Fall Exhibition Hidden Valley Revealed | 2017

September 16 – October 22, 2017

Closed for private event Sunday October 1, 2017


Opening Reception: Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Artists Talk: Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


The Friends of Hidden Valley || Hidden Valley Revealed

Daphne Nicholls Award, Ana Vatres, Trees

Homer Watson House & Gallery proudly presents Hidden Valley Revealed, guest curated by Ralf Wall,  In this juried exhibition, artists explore our natural environment in particular the Environmentally Sensitive Area inside Hidden Valley.  The City of Kitchener, the Region of Waterloo, and the Province of Ontario have all recognized the uniqueness of this exceptional area by imposing special designations onto this privately-owned property. Through a diverse range of medium, artists create an empathetic view of this natural setting and unspoiled gem of spectacular diversity that has been enjoyed by enthusiastic naturalists for generations.  This exhibition is to honor the late Daphne Nicholls, an artist, active environmentalist, and a founding member of Friends of Hidden Valley.

Heritage Award – Best in Show, Eva Beuck, Tranquillity

Artists will take you on a journey through aromatic maple, beech, and oak leaves or wild ginger that stirs up wonderful fragrances.  Sounds of the churr of a red-bellied woodpecker, the rapid crescendo of an ovenbird, the witchity-witchity of a common yellowthroat, or the yipping of coyotes come to mind. Savour wild strawberries in season.  Dare to put a finger to the seed pod of pale touch-me-not.

The woodlands read like poetry:  eastern hemlock, sugar maple, tamarack, trembling aspen, basswood, balsam fir, balsam poplar, highbush cranberry, staghorn sumac, American beech, wild sarsaparilla, jack-in-the-pulpit, spinulose wood fern, thicket creeper, swamp aster, sensitive fern, marsh fern, bulblet fern, side-flowering aster, and long-stalked sedge

Homer Watson Legacy Award, Annemarie Rogalsky, Hidden Life

Other species offer a colourful palette:  eastern white cedar, white pine, yellow birch, white ash, white elm, green ash, black ash, blue beech, red-osier dogwood, red-berried elder, white trillium, yellow trout lily, blue cohosh, tall goldenrod, Canada goldenrod, swamp goldenrod, and white snakeroot.

The inspiration for this exhibit: all of this within a few hectares from Fairview Mall.

Please come and discover the riches of this treasure that Daphne Nicholls cared for so much, by visiting Homer Watson House & Gallery September 16 – October 22, 2017.

Other Award Winning Entries

Honourable Mention, Nik Harron, Moonset over Marsh

Honourable Mention, Grazyna Adamska, Entering View

Juror’s Choice, Vicki Brophey, Ridge Trail

Honourable Mention, Amy Ferrari, Hidden Beyond the Green

Juror’s Choice, Laura Urquhart, Are We Lost?

Juror’s Choice, James Nye, Late Future