Recreating Creativity: Visual Arts - theHumm September 2020

Recreating Creativity: Visual Arts - theHumm September 2020

CHANNELS at Sivarulrasa Gallery

From September 2 to October 9, Sivarulrasa Gallery is pleased to present CHANNELS, featuring works by artists Deborah Arnold, Elaine Carr and Wendy Robertson. “Channels” suggests waterways or pathways; a transmission of frequencies or ideas; explorations of both inner and outer worlds. The exhibition can be viewed in person during regular gallery hours, Wednesdays to Sundays from 11am to 5pm.

Deborah Arnold creates evocative sculpture with chlorite, alabaster and other forms of stone. “I feel a fundamental connection to stone,” she says. “Stone has always been the starting point for my work. As a material it embodies strength and history while possessing an innate grace and power”. By incorporating steel or copper into the base of her works, she also combines her organic forms with references to our industrial culture.

Elaine Carr’s work examines geographic and topographic narratives of land and water as they interact with human lives. She builds up drawings and mixed media works, piecing together fragments from the present and the past, from historical and geographical data, collected photographs, cartography and memory. Her focus is on the Northern Hemisphere, with specific interest in the in the Great Lakes Basin and the Arctic.

Wendy Robertson’s work is inspired by the natural environment. Her gaze is often drawn to micro-environments with specific attention to negative spaces and the intricate interplay of colour and texture. Her paintings combine patterns in nature with techniques of abstraction to transform ordinary objects, such as a collection of rocks or pieces of tree bark, into immersive experiences for her viewers.

On Wednesday, September 9 from 7–8:30pm, Deborah Arnold, Elaine Carr and Wendy Robertson will join in live via Zoom to talk about their work and inspiration at an Artists’ Talk & Virtual Vernissage. You can join from the comfort of your home through a video link that can be accessed on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Please email the gallery at and we will send you the link. For more information, visit . The gallery is located at 34 Mill Street in Almonte.

Happy Anniversary, Strévé

Cheryl Straby, clothing designer and owner of the beautiful Strévé Design Gallery in Perth, will be holding a special Fashion Show on Sunday, September 13 at 2pm in her backyard… which just happens to be the beautiful Stewart Park! This show marks Cheryl’s 33 years in business, and corresponds with the opening of a new exhibit at Strévé by abstract artist Karen Goetzinger called Beauty in the Inconsequential.

The Fashion Show will be a mix of clothing from over the past 33 years, and will also feature Queen Bee Millinery as a special guest. Donations to The Table in Perth will be gratefully accepted. If the weather doesn’t cooperate on September 13, the rain date is Sunday, September 20 at 2pm. Beauty in the Inconsequential runs from September 10 to October 31.

The (Virtual) Perth Autumn Studio Tour

The 2020 Perth Autumn Studio Tour is going virtual and will begin on October 10.

Considering the current state of the world due to COVID-19, the members of this collective of local artists are adapting to these changing times and bringing the tour right into your living room. It will be a change from driving the country roads lit in their fall colours and having a delicious lunch at the Brooke Valley School, but your ability to browse and support local artists is easier than ever.

Franc Van Oort, Susie Osler, Dunn Sohn, Brent Kirkham, Anne Chambers, Rita Redner, Zoë Lianga, Catherine Orfald and Willa Murray are the members of this artist-run tour. You can reach them via and their personal websites as well as through social media.

This year the online-only tour will run from October 10 to 18, when many artists will be available by appointment for you to pick up online purchases. COVID-19 safety measures will be practised, and each artist will inform you of their policies when appointments are made.

While you are always welcome to browse each artist’s website before the launch date of October 10, the artists will be reserving pieces to release during the October 10–18 online studio tour.

You can expect the same notable quality of work you have seen in the past, with the modern ease of being able to shop from the comfort and safety of your home. In past years, many guest artists have been present on the tour, and there were many applications this year for both the established and emerging artist category. The decision was made however to run a pilot online tour with the hopes of being able to return to the physical tour next year.

