This year for your downtown viewing pleasure there are four chairs and 26 paddles to bid on, each one painted by local artists. There are both full-size 48 inch paddles and smaller 24 inch paddles up for grabs, including three that were painted by the children at the Waubeek Day Care. The majority of the paddles and chairs can be viewed in downtown Parry Sound businesses, as well as one chair located at The Log Cabin Inn and one paddle in Killbear Provincial Park.
With so many beautiful works, it’s worth taking some time to stop and view them all. (A map of all of the locations can be found here.)
Artist Paige Phillips, for instance, has created a unique tribute to Parry Sound’s hometown hero, Bobby Orr. The chair has been painted in the famous black and yellow Boston Bruins colours, with historic images of Orr including his iconic “flying goal.”
Linda Bushey has created a “Georgian Bay Fly Swatter” from her paddle, while Krista McFetridge’s design has a mosquito and a spider. There is definitely a wildlife theme this year, with paddles depicting everything from turtles and ducks to deer and moose. Several paddles feature scenes from around Parry Sound and Georgian Bay.
The auction culminates at the Georgian Bay Craft Fair on July 29, 2017. A section of downtown is closed to traffic for this annual event that showcases the best works from a myriad of local artists. Each of the chairs and paddles will be brought to the Craft Fair and put on display. The auction will close at 3pm, so be sure to get downtown and place your bid before then.
Head to Parry Sound’s beautiful downtown to see all of the painted paddles and chairs on display and drop in on local businesses while you’re at it. Bid on your favourites, then plan on returning to finalize your bids on July 29 at the Georgian Bay Craft Fair.