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An artist's and photographer's guide to wild Ontario /
Rob Stimpson and Craig Thompson.
imprint
Erin, Ont. : Boston Mills Press, 2007.
description
224 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1550464337 (pbk.), 9781550464337 (pbk.)
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imprint
Erin, Ont. : Boston Mills Press, 2007.
isbn
1550464337 (pbk.)
9781550464337 (pbk.)
general note
Includes index.
abstract
Discover the best places in Ontario to sketch, paint, sculpt, carve and photograph wilderness and wildlife images. Developed in part under Ontario's popular Arts in the Wild program, an alliance of 23 arts organizations and tourism operators, this guide for the creative spirit is organized according to the province's major travel regions. The authors discuss each region's art history, provide detailed information on unique courses and workshops available to artists, list galleries and studio tours, and profile a few of each region's most interesting professional and amateur artists. Also included is a special look at Ontario's Native art and artists. The guide is richly illustrated, with color photographs of scenic locations throughout Ontario and pictures of artists in their studios. The result is an inspiring "where-to" book for any visual artist with a love of nature.
catalogue key
10209951
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Rob Stimpson is a member of Ontario's Arts
Excerpts
Introduction or Preface
IntroductionThe story of An Artist's and Photographer's Guide to Wild Ontario begins even before recorded time. Thousands of years ago when only the First Nations people inhabited this part of the world, the phases of the moon, the passing of the seasons, and the cycle of birth, life and death were the only measurements of the concept we now call "time."Those first inhabitants viewed themselves as an integral part of the cycle of nature. They feared, revered and worshiped the power of Mother Earth and they gave thanks to the Great Spirit for their survival.In many cases, their appreciation took the form of artwork -- rock carvings known as petroglyphs, and rock paintings also known as pictographs. These early masterpieces survive to this day in their natural settings, and their spiritual symbols still inspire the modern native art that hangs in galleries and museums in Canada and around the world.The mystery of native culture helped fuel the creativity of European-trained artists who came here to document and interpret the exploits and adventures of explorers, fur traders, missionaries and entrepreneurs set on taming this wild landscape.Paul Kane, hailed as one of the founding fathers of Canadian art, travelled with the Hudson's Bay Company west across Canada from Toronto, producing hundreds of sketches and paintings that depicted unspoiled wilderness and native customs. In the mid1800s, an era before photography, these were the first glimpses the general public had of our country's rugged and magnificent scenery.Frances Anne Hopkins, who accompanied her husband on Hudson's Bay Company expeditions in the 1870s, is another important figure in Canadian art history. Her paintings of places like the French River and Lake Superior were among the first to capture the emotion and raw beauty of Ontario's northern landscape.There were, of course, many other painters who in their own way helped shape a truly Canadian art movement. This country was not England, France or Italy, and the schools of art prominent in Europe promoted styles that suited tame and pastoral settings, not the raw and wild energy of Canada.The artists who later would form the Group of Seven decided they would capture that energy in a way no one had dared before. Affected by events of the First World War and Canada's new-found national pride, they painted scenes from Algonquin Park, Georgian Bay, the Ottawa Valley and Lake Superior. Their bold use of colour, lavish brush strokes and emotional interpretation of the landscape shocked the traditional art world, whose staunch defenders criticized this new style as "mush" and a passing fancy.Much to their surprise, this style took root, and the work of artists like Tom Thomson, A.Y. Jackson, A.J. Casson, Franklin Carmichael, Fred Varley, Franz Johnston, Arthur Lismer and J.E.H. MacDonald became world renowned.Many of these artists were also graphic designers, so they had a good sense of colour. They were experts in the art of communicating through eye-catching visuals and they knew how to use those visuals to market and sell -- in this case the Ontario landscapes. They were also teachers who passed along their style to a whole new generation of disciples. To this day, many landscape painters across Ontario still point to the Group of Seven as their leading source of inspiration.The Group of Seven created more than a truly Canadian art movement. They imprinted on our collective consciousness the desire to experience the great landscapes ourselves.The sculpted and rugged shorelines of Lake Superior shrouded in mist, mystery and native legends ... the ancient pine forests of Temagami traversed by spectacular lakes and river systems ... the polished ro
