KW Rock Club Celebration

KW Gem and Mineral Club at Kitchener City Hall.

KW Rock and Mineral club at Kitchener City Hall.

When the KW Gem and Mineral Club asked if I’d share some of what I’m up to at their 50th anniversary celebration at Kitchener City Hall, I was happy to come out. Way back when the idea of local colour was just a dream, the members of this club were so supportive—Helping me identify what I was crushing into pigment, letting me tag along to look for rocks, and even bringing me samples when they stumbled across them. I consider myself so fortunate that I’ve been supported by an amazing club like this!

The day turned out to be a great chance to talk with a wide range of people who were interested in the icon of Saint Peter I brought along, as well as the maps and minerals I brought to share. The conversations were varied (from children asking about making crayons to a ninety-nine year old woman sharing stories of her own painted portraits) … I enjoyed every one of them!

If you’re interested in learning more about the club, there’s a great article in the KW Record about their tour of the Waterloo County Jail: And, there’s even more events planned this week celebrating this event, and I’d encourage you to enjoy them. You can read about them on the club’s Facebook page:


  1. Justin Thibert on April 28th, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Hi Symeon! It was fantastic to meet you and your work at the KW G&M open house in the Rotunda at Kitchener City Hall last evening! You know, as we were talking, I kept eyeing that large portfolio book on the table…and I am very glad to have discovered what was inside! Thank you for inviting me to look – you do great work across many disciplines!

  2. Carolyn Snyder Milke on April 28th, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us Symeon. I had never yet met an artist who actually creates his own colours! Truly you have made the earth come to life in the images you have created, the icons. You are walking a path few have chosen and are a most gifted artist!

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