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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!


Welcome to Round 2 of The Land Between

Written By Shannon Bain

Ding Ding! It's round 2. We are back with another course of The Land Between at the Maryboro Lodge: The Fenelon Museum. Our gatherings in July proved to be incredible opportunities to share interest and perspective about this precious earth beneath our feet and our waterways. We are very pleased to offer another chance to meet with neighbours and knowledge, in a super cool little theatre setting in the gallery room at the Museum to boot. Each episode is full of history, geography, spiritual life lessons and scenery that will take your breath away. Don't be surprised if you know one of the incredible local experts featured.

So it's settled then 😉 Grab a copy of this awesome 3 part DVD from Kawartha Lakes Public Library or join us at the Fenelon Museum for an episode (or all three!). The discussion is on me, and the refreshments are on the house.

Saturdays at Noon. Schedule below (note date changes - we have extended into September!):

August 18 - Episode 1
August 25 - Episode 2
September 8 - Episode 3

About the Series:
This visually spectacular, three-part documentary series explores the newly recognized area in Ontario, Canada, that many people are calling The Land Between. Narrated by R.H. Thomson, the series uses aerial and time-lapse videography, cinematic historical reenactments, animation, an original musical score, and hundreds of rare historical photographs and films to introduce you to The Land Between, and the ever-changing story of how humans have interacted with this special region throughout time. Known as an "ecotone," The Land Between is a liminal space between the Canadian Shield and the St. Lawrence Lowlands. It is home to a host of overlapping species from the north and the south, which has encouraged sharing between First Nations cultures for thousands of years. But European settlers couldn't figure out what to do with its incredibly diverse patchwork of rock barrens, rivers, lakes and marshlands. It was not until the Victorian fascination with "wilderness" that The Land Between found a place in the collective psyche of Canadians – when people gave parts of it names like “Muskoka” and “The Kawarthas.” And it’s only recently that recreational use and urban resource needs have placed this biologically diverse region under threat.

Episode 1 - The Best of Both Worlds - Synopsis
The opening episode of the series starts with an introduction to The Land Between concept - beginning with how its transitional geology and ecology has been understood for centuries, to the late Peter Alley's modern-day passion to understand more about this unique landscape. The Land Between's four Great Gathering Places: Mazinaw (Bon Echo), Kinomagewapkong (Peterborough Petroglyphs), Mnjikaning (Orillia) and Beausoleil Island; are discussed in order to gain a greater understanding of First Nations relationships with this region. The symbiotic relationship that developed here between the agricultural Wendat of the South and the hunter-gatherer Anishinabe of the North is also explored. Finally, we look at Europeans first impressions of The Land Between, the chaos that the Beaver Wars brought to the region, and the resulting peace treaties, which reestablished the sharing of the land's resources.

Episode 2 - The Country of Our Defeat - Synopsis
The opening sequence of this episode tells the story of Sam Moore, a trader from the United States, who, in the early 1800s, started a trading post in partnership with a Mississauga man he called: "Too Tall." Surveyors, who were amongst the next Europeans to come to The Land Between, had great difficulty in making sense of, and finding a use for a land they often called a "barren, rocky country." The timber industry and lumber barrens followed and had a huge impact upon the landscape. In order to encourage more than just lumbermen to come to The Land Between, the government developed a scheme of colonization roads, which they hoped would quickly populate the region with 8 million farmers. In reality, many of these roads turned into trails of broken dreams for the farmers who settled there. Finally, we look at the region's mining history, including Ontario's first gold rush, and the multitude of mostly unsuccessful mining ventures lured into The Land Between by its incredibly diverse geology.

Episode 3 - Ginowaydaganuc - Synopsis
The final episode begins by exploring some modern-day relationships with The Land Between landscape, including an artist, an archaeologist, an elder, a cottager, a canoeist, and a Buddhist monk. We then go back in time to discover how some of these modern-day relationships, and feelings, developed: from the first Victorian travellers and artists to early tourism and First Nations guiding, to children’s camps, and the implementation of the parks system. There is also a legacy of a few individuals who have taken it upon themselves to steward their favourite piece of The Land Between. Today, volunteer groups, governments, and corporations are struggling to find a balance between economic development and environmental sustainability for The Land Between of tomorrow.

Have you heard of The Land Between?

Written by Shannon Bain


The 3-part documentary series 'The Land Between' explores Kawartha Lakes’ very unique ecosystem; Saturdays this summer at the Fenelon Museum.

Starting this Saturday, July 14, Maryboro Lodge - The Fenelon Museum is proudly presenting the landmark series The Land Between, a visually stunning 3-part documentary that deep-dives into the special and unique region that envelopes The Kawartha Lakes. Join us each week for a one-hour episode, screened inside the gallery theatre in Maryboro Lodge - The Fenelon Museum and stay for an informal but illuminating discussion on a wide range of topics, focused on our local environment, heritage, and history.

“The series uses aerial and time-lapse videography, historical re-enactments, animation and hundreds of rare photographs and films to introduce you to this space between the Canadian Shield and the St. Lawrence Lowlands, home to a host of overlapping species from the north and the south, and the ever-changing story of how humans have interacted with this special region throughout time.” - TVO

Saturdays from noon to 2:00 pm in the Fenelon Museum Theatre

2018 Screening Schedule*

July 14 - episode 1
July 21 - episode 2
July 28 - episode 3

August 11 - episode 1
August 18 - episode 2
August 25 - episode 3

*subject to change

About The Land Between region: The Land Between extends from the Georgian Bay Coast to the Ottawa Valley. It is the final frontier; the last wilderness in Southern Ontario. This region provides clean water to cities downstream, shelter from climate change effects, and ecosystem services benefiting all of Ontario.  It’s a refuge for wildlife; home to loons, bear, moose, deer, and more hummingbirds, stars, shores, snakes and turtles than anywhere in Ontario. But it is a fragile place; untended development and pollution here affects all of Ontario and the damage is hard to reverse.  

About The Land Between Organization: The Land Between charity is a grassroots non-government organization, and the first and only group representing the region. For additional information on The Land Between, Cottage Country’s Conversation Organization, please visit or plan on attending a screening with us, we’d love to see you there!