Patterson-Ainsley Collection

About the Collection

David G. Patterson ’66 majored in Philosophy and Political Science during the formative years of Trent University. Following graduation, David and his wife, Anne, relocated to Toronto where they began establishing management careers in finance and consulting, concurrently securing MBA degrees from the University of Toronto. 

In 1989, David and Anne launched their own new ventures, which, over the subsequent three decades, combined and grew to become Northwater Capital Management Inc. and its international group of companies. During this time, David and Anne were committed philanthropists with a special interest in Trent University. In 2007, after establishing bursaries to support Trent students, David and Anne initiated the idea and provided major funding for Trent’s first endowed chair, The Kenneth Mark Drain Chair in Ethics, named in honour of a cherished uncle and life-long Peterborough resident. In 2019, David and Anne recognized the significance of the teaching career and education philosophy of a favourite aunt by establishing the Margaret Patterson Endowed Bursary Fund for students in the Teacher Education Stream at Trent’s growing Durham GTA campus. In 2014, Trent awarded David Patterson an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.  

Over their many years in business, David and Anne gradually acquired art, primarily glass art works, to enhance the experience of the spaces in which they lived and worked. This collection, curated by Sandra Ainsley of the Sandra Ainsley Gallery in Toronto, was donated to Trent in 2019. Over 40 works, including several large glass sculptures, many smaller unique glass pieces, contemporary paintings, and photographs, all from important artists, were purposefully installed across Trent campuses under the expert direction of Sandra Ainsley and her son and gallery partner, Daniel Ainsley. 

The Pattersons and the Ainsleys intend that Trent students, faculty, staff, and visitors enjoy the beauty, inspiration, and artistic impact of the works in this collection for many years to come.  

 

Please click on the artists names below for photos of the works and biographical information about the artists. 

Resting Chief

Born in the Buhera district of Zimbabwe in 1954, the late Albert Nathan Mamvura is known for creating sculptures out of stone. His sculptures represent Shona myth, orature, and ontology. 

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Glass vase with narrow bottom and wide opening at top. Royal blue exterior and gold interior.

Prosperity Bowl 

Stoneware, Gold Leaf, Paint

29.21cm H x 26.04cm W

Cheryl Williams was born in Arcadia, California and studied at College of San Francisco (1980-82) and San Francisco Art Institute (1976-77). 

 

 

J. Christopher Lawson Photography

 

 

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Round glass plate with abstract design of blues, purples, black and gold.

Untitled

Blown glass

49cm H x 49cm W x 6.35cm D

Educated at the Sheridan College School of Crafts and Design, Ontario. Claire Maunsell was a professional glass blower for nearly 20 years and owned her own hot shop in Kingston, Ontario, before moving to polymer clay. 

 

 

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Scottsdale Workshop Drawing 

1997 

Acrylic paint on paper 

40"W X 60"H

 

Float Drawing 2000 

2000

Acrylic paint on paper 

40"W X 60"H

Born in 1941, David Bennett has had many careers throughout his life beginning with his position as a Captain in the United States Army, and a lawyer from 1970-1995. Meanwhile he was also exploring glass blowing. In 1991, Bennett established his own glass blowing studio called Bennett Glass Inc. He is known for using an ancient and little known technique which involves blowing hot glass into a metal mold. 

 

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Glass blown figure of a person in a handstand. Sculpture is sitting on a black platform.

Balance and Tension

2004

Blown Glass and bronze frame

6 ft (with base) H x 21"W x 17.5"D

 

 

 

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Glass sculpture encapsulated in wire. Is in the shape of a rearing stallion, black and red in colour.

Rearing Stallion

2003

Blown Glass and bronze frame

98cm H x 49cm W x 46cm D

 

 

 

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Three horse heads made of glass. One horse is white, another is yellow and the third is brown with shades of green.

Desert Trio 

2001

Blown Glass and steel

73cm H x 104cm W x 49cm D

 

 

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Glass sculpture in the shape of a black horse, encapsulated in wire.

Galloping Horse

2003

Blown Glass and bronze frame

57cm H x 108cm W x 42cm D

 

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Born in 1954 and educated at Penland School, North Carolina, George Bucquet currently works with Mad River Glass in California. Bucquet is known for combining beauty with nature through cast glass in sand molds, pressed into shape with details of copper, silver, and gold leaf. 

 

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Glass sculpture of two layered half circles, one lavender, the other bronze in colour.

Large Lavender Oval with Wings

2001

Cast glass

21cm H x 67cm W x 14cm D

 

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Circular glass plate, clear edges and bronze centre.

