Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Arts and Crafts in Bloom!

Home of Eden Smith

From 1896-1906

The home of prominent Toronto architect, Eden Smith (1859-1949), he designed this house in 1896 as his family residence. It was part of an artistic colony on Indian Road, where he planned residences for like-minded artists and supporters of the arts. The family lived in this home until 1906, when they moved to Wychwood Park. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, the house was Eden Smith's prototype of the English Cottage style, with its sweeping roof, off-centre gable, and side entrance. During his long career, Eden Smith used variations of this design in neighbourhoods around Toronto.
(From the plaque by the Toronto Historical Board, 1996)

Photo courtesy of Lera Kotsyuba

Monday, 17 April 2017

Two More Events, Including One This Week!

This Thursday evening, Andrew Pruss will be giving a talk about three Eden Smith libraries in Toronto... in June we have our Morris/Ruskin symposium, and in July we'll have another book discussion/picnic... all the details can be found on our Future Events tab at the top of this page.

There are more plans in the works, and - remember - members get priority booking on trips and other limited-capacity events. But all our current future events are open to all, so we hope to see you there!

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Announcing This Year's Symposium

Things are warming up at last in Toronto, and last Saturday was particularly special with our society's annual celebration of Morris's birthday (his 183rd!).

Dr. Sheila Latham gave a engrossing and entertaining illustrated presentation to a larger-than-usual audience. The subject was Morris in Oxford, and this was followed (left) by a toast given by Sheila, and birthday cake.

We're still working on other events for the year, but in the meantime, our annual symposium has been announced and it's a special one, co-hosted with The Guild of St. George:

“The hand, the head, and the heart”: Ruskin, Morris, and Craftsmanship Today

Claude T. Bissell Building
Room 205
University of Toronto, St. George Campus
June 3, 2017
10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

This one-day event is jointly hosted by The Guild of St. George and the William Morris Society of Canada. The symposium will focus on the influence of John Ruskin and William Morris on craftsmanship, both in their own time and on those who continue to honour that legacy in their work today. The day will feature scholars and artists from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

For more details, visit our Future Events tab at the top of this page.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

March Means...Birthday Time!

Birthday Boy William Morris will be feted by the society on Saturday, March 25. For all the details, visit our "Future Events" tab above.

There'll be a lecture by Sheila Latham on Morris's time in Oxford. And there'll be cake.

Illustration: the murals at the Oxford Union, created by Morris and friends.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Join us This Saturday!

Group tour of the exhibition Sheila Hicks: Material Voices
11:15 a.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2017
The Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue, Toronto

Entrance fee at the door: $10
TTC directions: St. Patrick subway station

Drawing on global weaving traditions as well as the history of painting, sculpture, graphic design and architecture, American artist Sheila Hicks has redefined the role of fibre in art. The exhibition Sheila Hicks: Material Voices spans 50 years of her prolific artistic career

Keep checking our Future Events tab at the top of the page for more information.

See you Saturday!

Monday, 21 November 2016

Lots to See and Do

We've just updated our Of Interest page (see tab above) to direct you to Morris and Morris-related events coming up around the world.

Please let us know if there's something we've missed!

Flaming June
Frederic Leighton, 1895 ©Museo de Arte de Ponce. The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc.

Monday, 7 November 2016

The Fall so Far

What a long and beautiful fall it has been, and there are still many leaves on the trees, mainly just the yellow ones left now.

The annual WMSC fall weekend trip was another highly enjoyable success, timed to coincide with the height of the fall colours (October 15/16), and this year the visit was to Collingwood.

And last week William Whitla presented an excellent introduction to Morris, "The Life and Work of William Morris" in Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium at the central Toronto Reference Library. JUST when you thought you knew a lot about Morris, Bill illuminated us still further in a most uplifting and informative illustrated presentation.

The WMSC will pause to celebrate the season at our annual dinner, and then please watch our Future Events tab at the top for some exciting events in the new year!

Below: the first four images are from the Collingwood tour, the first three taken by WMSC president Susan Pekilis. The top picture is Claverleigh, built 1871, now a national historic site near Creemore. The second and third pictures are the federal building in Collingwood, built 1914. And the fourth picture is by member Ria Harvey, showing some trip attendees against some lovely fall trees.

The bottom two images are from William Whitla's talk at the Toronto Reference Library, taken by WMSC board member Gianna Wichelow.