Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands 
June 2018 Newsletter
June 2018 - News, Events, Workshops, Services and more
SPARC Symposium 2018
Last week, I had the pleasure of being part of a group from Haliburton's arts community that made an expedition north for the third SPARC symposium, held in Cobalt, Ontario. SPARC (Supporting Performing Arts in Rural and Remote Communities) is a province-wide initiative with its roots in Haliburton County, this was the first time a SPARC symposium had been held outside of the County. The four day event brought together over one hundred presenters, creators, producers and community animators working in the performing arts across the province for amazing dialogue on the topic of "translation"; sometimes literal and sometimes metaphorical. There can be no doubt that we are stronger working together.
On behalf of the Arts Council Haliburton Highlands, I'd like to thank the community of Cobalt, as well as our local partner Pied Piper Kidshows. Leading the team on-site were Symposium Coordinator Felicity Buckell, our Northern Outreach Consultant, Chandel Gambles and our Network Coordinator, Rebecca Ballarin. We'd also like to thank our funders at the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Canadian Heritage for helping to make this event possible.  Find out more at
Kate Butler
Chair ACHH
Thank you to Abbey Gardens
for being a new advertiser in our Directory

Please join Sharon Lynch of Stone Garden Pottery again at Friday's Stanhope Farmers' Market beginning June 22. Located on the North Shore Road beside the firehall, Sharon will be sharing a booth with Ron Lofthouse's honey and beeswax candles. There will be lots to see and choose from. 

Sharon and Ron are also at Tuesday's Farmers' Market in Haliburton's Head Lake Park.
Kaleidoscope of Local Authors
Wintergreen Maple Products Gelert
June 9 
1-4 PM

The organisers are seeking additional artist to exhibit their work.  
Please come and visit during the event to discuss the author's works and perhaps stock up on gifts for your reading friends and family.
Highlands Summer Festival
2018 Events Listing
Name of Event: Romeo & Juliet
When: July 2-5 (7:30pm), 6 & 8 (2:00pm), 9 & 10 (7:30pm)
Where: Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion - Haliburton ON
What: Classic theatre from the master of the stage, William Shakespeare
Contact: Highlands Summer Festival box office - 705.457.9933 -
Wednesday July 18, 2018.
6th Annual Tall Pine Tales
Cottage Country Writers present a series of public readings
featuring talented writers from Muskoka and Haliburton County.
Wednesday July 18, 2018, 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.
The Community Room,
13523 Hwy.118, Haliburton
$25, includes Buffet/Presentations/Door Prizes
Master of Ceremonies: Mike Jaycock
Tickets: Sharon Lawrence @ 705-286-6276 or Pat Bett @ 705-455-9074

Finn Artists' Center
Summer School Oil/acrylic CLASSES
Professional Instruction
Tuesday / Saturday
All day Tuesday
Dates: July 3rd to July 28th
  • Studio Day Monday: 9:00 to 4:00 to paint with no instruction
  • Gallery Group Show-of your work Opening August 11th 2018
  • Membership Card-
Discounts at selected Art Suppliers
COST- $295.00 for 8 sessions
Registration Online
phone 705.457.2404 For more information

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


 photo by Jen Posti

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Summer Student 
Rails End Gallery and Art Gallery 
32 - 35 hours per week 
$14 per hour 
Weekend work required. 
Job responsibilities include coordinating artists demonstrations, family programming, retail sales and exhibition assistance.
contact: Laurie for an interview appointment. 705-457-2330  

HHSS Portfolio Class Exhibitiion
May 25- June 16
Making Music: The Luthier's Craft
June 23- Aug. 24
Rails End Trash N Treasures Marketplace and Butter Tart Contest
June 16, 8 am to 2 pm; 705-457-2330

Painting Lessons
Mon. & Tues. 10-12, Boathouse Studio in Carnarvon
$10/class; 905-435-7785;

Exploring Indigenous Settlement in Haliburton County
Sat. June 23rd, 2-3 pm
Heritage Happenings-Discovering the Decades
T uesday & Wednesday mornings
July & Aug., 10:30 am -12:00 pm
Lost Haliburton Boat Tours
Wednesdays in July & Aug. 1-3 pm
Playing with Natural Solutions
Thurdays, July 5 - Aug. 2, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Night at the Museum
Fri. July 6th & Fri. Aug. 24th starting at 7 pm
Jazz at the Museum VI
Saturday July 7th @ 7:30 pm

Haliburton County Historical Society
Speaker Ken Wrigglesworth on "Haliburton Scout Reserve"
June 21st 1:30 pm
Haliburton Museum 

Wild Ontario
Rob Stimpson
June 13th; 7-9 pm
6712 Gelert Rd. Haliburton
High Five: June   15
Canoe like a Canadian: June 10, 21
Making Moccasins: June 1, 2, 12, 23
Rock Hounding: June 9, 13, 
Some like it Hot: June 9, 24
Glass Fusion: June 12, 19
Dog Days of summer tips & tricks: June 12, 26
Paddle, Explore & Dine: June 13, 27
Stray Cats: June 14
Sip Swill and Savour: June 17
Haliburton Rocks: June 18, 29
Highlands Food and Beverage showcase: June 16
Gems beneath your boots: June 15, 20, 
Dressings, Smoothies, teas: June 15
The Magic of Tree Medicine: June 22;
Bat Box Building Workshop
June 9, 10 am -12 pm
Haliburton Fish Hatchery

June 8: Open Mic with John Dawson -Dominion Hotel
June 9: Mike Biggar -Dominion Hotel
June 16: Canadian Blues Legends- Jesse O'Brien & Chris Caddell -Dominion Hotel
June 24: Gospel Gordie &  Sinner Shawn -Dominion Hotel
June 26: Gord Kidd & Fat Fingers Slimm - Dominion Hotel
June 27: Paint Night with Spirits and Splatters -Dominion Hotel
June 30: Canada Day Pre Party with Gord Kidd -Dominion Hotel
Check out the Dorset Rec Calendar events

Literary Arts Roundtable: Writer in Residence Survey    
Registration is open and we'd love to have you with us! Over 70 new courses and 21 new instructors  will blend with returning favourites in the exciting 2018 summer school program. Alla Prima - Direct Painting, Aerial Dance - Creative Movement, Sculptural Sheet Metal Forming , Eco Art, Life Drawing & 3D Model Making, and Writing a Novel, to name a few.
The complete calendar is available online. Download it here.
Escape on your own or bring someone along with you - there's something for everyone.

Image: painting by instructor John Climenhage

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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.