Introduction or Preface
Introduction The story of An Artist's and Photographer's Guide to Wild Ontario begins even before recorded time. Thousands of years ago when only the First Nations people inhabited this part of the world, the phases of the moon, the passing of the seasons, and the cycle of birth, life and death were the only measurements of the concept we now call "time." Those first inhabitants viewed themselves as an integral part of the cycle of nature. They feared, revered and worshiped the power of Mother Earth and they gave thanks to the Great Spirit for their survival. In many cases, their appreciation took the form of artwork -- rock carvings known as petroglyphs, and rock paintings also known as pictographs. These early masterpieces survive to this day in their natural settings, and their spiritual symbols still inspire the modern native art that hangs in galleries and museums in Canada and around the world. The mystery of native culture helped fuel the creativity of European-trained artists who came here to document and interpret the exploits and adventures of explorers, fur traders, missionaries and entrepreneurs set on taming this wild landscape. Paul Kane, hailed as one of the founding fathers of Canadian art, travelled with the Hudson's Bay Company west across Canada from Toronto, producing hundreds of sketches and paintings that depicted unspoiled wilderness and native customs. In the mid1800s, an era before photography, these were the first glimpses the general public had of our country's rugged and magnificent scenery. Frances Anne Hopkins, who accompanied her husband on Hudson's Bay Company expeditions in the 1870s, is another important figure in Canadian art history. Her paintings of places like the French River and Lake Superior were among the first to capture the emotion and raw beauty of Ontario's northern landscape. There were, of course, many other painters who in their own way helped shape a truly Canadian art movement. This country was not England, France or Italy, and the schools of art prominent in Europe promoted styles that suited tame and pastoral settings, not the raw and wild energy of Canada. The artists who later would form the Group of Seven decided they would capture that energy in a way no one had dared before. Affected by events of the First World War and Canada's new-found national pride, they painted scenes from Algonquin Park, Georgian Bay, the Ottawa Valley and Lake Superior. Their bold use of colour, lavish brush strokes and emotional interpretation of the landscape shocked the traditional art world, whose staunch defenders criticized this new style as "mush" and a passing fancy. Much to their surprise, this style took root, and the work of artists like Tom Thomson, A.Y. Jackson, A.J. Casson, Franklin Carmichael, Fred Varley, Franz Johnston, Arthur Lismer and J.E.H. MacDonald became world renowned. Many of these artists were also graphic designers, so they had a good sense of colour. They were experts in the art of communicating through eye-catching visuals and they knew how to use those visuals to market and sell -- in this case the Ontario landscapes. They were also teachers who passed along their style to a whole new generation of disciples. To this day, many landscape painters across Ontario still point to the Group of Seven as their leading source of inspiration. The Group of Seven created more than a truly Canadian art movement. They imprinted on our collective consciousness the desire to experience the great landscapes ourselves. The sculpted and rugged shorelines of Lake Superior shrouded in mist, mystery and native legends ... the ancient pine forests of Temagami traversed by spectacular lakes and river systems ... the polished rocky islands of Georgian Bay with their pink granite and lonely pines ... the glacially shaped terrain of the Canadian Shield with its bottomless lakes and ne
Introduction or Preface
