Cape Breton Highlands

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Alton Mill studio artist Sherry Park was chosen by Parks Canada and the Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design to spend a six-week residency in Cape Breton Highlands National Park in the fall of 2019. This choice came somewhat as a surprise despite her OCAD-training and numerous awards, because Park was known as a portrait painter.

It was the first time she had visited the maritimes and the experience opened up a whole new realm for Sherry's talent. The stipulation was she had to practice her art daily. This solo show is the culmination of her preliminary studies, photography, and work done during that residency.

Park's body of work in this exhibition is a celebration of some of Canada's most majestic geography, with roughly one third of the Cabot Trail being located in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The pieces resonate strongly with the spirit that captivated the Group of Seven artists. Her portrayal of the light playing amongst the trees, the use of intense colours and her technical mastery are breathtaking.

This is the perfect time of year, with fall colours moving towards their height, for people to enjoy a jaunt up into these Caledon hills to experience what is so uniquely Canadian and powerful. 

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Artist showing their art to two visitors in a bright studio

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