April 24, 2012 § 2 Comments
Did you miss out on this semester’s show?
Catch up on what you didn’t see by checking out these amazing pics!
April 16, 2012 § 2 Comments
Walk around Head Lake on the Head Lake trail and admire the view. Take your camera along.
Explore the art galleries: Ethel Curry & Rail’s End
Gather all yer friends together for a bowling night in Carvarvon
Hike up to Skyline Park for a great view and a BBQ
Head to the beautiful staircase off Highland St just before the bridge for a glimpse of the waterfall
Take pipe lessons on Monday nights with the Haliburton Highlanders at the Legion
Grab your mountain bike and hit the dirt (trails) at Sir Sam’s
There may not be a Timmy’s, but enjoy a fantastic cuppa at Village Donuts
Dust off the old box of 30 year old National Geographic mags and make some paper beads (just add string & glue for a funky necklace!)
Book a soapstone carving lesson with Kim Warne, then take a shower with the end product! (OK, maybe not really take a shower with it…)
Go on a shopping spree at the Lily Ann: support a charity, shop til you drop!
Check out the great gear at Outdoors Plus for your next outdoor adventure
Host a board games night: Monopoly Madness, Pictionary Party, Scrabble Scramble, etc
Cozy up with a book in a big chair with a nice old fashioned cup o’ hot cocoa
Sit on the dock by the lake (yes, this is a totally legitimate thing to do)
Paint on old chair/table/rug/counter/dresser and give it new life
Catch the game with some pals at McKeck’s
Explore the Haliburton Highlands Museum and take in some history
Read the Haliburton School of The Arts blog on wordpress
Visit the dump to check out their free-to-a-good-home book collection
Belt it out at the Northwood on Karaoke Fridays
COME TO THE STUDENT SHOW ‘N SALE ON APRIL 21st between 10am & 2pm ! ! !
April 12, 2012 § Leave a comment
How do you define achievement?
Is it by grabbing the nearest yardstick? Collecting the most “Likes” on facebook? Perhaps graduating Magna cum laude from Harvard?
How about the moment when you actually hear someone else call you an artist? That is what it took for this week’s artist, Alec Morrison, to finally title himself “artist”.
Raised in the bilingual – English & French – and multi-cultural town of Haileybury, Morrison was introduced to both French-Canadian and Native American influences at a very young age. Born and raised in this picturesque area just north of the Temagami, he grew up with a profound appreciation for hand-made and hand-crafted goods.
His colourful musical career began early as well. From the tender age of seven he has played piano; a few years later, at age thirteen, he picked up his first guitar. His upbringing consisted primarily of Blues music, but with the advent of his budding guitar talents, his tastes shifted to punk bands like the Sex Pistols, NoFX, and Operation Ivy.
“Nowadays,” he admits, “I’ve moved into an extremely eclectic mix of stuff, and also Celtic rhythms.” As an afterthought he adds, “And also old country music.” He smiles at his own taste. (For a taste of his music, head here => http://itunes.apple.com/au/album/already-been-where-i-was-goin…/id442130024 )
The ushering-in of the new millenium not only marked an important calendar-change, but also a turning point for Morrison’s own path: he left high school to play in the punk band Bayl out of London, Ontario. When the band broke up, his itchy feet took him to the western reaches of the country where he spent nearly four years off and on, moving between Port Alberni, B.C. and Canmore, Banff, and Calgary, Alberta. “The mountains are beautiful,” recalls Morrison, “and the river water is a crazy hue of blue. [My] first time there, I kept looking over my shoulder to look at the view of the mountains. It was a great vibe.”
Unfortunately, during his adventures out West, Alec’s mental health broke down and he was diagnosed as bi-polar. Unstable for a long period of time, paranoid and delusional, it was some time before he got help. Admitted to the psychiatric ward, Morrison came to terms with his illness and was released, only to be institutionalized again several months later. He spent close to four years in and out of mental health care facilities as he grappled with his own demons.
“Manias are incredibly dangerous – if severe enough – it’s an incredibly complicated, and underrated, sometimes ignored, illness… I’ve gotten to a point where I can manage it, thankfully… and I can reflect on the experience, and create with that energy. But it’s a forever kind of thing, I have lots of people helping me.”
Morrison proudly shares that he’s been both healthy and stable now for seven years; a milestone for anyone who spent more than half that time in and out of hospitals.
