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Day Trip to Elora, Ontario

Statue of A.J. Casson by Beverley Cairns in Elora, Ontario

Today’s post won’t be about Mississauga, but instead about a day trip we took from there. Today was a glorious, warm, and sunny fall day, and it was also a holiday, being Canadian Thanksgiving. We had already finished with the big dinner earlier on Saturday, and so we decided to go on a “fall foliage tour” to a couple of our favourite southern Ontario places. After spending time taking in the sights of Belfountain & Erin, Ontario, we then headed west to the lovely town of Elora.

The weather was great, and although it’s been a couple of years since our last visit, it is gratifying that not too much has changed in this quaint village. Elora is located about 100km northwest of Mississauga, in a scenic area near the Grand River, and near a very deep gorge known as the Elora Gorge. There are a lot of artists who live here, and the town is indeed known as an artists colony.

While wandering the quaint boutiques in the downtown area, we found a lot of public art on display – there were quite a few to be found in various locations with a Halloween theme, but also this guy – an interesting statue of A.J. Casson, by local artist Beverley Cairns. This is in a park near the centre of town.

AJ Casson Sculpture Beverley Cairns

The material appeared to be some sort of clay or ceramics….

AJ Casson Sculpture Beverley Cairns

A.J. Casson was a renowned Canadian painter, and a member of the ‘Group of Seven’. There were other works of art in the park, but this particular sculpture had a definite presence – you could really ‘feel’ it, standing nearby, kind of quirky, in a very attractive way. The good citizens of Elora are a lucky bunch.

AJ Casson Sculpture Beverley Cairns

It’s so gratifying to see great public art such as this, especially unexpectedly in a small town in rural Ontario. Kudos to the artist, Beverley Cairns, it’s really a great piece, and to the local folks and politicians who made it possible. It makes an already special place even better. One last pic:

AJ Cassons Sculpture Beverley Cairns

If you haven’t been to Elora yet, or if it’s been a while since you’ve been there, it’s definitely worth the short drive, and the public art is a bonus.

Enjoy public art? Does it have a place in our cities and towns? Do you like this sculpture? Share your thoughts in comments below, we’d love to hear from you!

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  1. Beverley
    October 21, 2015 at 8:47 am

    AJCasson painted some 20 watercolours called The Elora Portfolio, staying at a house next to Victoria Park, by the Gorge. The sculptures in town are an initiative of the BIA and will change every summer, exhibited from May to November, through a juried process. The Elora Sculpture Project.

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