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September 10, 2007
Third annual Lynn Donoghue Artist in Residence Program at Spadina Museum
Visitors to the Spadina Museum will see artist Amanda Burk work on pieces inspired by this turn-of-the-century historic house on Sundays (noon to 5 p.m.) from September 30 to November 4. At the end of her residency, an exhibit of her work, entitled “Thresholds” will be on display at the museum from November 9, 2007 to January 6, 2008.

“I am interested in the museum as both an enduring physical structure and a transitory space of human activity, memory, and experience,” said Burk. “During my residency at the Spadina Museum, I will be producing a series of graphite drawings that examine the physical and transient aspects of the historic house and garden.”

Burk is an emerging artist from Ontario whose specialty is drawing. An extensive biography and examples of Burk’s previous work can be found on her website at

“We think Amanda’s work will blend beautifully into the house’s legacy of art and artists and we are very pleased to have her on site this month,” said Karen Edwards, Museum Administrator for the Historic Houses of Old Toronto. “This program is very special to all of us and Amanda’s presence will add enormously to the experience visitors will have as they tour the museum this fall.”

The annual Artist in Residence Program commemorates Lynn Donoghue, a critically acclaimed artist and portraitist. A member of the museum board, Donoghue was a strong supporter of the three historic houses - Colborne Lodge, Mackenzie House, and Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens. The Lynn Donoghue Artist in Residence Program continues the legacy initiated by John Howard of Colborne Lodge, founding member of the Society of Artists and Amateurs (1834); William Lyon Mackenzie’s printing endeavours; and the Austin women of Spadina through their patronage of the arts as members of The Women’s Art Association of Canada.

The third annual Lynn Donoghue Artist in Residence Program is presented by the Historic Houses of Old Toronto Board (Colborne Lodge, Mackenzie House and Spadina Museum), as part of City of Toronto Culture, in partnership with the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), and with the support of Romspen Investment Corporation.

The Spadina Museum was built in 1866 and occupied by the Austin family until 1982. The house is set on six acres of beautifully landscaped grounds including rolling lawns, an intimate orchard and one of Toronto’s finest restored Victorian and Edwardian gardens. The furniture, art and decoration are original to the house and reflect the Toronto art scene of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and its Victorian, Edwardian and Art Nouveau influences. It located at 285 Spadina Rd. For more information, call 416-392-6910 or e-mail Paid parking is available next door at Casa Loma.

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Media contact:
Karen Edwards, Museum Administrator, 416-392-6910 ext. 303



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