Fall in Love with Local Art! - theHumm February 2019

Fall in Love with Local Art! - theHumm February 2019

By Miss Cellaneous

FIGURE in Almonte

From February 8 to March 24, Almonte’s Sivarulrasa Gallery presents FIGURE, a trio show featuring figurative paintings, drawings and sculpture by artists Adrienne Dagg (Edmonton), Caroline Ji (Toronto), and Sue Adams (Almonte).

In her new series of paintings, Adrienne Dagg obscures space and figure. Incorporating mirrors and reflections into works such as Tumble, Reflection, and Figure with Mirror, she presents fractured environments that are divided and warped by mirrors and painted shapes. These divisions are then re-joined to explore new configurations. The works mark a new exploration for this artist, as she deepens her practice in portraiture and narrative figure painting.

Caroline Ji’s paintings are evocative and intimate depictions of people she has met, re-lived conversations, and memories. Bookshelf and E, two of the most recent works, highlight her highly skilled exploration of her subjects’ psychological states. Emotion is palpable in her works, inviting viewers to attach their own narratives to each one. With a striking colour palette and careful attention to lighting choices, mood and atmosphere become the storytellers in her paintings.

Sue Adams explores themes of passion, pain, frailty and grace in her sculptures and drawings. Her newest drawing Cupid depicts an innocent, ethereal being. Atlas and My Blue-Toed God of Love, like her other sculptures, draw inspiration from historical movements in Classicism and Humanism, with her figures often combining outward formality with inner turmoil.

Everyone is invited to the Vernissage/Artists Reception on Saturday, February 16 from 3–6pm. Artists Caroline Ji and Sue Adams will be in attendance. Sivarulrasa Gallery is located at 34 Mill Street in Almonte. For more information, please visit  sivarulrasa.com .

Richard Hutton & Barb Sohn at MERA

McDonalds Corners Elphin Recreation & Arts (MERA) is proud to display works by Richard Hutton and Barb Sohn for their February Art Exhibition in Dean Hall. A vernissage will be held on Sunday, February 3 from 2–4pm, and everyone is welcome.

Richard Hutton’s art richardjameshutton.com is as multi-faceted as the man’s mind. In fact, the depth and breadth of the mind itself, and everything it conjures up in this world, is the constant underlying theme in all his works. The subject matter can be still and re?ective, at other times turbulent or playful, but is always enquiring and often provocative. Richard is accomplished in acrylics, watercolour, drawing and oils, but the latter remains a favourite. He prides himself in not being a slave to any particular style or technique.

Barb Sohn barbsohnart.ca works with acrylics on canvas, creating images from local areas such as Murphy’s Point Provincial Park, Lanark County, and from her recent trip to the Yukon. Her work is an ongoing process of discovery — that is, the observation of some aspect of nature that she has noticed and brought to life through her interpretation.

Please visit meraschoolhouse.org for more information, directions and hours of operation.

Call for Participants 2019

Are you a practicing artist or artisan interested in joining a dynamic tour? If so, you are invited to apply for the 23rd annual Crown and Pumpkin Studio Tour on Thanksgiving weekend in Almonte, Clayton and area. The 2018 tour was a resounding success as the public responded enthusiastically to the variety and quality of fine art, craft and food and drink.

Organizers are looking to broaden the variety of offerings, and are interested in professional-quality, innovative work. New types of three-dimensional work will receive particular consideration. To apply, submit digital images of recent work, and include a brief biography and artist’s statement. Work is judged on originality of expression, concept, and quality of execution. Applications open April 1 and the deadline for submissions is May 1. Send your application, including photos and a link to your website/Facebook page to barbara.mullally@gmail.com . For more information, please call 256–3647.

The Mix by The Six at Strévé Gallery

One of the area’s newest textile art groups, The Six, will be presenting its first group show at the Strévé Gallery from January 29 to March 31, with a vernissage on February 3 from 2–4pm. Six experienced and innovative artists have come together in the past year to share skills, to learn from experimenting, and to support each other in creating and promoting their art. The six members are Meredith Filshie, Nancy Garrard, Garrie Bea Joyce, Rita Rottman, Karen Samanski and Wendo Van Essen. Among other venues, these artists have shown their art as part of the Colour Unboxed show at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum and at the annual Fibre Fling shows presented by the Out of the Box Fibre Art group.

The artists will also be available on March 3 (2–4pm) to talk about their creative journeys and demonstrate some work in progress. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to strevedesign@gmail.com or 267–0230 as seating is limited. The Strévé Gallery is located in the upper level of Strévé Design Studio and Boutique, at 64 Gore St. E. in Perth.

Save the Date for Maple Run!

