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TI Life Happenings in August

TI Life Happenings in August

When we published this August issue, we just learned of the fire on August 14th, on Wellesley Island at the corner of St. Lawrence Avenue and Rainbow Street east, home of the Guzzle. Our thoughts are with all those whose summer-lives are touched by this tragic event. Luckily there were no injuries, however the Park lost its Fire Station and equipment. I find the footage difficult to watch, but it is important...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in November 2012

TI Life in November 2012

As we launch there are still thousands in NJ, CT, NY, and NYC, suffering from the loss of family, power, homes, and livelihoods - we extend our heartfelt thoughts..... Everyone deserves a “last hit of Summer” so thanks to Great Lake Swimmers give us a new music video… Watch it now!
by: Susan W. Smith
Join the Paint Out

Join the Paint Out

  4th Annual Rockport International Plein Air Paint Out – ...
by: Bruce Sherman
The Wind in the Islands, by Scott Ouderkirk

The Wind in the Islands, by Scott Ouderkirk

I was reading The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame for the umpteenth time, and all I could think about was that I ...
by: Scott Ouderkirk
Artist Maureen Sheridan

Artist Maureen Sheridan

“I am a realist,” says Maureen Sheridan. Her comment made me think, “I am too.”, as I loved every piece of her work a...
by: Susan W. Smith
Reflections of a Local Biographer Chronicling His Grandfather’s Life & Works

Reflections of a Local Biographer Chronicling His Grandfather’s Life & Works

I first knew stained glass was something special, when my father brought home from work, two small, triangular-shaped pi...
by: William Lawrence Meikle
Janet Sullins: River Queen of Arts

Janet Sullins: River Queen of Arts

Most people who live or visit the Thousand Islands have seen River Artist: Janet Sullins’ photographs.   They ...
by: Kathi McCarthy
Will Salisbury Making Waves

Will Salisbury Making Waves

Will Salisbury began his art adventure more than four decades ago. “It was in Big Sur in 1971, that my first sales occur...
by: Susan W. Smith
Life After Death for a Wooden Boat

Life After Death for a Wooden Boat

The life of a wooden boat can be harsh. As they age, these boats are often one problem away from being unceremoniously p...
by: Scott Ouderkirk
David Parkins - A big world view, from little Lansdowne, Ontario

David Parkins - A big world view, from little Lansdowne, Ontario

David Parkins is a top notch illustrator, whose work is seen in high profile international magazines, award winning ‘pic...
by: Liz Huff
Photography by Joseph T. Meirose IV

Photography by Joseph T. Meirose IV

Sometimes we see a beautiful photograph and think, “I wish that I could take photographs like that”. Well, that’s what I...
by: Susan W. Smith
Our Lovely Man from the North Country

Our Lovely Man from the North Country

Remington died of appendicitis in 1909 at the age of 48. Theodore Roosevelt...
by: Deborah Shaw
RiverQuest UpDate…

RiverQuest UpDate…

Riverquest...It’s all about inspiring curiosity! So whatever things you are “In Quest of”, be it adventure...
by: Morgan McLellan
Explore Bay House Artisans

Explore Bay House Artisans

What happened when eight talented artisans got together and brain stormed?  A new business was formed which gave lo...
by: Susan W. Smith
A Look Back in Time…

A Look Back in Time…

Now That We’re Here, Where Will We Stay? Some people collect postcards or stamps but my efforts  turned to acquiri...
by: Robert L. Matthews, narrated by Jan Eliot
Ashlie Corcoran takes the helm…

Ashlie Corcoran takes the helm…

For the first time since the Thousand Islands Playhouse was formed in 1982, a new Artistic Director has taken the reins....
by: Debbie Bennett
1000 Islands 130 Years Ago

1000 Islands 130 Years Ago

There are times in one’s life when the stars seem to be in alignment and maybe this to be one of those times.  It i...
by: Robert L. Matthews, narrated by Jan Eliot
Who?  George Rockwell [1821-1897]

Who? George Rockwell [1821-1897]

Who? George Rockwell? Never heard of him! No, it doesn’t surprise me as he flew under my radar for a while. Let me star...
by: Robert L. Matthews
The Great Escape at Singer Castle

The Great Escape at Singer Castle

Excitement is in the air! We are heading downriver on an October Saturday, cutting through the rippling waters of the St...
by: M.A. Noble
Remington's Heaven

Remington's Heaven

Temagami Island   I am in Chippewa Bay 10 miles below Alexandria Bay. Seven miles wide here and blows like hell ev...
by: Kim Lunman
Little Boxes, Little Boxes.. Fort Henry Connection

Little Boxes, Little Boxes.. Fort Henry Connection

2012 marks the 175th anniversary of the 1837/38 Upper Canadian Rebellions. This is a chapter in that story which has a F...
by: John Carter
Bruce Sherman - Just a River Boy... and Painter Passing Through!

