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To the Sound of Trumpets

Sound-of-the-Trumpets-MileCounty artist Milé Murtanovski painted 24 ink portraits over 24 hours – to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the first Battle of Ypres on Oct. 19 and will show them among 100 paintings at his show “To the Sound of Trumpets” that is to open on Remembrance Day.

“Many facts about World War One are common knowledge,” Murtanovski said. “I wanted to include some local colour, (honouring Prince Edward County soldiers) not just document known events and people.”

Starting with the names on the cenotaph in Picton, he found the necessary photo reference by searching various archives, both in person and online. Proceeds from the sales of these paintings will go to the Picton Legion.

The show’s opening on Remembrance Day (1-4 p.m.) marks more than a year of effort to unveil the project. Murtanovski  immersed himself in research, with a particular focus on the effects of the war on the people of Prince Edward County, his home for the last five years.

Murtanovski is no stranger to epic painting projects. In 2013 he painted 101 paintings in 101 consecutive hours, and in 2012 he undertook his first painting marathon, Burning the Midnight Oil, wherein he painted 100 portraits in 100 consecutive hours.

The exhibit runs  Nov 11-30, daily 1-4 p.m. at the church at Macaulay Heritage Park, 35 Church St., Picton.  Admission is free of charge. Murtanovski is to be on site each day except the 15th when he will be at Books & Company with Giller Prize finalist Frances Itani discussing his work and her book during an art and literature weekend.

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Online, the Archives of Ontario is marking Remembrance Day with the launch of the online exhibit, Eaton’s Goes to War.

As part of a series of exhibits to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War, the new online exhibit chronicles how the T. Eaton Company (commonly known as “Eaton’s”), under the direction of Sir John Craig Eaton, supported Canada’s war efforts through financial contributions, uniforms, equipment and other supplies. More than 3,000 Eaton’s employees also enlisted in the Great War, and portraits of more than 2,000 of those soldiers, including their names and rank, are displayed in the exhibit.

Eaton’s paid the full salary of any married employee who enlisted, as a supplement to military wages. With unmarried employees who enlisted receiving half their salary, Eaton’s paid more than $2 million in wages by the end of the First World War – more than any other company in Canada.

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