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Art meets fashion at Oakville Museum’s new exhibition opening May 27, 2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016 – for immediate release

Art meets fashion at Oakville Museum’s new exhibition opening May 27, 2016

What do Pierre Trudeau, Elizabeth Taylor and The Beatles have in common? They are all featured in Oakville’s newest Art and Fashion exhibition that will take visitors on a 250-year journey through the world of paintings and couture.

“This exhibit explores the relationship between fashion and the art of its time and we’re very excited to showcase nine of our most exquisite gowns paired with nine unique artistic movements,” said Carolyn Cross, Curator of Collections at Oakville Museum.

The exhibit begins with a 1766 French court style gown featuring lace, silk and embroidery paired with the Rococo art that reflects the desire for luxury and excess which came to a halt with the French Revolution.

From there the exhibit proceeds to cover most of the major art movements of the 19th and 20th centuries including the Impressionists and Expressionists before reaching a Pop Art finale highlighting iconic artifacts from the 1960s. A Pierre Trudeau paper dress is displayed with a copy of Andy Warhol’s Silver Liz and the Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album by The Beatles.

“In 1968, a journalist said that electing Pierre Trudeau was like voting for a Beatle because he was so popular so we had to put these pieces together,” Cross explained. “It really is a fun exhibit and you don’t have to be an art historian or a fashion devotee to enjoy it.”

The Art and Fashion exhibition runs from May 27, 2016 to June 18, 2017 at the Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate, 8 Navy Street, in downtown Oakville. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and admission is free.

For more information, visit the Oakville Museum page.


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Egyptomania brings Ancient Egypt to life at Oakville Museum

Monday, October 05, 2015 – for immediate release

Egyptomania brings Ancient Egypt to life at Oakville Museum

Ancient Egypt takes over the Oakville Museum this month with Egyptomania – a fun and informative lineup of engaging Ancient Egypt activities and lectures for all ages.

Programs include a How to Write Hieroglyphs workshop, a Mummy Making workshop for kids, and an evening Egyptomania lecture and wine and cheese, along with a special exhibit of Egyptian-inspired artifacts and clothing. Oakville Museum is presenting Egyptomania through a partnership with Ancient Egypt Alive, a professional association devoted to education around Ancient Egypt.

“Ancient Egypt has always had a special allure with Oakville residents,” said Carolyn Cross, curator of collections at the Oakville Museum. “Many of our 1920s and 1930s exhibits demonstrate just how enamoured our early residents were with the art, style and culture of the Egyptians, so we are excited to bring Egyptomania back to Oakville this fall.”

Egyptomania runs concurrently with the From Oakville to Abydos exhibit at the Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate celebrating the life and art of Oakville Egyptologist Amice Calverley. The exhibit runs from October 23 to November 21, 2015.

“We are thrilled to bring Egyptomania to the beautiful Oakville Museum,” says Thomas Greiner, co-director of Ancient Egypt Alive. “Our events for kids and parents alike will strive to stoke the everlasting fascination in the lives of the ancient Egyptians – and also show the special connection between Canada and Egypt.”

Ancient Egypt events at the Oakville Museum include:

Write like an Egyptian: Hieroglyphs 101 (Age: 8+)

Friday, October 9, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $5, Maximum 24 participants. Call 905-338-4400 or email oakvillemuseum@oakville.ca to reserve your spot.

Fashion, Fantasy and Egyptomania in the 1920s: Wine and Cheese Lecture (Age 18+)

Friday, October 23, 7 to 9 p.m.
Free event. RSVP to oakvillemuseum@oakville.ca or call 905-338-4400.

Mummy Making Workshop (Age: 8-12)

Sunday, October 25, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $10, Maximum 24 participants. Call 905-338-4400 or email oakvillemuseum@oakville.ca to reserve your spot.

For more information and program descriptions visit the Oakville Museum page.


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New youth centre opening in Glen Abbey in January 2016

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 – for immediate release

New youth centre opening in Glen Abbey in January 2016

Public invited to information session on Monday, September 28, 2015

Oakville youth will have access to a safe and supervised space with a wide range of services and resources when the town’s newest youth centre opens its door in Glen Abbey in January 2016.

“Engaging and involving youth in our community is one of our top priorities,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “We have seen great success with youth centres in other neighbourhoods and we’re excited about the positive impact this new location will have on the youth of Glen Abbey and the broader community.”

The new centre at 1131 Nottinghill Gate will replace the Oakville Youth Centre located at 177 Cross Avenue which has seen a decline in attendance in recent years due to a demographic shift in the neighbourhood. The town’s lease on that property expires in November and the centre will close November 1, 2015.

