Muskoka Arts & Crafts is
the true heart of visual arts in the province’s favourite vacation
area. One of Ontario’s oldest and most well established arts
organizations, Muskoka Arts & Crafts has grown since its inception
in 1963 to include nearly 400 artists and arts supporters, and has become
an innovative force in the community at large.
For artists, Muskoka Arts &
Crafts is one of the benefits of living in Muskoka, a source of support
through like-minded people that fosters creative growth and a feeling of
community. In turn, the promotion of the arts through Muskoka Arts &
Crafts and its members has made Muskoka a vibrant and culturally engaged
destination for visitors, local residents and summer residents alike.
Muskoka Arts & Crafts is a
non-profit organization that is completely self-supporting. Its annual Christmas,
Spring Members’ and Who
Art Thou events feature the work of its many members, and the Chapel
Gallery in Bracebridge, which Muskoka Arts & Crafts calls home,
hosts an ongoing cycle of juried exhibitions by local and visiting
artists. Muskoka Arts & Crafts’ Summer
Show, which has been a feature in the community for 47 years,
attracts hundreds of artists from across the country, and is visited
each year by over 20,000 people.
In April of 2008, an initiative
launched by Muskoka Arts & Crafts culminated in the Muskoka District
Council declaring the District Municipality of Muskoka as a Designated
Arts Community, a testament to the vitality of the area’s arts
scene and its potential as a fundamental building block for year-round
art tourism in Muskoka.
Muskoka Arts & Crafts’
web site is updated regularly with information about gallery
exhibitions, members’ studios and workshops taking place in the area
or at the Chapel Gallery. In 2008, the organization produced its annual Muskoka
Arts & Crafts' Guidebook, a beautiful full colour publication that will be the
definitive guide to visual arts in the area.
in Muskoka Arts & Crafts is open to any person who owns property or
lives in Muskoka.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Wendie Donabie: President
Michael Woodside: Vice President
Rosemary Featherstone: Treasurer
Diane McCaffery: Recording Secretary
Elene Freer: Executive Director
Linda Crossthwaite: Administrative Assistant