There is no other place I would rather be in the summer months than Parry Sound, Ontario. Sure I’m biased as our family cottage has been located in this are for more than 20 years. But beyond that, where else in the great white north of Ontario and the Muskokas can you truly have it all? Great escapes, incredible vistas, the best fishing spots, and the longest snow mobile trail the province has to offer, are all waiting for you in this year round fun filled town. A big part of this town’s history stems from the early influence of the Group of Seven Artists (early turn of the century): Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer, J.E.H. MacDonald, and Frederick Varley. Also associated with this group were Tom Thomson and Emily Carr.
Their belief that their art being inspired by Canadian nature and landscape would give birth to a movement that would be uniquely “Canadian” in distinction, and did not exist yet. True to form, an early benefactor, Dr. James McCalllum who helped finance their vision, owned a large piece of land on Georgian Bay. And a nearby guide who worked out of Algonquin Park, Tom Thomson, helped lead the crew to their regular jaunts of inspiration in the Parry Sound/Muskoka regions. It was this commitment and camaraderie that developed this party of artists, through war, death and new membership, into what Canadians call “the Group of Seven”. (Collections are currently on exhibit in the National Art Gallery of Canada, and the McMichael Art Gallery in Ontario.)
This movement gave birth to a whole new interest in Northern Ontario, beyond industry, farming, hunting, and commerce. It gave rise to the historical significance that the Canadian Artisan had to offer the township and tourist community: telling the Canadian story from nature’s perspective.
“Art in the Park” Parry Sound has been around for a few years now. It gives local area artists the opportunity to come out to town, create new pieces, or exhibit and sell existing ones that have been inspired by the local region. Hundreds of thousands of people flock to Parry Sound to sample some of the local treats, shop and view these glorious reflections of our Canadian lifestyle, as seen through the eyes of a nature lover and artisan.
What better way to enjoy a week long cottage rental in July 2013, than to time it along with Art in Park Parry Sound 2013: Thursday, July 18th, for set up and goes until Sunday, July 21st, 2013? If you are not an avid angler or do any real boating, but still have a passion for the Canadian Fine Arts. Hurry up and book your cottage rental soon and you’ll love this opportunity to experience a little bit of the Group of Seven following in new age collections.
June 21, 2013