Few locals know of Brockville’s connection to the Group of Seven.
That link will become a lot clearer this spring, when the Brockville Museum hosts three works of A.Y. Jackson alongside the paintings of a lesser-known artist who called Fernbank home at least part of the time.
Painting Picnic with Prudence Heward, which will run Mar. 31 to Oct. 9, will highlight the work of Heward, a member of the Beaver Hall Group whose paintings of Brockville and the area will be shown together here for the first time.
Museum curator/director Natalie Wood also hopes the exhibit will introduce locals to a significant artist whom they can claim as one of their own.
“It’s not a story very many people know about, but it’s a national story that Brockville has a piece in,” said Wood.
Prudence Heward was born in Montreal in 1896. Although she lived in Montreal, her family had a cottage at Fernbank, along the river just west of the city.