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The Robert G. Kemp Arts Award

2016 Winner: The Collingwood Art Crawl
An Andrea Renaldo Proposal

left to right: Yvonne Gibson, Barbara Kemp, Steve Stonhill, Andrea Renaldo, Mark Krause, Nichole Hayward, Sharon Jirjis, Adri Ousbastis, future artist.


The BLUE MOUNTAIN FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS is pleased to announce that the 24th recipient of the ROBERT G. KEMP ARTS AWARD is the “COLLINGWOOD ART CRAWL”, a project proposal submitted by Andrea Rinaldo.

The Collingwood Art Crawl is a FREE self guided art walk featuring over 100 artists at more than 30 venues with live music, samplings of food and beverages and incredible art, all in downtown Collingwood! The 4th Annual CRAWL is taking place on Saturday, Sept 24th, from 6 to 10 pm. This year the CRAWL continues to expand with different expressions of art forms that makes Collingwood’s event unique.
Thanks to Andrea’s input of ideas, hundreds of hours of time and her financial support, this event contributes to the culture, profile and the economy of Collingwood.

The $5,000 AWARD was created in 1989 from a trust fund administered by the BMFA with the intent to provide encouragement and/or recognition to the artistic development of an individual or group residing in the Southern Georgian Bay area. Each Applicant submits a project proposal that will benefit the community.

A formal presentation will be made at the BMFA AGM on October 20th in the Arts Centre Collingwood. For more information contact

About Robert G. Kemp

Robert G. Kemp was a well known and loved artist in the Georgian Triangle from the time he first built his chalet-studio in 1958 to the time of his death in 1988. From the book Robert G. Kemp’s Paintings and Drawings of Rural Ontario (published by the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts) we learned that: “It is no slight to be labeled a regional artist. Some of the finest painters of all time have stayed in their own backyards and made detailed studies of the changes in light and changes in the seasons. Kemp’s 25 year love affair with the people and landscapes of this area continues on today with the legacy of the Robert G. Kemp Arts Award.”

The Robert G. Kemp award was created by the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts in recognition of Kemp’s special contribution to the communities that surround the Blue Mountain. The $5000 Award is intended to provide encouragement or recognition for artistic development and is open to any individual or group residing in the Georgian Triangle whose project will provide a benefit to the community.

Previous Award Winners:

1990 Willi Wildman
1991 Jody Geddes
1992 Christopher Ralph
1993 Jerry Prager
1994 Celebration Children’s Choir
1995 Jennifer Nichols
1996 Rachel Prince
1997 L.E. Shore Library
1998 Not Awarded
1999 Fleetwood Dancentre
2000 Jane Cooper-Wilson
2001 Friends of the Mad River
2002 Samantha Gorrie
2003 ARTWORK Group
2004 Kerry Garvey/John McIntyre
2005 Not Awarded
2006 Jason MacLaren
2007 Keli-Ann Pye Beshara
2008 Not Awarded
2009 Edward Seh Taylor
2010 Madeline Haney
2011 Store 54
2012 Arylie MacEachern
2013 Gaslight Tours
2014 Sara Sniderhan
2015 Julia White

Committee: Barbara Kemp and Gordon Kemp