The Gallery at L.E. Shore

The Gallery at L.E. Shore in Thornbury is a lovely, vaulted exhibition space that hosts monthly exhibits by both individuals and groups within the community. The Arts & Culture Council, a volunteer appointed body, juries exhibits and assists in programming a variety of arts and cultural presentations. Subscribe to the In The Gallery blog.

Art During Times of Physical Distancing and In Nature

Art During Times of Physical Distancing and In Nature

Posted by Sabrina on July 27, 2020

Latest from the Loft Gallery

If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit Loft Gallery Inc. in downtown Thornbury in awhile, please know that their doors are open and they are eager to show new works. Since reopening in May there has been an insurgence of new work and the paintings are incredibly uplifting and inspiring.

Two Resident Artists, Debra Lynn Carroll and Lorne McDermott can be found painting onsite at the gallery most days and they are occasionally fortunate enough to have Exclusive Artist Janet Liesemer, as well as Jennifer Woodburn and Brian Buckrell join them.

Upcoming events to look forward to include the release of Janet’s new “Lessons In A Box” series that will be for sale this coming month. The lesson boxes will include all the materials you need to complete her lesson, along with a video link to watch as Janet  guides you through the completion of your painting.

The Annual Square Foot Show will be happening this Nov. 7, 2020 and will have a new online format designed to keep everyone safe while shopping for your favourite square foot paintings.

The Haliburton Sculpture Forest is Open and Ready to Explore

The Haliburton Sculpture Forest is a unique and magical array of sculptures located in Glebe Park near the village of Haliburton.

Since its inception in 2001, the forest has amassed 36 beautiful and interesting sculptures by Canadian and international artists. The sculptures are arranged along a series of lush trails in a maple forest on the shores of Haliburton's Head Lake located next door to Haliburton School of the Arts. Admission is free other than in winter months when used for Nordic Ski Trails. 

There are free guided tours of the Sculpture Forest offered during the months of July and August. The webpage: is full of information about booking a free guided tour or by calling Yours Outdoors at 705 754-3436. Self-guided tours can be done using brochures available on site. Social distancing practices and COVID-19 protocols are in place. 

For those with an interest to see the sculptures from the comfort of their home there are two Youtube videos that give a nice perspective of the beauty to see. 

Great Summer Biography

“Into the Darkness Laughing” by Patrice Chaplin is the fascinating biography of Jeanne Hebuterne, the last mistress of the artist Modigliani. Patrice explores the lives of these two artists during the first world war in Montparnasse Paris.

The Italian artist, Modigliani was, in his thirties, unstable, penniless and unrecognized when they met. She was a pretty young artist whose talent was recognized yet he had the “glory”. Written with passion, humour and empathy, this personal and moving account casts light on the much-mythologised life and tragic death of Jeanne Hebuterne.

Modern Sculpture in a Natural Setting

At PepsiCo Global Headquarters in Purchase, New York is the Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens. When the company relocated from New York City in 1965, the idea was conceived by the CEO Kendall to turn the 168 acre polo field and airstrip into a garden featuring 20 th century sculpture. In 1980 this concept was further developed by the internationally famous garden designer Russell Page. His plans included specialty gardens, arboretum and woodlands linking the sculptures to their setting.

The Gardens re-opened in the spring of 2017 after a 3 year restoration. Many monumental and smaller sculptures are displayed along with outstanding ones by masters such as Alexander Calder, Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, and Arnaldo Pomodoro. The Gardens have always been open to the public and free. More information can be found by googling Pepsico sculpture collection. PepsiCo Sculpture Gardens App is a self guided audio tour.

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