Fall Studio Tours, Gallery Exhibitions & More! - theHumm October 2019

Fall Studio Tours, Gallery Exhibitions & More! - theHumm October 2019

By Miss Cellaneous

Loonie Banks at the Almonte Potters Guild

Do you remember when children saved pennies in a piggy bank? Well the Almonte Potters Guild is going back to that time with an exhibition of “Loonie Banks”. The money containers in this show run the gauntlet from elephants to fish, houses to masks, heads and more. The exhibition starts on October 1 and runs until October 31. A vernissage will be held on October 4 from 6–8pm. The Potters Guild is located at 95 Bridge Street in Almonte. Find more details at almontepottersguild.com .

Strévé Presents Animale

Animale is the new exhibit for the month of October in the Strévé Design Studio Boutique Gallery in Perth. This show sees four local artists interpreting their favourite subject in four very different styles! The word Animale is derived from French and Latin spellings, and the show includes not only wild and domestic mammals but also birds, butterflies and insects.

Wildlife artist Kristi Bird has been painting for thirty years in Ontario and is passionate about her subject matter. Kristi creates a surreal background or fantasy element to her acrylic paintings, so that the viewer is left with a sense of belief in the positive. A prolific painter, she has pieces in private collections across Canada.

Caroline Evans grew up in England next to a large woodland and pond with which she became intimately acquainted. She is strongly attracted to wild landscapes and to signs of change in the natural world. Her style is realistic, although odd flings of fantasy and imagination creep in from time to time in her oil and acrylic paintings. Her work hangs in homes and offices in Wales, England, New Zealand, the USA, Canada and Italy.

Jenn Raby’s works explore many African animals, primarily in batik and watercolour. Every piece of artwork is a journey that she takes with her heart, body and sense of wonder. Jenn has been working in batik and painting for more than forty years. The batik process can best be compared to watercolour, but is much less forgiving. Catch this talented artist before her works are seen in Ottawa at Wall Candy — the juried show taking place at Landsdowne Park at the end of November.

Dayle VanAlstine is a multi-media artist who feels blessed to have recently followed the life-long pull of art to find where it will take her on a serious level. Most recently she has discovered a fascination with working with wool; sculpting the rovings into art dolls and two-dimensional works. There is a child-like innocence to her felted rabbits, sheep and butterflies.

All four of these artists are members of the Rideau Lakes Art Association. Jenn Raby and Caroline Evans are founding members of Perth Art Works. Animale runs from October 4 to November 4. Meet the artists on Sunday, October 20 from 2–4pm in the Gallery, which is located at 64 Gore St. East in Perth (behind the TD Bank). For more information, visit strevedesign.com .

Expressions of Art

Thirty-one local artists have been selected to participate in this year’s Expressions of Art Show and Sale hosted by the West Carleton Arts Society. This show, which has been celebrated annually for more than 25 years, will be held on Thanksgiving weekend (October 11–13) at the Carp Agricultural Hall.

The opening reception will be held on Friday, October 11, and will feature musical guests Kate Weekes and James Stephens. Refreshments will be served and there will be a cash bar. Attendance and parking are free, and the venue is wheelchair accessible. The show runs on Friday from 7–9pm, on Saturday from 8am to 4pm, and on Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

Established in 1988, the West Carleton Arts Society (WCAS) is an active, non-profit volunteer organization of vibrant, talented visual artists and fine crafts people. For more information, please visit westcarletonartssociety.ca .

CANADIANA II at Sivarulrasa Gallery

From October 11 to November 17, Almonte’s Sivarulrasa Gallery is delighted to present CANADIANA II, bringing together three talented artists from Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Alberta.

The exhibition includes new drawings and watercolour works by Toronto-based artist Jane Irwin, inspired by her artist residency in the village of Tilting on Fogo Island, Newfoundland in the fall of 2018. Based in Port Royal, Nova Scotia, artist Susan Tooke’s new paintings focus on woodlands and wilderness areas on Canada’s East Coast. Providing a counterpoint to these two artists is Edmonton-based artist Gillian Willans, who creates paintings of domestic interiors that reflect her personal history as well as her research into the historical tradition of genre painting.

