Bringing Heritage Home

May 5 – September 30, 2012

Queen Victoria's Paintings

Homer Watson House & Gallery is thrilled to announce a very special exhibition!

On loan from Windsor Castle’s Royal Collection are two historic Homer Watson Paintings; The Pioneer Mill and The Last Day of the Drought.

These Homer Watson Paintings are traveling for the first time since 1880 outside of the Queen’s private residence. We are excited to celebrate the return of these historically significant art works in honour of our Canadian art and culture. Bringing Heritage Home will also feature artwork from the National Gallery of Canada, the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery and additional prestigious, public and private collections across Ontario.

Don’t miss out on this special opportunity to experience a once in a lifetime chance to view original paintings owned by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. During this extraordinary time, join us for other special events, lectures and programs as we honour the legacy of Homer Watson.

Opening Reception

Sunday, May 13, 2012 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Celebrate the opening of the 22nd Annual Watson Exhibition as we welcome home Watson’s famed works from various prestigious collections. Sandu Sindile, Curator of Homer Watson House & Gallery, will introduce the collection and acknowledge the support and encouragement for this momentous exhibit.

Speaker Series

Homer Watson House & Gallery is pleased to present three guest speakers throughout the Bringing Heritage Home Exhibition. This speaker series is a FREE event and seating is limited. Call the Gallery to reserve your seat by calling 519-748-4377.

Saturday, June 9, 2012 • 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
So What Was It That Caught the Royal Eye? Watson Makes the Sale of a Lifetime at the Age of 26.
Dennis Reid, Professor of Canadian Art, University of Toronto

Saturday, July 14, 2012 • 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
The Monarchy and the Arts: British Royal Collecting from Henry VII to Today.
Jennifer Scott, Curator of Paintings, The Royal Collection

Saturday, August 11, 2012 • 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
Old Mills & Rural Ideas: Social, Economic and Personal Themes in Homer Watson’s Pictures of Abandoned Mills.
Brian Foss, Director of the School for Studies in Art and Culture, Carleton University


General Admission…………………….. $10.00
Members, Students, Seniors…….. $5.00
Children Under 12……………………… Free with an adult
Group Tours……………………………….. Call for Rates

Hours of Operation

Tuesday – Sunday…………………….12:00 – 4:30 pm

Exhibition Sponsors

Gusto Catering
Samantha Johnston
The Waterloo Region Record
Richard & Jean Haalboom
Dr. Sorin Boeriu