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35th Annual Symposium & Annual General Meeting

“Hat’s off” toMartha Deacon,Harriet Meacher,Linda BerkoandPaula Kennyfor organizing such a wonderful 35th Canadian Society of Decorative Arts Symposium, celebrating Canada’s 150th year!

Above is a photo of our distinguished Symposium participants posing as the Fathers of Confederation in front of Government House, known as Fanningbank in Charlottetown PEI.

We Would Also Like To Thank Our Presenters

Linda Berkois Curator of Collections and Conservator at the PEI Museum & Heritage Foundation. With a background in art history and objects conservation, she joined the PEI Museum to establish a Conservation Services Division offering treatment and public education, before taking on her current role focusing on the development and preservation of the Museum’s historic artifact collection. Canadian contemporary ceramics hold a particular interest for her.

Joan Cummingis a retired educator who has immersed herself in the history of her adopted home. After developing the public history programs of the Capital Commission of PEI, she continues to research and deliver tours.

Leanne Gaudetcompleted her MA in Art History in 2015, Since then she has worked at Library and Archives Canada and as a Curatorial Assistant at the National Gallery of Canada.

‘Hey Cuzzins’is a Mi’kmaq drumming group from the Lennox Island First Nation led by Gilbert Sark. The group has performed since 1992 at events throughout the region.

Paula Kennyjoined the PEI Museum in 2003 and received her post-graduate Diploma in Cultural Resource Management from UVic. She retired as Site Director of Eptek Centre earlier this year after curating for dozens of exhibitions mainly focused on local art and fine craft. Her personal interests lie in textile arts and architectural preservation.

Edward MacDonald, PhD, is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Prince Edward Island, specializing in the social and cultural history of his native province.  Ed has been on the Editorial Board of The Island Magazine, since 1984 and spent 12 years as its editor. He is a prolific author. His most recent book, co-edited with Joshua MacFadyen and Irene Novaczek is Time and Place: An Environmental History of Prince Edward Island, published in 2016.  Prior to joining the faculty of UPEI, Ed was the Curator of History and Collections at the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation.

Reg Porteris a specialist on Island Heritage, but his early education focused on classical studies at Mount Allison University and the American School of Classical Studies (Athens). Following an additional degree in education, he taught secondary school and was on the faculty of Mt. Allison University, later teaching art history at the University of PEI.  After a time as Curator of Exhibits and Public Programs at the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, Reg worked as a Heritage Consultant focused on museum planning, archaeological surveys and historic building restoration. He continues to lecture, research, and write on Island architectural heritage, most recently authoring, Government House and the Fanningbank Estate: a Guidebook, and a publication documenting his new research about the stained glass windows of Trinity United Church.

Kevin Riceis the Executive Director of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. He moved into this position in 2009 after more than 20 years with the institution including duties as Registrar of the extensive collection of art and artefacts.

Nora Richardis an Aboriginal artisan who has been making traditional baskets for several years. Her baskets have been presented to  British royalty.

Maurice Royis an avid collector of historic Island furniture with a particular interest in early Acadian and Mi’kmaq cultural material. Recently retired from Parks Canada, he has a keen interest in early architecture and has been restoring early Island homes for a number of years. He played a significant role in the restoration at the Farmer’s Bank, and the Doucet House, an important example of early Acadian vernacular architecture.

Past CSDA/CCAD events

34th Annual Symposium:

Tradition Redefined - The Decorative Arts in Contemporary Urban Context

September 29th - October 2nd, 2016

Toronto, Ontario

Thursday, September 29th
1:30-3:00 pm:
Waddington's Auction House
(275 King St. East, Toronto)
Symposium Registration
Decorative Art & Jewellery Appraisal Clinic, featuring specialists from Waddington’s

*Advance registration required and limited number of spaces available. Please indicate interest to participate during registration process.
3:00-3:45 pm:
Waddington's Auction House (275 King St. East, Toronto)
Dr. Peter Kaellgren (Curator Emeritus, Royal Ontario Museum)
Collections and Heirlooms: Insights into Downsizing and Dispersal

Researching, organizing and investigating viable options regarding downsizing and dispersal takes time but can prove worthwhile in the end. Dr. Peter Kaellgren, who has years of experience acquiring artifacts for museums and working with auction houses, appraisers and antique dealers, will offer a number of suggestions in his talk.

