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Aerial photographer Louis Helbig’s “Sunken Villages” on display at the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery


BROCKVILLE – St. Lawrence College is pleased to present “Sunken Villages” , a multi-media exhibit by aerial photographer Louis Helbig at the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery September 13 to November 2, 2013. The opening reception will take place at the Gallery on Saturday, September 14, from 1:00 to 3:00pm.

Ten communities disappeared with the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway in the 1950s. An eleventh was destroyed and moved to continue on in name.  A twelfth was truncated. An area, home to over 6,500 people, was flooded under the waves of Lake St. Lawrence. Residents were expropriated from their homes, farms, and businesses. Some buildings were moved and graves exhumed. The monument for the 1813 Battle of Crysler’s Farm was moved to higher ground.  Bridges, locks, and canals were left to be buried under water. All else was leveled, cut, burned or bulldozed.  The recent invasion of zebra mussels in the St. Lawrence Seaway has cleared the water, and made these forgotten, lost villages, visible once more.

Join us to meet and experience the work of aerial photographer Louis Helbig.  See large format (60”x40”) aerial photographs of what remains deep beneath the St. Lawrence, as well as hear recorded first-hand accounts of the historic seaway project from the people affected by the inundation.

Raised in Williams Lake, British Columbia, Louis Helbig is an Ottawa-based artist specializing in aerial art photography. Louis’ work has captured National attention, including that of the National Gallery of Canada, where he will be speaking during his exhibit with us.  “Sunken Villages” is an ongoing project which will be expanding to include outdoor installations in communities along the seaway in coming years. To learn more about Louis’ work and the Sunken Villages story, please visit and


Gallery Hours

Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 8 pm
Monday and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

About the Art Gallery
The Marianne van Silfhout Gallery is a state-of-the-art community art gallery located at the front atrium of the Brockville campus of St. Lawrence College and is a focus for the visual arts for Brockville and the larger Eastern Ontario area. Creation of the gallery was made possible by the generous bequest from the Estate of Marianne van Silfhout, a graduate of the Fine Arts program at St. Lawrence College, and other contributors to the St. Lawrence College Foundation.


About St. Lawrence College
With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic vibrancy of Eastern Ontario. St. Lawrence College is a close-knit community of 6,700 full-time students from Canada and from more than 40 countries worldwide, with more than 70,000 alumni. As part of ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College recently completed the installation of more than 1,600 solar modules on the roofs of our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar roof-top installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada. In addition to this investment in our campus infrastructure we have recently completed a multi-million dollar revitalization of our Cornwall campus. The college has many exciting Applied Research projects in progress, as well, our Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement group has helped more than 200 organizations grow and prosper. Hundreds enroll in our part-time and distance education courses each year. We work with thousands of clients annually at our Employment Service locations in Kingston, Sharbot Lake, Sydenham, and Ottawa.