LONDON – Andre Bieler, director of fine arts department at Queen’s University, will be the guest speaker at the opening of the annual Western Ontario Exhibition Friday at 8:30 in the Williams Memorial Art Museum.
This will be Mr. Bieler’s first visit to the art museum and he will also be on the jury to select prize winners among exhibitors in the show. Selections will be made Friday night and winners will be announced during the official opening.
The 96 paintings to be hung are from 300 works submitted. They represent a cross-section of the current work being done by professional and amateur artists in the south Western Ontario region. Also on view will be two pieces of sculpture.
In connection with the show will be a Memorial Exhibition to honour Ralph Conner, who exerted a strong influence on art trends in his own community of Kitchener and was an enthusiastic and valued exhibitor in the Western Ontario exhibitions for many years. He presented the first award ever given to exhibitors. The collection of 40 paintings will give a survey of his work over the years.
The Wallaceburg News, May 15, 1952