Art Chair Program Downtown Collingwood 2018


Art Chair Auction Thanksgiving Weekend

Plan on attending the Collingwood Downtown Farmers’ Market on Saturday, October 6th from 10 am to 1 pm for your chance to purchase one of the much coveted Art Chairs. Silent auction bidding will begin at 10 am and will close at 1 pm sharp. The chairs hold a minimum bid price of $50 and all chairs must be taken home and paid for (cash or cheque) at this time.

In honour of Collingwood’s 160th Anniversary, this year’s theme was Collingwood’s Historic Downtown through the Decades’ and the artist’s designs have highlighted the buildings, past businesses, people and celebrations that enriched the downtown. Once again these chairs have been the talk of the town all summer. Chairs were created by aspiring young artists from Collingwood Collegiate to world renowned professionals living locally.

Downtown Collingwood will celebrate ‘Harvest of the Arts’, throughout Thanksgiving weekend. Many special events are planned including the final Farmers’ Market of the season and children’s activities.


The Art Chair Program has returned to the streets of Downtown Collingwood.

The comfortable Muskoka Chairs feature the artwork created by more than fifty talented Collingwood artists, and reveal many of the Town’s historical stories.


Ditson Brothers Bakery at the turn of the century in Downtown Collingwood

Photo: Penny Skelton

For example, an Art Chair situated at the Collingwood Library entrance reminds us of the former Ditson Bakery. The business was located at 239 Hurontario Street in a downtown building built in the early 1900’s. The location later became a Co-Op, then the Christian Reformed Church, then the Crow’s Nest and Skelton Galleries and today is the home of Mad Dog’s Café.

Every chair tells a story about Collingwood’s proud past.



The Huronic: Built at Collingwood ON by Collingwood Shipbuilding Company. Launched Sept 12, 1901, retired from passenger service late 1930s. Upper cabins removed and used thereafter in package freight service only. Sold for scrap 1949 to Steel Company of Canada. Sailed Dec 1949 to Hamilton ON and scrapped there in 1950.





In honour of the former Telfer’s family business in Downtown Collingwood

Recognizing the long time Saunders family store in downtown Collingwood
Image from page 109 of “Canadian grocer October-December 1913”

The downtown art chairs will be on display until the Thanksgiving weekend, at which time they will be auctioned off at the Collingwood Downtown Farmers’ Market.

Take a self-guided tour of the streets of Downtown Collingwood and experience Collingwood’s proud history in many ways.



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