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Festival of Trees-2017

This fall, ten of our LOWAC members got together at TA Collegiate to make decorations for LOW Kenora Community Foundation's Festival of Trees. The schedule for the Fun Monday activity was posted on our calendar, and any member interested could attend the sessions held Monday evenings between 7 and 9 pm at Thomas Aquinas High School. 

For most of us, the evenings involved learning a craft we had never attempted before. Thanks to Alice Avison for her materials and her time teaching us to make the felted ornaments we decorated our tree with. Each felted ball had a hand done needled design to highlight the Festival's "A Kenora Christmas" theme and our tree was named "A Walk in the Woods", as birds and animals of Northern Ontario were portrayed. Felted candycanes, balls with needled designs of holly, a "Kenora Dinner Jacket" quilted tree skirt and a jolly felted Santa head- on a star covered in our famous black and red checkers completed our contribution. The gala was a fun event and perfect beginning to the December Christmas season as it was heald on November 30th in the Seven Generations auditorium. Our tree was a top seller at $1200. Apparently one of the attendees also fell in love with a special felted decoration and donated an extra $200 to the purchaser- who then gave her ornament she liked so much. A great sory indeed! And thank you again to everyone who was involved in this community fundraiser.

Family Fun Day Recap

Lake of the Woods Museum Family Fun Day

The Lake of the Woods Museum hosted their annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, October 28th this year.. More than 200 people (including lots of kids!) attended to make this a happy, fun event. Please note that LOWAC supported the activities this year as part of our effort to make the public more aware of THE BIG PICTURE campaign – to raise money for a new art centre in Kenora.

Thanks to Barb Manson, Lil Anderson, Betty Wires and Susan Bulman for their help organizing and volunteering for this event.

Please go to the LOW Museum website for more news and pictures!



Miracle Marathon-2017

This year our group contributed once again to the Salvation Army's Miracle Marathon. Over the weekend of the November 24th and 25th telethon at Dingwall Ford. Four of our baskets were given out. Lil Anderson arranged for good quality art supplies in each of these, and they were donated to young art students in our community.

Canada Summer Games Rowing & LOWAC

The Province of Manitoba was awarded the Canada Summer Games for 2017 and the Kenora Rowing Club at Rabbit Lake was selected as the site for the rowing competition.  In celebration, the Kenora Rowing Club and LOWAC decided to have antique sweeping oars, donated by the rowing club, painted by local artists. Each oar depicted characteristics of a province participating in the event.  As well there was a Canada Games Oar signature oar. In the fall of 2016 LOWAC issued a “Call to Artists” for participants and eleven artists expressed interest.  Selection of the different artist to paint oars for the provinces was done by random draw at a LOWAC Board meeting.  Prices for the oars were set by the artist who added their artistic fees to a base price of $200 for an unpainted oar.


All the oars were sold at this successful event. Many have been taken to their “home” province by participants or volunteers at the games. Two were purchased by the Rowing Club and will be displayed there permanently.

The following is a list of the artists who participated:

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