Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands 
August 2020 Newsletter
August 2020 - News from our members.
Directory Distribution in 2020

With COVID 19 and the closure of businesses, attractions, events and studios, we have been faced with a new challenge - the distribution of our 2020 Arts Directory and Map.
For this year, 8000 - 10,000 will be delivered with the Highlander across Haliburton County and the remainder distributed to businesses, tourist attractions and studios as they open.
Please call our office if you would like some for your location.  
April Gates and Dear Friends,
We invite you to Schoolhouse/5, a Vintage & Fine-Craft pop-up Market featuring the work of local artists & collectors this August long weekend.
It's hard to believe, but it's Blackbird Pottery's 5th Anniversary at the Donald Schoolhouse. Despite the strangeness of our times, we're keen to connect, share & celebrate our passions with you.
You'll find beautiful pottery, woodwork, jewelry, sexy masks, fine art, vintage goodies and more! Exhibitors include Lisa Barry & Matt Mihlik of Homestead Pottery, Samantha Vanderwyst, Rod Prouse, Leslie Howchin of Moth Jewelry (Saturday only), Collin Burke of Russel Red Productions, and hostess April Gates of Blackbird Pottery and her alter ego, Vintage Huntress! 
Our safe & joy-filled COVID compliant outdoor market experience is yours to enjoy. Entrance will be limited to stay within safety guidelines. Exhibitors will be spaced at an appropriate distance to best accommodate physical distancing. All guest exhibitors will be outdoors, with the exception of Blackbird Pottery who will be between the studio and outdoor area. 
Please note Schoolhouse/5 is Friday & Saturday only, from 10-4. 
Follow Blackbird Pottery on Facebook for sneak peeks and updates. We hope to see you soon!! 
  Most sincerely, 
Friday July 31rst/ 10-4
Saturday August 1rst/ 10-4
5843 Gelert Rd.

Haliburton Highlands Land Trust
Think Skink Video

Video by David LINK
The Little Pit Drive-In @ Abbey Gardens. Join us every Wednesday for a late night double feature. Gates open at 8.30, movie starts at sunset. Visit   for more information.

Gord Jones

This is a youtube video I made of a winter watercolour. The painting took my usual 40 min but I have speeded it up to be under 10 min.  Link
Deborah Ann Morris

to register for Wednesday sessions 
beginning August 12 - September 9, 2020  
10 a.m. - 12:00 noon:

Janet Bradley

The Egg Thief
HCDC is proud to announce we have a fresh new look!
After careful consideration, our team decided to change the HCDC colours to better reflect who we are, our values, and goals.
HCDC continues to work with our community and partners to build a resilient and vibrant Haliburton Highlands and contribute to the creation of jobs, growth, and prosperity.
While our colours may be different, we are still the hardworking, confidential, friendly, helpful, and compassionate team you've come to know and love over the past 35 years.
We hope you love our new look as much as we do!

Is OPEN with some precautions... I'm not doing anything that requires a one on one fitting, but mending and hemming pre-measured by the customer. Your garments need to be laundered. Please place your sewing in a plastic bag (with handles) along with your contact information and instructions. Follow the "Sew What!" signs to the rack on my back porch and hang it there and then I will retrieve it. I'll call you when the work is completed and you can send me an
E-transfer or cash in an envelope, I have a payment purse hanging on the rack, and then come and pick it up.
Please order your masks early and beat the rush. They are $7.50 each - specify male/female and colour preference. Children's masks by request only.
Headbands for face masks for people with hearing aids or to prevent chaffing from extended wear. Call or text to order 705-457-8764. $10 each 

Our Funders

Trillium Foundation
prov of ont


Our Donors


The Haliburton Forest Woodshop


Artists in the Schools 


Lions logo

The Haliburton & District Lions Club

The Minden & District Lions Club


Rotary Club

Rotary Club of Haliburton




Parker Pad & Printing Ltd. 

Jim Blake


Hello Arts Council Members,
We are pleased to announce that we are introducing a new project called Spotlight on the Arts which is an opportunity to promote our working artists in all mediums and arts organizations and businesses. Each month, we will profile a member on our social media sites sharing some information about them or their organization and displaying images of their art. 
It is our privilege to work with all of you and we are pleased to be able to promote you and the work you do.

We look forward to hearing from you.

The Art In Public Spaces Committee

Harvey Walker                
Since occupancy for classes has been reduced to 4, I came up with a way to gather, share and learn with lots of distance and fresh air. These are some photos of how I made it work at Boathouse Studio.


Below are three adventures that are available.  To see further adventures visit our calendar. 
We are committed to providing safe, fun adventures for you.

Plein Air Painting
Sculpture Forest Tours

A Glass Act

Wendy Wood     
Come to a puzzle signing!
TheOccurrence is proud to announce the launch of their Canadian Artists series on Friday, August 21st.
Wendy Wood is our first artist.
Box signing will be from 3-5pm.
The Puzzle Factory is located at 130 Industrial Park Rd, Unit #2, Haliburton
Please Puzzle Responsibly!

Rails End updates
Online Student Art Show - Landmarks of the Railway Days 
Call for Entry Deadline is September 7 at 10 pm. Open to students from Grade 1 to 12. 
All students will receive a one year student membership to Rails End Gallery as a thank you for participating. 

