Sunday, June 7, 2009

BMFA Studio Tour Showcases Area Talent

This past weekend the Blue Mountain Foundation For The Arts hosted their 21st annual Studio Tour at various venues throughout Collingwood, Clearview and the Blue Mountains. As a budding painter, I took some time off my real estate duties over the weekend and visited a number of the locations that featured works of particular interest to myself.
One of the many attractions that draws people to this area for recreational and more significantly retirement purposes are not only the active sports at our disposal but the many forms of cultural activities for persons to engage in. Concerts, live theatre, garden and other clubs plus a very active and talented arts community have developed in recent years creating yet another reason why the Georgian Triangle has become a mecca for retirees. In making the rounds throughout various homes and galleries over the weekend it became readily apparent that the area is home to a variety of talented artisans. The paintings, sculptures, and jewellery that were on display and for sale are a product of both their creator's talent and no doubt of the inspiration they derive from residing in such a beautiful area. Landscapes of Georgian Bay, the Beaver Valley and Niagara Escarpment were highly prevalent throughout the weekend, a further testament as to why so many have sought to reside in this picturesque part of Ontario. Living in a small town often means giving up the social and cultural amenities that many have become accustomed to living in places like Toronto and the GTA. Not so in the Georgian Triangle. With a year-round plethora of varied activities, there is something virtually for everyone.
Although two or three hours spent touring the various studios over the weekend was far too short, I came aware from the experience both thankful for having the opportunity to live and work in this area but more importantly, I was inspired to pull out my paints and brushes on a more frequent basis to indulge in creating some works that depict the landscape we all too often take for granted.

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Rick relocated to Collingwood from Toronto in 1985 through a transfer with Goodyear Canada. In 1987 Rick was recruited by a major client of Goodyear’s, managing their Canadian business based in Barrie before moving to Chicago in 1992 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Upon returning to Canada in 1996, Rick ran an industrial products manufacturing company in Stratford, Ontario. In 1998 Rick returned to Collingwood with his two children. Rick is a licensed real estate Broker with Royal LePAGE Locations North in Collingwood and holds his MVA designation (Market Value Appraiser-Residential). He is an active volunteer in the community serving several years on the Board of Directors with the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce as Treasurer, 6 years on the Board of Directors for the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® of which he is the Past President (2008) and currently serves on a committee with the Ontario Real Estate Association. Rick is a diverse executive manager with extensive experience in strategic planning, manufacturing, finance, human resources and quality assurance management.