Mandela Hand

2001

Cast Glass, Metal Leaf, Copper

63.5cm H x 63.5cm x W x 8.89cm D

 

 

 

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Scribe Bowl 

Blown Glass

16cm H x 33.7cm D x 25.4cm H

b. 1961- d. 2012

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Jeff Goodman has studied glass craftmanship at Sheridan College (Ontario) and Alfred University (Alfred, New York), Degree in Fine Arts from University of Illinois. He enjoys experimentation and pushing the limits while creating with glass. 

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Born in Brooklyn, NYC, in 1954, Jesse Reece specializes in blown glass and hand-shaped sculpting. 

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Two vases made of glass. Clear edge and blue interior.

Two Thick Walled Vessels

Blown glass

1) 32cm H x 12cm W x 7cm D

2) 28cm H X 14cm W X 2"D

 

 

 

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One vase made of glass with clear edge and blue interior

One Thick Walled Vessels

Blown glass

30cm H x 17cm W X 8cm D

 

 

 

 

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Born in Chicago, Illinois, Jon Kuhn studied at Shimer College (Naperville, Illinois), earned his BFA Washburn University (Topeka, Kansas), and earned an MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, Virginia). Kuhn specializes in working with cold glass that is cut, polished and fused together. 

 

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Glass sculpture in shape of cube that is clear around edges and multicoloured in the center.

Double Tone 

2001

Constructed Optical Glass

16"H X 8.5"W X 8.5"D

 

 

 

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Glass sculpture in shape of cube that is clear around edges and multicoloured in the center.

Harmonious Day

2001

Constructed Optical Glass

15"H X 10"W X 10"D

 

 

 

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Hanging Crystals 1, 2, &3

2002

Constructed Optical Glass

 

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Figure of man and woman standing on either side of door. Sculpture made of bronze

Man & Woman at Door

1993

Bronze, 2/5

16"H X 14"D X 9"W

Joseph Rosenthal was born in Romania in 1921 and was trained at the Ontario College of Art and Design from 1941-1945. He worked in a variety of mediums including bronze, oil, acrylic, watercolour, pen and ink, woodblock print, lithography, and mixed mediums. Rosenthal explored themes of human spirit, life, death, love, hate, etc. Rosenthal passed away in 2018. 

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Flower like sculpture made of glass.

Luna 

2004

Blown Glass, Sandblasted, Fire Polished

16"H X 16"W X 16"D

Karli Sears studied at the Sheridan College School of Crafts and Design (1999) and worked out of Glen Williams Glass - Glass Art Collective in Halton Hills since 2016. Sears specializes in glass botanicals, luminosity and light. 

 

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Yellow and orange abstract sculpture

Transition II Amber 

2002 

Cast Glass

23"W X 31"H X 5.5"D

Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1959, Latchezar Boyadjiev has studied at the Academy of Arts, Sofia, Ceramic studio (1979), Academy of Applied Arts Glass Studio with Professor Stanislav Libensy, Prague, Czechoslovakia (1980-1985). He is an independent artist working in California, focusing in creating dynamic shapes, sensual lines and light play inspiration from modern architecture. 

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Glass sculpture in shape of figure 8 with two multicoloured glass circles separated by clear rectangular piece of glass

Figure Eight Sculpture

2000

Blown & Cast Glass

22"H X 9"W X 8"D

Leon Applebaum was born in 1945 in Toledo, Ohio, and earned a BFA at Massachusetts's College of Art, MA at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, studied at Orrefor's Glass School in Sweden, and a MFA at Rochester Institute of Technology. He is now the owner, designer, and glass blower of Sahaj Glass Studio in New York. 

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Mark Lewis was born in Toronto, Ontario and received a degree in Crafts and Design, glass, from Sheridan College in 1988. He now works at the Beaver Valley Glassworks in Clarksburg, Ontario. 

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Two glass vases, painted blue with decorative suns.

Painted Vase

8"H X 5"W X 2"D

6.5"H X 5"W X 5"D
 

 

 

 

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Glass vase with abstract design painted.

 

Painted Vase

8"H X 4"W X 4"D

 

 

 

 

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Semi-circle glass sculpture with abstract design.

Arc Series

2005

Cast Glass With Metal Stand

48"L X 14"H X 5"D

From Toronto, Ontario, Markian Olynik is a self-taught glass artist using techniques he developed in his studio in Vancouver, B.C. 

