Beyond Paint:
Homer Watson’s Works on Paper

September 12 – November 2, 2020

This year, for the 30th annual Homer Watson Exhibition, we are pleased to present Beyond Paint: Homer Watson’s Works on Paper. Although commonly known as a landscape painter, Watson created a range of works on paper, from his early sketches to his later experimental etchings. Growing up in rural Ontario, Watson had limited exposure to the classical techniques and painting styles of Europe. As a result, many of his works on paper were inspired by the local landscape. Deeply connected to nature, he explored the philosophical and delicate relationship humans have with the natural world. These works on paper played an important role in Watson’s development as an artist. Including several pieces that have never been displayed before, the exhibit sheds a new perspective on Watson’s works. We look forward to sharing this exhibition with you in September!

A sneak peak at the Annual Watson Exhibition with our Canada Summer Jobs Staff – Taylor and Tatiana – discussing how they put it all together.

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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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