News from

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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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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Winter Carnival 2017

If ever there was a medium that artists can count on to find in abundance during a Kenora winter, that medium is snow. But while snow in a Northwestern Ontario winter is a sure thing, weather can play tricks on those who try their hand at the snow sculptures on the Kenora Harbourfront to enter in the Kenora Winter Carnival. This year was particularly tricky for the talented sculptors. Fortunately, Lake of the Woods Arts Community (LOWAC) judges were able to examine, admire and judge this year’s entries just days before a thaw rendered them to slush piles. The winners were announced March 3rd at the beginning of the winter carnival.

Best overall was “Great Moments in Canadian Hockey History with Ken Dryden, Gordie Howe, Stanley Cup and 1907 Kenora Thistle’s win”, sculpted by Lorne Dubois.
 

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