This longstanding event is one-of-a-kind artist-run tour, which means that it really reflects the work of the people involved. It is a grassroots authentically artisanal tour featuring unique pieces sold by the artists. As the world continues to change, the artists have not stopped making and are excited to offer the tour in a new form. Stay tuned for more updates to come via their website, on Facebook and Instagram @perthstudiotour.

Artists Add Online Colour to Expressions of Art

Twenty-six local artists have been selected by an independent jury to participate in this year’s Expressions of Art Online Show and Sale hosted by the West Carleton Arts Society. Expressions of Art, which has been celebrated as a physical art show annually for more than 25 years, will be presented as an online show this year from October 9–31. The physical show was cancelled due to COVID concerns. A preview of the online show will be available mid-September. A new show website has been established at .

“We have a wonderful cross-section of art in our online show this year,” says Ginny Fobert, chair of the show. “Our artists represent a variety of media, from oil, acrylic and watercolour, to photography and glass. It is a great representation of local and regional art, with styles that appeal to everyone.”

The three-member jury, independent of WCAS, reviewed all submissions and provided scoring results which determined entrance into the show.

“We are thrilled to welcome back some long-time favourites and are excited to add a number of newcomers to the show,” adds Fobert. Harpist Natalie Hoffmann is providing musical accompaniment.


Lynn Melbourne — A Gift for People - theHumm September 2020

By Sally Hansen

Art… and Soul

Re-gifting is frowned on in some circles, but when your gift is a talent for capturing the character, the strength and the internal beauty that people wear on their faces, sharing that gift becomes an act of kindness, empathy and generosity. When tragedy struck in March at Almonte Country Haven, a long-term care home with 82 residents, local portrait artist Lynn Melbourne used her talent to reach out to the devastated residents, their families and their caretakers.



25th Annual (1st Virtual) Fibrefest - theHumm September 2020

Fibrefest is once again taking over Almonte from September 11–13 (with workshops beginning on the 10th). Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the festival will look a little different in 2020 as it moves online to comply with public health advice and regulations, but the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum (MVTM) is excited to welcome you for our fourth year of hands-on workshops… albeit this time virtually. This is a unique opportunity to involve friends and family from further afield who may not be able to ......


BOTR’s New “COVID Fighter” Fall Series - theHumm September 2020

By — James Doran

Blues on the Rideau at The Cove in Westport had to cancel the last three shows of their 2019/20 Season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Like everyone, we were hoping things would be back to semi-normal by now and the 2020/21 Series would be able to proceed. Sadly that hasn’t happened yet. Given the safety protocol measures still in effect, there was no way we could return with the traditional format – full electric bands, 100+ capacity, buffet dinners, packed dance floor etc.

So it was ei......


Warden’s Slow Roll & Official Alameda Opening - theHumm September 2020

The Lanark County Warden typically hosts a fundraising event every year. In the past this has been a golf tournament during the month of August, but with COVID-19 and the gathering restrictions, Warden Brian Campbell wanted to change things up and host an outdoor family event to highlight the OVRT and all of the wonderful work that has been done to make it an accessible trail for everyone to use.

After discussions with Jeff Mills and Stephen Brathwaite, the concept of a “Slow Roll for Unit......


“Market Masala” Child Haven Fundraiser - theHumm September 2020

Organizers are excited to announce a fun and safe event in support of Child Haven International this fall. This year’s event takes place on Sunday, September 27 from 3–5pm at the Carleton Place Market Square, an outdoor covered space. All proceeds go to support destitute women and children in India, Nepal, Tibet and Bangladesh.

You will have the opportunity to attend this outdoor market-style event and enjoy Indian music and culture, shop the international sales bazaar, get henna body ar......


Recreating Creativity — Classes during COVID - theHumm September 2020

The pandemic has dealt a huge blow to artists and performers, cancelling gigs by the gazillion and making it difficult for people to teach art, theatre, music and movement. Fortunately, creators are, well, creative by nature, and many of them have been hard at work figuring out how to continue to keep students engaged and learning. Below, a few teachers and studios explain how they are doing just this in our area.

