Art At Mariposa

By John Swartz

Orillia visual artists have been part of the Mariposa Folk Festival for a decade. Studio Point is organized by Wes Trinier, Travis Hilling and Will McGarvey, and is set on Tudhope Park’s Barnfield Point where the Mariposa Folk Festival concentrates its children’s daytime activities.

The project started as a way to involve festival goers to create an artwork on a collaborative basis, and has grown to include other area artists (Bewabon and Paul Shilling, Tanya Cunnignton, Carley McCutcheon and Craig Mainprize) who participate in the group activity and work on their own projects.

Each year a different type of art piece is created – and it’s not always on a canvas. Here are scenes from the festival weekend which was held July 5 to 7, 2019.

Artists Meg Leslie, Patti Agapi and Kathryn Kaiser were also commissioned to use their talent to paint a canoe owned by the festival. Each side of the canoe features Big Chief Island painted in a style associated with the Group of Seven.

(Photo Submitted, Video by Swartz – SUNonline/Orillia)


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