Everyone is invited to meet the artists at the vernissage on Saturday, October 19 from 3–6pm. The gallery is located at 34 Mill Street in Almonte. For more information, please visit  sivarulrasa.com .

Fragments of Canada’s History

Richard Gill is currently preparing for his 47th annual show at Bittersweet Gallery in Burnstown. Entitled Fragments of Canada’s History, it will feature clay relief representations of 50 seminal events, such as the one pictured here of Princess Diana on the steps of Parliament. The show continues to October 14 in Richard’s studio at Bittersweet Gallery, where his ongoing work and that of over fifty Canadian artists can be seen year-round. The gallery is open daily from 11am to 5pm, and you can find details and directions at burnstown.ca/bittersweet .

Red Trillium Studio Tour

The Red Trillium Fall Studio Tour returns on October 26 and 27, showcasing the studios of some of West Carleton’s most talented artists and artisans. Just twenty minutes beyond Kanata, into the scenic countryside around Carp, Dunrobin and Kinburn, you will be welcomed at studios featuring paintings, jewellery, pottery, glasswork, basketry, handweaving, designer clothing and fine art textiles, as well as at a unique local winery, Kin Vineyards. Artists will be on hand to discuss their work and tell you about their inspiration!

One of the stops on the tour is St. Mary’s Church, where in addition to meeting several artists, you will be able to enjoy a light lunch prepared by the Church’s women’s group. The nearby Heart and Soul Café also welcomes visitors with great breakfast and lunch options.

Visit redtrilliumst.com to download a brochure and map and for detailed information about the artists and craftspeople at each studio, or find the tour on Facebook or Instagram.


Jean Morrow —theHumm Came Out to Morrow - theHumm October 2019

By Sally Hansen

Art… and Soul

It was time to check out the artistic chops of another member of the amazing Almonte art scene. A relative newcomer to the community, Jean Morrow has opened her solo art gallery as part of her stunning Thoburn Mill condo overlooking the Mississippi River. Her art also brightens the walls and nicely complements Deborah Arnold’s supremely appropriate stone sculptures in the main corridor of this remarkable building. After several iterations of renovation since the historical......


Jim Cuddy, Tracey Brown & Randall Prescott to Headline AGH Benefit - theHumm October 2019

Jim Cuddy, one of Canada’s most beloved singer-songwriters as both a solo artist and as part of Blue Rodeo, will headline an intimate evening of music at the Almonte Old Town Hall on Sunday, October 20 to benefit the Almonte General Hospital Fairview Manor Foundation. Presented by KE Electrical Ltd., the evening will feature the Jim Cuddy Family Band, including Jim’s sons Devin Cuddy and Sam Polley, as well as the Prescott Brown Family Band, including Tracey Brown, Randall Prescott and their da......


Lighting the Way
9 Short Plays that Stubbornly Celebrate a Sustainable Future
- theHumm October 2019

By — Emily Pearlman

The science is clear. All our major political parties have acknowledged it: we are in the midst of a Climate Crisis. But after people have cast their votes, what are you and I going to do about it? How can we act in a meaningful way to ensure a different future than the one that is being projected? How can we champion those who are working for change on a global level, a national level, and in our own backyards?

On October 17 and 18, a group of thirty people from our communi......


Pumpkinfest Returns! - theHumm October 2019

Since Pumpkinfest 2018 was a such a smashing success, Downtown Carleton Place, the Carleton Place Sister City Committee and the Carleton Place Tourism Committee are ready to bring this wonderful celebration of Fall back again this year.

This year, Pumpkinfest will be held on October 19 at the brand-new Carleton Junction. “We are thrilled to have such a top-notch venue for our event,” says Downtown Carleton Place BIA Coordinator Kate Murray. “This space is loaded with......


Enjoy Art & Autumnin & around Perth - theHumm October 2019

While traveling through the beautiful countryside just west of Perth during September and early August, if you hear a low hum, don’t be concerned! It’s just the artisans of the Perth Autumn Studio Tour feverishly endeavouring to finish new works to be presented during the tour and readying their workspaces to accommodate the many talented guest artists that will be hosted at each studio.

Now in its 27th year, the Perth Autumn Studio Tour has become known for the high quality and diversity o......


