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Fenelon Falls Downtown Sculpture Exhibition 2024 Installed Along Colborne Street

KAWARTHA LAKES-Fenelon Falls is bringing art, outside.

The Fenelon Arts Committee (FAC) of Kawartha Works Community Co-op (KWCC), in partnership with the City of Kawartha Lakes, has created an outdoor art installation along Colborne Street in Fenelon Falls. The works will be on display from May to October 2024.

The Call for Submissions went out earlier this year and six artists were short-listed for installation; Elise Muller, James Cameron Smith, Rosalinde Baumgartner, Carolanne MacLean, Lynne Sproule, and Argyrios Hatzinakos.

“The FAC is grateful for the support and assistance we received from the teams at Downtown Haliburton Sculpture Exhibition, The Elora Sculpture Project, and the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society. They were instrumental in helping put this project together. We would also like to thank our community for their ongoing support and encouragement in bringing public art to our village.” said the group in a press release.

The Fenelon Arts Committee identifies opportunities for artists, strategizes on arts initiatives, and works to increase public access and engagement with art in the village of Fenelon Falls. The Kawartha Works Community Co-op operates to improve the social infrastructure in Kawartha Lakes by enabling the creation, development, and management of not-for-profit initiatives with artistic, cultural, recreational, health, environmental, economic, and social improvement.

Below is a photo and description of each work written by the artist:

The Raven sculpture highlights community qualities and presents a physical reminder of the importance of the natural environment. The piece references First Nations mythology of the raven as a trickster and transformer while embracing environmental values such as sustainability and resourcefulness.

The Raven is constructed from a cedar core which is feathered using recycled bicycle tires and tubes. Each tire is meticulously cut to resemble individual feathers. The eyes are dynamic iridescent glass, and the legs and feet have aluminum rod cores finished with tire tubing.


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This granite sculpture, Attunement One was carved using hand tools (chisels & mallets) as well as diamond carving tools. It was polished both by hand and with a polisher over the flatter areas. The stone is known as St. George Red Granite, and I brought that piece of stone back from an Artist Residency in New Brunswick. I submitted Attunement One as my Maquette for the Canadian Sculpture Competition at Kingsbrae Garden and when I was accepted, I carved a much larger version which won the Competition in 2018.

I wanted to submit this piece to the Fenelon Falls Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition because it reminds of my grandmother who grew up in Fenelon Falls (nee Betty Menzies to my great grandma Laura Menzies who lived right in town). This sculpture of the connection between a parent and their child, which is a universal theme, has been carved in beautiful pinkish red stone that will last forever. Attunement One is permanently attached to a 30 inch steel pedestal.


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For this sculpture I used a drawing of our favourite life model, Georgina. She had posed for our drawing classes for years; we knew her very well. The relaxed seated pose reflects a secure inner contentment. This sculpture has been exhibited outdoors from May until October for the Fergus Elora Sculpture Project.



This sculpture is an investigation of texture, beauty, tranquility, and deep reflection of youth. MacLean spent her childhood holidays with relatives in Fenelon Falls; her mother was raised on a farm in Cresswell, and her grandmother later lived in Little Britain and Lindsay.


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Officials say the others will be installed in the coming weeks!

All photos courtesy Fenelon Arts Committee

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