Elmwood Spa

Elmwood Spa

January 26, 2011 19:48 ET

Homage: Celebrating Canadian Women in Support of Canadian Women

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 26, 2011) -

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The opportunity to try on a necklace inspired by jazz singer Diana Krall fashioned from antique piano keys was one of the highlights of last night's opening reception for a jewellery exhibit at Elmwood Spa. The exhibit, Homage: Honouring Canadian Women in Support of Canadian Women, features a collection of over 30 handcrafted necklaces inspired by outstanding Canadian women created by one of Canada's leading gold/silversmiths Donald A. Stuart.

"My favourite piece @elmwoodspa Homage exhibit has to be Measha Brueggergosman with the notes and music ledger," tweeted Rowena Andrade (@pample_moose), who received an invitation over Twitter. Other prominent women honoured with the necklaces, displayed on four floors of Elmwood Spa's landmark historic building, include Margaret Atwood, Sonja Bata and Julie Payette. The exhibit also raises awareness about the accomplishments of women in the past including Olivia Poole, who invented the Jolly Jumper and Elizabeth Bushell, who started the first newspaper in Canada. The necklaces are accompanied by portrait illustrations of the women by Susan Benson, RCA, curator of the exhibit, and brief biographies of each woman. 

"This exhibit of exquisite necklaces allows us to build upon our long history of dedication to Canadian women," says Marie Picton, Elmwood Spa's Executive Manager. "Our historic building first opened in 1889, as the original home of YWCA Toronto and we are continuing that tradition by supporting the YWCA Toronto's Elm Centre through the exhibition." A portion of the proceeds of the sale of the art pieces will be contributed to this 300-apartment affordable and supportive housing complex for low-income women and their families, women with mental health and addiction issues and Aboriginal families.

"I created these pieces to help increase awareness of the significant contributions women have made to Canadian society," Stuart says. "Narrowing down the choices was challenging, but I wanted to ensure different disciplines, regions across the country and historic time periods were represented," he said. Stuart is the only craftsperson to be awarded the Order of Ontario, the RCA (Academician of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts) and the Order of Canada in recognition of his illustrious career as a craftsman and educator and his profound and lasting influence on Canada's Arts and Crafts industry.

The public will be able to view the exhibit by appointment beginning on Wednesday January 26, 2011 by calling Dominique Giliberti at 416-323-4275 or emailing dgiliberti@elmwoodspa.com

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