Series - Henry Orenstein's records

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Henry Orenstein's records

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  • [194-?] - [before 2011] (Creation)
    Orenstein, Henry

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6.5 cm of textual records
84 sketches : b&w ; 33 x 23 cm or smaller
1 sketches : col. ; 32 x 22.5 cm
22 photographs : col. ; 15 x 10 cm
20 photographs : b&w ; 25.5 x 20.5 cm or smaller
3 paintings : col. ; 23 x 28 cm or smaller
1 art piece : b&w ; 26 x 22 cm
100 slides : col. ; 5 x 5 cm
55 slides : b&w ; 5 x 5 cm
3 negatives : 6 x 5.5 cm
7 prints : b&w ; 22 x 29 cm or smaller
2 posters : b&w ; 21.5 x 28 cm

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Henry Orenstein was a visual artist and long-time graphic designer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Born in 1918 in Midland, Ontario, he grew up in Toronto, where he developed a lifelong interest in politics and human rights. He was a foot soldier in World War Two, which cemented his commitment to pacifism. After the war he met and married his wife Joan Tramell. They left England for New York, where he studied painting at the Art Students League, later returning to Toronto to work as an artist. In the 1950s they moved to Halifax, where Orenstein was employed by the CBC as a graphic designer. He also taught animation and drawing at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design while producing his own art and becoming an active member of Halifax's arts community. His work hangs in Sudbury Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. He died on 8 August 2008.

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Series consists of Henry Orenstein's materials regarding his professional activities, including photographs, negatives, sketches, programs, flyers, posters, postcards, slides, correspondence and other materials. Fonds contains several of Henry Orenstein's art pieces and sketches, including related to the "Sudbury Industrial Landscape" project. In the 1950s, Henry Orenstein was commissioned by the Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers of Sudbury to paint a mural for the local union hall, which was the centre of a broad-ranging cultural role of Mine Mill Local 598 in the Sudbury area. At that time, Mine Mill was in the midst of a series of raids by the United Steelworkers.

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  • English
  • French

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  • English

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