The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority

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NVCA calling for submissions from local artists

UTOPIA, Ontario (December 8, 2022) – Artists who live in the Nottawasaga Watershed are invited to submit their best representation of the Tiffin Conservation Area or the Nottawasaga Bluffs Conservation Area for a chance to have their artwork displayed and used on NVCA conservation area merchandise.

The Nottawasaga Watershed includes 18 municipalities and spans from Wasaga Beach in the northeast to Moonstone and Bass Lake, southeast through Barrie and Bond Head to Hwy 9 then westward to Orangeville then heading north through Collingwood to Nottawasaga Bay. Artists can check to see if they live in the Nottawasaga Watershed by using NVCA’s Interactive Data Viewer.

“We have been offering recreation opportunities in our conservation areas since the 1970s,” said Kyra Howes, Manager of Lands and Operations at NVCA. “Many of our visitors have developed a special relationship with these natural areas. Some people started coming to our conservation areas as children, and continue visiting their whole lives. We also have many regulars who enjoy our conservation areas year-round! We want everyone to have an opportunity to contribute to this initiative.”

A panel of NVCA staff will review artwork submissions and have their top picks judged by the public. There will only be one winner and two runners up. The artist who received first place will receive $350, an annual parking pass, choice of merchandise item with their design. The two runners up will receive an annual parking pass and their art displayed at the subject conservation area.

“As this is a new initiative, we are calling for submissions for the Tiffin and Nottawasaga Bluff Conservation Areas for now. If this campaign is successful, we will be calling for art submissions for other conservation areas as well.”

All artwork submitted must be in colour, in the shape of a circle or rectangle. As the artwork will be embroidered, artists are asked not include shading or thin lines.

Artists are welcome to submit their artwork to until February 6, 2023. The winning artwork will be chosen on/by February 13, 2023. For full submission rules, visit

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