Millworks Art Sale in Support of Mill


Bill Slavin

Local and regional artists have rallied around Millbrook’s mill! A request for artists to donate their work in support of the current fund-raising campaign to save Needlers’ Mill from destruction has met with overwhelming success. Thirty artists have stepped up to the plate with donated work for the one day sale, which will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2015 as the last event of this fund-raising drive. The exhibition, called Millworks, will be held at St. Thomas Anglican Church Hall, 16 Centre St., Millbrook and runs from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.. Refreshments will be served and local musicians will be present in support of the event.

Photo: Supplied.

Photo: Supplied.

“The artists I contacted universally responded with a big ‘Yes!’” says Grace Glass, the key organizer of Millworks. She was overwhelmed with the outpouring of response to her request for work. “Clearly the mill holds a dear spot in everyone’s heart in this community and even beyond,” noting that one of the artists donating work now lives in Germany.

The pieces of art being donated represent a wide range of media and disciplines, from stained glass to pottery, painting, quilts, drawings and photography. Most of the participating artists are local (many members of the former Millbrook Gallery) and the art represented here showcases the wide range of talent in our community.

Millworks is the last event in the fund-raising drive to raise the $90,000 necessary before October 31 to save Needlers’ Mill from destruction. Needlers’ Mill, built by Adam Scott in 1830 is the last of thirty mills that once operated in the township and has a long history pre-dating 1909 when it was moved to Millbrook from Cedar Valley to replace a previous mill that had burnt down. The money raised will be used to do the work necessary in restoring the mill on its new foundation, 30 meters west of its current location. This work is necessary to place the mill on a firm footing prior to the dam and millpond restoration work slated for sometime in the near future. The fund-raising has been spearheaded by the Millbrook and Cavan Historical Society in conjunction with the Save the Dam Mill Pond group and has been a one hundred percent community effort.

All proceeds from the sale of artwork will be donated to the Save the Mill fund. People are encouraged to come down and see the artwork, hopefully purchasing a piece but regardless to consider donating to help keep the mill in Millbrook!

For more information on this show contact Grace Glass at 705 932-3218 and for the fund-raising drive in general please visit

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