Canada’s 150th & Latow’s Annual Open Exhibit in April 2017


The annual Fireside Exhibit open to all members has a special theme in 2017, to recognize Canada's Sesquicentennial.

The theme is “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 should inform Ort Baldauf in advance that they are planning to submit a piece. Acceptance will be on a first-come-first-served basis. (more detail below)
  • Submissions must include a brief text describing the image and how it relates to 1867. Here's an example:

watson's mill, manotick  "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."

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How to Submit

Send an email to Ort with the following information:

  1. Title
  2. Photographer
  3. Sales Price or NFS
  4. Phone Number
  5. A short paragraph describing the subject.

For those who have contacted Ort in advance, intake will be Tuesday March 28th, 6:30-7:30 pm, in the finishing room before the regular Latow meeting. If you have any questions, want feedback on your descriptive paragraph or potential images, contact Ort or Tom Stephens. For a little more background on this theme including suggestions for subjects, check out the blog on the Latow website.


Starting Places for Finding Images

There are lots of readily accessible places to look for suitable images. Some examples are:

  • 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”.
  • 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
  • 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).