Artists of the Haliburton Highlands — Book Launch

Announcing the launch of the Artists of Algonquin book

Announcing the launch of the Artists of Algonquin book

Come out and celebrate the launch of the new “Artists of Haliburton Highlands” on July 31st at the Rotary Bandshell in Head Lake Park in the village of Haliburton. Meet the artists, have your book autographed, enjoy seeing their artwork and some light refreshments. This is a must see event for lovers of all kinds of art.

Balancing Act: Limited Edition Giclee on Canvas by Canadian Artist Shelley Beach

Balancing Act by Shelley Beach

Balancing Act by Shelley Beach

Shelley Beach has just released a limited edition (100) giclee print of her painting titled “Balancing Act”. This is your opportunity to own one of her fabulous paintings at a savings over the cost of an original painting.

This particular giclee is mounted in a contemporary fashion that does not require a frame.

From July 2 to 27 you can see more of Shelley’s work at the Art Gallery of Bancroft in her exhibition titled Sanctuary. 

Buy this print now on your online art gallery. 

Laurie O’Reilly — Hand of the Maker Art Exhibition

Do not miss this art exhibition of Laurie O’Reilly’s work featuring an encaustic look at the seasons of our climate and seasons of our lives, both fragile and both enduring. It is part of the ‘Hand of the Maker’ exhibit at the Art Hive and runs from June 27th to July 10

If you have some free time today come out and meet the artist at the opening exhibition Saturday June 28th. 11 am to 1 pm.

David Alexander Risk Painting on auction to support Canoe FM Radio



David Alexander Risk, a renowned Canadian artist, has donated an amazing 4′ by 5′ painting to Canoe FM to raise money to support this community radio station. The title of the painting is “A Canoeist’s Paradise”. David’s work is known internationally and owned by the British Royal family, and many other well known people such as George Burns and Bob Hope. You too can now own a piece of this artist’s in the Canoe FM auction. 

David is an artist in residence at the Haliburton Forest and has been a part of this organization for more than two decades. The value of this painting is well in excess of $10,000 and there is a reserve bid on the auction item.

Painting and paddles that are part of a second package can be viewed at the Forest Store on Highland Street on Wednesday in the village of Haliburton. You can meet the artist at this time as well.

Click here to bid on this wonderful painting of David Alexander Risk’s 

To hear an interview with David on Canoe FM radio click this link.

Shelley Beach, Canadian Artist, Exhibition opening at Art Gallery of Bancroft

Art Gallery of Bancroft: Announces
Shelley beach


Opening Reception Friday, July 4th at 7:30 p.m.

Shelley Beach is known for transparent watercolours, acrylics and monoprints that capture the beauty and mystery of our natural environment. Her subject matter varies from Haliburton landscapes to still-life to century architecture, but always a sense of harmony evolves from the artist’s profound affinity to nature.

BEACH-SHOW-POSTER jpeg (1)Beach says, “I continue to be fascinated in finding new ways to capture the complete sense of harmony I feel when close to nature. There is magic for me in working with fluid, water-based mediums, intuitively finding balance in line, shape and colour. Making and finding connections is a central force of life. My work represents the search for connections and an acknowledgement of mystery. I have been a professional artist for several decades, exhibiting, teaching, jurying and most importantly working steadfastly on my constant evolution as a creative, visual artist.”

Beach a popular watercolour and acrylic instructor throughout Durham region and beyond and since 2009, has taught watercolour and acrylic classes at Fleming College, Haliburton School of the Arts. Click here to  view samples of her Canadian art or to purchase

The Show runs from July 2 to July 22nd, 2014

Show sponsorPat Cooke in Memory of Paul David Cooke


Canada Day Minden — Artfest

Come out to join Minden’s Canada Day celebrations and be sure to stop in to the Cultural Centre while you are there — the common room of the Centre will be filled with the original work of a variety of local artisans. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the history of Canada and support the many local artisans who inhabit this region! artfest

In addition to the art disply Minden has a great many other Canada Day celebration activities including the Crazy River Raft Race and Children’s fishing Derby. Click on the link above for more details.

Adam’s Animals Book Launch — May 24th

Adam's Animals

Adam’s Animals

Haliburton, Ontario — Local artist Janis Cox has joined forces with author Kimberley Payne in the creation of Payne’s new children’s book which is being launched at the Journey’s Bookstore in Millbrook tomorrow.

Cox, author and illustrator of the award-winning children’s book Tadeo Turtle, will do the illustrations for Adam’s Animals.

“I love drawing pictures of animals and it will be a joy to create the sketches for Kimberley’s new book,” says Cox. “Plus, working with Kimberley has always been exciting. Her enthusiasm always brings joy to my heart.”

Millbrook resident Payne is partnering with funding platform Kickstarter to produce this second book in the Science and Faith Matters series of children’s activity books that combine the study of science with faith. Payne’s first series book, Trees of the Book – Learning from God’s Creation, was released in 2013 as a colourful introduction to trees, leaves and their corresponding Bible stories.

