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Art on Kent closes its doors in Lindsay

Posted on May 31, 2017

Art on Kent closes its doors in Lindsay in the Kawartha Lakes This Week by Catherine Whitnall (May 18 2017)

Kawartha Arts Network makes difficult decision in light of insufficient member involvement.

Despite having enjoyed many years of successful exhibitions, Art on Kent is closing its doors on July 8.

“We’ve grown tremendously in the past 10 years,” said the artist co-operative’s director and co-founder, Lesley Drummond. “Art on Kent has been wonderful for the artists. . . it’s been phenomenal to have a space for artists to show their work 12 months out of the year. “

Drummond added Jim and Lynn Garbutt – who lease the space on the second floor of their Buy & Sell Shop to the group – have been wonderfully supportive of both the arts and the Kawartha Arts Network “helping us see through to our vision.”

However, while the group has had enough of a commitment from members to cover the hours the gallery is open, that has dwindled in recent years.

To address this, Drummond said the organization had to change its membership requirements to include a commitment to sitting on the steering committee, helping out with installations and manning the gallery. It was hoped this would result in everyone sharing responsibilities, giving all members an opportunity to be part of guiding the co-operative and the gallery.

“That hasn’t materialized. We didn’t get the response we wanted,” said Drummond, noting the same handful of members are bearing the lion’s share of the duties. “Participation in exhibits has fallen too.”

Drummond clarified only the gallery is closing; the organization will continue to operate.

In fact, they have two events planned for this summer.

Judy Jackett has been busy connecting with downtown businesses to host window displays showcasing local artists and celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday. The work will be on display from June 26 to July 8.

 Network members will also take part in a downtown cultural event slated for Aug. 12.

Plans are also in the works for pop up exhibits, artists socials, sharing nights and plein air events.

In the meantime, everyone is invited to stop by the gallery to view the annual Members’ Show, running until June 3, as well as What’s Your Canada – an exhibition of work celebrating what Canada means to the artists – running June 8 to July 8, with a Meet the Artists opening on June 10 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The gallery is open Thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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A note to our supporters…

Posted on May 4, 2017

Hi everyone – this is a note going out to all our mailing list supporters!

The Kawartha Arts Network has been an entity for over nine years and I have had the privilege of being the Director for almost eight of them. It has grown tremendously in both stature and membership and – as the only local artists’ co-operative – has given artists working in all mediums a chance to exhibit their work TWELVE months of the year in a professional venue! I am so proud of the name KAN has earned in our community and thrilled to have worked with such a great group of volunteers/artists.

In the past year, there has unfortunately been a steady decline in commitment of members to participate fully in the running of KAN. As a co-operative, it is essential to share the workload among members – help out with all the jobs that need to be done to keep us running (curatorial work, assist with programming, etc.) and sit the gallery on a regular basis to keep Art on Kent open. Relying solely on volunteers and trying not to make our rules too rigid has resulted in a select few people taking on the majority of the workload – in fact, during the month of March, over 70% of the gallery sitting was done by five of the Steering Committee members, who also carried the bulk of the running of KAN on top of that commitment.

Our new conditions of membership for the coming year involve sitting a regular monthly shift at Art on Kent plus helping out on a committee. At present, we don’t have the member commitment/participation to run the space and fulfill our committee responsibilities, so…….unless we have a few new members sign up, we will be forced to close our exhibition space, Art on Kent, as of July 8thThis was a very sad decision for the Steering Committee to make.

If we do not have an increase in members, the Kawartha Arts Network will still continue, but in a different format.  We will not have a formal “home”, but you will see us in the community at arts festivals, having pop-up art exhibitions at various locations, doing plein air workshops and meeting to share ideas on techniques, philosophies and just work in general. We will put out new membership forms if needed in June to see if anyone out there would like to join us in that capacity.

In the meantime…..Art on Kent runs as usual, but actually open an extra two hours on Saturdays (11-5).  Life drawing is still happening Thursday nights and we have a wide variety of technique classes happening for the next two months, so please sign up asap if interested – details on Facebook or on our website.

Our “last” two shows at Art on Kent will be the Members’ Show during May and then a special “What’s Your Canada?” themed exhibit running till July 8th, open to both members and non-members ($10 per work to enter).  We hope to see a number of non-members participating in this show to celebrate our country’s birthday with Art. Featured artists in the Members’ Room will be Markus Leydolt and Judy Jackett.

If forced to close, Art on Kent, KAN hopes to be able to run another exhibition space in the future……but it seems that the co-operative must be a different entity right now. A sign of the times, unfortunately. I hope to see everyone at our next two exhibits and thank you wholeheartedly in your support of Art on Kent in the past.

Lesley Drummond

Director
Kawartha Arts Network

“Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone….”

            – Joni Mitchell

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KLAC – Annual General Meeting

Posted on Mar 21, 2017

KLAC – Annual General Meeting

Join us for a wonderful Community Celebration and our Annual General Meeting.

March 30, 2017 starting at 6:30p.m.

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My Kawartha: Painting With Pixels Art Exhibition

Posted on May 22, 2016

My Kawartha reports on KAN’s Painting With Pixels Art Exhibition:

Creating art with the click of the mouse – by Catherine Whitnall

Painting a picture doesn’t always require a brush.

Local photographic artists Anders Widjedal and Dave Ford have joined forces to demonstrate exactly that for the Kawartha Arts Network’s current exhibition, Painting With Pixels.”

Read more: My Kawartha.com

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Thank you, Dr. Claude Morris

Posted on Jan 9, 2016

We have been able to make huge improvements at Art on Kent thanks to our generous donor, Dr. Claude Morris.

This past year saw a new hanging system for our beautiful brick wall, making it a much more useful space for exhibiting two-dimensional works. And we were able to purchase paint for our new stair graphics. Both of these enhancements make Arts on Kent more welcoming to everyone.

Thank you Dr. Morris! We truly appreciate your support.

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