February has gone by quickly and all are happy to have the bonus day this year. Our student's Leap Day's are filled with Conservation Management Plan studies and wood window conservation classes.
Board Member Dr. Elizabeth Oliver-Malone receives the Lieutenant Governor’s Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement
Dr. Elizabeth Oliver-Malone was awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Heritage Award on Friday, February 26th at Queen’s Park in Toronto. Elizabeth is a founding Willowbank donor and has been a member of the Willowbank board since 2002 and has worked tirelessly in pursuit of advancing Willowbank’s School. She has been a passionate advocate for the preservation of the Hamilton history, chairing the Library, Research and Archives committee and contributing the Oliver-Malone Fellowship which supports a second year student’s archival activities.
Elizabeth’s love of heritage extends beyond Willowbank - she is also a member, artifact contributor and/or volunteer to the Jordan Pioneer Museum of the Twenty and Doon Pioneer Village Museum at Kitchener, the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society of Ontario, Harmony Residents Group, Friends of Fort George, Friends of Lincoln’s History, Friends of Algonquin Park, the Col. John Butler Homestead Fund and the United Empire Loyalists’ Association among others.
Elizabeth’s dedication to the social heritage of the 19th century will take published form soon, with a book entitled: Recipes and Remedies in Upper Canada. A compilation of the recipes of Hannah Jarvis, which include instruction on not just food and drink, but recipes for cement, paint, cleaners, cosmetics and medicinal remedies. The book will be available for the public to purchase from Willowbank this summer.
Successful Opening Night for the Raw and Reimagined Photo Exhibit
This past Saturday, February 27th, was the grand opening of the Raw and Reimagined Photo Exhibit. The evening was a great success with over 60 guests arriving to enjoy wine, cheese and fine photography, in support of Willowbank.
Many thanks to all the amazing photographers who contributed their work to the exhibit and to our event sponsors: Constellation Brands, Roman Cheese Products and The Queenston Limestone Company. Thanks also to all of the students and staff who helped set up and run the event, especially Theresa Felicetti, a third year student, who organized the entire event.
If you missed the opening night - do not fret! The Raw and Reimagined Photo Exhibit will continue to run throughout this upcoming week, and will be open February 29th to March 4th from 10am-8pm and March 5th from 1pm-4pm. The exhibit is being held in the auditorium and second floor of the Lower Campus (former Laura Secord School at 5 Walnut St., Queenston.) The exhibit draws upon the photography of our wider community, bringing together perspectives on place: what they are and what they can be!
Cleveland Field Trip
Each year second year students choose a city to visit in order to experience how heritage is interpreted, defined and evolving in different milieus. Its a chance to be inspired by a new environment and see differing approaches to heritage. This year the students visited Cleveland, Ohio, a city that has seen its fair share of economic decline in the industrial sector but which has experienced some of the amazing creativity that has helped to make many of the other 'Rustbelt' cities bastions for culture, arts and innovative approaches to heritage.
While in Cleveland the students met with city planners, visited the Urban Planning Institute and the Museums of Art and Natural History. They also visited the Cleveland quarries and shops, as well as the Briar Hill Stone Company before visiting the shop of stone carver and faculty associate Nicholas Fairplay. They rounded out the trip with a visit to the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative and a tour of the Warehouse district.
First Year Classes
First years had an exciting February as well! With classes in heritage carpentry, window and wood conservation, masonry conservation theory, stained glass and intangible cultural history.
Students also made two field trips - one to Guelph to visit projects under the direction of Architect John Grynham, and one to Toronto to visit Wychwood Barns, Evergreen Brickworks and other adaptive reuse projects.
Open House: April 2nd, 2016
Willowbank is pleased to announce that this year's Open House will take place on April 2nd, from 12pm - 4pm. This year we are excited to be featuring a plaster demonstration and a carpentry demonstration. Staff and students will be on hand at both the Upper and Lower Campus, and will be leading tours and answering questions.
This is a great opportunity to see our students in action and experience the Estate. All are welcome to drop in.
