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A Year of Art in Fenelon

Submitted by Chris Van Lierop

It has truly been a year of art! I was sent an email the other day and asked to highlight some of the changes that Fenelon Falls has seen this year and so many of those changes have an artistic flair!

Most recently we saw the Fenelon Marquee turn its lights on; a wonderful restoration project that will light our way down Water street and the Trent Severn Waterway.

Earlier this year we saw the addition of decorative metal banners by Christina Handley on the bridge, welcoming visitors into town, and we also saw a lot of art programming happen this year in Fenelon: the Kawartha Yarn and Fibre Festival kicked off its first year with lineups to get in and is happening again this year; in addition to their robust new programs and events this summer, Maryboro Lodge: the Fenelon Museum opened its new play space where kids can play with toys and sketch to their heart's content.

The Colborne Street Gallery opened and exhibited ‘Cottages’ by Joan Horsfall Young, and the Kawartha Lakes Arts & Heritage Trail maps and signs popped up at many places throughout town showing tourists what culture in the Kawartha lakes is. This year, the Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show doubled attendance from the previous year, and for the first time included artist studios for 10 artists to showcase their work.

The Horticultural Society added a new rain garden to their mix of gardens throughout town and the colorful and fun splash pad opened at Garnet Graham Park to much fanfare. You may have also noticed the large triangular stones which have been erected in several spots about town - these stones will soon bear etchings with directional information, to help visitors find their way around.

It's been a great year for Fenelon Falls that has also included the addition of several new businesses helping to fill some empty storefronts, and a new "bike-share" system at Lock 34 that you can use to get around town.

I’m looking forward to next year where we will see the continued expansion of natural gas into Fenelon Falls by Enbridge, the introduction of a walking tour to downtown Fenelon Falls by Maryboro Lodge, and the 30th Anniversary of the Kawartha Arts Festival amongst many other exciting things to come.

With the election happening as I write this I’m reminded that we all get to cast our vote on who helps us continue to move forward and show our greatest side. We’re so thankful to the creativity we all bring to this wonderful town and the great businesses and volunteers who help make it the vibrant place it is.

The Kawartha Arts Festival

Written by Chris Van Lierop


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:

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 ( 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 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!