Our History

Guardians of the Forest

The official opening of the Haliburton Sculpture Forest took place in the fall of 2001 with the installation of three sculptures in Glebe Park. 

 

Over the years a remarkable outdoor gallery has been created with sculptures nestled along the trails. The collection now includes thirty-four sculptures and three one-of-a-kind benches, by Canadian and International artists as well as special exhibits featuring the work of graduates of the Haliburton School of The Arts.

 

The Haliburton Sculpture Forest began as a project of the Arts Committee of the Haliburton County Development Corporation which was focused on local economic development through the arts. The objective was to create a destination for residents, visitors and tourists which highlighted the visual arts in Haliburton County.

 

In 2004, a new campus for Fleming College, Haliburton School of Art + Design was created in Glebe Park. The Sculpture Forest surrounds the College and serves as a teaching site for many of the programs in addition to being a great place for local residents and visitors to go for a walk and enjoy the sculptures in different seasons. 

 

Today, the Sculpture Forest is an ongoing initiative of Haliburton Sculpture Forest et al, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to increase understanding and appreciation of the arts through the development of public art and the engagement of artists with the community.

 

Partners include Fleming College, Haliburton Campus, the Haliburton County Development Corporation, the Municipality of Dysart et al, Haliburton Highlands Museum, Haliburton Highlands Nordic Trail Association, Glebe Park Committee, and community volunteers.

Culture in Haliburton

Glebe Park

Our Board of Directors

Barb Bolin - Chair

Shelley Schell - Vice Chair

Raymond Oster - Secretary/Treasurer

Annette Blady

Scott Walling

Carole Finn

Jenny Rieger

 

Curator

Jim Blake

 

Summer Outreach Coordinator

Noelle Dupret Smith

Our Supporters

Celebration Contributors
The following sculptures were gifts to the Haliburton Sculpture Forest. Our thanks for the generous support of Celebration Contributors:

-The Homesteaders – gift from the artist, Jake Mol
-Current – gift from friends and family in loving memory of Sabrina Ford
-Terminus – gift from Dr. Marion Hare and Dr. William Hare
-To Cut or Not to Cut – gift from the artist, John Beachli
-Shelter Shift – gift from the artist, Phillip Vander Weg with support from Minden Home Hardware, Haliburton TIMBR-Mart and community -volunteers
-Kennisis: Horse and Rider - Janis Parker, on permanent loan from Fleming College (named after a champion horse of the Finn/Vasey stable)
-Shadow Caster - Barb Bolin, on permanent loan from Fleming College
-Fire and Ice: A Really Big Shoe - individual donors in honour of Barb Bolin's 35 years of service to Fleming College
-Gelert - Diana Ferguson in loving memory of Al Ferguson (with support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation).
-A Conspiracy of Ravens - Noreen Blake
-Spirit of the Wild - Carole and Don Finn
-Atmo-Sphere - Chere and Scott Campbell
-Musical Inspiration - John and Thea Patterson

-Kennisis: Horse and Rider - Janis Parker, on permanent loan from Fleming College (named after a champion horse of the Finn/Vasey stable)

 

The Haliburton Sculpture Forest welcomes any inquiry about being a Celebration Contributor for the installation of new sculptures.

 

Funders and Partners
The sculptures that reside in the forest today were made possible through funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, OSTAR, the Haliburton County Development Corporation, Rexall, and individual donors and in-kind support from TIMBR-Mart Haliburton, Minden Home Hardware, the Municipality of Dysart et al, Fleming College and Aaron Galbraith Landscaping.

Partners in this project include Fleming College - Haliburton Campus, the Haliburton County Development Corporation, the Municipality of Dysart et al, Haliburton Highlands Museum, Haliburton Highlands Nordic Trail Association, Glebe Park Committee, the Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands and community volunteers.

297 College Drive
Haliburton, ON K0M 1S0
Tel: (705) 457-3555

info@haliburtonsculptureforest.ca

© 2016 Haliburton Sculpture Forest. All images © 2016 Kristy L. Bourgeois, Youkie Stagg, Angus Sullivan, Noelle Dupret Smith