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theHumm August 2011

theHumm August 2011

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Arts, entertainment and ideas in the communities west of Ottawa. Featuring articles on upcoming events and a comprehensive calendar for the communities of Almonte, Carleton Place, Perth, Westport, Arnprior, Smiths Falls and Lanark Highlands in Ontario, Canada.
Arts, entertainment and ideas in the communities west of Ottawa. Featuring articles on upcoming events and a comprehensive calendar for the communities of Almonte, Carleton Place, Perth, Westport, Arnprior, Smiths Falls and Lanark Highlands in Ontario, Canada.

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Art AboundsHeritage Mica Festival
p.16
Special InsertAugust’s Events
p.26 & 27p.5
The Art of John Schweighardt p.3
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thehumm.comAugust 2011
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PO Box 1391Alonte ON K0A 1A0Phone: (613) 256–5081
Editor:
Kris Riendeueditor@thehu.co
Layout and Design:
Rob Riendeurob@thehu.co
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Kris RiendeuPhone: (613) 256–5081kris@thehu.co
 Assistant Editor:
Ron Frser
rona@thehumm.com
the
Humm
is  onthly rts, en-tertinent nd ides newserdelivered ree to businesses nd visitor ttrctions in Alonte,Perth, Crleton Plce, Westort,Pkenh, Cr, Arnrior, L-nrk, Siths Flls, Burnstown,White Lke, Blderson, nd Ot-tw. Our ndte is to connectnd roote eole nd eventsin the sll towns nd rurl co-unities o the Ottw Vlley —where the rts ourish nd enter-tining chrcters run ok!
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in letters,ress releses, or individul col-uns do not necessrily reectthe oinion o this newser.All writing, rtwork, nd hoto-grhs ublished in
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Thanks this month to:
Dick and Lorraine Veenstra
ordriving ll the wy to Burnstownto sve  coule o duieswho locked their keys to cr A incr B nd then ddled or ourhours towrds cr A (nd wyro cr B, i you get y drit…).Tnk you!! (ro the duies)
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3 Rosamond St. E., Almonte
The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum presents
featuring Button Mania
For information:
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or 613-256-3754 ext. 7
September 10, 10
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September 11, 10
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Over 40 vendors and 9 exhibitors/demonstratorsat three sites in Almonte!
Dear Editor,
Your reders ight hvesoe interest in y nextPerth docuentry — just getting underwy.My rst ws
 Daniel’s Journal — History Re-written,
tht trced rothe discovery o the Perthsettleent coybookin 1995 in the TosWright Building, to its currentloction in the Perth Museu.Along the wy, n lternte his-tory o Dniel Dverne eergedtht chllenged the historicl re-cord o Dniel being  criinlnd scoundrel.My next docuentry willtry to trck the journl ro itsdiscovery in the rubble o thtbuilding in 1995 bck to Dniel’shnds in 1816.Why? Well — it is  bit o ystery s to why tht journlws in tht rubble ile in 1995.Ten,  ysterious eil I re-ceived told e tht I hdn’t dis-covered ll the secrets yet, ndtht there were nother 24 jour-nls where tht one ce ro.Following u tht eil reveled grnd dventure involving thesecret underground tunnels inPerth, where tht journl hdbeen stored or  eriod. I true— why? And by who?Hence y next docuentryhs the working title,
Te Great  Perth Historical Archaeological  Expedition
— where I log ydventures trcking the ruoursnd truths tht I receive. Prt o the dventure will be to rove theexistence o the tunnels nd where they re (or were).Reders with ny credible in-ortion bout these tunnelsnd the issing 24 journls rewelcoe to contct e.
— W. Hugh Chateld, President,CyberSpace Industries 2000  Inc. Multimedia Productions<csi2000@urbanmarket.com>, 225–7627 
Arlen MacMillan, Michael Smith
and
Veronica Carterwrite: “
On the lip o the crater o the volcano on the islando Vulcano in the Aeolian Islands north o Sicily on October11 2009, we stopped to peruse the
Humm
. The kerchieswe are wearing were used when we crossed the sulphurfelds on our way up. The volcanic island in the backgroundis Stromboli, ‘the lighthouse o the Mediterranean.’”Back in 2009, Duncan Hanks wrote: “What sort o Almonteresident would I be i I travelled to participate in the UNConerence on Climate Change in Copenhagen (COP-15) without my latest copy o the
Humm
! So, while I amhere as part o the delegation o an accredited NGO withobserver status serving the process o moving us towardsa air, ambitious and binding (FAB) agreement on climatechange, I can also stay abreast o local activities. Thinkingo you all.”
First we’d climb a tree and maybe then we’d talkOr sit silently and listen to our thoughtsWith illusions of someday casting a golden lightNo dress rehearsal, this is our life
The Tragically Hip
,
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thehumm.comAugust 2011
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 John Schweighardt —The Path Between aRock and a Hard Place
We all know that necessity is the othero invention, but stone scultor John Sch-weighardt discovered that loss can be thecatalyst o creativity, and even a new ca-reer. Ater ore than thirty years o build-ing and renovating hoes and coercialbuildings, this Lanark Highlands artist hasreshaed his own lie in the sae evolvinganner in which he scults stone. Both therocess and the results are hugely rewarding.
