- by Wil McReynolds

It's a sad day for many of us as we learn about the closing of Foto Art, a cornerstone in our community for 45 incredible years.

The recent flood was more than just water; it was a tide that has swept away a local institution that has been instrumental in so many of our lives.

For me, Foto Art wasn't just a store. It was a sanctuary for creativity, a classroom of endless learning, and a community center for photographers like me. Peter and his incredible staff have been more than just business operators; they've been mentors, friends, and the backbone of my endeavors in photography.Grey Bruce Explorer would not exist today if it weren't for the years of advice, quality prints, and endless support I've received from Foto Art. They’ve been with me every step of the way, enabling me to translate my vision into pictures worth a thousand words.

This is not just a loss for me but a loss for our city. Foto Art was part of our communal tapestry, and it will be missed profoundly. Peter, your legacy will live on in every click of the camera, every printed photo, and in the hearts of all who had the privilege of walking through your doors.As Foto Art closes its doors, let's not forget the immeasurable impact it has had on each of us. While the store may be gone, the memories, the lessons, and the friendships will stay with us, captured in the photos that tell the stories of our lives.

Here's to Foto Art - thank you for being a frame in the story of my life.

(I feel that we should organize a group shot in front of the store for those that have been impacted by this - the group would most likely be quite large - but I think it would be a great gift to Peter Ciokan, if possible. Contact Wil McReynolds if you think you qualify for that group.)


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