Introduction The story of An Artist''s and Photographer''s Guide to Wild Ontario begins even before recorded time. Thousands of years ago when only the First Nations people inhabited this part of the world, the phases of the moon, the passing of the seasons, and the cycle of birth, life and death were the only measurements of the concept we now call "time." Those first inhabitants viewed themselves as an integral part of the cycle of nature. They feared, revered and worshiped the power of Mother Earth and they gave thanks to the Great Spirit for their survival. In many cases, their appreciation took the form of artwork -- rock carvings known as petroglyphs, and rock paintings also known as pictographs. These early masterpieces survive to this day in their natural settings, and their spiritual symbols still inspire the modern native art that hangs in galleries and museums in Canada and around the world. The mystery of native culture helped fuel the creativity of European-trained artists who came here to document and interpret the exploits and adventures of explorers, fur traders, missionaries and entrepreneurs set on taming this wild landscape. Paul Kane, hailed as one of the founding fathers of Canadian art, travelled with the Hudson''s Bay Company west across Canada from Toronto, producing hundreds of sketches and paintings that depicted unspoiled wilderness and native customs. In the mid1800s, an era before photography, these were the first glimpses the general public had of our country''s rugged and magnificent scenery. Frances Anne Hopkins, who accompanied her husband on Hudson''s Bay Company expeditions in the 1870s, is another important figure in Canadian art history. Her paintings of places like the French River and Lake Superior were among the first to capture the emotion and raw beauty of Ontario''s northern landscape. There were, of course, many other painters who in their own way helped shape a truly Canadian art movement. This country was not England, France or Italy, and the schools of art prominent in Europe promoted styles that suited tame and pastoral settings, not the raw and wild energy of Canada. The artists who later would form the Group of Seven decided they would capture that energy in a way no one had dared before. Affected by events of the First World War and Canada''s new-found national pride, they painted scenes from Algonquin Park, Georgian Bay, the Ottawa Valley and Lake Superior. Their bold use of colour, lavish brush strokes and emotional interpretation of the landscape shocked the traditional art world, whose staunch defenders criticized this new style as "mush" and a passing fancy. Much to their surprise, this style took root, and the work of artists like Tom Thomson, A.Y. Jackson, A.J. Casson, Franklin Carmichael, Fred Varley, Franz Johnston, Arthur Lismer and J.E.H. MacDonald became world renowned. Many of these artists were also graphic designers, so they had a good sense of colour. They were experts in the art of communicating through eye-catching visuals and they knew how to use those visuals to market and sell -- in this case the Ontario landscapes. They were also teachers who passed along their style to a whole new generation of disciples. To this day, many landscape painters across Ontario still point to the Group of Seven as their leading source of inspiration. The Group of Seven created more than a truly Canadian art movement. They imprinted on our collective consciousness the desire to experience the great landscapes ourselves. The sculpted and rugged shorelines of Lake Superior shrouded in mist, mystery and native legends ... the ancient pine forests of Temagami traversed by spectacular lakes and river systems ... the polished rocky islands of Georgian Bay with their pink granite and lonely pines ... the glacially shaped terrain of the Canadian Shield with its bottomless lakes and never-ending forests that transform in texture and colour with the changing of the seasons... these are the images that define Ontario. These are the landscapes that still inspire the artists of today. The communities of artists, the galleries, workshops and studio tours scattered all over this vast province also owe their existence to the pioneers of Canadian landscape art. Ontario is a huge territory. In the course of preparing this book, we travelled almost 10,000 km (6,000 miles), further than the distance across Canada. There are still parts of the province we weren''t able to reach. An Artist''s and Photographer''s Guide to Wild Ontario is not meant to be a comprehensive survey of Ontario''s artistic resources. It is designed to be a guide for the creative spirit, a resource whose purpose is to create inspiration for those who wish to discover the wonderful and varied landscapes of Ontario for themselves.
First Chapter

