Carved in the Canadian Shield
Four artists from three countries visited Haliburton for a three week sculpture symposium in 2017 in celebration of Dysart 150, Ontario 150, and Canada 150. Beginning with four blocks of limestone, each artist was tasked with creating a piece that reflected the theme of carving on the Canadian Shield.
Mary Ellen Farrow, Georgetown, Ontario, Canada
Jiří Genzer, Prague, Czech Republic
Carole Turner, Portland, Oregon and Istanbul, Turkey
John McKinnon, Nelson, B.C, Canada
The artists worked at the Haliburton School of Art and Design’s stone carving a blacksmith workshop for three weeks. The public was welcome to come watch the artists at work.
Mary Ellen Farrow
On May 30th, the Haliburton School of Art + Design hosted an Artist's Talk for the sculptors. The audience in the great hall got to hear the inside story on the work and lives of the four sculptors visiting Haliburton for the Symposium. They also got to enjoy desserts and treats at the same time!
Artist's Panel - Carving in Place
On June 7th, as part of the Carved on the Canadian Shield Sculpture Symposium, a panel discussion was held at the Rail's End Gallery between the four artists here for the symposium and local sculptor Mary Anne Barkhouse. The panel focused on place in the creative process and the sculptors' experiences of creating sculptures in different places and landscapes in the world and how this affects and inspires their work.
We will be holding a community celebration in July to have an official unveiling of the sculptures.
A special thank you to our contributors for this initiative
Carol Moffatt and Tony Aymong
The Estate of Bob Blake
Rotary Club of Haliburton