2024 AGM is June 25th at 6:30pm

We have created a whole new sub-site dedicated to the People, the Building, the Art, and Local History.

Homer Watson House & Gallery maintains a collection with over 160 years of artistic history. It features a collection of artwork, artifacts, and archival material that represent various generations of artists that lived in the historic home. We will continue to add to this new website as we uncover more stories, facts, and artifacts about Homer Watson, his sister Phoebe, and the Doon School of Fine Arts.

Click on the image below to learn more about Homer Watson, his wife Roxa, his sister Phoebe, and more. Plus the history of the Doon School of Fine Arts and local landmarks such as the Grand Trunk Railway and the ruins of the Doon Mill.

Phoebe Watson and Homer Watson 1934

Homer Watson House & Gallery preserves and celebrates the legacy of Homer Watson’s creative spirit by stimulating the appreciation, enjoyment and practice of the visual arts.

Homer Watson House & Gallery fulfills its mission by engaging in a three-part program of:

  • Preservation and collection of Homer Watson’s art, his home studio and gallery and the heritage of his life, his times and that of Phoebe Watson and the Doon School of Fine Arts.
  • Exhibition of Homer Watson’s body of work and regular shows of contemporary local and regional artists.
  • Education and enrichment through events and instructional programs in the visual arts.

Homer Watson House & Gallery is a charitable organization that relies on the support of our community.
Contributions are essential to our continued success. Your donations help us make art accessible to everyone by providing vital support for our exhibitions, funding educational programs for adults and children, and enabling us to preserve the collection for future generations to discover and enjoy for years to come.

Homer Watson House & Gallery is the standing homestead and art studio of Canadian Artist Homer Ransford Watson (1855 – 1936)

Today the Homer Watson House & Gallery aims to preserve and celebrate the legacy of Homer Watson’s creative spirit through appreciation, enjoyment and practice of the visual arts. Through exhibitions, events, programs and a museum space of the late artist’s studio, the Homer Watson House & Gallery has something for everyone.

photo of Homer Watson in his art gallery, circa 1920s
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The Loch Doon area was memorialized in celebrated Scottish poet, Robert Burns piece “Ye banks and braes O’ bonnie Doon”

Ye banks and braes o’ bonny Doon,
How can ye bloom sae fresh and fair?
How can ye chant, ye little birds,
And I sae weary fu’ o’ care?
Thou’lt break my heart, thou warbling bird,
That wantons thro’ the flowering thorn:
Thou minds me o’ departed joys,
Departed, never to return.

Aft hae I rov’d by bonnie Doon,
To see the rose and woodbine twine;
And ilka bird sang o’ its love,
And fondly sae did I o’ mine.
Wi’ lightsome heart I pu’d a rose,
Fu’ sweet upon its thorny tree;
And my fause lover stole my rose,
But, ah! he left the thorn wi’ me.

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