Haliburton cottager Don Ross sets up the painting Summer Song by Stephane Fontaine at the Pinestone Resort and Conference Centre on June 17. The artwork is just one of many pieces located throughout the Haliburton Highlands and available for bidding in support of the Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation. The annual art auction has been taking place for four years and has raised $15000 to date.

Easels full of art return to the Haliburton Highlands

Story and photo by Angelica Ingram

Published June 28 2016

Haliburton cottager Don Ross continues to raise funds for the Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation.

Earlier this month Ross could be spotted throughout the county putting up art available for purchase by placing a silent bid. A portion from each winning bid goes towards the local health foundation.

The initiative was conceived by Ross a few years ago and since then he has been co-ordinating the project from start to finish.

To date the project has brought in $15000 for HHHSF said executive director Dale Walker.

Now in its fourth year the fundraiser has expanded to include about 12 sites in both Haliburton and Minden.

Ross is always inviting more businesses to get on board and those interested can contact him about providing space for an easel.

The artwork changes on a regular basis as Ross refreshes the pieces throughout the summer months. The easels typically appear around the May long weekend and stay on display until the end of September.

This year funds raised are going towards the bone densitometry equipment project which has a total cost of $175000.

The equipment performs a test similar to an X-ray that measures bone density quickly and accurately.

Those who have been successful in their bid are contacted by Ross who takes care of the delivery of art.

A semi-retired art dealer Ross enjoys the fundraiser because it combines his passion with giving back.

He believes the initiative has been welcomed by the community because of the way it contributes to local health care.

“People have embraced the idea of this” he said. “Both businesses and residents whether they're seasonal or permanent are supportive … they're thrilled they can make a contribution. It's a win-win.”

Ross can be contacted at dross.manorhill@rogers.com.