*Following the conclusion of the talk, registrants will make their own way to the Gardiner Museum for the continuation of the program. 275 King Street East (King & Sherbourne) is adjacent to the King streetcar line and the Sherbourne bus. Taking the TTC from Waddington's to the Gardiner Museum is an approximate 20- 30 minute trip: https://goo.gl/sHoueS.
5:30-6:00 pm:
Gardiner Museum (111 Queen's Park, Toronto)
 Reception & Late Registration
6:00-7:00 pm:
Gardiner Museum (111 Queen's Park, Toronto)
Garth Clark (Founder, Ceramic Arts Foundation, USA) 
Reinventing Ceramics: New Paradigms for Clay in Art
Garth Clark's fast paced multi-media presentation ventures down new paths that are opening for ceramics globally in art, design, architecture, and technology. He address new marketplaces, shifting aesthetic concerns, the melding of craft and design, the arrival of unfired clay as the hot new sculptural medium, and how to collect, make,market, educate, curate, and survive in a new ceramic landscape.
Dinner on your own
Friday, September 30th
   Breakfast on your own
9:00-10:00 am:
Textile Museum of Canada (55 Centre Avenue)
 Annual General Meeting
10:00-10:15 am:  Coffee Break
10:15-11:00 am:
Textile Museum of Canada (55 Centre Avenue)
Thea Haines (Textile Designer/Instructor, Sheridan College) 
Farming Colour: Dye Plants & Dye Gardens    
An informative overview of natural colour history, combined with an in depth discussion of specific plants and colours achieved from them.
11:00-11:45 am:
Textile Museum of Canada (55 Centre Avenue)
Elizabeth Semmelhack (Senior Curator, The Bata Shoe Museum)
Fresh Kicks: Sneakers as Fashion
Since the 1970s sneakers have increasingly become central to fashion, especially men's fashion. This talk will explore how sneakers came to be the most baroque accessories in men's wardrobes and how today everyone --high fashion designers to cutting edge artists are participating in sneaker design.
11:45-12:30 pm:
Textile Museum of Canada (55 Centre Avenue)
Curator led tour of special exhibit at the Textile Museum
1:00-2:00 pm:
DoubleTree by Hilton (108 Chestnut Street)
Group will proceed on foot to nearby DoubleTree by Hilton (108 Chestnut Street)
Private Lunch and CSDA Executive/HNC Lunch Meeting

2:30-3:30 pm:
Osgoode Hall (130 Queen Street West)
Guided tour of nearby Osgoode Hall (130 Queen Street West)                                                
Osgoode Hall is a landmark building in downtown Toronto constructed between 1829 and 1832 in the late Georgian Palladian and Neoclassical styles.
3:45-4:45 pm:
Campbell House Museum (160 Queen Street West)    
Curator led presentation at nearby Campbell House Museum (160 Queen Street West)                                
Campbell House is an 1822 heritage house and museum in downtown Toronto. It was built for Upper Canada Chief Justice Sir William Campbell and his wife Hannah.

