Off the beaten path in more ways than one, Gravenhurst’s Tree Museum is a Muskoka experience unlike any other.
If the idea of outdoor exhibits incorporated into the spectacular Canadian Shield piques your interest then make plans to head out to the Museum on Ryde Lake for a special Ontario Culture Days celebration this weekend.
On Sunday, Oct. 2, the Tree Museum will host an opening reception for new works by artists Deeter Hastenteufel and Badanna Zack.
According to museum curator Anne O’ Callaghan, there is no better time to visit the free of charge museum,as the changing seasons and talented artists combine for an unforgettable experience.
“Icarian Poetics is (Hastenteufel’s) new installation at the Tree Museum and it’s a somewhat elusive collage aesthetic – a woven narrative of shifting associations and strange juxtapositions,” says O’Callaghan.
Born in Basel, Switzerland, and now a resident of Flesherton, Ontario, Hastenteufel is a multi-disciplinary multimedia artist who was part of a wave of artist who moved out of Toronto to the Flesherton, Owen Sound and Collingwood regions in the 90s, says O’ Callaghan.
“Recently Deeter has shown at The Press Gallery in Collingwood, and at the Kunst Keller Gallery in Germany,” she says.
Badanna Zack’s sculptural installation is dubbed On The Shield, which references the era of early settlement in the Muskoka area.
“And here Zack reconstructs the human histories emanating from the site,” says O’Callaghan.
As part of the exhibit, a domestic structure fabricated from contemporary building materials is introduced into the site. The incorporation of large boulders found on site, attest to the geological age of the area.
“On The Shield is a re-imaging of a time when humans and nature co-habited in harmony,” says O’Callaghan.
O’Callghan also has work on the site in the form of her exhibit, Just Rocks.To accomplish the work, the artist has spent the past two summers clearing away brush from erractics on the property.
“These amazing stones are all over Muskoka,” she says. “It’s also playing with some pretty big rocks.”
The Tree Museum is located at 1634 Doe Lake Road in /Gravenhurst and is open until Oct. 30.