Artists will perch their easels on the banks of Poole Creek on Thursday, August 16, joining local businesses to save a community Japanese garden from bulldozers.
The score of artists from Stittsville, Kanata and Manotick plan to capture their vision of the garden and its Poole Creek surroundings, then sell their paintings to raise funds for its maintenance. The garden, off Springbrook Drive behind Bay Hill Ridge, was created on city land and tended for three decades by Ross Connor, former owner of 11 Bay Hill Ridge. It was a favorite location for wedding photographers and garden tour organizers.
Last summer, when Ross and Leah Connor moved to a retirement home, the fate of the garden was in doubt until neighbors banded together as the Poole Creek Garden Association to volunteer their time and donate funds. Some $2,700 was raised for garden plants, supplies and a stone marking Ross Connor’s contribution to the community. Brown’s Your Independent Grocer and Councillor Shad Qadri were among donors to last year’s fund-raising drive.
Now artists who paint their “Piece of the Creek” landscapes will donate proceeds from a Sept. 18 exhibit and sale at ALE (Amberwood Lounge and Eatery) on Springbrook Drive. ALE is donating space for the fund-raising event. Walkerworks picture framing of Stittsville is donating framing.
“We are extremely grateful for these donations and encouraged by the broad community support,” says Steve Adams, treasurer of the Poole Creek Garden Association. “We also hope many area residents will buy their ‘piece of the creek’ to hang on their walls to enjoy year-round.”
Among the artists painting and exhibiting are Charles Spratt, a well-known landscape artist, who guides his Manotick group in plein air work throughout the region and Jane Findley, of Stittsville, who has been teaching adults to paint watercolors for decades.
The exhibit and sale will be held 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept, 18 at ALE, 54 Springbrook Drive. There will be a cash bar. Admission is free. Works not sold that evening will remain on display and available for sale on Sept. 19 and 20.
For further information contact: Barbara Bond (613) 836-6388 firstname.lastname@example.org