Shanghai Cowgirl – Exhibition May 1st to May 31 2011

April 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

You’re Invited!  To an exhibition of photography, by John  Davidson and Corin Ford Forrester -an HSTA Alumni of our Photo Arts Certificate, during the month of May in Toronto.  They’d love it  if you could join them for the opening reception May 1st from 5-8pm at  Shanghai Cowgirl (restaurant) 538 Queen St. West (east of Bathhurst). 

For more information on Corin,  you can check out

The Painters Five

April 15, 2011 § Leave a comment


Featuring HSTA instructor Ruth Read. Ruth currently teaches Drawing- An introduction to Basics (July 25-29 2011) in Haliburton School of the Arts summer program and is also an instructor in the Dual Credit program instructing High School students from Lindsay and Bowmanville in a college-level course, where they simultaenously acheive a high school course and a college credit plus valuable experience within post-secondary education in the Arts.

Summer Jobs 2011 pt.1

April 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Abbey North Gardens recently forwarded these employment opportunities for graduating students interested in internships within the market gardening/farming sector.

Abbey Gardens Community Trust Inc. is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to inspire, educate and collaborate with community partners to help Haliburton County residents and visitors successfully transition to a low-carbon economy through innovative community-based research and demonstration projects, especially in the areas of food and energy. In this way, Abbey Gardens will serve as a catalyst, helping to reduce and eliminate human actions that erode and irrevocably damage the local and global ecosystem services we depend on for our survival.

Agricultural Project Assistant – Internship

Assistant Garden Manager – Internship

Garden Manager

Haliburton’s Year-End Party – Apr. 15th 2011

April 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Brought to you by your friendly neighbourhood Student Association!

New Artist-in-Residency in Wood Buffalo

March 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

Call for Submissions: New Artist Residency, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Fort McMurray
The Artist in Residency Program in Fort McMurray is the first of its kind in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. The program supplies artists with a dedicated studio space in a converted, multiuse facility that can provide from three to six studios. This innovative and unique opportunity commences June 6, 2011 and will continue for three months.
The program will enable a blend of emergent as well as mid-career artists to not only create and explore, but also, to exchange ideas and insights within a multi-disciplinary environment. The residency includes the studio space (with no associated fee), delivery of an artist talk (15-20 minutes), demonstration and instructional opportunities and the display of artwork completed during the three-month program at a group exhibition in a
local gallery.

Each artist in residence will be asked to become an ambassador for the regional art community during their stay. As ambassadors, the artists will be required to host open studio hours once a week at a time when the public can access their workspaces.

Canadian visual artists who are interested in Wood Buffalo’s new Artist in Residency Program are invited to submit a proposal before April 22, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. For this initial residency, we are only
accepting proposals in the following mediums:

• Painting (acrylic & watercolour)
• Digital media
• Drawing
• Textile & Fibre Arts

Applicants will be selected according to the quality of work submitted, their demonstration of commitment to serious practice and their explanation about how the residency will meet their artistic objectives. Short-listed applicants will be notified by April 29, 2011 at 4:30 p.m.

Click here to download application.


March 2, 2011 § Leave a comment


March 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

Visual and Creative Arts Diploma Class Exhibition
March 9 to March 24, 2011

When you attend this show, you are along for the ride on a journey that has just begun for these artists. “THIS” provides some insight into the progressive nature of student work, that is at turns playful, pensive and sometimes pretty darned hard to get a handle on, and that’s ok! It is through experiments, concept development and creative risk taking that students develop their artistic voice. By intention, no finished work is shown. This is the third year in a row the Rails End has presented a peek at the inner world of VCAD.

Meet the Artists at a Reception Wednesday March 9 from 4:30 – 6 pm.

Artist-in-Residence at Pukaskwa Park

February 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Rob Stimpson, an instructor in Photography at HSTA, passed on this Artist-in-Residence Opportunity to HSTA along with the above amazing picture he captured while at the park and his very encouraging thoughts:

“I have paddled the shores of Pukaskwa and hiked its trails on many occasions – this is truly one of Ontario’s most spectacular and powerful landscapes. If you are looking for inspiration – this park is the place to be.”

Pukaskwa Art in the Park Application

Hello Haliburton ed.1 – Art Centres

January 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

First and foremost, lets talk art centres in Haliburton!

With a huge community of artists, it is impossible to cover all the art events, talks and support available to an artist new to Haliburton right from the get-go, so let us start with some “must-visit” places…


 Located in the Heart of Haliburton Village, the Rails End is a public gallery that boasts world-class exhibitions, often featuring local artists amongst a mix of thought-provoking shows. The Rails End is also the location for the VCAD foundation student’s year-end show, an amazing coup for an emerging artist’s CV. Curator Laurie Jones is often the smiling face that greets you at the doors and admission is by donation. Every exhibition also has an opening, a great opportunity to get out to meet the artist(s) behind the show as well as members of the local arts community (plus free snacks!) Located at 23 York St (a 5 min. drive from the College.) Visit their website for a list of current exhibitions.


As an integral part of the Minden Hills Cultural Centre, the AJG is located in the river town of Minden. A bit of a jaunt from Haliburton, it is worth planning a group trip! As the other public gallery in Haliburton, the AGJ regularly hosts 9-11 exhibitions a year, once again featuring many prominent and emerging Haliburton artists/artisans. AJG is known for releasing regular calls for submissions and its curator, Laurie Carmount, often participates in year-end reviews of graduating certificate programs. In fact, in 2008  the AJG curator was so impressed by the Fibre Arts Certificate’s presentations, that the gallery launched a call for fibre arts submissions for a 2010 show, out of which a graduate of the Fibre Arts certificate was chosen as 1 of 27 artists (out of which 5 were local.)

The AJG holds the largest collection of the works of the Canadian Artist, Andre Lapine, who often painted in the Haliburton Highlands along with the Group of Seven and was renowed throughout Canada for his paintings of horses. The Agnes Jamieson Gallery has recently updated its mandate to focus on Canadian landscape, not only referencing the permanent collection and the surroundaing landscape but the growing resurgence of landscape work within the fine art community. Located at 176 Bobcaygeon St ( a 20 min. drive from the College.) Visit their website here.





Established in 2007 as the home of the Maple Lake Artisans Collective, the Art Hive is not only a gallery and cafe featuring 100% local art and crafts but a meeting place for artists. With monthly get-togethers,  such as Crafty Girls (every 3rd Thursday of the Month), workshops and events,  such as the Fashion Fallies (every September), the Art Hive represents  a fun and welcoming gathering place for artists in Haliburton County.  Many of its past and present members are HSTA alumni and it remains a strong voice for collaborative efforts as a path to financial security for artists/artisans, particularily in its support for emerging artists.  Visit the Hive, just outside of West Guilford at 10239 on Highway 118 (a 15 min. from the College.) Visit their website here.

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