Thursday, 18 August 2016

Reward for Missing Electronics

One of the artists that participated in Naked State has lost drives containing 2 years of her work. Gone are both the originals and backups. She is devastated because they are irreplaceable. Please help her if you can!

Reward for missing Electronics

Offering a reward for electronics that went missing the afternoon of Monday August 15th, in the field (where the tents are) just east of the Outback.

Reward is for two drives, if returned with all the data intact.

They are a black external hard drive with with silver G on it, and a silver Lacie drive with an orange case. These had YEARS of professional work, art and projects on them. 

The drives were in a large (40 gallon) gray plastic bin (with cover) together with more electronics, all of which went missing, bin and all, including a GoPro camera, a small Sony HD video camera, a Sony rangefinder (Nex 7, or alpha) camera, a pink selfie stick, and a bunch of cables and adapters etc. 

Asking if people find anything in their subconscious about seeing someone walk around the park with a large gray plastic bin yesterday afternoon. Any information or inquiries can be sent to her at

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Naked State - Get Involved with the Art

The Naked State Art Residency is off to a great start! See some of the artists at work:

There are many opportunities for members and visitors to meet the artists, get involved in their work, and experience their art.

Tue 9th, 2-5pm: No Object durational performance artwork without any objects, costume or clothing
No Object is a multi-generational group of artists that produce performances in empty spaces without any objects, costume or any clothing. Working from this minimalist aesthetics, the group is continuing to challenge itself with a focus on the potential of the body. Sympathy, empathy, trust, gaining strength and energy from the group are important components to the work. This practice requires them to be in the moment, being conscious of each other and being aware of our bodies in relationship to others and our surroundings. No Object will be conducting a performance in a select area of the park, to be announced over the load speakers slightly before their performance. 

Tue 9th and Wed 10th, 4-6pm: have a conversation with Naked State artists in their studios
The Naked State artists are interested in getting to know members of the Bare Oaks community, and would also love to answer any questions they may have about the art they’re creating over the 10-day residency.  Drop by their studios to schedule a visit with participating artists.

Tue 9th to Sat 13th: Free Portrait Session with Naked State artist Matt Hamon (
Matt Hamon is interested in making portraits of naturists. Matt is a former assistant and printer for world renowned naturist photographer, Jock Sturges. In exchange for your participation you will receive an editioned, archival print from your portrait session. Families, groups and individuals are welcome to participate. Please visit Matt at cabin 10 to set up a time for your photo session.

Wed 10th, mid day: Be in a photograph of a pile of Naturists!
Naked State artist Natalie Wardle ( is planning to photograph a group of naturists cuddled and piled over top each other. For details or to sign up, please visit Natalie at cabin 11.

Sat 13th 5-8pm, and Sun 14th 10am-12pm: Naked State art residency closing Exhibition

Over these two days, Naked State artists will present the artworks developed during their 10-day residency at Bare Oaks. There will be installations, performance artworks, paintings, collages, videos, participatory live artworks, and photography. This is the finale. Hope to see many of you there!

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Arts Residency - August 5-15

This weekend is the beginning of Naked State, an arts residency organized by Arts UnfoldThirteen artists from Australia, Finland, England, and across Canada and the USA will be creating artworks that explore the nude human body in context of nature, culture and art.

For the duration of the residency, the artists and residency facilitator will live as naturists within the Bare Oaks naturist community to create works that explore questions such as: What is nudity? Does stripping away clothing rid us of class, gender, and personal expression?; Do the connections between our bodies and the land change when nude? Is nudity always sexual? What is the role of the nude in historical and contemporary art?; Is an animal with fur naked? Is it possible to be civil in the nude?; Is there a natural state for human being? Residents will work individually or collaboratively to create artworks that explore these questions through media of their choice, such as photography, video, installation, drawing, painting, performance art, dance, sound art, media art, etc…

From August 5 to 15, the Outback and a tent will be dedicated to the artists. We apologize for anyone who is inconvenienced by the restriction. However, this is a great opportunity for Bare Oaks and for naturism. Art is a great way to get people to see things differently and these artists will undoubtedly find interesting ways to communicate the values of naturism.

There will be an opportunity to see their work at the end and a few times when you can sign up to interact with some of the artists. See the schedule for details:

Some artists are specifically planning on working with the Bare Oaks community in the creation of their artwork. You can read about each artist and their plan on the Naked State website:

If you have any questions about the residency, please do not hesitate to contact the office or speak with Teresa, the onsite residency facilitator, in Cozy Cabin #8.

The residency is exclusively for the artists who were selected from the many who applied. But we have designated this week as Bare Oaks Art Week. We hope that members and visitors will be inspired to explore their own personal artistic facets.