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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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My answer to this man’s query as to what my painting was to be was this:

“I am sorry I cannot tell you because what I see can only be described in form and colour, and I will show you when it is finished. To talk about it weakens the power to do it.” This same man, when it was finished, showed the least anticipation and the very least interest, for this man is unique and has purposes of his own too.

-Eric Aldwinckle, 1944