Upcoming Event:

Telling Your Story

Wednesday October 23,2019

Haliburton County Public Library, Dysart Branch. 5:30 p.m.


In this informal workshop, participants will discuss the need to write our stories and some common obstacles to getting words onto the page. Led by Laura Rock Gaughan, writers will consider selected examples from literature, with a focus on the techniques the authors used to create compelling characters, scenes, and conflicts, and practice writing using prompts. Whether your chosen form is fiction, non-fiction, or poetry, you'll take away fresh words and ideas to continue developing on your own. All welcome.

Laura Rock Gaughan's first book, a short fiction collection called Motherish, was published in 2018. Her fiction and essays have appeared in literary journals and anthologies in Canada, Ireland, and the United States. She has taught college-level creative writing classes and coached clients on clear writing and communications. Laura was a Halls Island Artist Residency artist summer 2019 and lives in Lakefield with her family.

Past sessions 2019

Below find information and photos you might enjoy from the completed 2019 Sessions

Each resident artist planned and prepared a session which was open to the public by donation. Each session was different based on the interests and expertise of the presenting artist.

Dahl Forest Videopoem project

Halls Island Artist Residency Community Session 5

Sophie Edwards (second from left) and Chris Turnbull (second from right) gather thoughts, stories, sights and sounds at Dahl Forest.

Sophie Edwards (second from left) and Chris Turnbull (second from right) gather thoughts, stories, sights and sounds at Dahl Forest.

Celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of the gift of Dahl Forest with artists Sophie Edwards and Chris Turnbull (in partnership with the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust)

Artist/writers Sophie Edwards and Chris Turnbull are attending the Hall’s Island residency during the first week of September. We each tend to work in hybrid forms — mixing genres on the page and curating and/or installing installation pieces within landscapes. In celebration of Dahl Forest’s 10th anniversary as part of the land trust, and to recognize its various shared histories, we would like to create a short videopoem that combines written, spoken, and video/audio contributions by community members with pieces that we devise during our visit to the forest.

Some prompts:
How often do you return to Dahl Forest?
Are there particular aspects of the Forest that draw you again and again?
What sorts of things make it important to you?
What are some encounters you’ve had in the forest?
What species and landforms have you noticed?
What things have changed since you first visited the forest?
What kinds of creatures, plants, birds and insects are particularly important in this forest?
What sounds speak to the park’s ecology and/or your relationship to it?


Bios:

Sophie Edwards
sophie anne edwards walks and creates site-specific and responsive poetry on Mnidoo Mnising (Manitoulin Island). Her work has been published in a number of print and online publications including Arc Poetry Magazine, and the Canadian League of Poets’ Poetry Pause. Her poems also appear in the bush for a mostly biotic readership. She is currently working on a book-length collection titled Interview with a River with support from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Chris Turnbull is the author of continua (Chaudiere Books 2015; Invisible Books 2019) and [ untitled ] in o w n (CUE Books 2014). She has published several chapbooks, the most recent being contrite (above/ground 2019) and, in collaboration with text/artist Bruno Neiva, Undertones (Low Frequency Press 2019). Other visual and text based work can be found online, in print, and within landscapes. She curates rout/e, a footpress whereby poems are planted on trails: www.etuor.wordpress.co

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Halls Island Artist Residency Community Session 1

On June 27th, Ryan Kasperowitsch presented his thoughts on Outdoor Education and Experiences as they relate to watercolour painting. Ryan 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 Ryan’s talk. Ryan also very generously donated a framed watercolour painting to Camp Wanakita’s fundraising auction which helps send kids to camp.

Ryan donated this beautiful watercolour painting to Camp Wanakita’s fundraising auction!

Ryan donated this beautiful watercolour painting to Camp Wanakita’s fundraising auction!


