March 21, 2012 – Renowned photographer and artist Manny Martins captured the stunning beauty of Terra Cotta Conservation Area in 52 photographs taken over the course of one year. His work showcasing the changing seasons in the park will be on display until April 22 at the Mar Blue Studio-C in the Williams Mill Visual Arts Centre located at 515 Main Street, Glen Williams. An opening reception for the collection will be held on Saturday, March 24 from noon to 5 p.m.
During a visit to the park in April of 2010, Martins was inspired to capture its delicate beauty through his art. “A full year of photographic art exploration was a huge commitment, but I felt justified when I thought about sharing my passion for nature with others,” said Martins. “My goal was to produce one image portraying the nuances of the park for each week.”
Visiting the park on a regular basis allowed Martins to explore various locations that he would normally overlook. “I found myself noticing the beauty in nature’s small details,” said Martins. “The bark of age-old trees or the fragility of a partially immersed lily pad became wonderful artistic compositions.”
Martin’s love for nature and Terra Cotta Conservation Area began at an early age. “When I was young, my family and I visited the park for our summer picnics,” said Martins. “We were always greeted by the sounds of nature and laughter and the aroma of sizzling barbeques.”
Terra Cotta Conservation Area has changed since Martins’ youth. The swimming pool that once attracted many visitors has since been removed by Credit Valley Conservation and replaced with a wetland complex that is home to countless wildlife species. The conservation area is a natural haven in the heart of the ecologically sensitive Niagara Escarpment. The park is open daily to the public.
Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for over 50 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed for present and future generations.
One of Martins’ photos of Terra Cotta Conservation Area:
Photo of Manny Martins: https://cvc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/mannys-pic.jpg