*Events will conclude for the day at approximately 5pm at the corner of Queen & University, adjacent to the Osgoode subway stop, as well as the Queen streetcar line.
6:30-7:15 pm:
The University Club of Toronto (380 University Avenue)
Cocktail Reception at The University Club of Toronto (380 University Avenue) with passed appetizers and a cash bar

7:30 pm:
The University Club of Toronto (380 University Avenue)
Gala Dinner
Please indicate your dinner selection during registration, as well as any dietary restrictions. Please note that there is a supplementary fee of $115.00 (CAD) in addition to the registration fee if you wish to attend the Cocktail Reception and Gala Dinner. *Formal attire welcome.
Saturday, October 1st

Breakfast on your own
10:00-11:00 am:
The Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
Guided tour of special exhibit Chihuly: From Sand. From Fire. Comes Beauty
Immerse yourself in a spectacular exhibition exploring colour, light, and form by one of the world’s foremost artists working in glass today.
11:00-12:00 pm:
The Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
Free time to explore other areas of interest in the museum
12:00-1:15 pm:
Lunch on your own
1:15 pm sharp:
The Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
Board bus in front of museum for a short ride to the West Queen West neighbourhood
1:30-2:15 pm:
David Kaye Gallery (1092 Queen Street West)
Tour of David Kaye Gallery (1092 Queen Street West)
Two feature exhibitions will be on display by textile artists Victoria Carley and Nieves Carrasco.
2:30-3:15 pm:
Craft Ontario (1106 Queen Street West)
Proceed on foot to nearby Craft Ontario (1106 Queen Street West)
Member presentation of contemporary glass work.
3:15 pm sharp:
Re-board bus for short drive through the city
3:30-5:00 pm:
Private collection tour and reception at the home of Mrs. Rosalie Sharp                                                 

*At 5pm, the bus will return downtown and drop registrants back at either the Royal Ontario Museum or the DoubleTree hotel.
  Dinner on your own, with the opportunity to explore various Nuit Blanche events throughout the city
For more information on Nuit Blanche visit www.nbto.com
Sunday, October 2nd

Breakfast on your own
9:00-11:00 am:
Cynthia Findlay Antiques (284 King Street West)
Private shopping morning with light refreshments at Cynthia Findlay Antiques (284 King Street West)
11:00 am:
OCAD University (110 McCaul Street)
Proceed on foot to nearby OCAD University (100 McCaul Street, approx. 15 minute walk)
11:30-12:30 pm:
OCAD University (110 McCaul Street)
Guided tour of OCAD and special presentation of student work
12:30 pm:
Lunch on your own, plus time for registrants to make their own way to the Design Exchange
2:00-3:00 pm:
Design Exchange (234 Bay Street)
Private tour of the Design Exchange
The Design Exchange is a non-profit design museum located in the historic Toronto Stock Exchange building. Registrants will enjoy a private, guided tour of the art deco and art moderne architectural elements of this landmark interior.
3:00-4:00 pm:
Walking Tour of Financial District
Richard Fiennes-Clinton (Toronto Historian, Muddy York Walking Tours) will lead us on a historic architectural walking tour of select locations in the heart of the downtown financial district, ending at the heritage Dominion Bank Building.
4:00-6:00 pm:
The Vault (1 King West)
Closing Reception                                                                        
Designed by Darling and Pearson in the Beaux-arts style with Renaissance Revival detailing, the Dominion Bank Building (1914) was one of Toronto's earliest skyscrapers. The original bank vault was built into the bedrock of the building in 1913 and is now only open to the public for private receptions
6:00 pm:
Conclusion of Program
*1 King West (King & Yonge) is adjacent to the King subway stop and the King streetcar line

33rd Annual CSDA Symposium and General Meeting

We organize an annual symposium featuring contributions from Canadian and International experts. We explore a different Canadian city each year and visit local heritage sites, artisan studios, cultural institutions and private collections.

 ‘St. Andrew’s, NB: Canada’s First Seaside Resort’ took place in St. Andrew’s-by-the-sea, October 1 - 4, 2015.

To see the complete itinerary, please click below.

Download Symposium Itinerary and Speaker Bios


Thursday, October 1

1:30-3:00 pm

Algonquin Resort—Symposium Registration

Decorative Art & Jewellery Appraisal Clinic, featuring Liz Isaac of Liz Isaac’s Appraisals, St. John, NB & Donald McLean of Waddington’s Auction House, Toronto, ON
Advance registration required, and limited number of spaces available with each specialist. Please indicate your interest to participate on your registration card.

