Thursday, 24 October 2013

Sharing Memories 2007- 2009

January 20th 2009John Ruff
Ennismore, Ontario
I was just looking at the pictures of your Grandfather's paintings and thought you might like a couple of additions.
These were painted in 1949 (one is dated October 12, 1949) and are scenes from Collingwood Ontario. I acquired them when I lived in London in the early 70s and they have been hanging in my vaious living rooms since then.
November 21st 2008
Barb (Hunt) Gilmore
Guelph, Ontario
My grandfather, Rev. Will Taylor, was the minister at the Dorchester United Church - right across the street from the Anglican Church, and in retirement, lived just a few doors down from the Hicks'.  Rev Hicks did a beautiful painting of the United Church which hung in my grandfather's home until his death in 1977.  Our family then donated it to the United Church and I believe it is displayed there to this day.

My parents also owned a Hicks painting.  It was done in the early spring/late winter (I'll have to look at it again to get the year) of a scene looking east on Hamilton Road just at the bend past what used to be Leitch's - about halfway between the Elgin Road and Putnam.  There is, in the distance, a house which I remember being pink at one time! In the painting it is yellow.  I'm not sure if it is even still there, but I always remember thinking as a kid when I saw it that we were halfway to Ingersoll  when my mother drove me to figure skating lessons there.  I have recently put the painting in temporary storage, as my father has just gone into Long Term Care, but I am hoping he'll be moved to a private room soon so I can re-hang it for him.  It is a cherished piece of home and familiarity for him.  Once it is re-hung I will try to take a photo of it and send it to you.

December 8th 2007
Dwain Bodkin  London , Ontario
Hi: I do have one of Rev. Hicks' paintings, and have always been impressed with his work. The reason being my wife and purchased his home in Old South London. I remember when we viewed his home the old desk in the kitchen, and the beautiful paintings. When we moved in there were hundreds of canvas stretchers in the basement. Even found the old crate that he shipped paintings to the National Art Gallery in Ottawa . Up in the garage I found an old painted on tin for sale sign. Not certain who the artist was but kept it.
October 17th 2007 

Linda Cooke   London, Ontario 
I grew up in Dorchester and attended St. Peters Anglican Church where I was confirmed by Reverend Hicks. I wanted a reminder of my younger days and I thought it would be nice to have a painting done by someone I personally knew. I am fortunate to have found 4 of his paintings, 2 of which are of the East Coast- Peggy's Cove, I believe. I have received many compliments about these. The other 2 are of the Dorchester area. They all hang in my home where everyone can admire and enjoy them.
January 12th 2007
Bruce Smith   
Niagara Falls , Canada
Sara, I can't tell you how nice it is to see such a tribute to Grandpa. Keep up the good work, and All the Best from this side of the pond.

Sharing Memories 2005 -2006

October 17th 2006
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May 3rd 2006
Myra Mylott
Lincs/Cambs border 
Most interesting. Really worth sharing and will return to further admire the paintings.
July 15th 2005
Trevor Fowler
 ON Canada
My in-laws are originally from Dorchester and have a couple Reverend Hicks paintings that they admire and appreciate. I would like nothing more then to get them another one from such a talented home-town artist. Is there anyone out there who knows where I could acquire a painting or who might be willing to part with one? Rest assured that the paintings would be preserved, appreciated, and enjoyed. Please email me! Thanks.
July 15th 2005
Paul Hicks
 Dorset England
I was very interested in your web-site as a fellow Hicks. My ancestors were mainly teachers and preachers and my father's sister was an artist - must be in the genes! Furthermore my daughter shares a similar name: Sarah Elizabeth Hicks!
  July 15th 2005 

Brian O'Neill
Dorchester Ontario
I used to work at the Mill Pond cutting trails you should be proud of yourself and your grandfather
July 15th 2005
Rex Studio and Gallery 
Niagara Falls Ontario Canada
Hi Sara! I have about six trays of slides, many with notations of place and date painted by Percy. Would you like to have some? Terrific work! Keep it up.
Rex & Darlene
July 15th 2005
Nathan Hicks 
Warwick , UK
It's great to see Grandpa's work finally on the web and on your well designed site, Sara. It's also lovely to read how fondly he is remembered.
Nathan and ├ůsa
July 15th 2005
Kathy McGrath
Ottawa Canada
I'm originally from Dorchester and worked at the Township office where I helped councillor Carl Hearn present a showing of Rev. Hicks work at the office. It was his artwork that gave me an appreciation of all the colour winter has to offer. I often think of him when driving and looking at the red dogwood and golden grasses poking through the snow. I am also fortunate to own one of his paintings of an old building (around Putnam I think).
July 15th 2005
Gord and Barb Smith 
 , Ontario , Canada
Great job Sara,
Grandpa and Grandma would be so proud of your work. I will try to send some more stuff. Love you! your cousin in Canada .
July 15th 2005
Sharon Lucchesi   
I enjoyed the added items to this website about your grandfather. It has been interesting to read about and see the very fine examples of your grandfather's talent. He seemed to have also had a talent for writing in a way to hold one's attention. I found what he wrote relaxing, informative with a touch of humor especially about the incident with those cows. He had a light delicate and beautiful touch to his painting with quite an ability to capture the atmosphere of the scene he painted. I thought as I viewed the pictures you displayed at the site. Hope to find more. Thanks for sharing.