First Annual Sculpture Park Folk & Arts Festival, Gananoque

15 Sep

This weekend you can shop the Purlin’ J’s yarn truck, Lil Dorothy, at the first annual Sculpture Park Folk & Arts Festival! Lil Dorothy will be in attendance Saturday and Sunday, 20/21 September. The Festival features three stages to accommodate the many performances and workshops, plus an artisan corridor and demonstrations for all ages. FREE for all, in Gananoque’s beautiful Confederation Park!
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Enjoy some Bluegrass with Bob Burtch, Fiddle & Step with Andrew Vanhorne, Irish dancers, a Songwriters Circle with Rob Carnegie, Jenica Rayne, Jeff Callery and Jeff J Gaulton, Latin music with Mauricio and last but not least, my favourite choir, Georgette Fry’s “Shout Sister” on Sunday afternoon!

There’ll be Songs and Stories from the Road with Michael George and Cliff Edwards, sprinkled with some Paint & Play, Young Peoples Theatre, a puppet show and more!

The Sculpture Park is Canada’s largest outdoor contemporary art exhibit.

This park sits on what was once an industrial site that occupied both sides of the Gananoque River. When the Jones Shovel Company ceased operation in the 1960’s, the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce developed a park which was dedicated on July 1, 1967. Over time, the Rotary Club added walks, lighting, ponds and a beautiful fountain in the centre of the river. During the 1990’s members of the Rotary Club approached the Art Bank in Ottawa, and in due course, a number of sculptures were leased from the Art Bank.

The plan is to gradually return the Art Bank pieces to the Art Bank and commission local artists to create replacement pieces to reflect either the history or the environment of Gananoque and area. The sculpture committee has commissioned the first piece, the flying Blue Heron by Bruce Mellon, and the following year the standing Blue Heron, also by Bruce Mellon of Wolfe Island. Last year it commissioned and installed the Pitch Pine, the official tree of Gananoque, by Rick Lapointe, of Kingston.

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Sue Schlabach

Artist, photographer and upcycler living in Vermont. Viewer of the world through eyes and lens.

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