Doreen Curry was well known to Music and Art patrons of the London Public Library, where she worked for over forty years. As supervisor for Arts and Science, Doreen made London an early leader in its circulating collection of recorded music and films. Born in Orangeville in 1924, Doreen finished her Music B.A. at the University of Toronto in 1946, and her Library Science degree in 1947. She travelled to Vienna to study with celebrated organist Anton Heiller, and returned to London as organist at Redeemer Lutheran Church. She was involved in Gordon Jeffrey’s pioneering baroque revival movement, and she became close friends with leading figures in London’s vital arts and culture scene from the 1960s on – Greg Curnoe, Paterson Ewen, Ron Martin, kerry ferris, Ron Benner, David Gordon, and Jamelie Hassan. The old library building on Queens Ave. with its upstairs art gallery was a pivotal gathering place for the artists. Doreen bought their art before they became well-known, witnessed their Happenings at LPL, and supported the Nihilist Spasm Band. When she bought her own harpsichord in 1977, she commissioned Jamelie Hassan to paint the lid. The harpsichord is now housed at the Faculty of Music, Western University. After retirement, Doreen joined the Center for Activity and Aging at the Mount and, not content to be just a client, trained as an aerobics instructor and led classes for several years. Her valuable collection of artworks by London artists has been donated to the McIntosh Gallery at Western University, which honored her with an exhibition of her collection in spring 2013. Doreen died peacefully at the Highview Residences on October 30. She is survived by her sister, Mary Allan of Mayne Island B.C., and her niece, Kim Allan Farebrother of Somerset, England. Doreen requested no funeral, but a celebration of her life will be scheduled at a future date.
Image Credit: Ed Pien, Imaginary Dwelling, McIntosh Gallery Installation 2015 image: courtesy of the artist
McIntosh Gallery will be returning to /edition Toronto International Art Book Fair with a selection of our publications featuring artists: Ed Pien, Janice Gurney, Ron Benner, Kelly Wood, Amin Rehman, Jason McLean, Parker Branch, Barbara Astman, Brendan Fernandes, Kent Monkman, and Janet Jones; and writers Catherine de Zegher, Angela Kingston, Jeanne Randolph, Dot Tuer, Tony Weis, Clint Burnham, Max Haiven, Kirsty Robertson, David Liss, Sarah Milroy, Christine Walde, E.C. Woodley, Jen Hutton, Georgiana Uhlyarik, Judith Rodger, Anna Hudson, Ben Portis, Josée Drouin-Brisebois, Susan Edelstein, Patrick Mahon, Stuart Reid, and Nell Tenhaaf. Up to 66% off the price of selected titles. New zines by Toronto artist Jamie Q, and Forest City Gallery’s latest volume of DIGEST will also be available.
Friday, October 28 at 1:00 P.M. In celebration of the gallery’s 75th anniversary, McIntosh will launch a digital version of Nancy Geddes Poole’s landmark book, The Art of London 1830-1980. Originally published by Blackpool Press in 1984, this 269-page volume remains the definitive history of the visual arts in London, Ontario. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, this new digital version, will be available as a free download at: http://mcintoshgallery.ca/
3:00 to 6:00 P.M. Artist Christine Negus will perform i’ve been waiting to smile for a long time. Visitors are asked to describe a fondly remembered lost object from their childhood to the artist, who will re-make it in clay and give it to them. The performance continues at the same time on Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday October 28 from 4:00 to 5:00 P.M.
Ed Pien: Luminous Shadows book launch. The artist will be available to autograph your copy of the latest McIntosh Gallery book (also available online at Black Dog Publishing).
Peacefully with family by her side in London, Ontario on May 24, 2017. Beloved mother of Morgan and his wife Lisa Martin. Cherished 'Abadou' of Russell, Avery and Sawyer. Loving and proud wife of Richard and stepmother of Josh and his wife Victoria (grandmother of Alexis and Evatt) and Zachary and his wife Jessica. Dear sister of Gehl (John), Melanie (the late Michael), and Richard. She will be fondly remembered by her many nieces and nephews around the globe.
A graduate of Fine Arts at Western, Shelagh was a lover of the arts and an avid collector of antiquities and artwork. Her sense of style and appearance was impeccable. She enjoyed travel, gardening, bridge and backgammon, and playing with her dog Ginger. Most of all she loved gathering with family and entertaining her many friends at a beautifully set table. Shelagh was very grateful to her close friends who supported her every day.
A Service to Celebrate her Life will be held at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, 280 St. James St. at Wellington, London on Monday, May 29 at 11 am. Party to follow at the London Club, commencing at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to McIntosh Gallery at Western, Mission Services of London, May Court Club of London or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.
-Obituary from http://yourlifemoments.ca/sitepages/obituary.asp?oId=1022017
To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial, Imperial Oil Ltd has donated an important painting, Summer Wildflowers 1961, by St. Thomas artist Clark McDougall to McIntosh Gallery at Western University.
McIntosh is one of fifteen galleries including the National Gallery of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Collection, Judith & Norman Alix Gallery, and the Glenbow Museum to receive works from the company which had collected art for more than 70 years.
"Imperial is pleased to give back to the communities in which we do business by honouring the legacy of Canadian artists from both past and present. This showcase of art will start conversations and honour our rich Canadian history at galleries nationwide." - Rich Kruger, Chairman, President and CEO of Imperial
St. Thomas native Clark McDougall rose to prominence in the 1960s for his Elgin County landscapes executed in his signature style. He has been the subject of three retrospective exhibitions, most recently Fugitive Light: Clark McDougall’s Destination Places co-curated by Dr. Anna Hudson and McIntosh Curator Catherine Elliot Shaw in 2011. McIntosh’s collection of over 4,000 works include 117 by McDougall. His archives are held by Western Archives.
kerry ferris (Canadian, 1949-2016), Arctic Hare 1981. watercolour and graphite on paper, 45.7 x 66.3 cm, McIntosh Gallery, Western University. Purchase, W. H. Abbott Fund, 1983
McIntosh Gallery is saddened by the recent loss of local artist kerry ferris. The thirteen works representing her in the McIntosh Collection arose from her many travels including to the Canadian Arctic, Newfoundland, and the Galapagos Islands. Kerry’s paintings embodied her belief that everything is connected by a cosmic life force, that a back yard, riverbank, glacier or beach is as important as any other place. We had the pleasure of presenting two solo exhibitions of kerry's work, Arctic Paintings in 1983 and Connections in 1996. In her own words:
i remember through webs of light the calm
intensity of a knowledge of oneness—totality of
breath—all back yards or gardens are different,
but our own special to each heart—and the
heart and soul is the energy of silent movement
between nature and human beings who truly
care and love their environment—there is no
difference when one sees with light
In addition to her career as an artist, kerry was also a valued Western employee for 28 years in the Library Information Resources Management Department at Western Libraries.