Introduction

The story of An Artist's and Photographer's Guide to Wild Ontario begins even before recorded time. Thousands of years ago when only the First Nations people inhabited this part of the world, the phases of the moon, the passing of the seasons, and the cycle of birth, life and death were the only measurements of the concept we now call "time."

Those first inhabitants viewed themselves as an integral part of the cycle of nature. They feared, revered and worshiped the power of Mother Earth and they gave thanks to the Great Spirit for their survival.

In many cases, their appreciation took the form of artwork -- rock carvings known as petroglyphs, and rock paintings also known as pictographs. These early masterpieces survive to this day in their natural settings, and their spiritual symbols still inspire the modern native art that hangs in galleries and museums in Canada and around the world.

The mystery of native culture helped fuel the creativity of European-trained artists who came here to document and interpret the exploits and adventures of explorers, fur traders, missionaries and entrepreneurs set on taming this wild landscape.

Paul Kane, hailed as one of the founding fathers of Canadian art, travelled with the Hudson's Bay Company west across Canada from Toronto, producing hundreds of sketches and paintings that depicted unspoiled wilderness and native customs. In the mid1800s, an era before photography, these were the first glimpses the general public had of our country's rugged and magnificent scenery.

Frances Anne Hopkins, who accompanied her husband on Hudson's Bay Company expeditions in the 1870s, is another important figure in Canadian art history. Her paintings of places like the French River and Lake Superior were among the first to capture the emotion and raw beauty of Ontario's northern landscape.

There were, of course, many other painters who in their own way helped shape a truly Canadian art movement. This country was not England, France or Italy, and the schools of art prominent in Europe promoted styles that suited tame and pastoral settings, not the raw and wild energy of Canada.

The artists who later would form the Group of Seven decided they would capture that energy in a way no one had dared before. Affected by events of the First World War and Canada's new-found national pride, they painted scenes from Algonquin Park, Georgian Bay, the Ottawa Valley and Lake Superior. Their bold use of colour, lavish brush strokes and emotional interpretation of the landscape shocked the traditional art world, whose staunch defenders criticized this new style as "mush" and a passing fancy.

Much to their surprise, this style took root, and the work of artists like Tom Thomson, A.Y. Jackson, A.J. Casson, Franklin Carmichael, Fred Varley, Franz Johnston, Arthur Lismer and J.E.H. MacDonald became world renowned.

Many of these artists were also graphic designers, so they had a good sense of colour. They were experts in the art of communicating through eye-catching visuals and they knew how to use those visuals to market and sell -- in this case the Ontario landscapes. They were also teachers who passed along their style to a whole new generation of disciples. To this day, many landscape painters across Ontario still point to the Group of Seven as their leading source of inspiration.

The Group of Seven created more than a truly Canadian art movement. They imprinted on our collective consciousness the desire to experience the great landscapes ourselves.

The sculpted and rugged shorelines of Lake Superior shrouded in mist, mystery and native legends ... the ancient pine forests of Temagami traversed by spectacular lakes and river systems ... the polished rocky islands of Georgian Bay with their pink granite and lonely pines ... the glacially shaped terrain of the Canadian Shield with its bottomless lakes and never-ending forests that transform in texture and colour with the changing of the seasons... these are the images that define Ontario. These are the landscapes that still inspire the artists of today.

The communities of artists, the galleries, workshops and studio tours scattered all over this vast province also owe their existence to the pioneers of Canadian landscape art.

Ontario is a huge territory. In the course of preparing this book, we travelled almost 10,000 km (6,000 miles), further than the distance across Canada. There are still parts of the province we weren't able to reach.

An Artist's and Photographer's Guide to Wild Ontario is not meant to be a comprehensive survey of Ontario's artistic resources. It is designed to be a guide for the creative spirit, a resource whose purpose is to create inspiration for those who wish to discover the wonderful and varied landscapes of Ontario for themselves.

