“Helen Cavalier Quinn And Her Circle”
With works by Tony Urquhart, Peter Kolisnyk, Paavo Airola, and Alice Duncan
Exhibition on view: Dates: June 10 to July 29, 2023
This exhibition brings together the multifaceted creative endeavours of Helen Cavalier Quinn (1921-2015). Raised in Cleveland, Ohio and educated at the Cleveland Art Institute, she met her husband, Ted Quinn in Castleton, Ontario, and lived most of her adults life in Northumberland County. Despite her sophisticated urban upbringing, she fully embraced life on the farm, the beauty of Northumberland County, and the local arts community.
The exhibition is made up of early work from her job as an illustrator in Cleveland, later paintings whose subjects include family members, Northumberland architecture, the family cottage in Colborne, Northumberland landscape, and flowers from her garden. As a young girl, Helen became interested in photography, and later her black and white photos recorded daily life on the farm, and especially the work carried out by the women.