In 2012 the town’s Parks, Recreation and Library Master Plan identified the need for a youth centre north of the QEW. The new location was selected due to its ample space and close proximity to a large residential area with a significant population of children and youth. It is also situated within walking distance to three elementary schools, two secondary schools and is on an Oakville Transit route.

“Not only will the centre be a supervised space where young people can access homework help, computers, job search resources and an onsite library, it will also be a welcoming environment where everyone can feel a sense of belonging,” said Tricia Lewis, senior manager of Recreation Services. “We’re looking forward to sharing more details at our upcoming information session.”

The town will host a public information session about the new centre on Monday, September 28, 2015 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the St. Matthew Catholic Elementary School Library located at 1050 Nottinghill Gate.

Town staff will share information about youth programs and services, the proposed facility layout, amenities, and timeline for construction and official opening. They will also discuss opportunities for local youth to get involved in personalizing the centre.

The Town of Oakville was recently recognized as Youth Friendly Community with gold status for its outstanding commitment to providing young people with opportunities to play, participate in and contribute to their community. For more information about Oakville’s youth programs and services, visit the Youth page.


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What’s happening at town hall – May 12 to 16, 2014

Friday, May 09, 2014 – for immediate release

What’s happening at town hall – May 12 to 16, 2014

Do you want to know what’s happening at Town Hall? Are you interested in participating in local government? Here’s a highlight of what’s happening May 12 to 16, 2014.

May 12

Planning and Development Council (Addendum)
Location: Town Hall, Council Chamber, 7 to 10 p.m.

Consent item:
Subdivision Agreement -1371975 Ontario Inc. (Markay Homes) 3113 Upper Middle Road, 24T-12005

Public Hearing items:
Public Hearing – Zoning By-law Amendment, 915643 Ontario Inc. (File Z.1614.70), 177 and 185 Cross Avenue, 580 Argus Road
Public Meeting Report – Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment – Grandview Living Inc. 114 Maurice Drive – File No. Z.1617.42

Discussion items:
Notice of Intention to Demolish – 2347 Royal Windsor Drive
Notice of Intention to Demolish – 335 Lakeshore Road West
Livable by Design Manual (Part A) Recommendation Report, Official Plan Amendment (File 42.24.008) By-law 2014-033
Recommendation Report – Zoning By-law and Draft Plan of Subdivision – 404072 Ontario Limited (Mattamy Development Corp) File: 24T-12011, Z.1314.06 – By-law 2014-063

Advisory Committee minutes:
Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee (April 29, 2014)

Public Meeting for a proposed zoning by-law amendment at 177 and 185 Cross Avenue and 580 Argus Road for Salmona and Tregunno Inc. (for 915643 Ontario Inc.), ZA 1614.70, Ward 3
Location: Town Hall, Council Chamber, 7 to 10 p.m.

May 13

Site Plan Committee
Location: Town Hall, Trafalgar and Oakville rooms, 5 to 7 p.m.

May 14

Public Information Meeting for a proposed official plan and zoning by-law amendment at 3108 and 3130 Sixth Line for V!VA Oakville Facilities Inc. & V!VA Oakville Towns Inc. (V!VA Retirement Communities), Z.1316.03, Ward 5
Location: Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre, 2200 Sawgrass Drive, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

What’s happening at Town Hall provides an overview of upcoming Town of Oakville meetings and other events. The public is welcome to attend these meetings. For agendas and copies of reports, please visit the agendas and minutes page. For more information and additional upcoming meetings, please visit the Council calendar or news and notices page.

For more information

Kathy Patrick
Supervisor, Council and Committee Services
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 4235
kpatrick@oakville.ca


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Bridesmaids Revisited exhibition opens June 9 at Oakville Museum

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 – for immediate release

Bridesmaids Revisited exhibition opens June 9 at Oakville Museum

Despite what a well-meaning bride might say, some bridesmaid dresses were only meant to be worn once. That’s the lesson many Oakville women have learned over the years as they’ve suffered and survived the fashion trends, triumphs and tragedies of their day. Isn’t it about time they had some revenge?

Bridesmaids Revisited, a new exhibition opening at the Oakville Museum, offers that revenge. This light-hearted collection features nearly 50 dresses, including some that are hideous, eccentric or even laughable along with those that are beautiful and some that even stand the test of time.

“While exploring bridesmaid fashion trends of the past, the Oakville Museum’s goal is to encourage the community to come together and share their stories,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “It’s a great way to experience the town’s unique history through an entertaining and educational exhibit.”

Although superficially fun, the exhibition includes a significant research component that investigates and examines bridesmaid traditions and customs over the years as well as the meaning and rationale behind their role. Featuring dresses from every era since 1940, the exhibition includes gowns from a variety of civil and religious ceremonies.

