The majesty of the rocky, windswept shores of the Heritage Coast has long inspired artists and writers. Rock paintings that date back from 100 to several thousand years can be seen at a number of sites along the coast, the work of early Objibwe and their Algonkian-speaking ancestors. In the early days of European exploration and settlement, artists such as Paul Kane, William Armstrong and Frances Ann Hopkins documented frontier life on canvas. The members of the Group of Seven are the most famous artists associated with the coast, particularly the Algoma and Georgian Bay areas. Today, the rugged and beautiful landscape continues to inspire artists and photographers. Art galleries in various coastal communities display a variety of art from the region, and the Thunder Bay Art Gallery holds one of Canada's largest permanent collections of Native art.