The Trip to Write Home About: Art Retreat in France

`May 25 – June 3, June 5 – June 13, June 15 - 24             

The France Art Retreat is a little oasis of harmony, connectivity and creativity in our hectic world.”  Valerie Kent

Experiencing French Village life while painting “En Plein Air” is so satisfying. 

Terrasson Lavilledieu is in the stunning region of the Dordogne, France.

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Making Connections - Fall 2019

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes (BGCKL) is excited to announce a slate of new music programs called Youth Music Makers.  On September 10th the club launched a 20-week after school curriculum dedicated to bettering students’ skills and knowledge in many fields of music. Some of the topics covered in the program are Live Performance, Studio Production and Engineering, Live Sound Production, Songwriting, Music Business, and more. The students also have the opportunity to participate in one-on-one instrumental instruction. The main programming runs Tuesday evenings typically in a group setting, and one-on-one instruction takes place throughout the rest of the week.

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Heritage Happenings - Fall 2019

Doors Open Kawartha Lakes was held on September 8, showcasing a variety of sites to celebrate the importance of communications in our lives. Communications has evolved over the years and this public event allowed residents and visitors to witness the history of its development. From reading and writing in a one-room schoolhouse, to sending telegrams over the wire, to looking at the printed word that travelled over rail and water, our forebears laid a path for communication that still used today. Fourteen sites across the municipality opened their doors to explore communications through the implementation of past and current tools, systems and services across Kawartha Lakes.

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Artists Share Knowledge And Experience Through Mentorship

As part of the KLAC mandate to support emerging young artists, the Arts Council is looking to establish a Mentorship Program in January 2020. Chosen Mentors must be a registered KLAC member with expertise in one or more art disciplines. A Mentorship application must be completed and submitted with an up to date police check. Ideal Mentor must be non-judgmental, passionate about the Arts, and enjoy working with young people. A Mentor must have an ability to act as a guide in nurturing the mentee’s artistic vision and aspirations. Preliminary commitment includes a minimum of two one-hour sessions.

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Kawartha Art Gallery, Curve Lake First Nation, And Pinnguaq Association Collaborate To Te(a)ch

The Kawartha Art Gallery, in partnership with Curve Lake First Nation and the Pinnguaq Association, has received a $743,800 Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) for a digital literacy program aptly called Te(a)ch. Aimed to expand an arts-based digital literacy program for Anishnaabe youth in the Curve Lake community, the three year program will offer the chance for its participants to creatively express themselves, to better understand each other, and to learn about their shared histories and hopes for the future. The program harnesses the strength of Anishnaabe knowledge, increasing the capacity of the youth of Curve Lake to use new medias to re-interpret their culture. 

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What's New - Fall 2019

Joining the Board this summer are Sarah Stone and Amy Terrill. Both bring tremendous knowledge and experience in the world of Music and the Arts, mixed in with a true commitment to the cultural scene in Kawartha Lakes. Their outstanding professional expertise and experience bring a new strength to the KLAC Board and its ambitious mandate in the coming year and beyond. 

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Christina Dedes - An Emerging Young Artist

Emerging young artist Christina Dedes found a passion for art while attending I.E. Weldon Secondary School in Lindsay. High school art teachers Lesley Drummond (KLAC board member), and Paul Marshall were instrumental in nurturing Christina’s interest in artistic expression. Christina enjoyed the atmosphere in the classroom where she spent four years in high school concentrating and developing her practice. During this time, she took part in the Juried Student Art Show at the Kawartha Art Gallery. One of the jurors, Mr. Gary Sedore, chose her piece during the student show, then generously awarded her with the Margaret Sedore Bursary, which paid for her first semester tuition at post-secondary.

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Little Red Canoes - A Creative Idea Turns Sentimental And Heartwarming

It’s been just over two months since I started the "lil red canoe" Project. What started as a simple idea of carving a canoe and sending it down the river has quickly turned into something much more. In the beginning, I set a goal of 99 little canoes for 99 days, committed to traditional environmentally friendly dying colour methods. Hence the "lil red canoe" Project was born on the Miskwaa Ziibi River (Ojibwa for Red River).

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Members Showcase - Outdoor Education Thrives At Gamiing

As a not-for-profit charitable organization, Gamiing Nature Centre and its amazing team are dedicated to share and promote the importance and joy of living in harmony with nature by balancing human needs with nature. From the shores of Pigeon Lake, the organization’s goal has always been to work together towards sustainable ecosystems, stewardship of our natural resources and heritage for our future generations. All delivered through inspirational and effective environmental programs for children and adults, schools and community groups. The onsite and outreach school programs are linked into the Ontario Education Curriculum.

