“Across Thresholds” now on exhibit at the Gibson Gallery


By Ron Giofu


The latest exhibit at the Gibson Gallery invites people to cross the threshold and enjoy seeing different types of things everyone uses every day.

“Across Thresholds” features the work of Dennis K. Smith and Vivian Cattaneo and runs at the gallery through Sept. 3.

“Vivian is the inspiration,” said Smith. “I had taken pictures of doors and said I always wanted to do something.”

That led to the pair teaming up as Cattaneo, who was born and raised in Argentina, returned to her homeland and took pictures of doors and began painting from the photos at Smith’s studio. Smith said he has always been interested in doors as pieces of art, noting they not only keep people out, but invite them in as well.

“We both enjoy the craftsmanship,” added Smith, with some of his work emphasizing the work that goes into creating and using a door.

Dennis K. Smith and Vivian Cattaneo have their work on display at The Gibson Gallery. Their exhibit "Across Thresholds" runs through Sept. 3.

Dennis K. Smith and Vivian Cattaneo have their work on display at The Gibson Gallery. Their exhibit “Across Thresholds” runs through Sept. 3.

“A handle can tell you a lot about the occupant,” said Smith, who has had work in galleries in the Art Gallery of Ontario as well as Michigan.

Cattaneo, who takes classes with Smith, came to Windsor in 1980 and while career stops included the Children’s Aid Society, Huron Lodge and Hiatus House before retiring in 2010, she has also studied architecture.

“I like doors, lamps and windows,” she said. “I have more (paintings) at home.”

The “Across Thresholds” exhibit is her first, she noted and hopes to do more in the future.

“Thanks to Dennis for encouraging me to do it,” said Cattaneo.

Cattaneo also encouraged people to visit Argentina, noting Buenos Aires is very interesting to visit.

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Their phone number is 519-736-2826.

Amherstburg local bringing unique expo to town this September



By Jolene Perron


A local hairdresser was inspired by women, and had decided to create an event to celebrate all types of women, from every walk of life.

The event titled “Burlesque: Women’s Expo” came from Justin Boswell’s Zumba inspired Burlesque Heat, which he and his burlesque business partner Jacklyn Slaney envisioned.

“We mixed in exercise with female empowering dance moves,” explained Boswell. “Confidence in yourself and in your own skin is what Burlesque is to us. Being in the career I am in, I see all types of women and I hear their stories. I was inspired by them. I wanted to create an event that would celebrate all types of women. I wanted an event that would break up your everyday routine, have you step into something you’ve never done before and most of all bring women together.”

Boswell is the frontman of the event, along with his co-creator Slaney, who has collaborated with the initial ideas for the event. Slaney will also be a co-demonstrator that day. The two, along with their partner, Columbus Community Hall which is hosting the event, are looking forward to a successful evening.

Justin Boswell will be bringin a “Burlesque: Women’s Expo” to Amherstburg in September.

Justin Boswell will be bringing a “Burlesque: Women’s Expo” to Amherstburg in September.

“You can expect a bit of everything from this event,” said Boswell. “There will be a mini Burlesque Show/Demo and a Burlesque workshop where ticket buyers will have the opportunity to leave with some exciting & easy routines. The planning for our event has been refreshing and exciting, especially with the response for interested vendors and Raffle prize donators. We have a lot of exciting surprises at this event that women will not want to miss.”

Vendors for the event thus far include Sweet Legs Leggings, Pur Romance, Char’s Art and Jewellery, Younique, Violet Dragons Treasures, Reiki Healing, Tasty Traditions Gourmet Treats and many more.
Tickets will be available in advance and Boswell is hoping people will purchase their ticket prior to the September 17 date, as the sports are limited. Prices are $15 for a single ticket, at $25 for pairs, and you can obtain them by e-mailing or by going to their Facebook Page titled “Burlesque Women’s Expo. Tickets are available for pick up at Ambiance Hair Designs.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to The House of Sophrosyne, an all women’s wellness centre.

Ontario Provincial Artistic Gymnastics Championships coming to Amherstburg


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The best young gymnasts in Ontario will converge on Amherstburg’s Libro Credit Union Centre to compete in the Ontario Provincial Artistic Gymnastics Championships next April.

This sporting event is both a Championship and a qualifier for high level events such as the Eastern Canadian Championships and the National Canadian Championships.

The championships, which start April 5, 2018, run over four days and will see

athletes ranging in ages from 8 to 18+ competing in events as seen in the Olympics. The levels will range from provincial to national and high performance (Olympic) levels.

Libro Centre

“This will be Rose City Gymnastics’ fifth time hosting the event. To put this on, it requires many volunteers, donations and community involvement. We are very excited to once again be hosting and especially to be hosting in the Town of Amherstburg,” states Tom Deslippe, general manager of Rose City Gymnastics. “Amherstburg continues to demonstrate that we are a tourism destination, whether it be cultural or sport”, notes Mayor Aldo DiCarlo. “We have an outstanding volunteer base and the administrative expertise to host any event and work to enhance the town’s strategic vision. Collectively, we will be ready to support this event, proving once again that Amherstburg is the place to be.”

