Doris McCarthy's Fool's Paradise will inspire future generations of artists

TORONTO, Jan. 18 /CNW/ - With the passing of Doris McCarthy on November 25, 2010, the country lost a revered and talented artist, best known for her landscape paintings. Fool's Paradise, the Scarborough property where she lived and worked, is also part of her remarkable legacy. In 1998, McCarthy generously donated it to the Ontario Heritage Trust to become a retreat for future generations of artists.

"My colleagues at the Ontario Heritage Trust and I were deeply saddened by the loss of Doris McCarthy. Her unique brand of talent and enthusiasm will be missed," said Dr. Thomas H.B. Symons, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust. "We are thankful for the memories of Doris that will live on. Fool's Paradise, as well as McCarthy's many works of art, will be an inspiration to artists for years to come."

In 1939, McCarthy bought a picturesque 12-acre (4.9-hectare) property on the Scarborough Bluffs overlooking Lake Ontario. Her mother viewed the purchase as an extravagance, referring to "that fool's paradise of yours." The name Fool's Paradise stuck and she eventually made it her full-time home.

In addition to its significance by association with McCarthy, Fool's Paradise is also an important natural heritage site. The property is perched on a narrow plateau of the ecologically sensitive and geologically significant Scarborough Bluffs. In 1986, to help conserve the site, McCarthy donated seven acres (2.8 hectares) to the Metropolitan Toronto Region Conservation Authority under an Erosion Control Agreement.

In 1998, McCarthy donated the remainder of Fool's Paradise to the Ontario Heritage Trust, along with a charitable remainder trust to maintain the property in perpetuity. She retained a life tenancy, with the intent that after her death it would become a retreat for artists, musicians and writers, and a setting for heritage activities.

In the coming year, the Trust will be working to plan the retreat McCarthy envisioned - giving other artists the opportunity to be inspired by the beauty of Fool's Paradise, just as she was herself. As soon as it is available, information about the retreat will be posted at

The Ontario Heritage Trust is an agency of the Government of Ontario, dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario's heritage.

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SOURCE Ontario Heritage Trust

For further information:

Catrina Colme
Senior Marketing and Communications Specialist
Ontario Heritage Trust
Telephone: 416-325-5074


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