Adam’s Animals features more than 40 animals mentioned in the Bible and little-known scientific facts about each. It’s ideal for children aged 6 to 9 in home or school use and for classroom sharing in grades 1 to 3 to supplement the Life Sciences Curriculum on Animal Life.


The following is a reprint of Barrie Martin’s speech at the recent SPARC conference. It has some interesting insights about music in the Haliburton Highlands and I thought our readers might be interested.


Live music is alive and well in the Haliburton Highlands. I would to take a few minutes to tell our story, our challenges and opportunities, and what we are doing to sustain and grow this community of music 

Scope and Nature

Simply put, there is a lot of music to be enjoyed in this community.  When I say this community, I am referring to Haliburton County, the Haliburton Highlands, cottage country – which consists of 4 municipalities, small villages and hamlets, 600 lakes and thousands of hectares of forested landscape. Population is approximately 16,500 for most of the year and in summer it increases to an estimated 42,000.

For example, for the period from May first to the end of September 64 concerts are being presented. I have also listed the concerts we know are happening after the end of September. Not including several musical theatre productions, weekly performances at local restaurants and resorts, and a number of open stages. Beyond the end of September, there are another 14 concerts scheduled and more to come. And I know I have missed some. That seems like a lot of music for the size of the community

Please note the variety of genres and performances which feature guest and local performers.     See handout

We also compiled a list of organizations, businesses, individuals, and performers who are currently presenting live music.  There are 34 presenters on this list. We are rather astonished at the total.

Contributing Factors

The scope and nature of the live music scene isn’t the result of divine enlightenment or even strategic planning but there are several factors that have contributed to the success of our musical endeavours:

  • A Tradition of the Arts in the Community – 46 years. Started with the formation of the Haliburton Guild of Fine Arts in 1967
  • School of the Arts (since 1968) Present college(2003)  3500 students each summer and year round certificate courses. Summer school incorporating music courses and workshop
  • Arts Council (2002) – convened a roundtable for the performing arts. Start of SPARC
  • Haliburton County Community Cooperative
  • Haliburton County Development Corporation
  • Collaborative Spirit – cross promotion
  • A Volunteering Community
  • Good Audiences – demographics
  • Municipal Cultural Plans
  • Strategic priority for Tourism Development   – arts, adventure, culinary
  • Inspiration landscapes and lifestyles
  • Variety of venues – indoors and out
  • Community radio
  • Outstanding music program at High school
  • Private music instruction by talented teachers
  • Speciality music camps
  • Musical theatre productions
  • Open stages
  • Recording studio
  • Experience packages, e.g., package

The above factors fosters a community of practice that attracts creators, producers, presenters and performers 


  • Audience development -
  • Marketing   - maintaining a professional and  consistent effort with only volunteers

attracting regional audiences

  • Capacity
  • Venues – need for a medium sized venue 100—150 seats with rehearsal space, licensed lobby, perhaps a meeting room. This would ideally be a black box, with quick conversion from theatre to concert configuration
  • Too much performance – managing the Calendar

Haliburton County Folk Society

One of the more active presenting organizations

Mandate is to foster an appreciation of and participation in folk and roots music in Haliburton County

In existence since 1996 and a member Haliburton County Community Cooperative.  Volunteers based. Occasionally  

Current activities 

  • Annual  concert series
  • Winter Folk Camp
  • Home Routes house concert series
  • Monthly open stages
  • Support for local musicians

o   High School bursary “to a student who has demonstrated both a potential as an instrumentalist, vocalist, or composer and a desire to further his/her musical career.”

o   Opportunities to perform  – openers for concerts, featured performer at open stages, annual Homemade Stew concert

o   Recording subsidies and production of two CDs

o   CD sales

o   Performers Database

o   Sound equipment    - also available for community use

o   Out of County Referrals and promotion

o   Profession development, e.g., WFC subsidies, outreach workshops  


  • Funding support from CAPF and HCDC
  • Youth Engagement – youth ambassador
  • Partnerships  – Rotary, Minden Bluegrass Festival, Canoe FM
  • Audience Development  – cross promotion
  • Making music more accessible to the less fortunate

Going beyond the business presenting concerts – engaging and helping to build community


  •  Audience development, marketing, capacity, venues
  • Coverage across the county
  • Youth engagement
  • Stigma of folk and roots music

Keys to success – dedication, patience, perseverance and building trust




Announcing a Canadian Art Exhibition by Shelley Beach

Announcement of Canadian Art Exhibition by Shelley Beach

Canadian Art Exhibition by Shelley Beach

Shelley Beach is pleased to announce an exhibition of her art at the Art Gallery of Bancroft from July 2nd to July 22nd. There is an opening reception Friday July 4th at 7:30 pm.

The exhibition is titled “Sanctuary” and is sponsored by Pat Cooke in memory of Paul David Cooke. Exhibition assistance has been provided by the Arts Council.

To see examples of Shelley Beach’s work click her. 

Mark this exhibit on your calendar!