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Verner’s Sandwich

May 27, 2017 - October 1, 2017

AWE Gallery

Frederick Verner, Landscape at Elora, Ontario, 1880, watercolour over graphite on paper, 59.0 cm x 34.0 cm, Purchased with funds contributed by Mr. and Mrs. T. Blake Pierce, 1978

Verner’s Sandwich presents the late 19th century watercolours of Canadian artist Frederick Arthur Verner. The son of Arthur Cole Verner, Mayor of Sandwich, ON in 1878, 1884 and 1885, Verner is celebrated locally for his role in picturing historical Sandwich Towne through his pastoral landscape scenes painted during family life in Sandwich. Verner, born in Sheridan, ON admired the works of Paul Kane and Lucius O`Brien as a young artist for their subliminal understanding of light and colour as well as their intentions to depict, through the land a Canadian identity. Like them, Verner was moved by the profound presence of the Canadian sky and yearned to translate his experiences of nature into his work. In this exhibition, the historical experience of Sandwich, Ontario is captured in 12 picturesque watercolours. Although romantically reminiscent of a city’s landscape, the works in the context of The Sandwich Project perform an homage to Windsor’s once upon a time name – Sandwich.            

Curated by Jaclyn Meloche

In this exhibit

Frederick Verner, Landscape at Elora, Ontario, 1880, watercolour over graphite on paper, 59.0 cm x 34.0 cm, Purchased with funds contributed by Mr. and Mrs. T. Blake Pierce, 1978

Frederick Verner, Near Sandwich, Ontario, 1888, watercolour over graphite on paper, 64.0 cm x 31.0 cm, Purchased in memory of Miss Noreen Webster with funds raised from the sale of articles from her estate, 1977

Frederick Verner, Untitled (River Scene, Sunset), 1891, watercolour over graphite on paper, 69.0 cm x 34.0 cm, Purchased with funds donated by the Art Gallery of Windsor Women's Committee, 1970

Frederick Verner, Sunset, Sandwich Street West, Windsor, Ontario, 1896, watercolour over graphite on paper, 19.0 cm x 27.0 cm, Purchase, 1965

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