Visitors to the JCHAC pond, by Sybil Rampen
JCHAC Newsletter
June 2015


As I started to write this newsletter, we were in the throes of some beautiful warm weather and then - today - it is quite chilly out there.  Brrrrr and Grrrr!!  Despite the fluctuations, the flower gardens at JCHAC are off to an incredible start (I'm sure they were just loving that bit of rain we had over the weekend).  Perhaps this summer you, and some friends, will find some time to come and meander and enjoy this wonderful vista. 

There has been a lot happening at JCHAC with special event bookings and the evolvement of the property as we shift from Spring towards the summer.  Please read this segment for more information.

With regards to nature, the Labyrinth is once again exposed and ready for explorers to meander it's continuous path. Many people come and walk the Labryinth and are enlightened by its soothing, magical powers.  Also, the Evolving Families Community Garden is well underway. I have witnessed some really hard work, on very hot days, by the dedicated gardeners. There is already solid growth and the garden will soon look like the photo below.  If you are interested in participating in this community garden, want to connect with nature and learn how to grow your own crop, please contact Peaches  of Evolving Families Foundation.  Also at: 289-259-5318.

On Saturday, May 9th, the ArtHouse Festival Series presented " The Grand Salute to Youth " at JCHAC. It was a spectacular evening. The audience was dazzled with performances by three Brilliant young musicians; 11-year old  Leonid Nediak ;  "His technique, his interpretation and his passion take him well beyond his years", 17-year old  Annie Zhou , Winner of two of the World's most prestigious International Piano Competitions and 13-year old Violinist  Arielle Silverberg , consistent First Place Winner - CMC National Music Competition.

The music of Sybil Rampen's Aunt Amice will be featured at a fundraiser for the Oakville Chamber Orchestra Youth Program on Sunday, July 26th.  The event starts at 3:00 and runs to 6:00 p.m. with Amice's music being played around 3:00.  The event will take place at the Holcim Waterfront Estate on Lakeshore Road and will also feature a silent auction, music by the Youth Concerto Competition winners as well as the Oakville Chamber Orchestra.  Please visit Oakville Chamber Orchestra for more details.

In place of the Drum Circle this month, which is usually on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, there will be a special Drum Workshop, led by  AMARA KANT?.  This will be an exciting, stimulating event with proceeds going towards the garden and the drums that are provided for the Drum Circle.  It will be held the evening of June 20th. Please see "Workshops" segment below for more details.

We have some changes at JCHAC as we say "Goodbye" and " Thank You" to Mary Rischke who shared her extensive knowledge and taught the Wednesday and Saturday Watercolour Printmaking classes. As well, she led the Community Living Oakville artists who paint on Mondays. Her  enthusiasm, knowledge, kindness and dedication is awesome, her volunteerism is appreciated and her artistic talent is amazing.  Mary has been a great supporter of the many events and exhibitions at JCHAC over the past few years and she will be greatly missed.  We wish her well in her new life in Grand Bend.

Wednesday Watercolour Printmaking sessions will continue into June and will now be led by Jenny Cairns, a very talented artist. Friday sessions will also end in June as we all take a break for the summer.  Details are outlined in the segment below.  Programs will begin again in September.  

The Artists of Joshua Creek exhibition will be on display until June 21st.   The show contains over 60 pieces of art created by 30 artists, their collective artwork which has been created here at the Joshua Creek Studio.  Please visit the show and extend the invitation to your friends and family.

If you are a "Friend" of JCHAC, you will have been extended an invitation to participate in the  Annual "Sybil's Choice" Friend's Exhibition,  which will open on June 26th with an Opening Reception on Sunday, June 28th. We ask that you submit your entries by June 12th.  If you are interested in becoming a friend, and/or are interested in participating in this show, please see the "Friends of Joshua Creek" segment below or contact Janet  For more details on the show, p lease see "Upcoming Exhibitions" below. 

In July, the 4 day workshop (from the 22nd to 25th) led by F?bio Cembranelli, has now been fully booked.  For those participating, please enjoy.  The Photography Workshop for May, led by Bill Ellis, has now been completed.  Please watch for future sessions in the fall.

