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About The Foundation

The Thornhill Heritage Foundation was founded in 2009 to own and maintain assets deemed to be of significant heritage, historic, cultural importance, or of major financial value



About The Robert West House

The Robert West Heritage House, as 7780 Yonge Street is known, is the only house in Thornhill to be continuously inhabited by the same family since it was built. Robert Arthur West (1816 - 1884), an English immigrant, came to Upper Canada in the 1830s. 



About Mrs. Keith

Katherine Louisa Keith (nee West) was born in Toronto in 1912. She was the great grandaughter of Robert West and became his last living descendent.


In 2008, with her advancing age, she decided that the best way to ensure that the house was preserved was to donate it 

Group of Seven


2021 Art Contest
Celebrating The Group of Seven Centenary

1. Contest is open to all local artists in two categories, both professional and amateur

2. The objective is to make a picture in the manner of one of the GROUP of SEVEN Artists (not a reproduction of a GROUP of SEVEN painting).

3. The picture may be of any size, produced on any material (canvas, board, paper), using the artist's media of choice (acrylic, oil, watercolour, pencil, egg tempera, ink, gouache)  Subject matter is to be a landscape, a streetscape, or a heritage building, preferably with a focus on Thornhill, however other Ontario/Canadian scenes are acceptable.  There is a limit of one entry per person.

4. Entries will be accepted at the Robert West Heritage House (RWHH), 7780 Yonge Street on both Saturday, September 11th, 2021 and on Sunday September 12th 2021. Judging will take place Tuesday, September 14th  2021.  Judges will include a descendant of J.E.H. MacDonald, and two professional artists..

5. Pictures will be displayed on Saturday, September 18th, 2021.

6. Modest prizes are planned (yet to be determined).  The top 3 winning pictures in each category will be enlarged and displayed on the large privacy fence of the RWHH property, where they will be admired by residents and visitors.

7. Artists may auction or sell their pictures at the end of the day on Saturday September 18th 2021, if they so wish.

8. All artists submitting a picture must complete and return a copy of the Artist's Entry Form.


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