May 8 - Downtown Haliburton Sculpture Exhibition Launch 2-3pm. Meet at Rails End Gallery, 23 York St.

May 8 – Ian Tamblyn "Science Needs You in the Chukchi Sea" , Telling our Stories Speaker Series. 7:00 pm at the HHOA Fish Hatchery. More info.

May 9 - Ian Tamblyn in Concert at the Dominion Hotel. More info.

May 9 - Community Drum Circle at Rails End Gallery 6:30-8:30pm. More info.

May 10 - Grounds for Goodness Project introduction - an artful journey into how and why people sometimes behave in good ways towards each other. Introduction 6:30-8:00pm. Project runs until June 15, for a full schedule visit here.  

May 10 - Homeschool Hangout Check out our resources, tech toys and craft table before heading to the park! Stanhope library, 12:30-2pm. More info.

May 11- Mother's Day High Tea at Abbey Gardens. Enjoy live music, a photo booth, and a special take home treat. Reserve your tickets for Mother’s Day Tea and celebrate mom with a little bit of old fashioned English charm at Abbey Gardens! More info.

May 11 - Spring Pop-up at Homestead Pottery 11-4 pm. Join some amazing craftspeople bringing fresh collections of work to share. April Gates -- Blackbird Pottery, Lara Elliot - Pottery & Teas, Noelia Marziali - Leather Jewellery, Samantha Vanderwyst - Lino prints, Herbs & Cards, and Annie's Tangled Garden fresh local Bouquets. Tea and sweets will be served.1064 Cameron Lane, Algonquin Highlands.

May 11 – Open Stage with the Haliburton County Folk Society at the Haliburton Legion. Featured performer Rob Crosby. More info.

May 12 - Home Routes Concert with Lindy Vopnfjörd. Hosts: Barbara Kraus and Reiner Arnold in the yurt at Tamarack Lodge. More info.

May 12 - Mother's Day Sound Bath: SpiralGate~ SoundWave “V” at WhirlingWisdom @ DivinePlay Studio from 3 to 5pm. The event welcomes all genders and ages. 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 24 - Constructive Critique at Rails End Gallery. Facilitated by 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 May 10. More info.

May 25 - HCFS present The Spirit of Patsy Cline starring Christina Hutt at the Haliburton Legion. More info.

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

June 1 - The Smooth Operators (Jodi Timgren, Rick Anton and Dan O'Neil) at Rails End Gallery from 3 til 5 pm. Tickets $25 (incl hst) , reserved table seating for groups of 4. Cash bar/soft drinks/light snacks. For tickets call 705-457-2330 or email

June 2 - FROG HOLLOW ~ENCHANTED TEA PARTY, presenting "RISE" an Aerial Art Performance. Here is to our Frog Hollow favourite and Opening of the 'enchanted' season. We are beginning with 'spoken word', intuitive messages and sound. Our highlight special features an Aerial Art Performance. From 1 to 3pm, $22. More info.

June 24 - Haliburton Highlands Land Trust Annual General Meeting via ZOOM at 7p.m. HHLT welcomes all to join us for our AGM Members in good standing 30 days prior to meeting have voting privileges. Preregistration required to receive ZOOM link at


Season Passes and individual tickets for the Highlands Summer Festival 2024 Season

are available online or call our Box Office at 705-457-9933 or toll-free at 1-855-457-9933.

July 13 - Bookapalooza with Author Linwood Barclay at the Minden Community Centre. More info.

July 20-21 - Art on the Dock 10th Anniversary. More info.

Highlands Opera Studio - Season Passes available for their full live season! Tickets $15-37.50. Check out their upcoming season featuring Masterclasses, Operas, Concerts and pay-what-you-can events. Box office 1-855-455-5533. More info.


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

Online Art Mentoring/Classes with Carole Finn. On demand, online. Learn/improve your art & art practice through guided doing. More info.

May 9 & 23 - Adult Ukulele Group Bring your ukulele and learn with us! Minden Hills library, 5:30pm. More info.

May 11 - Bees & Apple Trees Craft Create bee retreats and suncatchers you can bring home to celebrate the Queen Bees in your life! All ages. Wilberforce library, 11am. 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

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

May 22 – Bookie Monster Inspired Creatures Using the same technology that powers the Bookie Monster, create your own mini monster using Makey Makey! Ages 8+. Minden Hills library, 3:30pmClick here to register.

May 28 – Bookie Monster Inspired Creatures Using the same technology that powers the Bookie Monster, create your own mini monster using Makey Makey! Ages 8+. Dysart library, 3:30pm. Click here to register.

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

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 1-5 - Pot Your Heart Out! at Blackbird Pottery. Weeklong Pottery workshop & Open studio. More info.

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

July 22 - 27 - Deepening the Surface: Layers & Print Ceramics Workshop at Blackbird Pottery. 5.5 days workshop. More info.

July 22 – 26 - The Colour of Emotion is an acrylic painting class taught by local artist Grethe Jensen. Paintings bring joy, paintings express emotion. In this workshop you will learn how to choose and mix colours that produce your desired mood – from quiet and peaceful to bold and dramatic. The workshop will be offered in Bancroft, registration opens May 13. More info.

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.

Art Exhibitions

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.

April 4 - June 8 - Connection and Response by Bruce Cull at the Agnes Jamieson Gallery, Minden Hills Cultural Centre. More info.

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.

May 10 - June 16 - Grounds for Goodness at the Rails End Gallery. Grounds for Goodness is a mobile multi-year project, conceived and led by Toronto-based artist Ruth Howard. Ruth will work with local artists and community members: gathering and playing with stories through drawing, writing, storytelling, sewing, sculpting, music and small object performance, to create and share a distinctive Haliburton version of the project. 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.


The Art Gallery of Bancroft is currently accepting proposal submissions for their 2025-2026 exhibition line-up. Visit for more information. Deadline to submit is June 30th, 2024.

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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Artist Credits

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: Stone Tree Studio: Cirvan Hamilton, Boathouse Studio - Harvey Walker, Corin Ford Forrester, Blackbird Pottery - April Gates and Jacqueline Morin.