Thursday, July 8, 2010


Reprinted from the Ontario Heritage Connection

(June 30, 2010) For over three decades, Laurel Campbell has drawn inspiration from Canada’s heritage sites and landmarks, working primarily in the media of watercolour and pen and ink. Her upcoming July and August exhibition at Campbell House in Toronto features works from her long career in the heritage field, including the loan from a private collection of a winter view of Campbell House.

All other works are for sale. They represent significant sites in Ontario and the Maritimes, from Benares Historic House in Mississauga and The McMichael Home in Waterford to Point Clark Lighthouse on Lake Huron.

An opening reception takes place at Thursday, July 8, 5 - 7 pm, at Campbell House.

The exhibition is an opportunity to see – for the first time – the complete collection of 12 pen-and-ink drawings of iconic Toronto buildings, which the artist produced to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the city’s incorporation. The drawings were published in 1984 and 1985 in sold-out editions of the Old Toronto Calendar. The series depicts University College, Casa Loma, St Lawrence Hall, Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, The Yorkville Firehall, Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, The Old Mill, Gooderham and Worts Distillery Warehouse, Allan Gardens, Scadding Cabin, The Officers’ Quarters, and Olivet Congregational Church (today’s Heliconian Club).

Laurel Campbell is not a direct descendent of Sir William Campbell, whose fine Georgian home is now known as Campbell House Museum, yet perhaps she may be distantly related through the large and long-connected Clan Campbell!

The exhibition is on show from June 30th to August 30th at
Campbell House Museum
160 Queen Street W., Toronto

Free admission to gallery
Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 9:30 am—4:30 pm; Saturday, 12—4:30 pm

You are invited to the opening reception, 8 July, 5—7 pm, of Laurel Campbell Watercolours: An artist’s record of architectural heritage

The photographs show Olivet Congregational Church (which is now the Heliconian Club) and Gooderham and Worts Distillery Warehouse.

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