Kate Butler acting chairwoman of the Arts Council – Haliburton Highlands accepts a cheque for $2963 from Art on the Dock lead organizer (and Kennisis Lake Cottage Owners' Association board member) Cathy Whittaker. Photo submitted

And the winner is: Artists in the Schools

Art on the Dock – the Kennisis Lake Cottage Owners’ Association’s second annual studio tour on the Kennisis Lakes – has raised $2963 for the Arts Council ~ Haliburton Highlands’ Artists in the Schools program more than twice the amount raised for the program last year by the event.

Despite the heavy weather on Saturday many visitors still came by car with even more coming by boat and car in Sunday’s beautiful weather. It was another enjoyable community event on the Kennisis Lakes.

The exhibiting artists all made contributions to the Artists in the Schools program. Visitors contributed to toonie jars at the various exhibitor locations. And many of the artists donated examples of their work that were sold in a silent auction at the KLCOA’s Ladies of the Lake Luncheon on Saturday July 2.

Lead organizer (and KLCOA director) Cathy Whittaker said “we are pleased to be able to more than double our support for the Artists in the Schools program this year because of the generosity of our exhibiting artists visitors and our sponsors Parker Pad and Printing and Viper Marketing.”

Visitors could enter their ballot in prize draws to win beautiful pieces donated by participating artists. The winner of Shelley Beach’s framed watercolour painting Into the Magnetic Current for those visiting more than 15 exhibitor locations was Terry Woodrow.

The winner of Wilf McOstrich’s framed watercolour painting All Things Bright and Beautiful (for those visiting more than 10 exhibitor locations) was Gail Gillespie.

The winner of Michael Maclaverty’s framed photograph Kennisis Lake from First Bridge (for those visiting more than five exhibitor locations) was David Burris.

The winner of Keith Higgins’s stone birdhouse (for visitors to any number of locations) was Jacqueline Flowers.

Arts Council ~ Haliburton Highlands representative Kate Butler said “the real winners were the children of Haliburton County. Because of the generosity of the KLCOA Art on the Dock exhibitors visitors and the sponsors many more children in our area this year will have access to these unique arts experiences with local artists.”

The Artists in the Schools program provides hands-on arts experiences with local artists to children in Grades 1 to 8 of the five elementary schools in Haliburton County. Each year about half of the students will participate in an Artists in the Schools experience selected by the teacher. This past year students participated in clay and pottery classes painting drum circles dance classes weaving and other creative experiences.