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Ornamentum 15th Anniversary Panel Discussion ‘Then and Now ‘

What do the following people have in common: A writer from Tofino, BC, a ceramicist from Halifax, NS and an art curator from Saint John, NB? Each contributed to the first issue of Ornamentum magazine!

Moderated by Rosalind Pepall, ‘Then and Now’ will feature panelists Erin Lynn McMullan, Alexandra McCurdy and Peter Larocque, as they look back over the last 15 years and discuss the landscape of decorative arts within Canada.

Reexperience what it was like to create a new magazine then and discover the latest trends in the decorative arts field now, hear what the panelists are working on and what is happening around them.

Join us on Sunday, May 23 at 3pm for this interactive and informative talk.


   Erin McMullan is a curator and a writer who is actively involved in the Tofino arts community in BC,                     where she resides.Erin assisted as editor with Indigenous scholars including with Norma Shorty, PhD on           tracing her clan iconography through Yukon and Alaska and with artist-curator-scholar Jennifer Bowen on      an   curatorial exhibition of Northern Indigenous artists and a paper on the Venice Biennale showcasing             Canadian Indigenous Art.

Alexandra McCurdy was recently inducted as a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts. In 2019 she was also elected to The International Academy of Ceramics. She was Associate Curator of Ceramics at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia for six years and has shown her work both nationally and internationally.

   Peter Larocque has been involved in New Brunswick’s cultural sector for over forty years. He joined the         curatorial staff of the New Brunswick Museum in 1987 and since February 1995 he has been responsible       for   the New Brunswick component of the fine and decorative arts collections.

Rosalind Pepall (Moderator) is an art historian, a writer, and former Senior Curator of Decorative Arts at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA). Pepall continues to serve as a consultant, conference speaker and writer in the field of art.

Registration is free (we do accept donations of all amounts) HERE

George III Silver Cake Basket, Charles Aldridge & Henry Green, London, 1792

CSDA Sundays: Treasures from the Attic - All that Glitters is not Gold

Date: Sunday, June 6 at 3pm (EDT)

To be born with a silver spoon in one's mouth is an oft-quoted phrase. Discover why society views it this way as a personal collector and a silver expert from A. H. Wilkens unravel some of the mystery around this precious metal.

Collector Michael Crawford will focus this presentation around two 18th c, silver cake baskets (one English the other Irish) and a  tea service dating from the  William IV period. "In my mind they show beauty, craftsmanship and how the middle class aped the upper classes by the end of the Victorian era."


Michael Crawford is a former high school history and French teacher in Toronto, "I have had an abiding long-term interest in the decorative arts that has been fed  by travel, a six year stint in Paris and a few family heirlooms."

Registration is free (we do accept donations of all amounts) HERE 

"Collectors at Home"

The CSDA/CCAD will be highlighting some of the beautiful, rare and/or sentimental pieces our members enjoy behind closed doors. To participate in the 2021 virtual presentationsplease contact info@csda-ccad.org

This is a members event, so if you are not a member and would like to participatejoin the CSDA  to receive our magazine Ornamentum and access to more events like these.


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.
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