The Kawartha Arts Festival

Written by Chris Van Lierop

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It’s almost that time of year again: the Kawartha Arts Festival. Over the Saturday and Sunday of Labour Day weekend, the festival will be celebrating its 29th year.

The festival has grown to be one of the largest arts festivals in Southern Ontario, hosting 120 artists. This year, the Kawartha Arts Festival is proud to be hosting many local artists, but as the only show hosting the works of Indigenous artist Kris Nahrgang this year, they are doubly proud to be showcasing his work.

Earlier today at the CNE Kris unveiled his newest work, the Unity Pole. At 28’ the pole will be one of the first commission pieces purchased by the CNE since the 1940s. The pole was created to offer a story of Unity, and healing for all Canadians. Read more here: https://theex.com/main/entertainment/exhibits/the-unity-pole

Kris is the Chief of the Kawartha Nishnawbe First Nation and holds an eagle
feather, the highest honour a chief can receive. It was bestowed on Kris four times in recognition of his tireless work as a community organizer and advocate. It will be a true honour be able to see his art in person.

Also at the show, you’ll be able to see many different genres of work including Oil & Acrylic by Fenelon artist and festival organizer Maud Skoog, Watercolors by Bobcaygeon artist Elly Wilson, pottery by Port Hope artist Brenda Sullivan, sculptured glass by Campbellcroft artist Lee Shelton and many more.

As you may have noticed by the success of last June’s Kawartha Yarn & Fibre Festival (www.kyaff.ca) these traditional textile methods have become the rage again - they’re certainly not just for your Grandmother anymore! At the show, you will find weaving by artist Janis Huisman and textiles and fibers by Amor Tenggardjaja, and many more.

Other local artists featured can be found on www.kawarthaartsfestival.com. Every year the Kawartha Arts festival continues to grow, now attracting thousands of visitors annually. This year you can catch a shuttle bus from the Fenelon Fairgrounds for easy access, and there will be artist demonstrations and some ‘Young at Art’ displays. You’ll even be able to walk
around with our beloved Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream.

We hope to see you at the festival. Donations are a big part of what keeps the festival running and with each of your donations, you will be entered in a draw for door prizes.

Can’t wait to see you there!