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Remington Museum Program Considers "Head of a French Canadian Half-Breed"

Pictured: Head of a French Canadian Half-Breed, Frederic Remington, ca. 1902, watercolor on paper, 12 x 10”, Gift of the Remington Estate, Frederic Remington Art Museum 1966.102. Participants in the Remington Museum’s “Consider This” program will spend a half hour in small group conversation about this painting.


Ogdensburg, NY — The Frederic Remington Art Museum invites the public to participate in one of this month’s “Consider This” programs. This ongoing program offers guided exploration of a single work of art on display at the Remington Museum. “Consider This” is for all ability levels, and no art background is required. Participants simply need an interest in joining the conversation. A different artwork is featured each month, with three program sessions to choose from. 

Two sessions will be offered in an on-site/virtual hybrid format, in which participants can join the conversation remotely via Zoom or in person at the Museum. A third session will be offered only on-site at the Museum. Programs are offered at noon, so even working people can join the conversation during their lunch and bring art into their workday. Participation via Zoom is free, and on-site participation is free with admission to the Museum. 

In May, there will be three opportunities to spend quality time with Frederic Remington’s ca. 1902 watercolor Head of a French Canadian Half-Breed [sic]. Each session features 30 minutes of focused looking, consideration, conversation, and interpretation of the artwork. For the hybrid sessions, Museum Curator & Educator Laura Desmond will broadcast from the Museum gallery, and team up with a docent to facilitate discussion among participants. Active participation is strongly encouraged.

For the hybrid sessions, Desmond will pair up with Museum docent Kathy Crowe on Wednesday, May 11 at noon, and with docent Kari Terwilliger on Thursday, May 26 at noon. Museum docent Luanne Herzog will facilitate an on-site only conversation at the Remington Museum on Tuesday, May 31 at noon. To learn more and to register, you can call 315-393-2425 or email For ease of conversation, registration will be limited to eight participants. 

The featured watercolor is included in the exhibit, “Art Teachers’ Choice,” currently on display in the Museum’s Addie P. Newell Gallery. The exhibition was guest curated by members of the North Country Art Teachers Association. Head of a French Canadian Half-Breed [sic] was selected by two art teachers, Lisa Dashnaw of Massena Central Schools, and Jason Hubbard of Norwood-Norfolk Central Schools. Dashnaw said of the work, “I selected this piece because it is striking and effective in its composition. I also find the context relatable to my personal cultural background and the North Country area, being so close to Canada and Native American Territories/History. I hope my students recognize the expressionistic style of this painting and the use of color and texture. I also hope they can identify the closed composition and how it is used effectively in this piece.” Hubbard remarks, “For this piece I really like the color palette and how Remington loosely layered the watercolor. I would like my students to notice the expressive style that Remington used in this painting and for them to compare and contrast the style of this painting to the other pieces in the show.”