Photo-Art by Neil de Boer

Archive for October, 2013

Doors Open Waterloo Region – Former Canadian Bank of Commerce

Canadian Bank of Commerce Ayr-4-2
The Former Canadian Bank of Commerce in Ayr was the 9th stop on this years Doors Open Waterloo Region tour. Built in 1904 it served as a bank till 1963 and is now the home of a legal services firm.
These pictures were taken by both Elizabeth and myself.


Kissing Bridge Trail Studio Tour

Kissing Bridge West Montrose

Kissing Bridge – West Montrose

This past weekend I was part of the Kissing Bridge Trail Studio Tour. The public was invited to visit artists’ studios in Elmira, St. Jacobs and the surrounding countryside. Due to distance or studio restrictions four of us choose to come together and set up in downtown St. Jacobs. The Lutheran Church was kind enough to open their doors to us so we could display our work. We had a great time meeting the public and even sold a few pieces. Below are a few pictures of my display.
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Doors Open Waterloo Region – Gore Mutual Insurance Company

Stop number eight on the Doors Open Waterloo Region was the Gore Mutual Insurance Company in Cambridge. The original building of the Neoclassical Revival style with lots of marble in the interior was spectacular. It was originally built in 1935 with additions in 1955 and 1974.

Gore Mutual Entance

Gore Mutual Entrance


Doors Open Waterloo Region – Galt Arena Gardens

The 7th location we visited on the Doors Open tour was the Galt Arena in Cambridge. Built in 1922 it is said to be the oldest continually operating indoor hockey arena in existence. The limestone and brick exterior along with the original BC red fir ceiling were a treat to see.

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Galt Arena Exterior

Galt Arena Exterior


Doors Open Waterloo Region – Cambridge Armoury

Cambridge Armoury-11
The Col.  J.A. McIntosh , DSO, ED Armoury in Cambridge was our 6th stop in this years Doors Open Waterloo Region. Built in 1914 it is the home of the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada and is a Federal Heritage Building. The interior has lots of beautiful wood finishings and the Regimental history displays were very interesting.
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Doors Open Waterloo Region – Dickson Public School

Now that I have posted all the photowalk pictures it is time to get back to the Doors Open Waterloo Region sets. The 5th site we visited was Dickson Public School in Cambridge.
Built in 1876 it is one of the Regions oldest schools. The school will be closing next year. This heritage landmark has eight classrooms each with 6 large windows providing lots of natural light.
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Symmetrical Front

Symmetrical Front


The Rest of the World Wide Photo Walk

Give'em the Gears

Give’em the Gears

One more shot from the World Wide Photowalk in St. Jacobs. I have the rest of the set here on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/villagephotography/sets/72157636485933143/


Coming and Going

Coming down the track - Engine #9

Coming down the track – Engine #9

There she goes! Caboose from Engine #9

There she goes! Caboose from Engine #9

A couple more shots from the World Wide Photowalk in St. Jacobs. Both ends of the Waterloo Central Railway Engine #9 and the Caboose.


Harvest Time

Harvest Time

Harvest Time

This is another picture taken on the World Wide Photowalk day. I thought is looks like she is working on the harvest which is appropriate for this time of year.


Worldwide Photo Walk Pt. 2

Misty Rails

Misty Rails

Steel Bridge

Steel Bridge

Bridge over calm waters

Bridge over calm waters

Here are a few shots from the beginning of the World wide Photo walk.


Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk

Worldwide Photo Walk - St. Jacobs

Worldwide Photo Walk – St. Jacobs

Today was the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk day. I had the pleasure of leading a group of super awesome people on a walk around St. Jacobs Ontario. We had a great time making some new friends! We will be sharing photos here on Flicker http://www.flickr.com/groups/stjacobswwpw/


Doors Open Waterloo Region – McDougall Cottage

Our fourth stop on our Doors Open Waterloo Region adventure was the McDougall Cottage in Cambridge. Built c.1858 this grey granite and limestone cottage  is an interpretive centre for the Scottish culture. Unique to this cottage is the hand painted friezes and trompe l’oeil ceilings.

Photos by Neil and Elizabeth de Boer. Post processing by Neil