What do A.J. Casson, Lucy Maude Montgomery and Timothy Eaton have in common?

They all lived and worked in the beautiful hamlet of Glen Williams.

This hamlet on the Credit River once drew its livelihood from a variety of mills. Today it is largely defined by a number of these heritage buildings which have taken on a new role in showcasing art and collectibles.

A.J. Casson, Street in Glen Williams

Did you know the street scene depicted in A.J. Casson’s large oil canvas by the Group of Seven artist is looking northward at Main St. and Joseph St? All of the houses in the painting are still there.

The painting was done circa 1938 and Canadian art critic and historian Paul Duval wrote in 1980 that Street in Glen Williams is unquestionably Casson’s key autumn portrait. It was sold in 2010 at Joyner Waddington’s Spring Auction of Important Canadian Art in Toronto for a record price of $542,800.

Joyner Vice-President Rob Cowley said it wasn’t known what street in Glen Williams was depicted in the painting, but Glen Williams residents certainly do. Check out the photo to the right and compare it to the artwork above.

Step into Casson’s painting

Casson’s “Village Street October” was painted at the corner of Tweedle Street and Forster Street in Glen Williams (photo by J.M. Rowe).

Alfred Joseph Casson, OC (May 17, 1898 – February 20, 1992) painted many rural scenes in southern Ontario. Other area paintings by Casson include Country Road— Glen Williams, Early Summer Norval, Rockwood (Old Quarry) and Farmhouse (near Glen Williams 1938).

A superb watercolourist, Casson (together with Carmichael and F.H. Brigden), founded the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour in 1925. The following year, he accepted an invitation from Carmichael to join the Group of Seven.

Casson was the Group of Seven’s youngest member. He died at the age of ninety-four, and is buried alongside other Group members in the cemetery on the McMichael grounds.

Spend some time in the Williams Mill Arts Centre and Glen Williams Glass. This was the original Williams Saw Mill built on land purchased in 1825. Today, it offers studio space to quality artists in ceramics, visual art, fibre, jewellery and glass. You may even want to sign up for a class in glass or jewelry making. Beaumont Mills Antiques and Collectibles and The Feathered Nest was, for over 100 years, the Beaumont Knitting Mill. It now houses a vast array of antiques and collectibles. We dare you to browse through without saying “My family used to have one of these!”

Reeve and Clark Fine and Rare Books is located in what was the Laidlaw House and Fraser Shop. Timothy Eaton first worked in retail here. You’ll enjoy another trip down memory lane in this beautiful antiquarian book shop filled with second hand books, posters and cards.

Take a walk by the Glen Williams Town Hall. Lucy Maude Montgomery staged a number of works here with her Union Players.
Ready for a break? We recommend the Glen Oven Bakery Cafe for a quick snack or an afternoon coffee. For a special lunch consider The Copper Kettle or The Glen Tavern.

Step into a springtime version of Casson’s painting and enjoy an afternoon in Glen Williams.

(excerpt with thanks from Queensmen Male Chorus website)

Upcoming Events in Glen Williams

Seniors’ Lunch at the Town Hall

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