Death Comes Early in 19th Century Hamilton

In the early years of Hamilton, death was common and could come at any time. Reverend John Miller took charge of Ancaster Church on August 8th, 1830 and kept a parish record from 1830 to 1838. Scanning his entries, it is easy to discover how the young often had very short lives. On May 22nd,Continue reading “Death Comes Early in 19th Century Hamilton”

The Ghost Story of Lover’s Lane

Odds and Ends – an artist’s notebook Oct 26th – In the spirit of Halloween, I have re-posted an edited version of last year’s short film: the Legend of Lover’s Lane. Based on the long standing legend from Ancaster (Ont) of what happen at the Hermitage Mansion in the early years of the 19th century.

The Ghost of Lover’s Lane – Hermitage Ruins in Ancaster, Ontario

Odds and Ends – Monday June 8, 2015 In the next week or so, the re-building of the Hermitage Ruins will begin.  My understanding is that the process will start with the numbering of all the stone in the main structure.  I have not heard yet whether they are going to save the remains of theContinue reading “The Ghost of Lover’s Lane – Hermitage Ruins in Ancaster, Ontario”

Odds and Ends – The Hermitage

    Working on a new film project and reflecting on different ways of using historical photographs and drawings in modern urban landscapes. Last summer, I tried a technique used in several recent documentaries.  I am not happy with the results.  As a result, I am still searching for a better way of accessing theContinue reading “Odds and Ends – The Hermitage”

#Art Post No.7 – Very Merry Hermitage Xmas

I like to wish everyone the very best during the holiday seasons.  Here are a few moments of the Hermitage Ruins landscape covered in snow from earlier this month.  Unfortunately, it looks like a green Christmas this year, so please enjoy this short video as my Xmas card to you. Chris Erskine chriserskineartist@gmail.com @erskinec

Hamilton Artist Update 36 – Hamilton City Hall

  http://fatcats-starvingdogs.com A weekly update of Artist Chris Erskine’s art and art related interests. This week: traffic problems on the 403, Hermitage fate goes before Hamilton City Council, the influence of Hamilton Artist Chris Healey. http://chrishealey.me/   Chris Erskine chriserskineartist@gmail.com @erskinec

#SavetheHermitage – Call to Action

Call to Action – Email 159 words of support to Hamilton City Council by 5 pm, Sept 24, 2014 to save the Hermitage Ruins that are located in Ancaster, Ontario. One word for every year that the Hermitage has existed. Council needs to know that the community will support their decision to save the Hermitage.Continue reading “#SavetheHermitage – Call to Action”

Hamilton Artist Update 31 – Hermitage Painting Sketch Project

This week, Artist Chris Erskine continues his painting sketch of the Hermitage Ruins in Ancaster.  He also provides a quick update on the recent decision by Hamilton City Council to resolve the fate of the designated heritage buildings to the new year.  He also provides a brief update on the formation of a Facebook groupContinue reading “Hamilton Artist Update 31 – Hermitage Painting Sketch Project”

Meaning of Hermitage

What does the Hermitage mean to you?  This is the question posed by Leanne Pluthero and Marla Loretta (on Aug 22nd), organizers behind the Save the Hermitage Facebook page.  Artist Chris Erskine tries to answer this question as an individual and as an artist. Chris Erskine chriserskineartist@gmail.com @erskinec

Fate of Hermitage Hangs in the Balance

This Tuesday, the Heritage Permit Review Sub-Committee will decide the fate of the Hermitage Ruins, located in Ancaster, Ontario. At issue is how much of the Hermitage will be saved.  The Hamilton Conservation (HCA) authority is proposing to reduce the surviving walls to a height of 3 feet, except for the area immediately around theContinue reading “Fate of Hermitage Hangs in the Balance”

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