*photos by Ryan Emberley
I love when an event is engaging, innovative and entertaining. And hey, if I can drive a cool car while I’m being engaged and entertained, so much the better. And that’s exactly what happened on the day I hung out with the crew from Ford Canada for their #ArtofFusion event.
One sunny July day, my fellow writers/bloggers/photographers/social media types and I took a little roadtrip with Ford. We buddied up and piled into a fleet of 2017 Ford Fusions. Our car was clearly the coolest, and not just because of the sassy crew it carried. The 2017 Ford Fusion Energi Platinum is the car giant’s plug-in hybrid vehicle; it utilizes a gas engine, an electric motor and a chargeable lithium-ion battery, all designed to work together for optimal fuel savings. This car combines innovative technology with eyecatching design, while giving drivers the comfort, reliability, and affordability that Ford is known for. And what better way to showcase how great these new cars are than to take them on a scenic drive? North we drove in our stylish caravan, making a pitstop at the beautiful Belafountain Conservation area.
Once all our photos were taken, tweeted, snapchatted, instagrammed and everything in between, back on the road we went, off to learn what Ford really meant by the #ArtofFusion.
As a writer, I love a good play on words. As a person, I also love a challenge. Both of these things were handed to me when our crew arrived at our final destination; The McMichael Art Gallery. I hadn’t been to the gallery since middle school, so returning as an adult was such an eye-opening experience. We enjoyed a guided tour of the sculpture garden and Tom Thompson’s shack, where he lived on the grounds where the gallery sits, before sitting down to special Ford Fusion inspired painting class. While my artwork wasn’t up to the standards to which I normally hold myself (translation: it was terrible), I had a wonderful time doing something outside my comfort zone, surrounded by people who embraced being out of their element as much as I did.
Finally our night ended with a guided tour of the gallery, taking in the beautiful Group of Seven pieces that the McMichael is known for, as well as an incredible collection by Sarah Anne Johnson called Field Trip. This multimedia exhibit, based on music festival experiences, was fascinating and completely intriguing to me, and an interesting contrast to the more traditional pieces held in the gallery’s permanent collection. After feasting our eyes on beautiful art, we sat down to feast for real on a lovely and perfectly curated dinner, surrounded by our artwork, in the company of great friends.
Who knew art and automotive could go so well together? That’s truly the #ArtofFusion.