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Leisure Letters welcomes guest editor Catherine Sinclair

(Written 1 December 2008)


Festive Drop In Invitiation, laser print, foil stamp and gold sparkles, 2005

Leisure Projects always thrills to the festive season. In past years with holiday teas, festive drop-ins and greetings we have indulged in all the fancy dressing and trimming that seasonal customs provide. To help us celebrate this year, we are pleased to invite the first ever guest editor to the Leisure Letters section of our website.

For the next weeks Catherine Sinclair, Curator of the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art and Assistant Curator of the Ottawa Art Gallery, will be writing a series of Leisure Letters on the history of Christmas greeting cards. Drawing on her graduate research on Christmas cards in Canada, Catherine will focus on artists’ Christmas card designs, specifically on the “Canadian Artists’ Series”; a series of artists’ cards designed to promote Canadian landscape art, printed by the Toronto firm Rous and Mann, Ltd., in the 1920s until the 1950s.

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Catherine Sinclair is currently Curator of the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art and Assistant Curator of the Ottawa Art Gallery. She obtained an MA in Canadian Art History in 2005 from Carleton University, Ottawa. Recent curatorial projects have included Mark Marsters: Marsterpiece Theatre (2008) and Laughing Matter (2008).

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