Last week, an Irish author/blogger I follow named Jean Reinhardt reblogged a lovely piece about outdoor wall murals in Waterford, Ireland. Originally posted here by Inese M., these are absolutely beautiful photos of wall murals by some very talented people.
It inspired me to share some of the photos I took in Ontario, in Canada’s cottage country: Muskoka. To be more specific, I took these photos in Huntsville, Ontario just over three years ago. Huntsville is a small town (less than 20,000) surrounded by the kind of countryside that inspired artist Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven painters who admired his work and created truly Canadian paintings which conveyed our beautiful, rugged environment to the world.
In Huntsville, as well as in eight other locations, there is a walking tour people can take to view more than 90 replicas of magnificent Group of Seven and Tom Thomson paintings reproduced by some of our finest artists. The murals are being done over a period of 5 years (they were begun in 2012), to culminate in 2017 with the 100th anniversary of Tom Thomson’s death.
The tour begins in front of the Algonquin Theatre where sits a bronze statue of Tom Thomson by local artist Brenda Wainman-Goulet.
Nearby, on the south side of the Huntsville Civic Centre, facing the High Street parking lot, is a reproduction of Thomson’s White Birch Grove.
Just along side the local drugstore is this beautiful stream surrounded by our vibrant fall colours. It’s called The Red Maple by A.Y. Jackson.
Going along Centre St. S. one comes to “The Canoe” by Tom Thomson.
Moving along Main St., we find J.E.H. MacDonald’s The Tangled Garden.
Further along, we come to a reproduction of Tom Thomson’s Autumn Garland.
And I love this one that’s painted on the outside of some kind of electrical or cable connection box. Unfortunately, I can’t locate the name of the painting or the artist online and my notes are gone.
Here’s one in progress.
I’m thinking I’ll have to take a trip back to Huntsville to see all the latest additions. I don’t think I’ll want to wait until 2017 for the celebration.