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The Henderson Family Art Show at Steam Whistle Brewing!

To close their 2010 Art Show Series, Steam Whistle Brewing welcomes the Henderson Family to their gallery for the month of November.

This artistically talented family – father Bruce Henderson, a Bridgewater, Nova Scotia resident, and his three Toronto-based children, Chris, Jill and Jenny, all current or past Steam Whistle staff - will display their collective artworks November 3-30th 2010 at The Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd., Toronto.
The exhibit will consist of breathtaking oil paintings by father Bruce and youngest Jenny, larger-than-life comic-book style illustrations from eldest Chris, and captivating photography by second-born Jill. The three artistically inclined siblings had become part of the Steam Whistle Family in succession since 2004, as they arrived individually from Nova Scotia to Toronto. While Chris has recently left the brewery to begin an illustration career, and Jill to pursue her career as a teacher, Jenny continues to work for Steam Whistle as a Supervisor in the Retail & Events Department while adding to her body of artwork.
Collectively, the Henderson clan exemplifies the close knit, family-oriented business model of Steam Whistle Brewing, and The Henderson Family Art Show lends the microbrewery another opportunity to support and give back to its loyal and dedicated staff members. “We are an organization that is very passionate about crafting exceptional beer, but we also support the personal passions of our employees and the greater community. We are thrilled to host The Henderson Family Art Show in our Gallery” beams Greg Taylor, brewery Co-founder.

Join The Henderson Family for the Opening Night Party, Wednesday November 3, 2010 from 7-11 pm. Steam Whistle Brewing, The Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd., Toronto. M5V 3M9 or visit the brewery all month long to check out the wonderful art work created by this immensely talented family.

About the Artists:

Bruce Henderson

Bruce Henderson was born in the small town of Inverness, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, in 1948. While Bruce took a few summer art courses at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick his talent has been honed through self-teaching and his own experimentation. Inspired by artists such as Alex Colville and Tom Forrestall, he uses watercolor sketches as preliminary studies for his paintings. His subject matter consists primarily of Nova Scotian landscapes and its small fishing communities. In 2005, Bruce was inspired to return to oil painting.

Bruce and his wife Barb continue to live in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. Since his retirement from the lab in the fall of 2006, Bruce has completely re-immersed himself in his art.

Chris Henderson

Chris was born and raised in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. The eldest of the Henderson children, he was the first to be influenced by his father's passion for visual art. Starting with drawing cartoons and comic books, Chris' style would evolve to include... well, cartoons and comics. With no formal training, he has been honing his skills on his own and has brought new life to his work through the use of ink and computer rendering. Chris has developed several comic strips, created a Steam Whistle comic book, and has put together a TV pitch for a cartoon show called Jesus: The Awkward Years. It will not be hitting the airwaves any time soon.
Chris has spent last six years working at Steam Whistle Brewing as a draught technician, and has recently left to begin his illustration career. He is very excited to be sharing his first art show with his amazingly talented family. Chris lives in Toronto with his wonderful fiancé, Vanessa, and their beautiful dog, Atticus.

Jill Henderson

Jill was born and raised in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, and grew up in a passionately artistic family. Jill studied at Mount Allison University with a focus on Psychology and Social Sciences. She then moved to Toronto, began working for Steam Whistle Brewing, and pursued her Degree in Teaching at OISE. This shift in scenery is what inspired Jill to begin experimenting with photography. Jill feels that she has inherited her family’s artistic vision of seeing the art in her surroundings, which is captured in her photography.

She is currently living in Toronto and teaching at a wonderful elementary school centered in an artistic community. She feels privileged to be sharing this show with three extremely unique and talented artists and is proud of her family for always emphasizing creative priorities and fulfilling their need for a life with art.

Jenny Henderson

Jenny grew up in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia where she was influenced by her father’s artistic passion. With plenty of access to art supplies in the house she began drawing at a very young age. Her father, the realist painter, and brother the illustrator, she grew up adjacent to these two styles of art-making, and sees her practice as a hybrid of the two-- a sort of illustrative realism.

In 2008 Jenny graduated with a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. During her four years at NSCAD she discovered that her main interest lies in color. Influenced by Wayne Thiebaud and Edward Hopper, color is the subject of her paintings, and matter is the vehicle.

Jenny was the Artist-in-Residence at Toronto’s Spadina House Museum and created a series of paintings entitled Composing Toronto. One painting from this series is now part of the City of Toronto’s Permanent Collection. Jenny lives in Toronto and works at Steam Whistle Brewing while pursuing her art on the side.

About Steam Whistle Gallery:

Steam Whistle Brewing hosts monthly art shows and exhibitions in their Retail & Hospitality area to showcase local creative talent. Although many exhibitors are established artists, some are showing for the first time. Steam Whistle does not charge rent for their gallery space, nor is a commission earned on any works that are sold. At the close of each show, one piece from the show (of the artist’s choice) is donated to their collection.

All exhibitions are open free to the public- Monday to Thursday from 12 noon to 6 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11 am -6pm, and Sunday from 11am to 5 pm.
Steam Whistle Brewing- The Roundhouse- 255 Bremner Blvd. Toronto. (just south of the CN Tower) 416 362 2337 x 246.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, November 03, 2010
End Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Event Type: Art
Location: Steam Whistle Brewery, The Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd. Toronto
Time: Opening Night Party November 3, 7-11pm, exhibit on display all month
Ticket: free