Archive for October, 2011

Mansion Mayhem

October 21st, 2011

Here at the Museum, we love to celebrate Halloween. In early October we offered Spooky Fall Crafts, and coming up on Sunday October 30 (from 1-4 p.m.) we’re offering a fun workshop for kids called Mansion Mayhem. These photos are from last year’s event.
At Mansion Mayhem, kids decorate graham-cracker haunted houses with candy & icing, make Halloween decorations, and get to go on a spooky tour of the Museum. During the spooky tour we show the darker side of Goulbourn (this is designed to be fun, not scary). Staff and volunteers will be dressed in costume and we encourage kids to do the same :)
This event is filling up fast – call 613-831-2393 or email me to register.

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Meet the Artists: Salena Savoury Richard

October 14th, 2011

 
 
Salena Savoury Richard will be showcasing her work at Uniquely Goulbourn: Fall Art & Craft Show this Sunday October 16 at the Museum from 1-4. Selena has a small business called Art & Aprons, and designs bib reversible aprons for children and adults. The adult aprons are even customized to your specific height and hip size. Salena also creates wonderful pencil portraits and can use your photos for a personal touch. She is also an abstract painter. See Salena’s work at the show this weekend, on her website, or send her an email.


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Meet the Artists: Wendy Southin

October 13th, 2011

 
 
Wendy Southin has been creating beautiful pieces with art and craft materials for as long as she can remember.  She is currently focusing on jewelry, paper and metal crafts, and has always set up a gorgeous display of jewellery at the Museum’s art shows. Wendy also teaches, so if you’re interested in a workshop you visit her blog for details.
 
You can find Wendy and her work on her blog, on Twitter, and on Etsy. And of course, you can meet her and see her work this weekend at the Museum. Uniquely Goulbourn is this Sunday, October 16 from 1-4 at Goulbourn Museum. Email me for more information about the show.
 


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Meet the Artists: Claude LeBel

October 13th, 2011

 Redefined Wood:  Claude LeBel has been turning wood for approximately five years.  He is an active member of the Valley Woodturners in Ottawa and acts as an assistant instructor for the beginner’s woodturning course offered by the club.

Claude has studied under world-renowned woodturners such as Mike Mahoney and Jimmy Clewes.  Claude is passionate about his hobby and his artistic flare adds to the beauty and uniqueness of his creations.  Form and function are important elements in his designs because he is a believer that not only should his creations be nice to look at, they should be used and enjoyed as well.
With only five years experience at woodturning, Claude considers his newly found passion a “work in progress”. However the beauty and creativity of his pieces would suggest otherwise.
See Claude’s work at the Museum art & craft show this Sunday October 16 from 1-4, or email him for more details. For details on the art show, email me :)

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Uniquely Goulbourn: Meet the Artists

October 11th, 2011

Uniquely Goulbourn: Fall Art & Craft Show will be at the Museum this Sunday October 16 from 1-4. The show features artists from the greater Goulbourn area and this fall – the show is bigger than ever! We will have artists showing their work within the Museum’s exhibits; outside on the grounds; and, even our History Centre will be bustling with creativity: our Yap & Yarn knitting circle will be knitting away during the show.
This week I’d like to showcase some of the fabulous artists we have in our community. Sheila Cain Sample is a local artist who also sits on the Museum’s Board of Directors. Sheila curates our art show, and also sets up a display of her own artwork. Sheila works primarily in pencil, but is also known to incorporate other mediums into her work. She is also a fabulous photographer. See Sheila’s work on her blog, her photography blog, her Etsy site, or follow her on Twitter.
The art show will be on display at the Museum from 1-4 this Sunday October 16, 2011, and the Yap & Yarn group will be knitting from 1-3 in the History Centre. We hope you’ll stop by to check out the artwork and knit a few rows with us :)

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Incredible PBS film worth watching

October 6th, 2011

What do you know about the War of 1812? Sure, you remember Laura Secord, our Canadian heroine trudging through the woods to save British troops; Sir Isaac Brock, the “Saviour of Upper Canada” dying in the Battle of Queenston Heights, and Tecumseh, the great native leader killed making a last stand to fight off the invading American army.

On Monday, October 10, you can watch an incredible two-hour PBS film that is action-packed, entertaining but, most importantly, informative. The filmmakers have stripped away the grand legends and colourful myths to reveal the history that we didn’t read in school books.

The War of 1812, which was produced by WNED-TV, Buffalo-Toronto and Florentine Films/Hott Productions Inc., airs at 9 p.m. EDT Monday on our Watertown channel WPBS.

What really happened 200 years ago? The documentary strikes a balance of viewpoints in pursuit of the “inconvenient truths” about this war involving the United States, Britain, the Canadian colonies, and North American first nations. We get the straight answers from 26 expert commentators who number 10 Canadians, 10 Americans, three natives and three Britons.
We read and hear the actual words of the generals, native warriors, foot soldiers and even civilians. War re-enactors shoulder muskets and shoot cannons to recreate the battles; actors give voice to the defining moments in the war’s two and a half years.

On the PBS website, there are valuable resources for viewing such as the making of the documentary, essays from all perspectives, guides to historic sites and suggested educators lessons. For more information, visit this website.
Email to Kurt Johnson at kurt@goulbournmuseum.ca

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