3:30-4:30 pm

Drewhaven Fine Dinnerware—special presentation by ‘the Etiquette Guy’ Jay Remer on collecting and caring for antique tableware, and a table setting demonstration for ideas on incorporating antique china with modern place settings

5:00-6:00 pm

Sunbury Shores Art & Nature Centre—CSDA Public Lecture: Steven McNeil, PhD Candidate in Art History, Queen’s University

Summer Studios: Inside the Artist’s Colony at St. Andrew’s-by-the-Sea, c.1890-1925

The town of St. Andrew’s, New Brunswick served as both host and inspiration to a number of prominent artists during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Several artists, including Sir William Van Horne, George Horne Russell, William Hope and Kate Reed, chose to spend their summers in St. Andrew’s, where they built and maintained studios. This presentation will focus on the spaces these artists worked within and adorned with their own art. It will include furniture, architectural drawings, murals, porcelain and interior designs. The studios, private homes and public spaces shaped by these artists reveal a rich period in Canadian art history centered on activity in New Brunswick.

6:15 pm

Welcome reception at the nearby home of Ms. Joan Irving (address details & directions will be provided in the registration package)

Friday, October 2

Breakfast on your own

9:00 am

Algonquin Resort—Annual General Meeting

10:15 am

Coffee/Tea Break

10:30-11:15 am

Lecture: Rosalind Pepall, retired Senior Curator of Decorative Arts, Montreal Museum of Fine Art

A Collaboration of Architect and Artisan in St. Andrews

The architectural firm of Edward & W.S Maxwell began their long association with St. Andrew’s, NB, early in the 20th century. St. Andrew’s became a refuge from the summer heat of the city for many Montrealers who chose the Maxwells to design their country houses. These Montreal architects brought to their work a strong belief in the integration of the arts, and they collaborated with the finest Canadian artisans for the interior architectural elements and furnishings of their houses. The lecture will look at the interior design of a number of the St. Andrew’s homes by the Maxwells, designed in the spirit of the English Arts and Crafts movement.

11:30-12:30 pm

Wine reception and private collection tour at the nearby home of Mrs. Lucinda Flemer

12:30-2:00 pm

Kingsbrae Garden—private lunch (and executive lunch meeting) at the garden restaurant adjacent to Mrs. Flemer’s property

2:00-3:30 pm

St. Andrew’s—Historic Architectural Walking Tour: John Leroux, Architect, Art Historian and PhD Candidate in History, University of New Brunswick

Taking in the scenic and historic sights of this very walkable National Historic District, we'll be visiting a number of Loyalist homes, some Edward & William Maxwell-designed late 19th and early 20th century buildings, and several National Historic Sites, such as Greenock Presbyterian Church (1824).

3:45-4:00 pm

Return to Algonquin Resort—coffee/tea break

4:00-4:45 pm

Lecture: Peter J. Larocque, Curator of New Brunswick Cultural History and Art, New Brunswick Museum

"…the ornament which fortune bestows…": 18th-century fine and decorative art from the collection of the New Brunswick Museum.

This talk will feature a selection of cherished possessions that were brought, made or acquired during the late 18th century by United Empire Loyalists and other early immigrants to New Brunswick. Examples of furniture, paintings, textiles, silver and glass will provide fascinating access to life and expectations of settlers to the newly-established province during the late Georgian era.

5:00 pm

Dinner on your own

Saturday, October 3

Breakfast on your own

8:45 am

Meet in the Algonquin Resort Main Lobby—bus will depart for day trip to Fredericton

10:30-11:30 am

Old Government House—Tour & Reception with Their Honours, The Honourable Jocelyne Roy Vienneau and Mr. Ronald Vienneau

11:45-1:00 pm

Beaverbrook Art Gallery—private tour, including the Hosmer Pillow Vaughan Collection of Fine & Decorative Arts. Spanning over seven centuries, the collection includes paintings, European miniatures, British porcelain, tapestries, and furniture

