We noticed that during the lockdown and everything that has followed, one thing that people have turned to is culture.  As a museum this is something we support whole heartedly!  In fact we would like to encourage people to, not only embrace arts and culture, but to have fun with it.

One of Simcoe County’s best kept secrets is that Huronia Museum has a great Group of Seven display, and it is open to the public seven days a week. The spectacular Georgian Bay landscape drew members of Canada’s Group of Seven, to paint and sketch. Works by J.E.H. MacDonald, A.Y. Jackson, Franz Johnston and Arthur Lismer are represented in the collection of Huronia Museum.

We decided to advertise that fact by having our staff duplicate their favourite Group of Seven painting in our collection using canvasses from the dollar store and crayons.  The results were…interesting.  What did we learn?


So true, but we had a lot of fun making them.  Now we are challenging others to give it a try.  We want you to pick your favourite, or just one you like, Group of Seven painting and duplicate it.  If you have come, or are planning to come to the museum you can copy one of the paintings we have on display.  Or you can just find one that you like from any other source and copy that.

There are only 2 rules:

  1. It has to be a work by a member of the Group of Seven
  2. It has to be done using crayon!

Once your picture is complete just email a copy to along with the title of the piece you copied and your contact information.  You can also include a picture of the original if you are able.  All submissions will be posted on our website and Facebook page.

The contest will be running from September 1 to October 12 (Thanksgiving Monday) after which we will announce our winner.

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