Silver Water hosts art and fibre fair

Irene Duncanson and Reverend Janice Frame display one of the many wedding gowns, baptismal gowns and liturgical garments on display at the United Church in Silver Water as part of the Art and Fibre Fair held in the community last Saturday.

SILVER WATER—The Silver Water Community Hall and St. Andrew’s United Church in Silver Water became venues for a great showing of fibre and arts along with liturgical garment displays this past Saturday in the community.

The art and fibre fair was held to highlight the artistic endeavours, both past and present, of the population of Western Manitoulin. Visitors had the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate painting, photography, knitted wear, crochet, quilts and others. With the display in the church visitors had the chance to view collected wedding gowns, baptism gowns and liturgical garments.

The United Church was filled with many wedding and christening gowns, many quilts and other items. One of the wedding gowns on hand was worn by Jane Meyer in 1971 for her marriage to Douglas Wismer in Ward, Ontario. The garment and two bridesmaid dresses were made by the bride while she was teaching in Levack using a part of the six snow days experienced that year. The bride’s mother applied the daisies and made the veil.

In the community hall one of the many unique art and items on display was one of Eric Thiessen’s sculptures, of an eagle.

There were quilts galore, and many beautiful paintings, along with a collection of buttons among the items on display. Grace Duncanson’s work ‘Shattered,’ done as a Grade 8 assignment at Central Manitoulin Public School, was also on display as was her grandfather Bruce Duncanson’s many drawings.

Evelyn Nelson, one of the main organizers of the event told the Recorder, “we organized this event after St. Paul’s United Church in Sudbury, closed. They had put money in their community outreach account, and we applied for funds under this account to hold different events. One was the Blessing of the Bikes event, this event here today, and another event will include taking seniors out to lunch, which we will be holding this winter.”

“When I got to the church to see the wedding and baptism gowns display I was just blown away,” said Ms. Nelson. “Janice (Frame) has done a great job of displaying all the items. And on thing we have never seen before in this type of event is Eric Thiessen’s metal-sculpture works.”