Collingwood artist Brian Buckrell, represented locally by the Loft Gallery in Clarksburg, was honoured to receive First Place at the 50th Anniversary Invitational Plein Air painting competition at the McMichael Canadian Collection Art Gallery in Kleinburg. Plein air painting is painting on location - as the Group of Seven did. Brian and his wife Cathy share their year between the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, where they retired 15 years ago and Collingwood, where their son and his family live. Brian has won numerous competitions and awards for his painting in BC and was very pleased at the recognition in Ontario. Brians paintings can be seen at this website.