Acknowledgement and Commitment Statement

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND COMMITMENT STATEMENT

We acknowledge that the land on which The Muse is set is the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, territory covered by Treaty #3, signed in 1873, and the Treaty Adhesion signed by the Métis in 1875.

The Muse commits to embrace and live the values known as The Seven Grandfathers – respect, love, truth, bravery, wisdom, generosity and humility – values we all esteem. It is our commitment that we will, to the best of our ability, live out these values in our work and purposes so that we can build and strengthen relationships with Indigenous communities and individuals; represent their history and culture accurately and respectfully; involve their members in our work from a position of humility and an attitude of learning so that what we do and present here at the Museum and at the Art Centre will be honest and honouring.

Fall Hours
FALL HOURS

Open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The Lake of the Woods Museum and Douglas Family Art Centre are open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Please note:
The Lake of the Woods Museum will be closed on Saturday, October 1, 2022 for staff training. The Douglas Family Art Centre will remain open.

Image: Sunset, Lake of the Woods. W. J. Phillips, 1928. Colour woodcut.

Hardship & Resilience
HARDSHIP & RESILIENCE

THE HISTORY OF UKRAINIANS IN KENORA

Between 1891 and 1954 approximately 275,000 Ukrainians immigrated to Canada. This exhibit is the story of the hundreds of Ukrainians who found themselves in the Kenora area, making a new life in the middle of the Canadian Shield. Their journey was not an easy one— they encountered discrimination, loneliness, and struggle.

But they endured. In the face of hardship— resilience.

This exhibit is the story of a community within a community, and how a small group of economic migrants, political dissidents, and refugees helped make Kenora what it is today. This is the story of Ukrainians in Kenora.

Image: Young Ukrainian men on a drilling gang pose during the building of the Transcontinental Railway in northwestern Ontario in 1908. Photographer: C.G. Linde

Hope and Healing Canada
HOPE AND HEALING CANADA

AN INSTALLATION BY TRACEY-MAE CHAMBERS

Since 2021, Chambers has been traveling across Canada and the USA creating site specific art installations at residential school historical sites, cultural centres, museums, art galleries, and other public spaces. The installations are created using large pre-made crochet and knit pieces made with red yarn. These projects entitled #hopeandhealingcanada and #hopeandhealingusa aim to broach the subject of decolonization with viewers.

On display at the Douglas Family Art Centre through October 22, 2022.

Life Force
LIFE FORCE

CELEBRATING THE DYNAMIC ART OF RICHARD CALVER

Richard Calver (1946 – 2021) was an English-Canadian artist who was an innovator of his medium, linocut printmaking. With a highly identifiable style that is both illustrative and expressive, Calver attracts the eye with a dynamic energy and captures it in unparalleled detail. Through his contemplative disposition and naturalist ideals Calver has produced a body of work that is introspective and insightful, exploring who we are – within ourselves, to each other, and as beings of the natural world. The power of his work is in its ability to slow us down, make us study, and understand the greater workings of life.

On display at the Douglas Family Art Centre September 17 - December 24, 2022.

Virtual Exhibitions
VIRTUAL EXHIBITIONS

ART & HISTORY FROM HOME

Now you can enjoy a bit of The Muse from the comfort of your home with our virtual exhibitions!

Research Stories
RESEARCH STORIES

LEARN ABOUT OUR LOCAL HISTORY

Did you know that we have dozens of research stories written by staff and volunteers over the years? Whether you are interested in sports, boats, buildings, industry, or something else, we're sure to have something to quench your thirst for knowledge!

Art Library
ART LIBRARY

AT THE DOUGLAS FAMILY ART CENTRE

We are excited to announce the addition of the Art Library at the Douglas Family Art Centre. Books are available for loan to Muse members, and for on-site reference for the general public.

If you are interested in donating books or have a research request, click the button below to learn more.

The Muse Blog
THE MUSE BLOG

FIND YOUR INSPIRATION

For the latest happenings at The Muse, interesting stories and artifacts from the region, and creative project ideas, visit The Muse Blog!

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Joseph Sanchez from Professional Native Indian Artists Incorporated was once struck by lightening!  He said that he felt the energy in his body for over 6 months and it changed the course of his artwork.

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