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.

Summer Hours
SUMMER HOURS

Open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, seven days a week!

From July 1 to August 31, both the Lake of the Woods Museum and Douglas Family Art Centre will be open 7 days a week, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Image: Motorboat Parade in Kenora Bay, 1914 (Colourized Postcard) - Carl G. Linde

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

Modern Explorer
MODERN EXPLORER

PORTRAITS OF LOTW ISLANDS BY RANDOLPH PARKER

For decades, Randolph Parker (1954 — ) has been exploring the islands of Lake of the Woods alongside his friend and art dealer Bill Mayberry, but the last five years of have been dedicated to an exceptional project: creating site-specific “portraits of islands” that capture the rugged beauty of the region.

Modern Explorer showcases a selection of 42 paintings of islands from all corners of Lake of the Woods, paired with GPS coordinates that identify their locations.

On display at the Douglas Family Art Centre from July 1 to September 10, 2022.

Opening Reception: July 8th, 7pm, Douglas Family Art Centre

Image: Randolph Parker, Shoal Lake Elm Tree, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 101.6 x 76.2 cm, N 49º 30′ 22.24″ W 95º 02′ 32.59″

A Life & Love of Art
A LIFE & LOVE OF ART

THE ART OF GAIL KONANTZ

Gail Konantz (1936-2018) was a painter and longtime summer resident on Lake of the Woods. She was a creative force — a “Gailforce,” as her family called her — who earned her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba. She worked at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and as an art educator in both private and public school systems.

Wonder, creativity, and excitement defined Gail’s life.

This show features a selection of 25 of Gail’s paintings from several Lake of the Woods collections. It highlights what we love about lake life!

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 from May 12 to August 21, 2022.

Mundus adaptat
MUNDUS ADAPTAT

THE EXQUISITE CAST GLASS OF IONE THORKELSSON

Mundus adaptat highlights the breathtakingly beautiful and wonderfully morbid cast glass sculptures of leading Canadian glass artist, Ione Thorkelsson.

On display at the Douglas Family Art Centre from July 15 to September 17, 2022.

Image: Ione Thorkelsson, Mundus adaptat, 2012, cast glass, 23.5 x 19.5 x 34 cm

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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The Lake of the Woods is a remnant of glacial Lake Agassiz and contains 14 542 islands. The underlying Precambrian bedrock is one of the oldest geological formations on earth.

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