Rare Beasts Exhibition at Fairbairn House

Saturday, June 22, 2019, was the official launch of the Rare Beasts exhibition at the lovely Fairbairn House Heritage Centre in the town of Wakefield, Quebec. The Beasts will be on display in the main building until October 2019. Fairbairn House is open daily until August 18th from 9 am – 5 pm, and then weekends only until October 13th. More information is available here.

Fairbairn House, 45 Chemin Wakefield Heights, Wakefield QC. Photo by the artist.

 

Photo by Pam Heath of Heritage Livestock Canada

 

Beasts on display. Photo by Pam Heath of Heritage Livestock Canada

 

Wakefield, Quebec, is a little town tucked into a valley on the Gatineau River. Although I have been to Ottawa plenty of times, I had never been up north to the Outaouais Hills before.  I was surprised by the rugged, picturesque landscape of deep-green forested hills, rushing rivers, and granite cliffs. I was only able to stay for a short time, but I hope to go back to explore some more as there was no shortage of inspiration.

 

Covered Bridge, Wakefield, QC. Photo by the artist.

And while we are on the topic of Rare Beasts, I have recently been getting into linocut printmaking and thought a good project would be to produce a small series of Rare Beast-related original, hand-made prints. The first one is the Clydesdale Horse, a limited, signed and numbered edition of 15 prints on white Printmaster paper. The image size is 8 inches by 5 inches. $15 each print plus shipping. Let me know if you want one!

Clydesdale Horse linocut 8 x 5

Beasts on the Move, 2019 Edition

If you missed the Rare Beasts project exhibitions last year, now is your chance to see it!

My twenty panel series of collages depicting rare and endangered breeds of farm animals is currently being exhibited at MUSO: Musée de société des Deux- Rives at 21 rue Dufferin, Valleyfield, Québec. The exhibition opened Thursday, April 4 and runs until Sunday, May 5, 2019. The museum’s hours are from Thursday to Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00 pm. I will be at the show, working on a collage, on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 1:00  – 4:00 pm. Stop in and say hello if you find yourself in the neighborhood.

Chantecler Rooster
The MUSO is an interesting exhibition space that used to be a Presbyterian church.
Hanging an art show is a tricky business.
This time we decided to group the animals by species.


For more information about the social history museum: https://lemuso.com/

Rare Beasts Exhibition

Two years ago I got a grant from the Quebec government that enabled me to finally realize an art project I had been thinking about for years. “Rare Beasts: A bestiary of rare and endangered farm animals” is the result of two years of research, writing, and collage making. The first “Rare Beasts” exhibition takes place from April 8th – 29, 2018, at Salle Alfred-Langevin in Huntingdon, Quebec.  In the next couple of years, the exhibition will move to Granby, Valleyfield, and Vaudreuil Quebec – and possibly some other places as well.

The exhibition’s opening party is Sunday afternoon on April 8th at 2:00 pm, but you can stop by any weekend and have a look. Or call to make an appointment to view the exhibition during the week. You will find all the details on the poster below. If you would like to learn more about this project, click here

 

Fundraising Auction

As many of you no doubt know, I am busy at work on an extended art project called Rare Beasts. This  project is a series of collages centred around the theme of rare and endangered farm animals. Click here to read more about the project.

 

In course of working on such an extended series, I have made a lot of unexpected connections with people who are actively involved in the preservation of rare breeds.

This is George the Newfoundland Pony. Newfoundland Ponies are critically endangered ponies native to the province of Newfoundland, Canada. George’s owner, Nathalie, kindly got in touch with me about my

George

my project and gave me a fine selection of reference photos to work from when making the collage. As I was working on the collage, I found out that George was ill with severe laminitis (an inflammatory condition) in all four feet and would need to be relocated to a Newfoundland Pony refuge in New Hampshire. You can read about the refuge, Villi Poni Farm, here.

Because George’s owner was so nice and George is SO VERY CUTE, and because the Villi Poni Farm does such good and important work in preserving these critically endangered ponies, I wanted to help George and the refuge in some way.

Tomorrow, October 1st, Villi Poni is holding an online auction on their Facebook page to raise funds for the refuge. I donated this charcoal drawing of George for the auction.


The portrait of George is 12 x 9 inches, unframed, charcoal and white chalk on blue paper. I hope you will consider helping out the sanctuary – and George! – by making a bid!