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September 24, 2008
Jenny Henderson assumes Lynn Donoghue Artist in Residence post at Spadina Museum
Artist Jenny Henderson is an ideal fit for the Lynn Donoghue Artist in Residence Program at the Spadina Museum since her vivid work is concerned primarily with architecture and building details. The historic house should give Henderson ample inspiration as she works through her residency from September 28 to November 2. Visitors to the Spadina Museum can observe Jenny at work Sundays between noon and 5 p.m. The works generated over the course of six weeks will then be displayed at the museum from early November until January 4, 2009.

“Photographing houses at skewed angles and extreme perspectives is the starting point to all of my paintings,” explains the artist. “Composition is created through the reduction of architectural detail into simple geometric forms. In many compositions I have filled these clean geometric forms with lavishly saturated color.”

An emerging Canadian artist, Jenny is originally from Halifax where she earned a BFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. At the Spadina Museum she will continue her study of building exteriors and explore the house’s interior spaces, as well. Experience Jenny’s work on her website,

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 Toronto’s historic houses - Colborne Lodge, Mackenzie House, and the 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 fourth-annual Lynn Donoghue Artist in Residence Program is presented by the Historic Houses of Old Toronto Board (Colborne Lodge, Mackenzie House and the Spadina Museum) through the City’s Toronto Cultural Services, 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 with its Victorian, Edwardian and Art Nouveau influences. The museum is located at 285 Spadina Road. 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: Christopher Jones, Acting Program Development Officer, 416-392-6832,



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