The Queenston Circle

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RiverBrink Art Museum invites lovers of both art and history to support our mission as members of the Queenston Circle. Through this special membership group, patrons contribute to a shared vision of the place of visual arts and heritage in the life of the community of Niagara and to building and sustaining this important local resource. Your annual contribution to the Queenston Circle supports quality programming, audience development, and ongoing care and growth of the art collection at RiverBrink.

A Donation of $500 per Individual Provides the Following Benefits:

  • Invitations to previews of exhibitions and special events
  • Exclusive off-site day trips (2 per year)
  • Personal Director/Curator-led tour of exhibitions and vault (maximum 6 guests)
  • Year round free admission to the museum
  • Reciprocal admission to participating Museums of Niagara Association (MONA) and Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG).
  • Email updates on special events and activities
  • 15% Discount on gift shop purchases and special event lectures
  • Recognition on the Art Museum website and publications
  • Commemorative gift

Donations to the Queenston Circle are tax deductible.

Mission

RiverBrink Art Museum interprets Niagara and Canadian heritage and culture. It serves a regional to international audience by enhancing knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts.

Vision

A common regional heritage through the visual arts.

Values

We value and uphold: ethical stewardship, professionalism, respect and collegiality, and creating value for the community.

 

Although newly incorporated in 2015, RiverBrink Art Museum has a long history in Queenston. RiverBrink is housed in the former country home of Samuel E. Weir Q.C. (1898-1981). When Weir died he left the residence and a substantial art collection to establish a public art museum. Since opening the art museum to the public in 1983, the Weir Foundation has provided financial support for operations.

The collection includes more than 1400 works of art, a fine art library, and an eclectic assortment of decorative art and furniture. Over the years, the collection has expanded and it continues to grow through donation and purchase.

England-born architect Arthur E. Nutter (1874-1967), a family friend and the first architect to practice in London, Ontario, designed the main building housing the museum. The architect adapted a Georgian style with mansard roof and gabled windows, a fitting architectural style for the local area, so closely associated with events of the Georgian period and the War of 1812. The interior rooms have been modified to showcase exhibitions of art works but retain the original wood paneling.

Although RiverBrink is now a separately incorporated entity, it will continue to care for and exhibit works from the Samuel E. Weir Collection, such as the iconic Sketch for the Jack Pine by Tom Thomson. This sketch is an important part of the history of RiverBrink as an art museum, and is one of the best loved, and most recognizable, works in the collection. Contributors to the Queenston Circle will not only help secure the future of these works of art but will contribute to the growth of a new collection owned by RiverBrink and the research and educational programming that is integral to the work of an art museum. In this way, your membership in the Queenston Circle will enrich the collection and activities at RiverBrink.

Please contact RiverBrink Art Museum at 905.262.4510 or email lsimpson@riverbrink.org  for additional information on how to join the Queenston Circle.

 

Graphic designed by Sonya Marie de Lazzer, inspired by Tom Thomson, Sketch for the Jack Pine, c. 1916, RiverBrink Art Museum.