Monthly Archives: September 2012

Remembering Dorothy Clark McClure

On September 11, I found out about the passing of a great artist; Dorothy Clark McClure. February 14, 1934-August 19, 2012 She was one of York Region’s most respected artists. She was honoured locally and provincially as an inspirational teacher, talented artist and diligent conservationist. Dorothy painted and worked throughout North America as a designer, illustrator and calligrapher.

In the 1960’s she began her preservation on paper of Canada’s architecture. In Aurora; Doane Hall, Castle Doan, Fleury House and Hilary House have become prints used as gifts for special centennial celebrations.

Last year I had the opportunity to visit Dorothy’s retrospective art exhibit, ‘Then and Now’ at the Aurora Cultural Centre. Dorothy held me by the hand and led me through the rooms. It wasn’t the technical drawings that created the excitement in her that day. She wanted to talk about her spiritual intuitional drawings. Her explanations how she found animals and figures in melding watercolours was inspirational.

There is more to creating art than money. Creating art helps you find your spiritual instincts.

Dorothy’s sixth sense and wisdom will be missed.


Mentorship in Motion

I’m honoured to be asked to participate in the 2nd annual Arts Exposed York Region Arts and Culture Conference, November 2 and 3rd at Seneca College, Markham.

I will be on a panel sharing my views of the importance of collaboration.


noun 1. the action of working with someone to create something.

Mentorship in Motion is a collaboration of professional artists and young people living with a challenge. It’s happening here in York Region.

I am one of the artists in this 1st annual six team project. It has been a humbling experience.

At first introductions, Michael and I shared one thing. We were both diagnosed with cancer. The difference between us is Michael is going into Grade 11. My trek with cancer is finished; Michael is still on his journey. We have been working together on a 36 by 36 inch wooden panel.

The artwork from each team is complete. Each artwork is completely different; each very special. This exhibit will open at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts on October 26th at a special event; The Power of Art. The original artwork will be unveiled, the artists present to speak about their experience and to sell signed limited edition prints of their artwork. Proceeds from the sale of these prints will be donated to a charity of each teams choice. These include: Dramaway, SickKids, Geneva Centre for Autism, KC’s Cancer Cushion Fund, Bereaved Families of Ontario – York Region and the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness.

When motives are authentic enthusiasm builds. Artists from across York Region have been donating their original artwork as door prizes for this opening event. Imagine, for the cost of a $50 ticket, you view the exhibit, be entertained by Joanna Grace on piano, Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra Flute trio, Steppin’Out Theatrical Productions and then take home an original artwork.

The collaboration continues. During the event Anna Stanisz, Programs and Education Curator for the McMichael Canadian Art Collection will have an announcement.

The Mentorship Exhibit will on tour for three months. To purchase tickets to the opening event, read about our mentorship teams and view the tour schedule, visit

No doubt I’ll be talking about the consequence of collaboration to reach more people in our community and share the importance art has to restore, repair and renew.