Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The art of Moma Markovich

Photos by Barry Wallace
Carrying Place ~ Humber River
Here are two paintings by an artist I had never heard of until recently.   His name is Moma Markovich (1902-1977).   He was born in Serbia and graduated from art school in Paris.   During the Second World War, he escaped a Nazi work camp in Austria.   He arrived in Canada in 1951 and continued to work as an artist, but was hired by what was then the Ontario Department of Highways as a draftsman.   Markovich created almost 200 works in his career and after he retired he created a series of 55 more for the Ministry of Natural Resources.   Although much of his work reflected Ontario's transportation infrastructure, other works offered a journey in place and time.   They travel back to Ontario's infrastructure beginnings of plank and corduroy roads serving ox carts and horse teams.   The painting above is titled 'Carrying Place ~ Humber River', but where on the Humber is not really known.   I choose to think that in the painting above, the distant horizon is the King Ridge, now known as the Oak Ridges Moraine.   The painting below could represent several locations of pioneer river crossings, perhaps even the Humber.   More than 100 Markovich paintings have been saved, cleaned, conserved, re-framed, digitized and preserved for future generations to enjoy.   An exhibit of his work, titled 'Footpaths to Freeways' was presented last fall at the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto.   The collection is to be found now in the Government of Ontario Art Collection, at the Ontario Archives.   Markovich's work can readily be likened to the work of acclaimed Canadian artist C. W. Jefferys (1869-1951).   See Jeffery's 'Lloydtown Rebellion' at bottom, right.



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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Toronto Wildlife Centre does it all

Photos: Toronto Wildlife Centre Website
These folks are the best!
My wife and I have visited the Toronto Wildlife Centre, a couple of times, with wild critters in distress.   We've also made cash donations in the past and another one just this past week.   We'll probably make another one later this year.   I can't stress enough how wonderfully the 'TWC' approaches the concern and care for wildlife in distress.   This is absolutely the first and best place to go with a wild creature that needs emergency care.   I'm not suggesting that someone should avoid going to a local vet, especially if the case is a real emergency.   To get a good idea of what these folks are are all about, I suggest checking out their website.   They accept sick and injured wild animals from a huge area, at their facility on the grounds of the old Downsview Airport.   Their address is 60 Carl Hall Rd., North York, just off Keele Street.   See them online at www.torontowildlifecentre.com 
      



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Monday, March 27, 2017

Three Laskay perspectives


The three views of Laskay seen in these photos and painting show, more or less, the same scene.   They show the 6th Concession of King Township as it heads north, down toward the East Humber River, across the bridge and up the other side of the hamlet, towards the King Road and beyond that to the hamlet of Strange.


Above is a print of an A.J. Casson painting of the 6th Concession of King, heading down into the East Humber River valley at Laskay, which the artist painted in 1932.   This print is one of 880 original copies.   Copies are still available, I believe, at www. art country canada.com.

Photo by Barry Wallace
The scene above is a recently shot photograph depicting the same scene as at top.
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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Early spring in King

Dufferin Street ~ north of Aurora-Kettleby Sideroad 

Dufferin Street ~ south of Snowball 

Jane Street ~ south of Highway 9

 
19th Sideroad ~ between Bathurst and Dufferin Streets
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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Another stunner at King Auto Spa

 Photos by Barry Wallace
NISSAN GT-R
Just a day after a Lamborghini Aventador showed up at the new King Auto Spa, on Keele Street, King City, (see previous blog), a new Nissan GT-R showed up.   These high-performance cars start at just over $150,000 and have 565 h.p.   But this one has 1,000 h.p., wide, wide tires and modified fenders to cover them.   The owner of this Nissan GT-R is also the owner of the Lamborghini mentioned yesterday.


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Friday, March 24, 2017

I've had one of these for years...in my dreams!

Photos by Barry Wallace
LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR
This beauty showed up in King City this week at the King Auto Spa, on Keele Street South in the village, which until recently was Ken McQuarrie's Clearview Motors.   King Auto Spa is one of three different businesses operating from the site now.   I'm  not sure what model or year it is, but it looked brand new and was catching the eye of many a motorist, as they passed by the location.   It's probably worth $1/2 million, for which you get around 700hp+ and it can move along at the top end at about 355 kph.   Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go and buy my Lotto Max ticket for next Friday.
  


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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Craig farewell at Heritage & Cultural Centre

Photo by Barry Wallace
Gordon & Judy Craig moving on
Arizona in the winter and Vancouver Island in the summer are to be the new homes for longtime King Township residents Gordon and Judy Craig.   The two have been well-known and dedicated volunteers in King for many years.   Both are well known for their years of community service to the village of Schomberg.   Judy is also known particularly for her dedication and determination towards the establishment and development of Arts Society King.   Gordon is especially well known for his years of service and leadership to Cold Creek Conservation Area Stewardship Committee and the King Township Library Board.   The couple received over 100 well-wishers, including King Mayor Steve Pellegrini, at the King Heritage and Cultural Centre on Wednesday, March 22.   I had the pleasure of knowing and volunteering with Judy and Gordon for a number of years and can say that they gave new meaning to boosterism in all their King Township endeavours. 
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