The Swan

The Swan in Guild Park with the new path lighting in the background and Guild Festival Theatre wrapping up stage preparations at the “Greek Theatre” to the right (out of frame). If you think the Swan looks grumpy you may be right. It flew in all the way from London, England’s Piccadilly Circus after its building was destroyed in the Blitz during the Second World War.

Swan Sculpture by Peter Faber Hills.

Sculptor’s Cabin in Guild Park Re-Opens

Originally built in 1940 but closed to the public since 1988, the Sculptor’s Cabin in Guild Park re-opened yesterday (June 8, 2019) after more than 30 years of neglect.

The restoration and re-opening of the Sculptor’s Cabin is the result of three years of collaborative efforts by the City of Toronto (Jo Ann Pynn, Nadira Pattison, Julie Frost and Councillor Paul Ainslie) and active volunteers from Friends of Guild Park, Guild Festival Theatre, Guild Renaissance Group and Guildwood Village Community Association.

In this video from December 2018, John Mason, President, Friends of Guild Park, talks about the restoration proposal which has now come to fruition for our entire community to enjoy.

This video was originally posted here: Sculptor’s Cabin Proposal

The re-opening of the Sculptor’s Cabin marks a major milestone in Guild Park’s ongoing revitalization. It will now serve as a seasonal Welcoming & Activity Centre for Guild Park visitors.

The official opening on June 8, 2019 was an event of incredible energy. We were there to catch some of it on camera.

Dorsey James, the last Sculptor in Residence at the Guild of All Arts to work out of the Sculptor’s Cabin, shares the stories behind his carvings decorating the front of the cabin as well as the time he won an argument with Spencer Clark about dragons.
This video is also available on Facebook.
John Mason, President of Friends of Guild Park & Gardens, addresses the significance of the cabin re-opening and acknowledges the many people, volunteers, city staff, elected officials and private contractor that made this possible.
The Sculptor’s Cabin Re-opening Ceremony, Acknowledgements and Ribbon Cutting on Saturday June 8, 2019
Dorsey James re-energizes his old woodworking space, the Sculptor’s Cabin.

The following video is in Danish.

Hjælp os finde Aage Madsens efterkommere. Aage Madsen byggede denne hytte i Scarborough i Canada i 1940 men det er stort set alt hvad vi ved om ham. Hytten har forfaldet i over 30 år men er netop blevet restaureret fuldt ud til samme stand som Aage byggede den og hytten genåbnede i dag for første gang i en hel generation.

Vi vil helt vildt gerne vise Aage Madsens efterkommere hvordan hytten han byggede for snart 80 år siden står i dag.

Vi ved ikke med sikkerhed hvornår han kom Canada, om han blev her eller rejste til andre lande eller hjem til Danmark. Vi ved bare at han var en af de første Sculptors in Residence i det der dengang var Guild of All Arts i Guild Park hvor hytten står. Det kunne være sjovt st få kontakt med Aages familie.

Videon kan deles på facebook.

Interview with Sara Williamson at Guild Alive with Culture Arts Festival 2018

This video was made in partnership with Friends of Guild Park

“The story of Guild of All Arts artist, Elizabeth Fraser Williamson, is told in this conversation between the late artist’s daughter, Sara, and John Mason, President of Friends of Guild Park

This six-minute video was recorded at the 2018 Guild Alive with Culture Arts Festival at Guild Park. During the chat, Sara Williamson holds one of her mother’s charming sculptures. It’s entitled “Thoughtful Scratch” and depicts a bear in a quizical pose.

This bear figure was among the works that Elizabeth Fraser Williamson, loaned to schools throughout Scaborough to enhance students’ appreciation of art.

Elizabeth Fraser Williamson was the last professional artist to live and work on the grounds of what is now Guild Park.Sara explains what her mother did as the Guild’s resident artist, from the early 1970s to 1995.

During that period, Elizabeth Fraser Williamson continued the legacy of the Guild of All Arts, a unique artists community launched on the site in 1932 by art patrons, Rosa and Spencer Clark. A commemorative plaque about the artist is found near Guild Park’s pioneer log cabin, in the south section of the park.

The City of Toronto owns almost 200 piece of Elizabeth Fraser Williamson’s work, most of which have remained in storage for more than 15 years since the artist’s death.

Sara has started a petition requesting City of Toronto officials to begin publicly displaying her rmother’s art, because it reflects “the vibrant heritage of Scarborough’s art community.”

More information about the artists and her work is available at

Guild Park’s new Clark Centre for the Arts, scheduled to open in 2020, is an ideal location to showcase Elizabeth Fraser Williamson’s art. These works would make an appropriate rotating ehibition along the the artists’ studios and public art space in that structure.

Thanks go to Ulrik Westergaard, video blogger of the popular Guildwoodian site for producing this video, shot July 29, 2018. You can keep posted about Guildwood Village news and notable people by visiting” – John Mason, President of Friends of Guild Park

This video was made in partnership with Friends of Guild Park

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Kelly Hadden’s Artist’s Studio in Guildwood Village

I met with artist Kelly Hadden this morning in her Artist’s Studio right here in Guildwood Village. This place is out of this world! Please join us as we walk through this amazing studio.

(note, the microphone volume was set to low, you may have to turn up your volume to hear anything 🙂