The Cumberland Forest is an inspiration to so many in our community, from mountain bikers and hikers to trail runners, dog walkers and families of all shapes and sizes.
This forest also inspires many songs, artworks, photographs and other creations.
This Friday, artists and community members are coming together for an opening at the Corre Alice Gallery in Cumberland with works contributed to support the Cumberland Forest cause.
The Forest Fairies Project captures the Spirit of the Cumberland Forest through the eyes, ears and hands of local artists. Proceeds from this exhibit and subsequent sales will be shared between the contributing artists and the Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS).
Artists and performers include Tracy Kobus, Barbara Callow, Michelle Peters, Danielle Bilodeau, Darrell Tomkin, Lynn Farwell, Tammie Hunter, Bobby Herron, Fox & Bee and Joanna Finch.
Last-minute submissions are very welcome — e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved. All mediums are welcome.
“Musicians and artists have been important supporters of our work to purchase forest lands surrounding the Village right from the beginning,” says CCFS president Andrew Nicoll. “Local artists and musicians have contributed photos, paintings, songs and CDs to help us fundraise and have made a major contribution to our efforts.”
The Cumberland Community Forest Society is engaged in a campaign to purchase an additional 50 hectares of forest land to add to 71 hectares already purchased in 2005.
This new parcel of forest land is directly adjacent to the Village and contains many well-loved and well-used trails including Black Hole and Space Nugget. These trails are easily accessible for community members of all ages and meander through a lush beautiful closed canopy forest filled with diverse plants and animals.
This forest is scheduled to be logged as early as 2015.
The Forest Fairies Art Show opens Nov. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibit will run until Nov. 28.
Find out more at www.cumberlandforest.com.
— Cumberland Community Forest Society