Brush away winter with community art show

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The community is invited to get their creative juices flowing and whip something together for “Brush Away Winter,” a community art show that will be displayed in the windows of Creemore businesses during the month of April.
The idea links back to the Creemorecentric show that used to happen in Creemore, said Liz Eakins, who was involved back when it was an initiative of the artist co-op at the Mad and Noisy Gallery.
She said there is a desire to keep that type of community collaboration going but with the pandemic it is hard to imagine how to pull it off, so in the meantime the art will be hosted in the windows of businesses in the downtown core.
“This way, we walk down the street and see the artwork created by our family, friends and neighbours,” said Eakins.
The idea is that everyone, no matter the level of artistic bent, are encouraged to create a piece of art on a 10-by-10 inch surface. It can be any medium, on any theme.
The project is sponsored by Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society.
“We said, let’s just give away some canvases and invite anybody and everybody, it doesn’t matter your age or skillset, it doesn’t have to be paint, it could be drawing or any of the skills you may have learned through the art challenge in the last couple of months,” said Eakins.
Participants are also welcome to create their own 10-by-10 canvas, piece of wood, cardboard or any other surface for the base of their art.
“It can be anything your heart desires. Just express yourself and share it with the community,” said Eakins.
There are 100 canvases available, with one per household available free and others for a suggested donation of $10. The initiative is completely volunteer driven and donations and memberships to PHAHS are welcome to help cover the costs of community arts and heritage projects.
To participate, register online at or in person at The Creemore Echo, at 3 Caroline St. W., where canvases can be picked up. Return them to The Echo from March 25-27, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Make sure to include a name and contact info.
Participants are encouraged to take a photo of their artwork before submitted it to post on social media. Tag @purplehillsarts, and use the hashtag #purplehillsarts.


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