Hatha Yoga will continue through the summer on Monday evenings and Chair/Gentle Yoga on Thursday mornings. Healing Meditation Circle will continue on Thursday mornings. Please see the segments below for program and contact information for Tricia and Heather.

Have a great month!!

Janet Jansson, Newsletter Editor
Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre

Joshua Creek Legacy
Memories of Sybil Rampen


Spring on the farm was a joyous time accompanied by intense labour.  A time when the drift clogged roads, with their sleigh ruts, joined the great run-off rivers. Farms woke up. Fences had to be mended for the animals to be let out after a long winter in the barn.  Brooder houses were disinfected and prepared for baby chicks, grapes were pruned and tied with binder twine to the long wired rows of posts and one work horse harnessed to the blue-stone sprayer would "gee" and "ha" up and down. 


As a child, we followed the horse as my father ploughed, cutting the worms in two to increase the population - we believed they had 2 heads.  Do they?  We would walk across the fields to the woods to listen to the peeping of the frogs, to pick hepaticas and trout lilies. On Sundays we picnicked in Bloodroot Valley.  It was a time of birth.  


My father's poem.

'Heaven's filling up

the pews, the stalls of nature's church.

Where tulips grow, glisten gleam .  .  .


Joshua Creek Annual Spring Show    

May 8th to June 21st
Opening Tea Party
Sunday May 10th
2 pm - 5 pm

Pillars of Society, by Mary Rischke

Each year, Joshua Creek invites the talented students of Joshua Creek Studio to share their art and heart of creating by exhibiting in the JCHAC Spring Show.

Over two decades ago, non-toxic watercolour printmaking was invented at Joshua Creek Studio.   Since its inception it has been refined and the technique expanded upon. Artists invent, explore  and experiment with wet colour on a rigid surface. Rolling the plate through the press and printing images is only the beginning.  Mixed media and collage increase its versatility.  The ensuing masterpieces evolve and become treasured pieces of art. 

Extraordinary art is created in the dynamic, innovative and inspiring environment of the Studio. We share it with you in our exhibition.

Friends "Sybil's Choice" Exhibition    

June 26th to July 26th
Opening Tea Party
Sunday June 28th
2 pm - 5 pm

Various Levels of Flowers of Friendship

T his exhibition will be a display of artwork by "Friends" of JCHAC as a "thank you" for their support.

It will be a collaboration of work from a varied group of artists and will be individual's work that has been selected by Sybil Rampen.  

Important Dates for Applicants: 

- Application Target Date: Monday, June 12 

- Drop off your work:  

         Sunday, June 21 (4-8) or  

         Monday, June 22 (12-6)

- You will be contacted if your art is not accepted

- Exhibition runs from June 26 to July 26

- Opening on Sunday, June 28 2 pm - 5 pm


If you are interested in becoming a "friend" of JCHAC, or know someone who may be interested, please contact Janet Jansson
Drum Workshop  
Polyrhythms* of the Mandigue: 
Djembe & Dundun  

Saturday, June 20th

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Cost: $80

Djembe Drums

Workshop Led by

World renowned Master percussionist, Composer and Artistic Director, AMARA KANT?


In collaboration with Evolving Families and Kouraba Toronto, this workshop is perfect for hobbyists and professionals alike: Beginner (No experience and/or still getting comfortable), Intermediate (know a few rhythms) and Advanced (Professional and/or teaches). We will be covering: The anatomy of Mandingue Polyrhythms.  


This includes decoding the secret language of the drums:

  • The melody within the rhythm for: Djembe, Dun-dunba, Sangban and Kensedeni
  • Sounds of the drum: How to tell if it needs tuning or just a bit of T.L.C.
  • Grow & Connect with your drum: How to get the most out of your instruments (physically and spiritually)
  • Plus much, much more!
Please Bring your own instruments if you have them. If not please let us know in advance and we will attempt to provide some for you. *Djembe rental fee is $5. Dundun Rental, please call for pricing. 

Contact: Peaches @ 259-259-5318 
or email for more details.


*Polyrhythm [pol-ee-rith-uh m] noun, Music.  T he simultaneous occurrence of sharply contrasting rhythms within a musical composition. 

