Nine artists – musicians, writers, mixed media artists – will be welcomed to an off-grid island on Koshlong Lake this summer as the Halls Island Artist Residency opens for a fourth full year of residencies.
The island will be alive with creativity and energy as the artists, selected through an application process ending in February, are hosted over eight residency sessions. Artists will come from as far away as Texas and P.E.I., and from as close as Haliburton Village.
One of the selected artists is local fabric artist Jane Selbie.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity, within such beauty and tranquility, to feel renewal and to focus on my illustrated manual project,” said Selbie. “An island offers 360 degrees of vistas and being there will open my mind to new perspectives to enrich my art.”
Ruth Walker, co-chair of Halls Island Artist Residency said, “We are excited to once more welcome a diverse and intriguing group of artists to our residency. A number of artists will be offering free workshops or presentations throughout the summer. We invite the community to check out the dates and times posted on our website.”
Halls Island Artist Residency received a grant from TD Bank’s Ready Challenge Fund this past year. Thanks to this grant, the attending artists will each receive an honorarium to offset their expenses.
Halls Island is privately owned by a family whose generosity is providing the residency, accommodations and island access for the chosen artists. HIAR is a member of the Haliburton County Community Cooperative, a not-for-profit organization that encourages, develops and supports several community groups in the Highlands.
Applications for the 2023 residency sessions will open in the fall of 2022.