The Purple Hills Arts & Heritage Society seeks a locally based marketing specialist to support us in keeping pace with the changing demographic and cultural priorities of Creemore and the surrounding area.
The Board of Directors requests a marketing study focussed on enhancing existing and developing new relationships with members, volunteers, sponsors, grantors and other community partners.
With this project, we aim to maintain our unique role and relevance in the community, strengthening this charitable organization for a long future in community-based arts and cultural activities. Read More
The volunteer committee for the 5th annual Creemore Festival of the Arts wishes to thank everyone who supported and enjoyed the exhibits and shows around town last weekend. We hope the work you saw and the people you met made you feel connected to the community and inspired by the creativity that surrounds us.
We couldn’t do it without you – our members, sponsors, volunteers and, of course, the artists and their weekend hosts. Read More
Our own Pat Raible has published a new book, The Petun: People of the Hills, the result of her deep interest in the people who lived here 400 years ago. You can pick it up at Curiosity House. Join us to celebrate her achievement. Helen Blackburn will share some Petun artifacts from her collection. Read More
Artists on Location 2016 is now accepting registrations for the fifth annual event on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2. Each year, artists and artisans are embedded in the community of Creemore, providing visitors with a lively mix of art and commerce.
Artists on Location provides an opportunity for artists of all skill levels to display and sell their work at local businesses, studios, galleries, restaurants, homes and green spaces in the vicinity of Creemore’s main street, Mill Street. Read More
Save the date for the fifth annual arts weekend in Creemore.
Artists on Location 2016
This is an annual event where artists and artisans are embedded in local businesses, studios, galleries, restaurants, homes and green spaces in the vicinity of Creemore’s Mill Street.
The event is anchored by a group exhibit in Creemore’s “small hall”, the Station on the Green, showing one piece from each participating artist and featuring a large map (and volunteers) to help you find artists around town, all within walking distance. Read More
The Creemore Heritage Plaques mark historically significant sites around the village and form the basis for the town’s heritage walk.
Walk around the village and you will find markers documenting the history and human stories of the area in words and pictures. By the time you’ve finished, you will know about the Petun Indians, Champlain’s visit in the early 1600s, the coming and the going of the trains, the history of the buildings and the names of people who have shaped today’s Creemore. Read More
The Artists in the School program is a series of visual art classes for young people in grades four to eight at Nottawasage & Creemore Public School.
Each spring, Gail Caswell (Board member) and Jordan Eveland bring a hands-on creative experience to roughly 120 students at the Nottawasaga & Creemore Public School. This year, the series focuses on acrylic painting on canvas. Read More
This longstanding series brings warmth to a winter Sunday afternoon while deepening our understanding of history.
The 2015 speaker was Charles Garrard, author of Petun to Wyandot: The Ontario Petun from the Sixteenth Century (Canadian Museum of History/University of Ottawa Press, 2014). The book, winner of the Ontario Archaeological Society Award for Excellence in Publishing, distills a lifetime of research on the now-dispersed Wyandot tribe, once called the Petun, who encountered the French explorer Samuel de Champlain in 1616 in the area now known as Creemore. Read More
The 2015 AGM speaker was past bookstore owner, local historian and past Purple Hills president, Pat Raible. Her fascinating insights into the 17th century daily lives of the Petun Indians brought history alive.
OUR NEIGHBOURS THE PETUN
By Pat Raible
An admiring look at the First Nations peoples who, in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, lived in and near what is present-day Creemore. Read More
Gather with friends old and new for a Sunday luncheon to honour and encourage the volunteers who make our programs happen, and ensure our continued role in the community. Lasagna, Caesar salad, bread, coffee/tea and apple crumble (and a gluten free alternative) will be on the menu. Read More
Each year, the Purple Hills Arts & Heritage Society offers funding for arts and heritage projects to community groups and individuals in Creemore and the surrounding area. We received especially strong applications this year.
Creemore Choral Festival – $1,500 (Artists fees and transportation)
Clearview Public Library – $700 (History and Genealogy Project)
Imaginarium – $800 (Summer Adventures in Art)
Creemore Legion – $500 (Canada Day Community Celebration)
Ann Clifford – $1,600 (The Heritage Draft Horse Mural)
When the valley lights up with the richness of autumn, the time is right to spend a weekend exploring rich colours and textures created by local artists and artisans. Enjoy restaurants, cafés and a pub serving all day, and stay overnight in a local inn or bed-and-breakfast.
Artists on Location
The Artists on Location are the heart of the festival, installed in studios, restaurants and historic buildings — even in the grocery store parking lot. Read More
This longstanding fundraiser keeps getting better.
In 2015, eight gardens in Creemore, Avening, Dunedin and the surrounding hills opened their gates and hearts to help us grow. The Hidden Treasures Garden Tour included six private gardens and two vineyards, all remarkable for their variety of design, plant materials, water and dry features, and many clever ideas.
Grateful thanks is due to the gardeners, who shared their treasures with such generosity of spirit. Read More
Artist Peter Adams created a multi-faceted installation celebrating the rich agricultural heritage of the Creemore area while inviting discussion about our relationship with landscape and our relationship with waste.
The found-object assemblage consisted entirely of discarded fragments and excavated objects left behind by the generations that have lived on a modest Mulmur Township farm over the last 160 years. Read More