From the philosophical perspective of the African musician, cross-beats can symbolize the challenging moments or emotional stress we all encounter. Playing cross-beats while fully grounded in the main beats, prepares one for maintaining a life-purpose while dealing with life's challenges - Pe?alosa (2009: 21). 



Intuitive Approaches to Watercolor 
with F?bio Cembranelli 

4 day Watercolour Workshop

For those who have signed up, Dates are:
July 22-25, 2015
9:00 am to 4:30 pm (est. 30 hours)
Cost: $699
Watercolour Printmaking Workshops

There will be no Workshops from June through August.

Please watch out for future dates in September.  

Thank You.

Watercolour Printmaking
Introduction and Beyond

Every Wednesday, September thru June


Wednesday June 3, 10, 17, 24 


Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm


Fee: $35/session  (Open Studio)

Open Studio: Bring your own supplies

Pot Luck Lunch

"Drop-In" or Contact: Jenny


A perennial favourite of Joshua Creek is Wednesday's art class. This is an Introduction to Watercolour Printmaking. Each week allows you to engage in new techniques and discoveries that takes you beyond the basics. Whether you are a seasoned artist or wanting to learn a new technique, you will be fully engaged with Jenny Cairns as your teacher and art guide. Discover the art of learning in play. No previous art experience necessary, just a love of colour.


This workshop is in collaboration with Joshua Creek Studio.

For more information on this technique, click here

Watercolour Printmaking

Every Friday, September thru June 


Friday June 5, 12, 19, 26 


Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm


Fee: $35/session, Pay-as-You-Go

Open Studio: Bring your own supplies

RSVP: Space is limited

Pot Luck Lunch

Contact: Sybil Rampen, 905-257-0953


These Friday workshops will allow those who know watercolour printmaking to further explore the endless possibilities associated with this medium.

This workshop is in collaboration with Joshua Creek Studio.


Hatha Yoga

JCHAC Gallery
Monday Evenings

June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Time:  7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

$15 per class

Classes will continue in July. 

This is a program of gentle Hatha Yoga and is adapted to the needs of each individual.


To register, or for more information, please contact:  Tricia at 416-805-5169 or



Hatha Yoga is the most widely practiced form of yoga in the world. Hatha Yoga uses postures (asana) and conscious breathing (Pranayama) in combination with mental focus to develop awareness, strength and flexibility, and relaxation. Through proper alignment and mindful actions of the body, Hatha Yoga brings balance, strength, and a sense of well-being to the practitioner.


Whether you are new to yoga or a seasoned practitioner, join us in an exploration of body, mind and spirt.  As a Certified Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master and founder of Anatomy Workshops, Tricia brings over 10 years of experience working with older adults to help you adapt a practice to your individual needs.  


Please bring a yoga mat and a blanket. I f you have a strap and blocks, please bring those too! Yoga straps are available for sale in class. 


Gentle / Chair Yoga

JCHAC Gallery
Thursday Mornings

June 11 and 18
NOTE: No Class June 4 ,25

Time:  10:00 am - 11:00 am 

$13 per class 

Classes will continue in July
To register, or for more information, please contact:  Tricia at 416-805-5169 or


Enjoy the benefits of yoga without having to get up and down from the ground.  If you have issues with mobility or would like to learn how to include yoga in your work day to counter the effects of excessive sitting, join us and gain flexibility, strength and body awareness. 

The movements of Gentle Yoga and Chair Yoga are adaptable to anyone yet effective for all in releasing tension and increasing range of motion.  The practice will be tailored to  the needs of those present and so may include some standing postures using the chair for support or can be done entirely from a seated position. 


If you have a yoga strap or blocks, please bring them with you! Yoga straps are available for sale in class. Mats are not necessary as there will be no supine poses.


NEW: Sound Reiki?

Healing Meditation Circle 

JCHAC Gallery (Library)
Thursday Mornings

June 4, 11 and 18

Time:  11:30 am to 12:30 pm


Cost: $15


Please bring a bottle of water


To register, or for more information, please contact: Heather at 647-231-6330 or



For thousands of years meditation has been recognized as a way of achieving peace and health in body, mind and spirit. Today science is providing us with the evidence. Even the Mayo Clinic says "Meditation can wipe away the day's stress, bringing with it inner peace."   


