43rd Annual

March 27, 28, 29, 2020

The Board of Directors for Muskoka Arts & Crafts has been closely monitoring reports from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Cultural Industries, the Ministry of Health and the Town of Bracebridge for updates and directive regarding events and COVID-19.

 

Just a few days ago, the Board of Directors was optimistic that the 43rd Annual Spring Members’ Show could go ahead as planned with appropriate precautions. With events surrounding COVID-19 rapidly developing along with the obvious need for urgent steps to contain its spread, on March 13, Muskoka Arts & Crafts determined that it cannot move forward with the Spring Members’ Show as scheduled. This has been a tough decision because of the impact of this cancellation on the wider community that makes this event possible – our artists, visitors who come from within Muskoka and beyond, volunteers, business partners who sponsor some of the awards and many others who are involved with this show. Based on recent developments relating to COVID-19, the Board of Directors believes cancelling the Spring Members’ Show is the best option to ensure that we continue to provide an enjoyable and safe experience for all our artists, visitors, volunteers and staff. At the same time that this decision was made, the Town of Bracebridge simultaneously made the decision to close the Bracebridge Sportsplex, Arena and the Bracebridge Public Library until further notice, a ruling that Muskoka Arts & Crafts fully supports.

 

This is only the second time in 43 years that the Spring Members’ Show will not take place on its intended date. Muskoka Arts & Crafts appreciates all the hard work and preparation everyone has already put into this event. To all of our artists, visitors, partners and supporters, thank you for your understanding and ongoing support.

 

These are difficult times. Muskoka Arts & Crafts urges you to stay healthy and do whatever you can to help one another and to make this a better world.

 

For information about COVID-19, please review the information provided by the Government of Ontario that can be found at https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus.



The Spring Members’ Show displays the strength, vitality, creativity, and wealth of talent found within Muskoka Arts & Crafts. 

The diverse and outstanding work by our members creates an exciting three day exhibition. Over one hundred members have their work in the show.

The Spring Members' Show opens with an awards presentation and reception on Friday beginning at 7pm. 

Cash awards for the Ruth Upjohn Memorial Award for Best in Show, the Patricia M. Boyer Award for Best  2D, the Jeanne Webb Wasylkwi Award for Best 3D and the Crafts Ontario Design Award, the Martins Framing & Fine Art Centre Award for the Best Use of Materials is sponsored by the owners, Jim and Penny Burns, The Muskoka Conservancy Art Award is for that work of art that best reflects the Conservancy’s mission is to protect space for nature in Muskoka and many Awards of Excellence are presented. 

After the awards presentation, Moonglow takes the stage to provide an evening of entertaining music as the artists and the public mingle to share ideas about the work on hand as well as creativity in general.

While visiting the show, you can cast your vote for the Peoples' Choice Award. 

With 340 members working at a wide variety of media at all levels of development, Muskoka Arts & Crafts is a dynamic organization. 

Throughout Saturday, and Sunday, our members are at the show offering demonstrations of their techniques and artistry. In addition to the work on display, these demonstrations are and inspiring and educational glimpse into the creative world. 

The show is a labour of love by our members who volunteer their time, energy, expertise, and enthusiasm to set up and manage this gala exhibition. 

During the show, our members are present to welcome you to the show, answer your questions, and help should you decide to purchase one of the pieces of art.

 

Opening Reception & Awards Presentation
Friday, March 27, 2020, 7pm-10pm

Demonstrations of art & craft techniques
Saturday, March 28, 2020, 10am-5pm
Sunday, March 29, 2020, 11am-4pm

Admission by donation
Free parking

Bracebridge Sportsplex
110 Clearbrook Trail, off Douglas Drive
Bracebridge, Ontario

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