1:00-2:00 pm

Private luncheon in the East Wing of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

2:30-3:30 pm

New Brunswick College of Craft and Design—private tour and talk by Brigitte Clavette, BFA, RCA, Coordinating Instructor of Jewellery/Metal Arts


Bus departs Fredericton

5:00 pm

Bus arrives at the Algonquin Resort, St. Andrew’s

6:30 pm

Van Horne Ballroom—Tartan Night Cocktail Reception (passed appetizers and cash bar), featuring a live performance by New Brunswick Singer & Song Writer, Chambers McLean

7:30 pm

Traditional East Coast Lobster Supper (non-shell fish and vegetarian alternatives available—please indicate dietary restrictions on your registration card)

Sunday, October 4

Breakfast on your own

9:30 am

Meet in the Algonquin Resort Main Lobby—bus will depart for scenic tour around St. Andrew’s, accompanied by Local Historian Barbie Smith and featuring points of local and national significance; a boxed lunch will be provided to enjoy on Minister’s Island (alternate location at Algonquin Resort in case of inclement weather)

1:30 pm

1:45 pm

Bus returns to Algonquin; restrooms available at hotel

Depart hotel on foot for nearby museum

2:00-3:00 pm

Ross Memorial Museum—private tour, featuring the furniture and decorative arts collection of Henry Phipps Ross and Sarah Juliette Ross, who came to St. Andrew’s from America in early 1902. Their collection includes the work of 19th century New Brunswick cabinet makers (including Thomas Nisbet), American and Canadian artists, Oriental carpets, and objects d’art amassed on their world travels.

3:30-4:30 pm

Pansy Patch—closing reception hosted by Mr. Lee Wells and Mr. Andy Faas (address details & directions will be provided in the registration package); tour of Cory Cottage (adjacent property); conclusion of program

32nd Annual CSDA Symposium and General Meeting

Scenic Views: Exploring the Historic, Cultural and Artistic Landscape of Niagara-on-the-Lake

Thursday, October 2 - Sunday, October 5, 2014

Image information: View of Fort Niagara by John Herbert Caddy, courtesy of the Niagara Historical Society & Museum


      A selection of images from the 2014 Annual Symposium,
      Scenic Views: Exploring the Historic, Cultural and Artistic
      Landscape of Niagara-on-the-Lake


Thursday, October 2

2:00 pm

Registration, Queen’s Landing Hotel

Book Sale: publications available by guest  speakers, local contributors & sponsors

Waddington’s Jewellery & Decorative Art Appraisal Clinic  Advance registration required, and limited number of spaces available with each specialist. To arrange an appointment, or for any additional information regarding the symposium itinerary, please contact Lindsay Rose-McLean lindsay_rose@hotmail.com or 416-949-6387

5:00 pm

Welcome Reception & Light Supper at the home of CSDA President, Harriet “Sis” Bunting Weld

8:00 pm      

Optional evening performance at Shaw Festival (please make individual arrangements for tickets  www.shawfest.com or 1-800-511-SHAW)

Friday, October 3

Breakfast on your own

9:30 am

Annual General Meeting

10:30 am

Coffee/Tea Break

10:45 am

In Discussion with Contemporary Makers, moderated by Janna Hiemstra of Craft Ontario. A panel of craftspeople working in various mediums will present and discuss their work, with questions from the audience

12:00 pm

Lunch included in Tiara Dining
Room, Queen’s Landing: Luncheon Meeting for CSDA Executive & HNC Members

2:00 pm

Meet in hotel lobby for short walk to St. Mark’s Church. Founded in 1792, St. Mark’s in the oldest continuously used Anglican Church in Ontario

2:15 pm

Presentation on stained glass in Church (Including works by Robert McCausland) Followed by self-guided exploration of the cemetery and the Addison Library, which comprises over 1500 volumes brought to Niagara-on-the-Lake by Revered Robert Addison in 1792

