Ana Gribbons, visual artist
A weekend at the McMichael

Oct. 22-24 was a very special weekend for me, when I showed my nature paintings at the McMichael Canadian Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario, just north of Toronto, as part of the juried McMichael Autumn Art Sale.

It was another big success, raising a record amount for the gallery, which is the home of Canada’s biggest collection of paintings by the Group of Seven, painters who defined a uniquely Canadian style.

The organizers did a fantastic job of making all of us feel at home, and the volunteers and gallery staff deserve a big vote of thanks for all their help during the weekend.

Most of the fun of a weekend like this is in talking to the art lovers who come to see the work of both emerging and established artists. It’s always a treat to talk to people who have an appreciation and knowledge of art.

In addition to paintings, there was some beautiful sculpture and works in stained glass for sale. It was good to meet and compare notes with many other Ontario artists throughout the three-day show.

Selling some paintings made me happy to be able to contribute to the success of this most worthy fundraiser.