Bruce Sherman - Just a River Boy... and Painter Passing Through!

A.W. Bruce Sherman usually wears a cap. On it, in bold letters, is “Art Matters”, and for him it really does.  He a...
by: Susan W. Smith
Where did it all begin? Underwater music…

Where did it all begin? Underwater music…

Where did it all begin? I wasn’t old enough to hold a guitar, but my Uncle Tom both played professionally and gave lessons...
by: Peg Dolan
Discovering Frank T. Lent

Discovering Frank T. Lent

I live a long way from the Thousand Islands but my quest to discover who designed my home in Worcester, Massachusetts le...
by: Dolores R. Buckley
Wolfe Island, Scene of the Crime

Wolfe Island, Scene of the Crime

Every year, on the second Saturday in August, the members of a criminal cohort make their way by ferry to peaceful, buco...
by: Vicki Delany
James Churchward’s Fishing Among the Thousand Islands

James Churchward’s Fishing Among the Thousand Islands

James Churchward, who lived from 1851 to 1936,  wrote a series of books on the Lost Continent of Mu  , in whic...
by: Jack E. Churchward
The “Titanic” and Grindstone

The “Titanic” and Grindstone

One hundred years ago, 14 April 1912 the RMS Titanic sank in the icy waters of the North Atlantic, 1,514 perished. Consi...
by: Rex Ennis
T I Collectables, Part III, Wheelock Souvenir China

T I Collectables, Part III, Wheelock Souvenir China

The Wheelock family began selling china in Wisconsin..
by: Robert L. Matthews
Sketching Memories: Robert Hedden Artist

Sketching Memories: Robert Hedden Artist

Most of us go on holiday with our trusty cameras ready to capture our memories, but Robert Hedden travels with a sketch ...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Collectables, Part I Squiggle Glass

TI Collectables, Part I Squiggle Glass

When my wife, Prudence, and I began to collect, we didn’t understand or recognize the value of glass and consequently le...
by: Robert L. Matthews
Augusta Cecconi-Bates: Willow Wind

Augusta Cecconi-Bates: Willow Wind

Augusta Cecconi-Bates is known as a composer of operas and operettas. Her most recent operettas were not only written in the Thousand Islands, but were inspired by characters
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Robert Orr’s Knives and Wood…

Robert Orr’s Knives and Wood…

Robert Orr, of Lemon Island in the Admiralty Islands, admits he can’t draw and that he is color blind, but his prize win...
by: Susan W. Smith
Ringer’s Mountains & Valleys

Ringer’s Mountains & Valleys

Artist and writer Michael Ringer, gave me the opportunity to peek inside his new book… Ringer’s Mountains & Valleys Northern New York...
by: Susan W. Smith
Artist Kelly Curry

Artist Kelly Curry

“I never touched a paint brush until age thirty-five,” Kelly Curry says proudly. But in the past decade, she has painted...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Preserving & Promoting Heritage Arts

Preserving & Promoting Heritage Arts

When the Craft School opened in 1966 there were 44 students learning the art of handweaving on looms either purchased or...
by: Rebecca Hopfinger
“Camp Grindstone”

“Camp Grindstone”

“Camp Grindstone,” written by Henry Eckford and illustrated by William Allen Rogers, appeared in the August 1885 issue o...
by: Robert L. Matthews
“…flying by the seat of our pants”

“…flying by the seat of our pants”

Karen Bockus and her friends have cooked up a creative way to give people a chance to observe professional artists at wo...
by: Liz Huff
A Potter and an Artist

A Potter and an Artist

St. Lawrence Pottery located on Route 12N about  5 miles east of Clayton, features John Arnot’s ceramic art as well...
by: Susan W. Smith
An Easy “A” … and a Michael Ringer Morning…

An Easy “A” … and a Michael Ringer Morning…

Michael Ringer almost chose “Shop” when he was in Grade 7, but his best friend suggested that the two of them sign up fo...
by: Michael Ringer and Susan Smith
Tony Mollica’s Boats

Tony Mollica’s Boats

The Central New York winter season has become my model building time. Several models have been built for collectors...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
Artouch in Gananoque

Artouch in Gananoque

Consistent with our mission of raising the bar, Thousand Island Life seeks to recognize exceptional quality. A new enter...
by: Susan W. Smith
Photos and Music Celebrate the Thousand Islands

