11 am - 4 pm, Saturday, May 10 at Central Library
Tonda Meeting Room Stevenson & Hunt Meeting Room
Bridges of London
Cornelia Hoogland, reading her original Thames River Poetry
London Camera Club workshop
Vagabonds & Visionaries
Upper Thames Conservation Authority
The Story of the River - Steve Sauder
"Revisiting the Thames River"
Multimedia presentation by Pat Donnelly
Canadian Heritage Rivers
Pat Kemp, Poetry Reading
Flood of 1937
Hudson Bay Passageway
| River Artists:
Kevin Bice - all day
|Upper Thames River Conservation Authority||Friends of the Coves
McIlwraith Field Naturalists
|Maurice Stubbs & Iris Waddell - 11am - 1pm||Pendas Books||City of London -
Pat Donnelly, Urban Watershed
|Kirtley Jarvis & Helmut Becker - 1 - 2 pm||London Public Library||City of London Thames Valley Corridor|
|Marion Drysdale||London Camera Club|| Andrew Macpherson, Manager,
Parks Planning and Design
| The Thames River Revisited
(Recreating the Paul Peel canoe trip)
|Brush & Palette Club||Thames River Urban Water Cycle|
|London Canoe Club|
Why the Thames River?
Harris Park by Kevin Bice, copyright protected.
In the 21st century, recognizing that water is one of Life’s essential elements and cannot be taken for granted, we are coming to a renewed appreciation of the Thames River as both a precious and a fundamental resource that has defined and sustained our city. Recent decades have seen a renaissance of interest and concern for the river and along its lush banks London’s extensive network of parks and bike-paths has been developed. Londoners seem ready to embrace their river once again as the natural nexus of their community.
Read more about the Thames in this special River Series by the London Free Press.
About The River Project
As a diverse and creative group of 19 professional artists, we have the power to open the eyes of Londoners and those visiting London to the beauty and the rich history of one of Canada’s heritage rivers running right through the heart of this city. We wish to focus on the relationship between the urban and the natural, on the interaction between Londoners and the river that has passed through here for much longer than there has been a city in this place. We wish to celebrate the presence of the river within the city. Perhaps, as a result, the public and political will to protect and enhance the river and its ecosystem will be strengthened.
Blackfrier's Bridge in Winter by Kevin Bice, copyright protected.
Our group is comprised of sixteen visual artists representing painting, sculptural installation, printmaking, stained glass, fibre art, photography and mixed media. As well, there are two writers who work in journalism, fiction and poetry. All of us are professional artists who have demonstrated an ongoing interest in landscape and its relationship to natural and human history. Our work is represented in many public and private collections throughout North America and Europe. Within the group, there is demonstrated expertise and experience in teaching, jurying, curating as well as a long record of work on community and government organizations.
At the Library
London children gathered at all locations of the library and collaboratively painted scenes of the river through the seasons. See the River Thames through the eyes of our children.
Thames River Project: A Day in the Life
Saturday, June 15 at the Byron Branch Library
Participants will journey back in time as they explore a variety of 19th century games and learn the art of making a thaumatrope. Children and adults will take pleasure in learning and practicing such games as graces, two-ball, ball & cup, ring toss and other traditional 19th century games that would have been played and enjoyed by children long ago. Presented by Fanshawe Pioneer Village.