Community Grant Recipients 2016

After-school art classes by grant recipient, Mill Street Art Studio.
After-school art classes by grant recipient, Mill Street Art Studio.

Community Grants

The Purple Hills Arts & Heritage Society offers occasional funding for arts and heritage projects in Creemore and the surrounding area. We received especially strong applications in 2016.

We also provide annual arts and history bursaries to promising students in arts and history at Stayner Collegiate Institute and Nottawasaga & Creemore Public School.

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)

Sue A. Miller – $1,200 (After School Arts Program)

Martha Bull – $1,800 (Adult Community Outreach Art Program)

The Village And I by Sara Sniderhan

Donna Lowe
Portrait of Donna Lowe by Sara Sniderhan

Artist Sara Sniderhan wanted to honour the elders in her adopted village.

A year in the making, the idea evolved into a series of portraits and a limited edition book that included the life stories of the portrait subjects.

The portraits were created in various media by Sara, Peter Adams, Martha Bull, Juliet Jancso, David Bruce Johnson, Andrej Kovacs, Peter Mitchell, Jim Paget and Christopher Roberts.

The life stories were written by Rina Barone, Andy Barrie, Trina Berlo, Catherine Gildiner, Kristi-Ly Green, Julie Pollock, Cecily Ross, Stephen Smith and Emily Worts. The foreword was written by adopted local son, Dan Needles.

The Village And I
Book cover: The Village And I

The subjects of the book are:

  • Dorothy (Timmons) Shropshire
  • Maurice Weatherall … an excerpt was published in In the Hills Magazine.
  • Gerry Blackburn
  • Helen (Emmett) Blackburn
  • Gertie (Montgomery) Gowan
  • Jerry Jordan
  • Donna (Millsap) Lowe
  • Noel van Walleghem
  • Neil Metheral
  • Barb (Rowbotham) Cudmore
  • Norma (Rowbotham) Johnston

The project was a feature of the 2015 arts festival. Following a launch that turned into one of the parties of the season, the installation was presented in the Creemore Log Cabin during the festival.

Sara’s project was also supported by a Robert G Kemp Arts Award, from the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts, and The Creemore Echo. The Village and I: Ten Life Stories, edited by Rina Barone, is published by Curiosity House Books.

 

Sara Sniderhan
Sara Sniderhan

Sara Sniderhan is a local artist who is represented by Ingram Gallery (Yorkville, ON).

 

 

 

 

Creemore Echo

Robert G Kemp
Robert G Kemp

Arts Festival Wrap-up 2015

Creemore Cafe by Allan Thompson
Photo by: Allan Thompson (Artists on Location 2015)

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. A group show in the heart of the village offers one piece from each exhibiting artist plus a festival map of the happenings along Creemore’s pretty streets.

Special Exhibits

The 2015 festival featured THE VIEW FROM HERE, a pop-up exhibition from Ingram Gallery (Yorkville, ON) of paintings by accomplished Canadian artists Ryan Dineen, Shelley Mansel, Peter Mitchell, Ryan Price, Travis Shilling, Yi Song and Sean Yelland.

At the Creemore Log Cabin, Sara Sniderhan presented her heritage project, THE VILLAGE AND I, an exhibit of ten portraits of Creemore-area elders and a limited-edition book of the portraits with profiles by local writers.

The 2014 festival featured INSPIRED, a multi-disciplinary show curated by Sara Sniderhan from artists represented by Ingram Gallery (Yorkville, ON).

And the Creemore Log Cabin provided an atmospheric space for Peter Adam’s DETRITUS, an installation of found objects that consisted entirely of discarded fragments left behind on a local farm by the inhabitants of the past 160 years.

SMALL HALLS ROCK!
We are part of the CLEARVIEW SMALL HALLS FESTIVAL, which brings the best of rural living into local community halls across Clearview Township, including live music, dinner theatre, art exhibits, dancing, farm festivities, culinary events and family fun.

Festival Supporters
We extend our sincere gratitude to festival sponsors Creemore Springs, The Creemore Echo, Chestnut Park Realty, Barriston Law, John Van Der Marel, Ferris & Celhoffer, Ingram Gallery, Mad River Golf Club and the Station on the Green.

Hidden Treasures Garden Tour 2015

Creemore Garden Tour
Photo: Bryan Davies

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. They make it look easy … but it isn’t!

Next tour: June 2017

Watch for ticket information everywhere!

www.creemore.com

Detritus by Peter Adams

Detritus (detail)
Photo: Peter Adams

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.

Detritus (detail)
Photo: Peter Adams

Detritus was a feature of the 2014 arts festival. The installation was presented in the Creemore Log Cabin during the festival and Thanksgiving weekend.

 

 

 

Peter Adams
Peter Adams

Peter Adams is a local artist who works out of the Mill Street Art Studio.