To the editor
An unexpected phone call recently to my city home from Laurie Jones of the Rails End Gallery stunned me. I had won the main prize in the gallery’s Arts and Crafts Festival draw: a coveted place in the three-day seminar at the Haliburton School of Art and Design Aug. 9 to 11 with celebrated Canadian artist Robert Bateman. As a 24-year cottager in the Highlands I count this as one of my most memorable events.
May I express my very special thanks to the major donor of this prize Andrea Hillo graphic artist and author of several books including the series The Artists of Haliburton The Artists of Muskoka and The Artists of Algonquin.
My appreciation also goes to the Rails End Gallery for their multi-faceted support of the artistic community.
As a longtime member of the Sculptors Society of Canada the course held equally as much meaning for me as for my fellow classmates whose creative strength lies in painting. As Robert Bateman himself noted there was a high degree of excellence among the participants.
To add icing to the cake literally we were treated to a deliciously imaginative lunch each day catered by Rhubarb Restaurant. Thank you Haliburton for an unforgettable experience!
Karen Stoskopf Harding