Would you like to let go of your worries and replace them with peace? Join our Sound Reiki? Healing Meditation Circle, led by Heather Hannan, Meditation Coach, Sound Reiki Master Teacher and Intuitive Counsellor, for a unique healing experience combining meditation and the gentle healing tones of Sound Reiki?.


You will experience a Sound Reiki alignment bringing you an inner stillness and sense of well-being and be guided in meditation to let go of stress and tension. We will follow with a discussion. This meditation will benefit all; just bring an open heart and mind. And a bottle of water!


NIA Classes

Three Days Per Week:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

June Classes:


Monday, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 

Wednesday, June 3, 10, 24

(NOTE: NO CLASS on June 17)

Thursday, June 4, 11, 18, 25


Mondays and Wednesdays
10:00 am to 11:15 am  


7:00 pm to 8:15 pm  

Cost: $11 per class  

Location: JCHAC Gallery

Contact: Brigita for more information
Classes led by Brown Belt Nia instructor Brigita Roube. 

Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. It empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit.  Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music in more than 45 countries. Trainings teach people how to get in their body, learn about The Body's Way and cultivate body-centered awareness. Every experience can be adapted to individual needs and abilities. Step into your own joyful journey with Nia, and positively shape the way you feel, look, think and live.


Nia has 52 moves that optimize the body's natural design. Nia choreography is body-centered and allows practitioners to connect to nine diverse movement styles: Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, jazz dance, modern dance, Duncan dance, yoga, Alexander Technique and Teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais. Nia classes balance form with freedom encouraging people to personalize the movements making choices for pleasure and comfort.


Community Drum Circle   

2nd and 4th Tuesday of the Month

June Sessions: In lieu of the Tuesday sessions there will be a Workshop on June 20th - Please see "Workshops" Segment for more Details  

Labyrinth Hours:  

Same as Gallery hours 

Tuesday - Sunday 1pm - 4pm 

Friends of JCHAC  are welcome to walk the Labyrinth in the meadow during Gallery hours. The Labyrinth is also available by appointment as well as invitation.


To assist with upkeep of the Labyrinth an offering of $5.00 is suggested. All offerings are gratefully accepted. The offering box is located inside the Gallery beside the sign-in sheet. 


You may also choose to become a Friend of Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre and enjoy the benefits of use.  Click here for more information. 


Evolving Families is working in collaboration with JCHAC to maintain and promote the Labyrinth. Please contact Peaches  at  Evolving Families  for any inquires that you may have regarding the use of the Labyrinth.   


Sign In: 

You are requested to sign in before you walk. The sign in sheet is located in the Gallery.


Please park in the area of the Gallery. To access the Labyrinth follow the lane and cross the bridge.  A path, marked on your left, will lead you to the Labyrinth in the field.

Length of Walk:
To walk the curving path of the Labyrinth will take 45 - 60 minutes depending on your pace. Total distance: 2.5 km.
Flying Pigs Arts & Letters Society

3rd Wednesday of the month

October through May



Cost: $5.00 per meeting

Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm




This is a casual group that typically meets the third Wednesday of each month.  May's meeting is on the 6th and is focused on "Mindfulness" which requires registration.  

Meeting topics vary and any suggestions are welcome.  


Please join us.  It's a great group of people and interesting topics of discussion.

Oakville Stitchery Guild

4th Monday of the month

September through June


Time: 7:00pm to 9:00 pm

Cost: $5.00 per meeting




The Oakville Stitchery Guild of Joshua Creek invites interested fibre artists to visit or join the group.  The guild meets on the 4th Monday of each month and offers "hands on" sessions, speakers, workshops and exciting programs.


Pre-registration is not required.  Please drop in and introduce yourself!   

Tea Leaf Reading Sessions

Second Sunday of each month

June: No Session

Start Time: 2:30
Maximum Group Size: 6
Cost: $15 per person

Please join Sarah Adamson for a cup of tea and to relax and satisfy your curiosity as she skillfully reads your tea leaves.  The tea leaf reading sessions will start at 2:30. This is a group tea reading. Each person will have an individual session in a group setting.