Photos and Music Celebrate the Thousand Islands

Beijing,China-Vancouver,BC-Chicago & Brockville-Clayton These are just a few of the stops on The Great Lake Swimmers’ 2010 Tour.
by: Erin McCarthy Brick
Part Two, Summering Among the Thousand Islands

Part Two, Summering Among the Thousand Islands

For the past three months, Robert L. Matthews has given our readers a unique peek at those long forgotten illustrators w...
by: Robert L. Matthews
Sherman Ward: Portrait of a Man

Sherman Ward: Portrait of a Man

Sherman C. Ward Jr. is one half of the dynamic duo known as Sherman & Ann. A busy man with many roles: Director, Pla...
by: Hope Marshall
Summering Among the Thousand Islands

Summering Among the Thousand Islands

Charles S. Graham was an itinerant, self taught sketch artist born 1852 in Illinois.
by: Robert L. Matthews
Andrea Mossop – Powerful interpreter of the Frontenac Arch

Andrea Mossop – Powerful interpreter of the Frontenac Arch

The people at the Frontenac Arch Biosphere organization recently invited Andrea Mossop to do an on-the-spot painting dur...
by: Liz Huff
Four More Thousand Islands Illustrators

Four More Thousand Islands Illustrators

In the February issue of Thousand Islands Life Magazine we introduced Howard Pyle, one of North America’s premier illust...
by: Robert L. Matthews
Howard Pyle, Illustrator Extraordinaire

Howard Pyle, Illustrator Extraordinaire

The second in a series on illustrators of the Thousand Islands.
by: Robert L. Matthews
Photographs and more by Hope Marshall

Photographs and more by Hope Marshall

The early morning mist drapes...
by: Susan W. Smith
The Man from Shady Ledge

The Man from Shady Ledge

Note:  See the complementary Article about Frank H. Taylor in this issue: Nancy L. Gustke’s “The Special Artis...
by: Robert L. Matthews
Greg Lago and his Winged Bull Studio

Greg Lago and his Winged Bull Studio

Greg Lago welcomes winter. Everyday, snowy or not, Lago makes his way to his studio on James Street “The good thing abou...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Hooked on Prudence

Hooked on Prudence

Nobody likes Jury Duty, but for Prudence Matthews, in 1992, it was life-changing. “I knew we could not talk about the t...
by: Susan W. Smith
Mrs. Simcoe’s Chapel, Drawings & Diary

Mrs. Simcoe’s Chapel, Drawings & Diary

In 1988 I went to England to carry out research at the National Maritime Archives in Greenwich and the
by: Susan W. Smith
Great Lakes Swimmers “get it”

Great Lakes Swimmers “get it”

A scene from a new Hollywood pirate movie? This spectacular setting on the St. Lawrence River is the backdrop for Toronto folk band Great Lake Swimmers newest music video.

by: Kim Lunman
J. Cervini Rector, Grenell’s Resident Artist

J. Cervini Rector, Grenell’s Resident Artist

Spring of 2007, we returned to Grenell Island to find a display of breath-taking paintings in the Grenell Island Communi...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
John A. Morrow, Artist

John A. Morrow, Artist

"The World is a wondrous place, rich with texture, color and form, where the magic of light creates an ever changing sta...
by: Susan W. Smith
Artist: Phil Chadwick

Artist: Phil Chadwick

  This month we welcome Phil Chadwick, aka "Phil the Forecaster", to TI Life, as an artist. Although he trained at ...
by: Susan W. Smith
River-Lations: A Music Video

River-Lations: A Music Video

Patricia and Robert Mondore received good news this
by: Susan W. Smith
Great Lake Swimmers

Great Lake Swimmers

  ROCKPORT - A Toronto band is using the Thousand Islands as a backdrop for its fourth album, recording in some of...
by: Kim Lunman
Viva Hoffmann: A Thousand Islands Painter

Viva Hoffmann: A Thousand Islands Painter

  A special thank you to Judy Wellman, Paul Malo's dear wife and special partner in life. Judy found this articl...
by: Paul Malo
Two Early Centuries, Eyeing the Islands

Two Early Centuries, Eyeing the Islands

  The saga of navigation on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, in war and peace, is far too vast and rich a ...
by: Paul Malo
Thousand Islands Artist: Alfred Worsley Holdstock

Thousand Islands Artist: Alfred Worsley Holdstock

Alfred Worsley Holdstock [1820?-1901] moved from England to Montreal about 1850. There he taught drawing at the National...
by: Paul Malo
Alexandria Bay Historic Photographic Exhibition

Alexandria Bay Historic Photographic Exhibition

The major photographer of the Thousand Islands, A. C. McIntyre began taking daguerreotypes in the mid-nineteenth century...
by: Paul Malo