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Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Art for Art's Sake -- Sculptor Hilary Clark Cole
At the Framing Place, I also ran into local Muskoka artist Hilary Clark Cole. Since several of her works have been showcased at the Tilley Endurables store in Toronto, it's not surprising that she and Alex Tilley were in The Framing Place discussing art and artists. Her current piece, Musk-Ox, is on display at the Tilley store now, and what a magnificent thing it is.
Hilary produces stunning works of welded steel. Her 'moose' became famous, after being displayed in Toronto, when it became the inspiration for a generation of less artistic fibreglass moose (is the plural more correctly meese? no, but we can hope) that Mel Lastman sprinkled about the city. Hilary's moose was vastly superior, capturing the essence and strength of the real thing, the moose we see here so frequently. You wouldn't really think you could capture movement in something as solid as welded metal, but Hilary does it all the time. Her signature piece, "Windswept" is an inspiration.
Years ago, we took two horses (Bacon and Blizzard) to a workshop being run by another sculpton, Richard Loffler, at Dorset. The workshop was for wildlife sculptors, but since moose are hard to convince to stand about, he opted to use our horses instead. Something the artists could touch, handle... something Richard could draw on with chalk and white paint to outline the bone structure. Moose take a dim view of that sort of thing. The horses just twitched an ear and stood for it. We spent the whole day there, never bored, watching the various artists (some of whom were working in clay for the first time, being more comfortable in different artistic media), watching my horses emerge from the lumps of clay, coaxed into being under Richard's suggestions and corrections. Richard, really just to keep his hands busy, did a rough sculpture of Bacon's head during the day, which he gave to me at the end of the day. Even in that rough draft, that quick, almost careless creation, he caught the unmistakeable spirit of that particular horse. It remains a mystery to me how these talented artists like Hilary, or Richard, or the slew of others (many of them on display at the Framing Place and Algonquin Gallery) do what they do.
I just know that I'm really glad they do, and I stand in awe. Muskoka is a fabulous place to visit if you, too, are interested in artists and their varied works. We have a rich community of painters, sculptors, carvers, potters, glass blowers... the list is as varied and endless as their creativity. Various artists' tours are offered throughout the year, and it really is worth the visit. Art is good for us, mind, body and soul...
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Changing the Season
August is on the doorstep. We currently have no vacancies until September, and our guests are enjoying the lake, the calling loons, the quiet times and all the activities that go with a summer here at Bondi Village. Get out of the city, restore your soul...
This means that we are now accepting reservations for two night stays and weekend packages during September and October -- the fall colours are astonishing, and on our own 600 acre property, there are so many walking trails and lookout views that there's no need to battle traffic into the Park just to see the beauty! Algonquin is always amazing, but during high colour season, best seen mid-week. There are so many other wonderful places around where you can enjoy the autumn without the congestion of the road, and we are happy to direct you to them.
We have great deals during the fall season, for couples, up to small groups of 18 people.
And don't forget Winter -- we've got vacancies for Christmas! We'll provide the tree, and you bring the family.
We've got a fantastic place to gather, enjoy the scenery, relax by a fire, and spend time with family and friends. Whether a quiet couples' getaway, or a family reunion or a club outing , we've got your cottage waiting.
We'd love to hear from you. The experiences our guests have are precious to us. If you have photos you took at Bondi, we'd love to have those as well. You can email them to Nancy at email@example.com
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We are very proud of Napster, our tail-painting cat, who uses his lovely artwork to raise money for charities. This lovely little creature passed away July 2015, but left a huge legacy, having raised over $12,000 for various charities through the sale of his artwork. That artwork, through prints and notecards, is still available. Click here to visit Napster's Blog and visit the gallery of his tail-paintings.
Now sold around the world, he was honoured to have his artwork sold around the globe -- he even has a print with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Click on the following links to enjoy a 'virtual ski' round some of our 15 km. of groomed track set cross country ski trails. Thanks to Altitude and Attitude, North Muskoka gets the kind of winter you can really enjoy. Huge thanks to Eric Prince, the creative mind that made this videos happen!
Click here to enjoy seeing a variety of our trails.
And Click Here for another cross country ski adventure.
and this one, in 2014, just days before the snow vanished, from Hawke Lake on down. Click Here
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