4:00 pm

Garden reception at home of Judy & Sirgay Sanger
With ice wine tasting sponsored by Jamie Macfarlane of The Ice House Winery

5:00 pm

Dinner on your own

Saturday, October 4

Breakfast included in Tiara Restaurant, Queen’s Landing

9:30 am

4 locations for private collections tour
Meet in main lobby of hotel for trolly transportation to first destination

12:00 pm

Lunch included in Tiara Restaurant, Queen’s Landing

1:15 pm

Keynote lecture: Dr. Peter Kaellgren, Curator Emeritis
Storied Artifacts: 30 years of European acquisitions at the Royal Ontario Museum
The collection of European decorative arts at the ROM includes over 60,000 artifacts. This talk examines the various ways in which museum artifacts are acquired and provides insight into what defines a ‘museum object’ in the 21st century

2:15 pm

Lecture: Rita Brown
Shaw's Women: The Actresses and the Characters, and Costuming the Women of the Mandate

3:00 pm

Coffee/Tea Break

3:15 pm

Lecture: Stuart Reid
A Return to the Real: Contemporary Craft and New Technologies

4:00-4:45 pm

Lecture: John Fleming
Did Modernism Make Folk Art Visible?

6:30 pm

‘Masquerade’ cocktail reception, Queen’s Landing (lower level)
Please join us in celebrating the dramatic flair of the Shaw Festival by attending the cocktail reception in your choice of fanciful accessory (e.gundefinedVenetian mask, fascinator, statement jewellery, etc.)

7:30 pm

Gala dinner, Imperial Ballroom, Queen’s Landing (Lower Level) *formal attire welcome

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Breakfast included in Tiara Restaurant, Queen’s Landing

9:30 am

Bus departs for scenic drive along Niagara Parkway

10:00 am

Private collection tour at home of Donald & Victoria Ziraldo

11:00 am

Bus departs for Willowbank, school of restoration art

11:15 am

Welcome and Introduction to Willowbank, by Executive Director Julian Smith, followed by a tour of the grounds

12:30 pm

Bus departs for Jackson-Triggs winery

1:00 pm

Private lunch at the winery combined with a special ‘sensory workshop’ led by Debi Pratt of Inniskillen
Why Shape Matters: how glass design affects the taste of wine

2:30 pm

Tour of the winery

3:00 pm

Bus departs back to town

3:15-5:00 pm

Closing reception at home of John Dimitrieff


Donald McLean: Donald McLean is a specialist in the Jewellery and Watch Department at Waddington’s. His 25+ years of experience gives him in-depth knowledge of both domestic and international markets. Donald received a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Geology from Carleton University, and earned his F.G.A. with distinction from the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. Donald has made regular appearances as a specialist on the Canadian Antiques Roadshow and is a member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, as well as several mineralogical associations.

William F. Kime: William Kime is a specialist in the Decorative Arts department at Waddington's and is one of the company's senior auctioneers. Educated in England, including further studies at Sotheby's (London) and at the Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Bill joined Waddington's in 1975. Now, with 40 years' experience and a wealth of accumulated knowledge in his field, Bill enjoys a respected reputation as one of North America's foremost experts in 19th and 20th century decorative arts. Bill was a resident Decorative Arts specialist on all three seasons of the CBC’s Canadian Antiques Roadshow.

Dr. Peter Kaellgren: Peter Kaellgren joined the staff of the Royal Ontario Museum, European Department in 1972 and completed a Ph.D in Art History with a minor in Decorative Arts at the University of Delaware in 1987. Over the years at the ROM, Peter has worked to build up its collections of ceramics, glass, silver, furniture, and design graphics. He has played a key role in developing galleries and special exhibits, as well as being instrumental in organizing the annual Decorative Arts Symposium at the ROM, 1991-2008. Dr. Kaellgren has lectured widely on post-sixteenth century Decorative Arts, published research on silver, glass and ceramics, and is the author of Wedgwood: Artistry and Innovation. Dr. Kaellgren retired from the ROM in 2009 and was subsequently appointed Curator Emeritus and continues to research ROM collections. From March 2011 through to August 2012, he served part-time as Chief Curator at the George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto.

