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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Michael Poulton passed away peacefully after his losing his battle with cancer on February 15, 2019. For Michael, being an artist was more than a profession. He created a rich and fulfilling world where his life became his art. He was inspired by the beauty and wonder he saw in the world, and was compelled to reflect these qualities in his highly esoteric but always tongue-in-cheek body of work.Read more
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.Read more
Karen Richardson creates her watercolours in the art studio located in the lower level of her home in Lindsay. She has participated in over 100 solo and juried art shows and her works have been acquired by collectors in over 19 countries.Read more
On April 29, Day 2 of the Kawartha Lakes Arts and Heritage Trail tour in the north end of Kawartha Lakes aboard a DeNure Tour Coach, we started at KAWARTHA SETTLERS VILLAGE in Bobcaygeon to view the collection of pioneer buildings that have been moved, restored, refinished and taken care of since 1990, by a talented team of volunteers. An excellent experience for families, groups, and an entertaining trip back in time.Read more
On April 15, we enjoyed the first Kawartha Lakes Arts & Heritage Trail Bus Tour, covering the south end of the municipality. A group of KLAC members and a team of municipal staff jumped aboard a DeNure Tours coach for a day of sightseeing, networking and learning at an amazing array of sites and locations.Read more
Exciting momentum has been growing within the City of Kawartha Lakes to showcase local cultural talent and our heritage roots, and celebrate our artists and creative makers, while bringing new economic opportunities to the municipality. Ontario’s arts, culture and heritage sector represents $23.8 billion or 4 % of the province’s GDP and over 301,000 jobs.Read more
4th KLAC Annual General Meeting and Community Celebration was held at the historic Coronation Hall in Omemee. The members elected the Board of Directors and welcomed Ray Marshall as the new Chair. Ray announced there are now over 80 KLAC members – artists, cultural organizations, businesses and supporters of art and culture. A big thanks to our auctioneer, Councillor Pat O’Reilly, for helping us raise $1,320 from donations of original works of art and unique artistic experiences. The funds will go to the Cultural Centre Fund. Click here to view pictures from the event.Read more
Globus Theatre is thrilled to welcome Monique Renaud as the company’s first ever General Manager. Monique is a graduate of the University of Windsor’s Drama in Education and Community Program as well as the BFA Acting Program. She was previously the Public Relations Manager at Playwrights Guild of Canada and before that worked as a producer for independent theatres in Toronto.Read more
The KLAC Board wants to give an online thank you to Doug Rice for performing at our 2nd Annual Made in Kawartha Lakes Showcase & Sale. Over 400 people attended over two days! Excellent results and comments. Thanks for your support, everyone 💛Read more
"Made in Kawartha Lakes brings together a diverse range of fine art and artisans for two days at the Fenelon Falls Community Centre on Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and is free to the public. “Last year, we only ran it one day to test the waters,” said Ray Marshall, a member of the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council, one of the event’s presenting partners. “The room was perfect and we had a really positive response.”Read more
A recent interview with Ray Marshall after he joined us on the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council.
Why is the arts council important to you to join and give your time?
The arts council is very important to me as I have a desire to contribute to the community in the City of Kawartha Lakes. I really appreciate the work that has taken place, and staying 'in touch' with fellow members of the City who engage, work, and celebrate the Arts .
Are the Kawartha Lakes part of your personal history or have you had a longer connection?
My first real work experience in the art world was being involved in the Kawartha Summer Theatre at the Academy Theatre in Lindsay, as a lighting and sound technician. I spent eight summers there involved in all aspects of the theatre. In 1985, I became the Academy Theatre Manager until 2006. It was a very important time for me to be in Lindsay and enjoy family life and it formed the basis of my very interesting and rewarding career.
Where did you grow up and spend your youth?
I grew up in Stouffville, Ontario and was involved with drama all throughout high school and also enjoyed four years playing in a rock band. I played the drums, and did some vocals. It was great fun !
What were the strongest cultural influences on you growing up?
Bill Glassco, (from Tarragon Theatre in Toronto ) Dennis Sweeting, ( Kawartha Summer Theatre.) were my two mentors when I was a young” techie''. They were important to me because of their Canadian Artistic Vision, their ability to do quality plays for their audiences, organizational skills, always respectful to their actors, designers, writers and staff.
What do you believe, is your “genius” the one thing that you do the best and are proud of?
I am proud of working in a “live theatre” of day to day experiences. I know I have strengths in connecting and working with people involved with all aspects of live theatre in the performance arena. I am able to connect with the audience, performers, the crew, volunteers as well as board members and supporters in my community.
What do you believe is the role of an Arts Council in a community?
I believe that an Arts Council needs to be active and play a significant role in the community. This can be in support of a major project or bringing artists together to showcase their work and gain prominence in the community. It is also serves to develop a membership base that will have an impact and offer a focus for the community both economically and philosophically. It is important for the Council to encourage and communicate with all age of artists in as many disciplines as possible.