Bradley Drouin, A Flintknapper – Our Guest Speaker 11 Apr

Great news, our guest speaker for our meeting 7:30 pm on 11 Apr is Bradley Drouin, a flintknapper. Here is a short intro:

“Hello. I’m Brad. I flintknapp. I’m also a full-time archaeologist living here in Almonte (on beautiful Coleman Island), and over the last decade I’ve been making arrowheads and functional knives from stone. Using methods that people did hundreds and thousands of years ago.

My handles are generally made with antler and attached with mostly natural materials such as hide glue, deer sinew and/or pine pitch (charcoal, animal fat, and pine sap). Over the years I’ve been blessed with spending a lot of time in the bush where I’ve been able to source most of my antler.”



One Day Painting Coaching In Ottawa With Gordon Harrison – 14, 15 May

The Canadian Tulip Festival is proud to partner with award winning landscape artist Gordon Harrison.  Register now to paint one of Gordon’s current spring Canadian landscapes. At the end of the workshop you will have a finished oil painting.  Gordon will guide you through the process. Note – painting cannot be sold and will be stamped.

Workshop 1  – 14 May   9am – 2pm at Dow’s Lake

Workshop 2 – 15 May 9am – 2pm at Dow’s Lake

Cost $175 plus GST.  Supplies and  lunch included

To register contact the Tulip Festival at 613 567-5757 or

Registration is limited to 20 participants per workshop.


Maple Run Studio Tour 2/3 Apr in Pakenham Area

A number of our members are participating in the Maple Run Studio Tour this year.  Come on out and support them

Interesting Video – Tsunami Debris

Here is a link to an interesting video on an artist who created art work from the washed up debris from the tsunami to honour the 5th anniversary of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

Mon 14 Mar, Monthly Meeting – Speaker Melissa Alexander

7:30 pm Almonte Public Library

Our speaker will be Melissa Alexander from North Lanark Regional Museum.  She will be giving us the presentation she is giving at the museum on 13 Mar.  Read about it in my most recent post.

Looking forward to seeing you all !





Art Talk At North Lanark Regional Museum (Appleton) 13 Mar 2016 at 2pm

Join us at the North Lanark Regional Museum on Sunday, March 13th at 2pm, for the first guest in this year’s Speaker Series. Melissa Alexander will be presenting Painting a Life Together: The Art of Kathleen Daly and George Pepper. Through an examination of the careers of the Canadian artist-couple, Melissa will explore a number of issues in Canadian art history in the early 20th century, including the dominant machismo of the Group of Seven, the obstacles encountered by women artists, and the art world’s complex relationship with anthropology and colonialism. Melissa completed her Master of Arts degree in Art History at Carleton University, specializing in women artists in early twentieth-century Canada. She has presented research at the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative conference and completed internships at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Ottawa Art Gallery, and the Varley Art Gallery. She is currently serving as Project Coordinator at the North Lanark Regional Museum.
Hope to see you there!


Melissa Alexander
Project Coordinator
North Lanark Historical Society
North Lanark Regional Museum
647 River Rd, Appleton, ON
P.O. Box 218, Almonte, ON, K0A1A0
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New Studio In Almonte

There is a new studio opening in Almonte,  Carriageway studios. It is the creation of 3 artists with diverse practices in graphics, letterpress, painting, printmaking and ceramic art.

Check it out..




An Interesting Lecture Coming On 26 Feb – The Artist Meets The Chemist

On Friday, 26 February 2016, 7:30 PM, United Church Hall on Almonte’s Elgin street, Don Wiles, the founder of Almonte Lectures, will lecture on chemical aspects of art.

Below are the particulars, taken from their website (

The Artist Meets a Chemist
Friday, 26 February 2016, 7:30 PM, United Church Hall on 106 Elgin Street, Almonte

Don Wiles’ lecture summary

While the first Almonte Lecture dealt with how the materials of works of art and archaeology are constructed, this lecture will deal with the deterioration of these same materials: colour fading, rusting, cracking, damage to paper and other materials. The main agents of deterioration are oxygen, water and light. Also interesting is the fact that some materials do not deteriorate (actually they do, but only very slowly).

Don Wiles’ bio.

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Educated at Mount Allison, McMaster, M.I.T. and Oslo. Taught Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry at UBC before moving to Carleton University in 1959. Married Billy in 1952 and helped to raise two daughters and a son. At Carleton University he taught several different courses including the Chemistry of Art and Artifacts. While at Carleton, he and Billy got into serious farming (beef cattle) for over 30 years. At the same time, they travelled a good deal to visit some unusual countries. Following retirement in 1990, he kept on lecturing and ultimately initiated the Almonte Lecture series and the Learning in Almonte series. In 2015 he began to slow down.

Don, of course, knows his stuff, loves it, and lectures with great enthusiasm. I am sure it will be a great lecture. So please come!

Annual Spring Conference – WCAS (West Carleton Arts Society).

“Spring into Art IV”
2016 Spring Art conference & Luncheon

…an exploration of ideas about the creation and promotion of art.

Please join us for our 2016 Art Conference and get inspired and learn creative ways to display and sell your art. Our goal is to give you the information that will make you more successful in your art life and work.

Date: Saturday April 9, 2016
Time: 8:45am to 4:15pm
Place: Carp Agricultural Hall, Carp Fairgrounds, 3790 Carp Rd. Ottawa, ON K0A 1L0
Lunch: catered
Cost: $75 – limited seating registration is now open.
($60 early registration until Feb 20th)

or more info check out:

Art Show In Kanata – Looking For Artists

Trinity Presbyterian Church is hosting an Art Show and Sale
Nov 16 9-2 in Kanata and have a couple more spots for artists from the area.

Cost is $75
Bring whatever you need to display your work
Set up Fri night between 3 & 8

It is a great space
Wonderful hospitality
Should be a good crowd

Contact Rev. Shaun Seaman
Trinity Presbyterian Church – Growing, Serving, Celebrating
Ph: 613-836-1429

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