September 15 to October 14, 2017, the St. Marys Station Gallery will host the first of its kind exhibition of the award winning food photography of Jon Ogryzlo. Ogryzlo’s mouth-watering pictures can be found in cookbooks the likes of the Niagara Cooks series and The Ontario Table (both internationally award winning cookbooks). The exhibition will feature large, glistening photographs of dishes who’s recipes can be found in The Ontario Table cookbook, available through the duration of the exhibition enrobed in a silk ribbon to all with a $20 donation to the St Marys Station Gallery.
The Ontario Table cookbook features over 500 of Ogryzlo’s seductively delicious food photographs, both of recipe dishes and also of rural Perth County with stories of farmers, the food that grows there and the culinary entrepreneurs that are creating from its bounty.
Opening night for this appetizing affair is September 15 at 7 pm. Food Photographer, Jon Ogryzlo and his wife, author of The Ontario Table, Lynn Ogryzlo will be in attendance. The exhibition runs from September 15 to October 14. Once you’ve worked up an appetite for delicious food at the St Marys Station Gallery, stroll through the town and taste your way through the cookbook at the participating restaurants. St Marys restaurants like Little Reds, Jenny’s, Barristas, Four Happy and the Kitchen Bakery will be featuring a dish from the cookbook with the corresponding photograph. The local Independent grocery store (also in town) is sponsoring the promotion of this delicious food exhibition.
Why St Marys? The Thames River flows through St Marys in the heart of Perth County. The water snakes it’s way under stone bridges, cascading over waterfalls and rocks. Around the Thames, the land swells upward revealing Victorian homes, rolling lawns, mature trees and on top of each hilltop peak, a different church with a grand steeple towering skywards. Around the town are rolling hills of golden wheat, corduroy fields of corn and vast curly expanses of soy. The little town of St Marys has all the hallmarks of an English countryside village tucked into rural agricultural and one of Ontario’s best-kept secrets.
It’s only fitting then that St Marys has a historic railway station. VIA Rail rumbles through St Marys twice a day on it’s way from Toronto to London and other than the little commuter business that exists, the railway station has become an artists enclave.
One of those artists is Cameron Porteous. If that name sounds familiar, Cameron’s fame comes from his work at the Shaw Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake, designing stages and costumes that are legendary. Since then, Porteous has travelled the world lending his talents to working on historical documentary films.
Porteous not only has his own studio in the St Marys Station Gallery where he paints amazing icons of rural Perth County (amazingly no landscapes) but he established and curates the first railway art gallery in Canada drawing artists the likes of Scott McKowen and his unique form of scratch art.