What's New - Fall 2019

Made In Kawartha Lakes Art Show & Sale

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Mark your calendars and save the date for our Art Show & Sale. Kawartha Lakes Arts Council and Kawartha Arts Network are hosting the 3rd annual Made in Kawartha Lakes Show & Sale at the Fenelon Falls Community Centre (27 Veterans Way, Fenelon Falls) on Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Come and experience a collaborative showcase of local talented artists and artisans who bring their unique works to exhibit and sell. Get your early Christmas shopping done with one-of-a-kind creative gifts.

Kawartha Lakes Arts Council Board Membership Grows Again

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. 

Sarah was born and raised in Lindsay and has been an active member in the local theatre community from a young age. Combining her love of children and teaching the arts, Sarah created Performing Arts Camp in 2011. Sarah is an avid believer in the educational process and is truly passionate about the positive impact the arts on a child’s development and future success. She is active member of the community and has been involved in numerous local productions in role of both cast member and vocal director. Additionally, Sarah operates the Stone Academy of Music, which offers vocal lessons and weekly performing arts classes to children in the area.

Amy is the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes where her team supports and inspires over 8000 children and youth each year. Music and the arts have always been core to Amy’s being. Whether casting memories back to being on stage at the Academy Theatre or tutelage on the oboe, to documenting arts and culture during her career at CHEX and her development of a school of thought about Music Cities while working in the music industry, to her coaching and encouragement of her own daughters in their pursuit of visual art. Today Amy is working with the team at the Boys and Girls Club to develop a robust music program for youth. [See article under Making Connections]

Kawartha Lakes Concert Band Off To A Phenomenal Start

Submitted by David Morrison

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Started in September 2018, the Kawartha Lakes Concert Band (KLCB) is now a 61-member ensemble led by conductor David Morrison.  The Band provides adult musicians from Kawartha Lakes the joy of performing with a local large ensemble. It is a place where participants can share their talents, be challenged musically and enjoy social connections with like-minded people.  Members range in age from 17 to well beyond 70, making KLCB very unique in the world of community programs.

In just one year, the Kawartha Lakes Concert Band has established itself as a serious performance ensemble.  The group has performed at Celebrations in Lindsay, the Peterborough Kiwanis Music Festival, the Ontario Provincial Music Festival and the Academy Theatre.  Highlights of the year include being awarded First Place in the Community Band class at the Ontario Festival Finals and the year-end Concert at the Academy Theatre, featuring a musical tribute to Mr. John Oosterbroek, former LCVI music teacher and, mentor and friend to many Band members. 

This summer, auditions were held to fill a few openings. Now the Band members (old and new) will kick off the second season of rehearsals with a BBQ social and sight-reading session on September 14th.  The organization is thrilled to be a member of the Canadian Bands Association (Ontario Chapter) and has already been approached by two other Ontario Bands requesting opportunities to share a stage.  

KLBC will be holding its first Annual General Meeting on October 28th and looks forward to bringing quality music to Kawartha Lakes for years to come. If you would like to know more about the band, please visit www.kawarthalakesconcertband.com.

Passing Of The Torch In Economic Development

Submitted by Dianne Lister


Debra Soule recently retired as the first Economic Development Officer – Arts, Culture & Heritage for the City of Kawartha Lakes. An artist herself, Debra brought a wealth of experience from previous roles where she was responsible for cultural and community planning in Australia, Nevada and Peterborough. Shortly after arriving in Kawartha Lakes in 2013, she established two important not-for-profit networks: Kawartha Lakes Arts Council and Kawartha Lakes Heritage Network. 

While guiding these organizations, Debra also developed the Arts & Heritage Trail, and supervised Lyndsey Friesen, the first program coordinator for the Trail.  The Trail now features over 55 cultural and heritage sites, promoting cultural tourism in the region. Many initiatives related to music, public art and heritage programming flourished under her leadership.  Most recently, Debra researched and updated the Cultural Master Plan (2020-2030), which will be a key planning document moving forward. 

