/New book celebrates the arts, history of Halls and Hawk Lakes
ure of the Lakes features stories of the history of lumbering, early settlers and first cottagers in Algonquin Highlands as well as work by local artists. /Submitted photo

New book celebrates the arts, history of Halls and Hawk Lakes

The Halls and Hawk Lakes Property Owners Association (HHLPOA) is celebrating a 75th anniversary with a collection of stories that traces the history from the lumbering and early settlers’ days to the first cottagers. The Lure of the Lakes not only describes the importance of fishing to these initial full-time and seasonal inhabitants, it also tells the personal stories of some of Algonquin Highlands’ artists. The draw to our lakes runs deep and the urge to paint and sketch is felt by many.

The images of seven different artists will be enjoyed throughout this new book, along with over 40 delightful tales of times gone by and more than 400 photographs that help to illustrate the history of the area.
The artwork of John Barry Lennard, a Minden resident and Big Hawk cottager, is featured on the hardcover of this book as well as in his own family cottage story. The water, rocks and sky of the Haliburton area has always influenced John’s art, as his wife Marie says, even when he was doing abstract work.
Currently John’s work can be seen at the Colborne Street Gallery in Fenelon Falls, The Ethel Curry Gallery in Haliburton, Gallery on the Lake in Buckhorn, among other locations.

HHLPOA is delighted that anyone who purchases the book will have their own copy of some of this great art.
Mary Intven Wallace, another local artist, educator and cottager, is also featured in Lure of the Lakes. Mary’s art is not only inspired by Algonquin Highlands, she inspires so many others as she has taught over 40 years at the Haliburton School of Fine Arts. Mary is also a founding member of the Haliburton Studio Tours. The HHLPOA is proud to say that as a part of the 75th anniversary activities, Mary will be leading two “Paint- along” sessions later this summer.

Both Mary Intven Wallace and John Lennard will have art for sale as part of the “Floating Markets” that HHLPOA is sponsoring again this year on August 7. Other artists will be selling pottery, woodworking and jewellery. More information can be found on hallshawklakes.ca

Pre-order sales are happening right now for Lure of the Lakes on the HHLPOA website (hallshawklakes.ca/store) with local pick-up later this summer.

Submitted by Joan Hamilton