VCR 4 residents had the chance to enjoy a creative and inspiring afternoon of at Gladstone House. Gladstone House is Toronto's longest continuously operating hotel located in West Queen West. Built in 1889, the hotel features historical elements - such as restored brick walls and a hand-operated elevator - paired with contemporary art and design. During this field trip, residents toured the amazing drawings, paintings, textiles and sculptures showcased throughout the building.
A big THANK YOU to Lee Petrie, Curator at Gladstone, and VCR Mentor Fausta Facciponte, for the amazing tour!
Field Trip to Gladstone House
Walking the Riverwood Gardens
Visual Arts Mississauga is an arts centre and gallery located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane in central Mississauga. The facility, owned by the City of Mississauga and built exclusively for VAM, is surrounded Riverwood, 150 acres of urban wilderness with a riverbank and meadow nestled along the banks of the historic Credit River. The property was a local Iroquois hunting ground in the 1400s; housed early farmsteads in the 1800s and became a private country estate in the early 1900s.
Riverwood contains one of the largest mosaics of vegetation in the Credit Valley and is home to 46 species of birds and animals. The public MacEwan Terrace Gardens includes aquatic. herb, kitchen, moss and fragrant gardens including the award-winning Enabling Garden located alongside the historic MacEwan Barn.
Residents in the Community
One of the key components of Visual Arts Mississauga is the local community and connections that are made through the arts ecosystem.