Oakville Art Society: The Early Years
Renovations

With the location secure, the Oakville Art Society had to renovate the space to be suitable for the needs of an art studio and gallery. The Cottage needed to be insulated in order to be able to run classes in the winter months. The roof had to be re-shingled, a window needed repairing and there were walls that needed to be knocked down to make studio space. OAS consulted with Darb Construction and received the estimate of $2,408.50 which was well above what they could afford at the time. With the generosity of people and organizations in the community donating both money and materials, OAS was able to finish renovations by the fall of 1966. Below are just a few examples of various donations from people and companies that made the renovation possible.



The detailed estimate to remodel the Oakville Art Society's new home.
Estimate to remodel the "Cottage"
Estimate to remodel the "Cottage" Details
Invoice from Darb Construction for renovations on the "Cottage"
Invoice from Darb Construction for renovations on the "Cottage" Details
Receipt from Darb Construction for the amount of $627.65.

Some of the materials required for renovating the Cottage included: shingles, tentest, glass or wool insulation 2" thick, insulboard, plywood, floor tile, tar paper, nails, exterior paint, interior paint, undercoating, paint brushes, front door lock, back door lock, and lighting fixtures.

List of required materials for the "Cottage"
List of required materials for the "Cottage" Details
Draft of letter to various service clubs, business and companies in Oakville.
Draft of letter to various service clubs, business and companies in Oakville. Details

Realizing that the cost of renovating the Cottage was beyond the Society's means at the time, Esther Demeny turned to the community of Oakville for assistance. This is a draft of a generalized letter which she sent out to various businesses, organizations and clubs asking for donations.


Flintkote Company of Canada was very generous as they donated tiles, adhesive and tile cement to OAS free of charge.

Receipt showing 'No Charge' from Flintkote Comapny of Canada Ltd.
Receipt showing 'No Charge' from Flintkote Comapny of Canada Ltd. Details
Letter of thanks to Flintkote Company of Canada Ltd. from Oakville Art Society
Letter of thanks to Flintkote Company of Canada Ltd. from Oakville Art Society Details

A letter of thanks written by Miss Elizabeth Loosley (OAS secretary) on behalf of President Esther Demeny for their generous donation of materials.
12 Cartons of 2" insulation is ordered to insulate the cottage. No charge for these supplies!
Receipt from 'Beaver Lumber' showing 'no charge'
Receipt from 'Beaver Lumber' showing 'no charge' Details
Letter of thanks to Mrs. Sonia Matthews from Oakville Art Society
Letter of thanks to Mrs. Sonia Matthews from Oakville Art Society Details

Miss Sonia Matthews donated $10.00 to the renovation effort and receives a sincere thank-you from OAS.
This letter from the May Court Club reads:

Dear Mrs. Demeny,

The General Business Meeting of the May Court Club of Oakville, held on April 18th, voted to send to the Oakville Art Society, the sum of $50.00.

We hope this will help you in some small way, towards the refurbishing of the cottage in Coronation Park.

Wishing you every success in this worthwhile project,

yours very sincerely,
Barbara S. Rising, Treasurer.
Letter pledging donation to the Oakville Art Society from the May Court Club.
Letter pledging donation to the Oakville Art Society from the May Court Club. Details
Letter of thanks to Miss Nancy Hart from Oakville Art Society
Letter of thanks to Miss Nancy Hart from Oakville Art Society Details

A letter of thanks to Nancy Hart who donated an artist's easel.
A letter of thanks for the $15.00 donation from Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Wye. A portion of the donation ($10) went towards a share in the society and would be returned when "the Society finds it's financial feet."
Letter of thanks to Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Wye from the Oakville Art Society
Letter of thanks to Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Wye from the Oakville Art Society Details
A progress report on the renovations to the "Cottage"
A progress report on the renovations to the "Cottage" Details
A progress report detailing the work that had been done on the Cottage to-date. The report breaks down what was estimated and what was actually paid, donations of materials, and purchased materials.
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