No story untold at Collingwood festival
SPECIAL PHOTO Debbie Ridpath Ohi, author of “Sam and Eva” will be at the Blue Mountain Fine Arts gallery on Hurontario Street Oct. 29 for the annual storytelling festival for the month-long festival. She has quite a following if you have young kids. Her workshop is going to incorporate found object, a catalyst for story-telling.
COLLINGWOOD — For Yvonne Hamlin, art isn’t just something that you hang on a wall.
Everyone has a story to tell and Hamlin, with the Blue Mountain Foundation of the Arts, wants to make sure that these stories are heard loud and clear.
For a second year the Collingwood Storytelling Festival will fill the month of October with a series of special events celebrating the art of storytelling through art, photography or the written work.
“There has been a volunteer committee that has been working on it for a number of months out of the BMFA Art Centre,” says Hamlin.
Events will be available almost weekly with a couple of popular features from last year coming back.
“It was successful last year and I think that we have a pretty good lineup this year,” says Hamlin. “We had great numbers at the author event, we had a mystery authors event with three Canadian authors and there were about 70 or 80 people there. The authors were dumbstruck. They expected about 30.”
Hamlin says that they have some fun things on-tap including three events for children.
A workshop is slated with children’s author/illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi, author of Sam and Eva at the BMFA Arts Centre. Her workshop will incorporate found objects.
“That was pretty popular last year,” says Hamlin.
The Collingwood Improv group will be holding a workshop for teens who want to learn the basics for storytelling through acting and performance. The Juried Six-Word Photo Essay Contest can be viewed from Oct. 4 to Nov. 5 at the BMFA gallery.
“We wanted to present the full canvas of communication through photography, performance, authors — the whole range. Art isn’t just something that you hang on the wall. There are a myriad of forms of expression that some people may be inclined to ignore, but are as important as a finely crafted song or art piece,” said Hamlin.
Other festival events include:
• Oct. 4: A moderated talk by Cecily Ross, author of The Lost Diaries of Suzanna Moody, 7 p.m. at the BMFA Arts Centre. Free admission.
• Oct. 20: Collaborations; a moderated panel discussion with Jim Campbell M. Arch. (photography), Lorne Bridgman, Tom Strnad (film), Rina Barone and Chris Dunk (books) on celebrating 20 years of groundbreaking building design, at the Simcoe Street Theatre. Tickets are $15 per person, available at Theatre Collingwood box office online or in person.
• Oct. 23: Dining with New Farm author Brent Preston at Azzurra Restaurant, Pine Street Collingwood. Three-course meal, pranzo style, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tickets are $55 per person, available through ticketscene.ca.
• Oct. 29: Found Art Children’s Workshop with children’s author/illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi author of Sam and Eva at the BMFA Arts Centre, 2 to 4 p.m., $15 per person, ages 7 to 12.
For further information please contact BMFA at 705-445-3430 or on their website at bmfa.on.ca.