New Exhibitions at the Cultural Centre

Fred Helson has gifted a most incredible art collection to the people of Halton Hills

Two new exhibitions will open at the Helson Gallery and Cultural Centre in early September. Exhibit will run until October 26, recent works by local artists, Artists Among Us, will be displayed in the Sisnett Lobby of the Cultural Centre. The show features a variety of subject matter and media and several artists will be on hand to demonstrate their techniques September 27 and 28 from 1 – 5 p.m.

An exhibition of celebrated painter and muralist, York Wilson, including a recent major gift from the York Wilson Foundation for the Visual Arts will be on view in the Helson Gallery from September 10 – November 2. Barbara Mitchell, the Foundation’s Director of Collections, will give an informative talk on the artist, Sunday October 19 at 2 p.m. in the Gallery. The talk is free and open to the general public.

Mayor Rick Bonnette says “It’s exciting to see these new gifts of art displayed in the beautiful setting of the Helson Gallery alongside the work of our talented local artists and artisans in the Sisnett Lobby.”

The Helson Gallery is located at 9 Church St., Halton Hills and is open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 1 – 5 p.m. and on Thursdays: 1 – 8:30 p.m. Admission is free of charge.

Posted: Sep. 19, 2014 Under: Halton Hills - Georgetown Permanent Link to this Article

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Fall Series of Public Programs at the Helson Gallery

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A series of free public programs will be held at the Cultural Centre and Helson Gallery during September, October and November. Exhibition talks, professional development workshops for artists and a hands-on drawing class for absolute beginners are just some of the activities available. Of special note, in recognition of the national celebration Culture Days, local artists will demonstrate a variety of art media and techniques on September 27 and 28 from 1 – 5 p.m. at the Cultural Centre. For full details, visit the Gallery’s website at www.haltonhills.ca/galleryand download the fall program brochure or call for a copy to be mailed to you.

Mayor Rick Bonnette says “I’m very pleased that we are able to offer the public these opportunities to learn more about art and our local artists at our outstanding Cultural Centre and Gallery.”

The Helson Gallery is located at 9 Church St., Halton Hills and is open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 1 – 5 p.m. and on Thursdays: 1 – 8:30 p.m. Admission is free of charge.

Posted: Sep. 19, 2014 Under: Halton Hills - Georgetown Permanent Link to this Article

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Councillor Clark Somerville discusses solutions to issues facing our hometowns

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Halton Hills Councillor Clark Somerville joined municipal leaders from across Canada for a meeting of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Board of Directors in Saguenay, Quebec to discuss solutions to the issues facing Canadians in their hometowns.

“From creating local jobs, to building livable and sustainable communities, to keeping Canadians safe, municipalities are at the heart of building a strong country and providing a high quality of life for Canadians,” said Councillor Somerville. “We also had a tremendous discussion on stopping ‘Buy American’ provisions and hopefully we can get a permanent solution to it and end the threat to our manufacturing base. All trade in Canada begins on Main Street and it is vital to our local economy.”

Investing in Canada’s hometowns remains one of the smartest ways to build our country. With every new road, bridge or transit system we create new jobs and improve the quality of life in our communities. Housing that is affordable for newcomers, young families, the middle class and seniors alike helps build thriving communities and puts money back into our national economy. With renting and construction included, housing makes up 20 per cent of Canada’s GDP. For both new construction and renovations, an expenditure of $1 million on housing generates roughly three full-time equivalent jobs and a further 10 indirect and ancillary jobs.

Halton Hills Mayor Rick Bonnette supported Councillor Somerville adding investments into local communities have a positive impact on local residents.

“When we invest in our local communities, people see and can take advantage of the tangible benefits on a daily basis and it enhances the sustainability and livability of our Town,” he added.

The tragedy in Lac-Mégantic and the recent destruction caused by multiple severe weather events serve as an important reminder of one of the most fundamental responsibilities of all levels of governments, specifically to keep Canadians safe. Canadians expect all levels of government to work together to keep our hometowns safe, foster economic growth and improve the quality of life of Canadians young and old.

“Municipal leaders are leaving Saguenay united behind one key message for all federal political parties – the solutions necessary to move Canada forward start in our hometowns, and we are ready to work together to implement them,” said Councillor Somerville.

Somerville was recently elected as the 2nd Vice President of FCM, the national voice for Canada’s municipal governments. FCM has over 2,000 members and represents over 90 per cent of Canada’s population.

Posted: Sep. 18, 2014 Under: Halton Hills - Georgetown Permanent Link to this Article

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