News Release from: Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition
Linda Wells has spent the summer meeting Lake Simcoe area artists and has brought many of their works together in one place for a month-long online art auction in support of the Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition. Featured artists include Charles Pachter, Michael Scott, Richard Vandermeer, Gillian Lowry all from Orillia and Susan Rudoler from Carthew Bay.
Those who have spent extra time on the shores of Lake Simcoe since the pandemic began appreciate the beauty and calm of a quiet lake. Linda’s curated collection features canoes as a symbol of quiet reflection, observation, and oneness with our beautiful waters.
Although Vandermeer’s large oil painting Yellow Canoe opens at $750, interested art buyers need not be rich – this is an auction for everyone. There are limited edition giclee prints of Pachter’s “Shoreline” and Vandermeer’s “Three Boats” for sale as well. The RLSC has been selling water protector posters since 2018 too. These are strong, iconic First Nations designs made available by artists Christi Belcourt and Isaac Murdoch, for water protectors like the Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition to sell in support of their water protector activities. (Migwiich!) The auction site also is selling blank greeting cards, featuring Vandermeer’s “Three Boats” and “Yellow Canoe” paintings.
“Beautiful Water” is one of the names given to Lake Simcoe by its original inhabitants, many of whom call the Lake home today. At the time of the first European contact in the 17th century Lake Simcoe was called Ouentironk (“Beautiful Water”) by the Wyandot (Huron) people.
“This art auction brings together beautiful art and people who want to sustain the lake’s life-giving waters so that all creatures and future generations can enjoy silent sports and nature appreciation,” says Linda Wells, Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition Board member and auction organizer. “Plus, it’s been great fun to meet these artists, share their art with the public, and bring more people into our cause,” she added.
After a year and a half of completely unpredictable hours of work the Coalition’s piggybank is low, but the environmental issues that need to be addressed keep growing. There are a host of development-related projects that threaten the Lake’s health. The Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition communicates with all levels of government about issues and solutions, and shares information and ideas with governments and the public. This year the Coalition is focusing on the Bradford Bypass highway plan; the impacts of growth planned to 2051 and opportunities for the public to voice their interests in Municipal Comprehensive Reviews; and the protection of Ontario’s Lake Simcoe Protection Act and Plan.
Beautiful Waters auction runs from August 23 to September 20. Art and bidding is all online here:
The auction link can also be found at www.RescueLakeSimcoe.org