Created By: Township of Minden Hills
Cows in Autumn is a traditional composition of a fall scene. Lapine painted a number of these exact painting, each in a different season. Many of these painting are housed in the Agnes Jamieson Gallery at the Minden Hills Cultural Centre. This was due to the ongoing friendship between Lapine and Minden local Frank Welch. Frank was well-known in the town of Minden; a community he served as Reeve for many years. He was also the owner of the funeral parlour. Frank befriended the artist after Lapine's wife died, offering him room and board in exchange for paintings. Over the years, Frank accumulated over 45 paintings, which he bequeathed to the municipal government - on the condition the town keep them in a suitable location.
In her later years, Dr. Jamieson dedicated herself to ensuring the Lapine collection remained in Minden, and that the community would have a public art gallery, part of a Cultural Centre. Her determination, and that of a group of volunteers, made that goal a reality.
Today, the Agnes Jamieson Gallery holds over 100 works by Lapine, as well as a variety of other works by Canadian Artists. The Gallery is located right next door, at 176 Bobcaygeon Road. Lapine died in 1952, and is buried with his wife in the Minden Cemetery. To see the full Lapine collection, please visit the Agnes Jamieson Gallery, open Tuesday - Saturday, 10-4. Admission by donation, and all are welcome.
This point of interest is part of the tour: The Lapine Lap