Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Georgian Bay Road Trip Day 4

May 2022 - Owen Sound ON

We packed an overnight bag for the hour drive to Owen Sound.
The area around the upper Great Lakes has been home to the Ojibwe people since prehistory. In 1815, William Fitzwilliam Owen surveyed the area and named the inlet after his older brother Admiral Edward Owen. The name of the area in Ojibwe language is Gchi-wiigwedong.

Over the years, Owen Sound was a major port best known for its taverns and brothel. The community acquired names as the Chicago of the North, Corkscrew City, and Little Liverpool because of its rowdy reputation. Supporting this reputation was a tavern named "Bucket of Blood", located on the corner of an intersection known as "Damnation Corners", because of taverns on all four corners, but this location was also only a block away from an intersection with four churches called "Salvation Corners".

Mural Emily May Rose, who does a lot of work in Toronto. More of this on Monday.

Artists Alleyway off 2nd Avenue East between The Milk Maid and The Bleeding Carrot

The initiative began with The Bleeding Carrot owner, Tamara Sargent, about 10 years before paint hit the walls. In 2013 the painters released their creativity and new life was brought to the once dark alley. The murals walls are privately owned which made the process a bit easier.


Well, I had a field day in here!
Mural by Billy Goodkat.


Fish by Ann Keeling

Tom Thomson (1877-1917) is considered one of the most important and influential Canadian artists. Together with members of the Group of Seven, he created a distinct approach to portraying rugged Canadian landscapes. Thomson, grew up and is buried in the Owen Sound area. The Tom Thomson Art Gallery is named for the iconic Canadian landscape artist and houses a nationally significant collection of his work. An exhibition of Thomson’s small oil sketches, graphics, memorabilia and archival materials offer unique insight into one of Canada’s most influential artists of the 20th century.
Rae Johnson (1953-2020) was a Canadian painter who lived in Toronto, Canada.

Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Johnson studied at the New School of Art in Toronto from 1975 to 1976 and at the Ontario College of Art from 1977 to 1980. In 1981 she became a founding member of the ChromaZone gallery, an artist collective dedicated to reintroducing figurative painting to Toronto. In 1987 she moved to Flesherton in northern Ontario; the landscapes which she since produced are reminiscent of the work of the Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, whose work she had seen at the National Gallery of Canada when she was still a student.

Billy Bishop Museum  - we drove by but didn't go in. 

Born in Owen Sound, Air Marshal William Avery Bishop, VC, CB, DSO & Bar, MC, DFC, ED was a Canadian flying ace of the First World War. He was officially credited with 72 victories, making him the top Canadian and British Empire ace of the war, and also received a Victoria Cross. 
Ernst Udet called him "the greatest English scouting ace" and one Jasta had a bounty on his head. On 30 April, Bishop survived an encounter with Jasta 11 and Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron. In May, Bishop received the Distinguished Service Order for shooting down two aircraft while being attacked by four others.

From here we drove 20 minutes to Cobble Beach in Kemble for the night.

1 comment:

  1. I recall wearing heals but now the only thing I can think of is broken neck. Sandpoint which is near me, has an artist alley.
    Coffee is on and stay safe


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