Go Wild Gala Supports Local Land Trust - theHumm October 2019

Every autumn, the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) hosts its premier fundraising event. On October 19, the 2019 Go Wild Gala will be held at the historic Grand Hotel in Carleton Place, and will feature naturalist and author Michael Runtz as the guest speaker, sharing his experiences from nearly fifty years of exploring Algonquin Park.

Steeped in history, the Grand Hotel is the perfect venue to visit with friends and enjoy the venue’s fine and full buffet dinner. Doors open ......


Mugwort (and other infinite dewy details…) - theHumm October 2019

By Susie Osler

This morning I woke early as the day broke, and with coffee and chair in hand, went to watch the sun rise from the forest to the east. I made my way across the grass to sit next to a patch of Mugwort planted last year that grows beside a tangle of nettle, motherwort, goldenrod, comfrey and rugosa rose that hedge along a rail fence at the northeast corner of the barn.

What a luminous morning it was! The remains of the waning moon, a sliver beckoning to the rising sun. And surrounding me, infinite......


Theresa Thomason & Paul Sullivanto Play Second “Group Encore” Show - theHumm October 2019

On Saturday, November 9 at 7:30pm at St. Paul’s United Church in Perth, music lovers can savour the extraordinary voice of singer Theresa Thomason and the virtuosity of Grammy Award-winning pianist Paul Sullivan. Thomason and Sullivan headline the second concert in the series supported by Group Encore!, a circle of people in Lanark County making events of this calibre possible.

The Thomason-Sullivan concert follows the inaugural, superlative concert held at St. Paul’s on May ......


The Itty Bitty Art and Craft Show - theHumm October 2019

A lovely recent tradition in Carleton Place involves November being ushered in with the Itty Bitty Art Show — an exhibition filled with gorgeous and diverse works of art that reflect just how talented our little town is. The fifth annual Itty Bitty Art Show will take place on Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 at the Carleton Place Canoe Club, from 10am to 4:30pm each day.

In celebrating Carleton Place’s 200th year we honour all the beautiful pieces that make up our to......


The Mudds’ CP200+ Time to Remember - theHumm October 2019

How do you bring history to life? Easy! Create an original live theatre musical show!

The Mississippi Mudds have put together a brandnew, original musical show that shines a light on the history of the town of Carleton Place. Will it be dry and boring? NO WAY! The fascinating facts of history will be brought to life through a strong storyline, amazing costumes and rousing music!

Here’s What Happens…

A young boy, fleeing bullies, takes refuge in the Carlet......


SchoolBOX Latin Fiesta
Celebrating the Little Charity that Could
- theHumm October 2019

The “little charity that could” is celebrating the construction of their 111th classroom in Nicaragua, after a year of instability in the country. SchoolBOX has recovered due to their strong network of supporters, donors, and team on the ground. This year was a bounce-back one for the Almonte-based charity, as they are on schedule to build twelve classrooms, deliver over 18,000 educational supplies and equip countless communities around Nicaragua with books.

SchoolBOX has its roots in A......


Christmas in the Valley Show - theHumm October 2019

Are you looking for gifts with originality, quality and attention to detail? Then forgo the gift cards, big box stores and stressful malls, and make your first holiday shopping destination the popular Christmas in the Valley Artisan Show! There you’ll find a juried selection of over thirty carefully selected artisans, crafters and bakers presenting their original creations in a relaxed, friendly and festive atmosphere. This year’s show takes place on November 2 and 3 from 10am to 4pm a......


Who Stole What,And From Where?
Have you
- theHumm October 2019

My heart too small? Nah, this whole place gives me gas and I knew it was time to get outta town. But since my head isn’t screwed on right, and my shoes are too tight, I got stranded with my goat ......


Cranmer Singers of Ottawa Come to Perth - theHumm October 2019

The annual visit of the Cranmer Singers of Ottawa to St. James the Apostle Anglican Church in Perth will take place on Sunday, October 27 at 4pm, with a prelude at 3:45pm and a postlude. The......


Fall Studio Tours, Gallery Exhibitions & More! - theHumm October 2019

By Miss Cellaneous

Loonie Banks at the Almonte Potters Guild

Do you remember when children saved pennies in a piggy bank? Well the Almonte Potters Guild is going back to that time with a......


