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STREETS ALIVE: MAPLE MASTERPIECES

June 17 - October 15

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THEY’RE ON THE STREET!

Fifty glorious Maple Masterpieces are on display in downtown Orillia for all to enjoy! The streets are an explosion of colour and creativity that stretches all the way to the port of Orillia.

Interested in a Guided Walking Tour? Contact Leslie Fournier at leslie@orilliastreetsalive.ca and hear the story behind each fabulous Maple Masterpiece sculpture!

50 artists adding their art & craft work to two sides of metal maple leaf sculpture to create unique works of art. The 2017 Streets Alive art project is Maple Masterpieces, an outdoor public exhibit that will celebrate 150 years of both Orillia and Canada. Fifty beautiful Maple sculptures will be unveiled in downtown Orillia on June 17 and will remain on display all summer long.Artists will let their imagination and creativity go wild as they work with the double-sided metal maple-shaped templates.

WHAT IS STREETS ALIVE?

Streets Alive! is an annual outdoor art event in downtown Orillia open to the public all summer long. It draws locals, cottagers and tourists to Orillia’s downtown streets to boost the local economy and instill a sense of civic pride.

Streets Alive! started in 2009 as an offshoot of the successful Orillia Festival of Banners. This first Streets Alive! event featured jury-selected artists transforming large-scale vinyl banners with their art live on the street. The Peter Street art block was buzzing with music, performance art and hands-on activity.

The appeal of the event was particularly evident on the second day, as over 400 people lined up in the rain to vote for their favourite banners. The top four artists earned substantial People’s Choice cash prizes, and their banners joined the Festival of Banners collection for prominent display in Orillia.

The project has grown each year, with more and more artists vying to get involved and word of our incredible artistic endeavours spreading farther afield. 2010 featured giant guitars. The next year brought wrought-iron sailboats with lexan sails as the artists’ canvas. 2012 celebrated Stephen Leacock, with sculptures modelled on his reading chair at his Orillia summer home. 2013 was a love letter to art; templates spanned the alphabet, with artists taking giant steel letters and making them their own. Artists transformed metal planter sculptures to showcase the theme of Art Grows Here for the 2014 project. In 2015 artists truly opened the door to creativity, creating beautiful works of art from, you guessed it — doors. It was all about the concept of story in the 2016 project, Story Poles.

Prize money has grown along with the buzz — it’s now at $10,000 for 1st, $5,000 for 2nd and $2,500 for 3rd — with artist honorariums at $700. Winners are determined by combining the popular People’s Choice voting, open all summer, and a juried vote.

The Streets Alive! project for 2017 — Maple Masterpieces, celebrating the 150th anniversary of both Canada and Orillia — is now underway.

The Maple Masterpieces Guidebooks and Voting Ballots are available at 3 locations Downtown:
Jack & Maddy – Kids’ Store:  143 Mississaga St. E
Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH): 30 Peter St. S
Carousel Collectables: 27 Mississauga St. W

Organizer

Street Alive Productions
Email:
leslie@orilliastreetsalive.ca
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Venue

Downtown Orillia
33 Mississaga Street West,
Orillia, Ontario L3V 3A5 Canada
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