Mark the weekend of April 6 and 7 for the 17th Annual Pakenham Maple Run Tour. Revel in spectacular spring landscapes while experiencing the art, fine craft and delicious food and drink of 33 exceptional artists, artisans and producers on this self-guided your. The Maple Run Tour wanders through scenic, historic Pakenham village and area to ten fascinating stops, where you can indulge your senses in beautiful painting, pottery, pewter, glass, jewellery, photography, textile art, delicious locally-produced food and drink, and much more. The tour coincides with Maple Weekend, so be sure to visit Fulton’s Sugar Bush and Pancake House too. Brochures are available online, at Fulton’s, the Pakenham General Store, throughout the village and beyond, and at any tour stop. Studios will be open from 10am to 5pm each day.


And the Award Goes to… Don Wiles! - theHumm February 2019

By Sally Hansen

Art… and Soul

theHumm is celebrating this awards season by commending Almonte’s beloved and esteemed Don Wiles for his interest in his community and the contributions he continues to make that enrich its cultural and intellectual life.

Journalists should never miss a chance to invite a nonagenarian to share their most treasured piece of advice. Soon to be 94, Dr. Wiles was momentarily surprised at my invitation, and then counseled, “Be interested.” He is a persuasive example of the wis......


Knit with Love… - theHumm February 2019

By Sarah Byrne

Mrs. Wilma Winton has spent her life quietly sharing her significant talent with others. From the warmth of her home at the end of a winding cottage road on Rideau Lake, Wilma has knit hundreds of items, giving them to people young and old during times of celebration and times when they could use some extra comfort. Wilma’s generosity is inspiring, and so too is the skill with which she knits. The intricately detailed, often personalized blankets she creates are obvious examples of her skill and......


The Mississippi Mudds Youth Theatre Presents
The Lion King Jr.
- theHumm February 2019

Once again, the Mississippi Mudds Youth Theatre group is in the final stages of rehearsals for another wonderful show — this time its production of The Lion King Junior. With seven shows scheduled at the Town Hall in Carleton Place (from February 22 through to March 3), this delightful story brings the African savannah to life on stage.

Join this unforgettable young cast of characters while the plot builds as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back agai......


Alone Together Again — A Crowded Empty Nest! - theHumm February 2019

By Dana Ruprecht

A very wise and witty play is coming to Studio Theatre Perth this month.

Alone Again Together, by playwright Lawrence Roman, is the honest and funny story of an empty-nester couple whose nest refuses to stay empty, leaving them in a chronic state of parenthood.

Helena and George Butler’s adult sons have finally moved out, and husband and wife are both looking forward to the next phase of their lives together. Anticipating leisure and privacy, Helena has set new professional goals for h......


Out of Order at the Station Theatre
Keeping You Warm on a Cold Winter’s Night
- theHumm February 2019

If you aren’t a winter person, February can be the dreariest of months. The snow, cold and bitter wind seems to be have been here forever, feeling like it will never be done. You need a pick-me-up! A time to forget about it all and just submerse yourself in a whole lot of nonsense for an evening or afternoon. That’s where the Station Theatre comes in. Their traditional British farce — Out of Order — by the master of farce, Ray Cooney, is sure to brighten any February drearies!

Director Lynda ......


Fifty Flippin’ Years
Fulton’s Pancake House Celebrates the Big 5-0!
- theHumm February 2019

Fulton’s Pancake House & Sugar Bush is very excited to be celebrating Fifty Flippin’ Years in the Pancake House! The family has been in maple syrup production for more than 150 years. Fourth- and fifth-generation owners are busy at the helm and sixth-generation grandchildren are making a contribution to production, customer service and quality control. Fulton’s is open for ten weeks from Family Day weekend through Easter weekend.

Fulton’s invites current and forme......


Fall in Love with Local Art! - theHumm February 2019

By Miss Cellaneous

FIGURE in Almonte

From February 8 to March 24, Almonte’s Sivarulrasa Gallery presents FIGURE, a trio show featuring figurative paintings, drawings and sculpt......


“Here We Go, Up A Row” - theHumm February 2019

By Glenda Jones

When I was six I took piano lessons from a stern no-nonsense teacher. She wore her hair in a bun, and sat in a straight-back chair next to the piano in reach of my little hands that quivered over......


Claire Hunter Returns with Something to Give - theHumm February 2019

Singer/songwriter Claire Hunter now lives in Toronto, but she grew up and went to school in Almonte, where she developed her musical skills playing at coffeehouses and appearing in such ADHS prod......


