Collingwood Public Library is hosting a new art exhibition this February, showcasing the work of Beaver Valley photographer Robert Burcher.

Called “Oh! Canada! Photographic Explorations by Robert Burcher,” the show highlights Burcher’s love affair with the Canadian landscape.

“Over the years my work has given me a chance to live and to travel all across Canada,” Burcher says. “This show is a reflection of those times and explorations.”

Robert Burcher is a professional photographer who attended the Banff School of Fine Arts. He specialized in fine art landscape photography for many years before moving to the Collingwood area to focus on editorial, portrait, and wedding photography.

His travels have also led him into explorations of another kind: archaeological research. “My intense ‘looking’ as a photographer,” he says, “has morphed into being an archaeo/mythologist where I use the geography of ancient stories and myths to search for lost sites.”

His most exciting discoveries have been in Newfoundland where he has spearheaded the testing of rock samples which might indicate the presence of Vikings. Several photographs and displays in the show illustrate this quest. He will also be giving a talk on this subject later in the month.


Opening reception

Saturday, February 7 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Art Walk

Robert Burcher will be available for interviews and photographs.


Vikings in Vinland: a talk by Robert Burcher

Wednesday, February 18 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Third Floor Community Room

Robert Burcher will give an illustrated presentation about his explorations and discoveries in the quest for Vinland, the first Viking landfall on the coast of Newfoundland.

“Oh! Canada!” will be on display in the Art Walk and Bridge Gallery from February 1 to 27.


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The Three Sisters, Canmore, Alberta by Robert Burcher, part of his “Oh! Canada!” photography show at the Collingwood Public Library until February 27.



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