He describes the rocess s dncing with thestone. He denitely leds s he lies his vriousdiond-studded cutting, grinding nd olishingtools to his chosen rock, but ech stone,in John’s words, “teches e  new dnce.”o his discerning eye, rocks you or I wouldoverlook resent theselves s irresistibledncing rtners. Soe re bold; they n-nounce their ersonlity nd redily reveltheir sculturl nd/or unctionl identityeven s they lie on the ground in  rer’seld or in n bndoned qurry.Others re subtler, obscure, biguous:“I could be ny things; it is u to you todiscover y rel identity.” Tese re therocks tht lured John wy ro the skillednd dened trde o construction into theunredictble nd, or hi, ore ulllingcreer o stone scultor. Soe stones hvereosed in his view or over  yer beoreinsirtion struck. Others hve etorhosedduring the sculting rocess, s his intuitive re-ovl o teril exosed hidden ossibilities.Tese rt scultures re the rtners with whohe ost enjoys the dnce. Tey re lso the iecestht he isses the ost when they re urchsed.
 A Hard Place
Seven yers go Schweighrdt nd his wie Lies,lredy the ortunte rents o six helthy dugh-ters, suered the inexlicble loss o their seventhgirl twenty-ve weeks into the regnncy. Whenthe coule ws unble to nd  tobstone thtseeed rorite, John’s longtie love o stonesled hi to  locl grvel it where he retrieved 500-ound rble boulder. Coincidentlly, he no-ticed  serene stone sculture while t  client’shouse, nd they chose Ottw scultor Ali Husseinto crve the ce o the Virgin Mry on the bby’seoril stone. John decided to sooth the stone
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hisel in rertion or the inscrition theychose, nd hd n eihny. He bsolutely lovedworking with stone.It wsn’t until 2007 tht he crved his rst stonebowl. By Fther’s Dy weekend in 2008 he’d exhib-ited his works t Kiwi Grdens in Perth. When n-other rtist suggested tht he widen his horizons bysculting objects other thn bowls, Schweighrdtws recetive. He sontneously hd crved twosh on exosed stones on the th leding to hisoutdoor studio. His decdes s  crenter ndbuilder hd given hi  welth o skill nd exeri-ence in using tools nd niulting hevy teri-ls. Te chllenge o creting beuty through thesilicity o reductionis — by reoving terilto revel innte otentil — ws irresistible.
Down a Destined Path
Ater high school in the outskirts o oronto, Johntrvelled to Cliorni in serch o dventure nd theening o lie. He worked s  volunteer or sev-erl orgniztions roviding ssistnce to kids withsecil needs. On  whi, he trvelled to the Lnrkre with  buddy to visit utul riends. He styed,et his wie Lies while swiing in the Mississi-i River, nd ound  job s  lbourer building  loghouse or orer CBC roducer nd director PtrickWtson. When he nd Lies decided to buy  hoe,the coule settled in the re where Lies grew u.John ut his construction nd renovtion skills togood use on their current hoe, now lso the site o his studio Living Stones Scultures, t 1787 3
rd
Con-cession Dlhousie, Lnrk Highlnds.One look t his “Living Stones” veries tht Sch-weighrdt is verstile,  quick lerner, nd soeonewho tkes ride in his work. As  young n, thosettributes soon enbled hi to strike out on his owns  builder nd crenter. He believes tht his trnsition ro buildero hoes to scultor o stones is  th tht ws chosen or hi. Hiswork suorts his cli. It is hrd to igine tht, in less thn ve yers, this rtist hs creted the wide diversity o suerb unctionlnd unky ieces tht dorn his outdoor studio in the Lnrk High-lnds nd er in reutble glleries, in restigious collections, ndon his very roessionl website t <livingstonesscultures.c>. A clickon scultures, bowls, birdbths or sinks revels the innte es-thetic nd ture condence tht elevtes Schwieghrdt’s skillwith his tools into n excetionl rtistic tlent.
Ontario Stones Rock
In Schweighrdt’s gited hnds, the ediu ers willingto yield its essge. His rt scultures o ersonlities thteerge under his diond-studded tools re rticulrly c-tivting. He works with Estern Ontrio stone creully hr- vested ro bndoned qurries, elds, beches, rodsides,nd occsionlly ro loctions brought to his ttention bycustoers, riends nd other rtists. Te rnge o colours ndtterns is scinting. Pinks, greens, blcks, silvers, sots,ecks, lines, tterns — ll distinguish the excetionl rnge o rock rovided by our rich heritge o glcitions. Quick ouseclicks cross Schweighrdt’s web iges o stunning scultedsinks nd bowls roduce  lethor o rw terils with ex-otic nes like gneiss, erthite eldsr, hibolite…Reders o 
the
Hu re ortunte to hve ny oortunitiesto dire John Schweighrdt’s exquisitely shed nd wondrous-ly tterned stone scultures. Close to hoe is the th nnul
Sundance Studio our
on Lbour Dy Weekend, Seteber 3 to 5.Tis “wlking studio tour” etures the works o ny ne rtistsnd tkes lce t 1047 Zelnd Rd. in Mberly (sundncestudio.c,268–2171). Fro October 8 to 10, John’s ieces will be on disly tStudio 3 o the
Perth Autumn Studio our
t 1848 Old Brooke Rd.<erthstudiotour.co>.Another good excuse to indulge your rtistic etite is the dis-ly o Schweighrdt ieces t the deliciously eclectic gllery oenedrecently by ellow rtists nd neighbours Adrinn nd Dve Crd.
Peace of Mind Creations and Friends
is locted in the new Herit-ge Court t 14 Mill Street in Alonte (eceoindcretions.co/new-gllery, 461–7662).Detils on these nd other oortunities re listed on the bck o histrding crd t the to o this ge, nd t <livingstonesscultures.c>.You cn rech John t <js@livingstonesscultures.c> nd t 259–2203.

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