- Landscapes such as Niagara Falls, Hamilton’s waterfalls, crops in fields, perennial gardens and specimens, Niagara Escarpment, Lake Ontario
- Several Toronto Museums in old buldings. Check toronto.ca/museums.
- Historic military installations such as Niagara's Fort George, Stoney Creek's Battlefield House, and Toronto's Fort York (check their websites for re-enactments as well).