“Welcome with Open Arms” at Lavender Sense
The first barn quilt in Elgin County, an 8×8 foot painted mural, was erected
August 26, 2012 near Lavender Sense, a lavender farm on Ash Line, Wallacetown.
“Let’s see how it can build some traffic,” said Jesper Andersen, Lavender Sense owner. “Tourism is a relatively easy thing to do.”
Local artist Rick Sommer, who runs the Made on Earth art gallery on Longwoods Road, was a consultant on the Wardsville barn quilts. Jesper Andersen said he met Sommer when he visited Lavender Sense, and they got to talking about making another barn quilt.
“About six weeks ago, we decided to pick a pattern that would reflect the colours of lavender,” said Andersen. “The sign means ‘Welcome with open arms’.”
Andersen says he hopes that many more barn quilts will appear in Dutton-Dunwich and Elgin County in the future, so as to drive up tourist traffic while embellishing the countryside.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Jesse Cnockaert, The Chronicle