Killarney’s 50th Anniversary and new Group of Seven Festival

Killarney Provincial Park  is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a first annual Group of Seven Festival on July 18 to 20th. The weekend will highlight the area’s rich artistic heritage and commemorate the Park’s creation, which was in large part, influenced by Group of Seven members A.Y. Jackson and Franklin Carmichael.

Park activities are offered all weekend long within the park and also in the Village of Killarney.  Be sure to take the time to stroll around the scenic Village and pop into a local restaurant for lunch or dinner!  Watch a short video on the festival on our YouTube channel.

Photo of Nellie Lake Killarney Provincial Park. Painting by A.Y. Jackson
A.Y. Jackson (1882 – 1974), Hills, Killarney, Ontario (Nellie Lake), c. 1933, oil on canvas, 77.3 x 81.7 cm, Gift of Mr. S. Walter Stewart, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1968.8.28 and Photo courtesy of Jim Waddington

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Discover Your Inner Artist along the Lake Superior Circle Tour

In the fall of 1921, artist Lawren Harris first travelled the north shore of Lake Superior.  Moved by the rugged beauty of the landscape, he continued to return for many years, later accompanied by other members of the Group of Seven.  These camping trips to the Superior’s north shore were a creative well-spring and inspired a large number of pieces including Harris’ 1924 work, Pic Island.

Today, travellers can explore the Algoma and Superior North Shore landscape preserved in paint by Lawren Harris while driving the scenic Lake Superior Circle Tour along the TransCanada – Highway 17.   Whether you’re a painter, photographer or poet, let these landscapes inspire you to new creative heights.

Neys Provincial Park
Neys Provincial Park

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Artists for hire: the rich history of the Group of Seven at Bon Echo

The next time you visit Bon Echo Provincial Park in south central Ontario, north of Kaladar, take a good long look at the breathtaking beauty that surrounds you. Not only are the shining waters, rugged landscape and iconic Mazinaw Rock natural wonders in their own right, they also tell a little-known story about the origins of the Group of Seven.  This is just one of the cool things about Bon Echo.

While most of us tend to associate the works of the world-famous group with Algonquin Provincial Park and more northerly Ontario climbs, artists such as Arthur Lismer visited Bon Echo to capture its beauty on canvas. And just to demonstrate the value of his work during that time period, Sotheby’s fetched a record $780,000 for Lismer’s painting, Bon Echo Rock in June 2010. The painting was sold to an Alberta collector who paid more than $1 million for the piece and several other Canadian historical items.

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Wakami Wailers to host benefit concert at Wakami Lake Provincial Park

The Last of the White Pine Loggers are returning home…

On August 2, the Wakami Wailers  are hosting a benefit concert to help to restore the historic logging exhibit at Wakami Lake Provincial Park.  The Wakami Wailers formed the band in 1981 – the band members all worked in the park as seasonal staff, and happened to be very talented musicians who had a love of traditional folk songs and a gift for story-telling.  Over time, the band has built a large catalogue of songs that are now played by other bands, including their iconic song “The Last of the White Pine Loggers”.

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Art Froid at Arrowhead Provincial Park: calling all snow sculptors!

Arrowhead Provincial Park is currently looking for local artistic talent to build snow sculptures along the Ice Trail for the first annual “Art Froid” (cold art).  Public viewing and judging will occur on February 9th, 2013 from 8:30am to 9:00pm.  Free hot chocolate will be available compliments of Northern Sanitation and Disposal. Continue reading Art Froid at Arrowhead Provincial Park: calling all snow sculptors!

Friends of Bon Echo Art Exhibition!

On July 23, 24 and 25, the Friends of Bon Echo Park are hosting their 15th annual Art Exhibition and Sale, which showcases the original work of 45 juried artists, including painting, photography, stained glass, pottery and more. The theme of the artwork is nature, with artists presenting a unique view of wildlife and the countryside. Continue reading Friends of Bon Echo Art Exhibition!