A History of Dip, Dip and Swing:
In 2014, the Lake of the Woods Arts Community (LOWAC) hosted a highly successful outdoor art exhibit entitled, “Muskies on Main”. The exhibit included 40 muskies fabricated from materials ranging from natural wood to felted wool and much more. The exhibit included a juried art show, a participant workshop, a special artist/sponsor preview evening and an opening celebration ceremony.
During the summer of 2017, LOWAC will be hosting another juried art show called “Dip, Dip and Swing”. Artists are welcome to submit 2D as well as 3D pieces with artwork being displayed in public parks and buildings during the summer of 2017.
The summer of 2017 will be an exciting time for arts and culture in Kenora. Our exhibit will compliment the opening of the Trans Canada Trail and the Rowing event of the Canada Summer Games at Rabbit Lake. These events will bring additional summer tourists to Kenora which makes it a perfect summer to host a major art exhibit.
Path of the Paddle and Rowing Club info:
The Path of the Paddle is a 1000 km, mostly water, canoe/kayak route which is part of the TransCanada Trail network in Northwestern Ontario from Thunder Bay to the Manitoba border. Inspired by the age-old travel-ways, it represents the culture and history of the region of NOW. It forms one of the few water-based sections of the TransCanada Trail which will stretch nearly 24000 km from Atlantic to Pacific to Arctic Oceans. The route will proceed down the western shore of Lake Superior, through Quetico Park to Atikokan, then to Dryden and Kenora, up the Winnipeg River to the Whiteshell Provincial Park in Manitoba.
The opening of the Kenora portion of the Path of the Paddle Waterway will take place in Kenora in the summer of 2017.
The Rat Portage Rowing Club was formed in 1890 with the first regatta held on Lake of the Woods in 1891. It became the Kenora Rowing Club (KRC) when Kenora changed its name from Rat Portage to Kenora in 1905. In 1930 and 1936, KRC won the historic Lipton Cup, trophy of the Northwest International Rowers Association (NWIRA) with a very small number of dedicated talented rowers.
In 2001 KRC moved to Rabbit Lake, a 2300m landlocked lake running east-west, situated within city limits, ideal for rowing and regattas. KRC has since hosted the NWIRA Regatta approximately every two years and the Canadian Masters National Regatta in 2002.
KRC and Rabbit Lake have been chosen by the Manitoba Canada Games 2017 Committee as the ideal site for the rowing events in July 2017.
Dip, Dip and Swing:
What? Named after the popular camping song, “My Paddle’s Keen and Bright”, “Dip, Dip and Swing” is a community art project led by LOWAC. It culminates in an indoor/outdoor exhibit scheduled for the summer of 2017 in Kenora. Artwork will celebrate the opening of the Trans-Canada Trail as well as the hosting of the Rowing events for the Canada Summer Games.
When? The exhibit will go up the last week of June, 2017 and remain in place until the end of August 2017. Artwork must be completed by April 1, 2017. Entry forms must be received by March 1, 2017.
Why? LOWAC is building on the success of Muskies on Main in 2014. We are offering our artists and community members another opportunity to exhibit and another challenge to grow in our artistic endeavours. Plus, it’s a summer to celebrate! Path of the Paddle opening, Rowing events for the Canada Summer Games and, of course, Canada’s 150th birthday!
Where? Artwork will be displayed, in compliance with city manager requirements, in public parks and public buildings in the area.
What happens to artwork in September? Artwork will be auctioned on-line. Those that sell will be picked up by their new owners. Those that don’t sell? Artists will re-assume ownership.