Roly Fenwick – Pow Wow Emanations coming to Bruce County Museum

Roly Fenwick is an artist well known for his lush oil paintings inspired by the landscape of the Bruce Peninsula, which he refers to as his “ancestral bloodroots” as he was born in Owen Sound.

          Roly Fenwick

Fenwick’s works are in the permanent public collections of the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, McIntosh Art Gallery and Museum London.

Now, for the first time, Fenwick will be exhibited at the Bruce County Museum &
Cultural Centre with the “Roly Fenwick: Pow Wow Emanations” exhibition.

Pow Wows represent a gathering of nations to celebrate, reflect, inspire, and convey a sense of spirit unique to First Nations communities.


For Roly Fenwick, the rejuvenation of his life-long quest to convey the intangible found in nature was rejuvenated as depicted in this series of watercolour and oil paintings. This work recounts his experience of many times spent on the shores along Lake Huron & Georgian Bay, specifically at Saugeen and Cape Croker. 

He spends his summers at his cottage at Big Bay on the Bruce Peninsula and spends the rest of the year at his home in London, ON.

“My project was to join and enter the spirit of the First Nations community and spiritual celebrations and to evoke the texture of their culture through the cadences and movements of the Pow Wow.  Colours in the regalia and dance rhythms reflect their spiritual heritage connections.” (Roly Fenwick, 2017)

“We are pleased to be able to present this exhibition of Roly’s work at the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre” says Cathy McGirr, Director, Museum & Cultural Services.

The opening reception of “Roly Fenwick: Pow Wow Emanations” is Saturday, September 15, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. The show continues through Saturday, November 24.

Community Foundation Grey Bruce and Saugeen Shores Community Fund proudly
present this exhibition.