Marking 400th anniversary of Champlain's 1613 journey
MYRIAM LUBLINK firstname.lastname@example.org Jelly Massee, local artist, unveiled three pieces of anniversary paintings at the fifth annual Sneak and Peak Fundraising Gala at the Champlain Trail Museum on April 19. Massee's main piece of the evening was her rendition of Edward Lee's finding of the Astrolabe in 1867 near Cobden, Ont.
The Champlain Trail Museum was filled with excitement at its fifth annual Sneak a Peek Fundraising Gala on April 19 when information on the 400th anniversary of Champlain’s voyage down the Ottawa River was discussed.
Featured at this year’s gala was a preview of the historical activities being planned on both the Ontario and Quebec sides of the Ottawa River to mark the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s 1613 voyage.
The Champlain 400th Anniversary Event will take place from June 13 to 16 and a main attraction will be that the original astrolabe will be available for viewing, on loan from the Canadian Museum of Civilization. The Ottawa River Canoe Brigade will be offering Heritage Adventure canoe excursions to represent the voyage Champlain took down the river in 1613. Pikwakanagan will have an exhibit available at the museum and special events will be taking place in Pontiac County.
“We are launching the marking of the 400th anniversary of Champlain coming up the Ottawa River and we are excited about the events we have planned for the weekend,” said Angela Siebarth, director and curator at the Champlain Trail Museum and Pioneer Village.
The Sneak a Peak fundraising gala brought in 160 people, many of whom are members of the museum and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the astrolabe.
“We’re very excited about the astrolabe coming up in June,” said Bob Clauson, museum volunteer. “It’s going to be a really great thing to see the original astrolabe back for a few days.”
The event also featured art from members of the Valley Arts Council and a special historical exhibit by the Franco-Ontarian Community. Three pieces of artwork by local artist Jelly Massee were revealed at the event as well.
“The three pieces are historical paintings,” explained Massee. “The main painting is the young boy actually discovering the astrolabe. I also have a formal portrait of Champlain with the astrolabe behind him, and the other one is my version of a JD Kelly painting, though mine is Champlain coming up the Ottawa River.”
Massee painted these pieces with only five colours to keep a historic feel to the artwork. Painted for the marking of 400th anniversary of Champlain, the artwork will be on display during the weekend of June 13 to 16.
A silent auction was set up at the event featuring donated items such as gift certificates, a needlepoint picture, an oil lamp, dessert stand, a cutlery and chess set and a number of other items. Guests spent the evening browsing the items and bidding as they wanted.
Myriam Lublink is a Loyalist College Intern working at The Pembroke Daily Observer. Twitter: @LublinkImages