Susan Hay has been very busy since returning to her cottage studio in March! Take a look at the wonderful pieces she has created in this short time. Congratulations Susan! While they are not yet posted on www.MadeInHaliburton.ca please feel free to enquire using the custom art form on her page at www.madeinhaliburton.ca
MadeInHaliburton.ca is excited to welcom Sophia Tink to the site as a contributing artist. She lives in the municipality of Algonquin Highlands which is part of the Haliburton Highlands and is the owner of Sophia Tink Jewellery Art Studio.
Sophia has been a professional artist and instructor of one-of-a-kind offerings since 1982. She studied at the Japanese Art of Floral Design at the Sogetsu Ikebana School. She is also a graduate from the Jewellery Arts program at The Haliburton School of the Arts Sir Sandford Fleming College located in Haliburton Ontario, Canada.
January article from Terrance Gavin in the Highlander illustrated some mixed reviews from the crowd that gathered to hear about the proposed new website: www.MadeInHaliburton.ca. There was much optimism and excitement by many but also some concern by others. Now that the website is live and 40 artists have already chosen to sell their products in this manner, with more applications in the works, the press is more positive as is illustrated by this excerpt from an editorial by Bram Lebo of the Highlander.
By Bram Lebo: “If, like me, you’ve had the good fortune to discover George’s Savoury Pies in Argyle (real lard, unreal crust), you’ll no doubt be familiar with George’s problem: there’s just not enough traffic on that country road to keep the ovens in business. Sadly, George has on more than one occasion had to close up for a month or three. What George could use is a billboard on Highway 12, something to point the pie-lovers in his direction. Or, he might consider an online sales tool like MadeinHaliburton.ca, the website launched earlier this month. Plans for the site were announced to the community in January and were greeted by a passive-aggressive combination of cautious enthusiasm (another grant project) and outright hostility (ripping off and stifling artists, not necessarily in that order). Now, roughly on time, it is here.” READ MORE >>>
At the launch of our site, the mood in the Art Hive on April 5th when the artists and project partners gathered in a private party to mark the occasion of the launch of the new website was upbeat and hopeful. Small sales had already been completed with shipping to Canada, USA and Hong Kong.
Carole Finn moved to the Highlands, somewhat reluctantly, when she married her husband, Don. It wasn’t that she didn’t love the environment of lakes and trees, but she was an artist and at that time the Highlands had nothing much to offer in the arts. Her husband wanted to launch his own practice and the Highlands needed another lawyer. Don had been connected to the Highlands during his youth through the work his father, a builder of schools and churches, did in the area. Don was often in the Highlands working alongside his father in his youth and it was a place to which he had a connectioin.
One evening as she socialized with friends one of them put forward the idea of creating a School of the Arts in the Haliburton Highlands. Jan Augusteijn, Carl Hanke, and Carole continued to explore this notion recruiting Liz Hogden and Danny O’Neil to assist. Carl , Jan and Carole were able to take advantage of the political pressures of an election year and enter into a successful contract with Sir Sandford Fleming College. The agreement stipulated that if they were able to run the school for three years, keeping it out of the red, the college would take it over and assign a director.
From these tenuous roots a well-respected and very active Haliburton School of the Arts has grown. The Haliburton School of the Arts now functions from a full-time Fleming College Campus. It offers programs of various lengths from one day to a full-time art certification programs with courses in a variety of media. The Haliburton School of the Arts calendar of courses is very diversified and draws people from near and far to take advantage of the artistic talent that resides in, or is affiliated with, the Haliburton Highlands.
Carole has developed her skills and continues to paint on a daily basis. She states, “it is important if you are to be an artist that you paint every day”. Forty years after moving here, she recognizes that The Haliburton Highlands has much to offer artists. There is a vibrant artistic community of which she is an active part. She is a member of the Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands. She is part of the well-established, fall Haliburton County Studio Tour and the newer Tour de Forest that occurs on the August long weekend each year. In addition to shows within the Highlands Carole’s work is recognized in galleries and shows throughout Ontario and British Columbia.
Please come and join us as we celebrate the artistic nature of the Haliburton Highlands through an exhibition of the work of 35 local artists. All of these artists are selling their work on MadeInHaliburton.ca and it is truly exciting to have samples of their work collected in one central location for the public to view.
The official ribbon cutting is at 11 a.m. on Saturday April the 6th but, the show will run the following hours:
Friday April 6, 2012 — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday April 7, 2012 — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday April 8, 2012 — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday April 13, 2012 — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday April 14, 2012 — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday April 15, 2012 — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday April 20, 2012 — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday April 21, 2012 — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday April 22, 2012 — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Haliburton Highlands have been a part of Brian Wilson’s life for as long as he can remember. While growing up in Lindsay, Ontario he often travelled to the Highlands and has very fond memories of this area. When he began to consider taking art courses at the Fleming College Haliburton School of the Arts, it made sense to purchase a cottage in this familiar area and use it as a base while he furthered his artistic studies. His time in the Haliburton Highlands is only partially responsible for his love of landscapes. Canoeing and kayaking around Ontario along with travel across Europe, the U.S., and New Zealand have all been contributing factors, Brian’s love of art, and landscape, has been further refined by visits to Art Museums in London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Vienna. Brian is a member of the Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands, and a member of Arts Hamilton.
