FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 10, 2017
WINNERS OF SECOND GREENBELT PHOTO CONTEST ON DISPLAY IN CLARINGTON
20 Winning Photos to be showcased at the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington as part of
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has partnered with the Professional Photographers of Canada – Ontario, and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection to celebrate the natural beauty of water in the Greenbelt in the second Greenbelt Photography Contest. The winning photos are now touring the Greenbelt, showcasing water in all its forms.
The twenty winning photographs will be on display at the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington for visitors to enjoy. The winning photos, selected from 800 submissions by a jury of professional photographers and creative employees from the three participating organizations, were previously featured in an exhibition at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinberg.
The photos capture the beauty of the Bruce Peninsula, stunning waterfalls, tranquil waterfront moments, icy scenes, and wildlife. The choice of water as the inspiration for the artists was made in celebration of the Province’s decision to grow the Greenbelt to include 21 urban river valleys and 7 coastal wetlands. The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington backs on to Soper Creek, which is one of the new urban river valleys being added to the Greenbelt.
"The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington nurtures the cultural development of our community, and the Greenbelt photo contest is a terrific example of the connection between art, nature and community", stated Sherri Helwig, Interim Executive Director/Curator at the Visual Arts Centre for Clarington. "As we are located along Soper Creek, we are intimately familiar with the beauty of water and the importance of protecting water resources, and we are pleased to celebrate water and the addition of Soper Creek to the Greenbelt with this exhibition."
“The Greenbelt protects the vital natural and agricultural resources in our region, and water is perhaps the most precious resource of all,” said Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “These winning photos, and all 800 submissions, showcase the beauty and importance of protecting water in the Greenbelt and beyond. We are pleased to be able to share these stunning photos with the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington and everyone who appreciates the beauty of the Greenbelt.”
The photos will be on display at the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington from July 4 until the end of August.
About the Greenbelt:Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for fresh air, clean water, healthy local food, active outdoor recreation, and a thriving economy. At nearly two million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, and protect natural features. Learn more at: greenbelt.ca.
About the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington:
The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington is a public gallery dedicated to arts education and the exhibition of contemporary art. The VAC is open to the public and free to visit. Stop in and experience our exhibitions. Explore workshops and classes year round. We encourage the creative impulse in everyone!
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
416-960-0001 ext. 306