Art Windsor-Essex respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Anishinaabe Territory – the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Today the Anishinaabe of the Three Fires Confederacy are represented by Bkejwanong. We want to state our respect for the ancestral and ongoing authority of Walpole Island First Nation over its Territory.
May 27, 2017 - October 1, 2017
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