Guest site by: Bill NESC
On Friday evening, March 27, 2015, I made a trip up to Kitchener, Ontario to attend an occasion of seeing unclothed art while being unclothed. This occasion was at a museum just called The Museum and was sponsored by Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park that will be located in the northeastern metro Toronto (Newmarket) place.
TheMuseum is situated on the main street of downtown Kitchener, Ontario. Kitchener had a vibrant downtown filled with coffee houses, art galleries, bookstores and various ethnic restaurants. It looked very much like a college or university town like Princeton. The Kitchener/Waterloo region is the Silicon Valley of http://crazypublic.com . It’s a spot where most of the inhabitants would not have a problem with an event like this, and prudes are outnumbered.
I went into the door of the Museum where they directed us to go upstairs to a spot where we got undressed and stored our private belongings. We then moved past some mean-looking dinosaurs and went up to the third floor where the exhibition was and event was taking place.
“Des Contes” by Janet Logan at TheMuseum
“Margaret Facing” by Evergon at TheMuseum
Untitled work by Donigan Cumming at TheMuseum
Upward on the 3rd floor, there were well over 100 pieces of artwork from paintings to photographs to wood sculptures on display. Here is another fantastic piece of work in the display – “Twinitron” by David Buchan, which read didn’t get a good jpg of. Most of the artwork was non-sexual bare art, many of which would fit perfectly for publication in naturist magazines. On this evening, over 100 people attended this occasion. All but two or three were unclothed. Since I just knew a few of the people there and recognized a few more faces, I’m not sure of the ratio of naturists to non-naturists that evening. Everyone was friendly and I talked to the various attendees on everything from the artwork to the bare volleyball tournaments coming this year.
There was also a film crew from the local CTV station there and they had a feature about it on late night news. While the film crew was dressed, some local paper reporters were there and they joined the rest of us in being unclothed for the evening.
The next day I went to some Maple Syrup Festival in the area. On Sunday, I returned to TheMuseum for a lecture by Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park owner Stephane Deschenes called “Naturist, Naturist or Gymnosophist?” It was one hour lecture (clothed) on the history of naturism and what it will take for naturist parks to live.
I believe it’d be very useful for naturists to work with the art community like with TheMuseum, to reach out to the public to educate them about nonsexual nudity, body recognition, and naturist values. The art community has more resources, better networking, and media availability to get the word out on occasions like this. I doubt if your naturist camp or resort did something such as this on their grounds that they would get over 100 people on a chilly late March day.
TheMuseum will continue with their “Naked Dialogues” workshops for now through the midst of May 2015. Most events are on Wednesday evenings or Sunday afternoon.
This guest blog about Appreciating Bare Artwork in the Nude at the THEMUSEUM was published by – Young Naturists and Naturists America
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Class: Bare Art and Artistic Nudity, Naturist Blog, Social Nudity Sites
Guest site by: Bill NESC