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ABOUT JOSHUA CREEK HERITAGE ART CENTRE
Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre is an Oakville barn gallery and 1827 house and studio, situated on a 12-acre, 20,000-year old valley. It is a cheerful and welcoming sanctuary from urban life, where those who love art and nature come together to create, learn and grow.
For 50 years, owner and founder Sybil Rampen has had a vision. Her lifelong goal was to establish a cultural legacy on her family farm to inspire the future generations of Halton.
Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre is a place to discover. The barn gallery hosts unique exhibitions by well-known and emerging artists. It is a place for intimate weddings, celebrations, workshops, drum circles, dance classes, concerts, meetings, retreats and walks in the beautiful labyrinth.
Sybil calls herself a “visual sponge” and a product of seven generations of artists. A celebration of art is at the core of Joshua Creek. “Art is about looking and appreciating,” she says. She is sharing her love of art through the gallery exhibitions and art classes, and she helps emerging artists of all kinds to express themselves through education and nurtures their confidence through exhibitions.
TSOCHOY GO, Artist in Residence
Tsochoy Go is an artist and illustrator whose skills and genius are being fostered and encouraged at Joshua Creek. Living and working with autism hasn’t always been easy for Tsochoy, who arrived at JCHAC six years ago through his high school co-op program. Since graduation, Tsochoy has been Joshua Creek’s Artist in Residence, learning how to transfer his drawing skills to digital illustration with professional software. Tsochoy has created amazing digital art and illustrated three stories that were written by Sybil. His experiences at Joshua Creek have also greatly impacted his confidence, communication skills and social development.
"Somehow art is like being free, and all of this comes in so many ways.” — Tsochoy Go
Seeing the artistic and personal growth of Tsochoy Go over the past few years of his association with Joshua Creek has given Sybil great joy. Heart’s Delight is Sybil’s latest book telling the tale of a character’s challenges in creating and preserving her “heart's delight.”
The story, along with two more, will be published to help launch Tsochoy’s career. An early print of the book is available for $20 at the gallery. Supporting artists and their families with special needs is an important part life at JCHAC. The Centre continually needs financial aid to continue Tsochoy’s education and to ensure Tsochoy is working with current technology.
To see more of Tsochoy’s artwork, please visit his website.
ART FROM THE HEART
Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, together with Community Living, hosts an annual exhibition called Art From the Heart, featuring the work of artists with special needs who wish to share their gifts and inspirations.
The exhibition focuses on different ways of seeing and experiencing the world, reflected in artwork. It is about sharing, awareness, artistic expression and courage. Joyous colour sings throughout the gallery, filling it with the resonance of creativity that comes straight from the heart. Artists from Community Living Oakville come to Joshua Creek Studio every Monday for art classes. Within two hours they produce their personal masterpieces with laughter and joy. They claim it is the best part of their week.
The exhibition is funded by Oakville Cultural Grants, and Sybil Rampen funds the classes. Donations for art and teaching supplies are gratefully accepted.
"Heart's Delight", written by Sybil Rampen; illustrations by Tsochoy Go
Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre is registered Canadian charity.
CHARITABLE REGISTRATION # 80415 9820 RR0001
Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre
1086 Burnhamthorpe Road East, Oakville, Ontario Canada L6H 7B2
(1 km East of Trafalgar Road)
Phone: (905) 257-4730