The Art Scarecrow Project is underway. Funded by a grant through the Community Foundation Grey Bruce, The Art Scarecrow Project is the creation of scarecrows which will be placed inside municipal, commercial and community buildings throughout the Municipality of Meaford. The scarecrows will be art pieces created by local professional and amateur artists, art students especially local youth. These scarecrows will be ambassadors of the spirit of the Invasion –“Scarecrows Celebrate the Year of Sport”.
Step one was the creation of stands for the Art Scarecrows. Thanks to Dennis Risk of MCR Industries and his co-op student Tyler Robertson the stands have been designed and built. Tyler said it was lots of fun but also a learning experience in the preparation of materials and welding. Tyler is heading to school in the fall in the stone masonry program. He added that there will also be a course in welding.
Dennis Risk and Tyler Robinson
Step two is the recruitment of artists. A number of artist and artist teams have started work on their creations.
Emma Collyer and her grandmother Marjorie Keenan are veteran scarecrow creators. Emma has entered the Scarecrow Building Competition at the Meaford and St. Vincent Fall Fair for a number of years. Working as a team, Emma and Marjorie will be taking on the new challenge of designing an Art Scarecrow.
Marjorie Keenan and granddaughter Emma Collyer
Mary Woods is known for her design talents and generosity of spirit. She is an originator of scarecrow design by helping to create the first scarecrows. Mary is coordinating her creative efforts with Barrett Moore, grandson of extreme scarecrows Marilyn and Richard Morris. Mary states “We love scarecrows” and puts her heart and enthusiasm into the Invasion. Barrett said it will be “cool” to design an artistic scarecrow with his good friend. Barrett has an artistic background including winning Mini Idol and participating in the Mini Idol educational musical program for singers age 12 and under.
Mary Woods and Barrett Moore
Other creators are the Letourneau Family who are making this creation a family project. Betty Merrifield who initiated the idea of Art Scarecrows will be creating one and lending her expertise to other artists. Megan Acres is designing a Georgian Bay Secondary School Football Player to mark GBSS’ 125th Anniversary in 2016. “I thought people could remember the football team they grew up with.” Judy Shields and members of the Meaford Creative Arts Association have created a unique scarecrow who will be introduced at the Meaford International Film Festival. Judy states that creating this scarecrow with its unique interpretation of sport was a “hoot”.
The Letourneau Family receiving instruction from Decorating Scarecrow Chair, Ruthann Noble
Betty Merrifield and potential Art Scarecrow
More people are needed to create these special scarecrows. The project is all about fun and creativity. Create one on your own or get a group of friends together and combine your talents. For more information contact Ruthann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step three is the sending out of these Art Scarecrow Ambassadors across the Municipality of Meaford. A great way to share and celebrate the talents of our fellow Meafordites as well as usher in the best time of the year – The Scarecrow Invasion!
Megan Acres with GBSS Viking Football Player Ambassador visiting the Meaford and St. Vincent Fair
Art Ambassador PABLO P. CASSo with his painting of the Sail Georgian Bay Sailing School at the Meaford International Film Festival
Created by Members of the Meaford Creative Arts Association.