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.
We are also planning exciting installations by Paul Eprile, in the Creemore Log Cabin, and Liz Eakins, at the Station on the Green – continuing our tradition of bringing together arts and heritage in meaningful ways.
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.
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.
The fascinating story of the Petun Confederacy was also the subject of our 2015 AGM Speaker, local historian Pat Raible (more here). Our next Tea and History afternoon will celebrate the publication of Pat’s new book about the Petun and their history.
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.
The Annual General Meeting will follow with a review of our past year’s fundraising and program activities, a presentation of our financial statements, and an election of the Board of Directors for the coming year. We will also provide a scan of the year ahead.
Our constitution directs that a Nominating Committee will present a slate of Officers and other Directors to the Members at the Annual Meeting. Other nominations may be made from the floor by the Members and, if so, elections will be held. Otherwise, the slate so presented will become the Directors of record.
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 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 is a local artist who is represented by Ingram Gallery (Yorkville, ON).
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.
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.
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!