April 10 - "On Halls Island: Where Solitude, Nature and Creativity Meet" featuring Ruth Walker, Sandi Luck, Nadine Papp, Wendy Wood and Sandra Bouza. 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Haliburton Highlands Outdoors Association Fish Hatchery. More info.

April 11 - House Concert with Sandra Bouza. More info.

April 12 - "No One Dances Alone" Fundraising Concert in Support of Abbey Retreat Centre. Featuring Adverse Conditions. $30 per person (includes a child supper), doors open at 6:30 at the Haliburton Legion. More info.

April 13 - Open Stage featuring Loney, Love and Love. More info.

April 14 - The Quiet Season: An Art Exhibition of Paintings by Elizabeth Johnson. 1009 Clan MacKay Rd, Dorset, ON. 1:30-4:30. Artist's Talk 2pm. 705-380-1689. More info.

April 20 - Leverage for Mountains Concert. More info.

April 26 - Constructive Critique with Grethe Jensen

Are you a painter? Bring a piece of artwork – perhaps an in-progress piece? or that piece that has you asking “is it finished?” or even that new masterpiece that you are really excited about. 2- 4pm. $5 registration opens April 13th. More info.

April 27 - Razzamataz Kids Shows presents Spirit and Tradition : Dancers of Damelahamid, BC. Dramatic dance, intricate masks and elaborate regalia. Through drumming, soundscape and imagery, you'll find yourself immersed in the vibrant culture of the BC Northewest Coast. 3:30pm at the Northern Lights Performing Theatre. More info.

May 11 - Spring Wildflowers and Wild Leeks. Join Belinda Gallagher and Michele Swyer to explore the woods & fields of Barnum Creek Nature Reserve. Hike approx. 2-3km of trails, learn about sustainable harvesting of leeks & observe many spring wildflowers. Admission by donation. More info.

May 12 - "SpiralGate ~ SoundWave IV" Mothers Day ~SoundBath guided in an intimate setting at WhirlingWisdom Studio @SpiralGate of Art & Wellbeing. This session is focusing on the Heart Chakra healing frequencies & meditation. From 3 to 5pm. More info.

May 16 - Documentary Screening Event. Join the Minden Hills Cultural Centre and Haliburton County Public Library to celebrate International Museum Day for a special screening of "Totem: The Return of the G'psgolox Pole" (2003) at the Cultural Centre at 5:00 PM. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome.

May 18 - The Minden Hills Cultural Centre welcomes you to the season opening of the Minden Hills Museum & Heritage Village and Nature’s Place Interpretive Centre. Guided tours, early settler games and craft demonstrations. Enjoy Victorian-era refreshments in one of the historic buildings. Interactive displays and a new exhibit highlighting the insect pollinators along the Gull River. 10:00am to 4:00pm. Don’t miss Browning Reptiles exotic animal display from 12:00 – 2:00 PM.

May 21- Triple Radio Bingo takes place on 100.9 Canoe FM at 7pm. More info.

May 23 - “A Century of Local Healthcare” - Minden Hills Cultural Centre presents the first of the “Community Heritage Series” for a presentation on the history of regional health services by Larry Ferguson. 5pm-6:30pm.

May 23-26 - SPARC Symposium hosted in the Town of Minto (Palmerston). More info.

May 25 - Corner Gallery 2024 Grand Opening. 2-4pm. More info.


April 11 & 13 - Creative Canvas 101 with Zachary Warne at Ommmh Salon in Minden. People of any and all artistic abilities are welcome. April 11- 6:30pm, April 13 - 1pm. More info.

April 13 – Recycled Feedback Totes Reuse feedbags, twine and old broom handles in an eco-friendly craft! Recommended for ages 9-14 but parents and caregivers are welcome to participate. Wilberforce library, 11am. More info.

April 17 & 26 - How to Start Your Own Pollinator Plants! Use the ‘speed-dial’ method of cold-moist stratification to prepare native wildflower seeds for planting. April 17 at Minden library, 2pm. April 26 at Dysart library, 2pm. More info.

April 23 – Wired Art: Freestanding Trees Use wire and recycled materials to create a freestanding tree. Adults. Dysart library, 2pm. More info.

May 13 - 17 - Creative Ways to Build Perspective with Grethe Jensen. This workshop explores contemporary approaches to bringing your paintings to life with depth and perspective. It is a fast paced highly interactive workshop. The HSAD course calendar and more information is available at

Registration is now open for courses at Haliburton School of Art & Design.

May 13-17 - Photographing the Natural World. An advanced digital photography course at

Haliburton School of Art + Design taught by local fine art photographer Corin Ford Forrester.

