Guardians of the Forest

Our History

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 forty sculptures and six one-of-a-kind benches, by Canadian and International artists.

 

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. Our mission is to bring together art, nature and people of all ages; creating a place for discovery, exploration, creative expression, and contemplation.

 

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

The Haliburton Sculpture Forest is a proud member of the Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands

Culture in Haliburton

Our Board of Directors

Glebe Park

Staff

 

Curator

Jim Blake

Fall 2022 Outreach and Program Coordinators

Anabelle Craig

Kat Schouten

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 – This installation was a 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, (named after a champion horse of the Finn/Vasey stable)

  • Shadow Caster - Barb Bolin

  • 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 Finn in honour of Don Finn

  • Atmo-Sphere - Chere and Scott Campbell

  • Musical Inspiration - John and Thea Patterson

  • Together we explore the wild... - The Hagerman family in loving memory of loving memory of Shawn Hagerman

  • Flying Debris - Nancy Jackson and Terry Anderson

  • Carved on the Canadian Shield - Carol Moffatt and Tony Aymong, Estate of Bob and Noreen Blake, Barb Bolin, Rotary Club of Haliburton, Ontario 150, Anonymous Donor

  • Mother Earth and Mother Earth's Living Room - Wendy Wilkins

  • Lissome #5 - In celebration of the community spirit & generosity of Noreen & Bob Blake

  • Matriarchy - Sue Black and Chris Ralphs

  • Together We Achieve the Extraordinary - Sue Black and Chris Ralphs

  • I see a wish! - Deb Shackell and donors to the “I See a Wish” campaign

  • Das Buch XXIII - Jim Blake

  • Passage - Barb Bolin

  • Depth - The Frost family

  • Double Take - Gift from the artist, Carolanne MacLean

 

The Haliburton Sculpture Forest welcomes any inquiry about being a Celebration Contributor for the commissioning and installation of new sculptures. info@haliburtonsculptureforest.ca

A special thanks to our funders, sponsors, partners and donors for 2022. 

Funders and Partners

The Haliburton Sculpture Forest has been made possible through the support of government funding, corporate sponsorship, individual donors, community partners and land use agreements with Fleming College and the Municipality of Dysart et al.

Donors 2022

Many thanks to our 2022 donors: Barb Bolin, Jim Blake, John Smith, Jenny Rieger, Al and Annette Van Mil, Donna Raetsen Kemp, June Wilson, Donna Mayne, Anne & Ray Richardson, Randy Bender, David Israelson and Susan Elliott 

Funders 2022

Haliburton County Development Corporation, Government of Canada, Ontario Highlands Tourism Organization, Municipality of Dysart et al.

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Sponsors 2022

County of Haliburton Tourism, The Occurrence 

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Partners 2022

Fleming College - Haliburton School of Art + Design, Haliburton County Development Corporation, Municipality of Dysart et al, Yours Outdoors, Haliburton Highlands Museum, Haliburton Highlands Nordic Trail Association, Glebe Park and Museum Committee, and community volunteers.

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Downtown Haliburton Sculpture Exhibition

Partners and Funder 2022

Haliburton Village BIA, Haliburton Sculpture Forest, Haliburton County Development Corporation  

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Our Site Sponsors in 2022

  1. Cultural Resources Committee and The Municipality of Dysart et al

  2. Wind in the Willows Spa

  3. Emmerson Lumber

  4. Capturing Eden

  5. Corner Gallery

  6. Canoe FM 100.9 Community Radio Station

  7. CottageCareRentals.com

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Special thanks to our lead sponsor: The O'Mara Group