Rita Brown: Rita Brown studied Costume Design, Costume History & Draping at the Katinka School in London, England and received an advanced diploma in the early 1970’s. Employed by the Shaw Festival Theatre for over forty years as Senior Cutter for Women’s costume, Brown spent ten of those years as the head of wardrobe. She has also worked as a cutter for the Canadian Opera Company, The New York City Opera, the Tarragon Theatre, and the Canadian Stage. Between 1978-89 she designed costumes for productions in Toronto at the Dell Theatre, Canadian Stage, Hart House Theatre, and the Elgin Winter Garden Theatre. For the last 24 years she has specialized in the restoration of 18th, 19th & 20th century costumes and textiles. From 1995-2006 Brown collaborated with Belgian artist and textile designer Isabele de Borchgrave on ‘Papier a la Mode’, a collection of full-scale period dresses constructed entirely out of paper and the exhibit has enjoyed International success. Retired since 2010, Brown’s current focus is on the completion of her forthcoming book about the history of women’s sportswear.

Stuart Reid: Stuart Reid is Director/Curator of Rodman Hall Art Centre/Brock University in St. Catharines, ON. For over eight years he served as Director/Curator of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound. He was also the Executive Director of the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Curator of the Art Gallery of Mississauga and Associate Curator at the Ontario Crafts Council in Toronto. In 2002, he attended the prestigious Museum Leadership Institute run by the J. Paul Getty Trust at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of over 60 catalogues and books including John Hartman: Cities and The Limestone Barrens Project. In 2013, Reid won the Ontario Association of Art Galleries Curatorial Writing Award. He is an elected member of IKT International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, Liechtenstein.

John Fleming: John Fleming is professor emeritus in the Department of French and the Centre for Comparative Literature, and a former Director of the Museum Studies program at the University of Toronto. He is Editor of Ornamentum, the only magazine devoted to the Decorative Arts in Canada, and he has recently published a book, entitled “Canadian Folk Art to 1950”. 

Julian Smith: Julian Smith is an architect, conservator, scholar and educator. He is internationally recognized for his contributions in the field of heritage conservation and to cultural landscape theory and practice. He did undergraduate work at Oberlin, graduate studies at MIT, and a certificate in preservation planning at Cornell. He worked in the contemporary design field at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York City, and later returned to Canada and eventually became Chief Restoration Architect for the National Historic Sites program. He then established his own architectural and planning practice, and also founded and directed the graduate program in Heritage Conservation at Carleton University. He became Executive Director of Willowbank in 2008 and has since received numerous awards in the field of heritage conservation

Debi Pratt: Debi Pratt is a veteran of the wine industry. Considered by many in the industry as a pioneer of Niagara and Canada's wine industry, Debi started her career in teaching and traded that profession over 35 years ago to become Inniskillin Niagara's media and public relations point person. Pratt was presented the Ontario Wine Society's Exceptional Hospitality Award in 2009, the Women in Tourism Award at the Bi-National Star Awards in 2009, the RBC Business Citizen of the Year by the 2013 Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, as well as the prestigious Tourism Industry Lifetime Achievement Award also in 2013.

Scott Barnim: Scott Barnim established his studio in 1978. His initial training was a proficient in production studio and finished with a MFA in ceramics from the University of Wales. His work is included in public and private collections internationally. The Barnim Pottery studio production can be found in selected shops and galleries. The studio is located in an 1850 stonehouse and stable in the town of Dundas, West of Toronto. Visit the studio showroom for the best selection and to view custom ordered dinnerware.

The Canadian Society of Decorative Arts/ Cercle canadien des arts décoratifs was formed, with the generous support
of the Macdonald Stewart Foundation, to provide a forum for all those interested in the decorative arts.
© 2016 Canadian Society of Decorative Arts / Cercle canadien des arts décoratifs