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County Attracts Artists (Posted On: Sunday, December 30, 2012)

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Increasingly we find that Grey County and Grey Highlands attract new residents who have an interest in culture and the arts. The members of Grey County Artists are an example of many of these people who have moved from the city to become a part of country life. Erika Dick, formerly from Brampton and the founder of Grey County Artists talks about the lure of Grey County to city residents.
“Many of our artists started out coming to Bruce, Grey and Simcoe Counties for holidays, to go to the cottage or to go skiing. They painted here and fell in love with the beautiful scenery and the charming villages. It is a natural progression to move here in their retirement years to do full time what they always loved to do in their spare time. I would estimate that out of our 32 artists more than 75 % have moved here from the city.“

Dar West another artist in the group has settled in Maxwell and came originally from the Toronto area. Sabine Kurtz, a glass artist, moved to Grey Highlands from Germany. She and her husband Andy operate Ansaku B&B at the top of the Beaver Valley.

Just before Christmas Grey County Artists brought together the talents of local artists and local musicians in their Meet the Artist days in Meaford Hall. The two-person band, ‘Wrinkles’, played a selection of Christmas songs and led guests in a sing a long. Christine Gamus who recently moved to the village of Eugenia from Mississauga was on drums and led the singing. Christine is also a member of the Ainsley United Church Choir and you may have seen her in their recent Christmas concert in Markdale. Jim Dunham recently moved to Meaford from Toronto and he plays two keyboards and sings in the band. While the name of the band ‘Wrinkles’ celebrates the maturity of the participants it doesn’t begin to do justice to the vivacity of both Christine and Jim. During the performance Elaine Doy, one of the artists from Wasaga Beach, also originally from Toronto, joined in on the drums.

Meaford Hall is an excellent venue for an art show featuring over 70 paintings and stained glass. The fine art on display has received great revues from the many patrons of Meaford Hall. The show continues until Jan. 27. Admission is free and guests may browse the galleries and select a Viewer’s Choice by filling out a free ballot. Two ballots will be picked on Jan. 27th. and two original paintings are offered as prizes.

This year Grey County Artists also has a small show in the new Flesherton Library. The new hanging apparatus, provided by Grey County Artists, allows for professional hanging of art. Paintings are for sale and a commission goes to support the Flesherton Library. The show is open during regular library hours.

For more information about our artists and upcoming cultural events please visit or contact Erika Dick at 519-924-9977.

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