Island residency program underway in Haliburton County
The Halls Island Artist Residency Committee is thrilled that the new and innovative program in Haliburton County is up and running.
The first artist to stay at Halls Island Artist Residency, Ryan Kasperowitsch, completed his stay in late June. On June 27, Kasperowitsch presented his thoughts on outdoor education and experiences as they relate to watercolour painting. He is an avid outdoorsman and also a doctoral student at Brock University. A large group of summer staff were present for his session at YMCA Camp Wanakita. The young audience had many very thought provoking and relevant contributions to the open discussion following his talk. Kasperowitsch also generously donated a framed watercolour painting to Camp Wanakita’s fundraising auction which helps send kids to camp.
Brooke Manning, the second artist benefiting from this new program, will be creating a community poem as her community engagement piece. There are journals located at five Haliburton County Public Library branches and one at Fleming College. Anyone who happens upon a journal is encouraged to enter thoughts, ideas, musings or whatever they feel at the time, into the journals. The books will be relocated to new settings for the month of August. At the end of the summer, Brooke will use these entries to create a community poem. Organizers are already anticipating something new and exciting as her end result.
The third community engagement session will take place at the Haliburton Highlands Museum on Sunday, July 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is by donation. Anna Swanson and April White will offer a poetry reading and artist talk based on their collaborative project “The Garbage Poems.” Swanson and White will each present their own work from this project and discuss how they came together to work on it.
Halls Island Artist residency is part of the Haliburton County Community Co-operative and is partially funded by HCDC.