event archives

The content below describes various Spirit Events from the past. To see current information, please visit our Group Events page.

Spirit of the Hills Art Show and Sale at Warkworth Library

November 3, 2018 to March 30, 2019

Spirit of the Hills has a new art show in Warkworth at the library. The show will run until March 30th. The show is open during library hours: Tue 10-5, Wed 2-7, Fri 1-6 and Sat 10-1. All of the art work is for sale. 

There are 13 artists in the current show. They are, Judy Hopkins – painter, Matthew King – photographer, Linda McClelland – painter, Christopher Thorpe – photographer and painter, Bob Tunnoch – mixed media, Alan Langford – photographer, Sharon Nichols – photographer, Georgina – mixed media, Laura Berman – photographer, Linda Heidt – painter, Mary Weilandt – photographer, Tony Crocker – photographer, Silver Stephens – painter. Photos below by Mary Weilandt.

Painters’ & Photographers’ Passions

November 13, 2018 to January 28, 2019

Spirit of the Hills Arts Association presents Painters’ & Photographers’ Passions, November 13, 2018 to January 28, 2019. A Group Effort featuring visual artists from Northumberland including; Judy Hopkins, Alan Langford, Mandy Bing, Tony Crocker, Rosanne Dolan, Mary Weilandt and Tom Groot. At Capers Restaurant, 28 Bridge Street West, Campbellford, Ontario K0L 1L0, 705-653-5262.

Pictures from the exhibit

Photos courtesy Mary Weilandt and Alan Langford

Where My Brush Takes Me – Paintings by Sue Wilkins

September 18 to November 13, 2018

Spirit of the Hills presents Where My Brush Takes Me, Paintings by Sue Wilkins at Capers Tap House, 28 Bridge Street West, Campbellford, ON

Sue Wilkins

Pictures from the exhibit

Two Shows in One At the Campbellford Library

“Landscape & Literature” The Mixed Media Art of Christopher Thorpe

“Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest” The Wildlife Photography of Tony Crocker

At the Campbellford Branch of Trent Hills Public Library
Dec 18, 2018 to Mar 26, 2019
Please note the change in time for the reception. Because the Library closes at 6:30 during the winter, it is moved ahead to 5:30.
Opening Reception: January 10, 2019 (5:30pm – 6:30pm)


Pictures from the exhibit

Photos by Mary Weilandt

Spirit of the Hills’ 8th Annual Fall Show

Spirit of the Hills Members’ Art & Photography Show

Spirit of the Hills Members’Art & Photography Show ART EMPORIUM by the RIVER 11 Mill Street North, Port Hope September 6 to 30, 2018 Gallery Hours 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Thursday - Sunday) Opening Reception: Friday, September 7, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Pictures from the opening

Photos courtesy Mary Weilandt

Spirit of the Hills Art Show & Sale at Warkworth Library

June 1 to November 3, 2018

Spirit of the Hills has a new art show in Warkworth at the library. The current show will run until November 3rd when it will be replaced by an all new show that will run for six months until May 2019. The show is open during library hours: Tues 10-5, Wed 2-7, Fri 1-6 and Sat 10-1. All of the art work is for sale.

There are 13 artists in the current show. They are, Louis Leclair-Aronson – painter, Pamela Brown – painter, Rosanne Dolan – mixed media, Lori Gillespie – photographer, Matthew King – photographer, Marie Kreamer – mixed media, Geoffrey Lessard – painter, Linda McClelland – painter, Peter Moore – painter, Jane Robertson – painter, Georgie Schaeff – painter, Ken Solilo – photographer, Mary Weilandt – photographer

The Art of Les Robling

The Art of Les Robling

Spirit of the Hills presents The Art of Les Robling May 29 to Sept 18, 2018 at Capers Tap House, 28 Bridge Street West, Campbellford, ON

Les Robling

Second Self

Two perspectives on the Canadian landscape
Acrylic Paintings by Jennifer Trefiak and Jennifer Anne Burke
May 3rd to August 16th, 2018

Spirit of the Hills presents Second Self - Two perspectives on the Canadian landscape - Acrylic Paintings by Jennifer Trefiak and Jennifer Anne Burke May 3rd to August 16th, 2018 at the TRENT HILLS LIBRARY, CAMPBELLFORD BRANCH, 98 Bridge Street East, Campbellford Ontario K0L 1L0


Bicycles, Photographs by Brian Tyson

Spirit of the Hills presents Bicycles, Photographs by Brian Tyson April 10 to May 29, 2018 at Capers Tap House, 28 Bridge Street West, Campbellford, ON

Brian Tyson

2018 Cobourg Rotary Arts & Crafts Festival

Saturday, June 30th to Monday, July 2nd
Photos from the show.

The Four Seasons – Paintings by Jan Atkinson

February 5 to May 3, 2018 at Campbellford Public Library

Spirit of the Hills presents The Four Seasons - Paintings by Jan Atkinson - Jan Atkinson’s acrylic paintings have evolved over the years but her favourite style can only be described as whimsical. Bold colours are used to give the viewer a sense of fun and happiness. Exploring abstract art using mixed mediums has taken a life of its own, one that Jan finds challenging but very exciting to see how the painting evolves. Jan’s exhibition runs from February 5 to May 3, 2018


Painters’ & Photographers’ Passions

December 12, 2017 to February 6 at Capers Restaurant
28 Bridge Street West, Campbellford, Ontario K0L 1L0

A Group Effort featuring visual artists from Northumberland.

