Probus Club of Pelham: Sue and Jim Waddington - In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:00

Sue is retired nurse. She is also an artist - a traditional rug hooker. Her rug hooking designs have won awards in the Burlington Art Centre and from the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild. In 1977 she was making a rug hooking adapted from A.Y. Jackson’s painting “Hills, Killarney, Ontario (Nellie Lake).” During a canoe trip in Killarney Provincial Park, Sue and Jim paddled to Nellie Lake and were surprised to find that they could locate the exact spot where Jackson had sat when he did the painting. After this initial success, they have continued to search for other painting locations. Since the artists did not keep detailed records of where they worked, each painting represents a puzzle to be solved. For each of the about 600 places that they have located, they have recorded what the view looks like now and have compared it with the artist’s impression of the same scene. 

Jim is a retired physics professor from McMaster University who likes maps and the sport of orienteering. In 2003, he received the McMaster University President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has no artistic talent at all.

In their talks Sue and Jim show their photographs alongside art from the beautiful La Cloche hills of Killarney Provincial Park, from Bon Echo Provincial Park, the Georgian Bay islands, the Yukon and Nunavut.

About The PROBUS Club of Pelham

PROBUS is a local, national and international association of retired and semi-retired professional and business people who come together to enjoy a speaker series, to meet others with similar  interests, to make new friends and to expand their interests.  PROBUS clubs are non-profit and are not involved in fundraising.

You are welcome as a guest at any general meeting of the Club, held on the 4th Thursday of the month. Meetings are held at the Royal Canadian Legion on Hwy 20  from 10:00 am to 11:30 am with coffee and tea served at 9:30 am. Come and listen to a speaker and see if the PROBUS Club of Pelham might be of interest to you.