City of Kitchener, Artist in Residence

August 12 – November 6, 2022
Watson, Cayley & Ferrie Galleries

Over the last 25 years, the City of Kitchener has been host to a variety of talented and creative artists as part of their Artist in Residence Program, offering selected artists studio space and an opportunity to contribute the the City’s public art collection. Throughout the years, the program has evolved to focus on community engagement and building meaningful connections to art through thoughtful workshops, events and festivals. In collaboration with the City of Kitchener, Homer Watson House & Gallery is pleased to present AIR25, an exhibition in celebration of current and past artists in residence and their bodies of work.

Artists in residence:

1995 Nicholas Rees
1996 Carol Bradley
1997 Bill Downey
1998 Ron Hewson
1999 Marshall Ward
2000 Melissa Doherty
2001 Andrew Wright
2002 Sandra Martin

2003 Mike Ambedian
2004 Tony Urquhart
2006 Phil Irish
2007 Paul Roorda
2008 Birse & Kavanaugh
2010 Stefan Rose
2011 Sean Puckett
2012 Jefferson Campbell Cooper

2013 Susan Coolen
2014 Dwight Storring
2015 Janice Lee
2016 Sarah Granskou
2017 Julie Sperling
2018 Sumaira Tazeen
2019 Mary Neil
2020 Behnaz Fatemi

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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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