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Welcome to another issue of our Member’s newsletter and another season at Rodman Hall. I hope you will enjoy reading about the exciting summer programs and exhibitions that we have planned for the months ahead. Summer is a time to slow down and savour the beauty that surrounds us in the Niagara Region.
Rodman Hall Art Centre is very proud to be the first Canadian venue for Laura Letinsky: Still Life Photographs, 1997-2012, produced by the Denver Art Museum. This exhibition celebrates the gorgeous photos of tablescapes, fruit and flowers by this important Canadian artist and photographer. The photos evoke mystery by revealing the vestiges of human presence in poetic compositions of light and space. I know that you will enjoy spending time with Letinsky’s evocative works.
It is another summer pleasure to visit and walk the garden paths that surround our historic house. Over the past year, many of you have watched the development of our outdoor sculpture installation and artist’s garden called Settlement, created by Mary Anne Barkhouse. Now complete, the bronze coyote and badger stand together as allies amidst the border gardens of quinoa, corn, beans and squash. From an indigenous ecological vantage point, the work examines issues of territory as is relates to struggles over land, whether between humans, amongst animals or plants.
This June 21 on National Aboriginal Day, we will celebrate the opening of another exhibition by Barkhouse called Regency that will be housed in the ornately decorated parlours of Rodman Hall. Images of animals and the natural world will no doubt surprise and amaze the whole family.
A day later on Saturday, June 22, Rodman Hall will be one of the staging areas on the 2013 Laura Secord Commemorative Walk, spanning the full 32 km (20 miles) of her epic journey through the Carolinian forest two hundred years ago. For more information or to sign up to walk the Laura Secord Legacy Trail on this special day, visit www.friendsoflaurasecord.com 
I hope that you will be a frequent visitor to Niagara’s centre for contemporary art this summer. Bring a friend -- we have lots for you to see and do.