Course calendar & registration information available at

June 10-14 - Blending Multiple Photographs. An introductory level digital photography

course at Haliburton School of Art + Design taught by local fine art photographer Corin Ford

Forrester. The new HSAD computer lab will be used. Course calendar & registration

information available at

July 6 - Playing with Polaroids. A day of hands on creativity: scratching, cutting, painting

and emulsion lifting Polaroid photographs at Haliburton School of Art & Design. Cameras and materials provided by the instructor, local fine art photographer Corin Ford Forrester. Course calendar & registration information available at

Pay-as-you-go painting classes at Boathouse Studio in Carnarvon run all year round and have been going for 7+ years. Mon. or Tues at 10-12 or 1-3. $15 per class. Beginners welcome. For those that want to try oil paints, there is a $5 fee for in-class use. Email:

Glass Eagle Studios is offering Spring/Summer classes and workshops. Learn the art of Stained Glass in a small affordable 1-2 day workshops or classes. Discount for Arts Council Members. Call Tom to register your preferred date. Contact: Tom Green, Glass Eagle Studios, 2801 Blairhampton Rd, Minden, 705-286-3628. More info.

Registration is open at Blackbird Pottery for Spring & Summer offerings!  'Pot Your Heart Out!' weekly classes begin April 3rd. All levels welcome. Choose from: Wednesday Afternoons, 1-4, Thursday Afternoons 1-4, Wednesday & Thursday Evening Clay, 6:30-9:30. Details & Registration:

Online Art Mentoring with Carole Finn. On demand, online. Learn through guided doing. More info.

Art Exhibitions

February 10 - April 13 - "Dream" Annual Salon Exhibition at the Rails End Gallery. Help choose the Peoples Choice!  Be sure to VOTE by April 13 in person OR online here after viewing the Virtual Exhibition. 

April - July - The ACHH's Art in Public Spaces committee presents its member showcase at The Link in partnership with HCDC. Gord Jones is a member of the Arts Council and an artist on the The Studio Tour. The Link is Haliburton’s new co-working/meeting location hotspot brought to the community by HCDC and is beautifully designed by ACM Designs.

April 25 - May 26 - Photography & Textile Art by Corin & Stephanie Ford Forrester. Presented by ECCO Art Gallery Studios. Visit this charming and well curated new gallery space in Lakefield for this mother daughter show. View Corin's brand new photographic series Radiance. 46 Queen St, Lakefield ON. More info.

Weekly Events

Tuesdays - The Knitting Village. Children between 11 and 14 are welcome to join the Knitting Village for free knitting lessons by an instructor. All knitting supplies and equipment will be provided. The lessons take place at the Cultural Centre between 3:30pm and 4:30pm the first three Tuesdays every month. The lessons are drop-in only. If parents wish to drop their children off, they are required to fill in a contact form.

Thursdays - After-School Crafts. 3-5pm, Minden Library. More info.

Fridays - Family Storytime, 10:15am at the Minden Library, 10:30am at the Dysart Library. More Info.


CALL FOR VENDORS: Dorset Arts, Crafts & Antique Shows

If you are an Artist, Crafter or Antique enthusiast and want to show case your hard work, the Arts, Crafts and Antique Shows are the perfect place to do that. 

Saturday, June 29, 2024, 900am-3:00pm – Outdoors, Dorset Parkette Hwy 35 across from the Dorset Recreation Centre. Booth spaces available 10x10 and 10x20, exhibitors must provide their own table and chairs.

Saturday, October 12, 2024, 10:00am-3:00pm-Indoors, Dorset Recreation Centre, 1051 Main Street Dorset. Booth spaces available 7 ½’ x7 ½’and 7 ½’x 15’ are available to reserve.  Tables and chairs will be provided for this sale.

Exhibitors with similar merchandise will be limited at the discretion of the Algonquin Highlands Parks, Recreation & Trails Department. No manufactured/retail goods will be allowed - product must be made by you. For more information contact the Recreation Coordinator at 705-766-9968 or email

CALL FOR VENDORS: Kash Art on the Water 2024

Kash Art on the Water is an artisan event on Sat. August 10th at dock & properties around Lake Kashagawigamog. Guests are encouraged to tour by boat, environmentally sound watercraft or by car to view, purchase & admire items displayed by artists who live/cottage or are hosted by properties on the lake. We are hoping for a wide variety of fine arts and crafts to be displayed at locations all around our lake. Registered vendors' name and lake locations will be posted on our Lake Kashagawigamog Organization (LKO) website and promoted on our social media.

Registration fees are $50.00 for LKO members and $65.00 for non-members. We ask that you complete the Artist Registration Form using the link on Deadline to register to be included in print promotions is May 31, 2024. Beyond this date, exhibitors will be included in online promotions only.

Member News

Algonquin Highlands resident Douglas Tindal is one of three winners of the 1st SPARC playwriting contest. The three plays (no more than 10 min. long with a rural theme) will be read at the 2024 SPARC Symposium on May 25th. Doug's winning entry, Morning Ride, features a mother and daughter in a pickup truck, on route to an early morning hockey practice. He is the author of Tales from Wine on the Porch, a collection of interlinked short stories. His 10 min. play, A Wolf at the Oasis, was selected for the 2019 InspiraTO Festival. Doug Tindal is a cofounder of Oakview Coliving on Little Hawk Lake.

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The Arts Council would like to acknowledge the work featured in our header (which will rotate to reflect the vast local arts community). Clockwise from top left: Revolutions Wood Turning and Pottery Studio, Gord Jones, Studio Rose Pottery, Janet Bradley and Glass Eagle Studios.