Stratford 2016

Classic Art is proud to present “Stratford 2016”, a work by local artist Kathy Heron-Duff. “Stratford  2016” is a spectacular and unique presentation of the buildings of Stratford, a meaningful treasure that will increase in value for anyone who holds this city in their heart. All proceeds from the sale of the original and the prints will go to “Wade and Nate’s C.F. Adventures” charity, a division of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. The original and prints are on display at Classic Art – please click on the “Wade and Nate’s C.F. Adventures” link below for complete information and details. Classic Art is very proud to have been selected by Kathy to participate in the showing and sale of this piece.


STRATFORD 2016

ORIGINAL

26" X 34"  $3500.



***PROCEEDS TO WADE AND NATE'S CF ADVENTURES***











30 PRINTS 26" X 34" SIGNED NUMBERED LIMITED EDITION - $750.
***PROCEEDS TO WADE AND NATE'S CF ADVENTURES***

200 PRINTS 11" X 15" SIGNED NUMBERED LIMITED EDITION- $200.
***ALL PROCEEDS TO WADE AND NATE'S CF ADVENTURES***

REMARKS OF 38 SIGNED WATER COLOURED NUMBERED LIMITED EDITION
PRESELLING - PICK YOUR BUILDING ONLY ONE OF EACH BUILDING
ONE BUILDING PER NUMBER WATERCOLOURED
AVAILABLE BY NOVEMBER 30, 2016 - $1250.

Original and Prints Displayed at


CLASSIC ART 
1060 ONTARIO ST. STRATFORD 519.271.9718

Offering
20% DISCOUNT ON FRAMING FOR ALL STRATFORD 2016 PRINTS

Cheques payable to
"Wade and Nate's CF Adventures"
Etransfers:
wadeandnate@outlook.com

‘‘The Why”
From the reminiscing thoughts of Kathy

In May I was down at the river for the Cystic Fibrosis Canada Great Strides Walk in Stratford. Watching the extraordinary families rally around each other and having a fun time diligently raising money for community.

Admiring the families and being in awe of their beings. Thinking to myself I really don’t know that much about what it actually takes daily for CF families, and would I know what to do? What does the family routine look like? I raised two children, each with their own extraordinary uniqueness, and I know what that looked like. Not Cystic Fibrosis.

Rewind back, I remember the day Nate was born. During events that followed, I was living in Chicago, so close however seemingly like a world away. The day my son wisely married a girl by the name of Sarah Micks and we became linked to the Micks family through love.

Thinking to myself would I know what to do, what would I do, would I know how?. What could I do, I want to help, to do something?. Then I thought I can draw, as fast as thoughts came, I think it takes a community to raise a child, a village. I will draw our City. I knew I could do this.
Many years ago I drew Pen and Inks of the area I grew up in and where my family lived. The first was done for a gift for my parents. As friends started to see the work, requests came in for prints.
Knowing historically I had pulled it off, I could do it again.

Community is what this is. Literally, creating a list, checking it, emailing, phone calls to family with a request to check this, make sure we haven't missed anything. Not only the buildings were to be considered but what is the City of Stratford?. Photography, I can take pictures however with work requests requiring trips to Chicago and I needed help for the timeline. A fabulous photographer and friend Laurie Snow and my daughter Shannon Campbell were invited to tea. After explaining I was on route to Chicago for work they asked “what can we do”.
While Laurie knows my work after many years of friendship and Shannon knows the schools. The answer was simple “take the pictures” No hesitation from either, “by when” did I need them. Again simple answer “I’ll be home this weekend” All was ready for me.

Pencilling, 1, 2, and 3 point perspective, all seemed like a vision away from the carpet design world I’ve been in for the last 20 years. I can do this. One Sunday, I sat down to ink City Hall and of course I could ink the Train Station for I had all day. Cup of coffee in hand, pens ready I started inking at 7:45 Am. At 3:30 pm, I sat back from my drafting table and realized I was half way done City Hall. ‘Oh what am I thinking, I can’t get this done in my timeline’ At that moment of defeat I looked up and saw my Thank you Card from Wade and Nate of last years Ball Tournament.
Giving myself a moment, and a humble pep talk I finished the City Hall inking at 10:45pm. and two additional nights to ink the Train Station.

September and I was done. Timeline achieved.

Next item, I needed a container to protect and transport the original. Drawn on a 30 inch by 40 inch board it is large. No portfolio will hold it, therefore I popped into Classic Art, and explained my dilemma to Andrea and left with my “originals” needs fulfilled. The day I went back to thank them and met Neil Devine the owner of Classic Art. Neil’s immediate response was “I want to do something how can I help”. We discussed the framing and matting. I walked out of the store thinking to myself, who better to support “Stratford 2016” than a company established in 1888.
Leaving the store I realize they are not selling framing but asking “what can we do” and offering a 20% framing discount to support the pieces while clearing a wall to displaying the pieces.

I’d like to share with you that the Pen and Ink is labelled as “Stratford 2016” This is it, this year and this Beautiful City. There are only 200 of the small prints, 30 of the originals size and 38 remarks. These are signed numbered prints. For a limited Edition signed numbered print, the objective is it goes up in value for the owner, created by limited numbers and demand. Keeping the numbers low, and hopefully creating a quick demand will not only give you an investment of Art but a piece that speaks to your heart of Stratford.

I have watched Wade and Nate run around. September marked their first days of school. They amaze me. The families, how they create and reach out into the communities, not asking for help but asking how they can help.
Hands that reach further with each passing day. I am humbled, and honoured to be a small part of our community.

After reading all of the above I hope you will understand I refer to this piece as “A Much Bigger Picture”

Respectfully,
Kathy Heron-Duff
The Artist