Parallel Destinies Speaker Series - A Twin Talk on Two Grand River Painters: Carl Ahrens and Homer Watson

Parallel Destinies Speaker Series

The Dundas Museum and Archives invites you to join us this summer for the Parallel Destinies Speaker Series and celebrate our artistic heritage.

The Parallel Destinies Speaker Series will explore the lives and careers of the two great Canadian landscape artists Homer Watson (1855-1936) and Carl Ahrens (1862-1936). These insightful and entertaining talks will highlight the similarities and differences, to make their work known, understood and appreciated.

There are three events scheduled for this summer.

We begin each with an exclusive up close and personal tour of the show led by Sandu Sindile, our Collections Manager and the curator of the exhibit. A lecture will follow the tour. The evening concludes with refreshments, and more time for questions and reflections.

As a bonus, if you are the proud owner of artwork by Homer Watson or Carl Ahrens, you are invited to bring it along for a “show and tell”. Sandu will be happy to speak with you about your piece and you may learn something you didn’t know!


  1. “A Twin Talk on Two Grand River Painters: Carl Ahrens and Homer Watson” by rych mills.

Thursday, August 6, from 5.00-8.00 pm. Lecture begins at 6.00pm.

rych mills is a Kitchener local historian with a deep interest in Waterloo County’s historical artists. mills has authored two books on Kitchener history and dozens of historical articles for various publications. He is currently editor and publication chair for the Waterloo Historical Society and contributes a weekly column titled Flash from the Past to the Waterloo Region Record.

During his presentation on August 6 at Dundas Museum and Gallery he will take a brief look at less-well-known aspects of the two artists’ lives and work.

The Parallel Destinies Speaker Series is free. A suggested donation of $10 for each event will support the exhibition program of the Dundas Museum & Archives.

Interested in the rest of our Speaker Series? Here’s the links to Kim Bullock’s presentation and Dr. Abigail Richardson-Schulte’s.