“It’s all about being a community and not about being a society.”

                                                                                                                                  – On the Bay Magazine

In 1977, Olive Adams organized an art show on Thanksgiving weekend to honour Queen Elizabeth of England in the twenty-fifth year of her reign. Along the way, Olive – a passionate arts supporter – founded this organization.

Our mandate is to foster community through cultivating and celebrating a broad range of arts and heritage activities in Creemore and area. We raise funds for our Festival of the Arts, Artists in the School and other programs through the generous support of members, donors, sponsors and grants. We also hold two major fundraisers, the annual Lobster Dinner and the bi-annual Creemore Garden Tour.

The Purple Hills Arts & Heritage Society received a “Grass Roots Hero” award in 2012 from local On the Bay Magazine. They said:

“In championing community through local culture and heritage, they set a unique example of how a not-for-profit group can have its fingers on the creative pulse and become a successful driving force for community identity and economic development.”

In 2003, we became a registered Ontario charity, incorporated in Ontario without share capital, by virtue of our affiliation with the Ontario Historical Society. The Society’s Constitution and AGM Reports are available on request.

Board of Directors 2017

Photo: Bryan Davies


Julie Pollock

It is a pleasure to take my turn at the helm of this venerable cultural organization, source of so much joy and learning in our community.








Photo: Bryan Davies


Sara Hershoff

A commitment to community and connecting people has kept me excited about serving on the Purple Hills Arts & Heritage Board for more than a decade.  Through these activities, I have met some of my dearest friends, learned valuable skills and connected in a deep and meaningful way with people I may not have otherwise met in my community.





Photo by Bryan Davies
Photo: Bryan Davies


David Bruce Johnson

Woodcarver (www.dbj.ca)








Photo by Bryan Davies
Photo: Bryan Davies

Artists in the School

Gail Caswell








Photo by Bryan Davies
Photo: Bryan Davies

Arts Lead

Jim Harkness

Woodcarver (Mad & Noisy Gallery)







Other Directors

Helen Blackburn, Victoria Denoga-Huntley, Basil Guinane, Cheryl MacLaurin, Laurie Severn.