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Written by Michael LeBlanc   
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The Stratford Shakespearean Festival was established in 1953 to help bring vitality back to the small southern Ontario city: once the site of an important rail junction, the city experienced a decline after the rail yards were moved. Since its inception, the annual Festival has attracted world-renowned theatrical names: Tyrone Guthrie was its first Artistic Director, and Alec Guinness spoke the first lines of the first play at the festival. In early 1953, in anticipation of its first season, Eric was invited to Stratford and appointed Promotional Art Director for the Festival Foundation. Eric was responsible for all programs, posters, banners and assorted printed matter in the first six years of the Festival.

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The insects are many, large and varied. Some unknown to me. Ants are very large, among them the hermit ant who just sits under a rock in higher places, thinking. The rest rush about as usual and the queens are apparently under no birth control restrictions. The spiders and wasps are large but only the wasps are inquisitive, though none do more than enjoy life if left alone…

-Eric Aldwinckle, on painting in the wilderness