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Painting on the Green turns 50 this weekend

The outdoor art exhibition, Painting on the Green, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend and Bruce Homer is keeping his fingers crossed for good weather.

“Last year the weather did not cooperate and the show was held indoors at the (University of Guelph) Arboretum Centre all weekend,” Homer said. “It was OK, but the show is much better outside.”

In fact, the event would not be what it is today without the outdoor element.

Originally called the first annual Outdoor Art Exhibition, the event was founded specifically for the outdoors in June 1960.

The Guelph Painters’ Group, a forerunner of the Guelph Creative Arts Association, was the host of that first event half a century ago. It was held for several years at the old Delhi Street recreation centre, and “then it spent a few years moving from location to location,” before the event found a new home at the Arboretum two or three years ago, said Homer.

The exhibition “is a great opportunity for artists, especially young artists, as it provides a means of putting their work on display, possibly for the first time,” said Homer, former president of the GCAA and 10-year Painting on the Green volunteer.

Over 40 professional and amateur artists are expected to display their work, including paintings, photography, and more.

Although the event can be “challenging when the weather changes during the day,” Homer said if it were forced to move indoors, it would not be the end of the world.

“There is a rush to get the work inside when (it rains)”, he said, “but the show will go on.” Barring rain, the event will be held outside the Arboretum Centre. The event will take place on June 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and June 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Exhibition Committee chairperson Lois Ryder at 519- 822-6426 or at gcaa@guelpharts.ca, or visit www.guelpharts.ca/gcaa.

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