Featuring the work of:
wood block prints
hand spun weaving
Dark Ages Re-creation Company
& Steve White
painting & drawing
Catherine VamVakas Lay
A. G. Smith
Studio: RR # 1 P.O. Box 257
Nobel ON P0G 1G0
705 342 5467
Between 1973-1981, A.G. Smith taught printmaking and drawing, first at
Morehead State University in Kentucky and then at the University of Windsor
Since 1981, he has worked as an illustrator and paper engineer; published
over 100 books, including, cut and assemble activity books, colouring
books, social studies, and history books for children, numerous articles
and illustrations for periodicals (Stoddart, now, Fitzhenry and Whiteside,
Toronto; Dover, New York). He has authored two books, What Time is It?
and Where Am I? for Stoddart Publications, now, Fitzhenry and Whiteside.
A.G. has led numerous workshops and author in the school visits.
Currently, he has developed a series of paper models of ships and architecture.
They are being published by Upland Books and Design of Toronto. A.G. Smith
lives and works in Windsor and Nobel Ontario.
“ Seamus Heany – the Irish poet, in his poem “North”,
best expressed an outlook on life with which I most closely hold. It goes
something like this:
‘Compose in darkness. Expect aurora borealis in the long fray but
no cascade of light. Keep your eye clear as a bleb of an iceberg. Trust
only what you can hold in your hand.’ “
Årby Boat - scale model (grouping)
My contribution to the exhibition is an original 1/5 scale wooden
model of the Årby Boat from a 9th Century grave in central
Sweden. The model is 31 inches long and 8? inches wide. It will
be accompanied by several “grave goods”- some to scale,
some actual size. The Årby boat is a small utility boat that
has been described as a Viking age equivalent of a bicycle.
Grave goods are items from our material culture that one would or
would hope to need in an “afterlife”. They are things
we should all use and enjoy in this life. They are a personal to