SPIRIT OF THE RED PINE: Opening Art Reception: Friday, July 11, 7–9. A fundraising exhibition of works by pARTners for Wolf Lake. Nineteen artists unite their voices in preserving the beauty of Wolf Lake in the Temagami area, NE of Sudbury. It is at the heart of the world’s largest contiguous ancient red pine forest. This traveling art show and online auction brings awareness to an incredible ecosystem, while art sales contribute to the protection against mining exploration and excavation. The theme of human-environment interaction is woven into the show. The pARTners for Wolf Lake show features works from painters, photographers and poets who have created art inspired by their outdoor experiences and time spent on Wolf Lake. Among them are two Hamiltonians: painter of shimmering landscapes, E. Robert Ross, and talented photographer Heather Buttrum. “They are bringing the beauty of Wolf Lake to a wider audience” says Bob Olajos, spokesperson for the Wolf Lake Coalition. http://savewolflake.org/ http://partnersforwolflake.ca/ July 11th – August 23rd, 2014. 100% of profits go to the Wolf Lake Coalition. Gallery Open by appointment, by chance, before events and, we hope, Wednesdays 7 to 9. Full Artist List Below: pARTners for Wolf Lake are: Madhur Anand, Heather Buttrum, Sarah Blevins, Paul Chivers, Preston Ciere, Caryn Colman, Patricia Gray, Scott Haig, Aleta Karstad, Liz Lott, Viki Mather, Chris Mayne, Mark Nadjiwan, Rob Nelson, Rod Prouse, E. Robert Ross, Marlies Schoenefeld, Steve Snake, Don Wright.
Despite a 1999 Ontario government promise to protect the 300-year old red pines of Wolf Lake, a forest located in the northeastern corner of Sudbury, there are currently two mining leases and dozens of mining claims in the Wolf Lake forest. This even though the Biodiversity and Conservation journal calls Wolf Lake old-growth forest a “scientifically irreplaceable system”.