Our present is connected to our past by sometimes an overlooked or underappreciated common thread, water. Galt was settled and became the center of industrialized Canada due to its close proximity to Mill Creek and the Grand River.
On this walk through downtown Galt, we'll see relics of water powered industry, the history of Parkhill Dam, the disaster of at the falls, which claimed eight lives on the yearly voyage of a paddle steamer. We'll stop at Old Town Hall where on completion, hundreds turned out in protest, feeling the design did not suit the reputation of a burgeoning and wealthy town. In all, we will make ten stops.
The walk will be led by Joe Lethbridge and commence at 2:00 PM July 25th at Idea Exchange | Design at Riverside Gallery and will end at the original Galt Fire Hall on Dickson Street.
The rain date is July 26th.
Artist Biography: Joe Lethbridge
I've always had a close connection with water, but more so in the past twelve years, or so. It's been a constant companion. The sound of it, the motion or stillness of it. It's been a continues to be a coping mechanism of living with mental health issues.
The first short poem I ever shared publicly was about water:
Sometimes I will swim in the river
three or four times a day
Not that I need to, but it washes my tears away
My tears blend with the water
So no one sees my pain.
I define myself and living with mental health issues as a body of water. It could be like a calm pond one day, or a raging river.
My appreciation and deep connection with water has taught me that I can keep my head above water the best I can. Water inspires me in most that I do. To write, to paint, to photograph, to appreciate the history of my city, and that no matter what any storms throw at me, I may get bruised but never battered.