Brian’s completion of the Certificate in Visual Arts at the Fleming College Haliburton School of the Arts, in 2008, was the realization of a long-term goal. Brian can be very proud of the fact that he was selected as the representative of the College’s Visual Arts Program at the “One of a Kind” Show in Toronto. At the show he displayed his art and explained the Haliburton School of the Arts program to prospective students. He has also taken Drawing and Painting courses at Mohawk College, and cartooning at the Dundas Valley School of Art. Check out Brian’s latest work.
Annette Blady was born in Toronto, Canada. She studied art at the Ontario College of Art and Design and graduated in 1980. The architectural technology company, in which she was a partner in the 1980s, received international recognition. In her role as an interior designer in this firm she created works for major projects including The Nieman Marcus Centre in Chicago, Harbourfront in Toronto, and The World Financial Centre in Battery Park, New York City.
In 1989 Blady decided to pursue a full time career in fine art. She has gained international recognition and has canvases in many prominent galleries and private collections in Canada, the United States, and in Europe. She has a very broad repertoire of artwork that represent her eclectic style. Images range from chromatic exuberance to soft and poignant elegance. Her work combines textured exotic papers and fabrics with cut glass, and metallic acrylic to create mixed media collage paintings. She enjoys linking modern desing with motifs from ancient symbolism and abstract expressionism.
Annette spent time in the Haliburton Highlands in her youth and was drawn back to the area about 15 years ago when a friend suggested she explore the opportunity of teaching at the Haliburton School of the Arts. Her husband, Al’s, fond memories of time her spent her as an adolescent contributed to the decision. For the first few years they found a variety of rental accommodations that allowed them to explore various areas of the Haliburton Highlands. In 2005 they purchased their cottage home and second studio on Lake Miskwabi.
After many hours of hard work by a committee of dedicated individuals this website, MadeInHaliburton.ca, has become a reality! Welcome to our new website and we hope you enjoy your visit. Any feedback about the website is greatly appreciated .. so, feel free to go to the contact us page and send us an email.
Why have we created an online gallery for the artists of the Haliburton Highlands? It is simple: this is a Canadian Artistic Community and the work of local artists deserves to be showcased and marketed as such. In 1968 a small group of local Haliburton Highlands citizens got together and charted a vision for the community to become an enclave for artists. It was envisioned that the Haliburton Highlands would become ”the Banff of the east”. The rugged landscape of forests and lakes was thought to be an ideal location for artists to be creative in their home-based businesses scattered around the region. Forty years later the arts have truly blossomed in this community. It is now the home of a full-time Fleming College campus that attracts over 200 full-time students, and 3,500 students for week long courses given by over 150 artist faculty members who are associated with a variety of media and methods. There are 190 artists and arts related organizations registered with the Arts Council of the Haliburton Highlands. It is known that this is only part of the total composition of the arts within the Haliburton Highlands as some individuals choose not to become members. There are several year round public galleries; five community museums; three studio tours; two dance studios; the Highlands Summer Festival (live theatre), the Highlands Opera Studio; a variety of live musical performances through the Forest Festival and Folk Society. This list is certainly not all inclusive but, will give you an idea of the depth and breadth of cultural opportunities that abound in the Haliburton Highlands. All of this has been created by a small but, vibrant community with only 15,000 permanent residents. Art “production” is one of the main economic development enterprises of this region.
The work of many of these fine artists has been a well-kept secret, shared only with those who happened upon their work at local galleries or stumbled upon their out of the way studios. The Haliburton Highlands Studio Tour does bring many visitors to see these studios during the fall cavalcade of colours. Some artists have a presence on the web but, there are few “buy now” opportunities for the public to take advantage of. We are now taking their work to the world through our online gallery and marketplace and offering people around the world the opportunity to “buy now” 365 days of the year 24 hours a day.
All artists displaying their work on this website have been reviewed by a committee of the Arts Council of the Haliburton Highlands to ensure that there is a high quality of work while not limiting the scope of work too aggressively. Here at Made-In-Haliburton.ca we believe that art is, at least in part, in the eye of the beholder. In addition to our jurying process we enable the purchaser to evaluate the quality of the artist’s work by openly and honestly providing the artists’ credentials along with high quality photographic images that allow the purchaser to examine the work in detail before making a decision to purchase. We also guarantee that if you are dissatisfied with the art when you receive it that it can be returned within the 7 day return period in accordance with the return policy.
This website is a joint project of MadeInHaliburton.ca, The Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands, Parker Pad, The Art Hive and The RightEyedDeer Press with funding from the Province of Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism and Culture’s Cultural Strategic Investment Fund (CSIF)
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