Rebecca Mustard, Manager of Economic Development and her team will miss Debra and commented that, “Debra generously shared her talent and passion for the arts, culture and heritage with Kawartha Lakes. We are all benefiting from her work, and wish her the best with her next chapter. Debra has laid the foundation for two exceptional women to join the City’s Economic Development team, Donna Goodwin and Emily Turner”.

As Debra passes the torch to two new hires in Economic Development, the established momentum in the arts, culture and heritage sector will continue to thrive in Kawartha Lakes.

To the role of Economic Development Officer – Arts and Culture, Donna Goodwin brings 20 years experience in the public and not-for-profit sectors. She is passionate about engaging residents and visitors in the many unique cultural facilities found in rural Ontario.  A lifelong learner, Donna holds a Masters in Urban Planning specializing in local economic development and revitalization through the cultivation of cultural communities. For the last 10 years, she worked for the County of Simcoe, developing product that celebrated the authentic stories of rural life.   She is excited to begin her work with the City of Kawartha Lakes.

In the role of Economic Development Officer – Heritage Planning, Emily Turner came to the City of Kawartha Lakes from the City of Peterborough where she worked in heritage preservation. She previously worked in academia and completed her PhD in architecture at the University of Edinburgh. She is passionate about rural heritage, especially cultural landscapes and is looking forward to expanding the heritage portfolio in Kawartha Lakes.

Thirty Years Of Art In Fenelon Falls

Submitted by Roxanne Carter

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The Kawartha Arts Festival was first held in 1989, as a small collection of artists gathering together to give something back to the local arts community. The arts display has since grown into one of the largest art festivals in Southern Ontario. Attracting thousands of visitors each year. 

The Kawartha Art Festival is a non-profit organization run by dedicated volunteers. It is sustained by the generous donations given each year by the show’s patrons. The organizing committee thanks each and every one involved in keeping the Art Festival growing more unique each year.

The 30th Annual Kawartha Arts Festival was held on this past Labour Day weekend, August 29 - September 2, at the Fenelon Fairgrounds. Among the almost 100 artists participating, KLAC members on display were Brad Haley, Cynthia Blair, Sandy Coogar, Diane Reesor and Granite Creations. 
For more art this fall, mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual ‘Made in Kawartha Lakes’ Artists and Artisans Show and Sale held on the third weekend in November. This year join us on November 16 – 17, 2019 at the Fenelon Falls Community Centre, from 10 am – 4 pm.


KLAC Members Benefit From Juried Art Shows

Submitted by Dianne Lister

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For many years, the Kawartha Art Gallery has been hosting its Annual Community Juried Art Exhibit. In 2019 Michael Dumas, the internationally recognized artist living in Buckhorn, selected the submissions for the Art Exhibit held June 25 – August 3, 2019.

A welcome addition to the juried show format in Kawartha Lakes is the Colborne Street Gallery in Fenelon Falls. In August, the Colborne Street Gallery issued a Call for Submissions for its exhibit, “Trees” which ran August 30 – October 8.  The theme was inspired by a quote in the internationally acclaimed book “The Hidden Life of Trees” by Peter Wohllenben (2015).

Both the Kawartha Art Gallery and the Colborne Street Gallery are members of KLAC, and the Arts & Heritage Trail.

Several KLAC members have had their work selected for one or both of these recent juried shows.  One such artist in Michael Harris. Michael is a photographer and currently serves on the Board of the SPARK Photo Festival.  His photographs have been selected for the Kawartha Art Gallery Community Juried Shows (2018, 2019) and he won the 2019 award for “Best Content” (“Victoria Falls, 2019”).   Michael’s “Near Apsley” (featured above) was one of three images selected for the “Trees” exhibition. Michael notes: “It is exciting to see photography recognized by jurors and being displayed with other visual art forms, and we are fortunate to have public and private galleries support our local artists.”