The Almonte Dance Company is committed to providing a fun, safe environment for......


Back to School 2020: Choose Your Own Adventure - theHumm September 2020

By Sarah Kerr

Ah, the back to school season is upon us! The joy of shopping for school supplies, that fresh new outfit and shiny new shoes. The little rush that parents get when they think about sending their kids back to full day daycare — I mean, full day learning — so we can make up the hours lost over summer and try to keep our jobs. Oh wait, this is 2020? Damn!

Wait — are you sending your kids back? Yeah, me too. Well, I think so. I might just wait to find out what the school has to s......


Picnics and Musicand Trains, Oh My! - theHumm September 2020

By John Pigeau

In one sense, this summer has reminded me a lot of the summers of my childhood — everybody wants to be outdoors. We’re all like kids again, darting out the door on the last day of school, whooping at the sunshine and gulping in the fresh air, itching to do something, anything, but be cooped up inside. Nearly everyone is camping or glamping or spending a week or a weekend at a cottage. Lots of folks are hitting the beaches and plunging into lakes. They’re walking and cycling, golfing and hiking an......


Recreating Creativity: Visual Arts - theHumm September 2020

CHANNELS at Sivarulrasa Gallery

From September 2 to October 9, Sivarulrasa Gallery is pleased to present CHANNELS, featuring works by artists Deborah Arnold, Elaine Carr and Wendy Robertson. “Channels” suggests waterways or pathways; a transmission of frequencies or ideas; explorations of both inner and outer worlds. The exhibition can be viewed in person during regular gallery hours, Wednesdays to Sundays from 11am to 5pm.

Deborah Arno......


What’s Black and White and Hard to Move? - theHumm September 2020

By Meriah Caswell

Do you want to move a library?

It’s big, and it’s coming up fast. We need your help to do it.

In October 2020 the Carleton Place Public Library will relocate to The Station Active Living Centre while the Beckwith Street location undergoes some much-needed interior renovations. Of the library’s 40,000-item collection, about 1500 items will be moved to the Station for circulation. The rest of the collection will be boxed up for safe storage.

In planning the move, our staff have......


Yarrow (Or, a Conduit Conducting Energy Between the Cosmos and the Earth) - theHumm September 2020

By Susie Osler

Our lawn for the first half of this summer, when temperatures were sizzling and rain was scarce at best, was left to its own devices — the mower forgotten in the barn for over a month. Without the weekly subjugation to the blade, the diversity of plant life in the lawn began to announce its presence. The wild plants able to thrive in droughty heat seized their opportunity, rising above the parched and browning grass.

Yarrow was, to my eyes, one of the most beautiful and prominent of these plants.......


Union Hall Crafts at Almonte Farmers’ Market - theHumm September 2020

By — Linda Camponi

The Union Hall Community Centre, located at the intersection of Wolf Grove and Tatlock Roads, is a Registered Charity, owned and operated by the local community. Rentals of the hall and its exterior sign form the basis for our annual budget. Private donations and financial support from the Municipality of Mississippi Mills supplement this income.

Come and visit our booth at the Almonte Farmers’ Market on September 12 and 19, where we will be selling hand-crafted items made by Unio......


Plenty for Everyone: an Interview with Joanna Jack of Plenty Canada - theHumm September 2020

theHumm is reaching out to members of our Ottawa Valley community to ask how they are finding ways to use their gifts and skills in these challenging times. Today’s subject is Joanna Jack, Programs Manager at Plenty Canada, an Indigenous-led non-profit organization that facilitates access to and shares resources with Indigenous peoples and other community groups around the world in support of their environmental protection and sustainable development goals. We contacted her to find out about som......


How Do I Know Thee? - theHumm September 2020

By Glenda Jones

Years ago I had a bright yellow snowsuit that I wore all winter. Yes, I looked like Big Bird, but everyone knew where to find me at our events. One summer day, I met someone who nearly passed me by, and then returned to say, “I didn’t recognize you with your clothes off”. I kid you not! When I retired the yellow suit, it was as like a stone in a pond: no one looked for me, no one found me, and we passed on our event duties to the next eager parent.

