The sunny weather here in southern Ontario had turned by noon yesterday. Rain began to fall when we decided to stop at historic Homer Watson House & Gallery to visit the textile art exhibitions on display for the last day.
My main focus was on Joanne Young’s exhibit “Neighbourhood by the Tracks”, a poignant interpretation in textiles and mixed media of society and its architecture located close to the railway in cities or towns anywhere.
I met Joanne six years ago when we both entered into the Grand National. Over the years we have stayed in touch and followed each other’s endeavors. I was very excited and feel privileged to have had the opportunity to visit and discuss Joanne’s newest work on Sunday. Joanne has mastered the art of successfully combining new, distressed, altered and recycled materials to convey a message while at the same time present thought provoking work. It is my hope that this body of work will be shown at venues across Canada. Joanne Young is an artist whose work will be recognized and respected across generations into the future.
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You’ve made me homesick. I grew up just a few blocks from Homer Watson House.
Enjoy your time in Ontario.