Make Your Own Kombucha! - theHumm October 2019

Kombucha — the en vogue drink that’s meant to sort your gut bacteria and cure what ails you — seems to be everywhere these days. Locally, Artizen Kombucha has made a name for itself as a provider......


POPin2SHOP: An Intricately Woven Story - theHumm October 2019

By — Charlee Ostrom and Bruce Bailey

You may remember us from a previous article in theHumm or from meeting us. For those who don’t, we are Charlee Ostrom and Bruce Bailey. Charlee is an artist, a wonderful tapestry weaver, former p......


Signals from the Station
October is a Hopping - and Haunted - Month in Smiths Falls!
- theHumm October 2019

It’s a little cooler now, eh? Bit of a chill in the air. Sweater weather is how I like to think of October. Time to throw on your favourite old sweater and slip into your most comfortable pair of j......


Twelve Truths (and Maybe a Few More) - theHumm October 2019

By Angie Arendt

Waiting my turn to order the usual (a cup of dark roast, black, for here) at North Market last week, I watched the woman in front of me pick a crumb of a red leaf off of her t-shirt. Like a CSI a......


The Future of the Mill of Kintail - theHumm October 2019

A special advisory committee will be struck to examine the future of the R. Tait McKenzie and Dr. James Naismith collections in the museum at the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area. That’s the dir......


Librarians are a Resourceful Bunch! - theHumm October 2019

By Karen DeLuca

What happens when a group of librarians from local rural branches get together to lament the lack of resources available to smaller libraries? Give it two months of planning and you have a full b......


Big Time Blues! - theHumm October 2019

Unquestionably one of the favourite bands to play the Blues on the Rideau series over the years, Toronto’s Hogtown Allstars return to Westport on October 11 and 12 for their sixth visit. The......


This Article is Gluten-Free! - theHumm October 2019

By Sebastian Weetabix

Weetabix has long felt that Descartes got off to a bad start. We have had more than one encounter with people who clearly do not think and yet exist. Better he should have stated: “I eat; therefo......


FABulous Recognition! - theHumm October 2019

By — David J. Stephenson is a retired federal policy guy who now divides his time between life on the Mississippi in Almonte and roughing it in the bush on two acres near Pakenham

Last month we featured an article about Five Almonte Buildings (FAB) having been shortlisted for a National Trust for Canada’s Ecclesiastical Insurance award for Resilient Places. And… drum roll ......


No One Told Me!Puppy, Part II - theHumm October 2019

By Glenda Jones

Why didn’t someone warn me about this? We got puppy Diva in June when common sense was on holidays, obviously. By the end of July, we knew we needed a new vehicle to accommodate the lot of us. On......


The Troubadour at 60
- theHumm October 2019

There’s another chance to get “Up Close & Personal” with Ottawa Valley’s own troubadour, Lyle Dillabough. He will be performing an intimate concert at the Carleton Place & Beckwith Histor......


Great Songs, Musicality and Happenstance - theHumm October 2019

On November 2, after you have taken your seat in the theatre, a lady and two gentlemen will enter the stage with one goal: to share a snapshot of a lifetime of musical performance with you. ......


An Evening of One-Act Plays
Setting the Stage for the EODL Festival
- theHumm October 2019

By — Paul Joyce

For theatre goers, one-act plays are rare, tantalizing theatrical delicacies. In a cluster of two or more, one-acts provide an enticing assortment of dramatic experiences in a single evening.



Come for the Harvest! - theHumm October 2019

Harvest season is here, and the vendors of the Almonte Farmers’ Market are gearing up for their 6th annual Harvest Market! It will be held on Saturday, November 9 from 9am until 2pm, upstair......


A Message from Stephen Kotze
- theHumm October 2019

By — Stephen Kotze is the Federal Green Party candidate for LanarkFrontenacKingston

Readers Write

We’re almost into the third week of the campaign as of press time; I’m getting out every day, knocking on doors and talking with people all across this huge riding.

What is......


Great Veggie Grow-Off: Follow-Up
- theHumm October 2019

Further to his article in the September issue of theHumm (The Great Veggie Grow-Off: Let’s Keep a Great Idea Growing), Shaun McLaughlin writes: “The final weigh-in for the Great Veggie Grow-off wil......