Carl Ahrens (1862-1936)

December 9, 2016 - I am rebuilding this website in order to make it mobile friendly. 


November 1, 2016 – The rewrite of my novel about Carl Ahrens is complete and it has been sent off to several trusted readers. Hopefully, it will soon be ready to submit to literary agents.

 July 18, 2015 – I’m speaking about Carl Ahrens at the Dundas Museum & Archives in Dundas, Ontario, today. There will be eight descendants of Carl at my speech, four from his marriage with Emily, and four from his marriage with Madonna.

June 18, 2015 – Parallel Destinies, the joint exhibition of work by Carl Ahrens and Homer Watson, starts today at the Dundas Museum and Archives. The show continues until September 12th.

May 12, 2015 – My walls are bare! All of my paintings have been shipped to Ontario.

October 29, 2014 – I just received a message from the curator for the Dundas Museum & Archives in Dundas, Ontario. He is going to put on a joint exhibition for work by Carl Ahrens and Homer Watson this summer. I will be loaning all my paintings.

 July 21, 2011 - The memorial bricks for Carl and Madonna Ahrens are in place on the Roycroft Campus.

November 1, 2010 - After getting several paintings back from the conservator's, I have added a section to the website where visitors can see 'before' and 'after' photos.

December 19, 2009 - Check out the winter issue of Canadian Art (magazine). In it, there is an article by Ross King called “White Feathers and Tangled Gardens”. Carl receives a fair amount of coverage.


December 5, 2009 - I have recently received several photographs of Carl Ahrens' first wife and their children and have added some to the family photos page. While I was at it, I added more photos of Carl himself, Madonna, and their children.

October 16, 2009 - I have just received a copy of the 1911 book published in conjunction with Carl's exhibition of the Mercer Collection. This book includes small black and white images of all but one painting in the collection. I have added those images to the information on each of the paintings.

July 1, 2009 - Thanks to this website, I have now located just under 300 works of art.

March 4, 2009 - The 2009 issue of The Fra, a magazine put out by the Roycroft Campus Corporation, mentions Carl in the article about the current Roycroft Potter, Janice McDuffie. Article found on page ten.

December 23, 2007 - I have added a COLOR ENHANCED photo of Carl on my family photos page.

 September 15, 2007 – I have just spoken at the Agnes Jamieson Gallery in Minden, Ontario, for the Friends of the Canadian Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario. The gallery is currently holding a joint exhibition of work by Carl Ahrens and Andre Lapine.

May 17, 2007  - I have returned from Ontario after speaking for the Waterloo Historical Society on April 28th.

 January 18, 2007 - The Waterloo Historical Society annual volume for 2006 will be released on April 28th, 2007. The front and back covers of the volume will feature headshots of Carl at various ages and there will be many photographs in both black and white and color throughout. The article itself is about 7,000 words. I have been asked to be the guest speaker at the launch, which will be on the same day as the volume's release, at the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery in Kitchener, Ontario.

September 13, 2006 - I have just returned from East Aurora, NY, where I visited the Roycroft campus, an important location in the history of the arts and crafts movement around the turn of the previous century. Carl Ahrens founded the pottery here around 1900. The place has special significance to me because it was where my great-grandparents met. On this trip, I was privileged to meet my cousin, Martha McGowan, a descendant of Carl and his first wife Emily Carroll. It was the first ever meeting between members of Carl's first family and second family. Many thanks to Janice McDuffie, the current Roycroft Potter, for letting me stay with her.

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