Paper Birch
aka Canoe Birch, White Birch, Betula papyrifera, Wiigwaas (Anishinaabe)
- theHumm February 2019

By Susie Osler

On New Year’s Day I went for a bush walk on the farm with some friends. Along the way I passed a mid-sized, dying birch that had a mushroom growing on its trunk. I had never noticed a mushroom li......


Libraries Love Babies
(And Babies Love Libraries!)
- theHumm February 2019

By Karen Schecter, Librarian

One of my favourite sounds to hear in the library is the laughing or babbling of babies enjoying Baby Time. Some people may wonder why you would take your baby to the public library. After all, t......


A Musical Interruption in the Winter Season
Kanata Choral Society’s Show
- theHumm February 2019

Although it has not been that long since we all either listened to or sang our hearts out to Christmas carols, it is already time for some more music!

For the past several years, during this ......


Eat LocalSupport a CSA!
- theHumm February 2019

Do the grey winter days have you dreaming about the greens of spring and summer? Why not ensure a steady supply of those greens (as well as lots of other delicious produce) by investing in a loca......


Putting the Outside Inside Kids - theHumm February 2019

Need a break from winter and everyday life? Then come on a canoe trip into Algonquin Park wilderness with Bill Kennedy and his five-year-old daughter Suzanne. Described as “a charming read” by au......


Almonte Resident Wins Library Award - theHumm February 2019

On February 2, Mary Lou Souter, Chair of the Mississippi Mills Public Library Board, will be in Toronto to accept the Ontario Library Association’s (OLA) President’s Award for Exceptional Ac......


Local Green Party of Canada Fundraiser - theHumm February 2019

Come out for a great Green brunch at the Maberly Hall on Sunday, February 17! For only $10 you’ll learn lots, eat some terrific food and have an opportunity to support the Green Party. Child......


Febeery — A Draft Article - theHumm February 2019

By Sebastian Weetabix

In the course of his perambulations around Humm territory, Weetabix has repeatedly encountered the phenomenon and products of “Craft Breweries”. Weetabix is not a serious beer drinker, but beer i......


Family, Films, Folk… and a Loppet! - theHumm February 2019

By John Pigeau

I feel like a kind, gentle way to begin this month’s column would be to remind all of you that Monday, February 18 is Family Day, a provincial statutory holiday. There. Now doesn’t that feel......


Family Day & MidWinter Milling - theHumm February 2019

By Miss Mills

February 18 is Family Day in Ontario, and there are many affordable (and free!) activities to enjoy close to home. In Almonte, Pakenham and area, you can enjoy free public skating, explore l......


A Tribute toDeputy Mayor John Levi - theHumm February 2019

By Christa Lowry, Mayor, Mississippi Mills

Deputy Mayor John Levi passed away on Sunday, January 13, in Florida with his beloved wife Helen by his side. So many of us were shocked and saddened by John’s untimely passing.

John has......


9th Annual Snow Angel Making Party - theHumm February 2019

By Susan Cressy

I am thrilled to say that we are celebrating the 9th Annual Snow Angel Making Party at Highlands Gate (4381 Wolf Grove Road, Lanark Highlands, Ontario) on Sunday February 17 from 1–4pm, and ......


Celebrating Black History Month in a Unique Way - theHumm February 2019

By Catherine WrightCadieux

Just over two years ago when Almonte-based photographer Monique Renaud left for Senegal to do some volunteer work with Women’s Global Engagement (FEM – Femmes engagement mondial), she had no idea......


February Evensong - theHumm February 2019

By Hilary Barrett

Everyone is invited to attend Evensong at St. James the Apostle Anglican Church in Perth on Sunday February 17 at 4pm. There will be a prelude at 3:45pm by guest organist Damien Macedo, who ......


Adaptive Snowsports Programs AreSeeking Volunteers! - theHumm February 2019

Mount Pakenham Adaptive Ski Program

Serving the west end of Ottawa and Lanark County, the Adaptive Ski Program at Mount Pakenham provides the opportunity for children,......


Seedy Saturdays (and Sundays) - theHumm February 2019

By David Hinks

Our relationship with plants is a complicated one.

On the one hand we are hugely concerned about the negative health effects of certain plants such as wild parsnip. Like giant hogweed and oth......


Stained Glass Show Highlights Art Nouveau - theHumm February 2019

Looking to bring extra light into your winter? The Elgin Art Gallery invites everyone to the show opening of Otty Lake stained glass artist Gregori Robinson on February 9 from 2–5pm.



Historical Society Presents Annual Heritage Dinner - theHumm February 2019

The Carleton Place and Beckwith Historical Society is getting ready to host their 7th annual fundraising Heritage Dinner. To kick off the Carleton Place 200th celebrations in style, they are pres......