Art Trees of Oro-Medonte
The Art Trees of Oro-Medonte was a township led project. Through the My Main Street Community Activator Program, the Craighurst Public Art Project received federal funding through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, to install unique and beautiful seven-foot tree sculptures at business locations in the village of Craighurst, Ontario. The sculptures were designed and fabricated locally by David Smith of Oro Design. Following a call for artists and a juried competition, seven local artists were selected to visually enhance the trees.
“The area around Craighurst holds a special place in my heart. I hail from Alberta originally (as do most of my family) but recently discovered that my (estranged) grandfather’s family were among the first settlers to the area. My 3rd great grandfather was Edward Grant Luck. He settled here in 1820 (or so), and became the first teacher in Crown Hill. He taught there for 22 years. Small world. The journey into my family’s past, has led me to a deepened connection with the area in which I now find myself living. There is still much to discover.” ~ Kathryn Kaiser
The Art Trees have been installed at seven locations near the four corners of Craighurst Ontario, located at the intersection of Penetanguishene Rd (Highway 93) and Horseshoe Valley Rd (County Road 22). For more information and location maps, media links, etc please see the Oro-Medonte Township website.
I have written a fuller description of my process, as well as some Oro area history on my ArtBlog site here.