Museum London and DVAC

We enjoyed a few days in London, Ontario this week, visiting with friends. London is about two hours west of Toronto and is the home of H. B. Beal Secondary School. Beal has produced some of Canada’s finest artists over the years.

We spent several hours at  Museum London and enjoyed some very inspiring shows. I was particularly interested in the following:

Paint by Numbers: Painters Eleven showcased the abstract paintings of this well-known anglophone Canadian group founded in 1953. A new book is out which features their work and I look forward to adding it to my art library.

Natalka Husar: Burden of Innocence is an intriguing show of paintings in which the artist explores her Ukrainian heritage with a novel approach.

Kate Wilson: Botanical Model City is a fascinating site-specific wall piece. Years ago, in the days of illegal loft living, Kate was a neighbour of mine in an old warehouse on Niagara Street that was sometimes called the ‘Coffin Factory’.

http://blog.bealart.com/

http://www.londonmuseum.on.ca/

This afternoon, we stopped in at Todmorden Mills, a historic site in the Don Valley, for the Don Valley Art Club’s Fall Show. I’ve given workshops and talks for this group and it was a pleasure to see familiar faces as well as many familiar names on the painting labels. I missed Tony Cook, who sent me the invitation, but was given a nice tour by Pat Vicari. Congratulations on the show!

http://www.donvalleyartclub.com/

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