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Scenes of Sandbanks features over 30 local artists – Until November 25

Scenes of Sandbanks Original Art show and sale evolved through a series of conversations with a small group of people interested in connecting the beauty of Sandbanks Provincial Park with the creativity of artists in Prince Edward County. Sandbanks Provincial Park boasts two of the largest and most beautiful beaches in Ontario where golden sand and sparkling water unite in partnership. The park contains the largest fresh-water sand dune system in the world. Despite desert-like conditions in much of Sandbanks, plant and animal life is remarkably diverse. The show was held for a few years at Maple Rest Heritage House for one weekend only in early November. Then in 2007, Black Prince Winery offered to host the event and the premise of the show was expanded to promote the scenic beauty and the historical significance of The County, including Sandbanks Provincial Park, Lake on the Mountain and North Beach. Works of art, that celebrate the historical and pictorial uniqueness, changing seasons and the burgeoning wine industry of ‘The County’ are presented for the patrons. The County is an artists haven. Water, fields, woods, historic buildings abound with wonderful shadows, changing light and four full seasons of beauty.

Now in its 12th year, the exhibition and sale of original art, is at Black Prince Winery located at 13370 Loyalist Parkway in Picton and will run from November 2 to 25, Friday thru Sunday from 11 am to 5pm. Visitors to the show are invited to enjoy a glass of Black Prince wine while viewing the art in the “Art Cellar”. This large, brightly lit room will house approximately 60 pieces of original art representing a variety of mediums including watercolour, oil, acrylic, photography, fibre and encaustic to name but a few. The diversity of the art work provides an interesting mix for every buyer and every budget. Proceeds from the show will be directed towards the future Lakeshore Trail in Sandbanks Provincial Park.

Gerry Putman was one of the first artists to agree to be in the show in 2001 and participated on a regular basis in the following years. His untimely passing this year has left a large space in our community. Bawn Putman has graciously agreed to allow us to have a retrospective of Gerry’s work during the show and offer some of his works for sale. The Friends of Sandbanks Park are honoured to dedicate 2012 Scenes of Sandbanks and Beyond to his memory.

The featured artist on our poster is well known photographer Peggy deWitt. Her scenes of the County are thoughtful and charming. Peggy never fails to delight whether it is a photograph of a lamb nestled with her mother or a sweeping vista of the Sandbanks Dunes. Peggy also offers courses in photography.

Experience Scenes of Sandbanks and Beyond in the relaxing ambiance of Black Prince Winery and renew your memories of The County and Sandbanks Provincial Park through the creative eyes of our local artists.

Sandbanks Provincial Park

Sandbanks Provincial Park is one of southern Ontario’s most delightful recreational spots for those who love sandy beaches. It boasts two of the largest and most beautiful beaches in Ontario where golden sand and sparkling water unite in partnership. The park contains the largest fresh-water sand dune system in the world. This bar of mountainous sand dunes, some as high as 25 metres, were created over many centuries as prevailing westerly winds washed deposits inland from Lake Ontario, left behind by the retreat of the glaciers some 12,000 years ago.

Long before Sandbanks became a provincial park it was attracting thousands of visitors each year. The East Lake Sector, formerly known as “The Outlet”, became a provincial park in 1959; the West Lake Sector, earlier known as “The Sandbanks”, joined the provincial park system in 1962. In 1979, the provincial government purchased additional land between the two parks, and the entire area comprising 1,600 hectares, was amalgamated into today’s Sandbanks Provincial Park.

Despite desert-like conditions in much of Sandbanks, plant and animal life is remarkably diverse. This diversity along with the park’s fascinating history of origin, prehistory, early settlement and recreation, shifting sand, and numerous offshore shipwrecks, combine to make a park that offers something for everyone.

Friends of Sandbanks

The Friends of Sandbanks Park is an incorporated, non-profit, charitable organization. It is part of a network of independent cooperating associations dedicated to protecting and preserving the natural and cultural history of provincial parks through interpretation, education, and scientific and historic research. A volunteer Board of Directors with varied interests and areas of expertise coordinates the activities of The Friends, and cooperates with Ontario Parks in the development of the park’s interpretive programs and facilities.

For more information contact
Doug or Evelyn Sloane
Volunteers, Friends of Sandbanks Park
613-476-3277 at any reasonable hour

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  1. Janet says:

    Great write up.

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