“Many Oakville women own bridesmaids dresses that they’ve spent months preparing to wear,” said Carolyn Cross, curator of collections at the Oakville Museum. “These dresses were then shoved to the back of their closets, never to be seen again once the big day was over. This exhibition gives Oakville women a chance to tell the story of their dress as well as reminisce about the glorious, and let’s be honest, sometimes heinous task of being a bridesmaid.”

Bridesmaids Revisited opens Saturday, June 9 at the Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate and runs through May 12, 2013. Located at 8 Navy Street, the museum will be open from 1-4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, starting June 9. Admission is always free. Extended summer hours, noon to 5 p.m., begin June 30 and continue through September 3.

Visit the Oakville Museum exhibits and collections web page for details.

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Carolyn Cross
Curator of Collections, Oakville Museum
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 5020
ccross@oakville.ca

Kimberly Moser
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3096
kmoser@oakville.ca


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Bridesmaids Revisited…it’s your turn for revenge!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 – for immediate release

Bridesmaids Revisited…it’s your turn for revenge!

Former bridesmaids asked to show-off their haute couture disasters and triumphs

Attention former bridesmaids of Oakville! We want to see the fashion trends and mishaps you proudly flaunted at a wedding to appease the bride. If you have a closet-full of memories you’d like to share, the Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate invites you to bring your dress to Oakville Place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 22 to tell us if you loved it or loathed it! 

“We have all fallen victim to unflattering fashion trends, but bridesmaids have no choice. It’s their job to wear exactly what the bride picks for them,” explained Carolyn Cross, curator of collections at the Oakville Museum. “Let’s be honest. Some dresses were only meant to be worn once, despite what a well-meaning bride may have told you. We want to see those dresses.”

Oakville Museum curatorial staff will be on site to discover Oakville’s ‘aisle style’ and may just ask to borrow your bridesmaid dress for their May 2012 exhibit entitled Bridesmaids Revisited! Dresses from every era up until present day including the eccentric, laughable and beautiful are wanted for the collection that will explore bridesmaid trends, traditions and customs of the past.

“If you have a shiny satin, bright taffeta or curiously shaped gown gathering dust in your closet, we want to see it,” said Cross. “We also want to know about the bridesmaid dress you wish the bride had picked out for you. And if you’re one of the few bridesmaids that escaped unscathed and wore the most exquisite bridesmaid dress ever, we want to hear from you too.”

This light hearted exhibit offers Oakville women a chance to tell their dress’ side of the story. The Bridesmaids Revisited exhibit…it’s your turn for revenge! For more information visit the Oakville Museum website.

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Curator of Collections, Oakville Museum
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 5020
ccross@oakville.ca
           
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Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3005
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Oakville Museum celebrates 100 years of Scouting with new exhibition

Friday, February 11, 2011 – for immediate release

Oakville Museum celebrates 100 years of Scouting with new exhibition

Over the past 100 years, thousands of Oakville youth have found adventure through scouting. The Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate is celebrating this anniversary with its new exhibition, Scouts’ Honour: 100 Years of Adventure in Oakville, which launches at a free family event on Saturday, February 19, 2011, from 1 to 4 p.m. The event includes camp-inspired snacks, “dogsled” races, Cub car racing, outdoor camping demonstrations and campfire stories.

“Oakville Scouts have played a significant role in our town’s history,” said long-time supporter of Oakville Scouts, Mayor Rob Burton. “This exhibition highlights a special piece of Oakville’s heritage and I encourage all residents to visit the Oakville Museum to learn more.”

The exhibition features a 1920s camp menu with cooking instructions, historic uniforms, badges, manuals, flags and a genuine wolf’s head totem used by the Second Oakville Troop. Visitors can also listen to campfire stories and watch a video interview with Roy Kelley, a Scout in Oakville in the 1920s. The exhibition runs from February 19, 2011 to March 1, 2012 at the Oakville Museum. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

“Since Frank H. Chisholm’s single troop in 1911, Oakville Scouts have maintained a strong and meaningful presence in the community,” said Carolyn Cross, curator of collections at the Oakville Museum. “This exhibition has lots of hands-on activities such as knot tying, animal tracking, guessing the age of a tree and a survival game. It should be lots of fun for the whole family.”

Located in downtown Oakville at 8 Navy Street, the Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate was originally the home of the town’s founding family. The beautiful heritage building and grounds offer stunning views of Lake Ontario and the harbour. The museum tells Oakville’s stories through tours, changing exhibitions, special events and programs.

For more information on Scouts’ Honour: 100 Years of Adventure in Oakville or the Oakville Museum, please contact Carolyn Cross at 905-845-6601, ext. 5020 or ccross@oakville.ca. Visit the Oakville Museum page to learn more about current exhibitions, collections, programs and events.

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Town of Oakville
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