Susan Rankin: Shadow Garden 
July 4 - September 5, 2020 
An exquisite exhibition of work by prominent glass artist Susan Rankin. 
Visit  for hours (which are changing due to the pandemic) and images of this important exhibition. for a survey of Susan's collected works and media coverage.   

Shopping at Rails End Gallery Shop 
The Gallery Shop is now open for touch-free shopping with staff assistance. Window displays are magnificent and this month local jewelry artists are showcased. Peek in! 
Please note hours and number of visitors are reduced due the pandemic, and may change as summer progresses. For updates and online shopping, artist bios and features visit 

Rails End Gallery launches a PODCAST 
Clickety Clack - conversations from the end of the line 
In the first three episodes Laurie Jones and Janet Trull talk about navigating the Ontario Arts Curriculum during the pandemic.

J acqueline Morin-Proud
For the past few weeks I have been working on Paddles. Here is my latest: The Mystic Moose Paddle.
Where do I start in describing this project? A commission to design a moose paddle with an antler extended off the paddle. A 3-dimensional look, kinda like my very first Fish Paddle. My first thought was Ya Sure I can do that!!  
I cropped and printed out the reference image. Taped it to the paddle to ensure the paddle style and design work well together. Then I created the antler from a pine board. Once happy with the look I drilled holes to insert my dowels to help secure it to the paddle.  Who said an artist needed so many tools! 
When I paint my wildlife Paddles I like to start with the eyes. I consider it the focal point for these paddles. Once done i protect them with two coats of varnish. 
This Mystic Moose is now in its forever home on Salerno.
Next up another paddle request - The Canadian Leaf across 3 paddles. What fun!
Keep on Creating, j
This summer I've moved painting class to the outdoors.

  Summer School 2020 hasn't been face to face but we can still bring some of it to you! Keep an eye on HSAD's Facebook page ( for digital versions of some of the art talks and entertainment originally planned for summer school.
Dates are still being finalized but advance notice will be posted.

Also planned are studio visits and demonstrations with some of the HSAD instructors. Erin Lynch, senior studio technician, has been sharing some tips and tricks as well. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay in touch. FlemingHSAD
Wishing you a safe, healthy, and happy summer.
 Wishing you a safe, healthy, and happy summer.
June Krisko                 
I'm working on printing my photography on prints for 5" x 7" greeting cards, 8" x 10" in a 11" x 14" frame and 11" x 14" prints in a 16" x 20" frame. I'm selling the photo cards and framed prints in Castle Antiques in Haliburton and through Facebook @junekriskoartist.  My website is
If anyone is interested in prints of my photography they can contact me directly through my website or Facebook.
I'm always posting new pictures on @junekrisko on Instagram.
I've attached some pictures of the displays in Castle Antiques Cafe.
June Krisko


colouring book/Bible study published on Amazon ($13.93) as a print book and on Etsy as digital PDF ($5.99).
Illustrations by Anna Morgan (Haliburton). Also she and I worked on the Bible study together.
Bible Study/Colouring Book Psalm 119:1-8
JanisCoxDesigns on Etsy
 photo by Jen Posti
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Benefits of Membership
As a member of the Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands you receive:   
  • FREE listing of your artist/studio/business/organization details in the Arts Council's online Directory and in the annual printed Arts Directory (25,000+ distribution) with your BRONZE level membership.
  • Ability to purchase an enhanced listing in the annual Arts Directory (GOLD & SILVER level memberships).
  • Exclusive events listing in monthly newsletter e-blast to approximately 1,000 recipients AND free listing of your events on the Arts Council website.
  • Participation in promotional material mailing to Ontario Tourism Centres.
  • FREE classified ads in monthly newsletter and on the Arts Council website.
  • Ability to purchase your own e-blast to the Arts Council's database ($25 + HST per).
  • Access to Arts Council credit card program (7.5% fee on sales) and wine glass rental ($4.20 per dozen + HST).
  • Participation in the Artists in the Schools program.
  • Use of Arts Council Membership logo on your promotional material.
  • A vote at the Arts Council Annual General Meeting.
  • Opportunity to be a Featured Artist on the Arts Council web site.
  • Access to the Haliburton School of the Arts extensive resource library.
  • Paid opportunities to participate/exhibit at Arts Council-sponsored community events. 
What does the Arts Council do on members' behalf?
  • Compiles information for members about funding, resources, competitions, requests for proposals for artists and arts organizations and businesses.
  • Acts a voice for arts, culture and heritage in Haliburton County. The Arts Council has representation on the Haliburton County Tourism Coalition and is involved in provincial and national arts organizations.
  • Provides an information service to the public about the services, skills and products provided by members of the Arts Council. The Arts Council responds to requests for information by the public received by phone, mail or e-mail.
  • Facilitates business-to-business connections among Arts Council members
  • Collaborates with other organizations to promote the arts, culture and heritage. 
If you are interested in donating to the Artists in the Schools program, donors receive a charitable tax receipt. Cheques can be made out to the Friends of the Arts in Haliburton Highlands and mailed to PO Box 931, Haliburton ON K0M 1S0. Alternatively, you may donate via PayPal.