MUSKOKA – Artists from across the province have captured Algonquin Provincial Park with their brush strokes and have put their work on display for all to see.
BEHOLD THE MYSTERY: .
The crowd in the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre on Thursday, Sept. 27, witnessed the opening of the East Central Ontario Art Association’s 20th annual Mystery of the Park fine art exhibition and sale. More than 50 artists from across the province, including several from Muskoka, are showing their work.
The 20th annual East Central Ontario Art Association Mystery of the Park art exhibit and sale opened on Sept. 27 with an artists’ reception and awards presentation. The association represents about 400 members, captivated by Algonquin Park.
Event co-ordinator Carole Rudderham, who lives in Huntsville and helps co-ordinate the show with her husband John, said association membership includes artists from Huntsville, Dorset, Dwight, Haliburton and other communities in Muskoka.
The association selected 53 members to show their work at the juried art exhibit in the park. A juried show means the artists’ work is judged and a select few are awarded first, second or third rankings based on a set of criteria.
This year’s winners were Gary Chapman, Noreen Alexander and Kathy Hancock, respectively.
More than 100 paintings will be on display accompanied by biographies of the artists.
Several artists from Muskoka are participating, said Rudderham. She placed third in last year’s show.
The park, including its landscapes, flora, fauna and buildings, is the inspiration for all the work. And each piece is an original work that has yet to be displayed in an association show.
Mystery of the Park opened to the public on Friday, Sept. 28, and will run daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Sunday, Oct. 28.
In honour of the show’s 20th year, the association is donating $500 to the Friends of Algonquin Park. A portion of art sale proceeds will also go to the friends as a commission.
The first juried Mystery of the Park exhibition was held in 1993. That same year the visitor centre was newly opened to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the park, which was founded in 1893.
The visitor centre is located at kilometer 43 of Highway 60. According to the Friends of Algonquin Park, the visitor centre’s Algonquin Room hosts six different exhibitions of Algonquin-themed art by area artists each year. The art is available for sale and a portion of each sale is dedicated to the friends to enhance the educational and interpretive programs at the park.
Admission to the show is included in a park day-use permit, which costs $16. For more information visit www.algonquinpark.on.ca.