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A handsome where-to guide book ... offering a great amount of useful information to many of Ontario's artistic resources.
A one-of-a-kind book that focuses not only on extraordinary art communities throughout Ontario, but also on the must-see sights the province has to offer.
A one-of-a-kind book that focuses not only on extraordinary art communities throughout Ontario, but also on the [province's] must-see sights.
A stunning and moving guide that is truly "wild."
A stunning and moving guide that is truly 'wild.'
Discover the best places in Ontario to sketch, paint, sculpt, carve and photograph wilderness and wildlife images.
Fabulous ... makes me want to get in my car and travel to each and every place described.
Here, finally, is the book we've all been waiting for.
Organized according to the province's major travel regions (including all the major cottaging areas), this is a book for anyone with an artistic spirit.
Packed with vibrant examples of art inspired by Ontario's wilderness, the guide is a useful resource for amateurs and professionals alike.
Packed with vibrant examples of art inspired by Ontario's wilderness, [this] is a useful resource for amateurs and professionals alike.
Perfect for someone seeking a getaway with a creative twis
Perfect for someone seeking a getaway with a creative twist.
Perhaps the most comprehensive resource of its kind.
Rich in detail, [this] is a wonderfully interactive book that covers nearly the entire gamut of art and artists to be found across the map of Ontario.
Rich in detail, [this] wonderfully interactive book covers nearly the entire gamut of art and artists ... of Ontario.
The photographs in [this] glossy, full-colour book are breathtaking.
The photographs in [this] glossy, full-colour book are breathtaking and are often taken from the same vantage point as a Group of Seven painter.... The photos and paintings are placed side-by-side showing the vast artistic interpretations of the landscape.
This beautifully illustrated guide is a must-have for any visual artist possessing a love of nature.
This book reaffirms the abundant beauty that Ontario boasts and the incredible artistic talents that make their home here.
This guide to wild Ontario will be a great help in determining the direction you will take,and where your talents take you as you discover a new, distinctly Ontario destination for your next adventure.... a stunning and moving guide that is truly "wild."
This is a book for anyone with an artistic spirit.
This really is a must-have guide for anyone interested in exploring and appreciating the great outdoors and discovering the best places to sketch, paint, sculpt, carve and photograph the Ontario wilderness.... richly illustrated... perhaps the most comprehensive resource of its kind.
This really is a must-have guide ... richly illustrated ... perhaps the most comprehensive resource of its kind.
To assist adventurers in their quest for beauty, the authors, a photographer and a writer, have created a handsome where-to guide book (rather than a how-to one), offering a great amount of useful information to many of Ontario's artistic resources.... Most of the numerous and beautifully reproduced color illustrations come from lakes and rivers, which will surely delight the hearts and minds of all wilderness canoeists.
With this comprehensive "where-to" book, you'll discover the best places this province has to offer to inspire the creative spirit... This beautifully illustrated guide is a must-have for any visual artist possessing a love of nature. If you love to pack your camera, sketch pad or paint set in the car and head out to explore Ontario's great outdoors, then this book is worth a look.... This book reaffirms the abundant beauty that Ontario boasts and the incredible artistic talents that make their home here.
You won't find too many books about the province's pristine corners that are as beautiful as , an image-rich guide geared to artists, photographers, and appreciators of both.
You won't find too many books about the province's pristine corners that are as beautiful as this one.
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Summaries
Long Description
"Discover the best places in Ontario to sketch, paint, sculpt, carve and photograph wilderness and wildlife images." Developed in part under Ontario's popular Arts in the Wild program, an alliance of 23 arts organizations and tourism operators, this guide for the creative spirit is organized according to the province's major travel regions. The authors discuss each region's art history, provide detailed information on unique courses and workshops available to artists, list galleries and studio tours, and profile a few of each region's most interesting professional and amateur artists. Also included is a special look at Ontario's Native art and artists. The guide is richly illustrated, with color photographs of scenic locations throughout Ontario and pictures of artists in their studios. The result is an inspiring "where-to" book for any visual artist with a love of nature.
