The Art Map is a guide to art galleries, studios and events in Grey, Bruce, Simcoe and Manitoulin Island. We also include events, art schools, art supply stores and call for artists.
The Art Map was first published in 2005 and printed in a fold-out map format. A basic website was developed to list all of the locations.
Over the years the format has changed and evolved with improved technology. The printed guide developed into a booklet with maps for each region. For a few years we published a landscape calendar with 12 different artists work.
We have moved our website to a new platform which will allow us to develop our website further.
Looking to the future, we don't know what it holds. COVID-19 was hard for the tourism industry and for artists. Most artists take part in events to make a living. Many in person events and shows did not take place in 2020. Unfortunately 2021 is looking much the same.
Many artists have had to pivot and do things differently. Some artists are moving their work to online shops where their customers can buy from them directly.
We have had some challenging and inspiring times through the years. We enjoy meeting artists and hearing their stories. Our aim is to bring artists and art lovers together. We plan to continue to work hard for artists.
We are happy to be able to post Call for Artists on our site free of charge and are happy to receive so many interesting ones. The positive feedback we get from artists makes all worth while.