Events

Lunchtime Lecture | October 2014


Mysticism and Moonlight

Thursday, October 9, 2014
12:00pm – 1:00pm

Homer Watson House & Gallery is proud to be hosting the October edition of our 2014 educational Lunchtime Lecture Series! Arts and culture enthusiast Shannon Bingeman will take us on a mystical journey into the spirituality of Homer Watson on October 9 from 12-1 pm. In keeping with her extensive studies, she will discuss some of the influences that led Homer Watson to embrace spiritualism at an early age, his unique bond with former Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King and the influence of his explorations into the occult on his landscapes of rural Southern Ontario in this Lunchtime Lecture. The event will also include a question and answer period with the local scholar, as well as tasty appetizers donated by local food suppliers!

Shannon Bingeman is a Bachelor of Arts graduate from the University of Waterloo with a focus in Art History and Studio Art. Continuing her studies at Carleton University led to her achievement of her Masters in Art History in 2013. Driven by her own familial connections to Waterloo Region, her scholarly interests have often gravitated towards local histories. Her master’s thesis, “Eventide along the Grand: Homer Watson’s Mystical Landscape,” was inspired by letters between the landscape painter and her great-great grandfather, J.W. Green. She has also worked on projects at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the National Gallery of Canada and the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre. In this lecture, she will draw on Watson’s dedication as a spiritualist and artist, as well as his belief that the greatest message a painting could convey was the mystical relationship between man, nature and the spirit world. She will discuss the influences that led Homer Watson to embrace spiritualism at an early age, his unique bond with former Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King and the influence of his explorations into the occult on his landscapes of rural Southern Ontario.

In addition to our educational and interesting lecture, we will also serve light refreshments and provide tours of Homer Watson’s former home. Please remember to bring a lunch!

Admission for this event is $10.00 per person. Complimentary admission is offered to those who hold a valid membership.

For more information, please call 519-748-4377