Main Description
Discover the best places in Ontario to sketch, paint, sculpt, carve and photograph wilderness and wildlife images. Developed in part under Ontario's popular Arts in the Wild program, an alliance of 23 arts organizations and tourism operators, this guide for the creative spirit is organized according to the province's major travel regions. The authors discuss each region's art history, provide detailed information on unique courses and workshops available to artists, list galleries and studio tours, and profile a few of each region's most interesting professional and amateur artists. Also included is a special look at Ontario's Native art and artists. The guide is richly illustrated, with color photographs of scenic locations throughout Ontario and pictures of artists in their studios. The result is an inspiring "where-to" book for any visual artist with a love of nature.
Main Description
Discover the best places in Ontario to sketch, paint, sculpt, carve and photograph wilderness and wildlife images.Developed in part under Ontario's popular Arts in the Wild program, an alliance of 23 arts organizations and tourism operators, this guide for the creative spirit is organized according to the province's major travel regions.The authors discuss each region's art history, provide detailed information on unique courses and workshops available to artists, list galleries and studio tours, and profile a few of each region's most interesting professional and amateur artists. Also included is a special look at Ontario's Native art and artists. The guide is richly illustrated, with color photographs of scenic locations throughout Ontario and pictures of artists in their studios.The result is an inspiring "where-to" book for any visual artist with a love of nature.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. 8
Landscapes of Ontario: Unique Places to Make Your Ownp. 11
Personal Discoveries on a Journey through Ontariop. 13
It Started with Sunsetsp. 15
Introductionp. 17
Algonquin Park & Cottage Country
Algonquin Parkp. 21
Profile: A Talent for Teaching: Jeff Miller's Love for Algonquinp. 31
Muskoka: The Granddaddy of Studio Toursp. 34
Bancroft and Eastern Algonquinp. 36
Algonquin Area Galleries and Studiosp. 39
Central Ontario: The Rural Heartlandp. 42
Central Ontario Galleries and Studiosp. 45
French River & Sudbury
French Immersionp. 49
Hopkins versus Hindle: A Whimsical Analysisp. 55
Sudbury: Crossroads of the Northp. 57
Lake Superior
Superior: The Haunted Shorep. 63
Ascending to Harris' Perchp. 67
The Algoma Central Railwayp. 68
Profile: The Powerful Landscapes of Valerie Palmerp. 70
Profile: Jim Sanders: The Philosophical Potterp. 73
Pukaskwa: Art in the Parkp. 77
Getaways for the Adventurous Spiritp. 80
Sault Ste. Marie: Gateway to Algomap. 83
Thunder Bay: A Superior Cityp. 86
Temagami
Ontario's Wild Frontierp. 91
Temagami Galleries and Studiosp. 95
A Paddler's Paradisep. 101
Manitoulin
Garden of the Great Spiritp. 103
A Hidden Treasure on Lake Kagawongp. 107
Profile: The Realism of Ivan Whealep. 111
Profile: Contemplating Mother Earth: The Art of Mishibinijimap. 113
Manitoulin Galleries and Studio Toursp. 117
Bruce Peninsula
Ontario's Exotic Wildernessp. 123
Sunrise at Cabot Headp. 127
Bruce Peninsula Galleries and Studio Toursp. 129
Designed for Hikers and Paddlersp. 138
Killarney
The Karma of Killarneyp. 141
Canoeing into Carmichael Countryp. 147
Perspectives on Killarneyp. 151
The Road Less Travelledp. 154
Killarney Art Escapesp. 158
Kawarthas & Eastern Ontario
Land of Bright and Shining Watersp. 161
The Fine Art of Buckhornp. 174
Echoes from the Past: Mazinaw Lake Mastersp. 175
The Artists of Bon Echop. 179
Prince Edward County: Where Life Slows Downp. 183
National Capital Region
By Royal Prerogative: The Canvas of the National Capital Regionp. 191
A Crystal Palace: The National Gallery of Canadap. 195
Wallack's: An Ottawa Art Traditionp. 198
National Capital Region Galleries and Studio Toursp. 200
Profiles: A Passion for Plein Air: David W. Jones and E. Brian Kellyp. 207
Greater Toronto Area
McMichael Canadian Art Collection: An Icon of Canadian Artp. 211
Group of Seven Haunts in Torontop. 213
Toronto Area Galleries, Exhibitions and Studio Toursp. 220
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