Call for Artists – The Great Canadian Tree Warmer

The Great Canadian Tree Warmer

WINTER: for many Canadians it’s too darn long and down-right cold. People spend months indoors hibernating, or wrap themselves in multiple layers of their warmest clothes to beat the bone chilling days. But there is a uniquely beautiful time of year when winter is drawing to a close and the days are getting noticeably longer; a time when trees begin to wake from their dormancy and daytime temperatures rise above freezing; a time where a very subtle earthiness on the breeze signals spring is just around the corner. This is maple sugaring season, a chance for people from different communities to come together and celebrate the sweet end to winter. The craft of maple sugaring has been a long-standing tradition for many Canadians. It is a practice that connects us to the bounty of the forest and reminds us to cherish the gifts of our natural resources. This year, Owl Ridge Acres will be hosting an experimental art project to celebrate the season and decorate the forest through creative Tree-Warmer installations.

A call for local and national artists, photographers, writers, crafters, knitters, sewists and other creative types that are interested in creating a Tree-Warmer installation.

Tree-Warmer Info:
– Materials must allow air to circulate to the bark of the tree.
– Installations should be able to be tied on, or hung, without puncturing the tree’s bark
– Installations cannot contain any hazardous materials that might harm the tree or surrounding forest
– Installations must be within 25cm wide by 75cm long (1 foot by 3 feet) or a full wrap of 45cm x 75cm
– Installations must be able to stand up to outdoor exposure for the duration of the show (freezing, wind, rain, snow, sun, fluctuating temperatures)
Please submit a short proposal (200 words or less), 3 jpg or pdf images of your work, plan, or website where your work can be viewed.

Application deadline Jan 5, 2016
Accepted Submissions will be notified no later than Jan 8, 2016

Accepted Submission to be received by March 8, 2016

Show runs from March 12 to April 9
Community celebration April 2, 12 to 6pm
30914 HWY 28 East
Bancroft, Ontario

Guided hikes every Saturday 1-3 pm or by appointment. (Snowshoes or Ice Grips recommended)

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