A Department Store Christmas

There are several Canadian department stores that were active during the lifetime of the Watson family, such as Simpson’s, the T. Eaton Company, and the local Goudie’s. While the Watson

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Homer’s Art Awards

November 2023 marks the start of Homer Watson House & Gallery’s second annual juried show. Exhibitions using a competitive entry process with the opportunity for prizes are an old practice,

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Historic Art Catalogues

Catalogues have long since been used by artists for both public and commercial exhibitions, ranging from simple to complex. Some are plain numbered booklets of works in a show, others

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Summer Vacation in Doon

It is no secret that summertime held a special place in Homer Watson’s heart. As an early environmentalist, Homer was captivated by the scenic nature of the Doon area during

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Studio Cleaning

Preventative Conservation: Caring for the Watson Studio Homer Watson’s studio is a unique and important part of Homer Watson House & Gallery. We want the Watson Studio to be preserved

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Homer’s Oil Paints

If you’ve visited Homer Watson’s studio, you will have seen the artist’s huge paint-caked palette, brushes, and easel – but stored away in the collection is a set of Homer’s

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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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