Who is Gordon Couling?
Sadly, the question now is "who *was* Gordon Couling?", for he passed
away in 1984. Gordon Couling was a man who dedicated his life to the arts
and cultural life of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He was an artist and historian, born in
Guelph in 1913. In the nineteen thirties he was a mural painter and
artist in Guelph. He became a faculty member of the MacDonald Institute
in 1949. He was the first chairman of the department of fine art at the
University of Guelph, and was of the greatest importance in developing
the fine arts program there. He had a great passion for ecclesiastical
art, and designed much of the furniture and murals in many Ontario
churches. As well, he was extremely skilled in stained glass, a skill
that not many were practicing in Canada at the time. Many windows in Ontario
churches were designed and crafted by Gordon Couling. He also was
well-known for his involvement with architectural conservancy in Ontario.
His interest and eagerness in preservation of historical Guelph buildings
was contagious, and helped spawn interest in Guelph in the city's buildings. He
wrote several historical booklets about Guelph, among them "Where Guelph
Began" and "A Downtown Walkabout".
Guelph Arts Council, "His dedication enriched our community", from _Arts
in Guelph_, Volume 9, Number 101, October 1984; Gordon Couling
Collection, Archive Centre, University of Guelph library, Guelph,
Gordon Couling's resume, April, 1983; Gordon Couling Collection, Archive
Centre, University of Guelph library, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Click here for a quote which I feel aptly
describes Gordon Couling.
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