Halls Island Artist Residency Community Session 3

Poetry Reading & Artist Talk with Anna Swanson and April White

Sunday July 14 2:00 pm -4:00 pm Haliburton Museum

66 Museum Rd. Haliburton ON

Anna Swanson and April White will offer a poetry reading and artist talk based on their collaborative project "The Garbage Poems." April and Anna will each present their own work from this project and discuss how they came together to work on it. Anna will read a series of “Garbage Poems” from the project and talk about found poetry and April will talk about how illustrating this project fits into the context of her practice. April will show images of the artworks in progress including the interactive website that the artists developed together. (https://www.garbagepoems.com/index.php )

We wrote, we painted, we swam. We took underwater footage with a GoPro camera. A magical 2 weeks on Halls Island working on our collaborative project: The Garbage Poems (garbagepoems.com).

Thank you to everyone who made this possible — April White & Anna Swanson

Anna and April underwater (in their natural habitat)

Anna and April underwater (in their natural habitat)

Where Anna's poetry happened

Where Anna's poetry happened

“Math Notebook Inside Page,” watercolour, 2019, by April White. For more recent paintings from The Garbage Poems you can check out April’s instagram: @aprilmarylynn or search #thegarbagepoems on Instagram.

“Math Notebook Inside Page,” watercolour, 2019, by April White. For more recent paintings from The Garbage Poems you can check out April’s instagram: @aprilmarylynn or search #thegarbagepoems on Instagram.

Little reminders of what can be found on Halls Island. “Pieces of Halls Island,” watercolour, 2019, by April White

Little reminders of what can be found on Halls Island. “Pieces of Halls Island,” watercolour, 2019, by April White

Halls Island Artist Residency Community Session 4

Pony Tales: The History and Mystery of the Ojibwa Horse

With Heather M. O’Connor and Lesley English

Abbey Gardens, 1012 Garden Gate Drive, Haliburton ON

 The Ojibwe Horse, also known as the Lac La Croix Indigenous Pony, is one of the rarest breeds in the world. It’s also one of the biggest mysteries.

Herds of these Indigenous-bred horses once roamed like deer through the forests of the Canadian Shield. But where did they come from? How did they survive our harsh Canadian winters? And what made the herds disappear?

Who carried out “The Heist Across the Ice,” a daring mid-winter rescue that saved the lives of the last four surviving horses? And who is helping the breed edge back from the brink of extinction today?

Author Heather M. O’Connor travelled to northwestern Ontario to answer these questions. She met Ojibwe Horses and their breeders, searched for clues in the historical archives at Quetico Provincial Park, and spoke to people who remember “The Heist Across the Ice.” Come to The Gathering Place July 29 for the “tail” of her discoveries.

Then walk over to the paddock, where Lesley English will introduce you to Maple and Sammy, Abbey Gardens’ own Ojibwe Horses. She’ll point out their unique adaptations and explain their importance to Abbey Gardens’ equine assisted learning program.

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Halls Island Artist Residency Session 6

L to R: Jack Brezina, Ruth Carter, Kate Butler, Madeleine Donohue, Paul Vorvis and Amy Brohm

L to R: Jack Brezina, Ruth Carter, Kate Butler, Madeleine Donohue, Paul Vorvis and Amy Brohm

Madeleine Donohue, play write and screenwriter, will lead a reading of her play “When the Ice Breaks”. Local actors will be reading the various parts. After the reading, stay for a Question and Answer period. Jack Brezina, a Halls Island Committee Member, is hosting this community session at the Haliburton Museum. 66 Museum Rd, Haliburton ON.

“My play is called When The Ice Breaks, and it's set during the war of 1812. It's a drama: a little bit of mystery, little bit of romance.”


Halls Island Artist Residency Community Session 2

Community Poem Creation - ongoing through the summer

Keep an eye out in our Haliburton County libraries, art galleries, and public spaces in early July for a chance to make your contribution to a Community Poem!  This project is being led by one of the Halls Island Artist Residency artists, Brooke Manning.  She will be distributing booklets with writing prompts to each location, encouraging the community to connect with each other using the anonymity and grace of the written word. Feel free to add thoughts, feelings or connections to the prompts, or add your own words based on what might be moving you that day. Feel free to also write more than once, visit the books daily or weekly, and read other entries too. Brooke will be collecting the booklets late July and will use the words penned to create and publish a Community Poem in a chapbook.  Halls Island Artist Residency will make these available for sale and for viewing. All profits will be donated to community arts and literary projects.  

Please contact hallsislandartistresidency@gmail.com with any questions