But it wasn’t until after this point in Alec’s life that he developed an interest in visual art. During a search for an artist capable of drawing a loon for a tattoo, he came across renown Native Artist Hugh Mackenzie of Bear Island. During the five months of lessons, he learned a great variety of techniques from stencil to sponge, but most importantly he learned a great deal about life.
With a renewed passion in music and art, he started the band Crank Radio in 2005, which lasted up until 2009. His interest in blacksmithing grew out of his drive for self-sufficiency. Intent on pursuing a craft that he could work on during the day when not making music, Morrison was first intrigued by the concept that he could create his own tools with nothing but a hammer, tongs, anvil and forge fire. That Christmas, he asked for a couple of books on blacksmithing. The pages of these books did nothing but whet his whistle, and, rather than sating his curiosity, served only to pique it. “I got into the subject really deep. I found the science behind metallurgy fascinating and the method too…” he tells us. “A couple years after that, my dad told me that a course was being offered at Fleming, so I enrolled.” Nearly through the course, he was forced to withdraw due to a health scare. “Unfortunately, my health wasn’t great, and I missed a lot of school; I might try it a second time in the future.” Lucky for us, he stayed in the program long enough to create some beautiful works of art.
“It was only a couple of months ago that I realized I was an artist. I asked my girlfriend what she told people I did for a living, and she said “that you’re an artist”.” Calling himself an artist offers him the freedom to be his own boss and to constantly create whether writing poetry, sculpting in plaster, or shaping hot metal with a hammer…
His parting random fact was admitting that he wears kilts. “It’s a Scottish heritage thing, and if Ashley MacIsaac can get away with it, so can I. The way I see it is: if you can’t wear a kilt at a punk show in Canada, then the terrorists have already won.” He offers up a brief chuckle. But the kilt stays on…
Make sure you come to HSTA’s I Made It! Spring Show ‘n Sale. Alec has graciously offered to provide musical entertainment: Saturday, April 21st, 10am – 2pm at the Haliburton Campus.
To view his mini-documentary titled “Already Been Where I Was Going”, filmed at the old North Bay Psychiatric Hospital, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vNRluaMOv0&feature=related
For more information on mental health, visit http://www.cmha.ca/bins/index.asp
To learn more about any of the programs at the Haliburton School of The Arts, please go to www.hsta.ca
April 12, 2012 § Leave a comment
Here are the pics from our very popular first EVER Student Easter Egg Hunt! Let’s hope events like this continue…
Who do you think found the “Golden Egg”? (The “Golden Goose” this year was unavailable due to scheduling conflicts, but perhaps next year she’ll make an appearance…)
April 4, 2012 § Leave a comment
Once again, the Haliburton School of The Arts played host to another high school – this one from the GTA.
They pioneered our first soapstone carving workshop with Kim Warne of Soundings Studio, and explored the techniques of felting, both wet and dry.
Have a browse through the gallery to see the abounding creativity these students brought to the table…
For more information on booking a high school workshop, please contact Ashley Kirby at firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn about the programs that we offer, please go to www.hsta.ca
April 3, 2012 § Leave a comment
There’s no denying that this week’s Artist of the Week, Natasha Torunsky, is a powerhouse packed into a tiny frame. Her petite figure, however, is no reflection of her exuberant energy and optimistic outlook; both of which she brings in copious amounts into her studio.
Never having taken photography in high school – only visual art – she had lucked out with a part-time job at Black’s. Wanting to gain more exposure and knowledge about photography, she came to the Haliburton School of The Arts. “It’s remote and surrounded by forest, which makes it nice and peaceful,” she explains, “I adore the location.”
Specializing in weddings, engagements, family portraits, model portfolios and maternity shots, Natasha also likes to explore nature. She reveals that she’s a bit of a fair-weather sailor though, and shoots outside primarily only in the summer.
She has a remarkable ability to bring out the best in her client’s portraits. Better still, she succeeds in capturing the innate beauty of her subjects. Her distinct knack for exposing the real smiles – not the frigid, frozen poses of department store portraits – sets her work apart.
Her business, Natasha Torunsky Photography, has been running since 2008 and has been gaining ground ever since. To see more of her work, please visit her site at www.wix.com/natasha_torunsky/natasha
Natasha can be contacted via phone at 705-344-3955 or by email at Natasha_torunsky@hotmail.com
March 30, 2012 § Leave a comment
Here are the pictures you’ve all been waiting for.
Browse around and enjoy!
If you haven’t been to see the show for yourself yet, make sure you go soon! It wraps on March 31st!
Check it out for yourself at the Rail’s End Gallery, in Haliburton, ON.
