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Dip, Dip, & Swing - Event Recap

DIP DIP AND SWING  - JUNE 27th to AUGUST 27th

Dip Dip and Swing was the artistic community’s interpretation of the Path of the Paddle.  The Call to Artists was sent out in the fall of 2016 and there was an enthusiastic response.   Over 35 visual artists plus 24 young art students from Inglenook Art Studio were involved.  Seniors from the Pinecrest Home for the Aged and eight members of the New Horizons Seniors Group added to the diversity of the population participating.  The artists from KACL also contributed to the event by making clay mobiles which were hung from the trees along the walkway from the harbour front to Main Street.

Volunteers from LOWAC’s membership and board spent a good portion of the 3rd week in June installing the sculpture, paddles and art around the city of Kenora.  An opening held in Memorial Park on June 27th was a well-attended affair on a lovely sunny day.  The Community 150 Grant project was displayed at this time– a white canoe with over 100 large red outlines of maple leaves – ready for a community painting event held during Artsfest.

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Dip, Dip, & Swing - Grand Unveiling

The Grand Unveiling of "Dip, Dip & Swing", LOWAC's summer 2017 exhibit, took place on June 27 in Kenora. The on-line catalogue and auction is available at dipdipswing.com and all art can be bid on until the auction closes in late August.
 
Thank you to our local media for covering the Grand Unveiling, you can read their coverage at the following links:

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Summer 2017

With the celebration this summer revolving around the completion of the TransCanada Trail (the water portion of the trail named Path of the Paddle) Canada’s 150th Birthday and the 50th Canada Summer Games (rowing events) it was an exciting time to be in Kenora.  While the summer is usually a busy time with regularly scheduled events, LOWAC’s sponsorship of the arts added to the vibrancy of the cultural scene this year.

An overview, with photos, of the events from Summer 2017 will be posted in the near future.  It was an exciting summer in Kenora with LOWAC members and associations participating in the following:

  • DIP DIP AND SWING AND ART AUCTION
  • 50TH CANADA GAMES - ROWING EVENT AT RABBIT LAKE
  • ARTSFEST, STUDIO TOURS AND CONEY ISLAND (MAYBE ANNUAL) MUSIC FESTIVAL

You can also view photos from these events on the LOWAC Facebook page.

Dip, Dip, & Swing - Wine & Cheese Reception

On May 11th LOWAC directors hosted a wine and cheese evening at the Keewatin Curling Club to celebrate Dip Dip and Swing.  Esme Boone contributed her lovely harp music as background to the mingling.  Art (including painted and glass canoes) completed and juried for the event this summer, was showcased on the main floor and mezzanine levels of the club.  Paintings in the Dip Dip and Swing theme, created by young students from the Inglenook Art Studio, were also displayed.  
 
It was a wonderful display of talent by the thriving art community in our area. Sculpture made from concrete, wire, “found” objects and ceramic was featured as well as art with printed hand -made papers, painted in acrylics or watercolours and lovely glass mosaics and quilts.  Almost 30 LOWAC members participated in a paddle painting project which were displayed on long tables.  With images of lake birds, animals, fish and our lake shorelines these paddles will eventually be hung on the Thistle Pavilion railing at the Kenora waterfront during the summer.  All other art will be hung in restaurants and retail outlet windows or placed outdoors near the waterfront and the centre of town.
 
Susan Straight, LOWAC President, welcomed all who dropped by and personally thanked all the generous sponsors of this event.  The list of sponsors is noted below. 
          
A printed and on-line catalogue will be available in June and all art can be bid on until the auction closes in late August.

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