spring/summer 2012 - general

fence workshop may 2012

fieldwork, scott dobson, sheep fence workshop
fieldwork, scott dobson, sheep fence workshop
fieldwork, scott dobson, sheep fence workshop
fieldwork, scott dobson, sheep fence

Fieldwork Opening and Hootenanny a Big Hoot!

fieldwork, opening
fieldwork, barnparty
fieldwork barnparty, good right arm stringband

In September 2012 we celebrated the opening of the new Autumn installations at fieldwork  and our 5th anniversary with a fun, well-attended opening followed by a Hootenanny/barnparty fundraiser across the road in Susie's barn.  The fruits of our labours (artists, collective, and friends and supporters) were much, much appreciated - the shelter was up, the outhouse operational, the sheep fence around the parking area beautiful and functional, the installations all wonderful, and the bands were totally FUN!  The kids kicked off the dancing and we all joined the galavanting until the wee hours.  Thanks to everyone who volunteered, to everyone who came out, and to the bands The Good Right Arm Stringband and The King of the Swingers that made it such a fun night.  We hope to do host another fun event in September 2013.

Fieldwork cover story in The Humm in August!

Thanks to Sally Hansen from The Humm for this wonderful article (page 3) about fieldwork's five years of presenting public art in our field.  Much appreciated!  And for anyone not already familiar with this monthly paper, check it out.  It is a great source of information and reviews of the arts, entertainment and local food scene in this part of eastern Ontario

Fencebuilding Workshop with Scott Dobson at Fieldwork. May 2012

fieldwork, scott dobson, sheep fence, workshop

At the beginning of May (2012) fieldwork  organized and hosted a workshop with local fencebuilder Scott Dobson.  Scott, a master in heritage fence-building (as well as creative rail sculptures) has been building gorgeous fences across Ontario for years.  He gave us a good day's worth of guidance while we built the sheep fence that now surrounds the parking area at fieldwork.  The day began with a talk from Eugene Fytch (pictured below) who has been studying the history of  Lanark county fences for many decades (and also has several books on the subject). It was a great day and what an addition to the site!  Many thanks to all the (18) participants - young and old - who came to help out and learn some solid fencing techniques.

Knight and his horse visit Fieldwork on their way across Canada!

fieldwork, knight rides across canada

fieldwork got a visit from a Knight (Vincent) and his horse Coeur du Lion in May.  The pair were en route across Canada (from Quebec) - a long pilgrimmage to essentially spread good will.  They created a bit of a buzz around here to be sure....  It was great to have them stay for the night across the road with us!  A very winning pair that looked quite at home in the field!

Your comfort is our concern....Fieldwork has an OUTHOUSE!

fieldwork, outhouse building, spring 2012
fieldwork, outhouse, spring 2012
fieldwork, outhouse, spring 2012

Mr. Golden Shoes, carpenter Cam Gray, spent many an hour this spring building this lovely outhouse which I encourage you to witness when you visit fieldwork!  He was joined by Heidi Earnshaw, skilled and talented woman that she is who generously offered her assistance to the project.  Thanks to you both for your contributions to making our site more welcoming and comfortable for our visitors!

Fabulous Spring Workparty - Lean-to shelter in the works!

fieldwork, workparty, shed
fieldwork, workparty, shed building
fieldwork, work bee, shelter building, spring 2012

We've been busy this spring working on our entrance/welcome area at fieldwork. In May we had a workshop to create the beautiful fence that surrounds the parking area, then got the Collective, family and friends together to build a shelter made out of local cedar logs (from Peter Sargeant).  Thanks especially to Cam Gray (boss man), Glen Gray (moral support?), and Heidi Earnshaw for their skilled labour and patience!  It's GREAT to have a sheltered place now for people to relax and congregate when they visit.  No doubt we'll be using it at openings now.

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