The Bear Walls of Ferndale

bear trimmed stuartWhen asked to create a mural for the new Tourist Information Centre in Ferndale, the Bruce Peninsula Society of Artists (BPSA) came up with an alternative to traditional wall decoration. Nineteen of the group’s members created images on prepared 4 foot by 2.5 foot cut-out masonite shapes of a black bear. They applied their skills in varied fashion, depicting wildflowers, lighthouses, cliffs, orchids, ancient tree roots, starry nights, and many other examples of the flora and fauna that inhabit the beautiful Bruce Peninsula.

The 19 artists have created 18 bears expressing their attachment to the natural spirit of Bruce Peninsula and their affection for its threatened black bears. Many of the artists involved in the “bear project” are also members of the B.P. Artists Co-op Gallery, also located in Ferndale. Stop by both places to see some amazing works of art.

The Bear Walls can be viewed at the Ferndale Information Centre, just north of Ferndale on Hwy 6, beside the ball diamond.

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