March 30, 2012 § Leave a comment
I Made It! Student Show and Sale
That’s right. It’s an event that gives students an opportunity to both exhibit and sell their work (not always in that combination).
Students work very hard over the course of their programs here at the college, and we want the world to see just how talented they are. The week preceding the show, students organize their displays, and begin the set-up process of creating this fantastic event. They then play host to over 250 guests that stroll through our halls to view their work.
Join us on Saturday, April 21st from 10am til 2pm at the Haliburton Campus! Admission is free.
Come early for the best pickings!
*Please note: If you wish to purchase any pieces from the students, it is a “cash only” event. The students DO NOT accept Interac, Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, Discover, cheque, or First Borns. (It’s possible the jewellery students might accept gold bars in trade…)
Enjoy this gallery of pics from our Dec 2011 Show & Sale!
March 29, 2012 § Leave a comment
You’re in luck!
Rosemary has decided to open her doors once again!
Join her March 31st for an encore Open House! See attached for the deets! OPEN HOUSE March 31
March 22, 2012 § Leave a comment
PROCESS 29: Meet the Artists! Reception from 7-9pm, Thurs March 22 at the Rail’s End Gallery, Haliburton ON. The show is ongoing to March 31, 2012.
“Chaotic” was the one word student Don Fitzgerald used to describe it. An assault on the senses, an explosion of art: it is the exhibition of our Visual and Creative Arts students’ Conceptual Development project.
Aptly named, Process 29 is about the process, from start to finish, of creating a body of work fit for a gallery. Students experiment with mediums, with techniques, forms, ideas; they’re told to let go and work their concepts rather than simply creating one masterwork of art: exploration and discovery are the name of the game. What matters is not the art at the end, but how the students arrived at it. In many cases, their works are in progress, ideas they are fleshing out and trying on like new sets of clothes: right colour/wrong size, right size/wrong shape, right shape/wrong material…. Let’s face it, just because we’ve tried it on, doesn’t mean we walk away from the store with it and that is exactly what Process 29 is about. Can the students develop an idea, play around with it, try new things and explore? When something doesn’t feel right do they keep at it, hoping it will grow on them in time? Or throw the idea back on the rack with the discards? It’s all part of the process…
Elinor Whidden, the instructor and herself a sculptor/performance artist, stresses that there is no handholding through this entire course: these students have brought the entire show together. Various committees of students have taken responsibility for several different aspects of the show; from marketing and promotion, to reception planning, installing, de-installing… This group of wildly creative individuals has come together as a team to ensure that despite their differences in personality, taste, technique and style, their art is represented cohesively as one unit.
“It’s very exciting,” Whidden explains, “since for most of these students it’s the first time they’ve ever displayed work in a gallery. But it makes them vulnerable as well; displaying work leaves them open to criticism.” She stresses though, how important feedback can be to an artist. “They need to know if their visuals translate to the viewer with the intentioned message.”
After all, typically with visual art, there aren’t any written words to explain what’s going on; the largest part of the communication relies on the artist’s ability to convey meaning with an image or sculpture. “That the show is about process and not about the art is really interesting,” says VCAD student, Emily Gur. “It reveals more about everyone themselves and their interests…”
Students are asked to go on a voyage of discovery with their art. They all take different paths on this journey, but the end result is what is crucial: there is no official “end”. The works that are on display are not necessarily even completed. Ideally, the “VCADers” are simply investigating (and enjoying) the search for a “happy accident”.
“It’s really helped me. I never would’ve thought of using any of these materials before,” shares Justine Beauregard. “From the beginning of the year, you can actually see how much everyone has grown in their own artwork.”
And so – without calling in the art critics – that the students themselves can acknowledge how far they’ve come in such a short period of time, tells us their first show? It’s already a success.±
This show is a collection of work from Lauren Ogilvie, Luke Smit, Matthew W. Pearce, Mitchell Doris, Emma May Ross, Andy Anderson, Caitlyn Bloch, Aaron Jones, Megan Marie Morritt, Jessica Brabant, Magic Karpet, Rob Stock, Giuseppi Zuliani, Andrew Hamlen, Michelle Tarkington, Tsiokeriio Brant, Emily Gurr, Meghan Gale, Justine Beauregard, Colin M. Smyth, Cree Tylee, Mandy Ryan, Meghan Didier, Donald S. Fitzgerald, Trent Denne, Elise Elena Verikaitis, Jessica Beaulieu, Nicole Bruce and Jamie Smerdon