Relax and Pull Up A Chair, Make Yourself At Home in Bronte
Join us for Bronte’s annual July 1st Canada Day Celebration when we launch the At Home in Bronte, Perspectives & Reflections Public Art Exhibit.
This outdoor art exhibit, launched July 1st at Oakville’s Canada Day is comprised of 67 uniquely designed Muskoka chairs, painted by Oakville artists, families, organizations and businesses. These colourful masterpieces are placed on the Bronte Boardwalk, in Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park and on the Pier for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike.
Each chair celebrates the national pride, historic achievements and cultural diversity of Oakville, Ontario and Canada on the 150th Anniversary.
The exhibit runs July 1 to September 5, 2017
Chair designs will be featured by organizations, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton, Oakville Community Foundation, Bronte Historical Society, Oakville Art Society, Oakville Public Library, Town of Oakville Mayor Rob Burton’s office, Canadian Association for Girls in Science, Oakvillegreen Conservation Association, Arthouse, Oakville Community Foundation and many other great Oakville groups and families. We give sincere thanks to all those who participated in this exciting community art initiative.
We are thankful to the government of Ontario for the Ontario150 funding that enables us to bring together and celebrate the impressive talents and national pride of so many families, artists, and organizations for the At Home in Bronte initiative. Public response is overwhelmingly positive, people LOVE these beautiful chairs. They provide a hub of community engagement with strangers chatting to each other having discovered something delightful and inspiring.
The Bronte Village BIA encourages all of Oakville to participate in this community-wide initiative through social media using hashtag #AtHomeinBronte.
Thanks for all of the nice words and compliments from residents and visitors. We appreciate a lot!
“On a recent trip over from London UK to Bronte I noticed all the painted Muskoka chairs on the pier. I loved the vibrant colour and varied nature of their subjects and depicted causes. As I walked down the length of the pier I took a photo of each. Looking back at my trip it was something that stood out and I liked the look of them laid out in a grid. A new Bronte fan.” – Nico Engelbrecht
"Just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your idea of the Muskoka chairs at the harbour. My husband and I finally got down there this past week and enjoyed relaxing in them. What a fabulous idea to help celebrate Canada's 150 and what a lovely addition to the harbour area." – Sharon Jenkins
"Just a quick note of congratulations! Though a bit tardy, I must commend you on the lovely colourful chairs in and about the Harbour and butterfly gazebo. This initiative has made the waterfront area much more inviting and engages visitors and residents alike. Thank you and the BIA for your efforts in enhancing this very beautiful part of Bronte and Oakville! Well done!” – Susan Sheppard
“A quick comment. We came off the lake last night about 8:30 after racing and couldn't help but notice that almost every single chair along the length of the pier was occupied. It's so nice to see so much activity at the harbour. What a great idea.” – Jim Pollock
“I'm a travel writer who has been literally around the world and seen wonderful sites and sights. But few of them compare to Bronte. In fact, after visiting here from various places we've lived over the years we decided last year to move here - and have never regretted the decision. If you can access my Facebook page, you can see how I'm telling all my followers about this great place:” – Tom Douglas
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