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The Cantelon Trail

The Cantelon Trail is a joint project between the Norfolk Arts Centre (NAC) and the Norfolk Historical Society (NHS) bringing together history and art, a sense of place and community. William Edgar Cantelon (1866-1950) devoted a great part of his life to painting the historical buildings, personalities, landscapes, and scenes of Norfolk County. Over 400 of Cantelon’s artworks are in the collection of the Eva Brook Donly Museum & Archives. These pieces visually reference Norfolk County’s history. The Cantelon Trail brings together 5 project artists –Robert Achtemichuk, Gary Blundell, Sally Gable, Jim Jackson and Victoria Ward – to examine the collection of W.E. Cantelon paintings, drawings, and archives at EBD. These artists will present a series of work that respond to their individual research and contemplation of the work of William Edgar Cantelon. Members of the Norfolk Photography Club will also present a series of work that documents Cantelon’s Norfolk as it exists today. Through this process the artists will follow in Cantelon’s footsteps, engaging in an exploration of Norfolk County’s past and present, and reflecting on the meaning of place.

Opening reception with talk by Guest Curator, Helen Bartens – Friday, November 17 at 7:00pm