Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

Norval Morrisseau exhibition: Soul Floating in a Cosmic Sea

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 7:00 pm - Wednesday, July 31, 2019 9:00 pm
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The Innisfil ideaLAB & Library is excited to be partnering with the Maclaren Art Centre and the Innisfil Arts, Culture, Heritage Council to celebrate a first for Innisfil in the exhibition of the world renowned artist Norval Morrisseau. This exhibition is a celebration of Canada's First Nations arts community, and is the first major display of art of this calibre in Innisfil.

The art will be on display June 25 to July 31. Library hours below. Closed Mondays. 

The opening reception is at 7pm on Tuesday, June 25 at the Lakeshore Branch for a special talk from the Maclaren Art Centre, followed by the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Innisfil Arts, Culture, Heritage Council.

Light refreshments will be provided.

This year's IACHC AGM is excited to include a special reception celebrating a new exhibit at the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library of Soul Floating in a Cosmic Sea by Anishnaabe artist Norval Morrisseau, on loan from the Maclaren Art Centre in Barrie.

Anishinaabe artist Norval Morrisseau (1931-2007) was born in Sand Pointe Reserve near Thunder Bay, Ontario. He survived residential school and lived with his maternal grandparents for most of his youth, learning both Catholic and Anishinaabe teachings and growing into an accomplished artist. Norval Morrisseau, also known as Copper Thunderbird, was named a Member of the Order of Canada and the Royal Academy of Arts. His work can be found in important collections throughout North America, including the National Gallery of Canada, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the MacLaren Art Centre and others. Today he remains one of Canada’s best-known artists.

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967 Innisfil Beach Road
Innisfil ON L9S1V3 

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17th Annual Purple Turtle Art Festival

Saturday, July 13, 2019 10:00 am - Sunday, July 14, 2019 4:00 pm
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July 13 and 14 — 17th Annual Purple Turtle Art Festival. Come see amazing and original paintings, sculptures, photography, pottery, jewellery, woodcraft, native art, and other mediums. More than 35 artisans from Toronto to Tory Hill, Ontario, as well as local artists, have been selected. Stroll around the lush meadow, enjoy a BBQ prepared by the Briars’ chefs and shop with our vendors, keeping in mind holidays, birthdays, weddings and any other special occasions. Jul 13, 2019 - 10am to Jul 14, 2019 - 4pm

Held at The Briars Resort and Spa

55 Hedge Rd, Jacksons Point


Pine Tree Potters' Guild: View from the Pines

Saturday, August 10, 2019 10:00 am - Saturday, September 28, 2019 4:00 pm
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Aug. 10 to Sept. 28 — Pine Tree Potters' Guild: View from the Pines. A celebration of the art and craft of clay. Artists from Pine Tree Potters' Guild are encouraged to explore ideas as they relate to the materials, processes and techniques. This exhibition also marks the 40th anniversary Pine Tree Potters' Guild. "View from the Pines" will showcase the diverse talents and perspectives of Pine Tree Guild members and is intended to connect with Ontario audiences to expand the public profile and appreciation of the ceramic arts. Opening Reception Aug. 14, 6 - 8 pm

Aurora Cultural Centre

22 Church St.


Starry Night Art and Gallery Tour

Saturday, August 24, 2019 6:00 pm - Friday, August 30, 2019 11:00 pm
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Aug. 24 — Starry Night Art and Gallery Tour. Experience Downtown Orillia’s vibrant arts community and meet local artists in their studios and at host galleries, all under the starry sky. 6pm - 11pm. Downtown Orillia.


Light Grows the Tree

Saturday, August 31, 2019 10:00 am - Saturday, November 23, 2019 4:00 pm
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Aug. 31 to Nov. 23 — Light Grows the Tree. Documenting a community of Black artists, writers, curators and collectors in Toronto. Taken by four photographers over two months, these portraits do the work of making the Black arts community visible. The stakes of Black culture in Canada are high. Systemic racism in the form of violence and exclusion tears at the fabric of our many communities. Through visual arts we create new worlds and make sense of our histories, we are emboldened to confront the prerogatives of a multiculturalism that eclipses our integral place in the nation. There is such rich nuance to Blackness here: it is no single thing. Our endeavours are held in the memories of several generations of folks who have shaped the Black arts scene through their various contributions. Going into the future we need to know of each other’s existence. Just as a tree needs light to grow, this community requires attention to focus and develop. In this first chapter, Light Grows The Tree begins the process of acknowledging those who have been the life force of Black arts in Toronto.”

August 31 (Saturday) 10:00 am - November 23 (Saturday) 4:00 pm

Participating artists:
Yannick Anton
Liz Ikiriko
Ebti Nabag
Dainesha Nugent-Palache

Artist Reception: Saturday, Sept. 7, Great Hall Gallery 1pm to 4pm
Gallery Hours

Tuesdays, Thursdays – Saturdays: 10 am – 4 pm

Wednesdays: 10 am – 8 pm

Closed Sundays, Mondays

Aurora Cultural Centre

22 Church St.


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Georgina Studio Tour

Saturday, September 28, 2019 10:00 am - Sunday, September 29, 2019 5:00 pm
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Georgina Studio Tour Celebrating 25 years on the South Shore of Lake Simcoe takes place September 28 & 29, 10 am to 5 pm. On this 2-day self-guided FREE tour is your opportunity to visit homes and studios that for the rest of the year are available by appointment only. Take an art adventure amidst the spectacular autumn colours in one of York Region's most picturesque settings through The Town of Georgina’s lakeside communities on Lake Simcoe of Keswick, Sutton, Jackson's Point, Pefferlaw. You will discover a diverse group of artisans.

The tour has been introducing visitors to a diverse and talented group of Canadian artisans representing a wide spectrum of mediums for 25 years. You have the opportunity to purchase wonderful works of art, and opportunity to meet each artist and learn about the process behind the artwork, ask questions and place custom orders, made just for you.

Come and explore, experience one of the highlights of the fall season of Lake Simcoe, just follow the Georgina Studio Tour signs.


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