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#ldnont history mystery: What did Herb Ariss know about our fair city?

- September 18th, 2012

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Herb Ariss – Figure with Rooster

Watercolour – 22″ x 14″

Herb Ariss

Opening Reception: Friday, September 14 at 7:30pm

Exhibition & Sale: September 11 – 29, 2012

An image from Herb Ariss: Seven Decades of Art, courtesy of the Art Exchange

The late Herb Ariss was one of the great figures in #ldnont cultural history & JBNBlog (vowing to do the same himself, pronto) hopes you will take in the exhibition of his work at the Art Exchange. Details follow, but for now:

For the usual JBNBlog #ldnont history mystery prizes, complete the following sentence. The quotation is approx. but is recalled with affection as Ariss smiled saying the only thing he knew about London as he came our way v. train c. 1947 to begin teaching was . . . well, complete the following sentence for the answer.

“About the only thing I knew about London was that it had a helluva _____________.” (From the Ariss apocrypha collected by JBNBlog).

For bonus points, what did that London attraction accomplish soon after Ariss’s arrival here, an event missed by only the city’s mayor (it would seem) who was ailing & couldn’t be there.

Here are details from the Art Exchange:

Herbert Joshua Ariss was born in Guelph, Ontario in 1916 As a youth, his family moved to Toronto. After high school graduation, he was selected to attend a special art course at Western Technical School under L. A. C. Panton and later enrolled at the Ontario College of Art. He served in the Canadian Army during WW2 and on his return, started his art studies at Northern Vocational School and attended the Ontario College of Education. Ariss taught briefly at Western Technical School before being hired in 1947 to teach at London’s H. B. Beal Technical School, a position he held until 1977. He was involved in many organizations at both the local and national levels. Amongst some of his students were: Jack Chambers, Greg Curnoe, Jamelie Hassan and Murray Favro.

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