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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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ArtsFest 2017 - Event Recap

Thank-you again to all our wonderful volunteers, sponsors and generous donors!

JULY 28th - STUDIO TOUR

The Studio Tour was a wonderful way to experience another side of Kenora.  Artists opened their doors to the public for the day and continued to work - giving visitors a sense of how the creative process unfolds.  The Kenora Association for Community Living reported a very successful event with over 20 visitors dropping by their studio space.  The tour is the beginning of a weekend of cultural entertainment that invites the public to participate and enjoy the arts in its many forms.

JULY 29th - ARTSFEST STREET FESTIVAL

Once again this summer 2nd Street in Kenora was closed down from Main to Matheson for this fun event.  Three long tents sheltered tables where over a dozen artists displayed their work.  Again the public was able to see the process of art being created –  charcoal portraits, glass, acrylic and watercolour pieces were for sale as well as The Bush Baby Series of books for children by Paula Thorburn.  Elizabeth Campbell books also displayed the writings of many of our northwestern Ontario writers.  Under another tent the interactive community painting event unfolded.  Over 100 visitors from all over Canada, Europe and Asia (all ages!) painted inside the red outlines of maple leaves drawn on a full size canoe.  The white background created a wonderful canvas for the bright colours that were applied.  This Community 150 project will be displayed at Green Adventures in the Kenora area.

Other venues included an interactive craft table sponsored by the Lake of the Woods Museum, the Bouncy Castle and a charity BBQ.   Wonderful performances by talented musicians and dancers created a festive atmosphere throughout the day.  Classic opera selections showcased the variety of music available in our city.  

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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.