Enjoying Nude Artwork in the Nude — Experiencing the Artwork Unclothed at THEMUSEUM
Guest blog by: Bill NESC
On Friday evening, March 27, 2015, I made a trip up to Kitchener, Ontario to attend an event of viewing nude art while being nude. This event was at a museum simply called “The Museum” and was sponsored by Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park which is located in the northeastern metro Toronto (Newmarket) area.
TheMuseum is located 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 area is the Silicon Valley of Canada. It’s a place where most of the population wouldn’t 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 place where we got undressed and stored our personal belongings. We then proceeded past some mean-looking dinosaurs and went up to the third floor where the exhibition was and event was taking place.
Up on the 3rd floor, there were well over 100 pieces of artwork from paintings to photographs to wood sculptures on display. Here is another great piece of work in the exhibit – “Twinitron” by David Buchan, which I didn’t get a good photo of. Most of the art was non-sexual nude art, many of which would fit perfectly for publication in naturist magazines. On this evening, over 100 people attended this event. All but two or three were nude. Since I only knew a few of the people there and recognized a few more faces, I am not sure of the ratio of naturists to non-naturists that evening. Everyone was friendly and I talked to the different attendees on everything from the art to the nude 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 newspaper reporters were there and they joined the rest of us in being nude for the evening.
The following day I went to a Maple Syrup Festival in the area. On Sunday, I returned to TheMuseum for a lecture by Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park owner Stéphane Deschênes called “Nudist, Naturist or Gymnosophist?” It was one hour lecture (clothed) on the history of naturism and what it will take for naturist parks to survive.
I think it would be very useful for naturists to work with the art community like with TheMuseum, to reach out to the general public to educate them about nonsexual nudity, body acceptance, and naturist values. The art community has more resources, better networking, and media accessibility to get the word out on events like this. I doubt if a naturist camp or resort did something like this on their grounds that they would get over 100 people on a cold late March day.
TheMuseum will continue with their “Naked Dialogues” workshops for now through the middle of May 2015. Most events are on Wednesday evenings or Sunday afternoon.
This guest blog about Enjoying Nude Artwork in the Nude at the THEMUSEUM was published by – Young Naturists and Nudists America