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The Swimming Pools at Colborne Street Gallery

Submitted by Darcie Kennedy

Colborne Street Gallery proudly presents Geoff Fitzgerald’s The Swimming Pools, a selection of photographs documenting public pools across Toronto, Hamilton, and Oakville. This SPARK Photo Festival Featured Exhibition can be seen at the gallery from March 27th - April 30th, and we invite you to join us for the opening reception this Saturday April 13th from 2:00 - 5:00 pm.

The swimming pool has been a source of inspiration for many artists. Matisse made a work titled The Swimming Pool in 1952, Hockney began painting his famous pools in the 1960s, and Edward Ruscha’s first book project in colour, Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass, was printed in 1968. 

Oozing with vibrant colours and a boldness typical of summer days, these images of a fleeting moment in the hot sun, also project the uncanny. One of Ruscha’s pools shows wet footsteps running off the diving board, yet no figures are present. It’s slightly off-putting. In a similar way, Fitzgerald has shot his photographs from an altered perspective; the bird’s eye view. His pools do not depict sparkling blue water and splashes in the sun, they are taken in the off-season; devoid of people and the warm tone of summer. They are empty, almost abandoned with a certain unease. Fitzgerald’s awareness and exploration of formal qualities combined with striking composition invites you to consider these spaces anew.

Fitzgerald is an award winning, Toronto-based freelance commercial and editorial photographer. He has worked with various clients including the Fairmont Hotels, Canadian Geographic, Ryerson University, and Habitat for Humanity. His most recent exhibition was held at Hashtag Gallery in Toronto in the Fall of 2018. 

SPARK Photo Festival is a celebration of photography in Northumberland, Peterborough, and the Kawartha Lakes regions. For the month of April, more than 50 venues take part in various photographic-related programming including exhibitions, workshops, talks, films, and other special events. 

Art in the Off Season

Submitted by Chris Van Lierop

After a summer of art, art in the Kawarthas continues! This month at the Colborne Street Gallery we have the privilege of hosting a speaker event featuring Will Huffman: marketing manager of Dorset Fine Arts, executive director of the Inuit Art Foundation, coordinator of the audience and market development office at Canada Council for the Arts, and associate director with the Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation. The event is taking place on November 17th from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, and all are welcome! Huffman will share his knowledge and experience working with Inuit artists, traveling to the far North, and the newly opened Kenjuak Cultural Centre in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. The Colborne Street Gallery is and will continue to be showcasing specially selected Inuit prints and sculptures.


Also at the gallery, we will be hosting a Holiday Art Market from November 17 - January 6. The market will feature a wide selection of works from local artists as well as artists outside of our community. It will champion original and affordable fine art. You will find a large selection of works $400 and under. On Saturday, December 1st we will be hosting an opening reception for the holiday market. You’ll also be able to find a holiday market the weekend of November 17th - 18th at the Fenelon Falls Community Centre; The Kawartha Lakes Arts Council will be hosting a Made in Kawartha Lakes 2nd annual Showcase & Sale of Artists and Artisans. Head over to the community centre and check it out, you’ll find lots of options for your home or for wrapping up and leaving under the tree!

The Colborne Street Gallery and Home by Tim + Chris are gearing up for Santa Day and the holiday season, so come check out our window display which you will see installed shortly! For all the gallery’s programming please see our website at As always the gallery is free and open to come visit, we look forward to seeing everyone come through the doors.

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!


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!

Let's Talk Public Art

Written by Chris Van Lierop

Today I wanted to talk about public art. In June, the City of Kawartha Lakes approved a policy for the approval, ownership, and maintenance of public art, something that had been lacking in their policies. Along with a new art strategy, loudly supported by our city councilor Doug Elmslie, the City of Kawartha Lakes allocated a small budget for the purchase of public art and a small budget for the maintenance of this art. This is a big step for the city and one that is welcomed in our town. The City’s inventory of public art currently consists of 5 pieces of art stretched throughout our large area and at least 2 artifacts.  

