Apr 19 - May 06, 2023 Douglas family art centre

Kingfisher Days: A Tale of Wonder (CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS)

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The Douglas Family Art Centre is pleased to partner with TryLight Theatre Co. in bringing to life Kingfisher Days, a memoir written by Lake of the Woods summer resident Susan Coyne. TryLight will be presenting the play on April 23-29, 2023.

This enchanting story has inspired us as well to invite you to participate in a community exhibition titled Kingfisher Days: A Tale of Wonder which will be on view from April 19 – May 6 at the Douglas Family Art Centre.

This is an exhibition in which all creatives can participate!

  • One submission per person.
  • There is no age limit.
  • No visual art is to be larger than 36″ x 36″.
  • Accepted forms of art are: painting, writing, sculpture, drawing, textiles, photography, video and mixed-media.
  • All video must be no longer than 10 minutes.
  • Submissions will only be accepted if ready to hang, install or present.
  • Below is a submission form to complete with your submission. Note: There is a question about what inspired the piece of art. A line or more helps the audience understand the piece.
  • This is family friendly exhibition and so we reserve the right to refuse inappropriate artwork.

Deadline for submission is April 12th, 2023. Submissions may be sent via email or dropped off to the Douglas Family Art Centre at 224 Main St. S. Kenora, ON.

Please contact Art Centre Curator, Sophie Lavoie if you have any questions. [email protected].

For your inspiration, here is a description of the book, which is available for purchase from the Lake of the Woods Museum gift shop, or can be borrowed from the Keewatin and Kenora Libraries.

A magical tale of friendship and wonder — the perfect gift for the imaginative child in all of us. One summer, in a hedge near her family’s cottage in Kenora, five-year-old Susan Coyne discovered an overgrown stone fireplace. Her father said it was the home of Uncle Joe Spondoolak, an elf who’d moved in after the cottage had burned down long ago. Susan, a fanciful child, decided to become keeper of the hearth, tidying it up and leaving little gifts for the elves: handfuls of wild strawberries, daisy chains, a tiny birchbark canoe. Overnight the gifts would disappear. One morning, there was a tiny piece of carefully folded pink paper wedged in between the mossy stones. “To Helen Susan Cameron Coyne: Greetings Her Majesty, Queen Mab, has instructed me to thank you for making a home for all her people.” Thus began Susan’s correspondence with a precocious young fairy princess, Nootsie Tah, and her indoctrination into the world of the great and little people.Susan took the letter next door to Mr. Moir, because he knew all sorts of interesting things. Sure enough, he had an entire library filled with books about characters such as Puck, Ariel and Oberon. The letters from Nootsie Tah continued, and that summer Susan developed two unique relationships: one with a proud princess from a mystical land, and the other with a gentle gardener with infinite wisdom and patience.

Submission Form

Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 3 files.
Please explain the inspiration for the piece.

Did you know?

During the Spanish Flu epidemic the Kenora Public Library was converted to an emergency hospital.  In the three months of the epidemic at least 66 people died of the flu.

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