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Member Showcase - James Lukow, "Your Dreams In Wood"

James Lukow is a renowned local fine craftsman who truly respects his chosen material, natural wood. And he thoroughly enjoys working closely with each individual client when creating that special 'dream' piece for each appreciative customer. Having learned from his father who was an honest skilled cabinetmaker /furniture refinisher, James developed a deep appreciation of the natural beauty of the various woods in their unpainted state. The richness of the colour, the fine grain and patterning of each different wood-inspired his love for this useful and beautiful material.

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Globus Theatre Launches Fall Season with A Weekend of Comedy

Bobcaygeon, September 10, 2019 Globus Theatre announces a packed Fall Season of comedy, mystery, and celebration! The season will run from September 27th - December 31st and includes A Weekend of Comedy this month as well as local favourites such as a festive murder mystery, annual panto, and New Years Eve bash to look forward to.


Globus Theatre loves a good laugh and will start the Fall Season off with A Weekend of Comedy! Award winning and internationally renowned sketch comedy group, The Lusty Mannequins will tour to Bobcaygeon on September 27th. The Lusty Mannequins are Ashley ComeauAlastair ForbesKaren Parker, and Connor Thompson - All alumni of the Second City Mainstage in Toronto and most recently winners with the ‘Best of the Fest’ from the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival. 

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Sarah Quick’s Newest Comedy, Kama Sutra, Premieres at Globus Theatre

Globus Theatre is excited to conclude their 2019 summer season with another World Premiere - the newest comedy by Artistic Director, Sarah Quick

Bob and Lynda Anderson are happily married. At least they think they are. While the world around them changes apace their 25-year-old marriage remains steadfastly stable. But, when researching exotic recipes for her new ‘cook club’, Lynda inadvertently checks the wrong book out of the library the couple find themselves in an awkward position…or two!

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The Grand Ole Opry Comes to Bobcaygeon!

To share the Opry’s history is to share the story of Country Music. Globus Theatre is overjoyed to have Leisa Way’s Opry Gold in it’s 16th professional summer season! What began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 is today a live entertainment phenomenon.  The Grand Ole Opry showcases a mix of country legends and the contemporary chart-toppers who have followed in their footsteps. You can see it live at the Lakeview Arts Barn in Bobcaygeon on from July 30th – August 10th.

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Norm Foster's Comedy Hits the Stage at Globus Theatre

There’s nothing like a good fishing story…and this is a great one from audience favourite Norm FosterThe Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby brings in a professional cast of actors who have all made Globus Theatre audiences laugh before and runs from July 17th - July 27th at the Lakeview Arts Barn in Bobcaygeon. A fish-out-of-water comedy complete with romance, broken hearts and small town hospitality will resonate with both local residents and summer visitors!

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Globus Theatre Brings Acclaimed Actress from TV Series, Due South, to Bobcaygeon

Globus Theatre is getting ready for its second professional production of the summer season and is delighted to share award winning playwright, John Spurway’s The Numbers Game with the Kawartha Lakes audience. This romantic comedy about first crushes, memories of high school and playing the odds features veteran actress from Due South, Ramona Milano and Globus Theatre returnee, Kevin Sepaul and is directed by Artistic Producer, James Barrett. It plays from July 3rd to July 13th at the Lakeview Arts Barn in Bobcaygeon.

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Making Connections - Kawartha Art Gallery

The Kawartha Art Gallery has been making connections in the community since its inception, when it was known in the late 1960s as the Kawartha Arts & Crafts Association. The Lindsay Art Gallery was then incorporated as a non-profit charitable organization in 1983. In the early 1990s, the Gallery moved to its current home on the second floor of the Lindsay Public Library. Four years ago, it changed its name to the Kawartha Art Gallery to reflect the talent and reach across the municipality. It remains Kawartha Lakes’ only public art gallery.

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Heritage Happenings

Since the 1600s, these wisely built dry stone walls have been a major feature of the rural British Isles landscape. Protecting their herds, cattlemen cleared the land stones for better grazing and crop growing. The stones were piled up around the property boundaries to contain the livestock. Their wall building involved no cement and was much more than the simple piling of selected stones in a line. Through a feat of amazing engineering with the construction assistance of whole teams of professional wall builders, a more solid construction and a weighty two-layer design and functionality endures.

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Member Showcase - Williams Design Studio

Paul and Bev Williams are artists who have owned the Williams Design Studio in Bethany since 1977. They restored the building that was once the old General Store originally owned by Paul’s great, great uncle.  In addition to the wall art, garden sculptures, jewellery and leather pieces that Paul and Bev design and create, they also showcase the work of other local artists. From May to the Thanksgiving weekend they open their secret garden, which features some of their fountains and water features.  

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