As home to many artists, Fenelon Falls has been talking about and looking at the placement of public art. We have made some proposals to the city, but with no formal policy, it has been hard to get approval to place art on city property.  Well, not anymore! 

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If you’ve ever been to Haliburton, you might have noticed that public art is something that has been on the top of their mind for years. In 2001, Haliburton opened the Haliburton Sculpture forest, with 3 sculptures. The forest that runs through Glebe park has views over the river and now consists of 34 sculptures and a new campus for the School of Art + Design for Fleming College. It’s a great trail that brings tourists from all over and exposure to many artists.

In Elora, the Elora Arts Council started their public art display by putting out a request to artists for 15 pieces of art to display throughout the area. The pieces of art were displayed in public places. Rather than a small town having to invest heavily (and likely without the resources) in art, Elora purchased 1 piece of permanent display art and erected multiple permanent sites that could host a rotating exhibit of art. The pieces of art were displayed on consignment to the town and were available to purchase by anyone walking by. Each year there is a call out to artists for submissions to place on the permanent sites, guaranteeing a new and interesting walk around town each year. Now there’s thinking outside the box!

In Fenelon we’re talking about new murals; we’ve placed steel banners by Christina Handley along the bridge into town and now we’re talking of the possibility for art installations throughout town. Maybe we’ll pursue a strategy that has been successful in another town. The city has paved our way for a process to get approval to put these pieces of art in town, now bring on the art!  

What would you like to see and where would you like to see it?


Art at the Maryboro Lodge

Written by Beverly Jeeves

When visitors arrive at Maryboro Lodge – the Fenelon Museum this year, there are new exhibits and programs for all ages to enjoy. When you head down to 50 Oak St. you will see our brightly painted picnic tables under the Historic Burr Oak Trees, wicker chairs on the porch, patio doors open, a cup of tea/coffee ready, and you know you have found us!

This spring we opened an Art Exhibit showcasing three very strong women of Fenelon Falls who tell their stories through watercolours, sketching and sculpture.


In the “Langton Gallery” we are showcasing the digitized enlarged sketches of Anne Langton who was the original storyteller of this area and live in the bush.  In her Journal “An Gentlewomen in Upper Canada” and her miniature sketches, Miss Langton portrays life in the 1830s and 1840s here in Fenelon Falls.  

This past winter, Sharon Johnson of the Museum discovered and collected into an exhibit the paintings, poetry and sculpture of Katherine E. Wallis, daughter to James Wallis who built Maryboro in 1837. While Ms. Wallis did not live here in Fenelon she was very fond of the original Fenelon Falls settlers who appreciated her father in work and prayer. The Wallis Collection includes a Sculpture entitled “Jesus and the Little Children” which was a gift to St. James Anglican Church.

Modern Sculpture Artist Ruth Abernathy, who grew up here in Fenelon Falls, and was inspired by the museum for some of her pieces on display the Langton Gallery Ms. Abernathy, is world renown for her sculptures. Ms. Abernathy will be joining us at Maryboro on July 18th for Victorian Tea from 1:30 pm– 4:00 pm as her parents entertain for the Tea. Take a moment and talk to Ms. Abernathy to hear her inspirations and techniques for her small and ‘human size’ sculptures. 


Ms. Abernathy’s book “Life and Bronze: A Sculptor's Journal” is available at the Museum gift shop as well as Anne Langton’s “A Gentlewoman in Upper Canada.” 

The Fenelon Museum is also pleased to announce that later this summer, Gail Corbett who wrote the fascinating life story of art and service by Katherine E. Wallis will be at St. James Anglican Church for an afternoon Speaker Series.  The exhibit of these three women will be at the Museum until Thanksgiving.

And that is just ONE gallery of Maryboro Lodge – the Fenelon Museum that is new for 2018. Stay tuned for further news on “Tinker toys – Allen Wood Products Exhibit.” For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Beverly Jeeves, Manager at 705-887-1044 or