It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Ron Brown, one of the Studio Tour's founding members. He was a great artist and a great friend; he will be missed.
Monday, December 3rd, 2012, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Marshall Funeral Home
10366 Yonge Street Richmond Hill, ON
10366 Yonge St. Richmond Hill( 4 lights north of Major Mackenzie Drive West side of street)
Tuesday, December 4th, 2012, 2:00pm
Marshall Funeral Home
The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers,
that we can make a donation to a charity of our choice.
Let's celebrate Ron's life and keep his family in our thoughts.
Ray McNeice shares with us
One Sunday morning, Ron Brown introduced himself to a small group of “plein air weekend artists” loosely know as the Roadside Painters. Several of us were scattered along a sideroad south of Stouffville trying to interpret the lovely rural scene with pencils and paint. “This is just what I’ve been looking for”, he said. We quickly adopted this Markham resident into our artistic community and he became a lifelong friend, mentor and catalyst for the Stouffville Studio Tour. Sadly, Ron passed away on Friday, November 30th. He quickly made his presence felt. He joined in, every chance he had, to paint and share his infectious love of life and art. He always had a story, told with a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face. He brought another key element to the development of Stouffville’s creative community... his enthusiasm. He rented space in the “Clocktower Building” (the former Town Offices, now the Lebovic Centre for Arts & Entertainment, 19 on the Park) and opened a studio. He quickly made new friends with the resident group of potters. That year, with a pre-Chrismas exhibition and sale of pottery and paintings, the Stouffville Studio Tour was born. It would be a couple more years before we out-grew the venue constraints and began the true “annual studio tour” that the Town enjoys each year. Ron was an immensely talented painter with a gift of salesmanship that had his works flying off his studio walls. People have been known to purchase unfinished works right off his easel. The rest of us were amused (but in awe). Ron just shrugged and, with a little boy smile, said “When you’ve got it, you’ve got it.” He epitomized the adage that “growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional.” Born in Toronto’s Beach area, Ron was an architectural draughtsman at Ontario Hydro before he took early retirement. Ron continued to paint right up to November at his current studio, The Clocktower Gallery on Freel Lane. He will be sadly missed but we celebrate his life and were enriched by it.