Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands 
June 2020 Newsletter
May 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.  
Lee Gauthier, a long time member of ACHH, has passed away.
To read an Haliburton Echo article on her life click
Picture from Haliburton Echo
"Almost Alone"
Laurie O'Reilly has done some writing .
Check this out Almost Alone
Michael Clipperton
" I thought it might serve as an example of how to get through these times and come out the other side. "
Read what he has to say here
Deborah Ann Morris
"Spring" encaustic 10x10
"Some Days You Just Gotta Paint Your Own Sunshine" 5x7 mixed media

"molten lava hot
warm tingling clean golden rays
grace upon my skin"
Deborah Ann Morris
Creative, Teacher, Student of Nature
Sole Proprietor Image'n'Thyme Studio & Gardens
(416) 571-6925
Hnrs B.A., B.Ed. Fine Arts+
OGC Expressive Arts+
O.C.T., Therapeutic Horticulture+
I have been experimenting with a Japanese wood burning technique known as Shou Sugi Ban. I'll use these pieces to make picture frames. 

I have a book - a 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

As We Find It Play Reading Group

For just over a month, the "As We Find It" Play Reading Group has  been meeting on Zoom every Wednesday evening. We started gathering to  commiserate about the postponement of Highlands Little Theatre's
spring show, Vintage Hitchcock, but the group has grown beyond that  cast. Over the last several weeks, we've revisited some old  favourites, but now we're heading into new territory and the group is  going to be helping to workshop a brand-new play, entitled "Too Much
Doubt", which takes its inspiration from an event in Haliburton's  history. Interested in joining us? Just send an email to . Anyone with a love of theatre is welcome!  

How Carole's ZOOM ART Coaching Class works:
Kinds of Combinations for Classes depends on how much time you want to have
-Monday and Wednesday
- One-on-One hour sessions
Mentoring involves working with and analyzing pictures being painted by students in Photoshop in
preparation for personalized Zoom Meetings with Screen Sharing between the students and the
- Group Coaching Sessions- Beginning of day and End of day
Morning Group Session will be comprised of demonstrations of techniques for all the group.
Afternoon Group Sessions will be a group discussion about each students work.
- Friday Group Critique
Cost: - $90. A week( Payment by etransfer using before start)
B-ONE HOUR APPOINTMENT-( Phone- 705 457 2404 or email Private
One of One Coaching for experienced painters- Appointment Required -1 hour Mentoring Period could
be divided if required to resolve problem but it will still be I hour on the same day
Cost: $25 ( Payment by etransfer using before start)
How Carole's ZOOM ART Coaching Class works:
1- Download Zoom app. from Click Join Meeting
A unique ID and Password is required for entering a meeting This is sent out by the host. Enter the
unique password and ID about 5 minutes before the scheduled start time. Your host will admit you to
the meeting . Make sure your video and audio are turned on. You will be asked to Screen Sharing with
the host. Group and individual lessons are conducted on the screen using Photoshop with your work .
It is vital to send pictures as you progress with your painting at home to the host for a Photoshop
presentation ( Carole is a Graphic Designer and well trained in Photoshop.)
2- On Monday and Wednesday you be assigned a time for a 1-on1 meeting with your mentor. You will
continue to paint on your own and at your own pace. At the beginning and end of the day all come
together as a group either for a lesson or for comments on your progress. This interaction with
everyone makes this one of the best features of this kind of learning. Friday is a 1 hour class Critique
hopefully of your finished canvas.
A Session is from Monday to Friday as described above. Class sizes are small to allow for lots of
individual help. You may join as many sessions as you wish during this Pandemic. They will start anew
at the beginning of each week. Painting is done in your own home.
You will accomplish much if you set aside as much time as it takes to finish a piece of art in the week.
You must have a computer or device with Internet connection.
Here is some important information for our Artists: Additional Information below

The Artist Relief Fund provides financial assistance to visual artists for maintaining their current housing, health and art practice. 
Eligible items include:
* food * residential rent/mortgage * utilities * home care *telephone * transportation * emergency medical care
* emergency dental care * psychological services * exceptional circumstances (at discretion of committee)
For more information please check this website:

 photo by Jen Posti
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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


Working From Home                
I would like to thank everyone who sent me material for this newsletter.  Working from home is a challenge.  I am used to the super fast internet at the Incubator.  I am spoiled working in the bright office with the greatest internet.
Lets keep in touch.

Many artists and craftspeople are looking for ways to sell their work in a safe way after many shows, markets and venues will be closed this summer. 

A number of our members have already been offering no contact "porch-pick-up".  In some cases, pictures are put up on social media with customers directly contacting the artist with what they are interested in. An e-transfer is sent and the item is picked up.  Others are trying an honour-system table/display outside at their residence.

The Art's Council Haliburton Highlands would like to help you with entrepreneurship in a safe way.

