Thomas Duncan Hall, Inc.

Special Event


For the Gallery Walk on July 15 at Duncan Hall, 619 Ferry St. as well as at The Juxtapose Gallery, 635 Ferry St., Echos of T.C. Steele will be seen and heard. Aura Emsweller, who is the Hall’s Executive Director, recently visited the T.C. Steele Historic Site in Brown County. and has spoken at length with the hall’s neighbor on Ferry St., at Juxtapose Gallery, painter and pianist Cherly Kaldahl about her experiences as the Artist in Residence for the month of May at the legendary artist’s home. For the Gallery Walk, Kaldahl’s “Echoes of the T.C. Steele Historic Site” will be on display, now extended through July 16. Steele is legendary for drawing writers, visual and musical artist to that location in the early 1900’s and they became inspired by the by their surroundings as well as their fellow artists .Emsweller says, “We are inviting artists to Duncan Hall to be inspired by the beauty of the building and gardens here, and in the sprit of T.C. Steele, be inspired by each other”.

Accomplished artists Teri Partridge, watercolors, ( Ronald Harshman, pen and ink and watercolors (447-8852) and Susan Doster, a painter and sculptor ( will exhibit and have work for sale. In addition, they will be painting or sculpting “live”. The three could be creating inside, outside or through the windows of the historic building

The painters may well be inspired by the winning photographs on display from the 3rdAnnual Duncan Hall Photo Contest. Winning photographers will be on hand to discuss their work. A special prize in the photo contest, for photos taken at Duncan Hall is The Girvan Award, named for Thomas Duncan’s hometown, Girvan Scotland. Thomas Duncan himself was an avid photographer.

The artists might inspire or be inspired by the music of Blues Guitarist Singer/Songwriter Jackson Drake and Friends. Pianist Harley Frey will perform his composition inspired by Duncan Hall’s interior garden, a Secret Garden Waltz. He will accompany vocalist Aura Lee Emsweller, who with her father, Bob Reoch wrote the lyrics for the song.

The T.C. Steele “Echo” which has been on display at Duncan Hall for over eighty years is the painting “Peaceful Valley” by Dale Bessire, who himself moved to Brown County near Steele and became a devoted student of his. The painting was a gift from the Lafayette Art League, the forerunner of The Lafayette Art Musuem, in 1931, when Duncan Hall first opened. It was given in honor of Thomas Duncan’s support of the arts.