French River Spring by Jameson Kooper
Published in Lone Pine North Woods by Jameson Kooper, 2017
French River Spring
Rise to feast upon Aten`s
Gold, breaking soil
Long held in winter blanket.
With each dew day, glinting
Jewels wake a sleepy world,
Shaking spiders from cobwebs,
Ants from dens,
As light brings life new fruit.
Soon a canopy above will
Shelter a shadow world
Of deer and wolf,
Fox and bear,
As rapids regale
Upon rocks those frosty days that winter
Spring fresh days to come.
I hear this place
Dressed in white spruce fine
And white pine grace
Has seen these musky
Mornings many a year
From sapling to ancient root.
Ah how warm this breeze embraces.
How warm God`s hand can be
Upon a hill once ravaged by
Sleet and snow.
Only brackish ice by quiet pool
Recalls the bitter blizzard that
Waterfalls and Water Scenes
Waterfalls and water scenes are a favourite subject of artists and photographers. Thursday, August 12th, 2 to 4 pm our exhibit in the green space beside the Library will feature waterfalls and water scenes by Elsa Kosola, Mary Bordynuik, Elaine Kryzanowski, and...
Mystery Painter and a Favourite
There are two paintings by “Markell” in the Museum collection and no records to tell us about the painter. One painting includes the sign for Leishman's Pharmacy, which was at 208 O'Brien Street according to our records. Visible in the distant background is the dome...
Artists in the Park
One of the strengths of Atikokan's museum is the fine art collection. There have been many Atikokan artists, some very well known, others not so much. In the early 1950s Mari Hegler formed the Atikokan Art Club. It was an ambitious and hard working group with a...
April 2021, 23rd National Poetry Month
Slam poetry, spoken word poetry and rap are the trends of today. Poetry has always been a popular outlet. I have found many poems working with the archival materials in the Atikokan Museum. Some bring a chuckle over the wit and humour, others are touching. It is the...
First Ford Car in Atikokan
Mr. C. W. Palmer driving his car in front of the Atikokan Hotel, June 1921 The poem, "For Sale" transcribed below, is from a hand written document, a faded piece of lined paper, likely taken from a "scribbler". The distincitive writing, in faded India ink, is composed...
Harvest Still Life Painting by Elsa Kosola, 1986
Still life paintings offer a new way of looking at the ordinary objects. The goal of still life composition is to direct the viewer's eye through a painting and lead them to what the artist thinks is important. This type of artistic exercise has a long history....
It’s in her blood
It's in her blood .... Alanna Marohnic offering drawing classes at the Museum I am certain that teachers, friends and many others in Atikokan can recall images of little Alanna, a creative force sketching, painting, adventuring into the world of art. Now an artist...
Fresh look for Ontario Heritage Trust Plaque
The Archaeological and Historic Sites Board of Ontario marker for Steep Rock Iron Range was faded and weather beaten. When contacted Ontario Heritage Trust provided the necessary information and permission to restore the marker. Historical markers serve to educate and...
Blog postings are about the exhibits and the history of Atikokan and area. Many, many visitors comment on their surprise at the extent of the collection and the history they find in Atikokan. It is my hope that virtual visitors will find an interesting and...
The Challenge of Teaching
It was 1925, and as Andrew Clement explained in “The Bell and the Book” he needed a teaching position, and the community around Miscampbell School Section No. 1 needed a teacher. In describing his first teaching experience, readers are taken back in time to the stark...