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Art in the Park(ing) Lot (Posted On: Thursday, July 20, 2006)

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Georgian Bay Arts & Crafts Association 17th annual Art in the Park(ing Lot) show and sale will be on Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6, 2006 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the corner of Second and Pine Streets in downtown Collingwood. The show is co-sponsored by the Town of Collingwood Business Improvement Association and GBACA.

This popular annual event showcases the work of GBACA members featuring original artwork in various mediums, one-of-a-kind jewellery and designer clothing, etc. All work featured is done locally and by the artists, no manufactured work is allowed. Art in the Park(ing Lot) will also feature food and live music, creating a very festive atmosphere.

Art in the Park began as a joint effort with the Blue Mountain School of Landscape Painting and GBACA at Sunset Point Park, Collingwood, in 1989 and was taken over by GBACA in 1991. In 2004 due to the rise of insurance costs, the Downtown Collingwood BIA offered to co-sponsor the event if we moved the venue to the parking area at Second and Pine Streets, hence the change in name to Art in the Park(ing Lot). This partnership of our annual show has met with great success.

The Georgian Bay Arts & Crafts Association was formed in the early 1980’s by the Blue Mountain School of Landscape Painting. Surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Georgian Bay and the Blue Mountains, this rapidly growing group of talented artists now have regular shows which allow them an opportunity to display and sell their work to the public. GBACA has recently published a new brochure called GBACA “The Art Source” showcasing the work of 42 members in the Georgian Triangle. The Art Source is available at all Georgian Triangle Tourism offices, local businesses, all Ontario Travel Centres or by request.

This year over 60 artisans are expected to fill the show with outstanding works of art in all forms. Take a leisurely drive to Collingwood for the day to see what this beautiful area on the shores of Georgian Bay has to offer. Or, better yet, why not stay the weekend? Visit http://www.mycollingwood.ca and http://www.town.collingwood.on.ca for accommodation tips and more information on the Town of Collingwood. Driving directions from Toronto: Take Highway 400 north to Highway 26 and follow to Collingwood. Alternate directions are available.

For more information contact Yvonne Gibson, President, Georgian Bay Arts & Crafts Association at 705-445-2729 or email gygibson@bmts.com
or visit the website at http://www.gbaca.com.

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