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"[Peter Goetz] was part of a very significant and accomplished, but largely unheralded, group of artists to emerge among the Mennonite refugees who fled the Soviet Union in the 1920s," comments Henry Paetkau, president of Conrad Grebel. "We are thrilled to add his paintings depicting Mennonite life in Waterloo County to the college's growing art collection."
Canadian Mennonite February 22, 2010 27 ConRAD gReBel ColleCtion Artbeat Original watercolours donated to Grebel By Karl Juhlke Conrad grebel university College Release WAteRloo, ont. Sunday Morning by Peter Goetz. T he children of Peter Goetz, a well- known artist from Waterloo who died in 2007, donated 16 watercolours Paetkau, president of Conrad Grebel. “We are thrilled to add his paintings depicting includes works by fellow Mennonite paint- Mennonite life in Waterloo County to the er Woldemar Neufeld and five other local depicting Mennonite life in the Waterloo college’s growing art collection.” artists. l area to Conrad Grebel University College “As works of art, Goetz’s paintings de- last fall. light us, and they give us new eyes to see The paintings, which range in content from landscapes and buildings to Old the world around us,” observes Hildi Froese Tiessen, co-editor of several volumes of Educational Order Mennonites, capture a glimpse of what the artist saw as the serenity and work concerning Waterloo County art. Goetz honed his skills as an artist by leader left legacy both sense of community in the region. taking courses at the Doon School of Fine “Peter Goetz was part of a very signifi- Arts, where he studied under Fred Varley, cant and accomplished, but largely un- a member of the Group of Seven. heralded, group of artists to emerge among the Mennonite refugees who fled the Soviet In 1986, Goetz’s work was featured in Waterloo County Landscapes 1930– at home and Union in the 1920s,” comments Henry 1960: A Sense of Place, a volume that also abroad By Jonathan Dyck Canadian Mennonite university Release BUILDING BRIDGES FOR 40 YEARS WinniPeg OBERAMMERGAU TOURS SPRINGTIME in HOLLAND, BELGIUM and GERMANY (May 6-17) 2010 TOURS GREAT TREK TOUR with JOHN SHARP (May 23 - June 3) ALASKA CRUISE TOUR I (June 14-24) M ore than 100 people attended the launch of A President’s Journey: The Memoirs of Henry Poettcker, a new release LUTHERAN HOLY LAND TOUR (May 8-19) ALASKA CRUISE TOUR II (June 29 - July 10) EUROPEAN HERITAGE I with JOHN RUTH (June 1-14)
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