The Volkswagen Bus tent, which held some of the work of writer, illustrator and painter, Antje Mo gained a lot of attention from visitors at the Wild for the Arts Festival.
It was a wet start to the Wild for the Arts festival at MacGregor Point Provincial Park, hosted by The Friends of MacGregor Point Park, but the rain didn't last long or deter those wishing to check out an array of unique art work in a unique location.
The two-day weekend festival that took place September 17 and 18 aimed to celebrate the arts in a natural setting and saw 22 vendors displaying and selling their wares in individual campsites throughout the Fox Way Loop of the Nipissing Campground.
A whole range of different artwork was on offer from paintings, drawings, writing and photography to sculpture, jewellery, and woodworking to name a few. Numerous workshops were also available from drawing and reading to musical performances and interpretive programs with a barbecue lunch being served both days.
Tammy Ward of Green Dragonfly Pottery had driven three hours to Port Elgin, from near Chatham, and said that this was her fourth or fifth time at the festival. “We love it up here. This is one of the nicest provincial parks,” said Ward, adding that Wild for the Arts was a unique experience. “It’s a nice little show. I love that you go around to the campsites. I tell people about it and they say that sounds wonderful.”
Jenny Lee Learn had a shorter drive from near Allenford and was at the festival with a variety of her work. Learn, who offers custom artwork and framing, also has her artwork available for show and sale at the Southampton Art Gallery. “I have a little studio in my home where I do framing,” she said. “I've got a big sale on my artwork this weekend.”
Learn was also at Wild for the Arts with her three children's books. Her latest, 'Just a Smile', a story about a contagious smile, which Learn both wrote and illustrated was alongside ‘Truck Got Stuck’ and ‘My Mommy Likes’, available at www.learnwithlearn.com.
To learn more about MacGregor Point Provincial Park or Friends of MacGregor Point Park, visit www.friendsofmacgregor.org.
Tammy Ward of Green Dragonfly Pottery with some of the unique bird feeders she creates at the two-day Wild for the Arts Festival held at MacGregor Point Provincial Park.
A few of the Wild for the Arts volunteers who helped set up and run the festival. Left to right, Jim Coles, Anne Cathrae, Ed Nanni, Norma Nanni.
Wild for the Arts offered a unique experience for people to view art in a natural setting by visiting individual campsites in one of MacGregor Point Provincial Park' s campgrounds.
Kim Vanderburgt from Clifford with some of her unique creations. Vanderburgt offers 'Feestlyle Sewing for Girls' classes at the Southampton Art School during the summer.
Port Elgin local, Kristen Shaw-Beaupre (left) of Krick's Nature Photography and Wiarton's Angelina Duvall of Angelina's Originals, who had acrylic painting and wood burned artwork for sale; together made up one of 22 vendor sites at the Wild for the Arts festival.
Jenny Lee Learn with daughters, 10 year old Gracie (left) and 7 year old Emily, holds her third book 'Just a Smile', which she wrote and illustrated.
Beth Grant of Beth Grant Glass with a variety of unique jewellery and other items she creates using glass beads she makes at her studio in Orangeville.