A Jock McDonald Remix Project by Pete Smith.

This blog is a running journal that was made in conjunction with my artist residency at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada that took place between December 2014 and February of 2015.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Correspondence with Sally Thurlow

Hi Sally,

We met at your VAC opening, and I was given your contact information by James Campbell. I'm currently doing a residency at the McLaughlin Gallery, and the project I'm doing is in relation to Jock Macdonald. Linda Jansma tells me that you live close to the house where the Painters 11 had their first meeting. Do you know where this house is exactly? I would like to take some photos of it for my blog.



Pete Smith

Hi Pete,

I remember meeting you at your SG opening. Meeting new faces at my opening is a blur to me now, but I remember James talking about you doing some writing also. The house is just 2 north of me - it belonged to Alexandra Luke of course, one of the 11. Marg Rodgers wrote a great little book on her.

It’s a cottagy place with an addition and you should also walk around the corner onto the lakeshore road and up the first lane to see the back of it, quite exposed. I say walk because that lane way is hard to get turned around in. I can’t remember the address number since I just drove by it and then did a pile of other stuff… but my # is 2721 and the hideous signage roadside is at least readable!

Drop by for a cuppa when you’re down this way if you have time beyond your 90 ft. wall painting! I hear you! Ah the life of an artist!



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