Lecture Series at RiverBrink Art Museum, Queenston

RiverBrink Art Museum Lecture Series Presents

“Charles Pachter on In Search Of Simcoe”

Sunday, October 16th at 2:00 pm


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ontario. On Sunday afternoon, October 16th at 2:00 pm, well-known Canadian artist Charles Patcher will present his contemporary take on John Graves Simcoe and his pivotal role in the resettling of Loyalists from the American colonies in Upper Canada following the American War of IndependencePachter’s lecture will set the stage for our next season of exhibitions and programming, “RiverBrink’s War of 1812,” opening in May 2012.


In his bold series of narrative paintings, Pachter has examined the turbulent years leading up to and following the American Revolution that led to the flight of thousands of displaced Loyalists in the 1780s and 1790s. Their resettlement and the resulting creation of Upper Canada under the stewardship of John Graves Simcoe are themes which Pachter has re-interpreted from his own contemporary perspective.


Well-known Canadian artist Charles Pachter has produced countless paintings, sculptures and prints referencing Canadian history, culture and personalities. His often humorous, iconic images of diverse subjects such as hockey players, the Canadian flag, the moose, and Queen Elizabeth, are infused with a pop art sensibility.  Pachter’s work can be found in numerous public and private collections in Canada and abroad.  Familiar motifs include Pachter’s installation at the College St. subway station in Toronto and life-sized sculptures of moose at Toronto City Hall and on the campus of the University of Toronto. The artist has also illustrated books, collaborating with writer Margaret Atwood, for instance, to illustrate The Journals of Susannah Moodie.


Born in Toronto, Pachter studied art history at the University of Toronto, French literature at the Sorbonne in Paris and paintings and graphics at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan.  He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Order of Canada and an Honorary Doctorate from Brock University.


This is the fifth in a series of monthly lectures presented by RiverBrink from June to October. Admission for this Sunday afternoon lecture is $15.00.  RiverBrink members receive an additional 10% discount.  Following the lecture, refreshments will be served.  Seating is limited, so advance registration is advised.  For reservations, please contact RiverBrink Art Museum by phone at 905-262-4510 or by email at info@riverbrink.org.


RiverBrink Art Museum is located at 116 Queenston Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake (on the Niagara Parkway halfway between Niagara Falls and “Old Town” Niagara-on-the-Lake).  For more information on RiverBrink Art Museum visit its website at www.riverbrink.org