As most of you might remember, we ran a Group of Seven Look-a-Like Contest before Thanksgiving. We opened it to everyone, everywhere and it was a lot of fun. We got a fantastic response.
In fact, it was so much fun that we decided to run it a second time, but this time it was limited to local school kids. We sent the information to all of our local schools, inviting each teacher to take part. If they chose to participate their students had the whole month of December to create their Group of Seven copies and a winner was chosen in each class. We left how to choose the winner up to the teachers since they know their students best. Once the winners were picked the teachers forwarded their classroom champs picture to us so we could share them with everyone!
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?
THERE IS NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING!
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:
It has to be a work by a member of the Group of Seven
It has to be done using crayon!
Once your picture is complete just email a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.