The Artists of Kawartha Book Launch

Submitted by Chris Van Lierop

Have you been looking for a great introduction to some of your local artists? Been searching for that perfect coffee table book?

On October 13 from 3-7, the Colborne Street Gallery will host the official book release of The Artists of Kawartha written by Andrea Hillo. The newest release of a series of four books featuring local artists from different areas of Ontario's cottage country, the book presents work from 32 contemporary artists from in and around the Kawarthas. The book, featuring photos of works by each artist as well as some background information, was conceived from the desire to honour artists and bring their work to the attention of a wider audience.


The focus of the book has been known to be called “The Land Between, which is a transition zone where the volcanic rock from the Canadian Shield to the north meets and merges with the sedimentary bedrock of the St. Lawrence lowlands to the south. This 250 km long and 35 km wide corridor extends roughly from Georgian Bay in the west to Kingston in the east and is made up of a richly varied mosaic of habitats, some with features entirely their own,” describes Michael Dumas in his foreword to the book. We have found the artists featured to be as varied and wonderful as our landscape!

At the Colborne Street Gallery from now until November 8th you can check out some of the works in the book and see other examples of work from artists featured in the book. In fact, I think you’ll find the gallery more eclectic than it has been since opening! You will find bright paintings of nature from Leanne Baird, fun paintings by Henry Fernandes who is also an illustrator, animal paintings by Clive Kay, and scratchboard by Lori Dunn among many others.

If you’re in town and looking to find some inspiration in works done by an amazing group of artists please come join us for the launch. You will be able to visit and speak with many of the artists and the author Andrea Hillo as well as being able to be one of the first to own a magnificent representation of our local art scene, The Artists of Kawartha. You can find all the info on our website at

Look forward to seeing you there!