Auction of Painting to Benefit John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area


Long-time ERCF supporter to auction off original oil painting to raise funds for the historic site

Leamington –  Throughout the summer months, a very special piece will be on display at the Leamington Arts Centre (LAC) – a 24” x 30” oil painting of the historic John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area created by local Artist, Don Waffle.  At Mr. Waffle’s request, this piece will be auctioned off, via a silent auction, with the proceeds directed to the Essex Region Conservation Foundation to support the ongoing efforts to preserve and maintain the John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area, managed by the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA).

“I see the auction of this painting as a ‘golden opportunity’ to the many supporters, friends and acquaintances of the Homestead to make a significant contribution toward preserving its future,” says Don Waffle, Artist.  “In return, the successful bidder will receive this painting that captures a moment in glorious fall colour at the Homestead and would be a beautiful addition on any wall.”

Fall season at the John R. Park Homestead” marks Waffle’s first public offering from his extensive collection of his own paintings, landscapes, portraits and sketches. It can be viewed, and silent auction bids will be accepted, at the LAC located at 72 Talbot Street West in Leamington, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Tuesday to Friday) and noon to 4:00 p.m. (Saturdays), until Wednesday, August 31, 2016. The starting bid on ‘Fall Season at the John R. Park Homestead’ is $2,000.

Six additional paintings by Mr. Waffle are also currently on display at the LAC and can be viewed throughout the month of June during the U16: Members Show & Sale. For more information, please visit

About the John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area
A visit to the John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area will take you back in time to the 1850s. Explore the magnificent Classical Revival home, built in 1842, taste baking from the kitchen fireplace or play with a wooden toy in the children’s bedrooms. See the workings of an 1885 steam engine-powered sawmill and stop by the blacksmith shop to witness the making of small hardware and repairing of farm tools at the coal-fired forge. Don’t miss the working smoke house, ice house and barn. For a breath of fresh air, take a scenic walk on the lakeshore boardwalk.  Be sure to check out the gift shop and exhibit area.
You can also take in the theatre where an audio-visual presentation will transport you back in time to John Park’s day.

The John R. Park Homestead was named ‘Ontario’s Best Living History Museum’ and thousands of school children attend field trips here each year for hands-on learning opportunities about pioneer life and the importance of preserving our heritage. For more information, visit


About the Essex Region Conservation Foundation
Since 1977, the Essex Region Conservation Foundation has supported ERCA by raising the funds required to reforest and green the Essex region, provide conservation education, protect those significant natural areas that remain, plant new forests in strategic locations, restore wetlands, protect cultural heritage, and increase green connections through acquiring and developing trails.



 Media Contacts:
Richard Wyma
Executive Director
Essex Region Conservation Foundation
519-776-5209, ext. 353

Danielle Breault Stuebing
Director, Community Outreach Services
Essex Region Conservation Authority
519-776-5209, ext. 352