Located in Greystones

Art has been a major draw for visitors to Bon Echo, both for artists and for art lovers. Mazinaw Lake with its 100-metre cliff has attracted artists to its shores for hundreds of years. The First Peoples inscribed more than 240 pictographs onto the rock at water level. Members of The Group of Seven visited in the 1920 and ’30s, followed by hundreds of contemporary artists who have found inspiration in the magnificent Mazinaw Rock and surrounding nature preserve.

An additional venue for artist expression is the Colin Edwards Memorial Art Gallery, located in Greystones in the Park. From May to October the gallery features five groupings of selected artists, and the works of many other notable artists and artisans are offered on consignment.

The Gallery was renamed in 2008 in memory of Colin Edwards, longtime local resident, educator, artist and active leader in the Friends.

“What a wonderful honour and a credit to Colin’s memory this dedication and designation of the Greystones Art Gallery is,” writes Grace Edwards, Colin’s wife. “For Colin, living and working in this community meant giving back as well. He was always involved in community organizations from the volunteer fire department in the early ’70s when he first moved here to the Mazinaw Community Fund as one of the founding directors.

“But the Friends of Bon Echo was the organization to which he dedicated the most time and energy. He saw in Bon Echo Provincial Park and North Addington Education Centre the potential of a valuable partnership that could complement and benefit from each other. With the many challenges that Bon Echo has faced and continues to face, Colin believed that the mandate of the Friends organization would be one of the means to Bon Echo being able to continue to offer to its visitors what those visitors before them had seen and experienced.

“Colin’s own canvases reflected the landscapes around his home in the Land O’Lakes area. So many landmarks were captured in his work. But Bon Echo, with such a unique ecology and a deep and long history, was more than an artistic inspiration and he recognized it as a special place and landmark to be explored by the residents and visitors in this world ‘north of 7.’ The natural, historical and cultural heritage of Bon Echo was a draw and a teacher, the beauty and majesty of the Park – a refuge and inspiration. ‘Preservation if appropriate, and education key.’ ”

The 2017 Exhibiting Artists

May 19 to Jun 29: Trevor Bethell
Jun 29 to Jul 20: Carla Miedema & Melissa Randle
Jul 20 to Aug10: Donna Bonin & Shiela Abrams
Aug10 to Aug 31: Debbie Reeve & Katie Ohlke
Aug 31 to Sep 28: Lisa Johnson & Anna Whitmore

Trevor Bethell

Reflection by Trevor Bethell

Trevor was educated at Acadia and Dalhousie universities in Nova Scotia, Canada. In addition, he has a certificate in photography from the New York Institute of Photography.

Trevor has lived in Barbados, Nova Scotia and Ontario. He has traveled to all the Canadian provinces, throughout most of Florida, the US Midwest, Washington to Minnesota, and Australia and New Zealand. He has displayed his photographs at the Suntan Art Centre (St. Pete Beach, Florida) and has won numerous awards at various camera club competitions. His sales have to customers in many of these locations.

Closeups, especially of the flora of Ontario, as well as birds (mostly in the Everglades) and butterflies are some of his passions. He also enjoys capturing the varied landscapes of the Precambrian area of Eastern Ontario and the scenic beauty of the coastal villages of the Atlantic provinces.

Whether he is portraying a certain aspect of nature that the viewer may be unaware of (such as the inner beauty of a flower or the delicate wing structure of a butterfly) or capturing the varied landscape (the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies, the power of Niagara Falls or the rugged beauty of Peggy’s Cove) Trevor’s aim is to depict the image in a realistic manner.