May 25 EDIT: Please note, this Grand Reopening is CANCELLED and will be rescheduled for a different date. I’ll post details when I know them.

On June 6, the Giant’s Rib Discovery Centre in Dundas, Ontario will have an event to celebrate two milestone anniversaries and to showcase its recent redesign, including the addition of a mural that I’ve been working on for the last four months. The large illustration shows three different Silurian environments of Southern Ontario: A muddy bottom community (The Rochester Shale), a reef (The Guelph Formation) and near-shore lagoon (The Williamsville Formation). Here are a few bits of the mural as a preview:

details from mural

Details from mural “Silurian environments of Ontario” © Emily S. Damstra

All are invited to attend the June 6 Grand Re-Opening. Details are here.

The Rochester Shale portion of the mural also appears in the soon-to-be-released book The Silurian Experience by Paul Chinnici and Kent Smith, with a chapter by Carlton Brett. Details and ordering information may be found here. Paid pre-orders are discounted $10.


Amelia Hansen

Congratulations, Emily! Beautiful work, as always . . . I wish I could come to the opening to see it in person. I think a road trip is in order for later this summer!


Thank you, Amelia. I’ll post an image of the whole thing here eventually, but by all means come and visit Ontario!

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