Brockville Museum Exhibition

Painting Picnic with Prudence Heward
Until October 9, 2020 (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

* The opening of this exhibit has been delayed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. A scaled-down virtual version of this exhibit is available by following the link on our website: *

The Brockville Museum has curated a very special art exhibition for 2020, “Painting Picnic with Prudence Heward”.  The exhibit brings together for the first time, works by Heward (1896-1947) which exclusively feature Brockville and area scenes. 

An associate of Beaver Hall Group of painters, a Montreal group of both female and male artists active primarily in the 1920s, Heward spent her summers at the family’s cottage at Fernbank (near Brockville).  There she was known to host “painting picnics” with her friends and colleagues, including Group of Seven artist, A.Y. Jackson. 

As a result of these gatherings, a number of works were created depicting the Brockville area.  Many of these mostly lesser-known works are scattered and are stored in museums, galleries, and private collections across Ontario and Quebec.  For this exhibit, the Brockville Museum has sourced loans from the National Gallery of Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Windsor, and a host of private collectors to bring some of these local works home to Brockville for the first time. 

Visitors can expect to see some familiar Brockville scenes painted in Heward’s modernist style, a few works of Brockville by A.Y. Jackson, as well as some of Heward’s other friends.  The exhibit runs March 31 to October 9, 2020 at the Brockville Museum.

Admission by Donation