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Molly Stone has received her training all over the world, in Sweden, California, Washington, and Ohio and now owns a studio, Cohn-Stone Studios, in Richmond California. Stone focuses on creating works that spark joy from the natural world and is heavily inspired by the on-site gardens at her studio. 

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Pumpkin made out of glass.

Pumpkin

Blown and flameworked glass

7"H X 16"W

 

 

 

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Glass bowl holding three golden eggs

Large Nest with Three Golden Eggs

2001

Blown and flameworked glass

7"H X 16"W

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tall, abstract sculpture. colours are yellow, orange, red and purple

Vita Aperature 

2001

Blown glass

43"H X 15"W X 8"D

Richard Royal began sculpting in 1978 at the Pilchuk Glass School, eventually working as one of Dale Chihuly's assistants. Royal developed his own unique approach to glass by combining sensuality, fluidity and bold abundance in his artwork.  

 

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photograph of red maple leaves

Red Sugar Maples Leaves

2009 

Framed colour photograph

68"H X 28"W X 1.5"D

 

 

White Oak 

2009

Framed colour photograph

68"H X 28"W X 1.5"D

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Murini Vase

2000

Blown glass

13"H X 9"W X 4"D

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Tall glass sculpture, clear glass rectangular exterior with tall, orange, column in the center,

Construction 52

2000

Blown and Constructed Glass

20"H X 8"W X 4"L

1942 - 2024

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Labelle studied glass art in Venice and later founded and operated the Ateliers du Manoir in the Madalen Islands from 1978-83. Labelle also founded Espace Verre, an institution dedicated to the glass arts. He was known for taking objects considered ordinary and banal and recreating them in glass.

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Yellow Red Iridescent Teal

2002

Blown glass

12"H X 11"D

Parabolic Vase

2002

Blown glass

20"H X 7.5"W X 7.5"D

East Passage Boat

2001

Cast and polished glass

14.5"W X 7"H X 3.5"D

Susan Edgerly was born in Toronto, Ontario and attended John Abbott College and the Sheridan College of Crafts and Design. Edgerly's intention with the Seeds Sorrow series is to explore themes of continuity, and relationships between the individual and community. 

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Seven oval glass sculpture in bronze.

Pods

Sandcast glass and copper

18"H X 8"W X 12"D

 

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Red circular glass sculpture that hangs on wall

Quadrant

Sandcast glass

18"H X 18"W X 6"D

 

 

 

 

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Vase like glass sculpture. Colour is hues of yellow, orange, and red

Two Views of Yellow Red and Orange

2002 

Laminated Plate Glass

16.25"H X 9"W

Sydney Hutter was born in Champaign, Illinois and studied at the following: The Pilchuck Glass Center (1975), BS in Art at Illinois State University (1972-1977), Lowell Institute of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1980), Massachusetts College of Art - MFA in Sculpture. Hutter combines polished glass, rough glass, and pigments to create works through cutting, polishing and laminating. He uses a unique technique to add pigments to the adhesive when laminating that gives the works their colour. 

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Taliaferro Jones has studied throughout the United States and Canada, gaining the following diplomas: BA and BFA from Tufts University and the Museum School, Boston, post-graduate work at Sheridan College, Masters in Museum Studies from John Hopkins University. Jones uses a method called lost-wax which involves creating a wax model of the sculpture, surrounding it with plaster which is then fired, melting the wax and leaving a cavity for the glass. Jones also specializes in photography.

 

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Long, rectangular glass sculpture. Colour is burnt orange.

Burned 

2003

Cast glass

5"H X 21.5"W X 3"D

 

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Two pieced, long, rectangular glass sculpture. Colour is burnt orange.

Joy Burst Two Part

2003

Cast Glass

10"H X 37"W

 

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Melody & Earth

2003

6 Image Strips With Metal Frame

13"W X 50"H

Rhythm

2003

Print With Metal Frame

28"W X 35.5"H

Waterfall 1, 2, & 3 

2003

Print With Metal Frame

28"W X 35.5"H

 

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4 sculptures made out of cast glass and mika stone

Lineage

2001

Cast glass and mika stone

 

 

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two sculptures made out of cast glass and mika stone, framed in wood.

Portal #1

2001

Wood, Cast Glass, Stone, Copper

 

 

 

 

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Round glass sculpture, light blue in colour

Near Separation

2003

Constructed, Sandblasted Plate Glass

22"H X 18"W X 3.5"D

Has evolved from geometric patterned vessels to organic sculptures carved in relief and constructed pieces. Lequier now owns a glass blowing studio in Vermont with his wife, called Bittersweet Glassworks.

 

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