“The beauty of Bon Echo Park has served as an inspiration for many generations of artists,” says Friends of Bon Echo board member and art show committee member Sue Whyte, “It’s exciting to be able to continue that cultural legacy with the annual Art Sale and Exhibition.”
Featuring two dozen local artists showcasing original works, the outdoor event explores the themes of Canadian nature, wildlife and countryside. The 23rd-annual event honours the history of artists in the park, which includes members of the Group of Seven.
The three-day event will also involve a number of activities sure to appeal to visitors of all ages. On Saturday and Sunday at 11am, there will be a special presentation by Sciensational Sssnakes, featuring a meet & greet with live reptiles. On Sunday from 11am to 3pm, there will be turtle-themed games, face painting and a colouring contest as part of the Friends’ 2018 turtle conservation campaign. Also, look out for kids’ activities offered by the local library and the park’s Natural Heritage Educators, as well as daily lunchtime barbeques and sweets tent offered by dedicated Friends of Bon Echo volunteers.
Bon Echo Provincial Park is a natural wonderland north of Kaladar. It is home to Mazinaw Rock, a majestic granite cliff rising 100 metres out of Mazinaw Lake, the second deepest lake in Ontario. Mazinaw Rock has been the subject of innumerable paintings and photographs and is itself the canvas for hundreds of pictographs painted by Indigenous People.
The Friends of Bon Echo Park is a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the natural and cultural heritage of Bon Echo Provincial Park.
OTHER UPCOMING FRIENDS' EVENTS:
Saturday, July 14 – TurtleFest
Come shell-ebrate some of the coolest species in the park! Meet real-life turtles as part of the interactive presentation by the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre and learn how you can help protect these amazing reptiles. Get your face painted, enter the colouring contest and play games that test your skills against a turtles’ many predators!
Location: Children’s Program Area
Saturday, August 25 – AGM & 30th birthday celebration
All members are encouraged to join us for our annual general meeting and then stay for our 30th birthday party! The afternoon will also feature a special presentation by guest speaker Phil Careless, biologist from Balsam Lake Provincial Park.
Saturday, September 8 – Cycle Bon Echo
Time: 9am registration, 10am ride begins