Last year I discovered with glee the yearly project of program manager Leslie Fournier and her team at the Orillia & District Arts Council called Streets Alive in Orillia. The streets were lined with planters made by local artists and sponsored by local Orillia businesses and I couldn’t stop snapping this street art and sharing with my followers on Facebook and Instagram. Streets Alive 2015 had a new back of local artwork in store for visitors to Orillia.
Streets Alive 2015 Orillia Ontario
My return to Orillia this year, was for a full weekend and this meant I got to see much more of it! Along the waterfront walking along the boardwalk I saw these beautiful artistic sailboats on display and quickly realized that these boats were from a past year of Streets Alive submissions.
In fact there is evidence of Streets Alive art all over Orillia, from banners hanging at the Art Gallery (part of the inaugural year of the exhibit) to the large Leacock chairs, large colourful guitars and the letters of Orillia. The large letters were actually on display spelling out Doors in front of Orillia’s public library.
Streets Alive 2015 Downtown Doors
This year I had the pleasure of visiting Orillia again for the grand opening event of Streets Alive 2015 – Downtown Doors. Mississauga Avenue Orillia’s main downtown street was closed to car traffic as locals and tourists browsed the many doors on display.
Local artists stood by as the public viewed their artistic door renditions for the first time. There were 37 doors entered into this year’s exhibit and the top three artists, as voted by the public and a panel will with $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000 respectively. If you happen to be in Orillia, the doors are now on display along the street’s sidewalks and you can cast your vote all summer and voting stations located throughout Orillia.
A special unveiling of the “Orillia’s Sport Heritage” door which showcases Orillia’s sport complexes and a number of their athletes including boxer Walter Henry was made during a brief presentation at the event. Walter Henry was recently named Orillia’s Greatest Athlete and was on hand at the event with the artist Brian Tosh and Orillia Sport Council President Jeff Marchildon.
Here are just a selection of some of the amazing doors on display at this year’s Streets Alive Exhibit 2015 in downtown Orillia.
Artist Ruth Germain created this blingy “Door of Future’s Past” and a beautiful dress to go with it. She had a stunning model standing next to her door and we couldn’t help but stop to take pictures – a Streets Alive Photoshoot!
There were a number of doors on the street that literally stopped me in my tracks. Of course anything that has to do with dreams I will have to investigate more closely especially this “Door to your dreams”.
Artists David Giannunzio and Erin Damery believe that books are the doorway between the ordinary world and the extraordinary. I loved this door that featured a Shel Silverstein poem on the front that opened into a Little Free Library.
I just loved the “In the woods” door – it was pretty and who doesn’t want to come across a door into a secret place? Plus it was super fun trying to take selfies in this door!
I had a really fun weekend in Orillia and have lots more posts coming with tips on where to eat, some local attractions, a look at their beautiful waterfront and boardwalk and a review of the Stonegate Inn.
Do you have a favourite spot in the Orillia area? I love visiting small towns and local businesses! Share your favourites in the comments below … you never know when I might just pop by for a visit!
Travel assistance provided by Ontario’s Lake Country. Ontario’s Lake Country is located within the tourism region of Bruce Grey Simcoe, and is known as Orillia and area’s four season playground, for more information on these destinations visit their website.