Exhibitions

2015 | Annual Watson Exhibition

June 20th – August 16th, 2015

Reception: Sunday, June 21st, 2015 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm

 

Interconnected: A Journey through Time || Homer Watson

Homer Watson House & Gallery is proud to present the 25th Annual Homer Watson Exhibit, Interconnected: A Journey through Time. From a local collector’s estate, this retrospective tells the story of a life journey. Watson sought to paint truths in nature. Although his paintings changed with age, the message did not. Explore how those works connect with artists painting the same scenes over 100 years later, the paths they took, and what they experienced. Contemplate the bigger questions with this visual journey through time. Homer Watson House & Gallery is proud to present the 25th Annual Homer Watson Exhibit, WatsonExhibition2015Interconnected: A Journey through Time. From a local collector’s estate, this retrospective tells the story of a life journey. Watson sought to paint truths in nature. Although his paintings changed with age, the message did not. Explore how those works connect with artists painting the same scenes over 100 years later, the paths they took, and what they experienced. Contemplate the bigger questions with this visual journey through time.

In Homer Watson’s Footsteps || Robert Achtemichuk || Website

In Homer Watson’s Foot Steps by Robert Achtemichuck is an exhibition resulting from a literal following of Homer Watson’s steps to locate the sites of Watson’s landscapes. Encouraged by love of old trees, Achtemichuck trudged through marsh area where the Speed River and the Grand River meet and down the Grand River into Cambridge and Paris. Achtemichuck notes, “I found images like his: riverside views, trails in the woods, individual trees, stands of trees.” He also found a cramped and dwindling environment: “Gone are the huge old-growth trees of Watson’s time. What we now have…. are trees that were seedlings in Homer Watson’s lifetime, new private property signs, no trespassing signs, emphatic frontiers limiting public access to woods, trail and river.” Like Homer Watson, Achtemichuk wants to raise awareness, “We all need these natural wooded areas, these landscapes and these points of view to be preserved for our collective health and spiritual well-being.” To find out more about Achtemichuk’s exhibit, please look for his lunchtime lecture on our events page

Unmanicured || Joe Fansher

Unmanicured by Joe Fansher is a series of drawings and paintings that depict the ordered chaos of nature. Fansher’s work stems from the representational with an emphasis on a naturalistic approach to drawing. In his work you will find a combination of simplicity and detail. His approach highlights what we perceive in life as simple and what in life is actually extremely complicated and intertwined with everything around it. Fansher’s work encourages us to explore elements of nature with a more intimate view than traditional landscape painting. “I do the opposite from most artists, starting from detail and letting the composition grow. I don’t arrange the scene; I just see what nature provides and paint. I look for overlapping forms and enjoy when things connect and continue to flow into and around each other. I am untangling and working through the chaos.” To find out more about Fansher’s exhibit, please look for his lunchtime lecture on our events page, and his botanical drawing class for the summer.

 

Credits of artworks listed in the order that they appear: Credits of artworks listed in the order that they appear:

Homer Watson, Chaulk House, c.1890s, Oil on board, 23.75 x 37.5 cm.

Robert Achtemichuk, January 9, 2015 3:15pm, 2015, Watercolour on rag paper, 25.4 x 33 cm.

Joe Fansher, Ephemera, 2015, Watercolour, 25.4 x 33.04 cm.