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Opening Reception for Written by Water with Performance & Artist Talk

May 6, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Presenters: Olivia Whiddon & Teresa Bowyer

Join Teresa Bowyer and Olivia Whiddon at the Douglas Family Art Centre on May 6th at 2pm for the opening reception of their exhibition Written by Water – a collaboration of music and visual arts. The event will begin with a performance of the Written by Water music collection by Olivia, followed by an artist talk with Teresa. Olivia will also share some insights into her musical inspirations. The event will close with the telling of the story “Seven Sisters” by Olivia.

There is no registration required for this all-ages event.  Admission is by donation.

All donations from the event will go to the artists.

Olivia will be putting her funds towards the purchase of a new harp!  The new harp is a Starfish Glencoe coming all the way from Scotland. Olivia ordered it in July of 2022 after visiting the workshop. This harp allows the harpist to stand while playing, making it ideal for a singer! It can take up to two years to receive one of these harps as they always have a waitlist.

If you have questions, please contact Shelby Smith, Art Centre Programmer at 807-467-2201 or by emailing [email protected].



Teresa Bowyer graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University, Montreal. Over the years, she has honed her skills as an illustrator and deepened her knowledge of anatomy and organic forms by virtue of studio practice and subsequent fellowships in Ireland.

Her work is found in private collections in Japan, Iran, Scotland, the United States, Canada, Ireland and England.



The first pieces Olivia learned as a child were evocative of nature, and strongly rooted in Celtic and Canadian folk music. As a professional musician, much of her effort has been focused on classical music. She teaches music full time, privately and as an Artist in Residence with the Kenora Catholic District school board, and is the creative director of Kenora Opera Theatre, while continuing to perform regularly. In 2016, she went back to her roots and built a small Celtic harp with Esme Boone, which led to the purchase of a 34 string Ravenna Dusty Strings harp and a 25 string Christina Triplett harp. In August of 2019, she was a Bridge and Falls Creative Resident in Sioux Narrows, ON where she began writing for harp and voice. This residency was where the project Written by Water began. She loves working with artists of different disciplines and is especially interested in the interplay that can be made between music and visual art.


May 6, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Douglas Family Art Centre
224 Main Street South
Kenora, Ontario P9N 1T2 Canada
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