Sculptor’s Cabin in Guild Park Re-Opens

Originally built in 1940 but closed to the public since 1988, the Sculptor’s Cabin in Guild Park re-opened yesterday (June 8, 2019) after more than 30 years of neglect.

The restoration and re-opening of the Sculptor’s Cabin is the result of three years of collaborative efforts by the City of Toronto (Jo Ann Pynn, Nadira Pattison, Julie Frost and Councillor Paul Ainslie) and active volunteers from Friends of Guild Park, Guild Festival Theatre, Guild Renaissance Group and Guildwood Village Community Association.

In this video from December 2018, John Mason, President, Friends of Guild Park, talks about the restoration proposal which has now come to fruition for our entire community to enjoy.

This video was originally posted here: Sculptor’s Cabin Proposal

The re-opening of the Sculptor’s Cabin marks a major milestone in Guild Park’s ongoing revitalization. It will now serve as a seasonal Welcoming & Activity Centre for Guild Park visitors.

The official opening on June 8, 2019 was an event of incredible energy. We were there to catch some of it on camera.

Dorsey James, the last Sculptor in Residence at the Guild of All Arts to work out of the Sculptor’s Cabin, shares the stories behind his carvings decorating the front of the cabin as well as the time he won an argument with Spencer Clark about dragons.
This video is also available on Facebook.
John Mason, President of Friends of Guild Park & Gardens, addresses the significance of the cabin re-opening and acknowledges the many people, volunteers, city staff, elected officials and private contractor that made this possible.
The Sculptor’s Cabin Re-opening Ceremony, Acknowledgements and Ribbon Cutting on Saturday June 8, 2019
Dorsey James re-energizes his old woodworking space, the Sculptor’s Cabin.

The following video is in Danish.

Hjælp os finde Aage Madsens efterkommere. Aage Madsen byggede denne hytte i Scarborough i Canada i 1940 men det er stort set alt hvad vi ved om ham. Hytten har forfaldet i over 30 år men er netop blevet restaureret fuldt ud til samme stand som Aage byggede den og hytten genåbnede i dag for første gang i en hel generation.

Vi vil helt vildt gerne vise Aage Madsens efterkommere hvordan hytten han byggede for snart 80 år siden står i dag.

Vi ved ikke med sikkerhed hvornår han kom Canada, om han blev her eller rejste til andre lande eller hjem til Danmark. Vi ved bare at han var en af de første Sculptors in Residence i det der dengang var Guild of All Arts i Guild Park hvor hytten står. Det kunne være sjovt st få kontakt med Aages familie.

Videon kan deles på facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/guildwoodian/videos/1761909617245143/

Guild Park’s Sculptor’s Cabin Proposal

We met up with John Mason, President of Friends of Guild Park to hear about the proposed use of the Sculptor’s Cabin in Guild Park.

“After being closed for more than 30 years, Guild Park’s “Sculptor’s” cabin is being considered for future use as a small-scale welcome/activity centre for park visitors.”

“The volunteer groups that organize events and activities at Guild Park recently submitted a proposal to the City of Toronto. The report identifies many ways to partner with the City’s Arts Services division for re-opening and using this small, 230-sq.-ft. cabin, located near the front entrance of Guild Park.

In this 3-minute video, John Mason, President of Friends of Guild Park, gives some background about the cabin and how it might be used by park visitors in the summer of 2019. It’s another step forward in the remarkable and ongoing revitalization of Guild Park & Gardens, 201 Guildwood Pkwy., in Toronto’s Guildwood Village.

The Sculptor’s Cabin proposal is by the Guild Park Stakeholders Group, made up of volunteers from Friends of Guild Park, Guild Festival Theatre, Guild Renaissance Group and the Guildwood Village Community Assn.(GVCA).”

View the The full proposal and visit facebook.com/guildpark to share your comments.

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