The event will draw over 1,200 athletes competing for gold in the various men’s and

women’s events. The championship is expected to also draw over 5,000 spectators to the town for the four-day event.

Woofa-Roo bringing thousands of pets, owners to Amherstburg for fifth year


By Jolene Perron


The Libro Centre will host Amherstburg’s Woofa-Roo Festival this weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.– 6 p.m., this region’s only pet and family friendly festival will be celebrating our relationships with our beloved pets.

“This is a dynamic weekend with a charitable twist as our festival benefits nine different charities and rescues,” explained Lorene Clayton, Woofa-Roo director/founder. “We enhance their profile with the public, help their fund raising efforts, increase their volunteer base, foster homes and secure homes for animals needing to be re-homed.”

Clayton explained they have been coined as “the festival of smiles” because everyone has such a great time. She said the mood at the Woofa-Roo festival is friendly, funny and focused on bringing people together with common interests – the love of their animals. Even people who aren’t pet owners, or who choose to leave their pets at home enjoy the festival because there is so much to see and do, both indoors and out. With more than 70 exhibitors, there is truly something for everyone.

“All friendly dogs are welcome to bring their responsible owner,” said Clayton. “We do have a pet policy which we ask people to read prior to bringing their pet. With well over 3,000 dogs in attendance we’ve had zero incidents last year because the majority of our public practice good animal stewardship.”

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This year, the popular Windsor Police K9 Unit presentation will be taking place in an enhanced event field. They are also expanding their events on this field to include a new game of distraction called The Woofa-Challenge.

Other popular events include dock diving, organized by Ontario Dock Dogs, which is a marquee event drawing competitors from all over the U.S. and Canada. They will also have the dog agility event, which demonstrates the skills of the Border City Barkers dogs.

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“Our volunteers are among the best and more dedicated,” said Clayton, “many coming back year after year for various reasons. Some love the social aspect of our festival, some need the volunteer hours for their community service requirements but all are there because they love animals. They are an integral part of our festival and we depend on them to keep the wheels turning at our event.”

Admission to the event is $5. Reminder that the entrance is through the temporary driveway off of Simcoe St. and that the intersection of Simcoe St. and Meloche Road is closed.

(UPDATE – Aug. 11 – Please note that the Meloche Road/Simcoe St. intersection is now OPEN. Construction had been expected to take four weeks but the contractor completed the work quicker than originally anticipated.)


Nifty Needleworkers looking for yarn donations, members



By Jolene Perron


A local knitting group is creating hats, mitts, scarves and more out of yarn for more than ten local charities, and is looking for yarn donations to assist them in producing more.

Nifty Needleworkers, a group of more than 20 women meet at the Gibson Art Gallery every Wednesday at 1 p.m. The group brings in items they’ve created throughout the week, as well as continue to create together.

The Nifty Needleworkers, a group of about 20 people, meet last Wednesday at the Gibson Gallery. New members are welcome to join the group, which meets every Wednesday at 1 p.m.

The Nifty Needleworkers, a group of about 20 people, meet last Wednesday at the Gibson Gallery. New members are welcome to join the group, which meets every Wednesday at 1 p.m.

“We produce over 300 items a year, not including what’s in the Gibson and at Art By The River,” explained coordinator Sharon Damm. “Susie just dropped off well over 100 hats to the neonatal unit at the hospital, we donate to the Ronald McDonald House, we do The Mission in town, we do Coats for Kids, Shaken Baby Syndrome which is purple hats, we do hats for the cancer center, Richmond Terrace nursing home, Brock Public School in Windsor. Somebody would come in and say why don’t we do this, why don’t we do that, and now we have all of these people we donate to.”
Damm has been a part of the group for about six year. Her sister was a member before she was, and when she moved back to Amherstburg from Kitchener, she brought her in and she said she loved it from the first day.

Susie Mickle, who’s been a long-time member, said while it wasn’t this many members when it first started in 1973, it’s had an incredible impact on the community since it’s existence.

“I came with a woman who did needlepoint lessons and the ladies asked how we could keep this going,” said Mickle. “I am excited every time I come in here. We just need people to come out, even if you can’t do much. If you can sew on a button, you can do something. Just come out.”

The ladies aren’t shy about teaching new skills to anyone who is willing to learn, and they said it’s free to join. Damm said if new members really enjoy the group, they can even become members of the Gibson Art Gallery and receive the perks the gallery gives to its members.

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For more information on the group, or to donate yarn and/or knitting and crocheted items, contact Damm at 519-736-2275, or stop in to the Gibson Art Gallery Wednesdays at 1 p.m.

“We’re so cohesive,” said member Judy Bondy. “We solve many problems other than knitting and crocheting in an afternoon. You want to be here and that’s why the group keeps getting bigger and bigger, we just have a ball. And we have a purpose, a really good purpose.”