Essex County Steam & Gas Engine Museum Inc.

New Location for the New Year!

Essex County Steam & Gas Engine Museum Inc.
11081 Con. 11, P.O. Box 1176
McGregor, Ontario, N0R 1J0

Monday Jan. 5th, 201510:00 A.M. until 2:00

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There will be warmth and washrooms available.  Thanks to their member Gerry Crisford getting us permission and to Gary Struhar their president for special access to the Museum.  This is something you won’t want to miss.  They have some very unique equipment for your sketching and painting pleasure.

Check out their website here:
Their Facebook page here:

Take Walker Road into McGregor
Turn East onto Concession Rd 11
The museum is located just east of Co-an Park on the right
You can’t miss the flying tractor!

Dress warm, you might want to paint outdoors.
Indoors is a barn like shop.  It might be chilly. Make sure to dress warm for that as well.

(Tailor this list to suit your needs.)

For your personal comfort:
It’s getting cold dress warmer!

Ear Muffs
Neck Scarf
Winter Hat
Warm socks
Warm shoes or Boots
Warm wind proof coat
Hand and toe warmers
Snack & Water

Helpful hints for winter paint outs

  • Winter watercolour solutions = clear rubbing alcohol, vodka or salt & water solution to replace water.  Your paints may behave in an unusual manner.
  • Oil painters even water soluble paints are not as badly effected by the cold.  You can use solvent in both types.
  • Acrylics will get stiff, and can be damaged by the cold.  A hot water bottle under your paints in a closed insulated container can help.  See Nancy’s set up for acrylics.
  • Graphite and pastel are not effected by the cold.

Things to bring with you
folding chair
Plein Air easel
Plein air pochade box
Drawing board
Paint and drawing supplies of your choice

Your drawing supplies can be as little as a pencil, pad and sharpener or as elaborate as a full french easel box of oils and canvases. If you are just starting out, we suggest starting small.

If you need a ride please contact Elizabeth at 519-977-5687 before the day of the event and we shall see if there is a ride available.

Emergency Contact information:
Elizabeth Gaye MacDonald’s cell phone. 519-564-4361
This phone is only answered when I am out on location, it does not have call display or take messages. If I don’t answer try again. I may be driving or not have heard your call.

General contact information:
Email: for more information.
Elizabeth Gaye MacDonald at home at 519-977-5687

If you need a ride please be sure to contact us by email by Sunday.


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