 Let us know what you are doing so we can share it through our newsletter, Facebook and Instagram page. Email photos or information or tag us on your social media posts so we can share.
Highlands Summer Festival

Welcome to the
Highlands Summer Festival
Photo Contest
Each month we will be posting a photo from one of the shows we presented over the past two decades. The challenge for you is to identify the show and the year it was presented. There could be additional questions as well, depending on the whims of the contest master. All you have to do is submit your answers to by the 25th of the month. We will select one winner from all the correct entries we received by deadline. The winner will receive two tickets to any of the 2021 season shows because, YES! there will be a season next year. A new photo will be posted at the beginning of each month at which time we'll announce the winner of the previous contest.
It is as simple as that.
* No entry fee.
* No tickets to buy.
* No meetings to attend.
....just a nostalgic stroll down our theatre memory lane and a chance to score some tickets to the 2021 Highlands Summer Festival season.
Let the Fun Begin!!!!

We're looking for the name of the show, the year it was presented and the names of the three actors, (not their characters, their real names), you see here. Bonus points to anyone who can describe the relationship between the three characters.
Send your entry by June 25 to:
Watch for the winner to be announced and the next contest in this location in early July. Good Luck!!!

We are dyeing full-time, and offering virtual shopping in our studio via zoom. Curbside pick up is available, and we are shipping 2 times per week.

I'm also offering private knitting lessons, and will be offering virtual knitting and dyeing classes shortly. (I just finished doing an event for Vogue Knitting last week)

I'm a featured artist for the Surface Design Association this month:
And I've just had an article published in Uppercase magazine #45.
Kits for Scylla and Endorphins are here:"
Kim McBrien Evans

Fairy Houses Bisqued
Fairy Houses

Sharon Lynch: Stone Garden Pottery          
The fairy houses have been very popular and look great in your garden. More are fresh out of the kiln and on their way to being finished. People are doing porch pick-ups from a safe distance and paying by e-transfer.
Nicki Brazier-Hagarty -L & N Beadworks  
: To see more of her work go to her facebook page:
Nicki Brazier-Hagarty - L & N Beadworks
David Archibald

I just put together this video for my song 'Hometown.'

I'm creating another video featuring Napanee images with the same song.  I wonder if there are any folks in  Haliburton County who would like to share archival images of Haliburton, Minden, Canarvon etc. so I could make a Haliburton 'Hometown.'  If there were, they could contact me at

I've also been giving series of themed Zoom (50-minute) concerts on Wednesday evenings at 8 p.m.  The themes haves been:  Songs of the 20s, 30s and 40s; Songs of the 50s, Early Folkies, Girl Groups and Bobbys, Bob Dylan.  Next week is the British Invasion!  Anyone interested could contact me at the above email or on Facebook.

Hope you're well.  All the best,

p.s. concerts are free, of course

To see the remaining videos go to David's website:
Fishing Boats at dusk in Key West.
Key West "Grandeur"
Janice Archer      
I completed these 2  oils whilst in Naples feeling the urge to return to Canada when Covid 19 was causing our children to beckon us home. I did painted 2 more (PalmTree farewells"  to...........turn time into memories ...........before we left.

Deborah Reed 
To read Deborah's poems click
Crows on Borealis

Rossana Dewey                
"The month of May presented some challenges for me.  I had run out of some art supplies and had to place an order online .  Unfortunately, due to COVID and the high demand of online ordering shipping would take three weeks.  To see it through, I opted to use whatever materials I had on hand.  I painted in oils, did line drawings, used ink and played with collage.  It kept me busy enough until new supplies arrived.  In turn,  it opened up new possibilities and helped me experiment.  As the lockdown extends, my studio wall is filling up." 
Covid-19 The Invisible Foe
By Irene Davidson Fisher

Each one of us must do our part
To fight against this foe.
So pay attention, yes you too!
And do what you are told.

There are those who think it's all a hoax
And cause us a lot of alarm.
But we can all do our part
To keep us safe from harm.

They say to keep our distance.
They say to please stay home.
That doing this will help us all fight against this foe.

And if you sneeze
Or if you cough
Please do so in your sleeve,
And if we all can do this
We will stop the spread of this disease.

So listen up one and all and do as you are told.
Stay at home and watch TV.
Play a game or work from home.
Learn at a distance or ride your bike.
But keep your distance - six feet - Right?

And if we all do what we're asked
All the need for this will pass
And then we'll sing and then we'll laugh
And go outside again. 
May 2020
            Janet Bradley                
I have been doing portraits of my grandkids because I miss them. This is the last one.
It is with deep regret that we announce that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Haliburton School of Art + Design summer program is cancelled.
This cancellation includes the weeklong courses and Saturday workshops, from May to November, listed in the summer calendar.
Our courses are designed for small groups of people to come together to create and collaborate in intimate studio environments and, unfortunately, cancellation is the only option available to us right now. We hold the health and safety of our community as our highest priority.
We have offered summer courses in Haliburton for more than 50 years. Our love of art and passion for creativity endures. We are now working on alternative options and opportunities to offer online this summer and will have more information available here in the weeks ahead.
In the meantime, fees paid will be fully refunded.
Thank you for your interest in our school, your patience and understanding. Stay safe.
Marie Gage 

Marie Gage is launching a free ebook aimed at helping children to understand what is happening with respect to Covid -19. She hopes it will empower them to do their part in stopping the spread of this virus while at the same time providing a message of hope for the future. Check out link on  her author facebook page to download a copy. Please share with everyone you know who has children or grandchildren. Or www... (click on newletters) 
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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.