Going back to the beginning, the heart of the Ottawa Valley Farm
Show remains the Seed Show, part of Hall of Fame exhibit mounted
by the Farm Show's sponsor, the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers
Association, near the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Court of Honour.
Every year, qualified judges come in ahead of opening day to assess
the various crop and seed entries and determine the prize winners.
Those entries then go on display in the Court of Honour, along with
trophies to be awarded at a special ceremony.
The Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association will host a reception for Seed
Awards winners March 11, the second day of the 2015 Ottawa Valley Farm Show
at the new EY Centre. To be held near the Court of Honour beginning at 12
noon, the event will consist of awards presentation open to all visitors, and
luncheon reserved for winners and their guests.
The ceremony used to be held on the final day of the show following the annual
Prestigious Pedigreed Seed Sale. This was changed in 2007. "We decided to
separate the awards ceremony from the sale and give it stature on its own as an
important part of the show," said Seed Committee Chairman Jim Arbuckle.
The Seed Sale has, since its inception, has raised about $110,000 for
the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
The Seed Auction always features an agriculturally releted piece of art,
and Phyllis MacMaster has been the successful bidder for many of
|2015 FARM SHOW ARTIST BEGAN IN WAR-TORN BRITAIN
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For Joan Hopkins, her love of interpreting natural and man-made scenes on canvas began when she was seven years old at her grandfather’s small mixed farm in the
Wiltshire region of West England. It was during WWII and she’d been sent to the farm to avoid the bombing raids. She became captivated with the gardens and landscape
around her and reproduced the scenes in crayon. Later, she was to graduate to water colours, oil points and other media.
In 1981, she came to Canada with husband Terry. In 1984, she opened a studio on King Street in Chesterville where, for the next several decades, she instilled her love of
painting in child and adult students. Terry passed away about a year ago and Joan, 83 – who still paints - now lives at Russell Meadows Seniors Residence which has
recently held an exhibition of her works.
An associate member of the Ottawa Watercolour Society, Joan’s paintings reflect a combination of stimuli she felt at the time, the way she saw a subject figuratively and
imaginatively, and whether the result was to be abstract, semi abstract, impressionist, or realistic.
Sponsored by Secan, the Ottawa Valley Farm Show purchased Joan’s “Wild Horses” to be offered at the annual Prestigious Pedigreed Seed Sale March 12, with net
proceeds going to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. To date, the seed sale has raised more than $100,000 for CHEO. Wild Horses mixes Joan’s love for the
animal - which she first became close to on her grandfather’s farm - with a vivid imagination. She had a vision and painted the red horse (“red is my colour”); almost
without thinking, she added the other horses to the painting. “Horses are wonderful, kind and generous. There’s no better feeling than watching a horse coming across a
field to greet you.”
The second painting shown with Joan depicts the scene she saw beyond the farm where, as a young girl, she spent part of the war.