A year at ORA

Looking back on the past year at Owl Ridge Acres gives us a lot of joy, its been quite a special year. From guiding hikes through the woods to experience The Great Canadian Tree Warmer installation to intimate heart warming concerts while gathering in the living room, 2016 is full of happy memories.

But there is an event in particular that really strikes a chord with us. One warm August night a small group of folks gathered around a bonfire under a star filled sky to experience a slice of Canadian history in the making. The Tragically Hip performed their last show and with the help of the CBC we were able to take in the moment while projecting it on a white sheet hung on the side of our barn. Although it probably wasn’t as good as actually seeing the show in Kingston, I’m positive everyone that attended will remember exactly where they were that night. Thank you for the memories.

We’d also like to extend a heart-felt Thank You to all the artists, musicians, writers, creative folk and their appreciators that made 2016 a great year for us. May 2017 bring you new creative energy and have you wandering into valuable new experiences.

Welcoming spring with the Great Canadian Tree-Warmer

It’s a treat to be able to offer a unique exhibition like The Great Canadian Tree-Warmer. Showing work from talented and creative artists in the woods to outdoor enthusiasts and curious art lovers alike. A short hike along the Tree Hugger Trail provided a picturesque view through the mixed hardwood forest that was dotted with gems of knitting, crochet, painting, recycled wool, quilting, macrame and embroidery. Every artwork displaying wonderful details of each artists craft, the work by Shelley Clark was also accompanied by poetry that could be read while viewing her installation (One of the poems below).  To get a closer look at the work, click on an image to open the gallery view.

Such Singing in the Wild Branches

It was spring
and I finally heard him
among the first leaves––
then I saw him clutching the limb

in an island of shade
with his red-brown feathers
all trim and neat for the new year.
First, I stood still

and thought of nothing.
Then I began to listen.
Then I was filled with gladness––
and that’s when it happened,

when I seemed to float,
to be, myself, a wing or a tree––
and I began to understand
what the bird was saying,

and the sands in the glass
for a pure white moment
while gravity sprinkled upward

like rain, rising,
and in fact
it became difficult to tell just what it was that was singing––
it was the thrush for sure, but it seemed

not a single thrush, but himself, and all his brothers,
and also the trees around them,
as well as the gliding, long-tailed clouds
in the perfect blue sky–––all of them

were singing.
And, of course, so it seemed,
so was I.
Such soft and solemn and perfect music doesn’t last

For more than a few moments.
It’s one of those magical places wise people
like to talk about.
One of the things they say about it, that is true,

is that, once you’ve been there,
you’re there forever.
Listen, everyone has a chance.
Is it spring, is it morning?

Are there trees near you,
and does your own soul need comforting?
Quick, then––open the door and fly on your heavy feet; the song
may already be drifting away.

-Mary Oliver

Without a doubt Liz Pead took her vision of a “hockey game of the trees” above and beyond with The Sweetest Game installation. Check out this short fun video

A huge thank you to all the participating artists and those that made it out to view to exhibition. Owl Ridge Acres couldn’t have celebrated the sweet end to winter and the maple syrup season without you!

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
To: owlridgeacres@gmail.com
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)