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.

Featured Artists

Mary Ellen Farrow, Georgetown, Ontario, Canada

Jiří Genzer, Prague, Czech Republic

Carole Turner, Portland, Oregon and Istanbul, Turkey

John McKinnon, Nelson, B.C, Canada

Mary Ellen Farrow, Jiri Genzer, Carole Turner, John McKinnon
Photo Gallery

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
John McKinnon
Jiri Genzer
Carole Turner
Artist's Talk

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.

Sculpture Unveiling

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

Ontario 150

Carol Moffatt and Tony Aymong

Barb Bolin

The Estate of Bob Blake

Rotary Club of Haliburton

Anonymous Donor