Spotlight on Alumni: Douglas Mackay
Douglas Mackay, Class of 2013, is currently an independent woodworker, specializing in the design and craft fine furniture and restoration carpentry. Douglas came to Willowbank with a background in history and an interest in quality craftsmanship. He worked in the Yukon with at risk teens immediately prior to his time at Willowbank. With this background, Douglas had and continues to have a specific interest in how culture and heritage can intersect with social justice issues, and help to improve social well-being.
Upon graduation from Willowbank, Douglas went on to study at the internationally renowned Fine Woodworking program at the College of the Redwoods in California - he blogged about his experiences - here. With his specialization in fine carpentry Douglas returned to Canada to pursue a career in woodworking. Since returning to Canada he has worked on many restoration projects in Hamilton, Toronto and Montreal, as well as creating commissioned pieces for individual buyers. Doug continues to bridge wood working with social well-being and offers one-on-one woodworking classes that concentrate on mindfulness and "emphasize the fulfillment and well-being of working with your head, hands and heart in balance." Douglas can be contacted for commissioned pieces and restoration work. His website is: douglasmackay.ca.
Students and staff returned from our Holiday break refreshed and well-rested for a jam packed winter term.
January saw first year classes in everything from building code reviews to design charettes, from metal conservation to heritage carpentry. The first years finished off January with a three year class from mason Carol Jackson, who had students laying bricks and stone and trying their hands at different pointing techniques.
Second year students had are equally busy this semester as they finalize the statements of significance for their Conservation Management Plans (CMPs) and begin to pen their recommendations for the sites they are working on: the Woodland Cultural Centre, the Cave Springs Conservation Area and the East Seneca United Church. While managing the writing of their final CMP reports and presentations, second year students continue with classes which have included a Contemporary Layers and Design Aesthetics class with François Leblanc and Conservation in Developing Countries with Lori Anglin.
Lisa Prosper Departs as Willowbank Centre's DirectorContinues involvement in teaching and associate roles
Willowbank wishes to announce that Lisa Prosper will soon step down as Director of the Centre for Cultural Landscape. A champion for Willowbank, Lisa will continue in the roles of Centre Associate and Faculty Associate.
The Centre's founding Director, Lisa has cultivated its voice in the conservation field over the past four years. She has been integral in defining Willowbank's approach to cultural landscapes, and in creating a dialogue with diverse audiences of theorists and practitioners. Her involvement in the School's diploma program has also made a lasting contribution to the curriculum.
In leading the Centre, Lisa's accomplishments include convening public lectures in Queenston, Hamilton and Toronto; addressing audiences in Canada, the US, Europe and Asia; establishing a working partnership with the World Heritage Institute in Shanghai; contributing to publications; and, establishing a student fellowship in cultural landscape. Her contributions while at the Willowbank Centre were recently recognized in her election to the scientific committee on cultural landscapes of the International Council on Monuments and Sites, and to the Royal Canadian Geographical Society's college of fellows.
Lisa will be pursuing new opportunities in cultural landscapes within her areas of expertise at the intersections between nature, culture and indigenous perspectives. She will continue to inspire Willowbank's diploma students and broader audiences alike in her new teaching and associate roles. A search for the Centre's new leadership will be undertaken in 2016.
Lecture Series: Telling Heritage
Willowbank's Centre is pleased to present the Winter Lecture series: Telling Heritage. Our theme this year centres on the stories we tell and how our heritage places are shaped by our cultural narratives.
Our guest speakers will include: Keith Blades, Masonry Conservator; Dale Jarvis, Storyteller and Folklorist; Daniel Millette, Indigenous Architecture and Planning Specialist; Julian Smith, Architect and Dean of Faculty; Lee Maracle, Sto:Loh Storyteller and Author; and, Mark Laird, Landscape Architect and Conservator.
Lectures will run throughout the winter term and tickets are $25 per lecture or $120 for all six.
Juliana Glassco: Notes from a Third Year Student Intern
One of our third year students, Juliana Glassco, has been working at the UNESCO offices in Paris for her third year internship. This remarkable opportunity has provided Juliana with a first hand experience in the world of International Heritage.