How do we recognize each other when we’re h......


Middleville Museum to Re-open on Sept. 5 - theHumm September 2020

The Middleville and District Museum (located at 2130 Concession 6D in Middleville) will once again be welcoming visitors starting on Saturday, September 5. They’ll be open from 12–4pm that whole weekend, including Labour Day Monday. For the abbreviated 2020 season entry will be by voluntary donation, and the Museum will be open every Saturday, Sunday, and holiday Monday, or by appointment, through Thanksgiving weekend. Please note that masks will be mandatory in the museum; they w......


Livin’ the Dream - theHumm September 2020

By David Hinks

Twelve-hour days, six days a week outdoors in the hot sun, worrying about the lack of rain, lettuce going to flower and becoming bitter way too soon — all for remuneration way less than minimum wage. Yet Alberto Suarez professes to be living the dream, doing exactly what he wants to do as he puts his beliefs and values into each and every day. And I have to admit that I greatly admire what he is doing and the values that he is living.

Alberto and his partner Joanna have developed a small fa......


Notes from The Lanark Climate Network - theHumm September 2020

By — Chandler Swain is a member of the Communications working group of the Lanark Climate Network

In our house, getting a new edition of theHumm at the beginning of every month is a treat. No matter what is going on, knowing that our community is full of amazing and creative people, events and projects is always an inspiration. 

To add to this monthly feast for the mind and soul, the Lanark Climate Network will be sharing its activities to collaborate, advocate for and build a fairer, greener, sustainably prosperous Lanark.

Since the lockdown and other measures were ......


Addressing the Perils of Sex Work - theHumm September 2020

By — Susan Fisher

When I first began supporting Willow’s, a struggling Vanier drop-in centre for sex trade workers, I wanted to help others who needed a hand. I had no clue this would lead me to a series of crash courses on Canadian law, community safety, human rights, and harm reduction strategies for the most vulnerable of our citizens. I also learned the distinction between sex work (voluntary) and trafficking (forced), both of which are happening in all corners of Lanark County. This is not a big city problem......


Beer! Where? Here!!: an Interview with Daniel Post - theHumm September 2020

theHumm is reaching out to members of our Ottawa Valley community to ask how they are finding ways to use their gifts and skills in these challenging times. Today’s subject is Daniel Post, an Almonte-based web developer who recently created and launched — an online guide to the region’s craft liquor scene. We contacted him to find out what inspired him to do so, and what he thinks of the area’s spirited offerings.



What’s So Funny?! — an interview with Rachelle Elie - theHumm September 2020

theHumm is reaching out to members of our Ottawa Valley community to ask how they are finding ways to use their gifts and skills in these challenging times. Today’s subject is Rachelle Elie — the world-travelling, award-winning comedian and Rag Bag Cabaret host who now calls Almonte home . We contacted her to find out how she has been faring for the past few months, and how she plans to get people laughing again.



Caring for the County: an Interview with Fraser Scantlebury - theHumm September 2020

theHumm is reaching out to members of our Ottawa Valley community to ask how they are finding ways to use their gifts and skills in these challenging times. Today’s subject is Fraser Scantlebury, the outgoing Regional Director at United Way East Ontario — Lanark, and a long-time community volunteer. We contacted him to find out how he’s feeling about stepping down from the position that he has held so capably for the past 7 years (while being at United Way for a total of 9 years and 7 month......


Stories of Decolonization — Land Dispossession and Settlement - theHumm September 2020

By — Susie Osler

How many of us know the history of the lands we inhabit? For settlers, do we know the stories of our ancestors’ arrival to these lands, and whose lives were embedded here prior to their arrival? Whose voices created the official historical record of this country that predominates? Whose voices have been silenced, ignored or not told? And how are our own personal histories interwoven with the colonization of these lands? Are we willing to actively engage with these questions? These ar......