Art_Trees of Oro-Medonte

Take a self-guided tour of our trees!

Artist Angela Aujla’s Art_Tree features birds and native plant species found in Oro-Medonte.

Experience the beautiful landscape, natural assets and culture of Oro-Medonte through the stories one can find when visiting the Art_Trees of Oro-Medonte. Through the ‘My Main Street Community Activator Program’, support for this project was provided by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), the Township of Oro-Medonte, Ontario received funding to create and install seven unique and beautiful seven-foot tree sculptures at local businesses in the village of Craighurst, Ontario. These tree sculptures were designed and fabricated locally by David Smith of Oro Design. Following a call for artists and a juried competition, seven local artists were selected to visually enhance the metal trees. The Township encourages residents and visitors to stop in Craighurst to explore the public art, tour the shops and enjoy the local restaurants.

Please see Art Trees – Oro Medonte for details regarding the project, including the seven selected artist’s biographies and inspiration and the location map. The Art_Trees will be in place until October 2023.

On Thanksgiving weekend, October 7-10, 2022 the local Images Studio Tour takes place. This would be a perfect time to take a tour of the trees, enjoy the fall colours and visit local artist studios.

Tanya Cunnington with her Art_Tree

Tanya Cunnington​ received her Associates Degree from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Her paintings resemble abstracted landscapes, but her fundamental subject matter is always the passage of time, memory, and family. In this vein, Tanya’s work often acts as a visual diary for significant events in her life.​​​

“I lived in Oro-Medonte for over 20 years when I was young and love the landscape of the area. I spent many years exploring it by foot, bike and later by car.” – Tanya Cunnington​

Kathryn Kaiser’s Art_Tree in front of Dwellings Home and Gift Shop

Kathryn Kaiser (Verity Blue Studio)​ received her Bachelor of Applied Arts Interior Design from former Ryerson University in 1986. Kathryn works in oil, acrylic and dry media; materials that allow expression through a intuitive and immediate personal vision. Each piece is created through a unique perspective, allowing the work to stay fresh, keeping the process ever evolving and expanding. Kathryn does architectural renderings for various design, architectural and landscaping companies.

“The area around Craighurst holds a special place in my heart. I hail from Alberta originally (as do most of my family) but recently discovered that my (estranged) grandfather’s family were among the first settlers to the area. My 3rd great grandfather was Edward Grant Luck. He settled here in 1820 (or so), and became the first teacher in Crown Hill. He taught there for 22 years. Small world. My journey into my ancestors’ pasts, has led me to a deepening understanding of the area in which I find myself now living. I feel this project would be an extension of my education. There is still much to discover.” – Kathryn Kaiser

Image credits: Deb Halbot

Contact information:
Jennifer Whitley, Township of Oro-Medonte
148 7 Line S, Oro, ON L0L 2X0
705-487-2171
jwhitley@oro-medonte.ca

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Website: Art Trees – Oro Medonte (oro-medonte.ca)