While you're here, you could visit the art gallery and view the current exhibition.

If you are interested, or know others who are, please contact Sarah Adamson

Tea Time at JCHAC

An invitation is extended to interested groups who are  considering looking for a spot to gather and enjoy some "tea time" in a welcoming and engaging atmosphere. Of special interest  are residents in retirement  communities looking for a meaningful and fun outing to this extraordinary land where the city is forgotten and the country feels like coming home.


Please contact Bill Hewitt by e-mail or call


Friends of Joshua Creek

Current "Friends of Joshua Creek",  THANK YOU for your previous donation to our Friendship Program. Your support helps Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre's vision of sustainability and in addition, it provides the means to maintain our art gallery, fund numerous community projects, as well as support emerging and differently-abled artists.
I t is always a perfect time to become a "Friend of Joshua Creek". Joining now will not only assist in supporting JCHAC but also timely to participate in an upcoming exhibition in the Gallery of art by the Friends of Joshua Creek. Show family and friends your talent in a setting that highlights your passion. This exhibition will take place early July. Enough time to decide what piece you would like to enter for consideration.
New and Renewing Friendships

Thanks to new and renewing friends this past couple of months:

Judy Emmert
Barbara Ariss
Debbie Bianco
Leanne Boughner
Robert Nicholson
Azhar Shemdin
Virender Madan
Claudio Miatello
I t takes a community to support the vision of JCHAC. We are in gratitude of your financial contribution.  Your gift makes a difference in the lives and hearts of many.  
For more information on how to support JCHAC through the Friendship program click on (the form can be dropped off, mailed or emailed to Janet:
JCHAC Facility Rentals


If you are looking for a venue to hold a celebration or special event; perhaps a   wedding, anniversary, birthday or a business meeting, look no further than JCHAC. Change your event space from the usual to unique. We welcome inquiries.


For more information please contact Janet Jansson 

by e-mail or call 905-257-4730.  

JCHAC Exhibition Rentals



We are presently taking proposals for future exhibitions in the Art Gallery. JCHAC Gallery is the home to ten shows each year with each exhibition running for one month to six weeks. The focus of the Gallery is to be a venue for emerging artists. Should a showing by a single artist seem daunting consider an exhibition of a collective of three or four artists. 


We look forward to hearing from you and discussing opportunities. Please contact Janet Jansson by e-mail or call 905-257-4730. 

Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre

For 50 years Sybil Rampen has had a vision. Her lifelong goal has been to establish a cultural legacy on her family farm to inspire the future generations of Halton. Joshua Creek Heritage Arts Centre is a place to discover, it is an oasis.


The converted 1827 barn gallery hosts unusual exhibitions by well known and emerging artists. It is a place for small intimate weddings, for celebrations, for workshops.


For more information about our Centre, please visit our website


Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre
1086 Burnhamthorpe Rd E
Oakville, ON L6H 7B2

Gallery Hours and

Closures for June



All Mondays 

Saturday, June 6

Saturday, June 13

Wednesday, June 17

Saturday, June 20

Tues,Wed June 23,24


Please check website for updated closures.



Tuesday thru Sunday:

1 pm to 4 pm


Current Exhibition 

Artists of Joshua Creek

May 8 - June 21

Opening Reception: May 10


Upcoming Exhibition

Friends of Joshua Creek

June 26 - July 26

Opening Reception: June 28


Upcoming Workshop

Drum Workshop

June 20


F?bio Cambrenelli Watercolour

July 22 to 25

In This Issue
Grant Sponsors
Trillum Logo


Gift Certificates


Offer the gift of inspiration and creativity with a gift   certificate to Joshua Creek Studio.


For details contact: 

Mary Rischke



Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre is grateful for the volunteers that contribute their time to us. If you, or someone you know, would like to become a volunteer at JCHAC or would like more information on volunteering please email Janet Jansson  As little or as much time you can contribute is very much appreciated.


Click here for our Volunteer Information Form. It can dropped off, mailed or emailed to: Janet Jansson