Recapturing the Past in Art

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Doreen Pound

Doreen Beer Pound, a lifelong resident of Clyde River, has expressed an interest in recapturing some of Clyde River’s past in watercolour and pen. She is accepting submissions of photographs of homes, barns, businesses, buildings, items, or scenes depicting early times in Clyde River and area.  If you or someone you know has a photo(s) that you feel would be of interest and might be suitable, please contact Doreen at or at 902-675-2466.

Each submission should include some background information, i.e., location, when it was built, by whom, who lived/worked there, type of business with brief description. If it is a photo of an item, explain what it is and what is was used for. She will select from the photos and create art featuring watercolour and pen that will be displayed at a public showing later this year at the Riverview Community Centre. Doreen’s work will be her contribution towards the Prince Edward Island’s 2014 celebrations. It is her wish that our community’s history be recorded not only in word but also through art. Preferably she would like a good quality COPY of original photos that do not need to be returned.

Doreen has been painting in both watercolour and acrylics but prefers working with watercolours and pen where she has developed a style she particularly enjoys. She credits Julia Purcell, well-known local artist, with introducing her to the fascinating world of sketching and intricacies and magic of watercolours at LEAP, Learning Elders Art Program, held in our community for a number of years along with PEI Seniors College. She has also studied under Henry Purdy, Mary Curtis, Geraldine Ysselstein, Susan Christensen and Anne Gallant, all well-known and respected Island artists.

Here are some samples of heritage photos and her pen and watercolour interpretations:

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Dunedin photo

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pen drawing

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Crossing the river

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Watercolour and pen

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  1. sailstrait on January 19, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Lovely photograph. It looks like Hal Bourke’s motorboat “Restless”. The picture is labeled “Dunedin” but I am wondering if it isn’t really Bonshaw just below the bridge? Looks like the Church just behind the warehouses.

  2. sailstrait on January 20, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Could the boat on the left of the top picture be the “Lady Grey” owned by Thomas Kickham and mentioned in an earlier article?

    • Doreen Pound on January 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      Thank you so much for your observations! The photo that I worked from said Dunedin and I did not question this information. It was also quite small and, therefore, difficult to pick up some details. If you believe that it might be Bonshaw and we can get some more input or evidence that it is in fact Bonshaw that will be great! Do you happen to have any photos of the Clyde River/Dunedin area that would help me with my project? I would be pleased to have as much information as possible to properly and correctly present the story of the photos. Again, thank you for your input, sincerely, Doreen

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