Juliana's experiences have covered projects relating to World Heritage property management and conservation; Historic Urban Landscape-based planning approaches, defining and identifying urban heritage, Heritage and Environmental Impact Assessments, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
While in Paris, Juliana has been fortunate to meet with both theorists and practitioners in the conservation fields including heritage architects, and traditional French stonemasons as well as attending the Annual Heritage Expo. On her list of must-dos before her tenure is up in Paris, is to visit the Chateau de Guedolon, a new castle that is being built using medieval construction techniques.
Juliana came to Willowbank with a background in anthropology and public history and was our 2014-15 Susan Buggey Cultural Landscape Fellow. She will be exploring the opportunities for remaining in Europe after her internship at UNESCO finishes in March.
Spotlight on Alumni: Ashleigh Bell
Ashleigh Bell, Class of 2013, is currently with the Tourism & Culture division of the City of Hamilton where she coordinates capital projects on municipally-owned cultural facilities, museums and historic sites. Outside of her full-time position, Ashleigh is involved with a number of community and professional organizations, including the Hamilton Community Land Trust and the Hamilton-Burlington Society of Architects, for which she has coordinated two educational series on conservation discourse. She also teaches Architecture in Canada and Architectural Styles courses with first years and Historic Interiors with second years in the Diploma program.
Ashleigh came to Willowbank with a background in contemporary interior design. After a few years of working in commercial firms across Canada, she had become frustrated with common building practice, feeling that industrial consumerism and pop sensationalism all too often corrupts designers and builders to forget our fundamental human need for beauty in our environment. Ashleigh’s family roots in rural Nova Scotia have instilled in her a deep respect for historic places, traditional building crafts and architecture that exists in harmony with natural landscape. Her desire to focus on sustainable, conscious design that reflects these values led her to the Heritage Conservation program, which in turn has allowed her to finally integrate her personal philosophies with professional design and project management work.
FEBRUARY 6, 2016 ~ 5PM Reif Hall MASONRY CONSERVATION OF HISTORIC BUILDINGSKEITH BLADES, MA Conservation Studies, University of York, England. Keith will speak to past projects in his lecture, giving us insight into the pitfalls and joys of conserving stone and what stone can tell us about our heritage.
FEBRUARY 21, 2016 ~ 5PM Reif Hall SAFEGUARDING OUR LIVING HERITAGE: NOTES FROM NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR DALE JARVIS, Intangible Cultural Heritage Development Officer for the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador by day; Storyteller, Folklorist, Author by night.
FEBRUARY 26, 2016 ~ 7PM Reif Hall
**This lecture has been rescheduled to April 6** ARCHITECTURE OF RENEWAL: INDIGENOUS ARCHITECTURAL LANDSCAPE OF CANADA DANIEL MILLETTE, MA, PH.D., Adjunct professor at Carleton University. Daniel explores how we remember our past through the intersection of colonial architecture and planning with traditional indigenous designs.
MARCH 5TH, 2016 ~ 5PM, Reif Hall CRAFTING STORIES AND PLACES JULIAN SMITH, Architect, Planner, Philosopher, Placemaker, Dean of Faculty at Willowbank. Julian will explore how we tell our stories through the places we inhabit and how the rituals that give our places meaning must be given equal billing with the artifacts we conserve.
MARCH 28TH, 2016 ~ 7PM, Reif Hall RECALLING WHAT WE WERE TRICKED INTO FORGETTING: CONFEDERATION AND COLONIZATION OF OUR MEMORIES. LEE MARACLE, Sto:Loh Storyteller, Grandmother, Author and Traditional Cultural Director, University of Toronto. A book signing will follow Lee’s talk. Lee’s recent books include Memory Serves and Talking to the Diaspora, will be available.
MARCH 30TH, 2016 ~ 5PM, Reif Hall BEFORE AND AFTER A NATURAL HISTORY OF ENGLISH GARDENING: REVISITING A REVISIONIST HISTORY OF THE PICTURESQUE.MARK LAIRD, Landscape Architect, Conservator, Teacher, Historian, Author. A book signing will follow Mark’s talk. Mark’s recent book: A Natural History of English Gardening will be available.
$25 per lecture, click on the links above for more information