Posts Tagged ‘Art Galleries’
On Saturday night I attended the Bee Keepers’ Ball at the CCGG in UpTown Waterloo. The event was full of dancing, music, theatre, food, and elaborate costumes. There was also a silent auction and an exhibit called “The Masquerade“, which ended yesterday. Overall, it was an evening well spent.
(to read more about my night and also see more pictures, click here)
Homer Ransford Watson (1855-1936) was a local painter who achieved world-wide acclaim. He was born in Doon and lived in the Homer Watson house from 1883 until his death. The majority of his paintings were of the Grand River countryside and he loved the woods and river around his home. The house is an art school and gallery and is open to the public. The grounds around the house contain several small cottages which were occupied in the past by visiting artists. I asked the volunteer who was on duty about the sculptures found outdoors and all she could tell me was that they were created by a resident sculptor in recent years. The grounds are available for parties and weddings and are very picturesque is an old fashioned way. The large garden is maintained by volunteers.
The gallery itself is small consisting of four rooms. The work of Homer Watson is featured as well the work of other artists. Historical artifacts like the trunks, hat and cane used for travel are displayed in the back room. After the death of his wife, Watson’s sister Phoebe lived in the house with him. She was an artist in her own right but supported her brother’s career from the beginning. The same volunteer told me Phoebe still haunted the house and she had seen her upstairs on one occasion. Unfortunately, visitors are not allowed upstairs. Ghost stories are fun, and I will not vouch for the authenticity of this one, but it does add the mood and charm of the setting. An old photograph of Phoebe Amelia Watson is on the left if you ever encounter her in the neighbourhood. The gallery has free brochures outlining a historical walking tour of the immediate area.
Photos by Ruth Kinzie
Address: 1754 Old Mill Rd. Kitchener, Ontario N2P 1H7754 Old Mill Road, Kitchener, ON N2P 1H7Old Mill Ro
Entrance to the gallery is $3.00. You can walk around the grounds for free.