Northumberland Hills Hospital Exhibit

The current exhibit runs November 29, 2017 to May 30, 2018
click here for more information

Nature’s Bounty – Artwork by Lynda Matthews

Campbellford Branch Public Library
October 26, 2017 to February 1, 2018


The Flora & Fauna of Judy Hopkins

October 17 to December 12, 2017 at Capers Restaurant
28 Bridge Street West, Campbellford, Ontario K0L 1L0

Judy’s work reflects a wonderful evolution in style and subject matter during her 11 years of painting in the Northumberland Hills.


Spirit of the Hills Festival of the Arts 2017

Celebrating Art in Northumberland County

Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Festival of the Arts for 2017 celebrated Canada and Northumberland County with a theatre production, Hill Spirits III book launch and concert, workshops, panel discussion, writing and photography competitions, book fair, art show and sale with ‘the great portrait challenge’. It was a wonderful success and the festival committee is grateful to all who participated and attended.

Theatre Production
Art Workshops
Writing Workshops
Hill Spirits III Book Launch and Concert
Panel Discussion
Writing & Photography Competitions
Local Art Show & Sale

Listen to the Classical 103.1 Spotlight about the Festival

by Kelly Gale, Classical 103.1

Evening Events

De Beaux Gestes & Beautiful Deeds

Marie-Lynn Hammond

Friday, November 3 at 7:00 pm—Tickets $20 per person

Staged reading of De Beaux Gestes & Beautiful Deeds, a musical play by Marie-Lynn Hammond about her two grandmothers, one French, the other English. Featuring Anne-Marie Bouthillette, Heather Jopling, Tom Leighton, and Marie-Lynn Hammond.

“The two solitudes come together beautifully”—Toronto Star

“Moving and lyrical”—The Globe and Mail

(seats 100)

Concert and Hill Spirits III Book Launch

Blue Denim Press, 2017

Saturday, November 4 at 7:00 pm—Tickets $25 per person
(includes a copy of the book)

Book launch and concert. Readings from Hill Spirits III, an anthology of Northumberland County writers and poets, interspersed with music in a variety of genres by local musicians including David Newland, Marie-Lynn Hammond, and Marianne Marusic.

(seats 100)

Art Show, Sale & Book Fair

Art Show, Sale, and Book Fair – Free entry

Fri, Nov 3, 5pm to 6:30 pm and Sat, Nov 4, 10 am to 6 pm

Works by local artists in various mediums will be on display and for sale. There will also be a book fair featuring local authors and publishers. Winners of the photography competition will also have their work on display.

The Great Portrait Challenge

As part of the Art Show & Sale, the Visual Arts Committee of Spirit of the Hills is hosting “The Great Portrait Challenge”. This will be a fun, interactive event held on Saturday, November 4th from 10:00 am to 1:00 in the same hall where the art show is being shown.

“The Challenge” is to create a portrait of our celebrity sitter, Mr. Lou Rinaldi, the Liberal Member of the provincial Legislative Assembly for Northumberland and Quinte West. He has kindly agreed to pose for the portrait. The portrait must be completed in three hours, at the end of which Mr. Rinaldi will be gifted with the portrait of his choice. A maximum number of 5 artists will participate and all styles are welcome. The only requirement is that there must be a finished piece (any size) at the end of the three hours. Visitors are welcome to watch portraits in progress, speak to the artists and are invited to attend at 1 pm for the presentation of one portrait to Mr. Rinaldi.

For more information, contact Mandy Bing at mandy@mandybing.com, 613 955 0708.


Registration for workshops is open until Nov 1, 2017.
Each workshop requires a minimum of five participants.

Roots for the Rootless

Pegi Eyers (10am to 12pm)—Ticket price $25

Find meaningful connections to your ancestors! Trace your family tree, get information on DNA testing, genealogy, and epigenetics, and discuss the benefits of ancestral connections. (8 participants)


Making Faces: Self Portraits

Susan Statham (10am to 12pm)—Ticket price $25

Learn the fundamentals of portraiture and gain skills you can apply to “making faces” for family and friends. With a few simple supplies—pencils, paper, an eraser and a small mirror—you will never look at faces the same way again. (10 participants)


Self-Publishing 101

Jennifer Jaquith (10am to 12pm)—Ticket price $25

The publishing world is constantly changing, and we’re here to make sense of it all. This introduction to self-publishing will provide the tools you need to get started. (20 participants)


Memoir Writing

Diane Taylor (10am to 12pm)—Ticket price $25

Learn the three essentials of a good story while enjoying the opportunity to write and share your work. Informational handouts will be provided. Themes include love, loss, and lessons learned. (12 participants)


Land, Language, and Culture

Melody Crowe (2pm to 4pm)—Ticket price $25

Discuss the importance of Indigenous voices telling their stories through writing and art while considering the effects of over 100 years of residential schooling on language, culture, and creativity. Find out what and who to read to gain a better understanding of Indigenous culture during this time of truth and reconciliation. (12 participants)


Photography 101

Ken Solilo (2pm to 4pm)—Ticket price $25

Learn basic camera setup, colour balance, rule of thirds, and depth of field in this introductory course on photography. Bring your camera and sample prints. If weather and time permit, participants will go outside to practice skills. Prior to the workshop, participants should send one or two samples of their photos to kensolilo@gmail.com; we will review them during the workshop. (12 participants)


Follow the Line

Kim Aubrey (2pm to 4pm)—Ticket price $25

Use drawing or sketching to get your prose and poetry flowing! This interactive workshop engages both sides of the brain to help bypass personal censors. Looking at the line as a physical entity on the page, we’ll follow it to see where it takes us.

The Art Experience

Rosanne Dolan-Hastings, Sherry Turner and Lisa Yiannoulis (2pm to 4pm)—Ticket price $25

Art for the whole family! Working with mixed media, workshop participants will make an 8″ x 10″ collage on the theme of Canadian images. Some materials will be provided; participants are encouraged to bring personal photos and writings. (Ages 7 and up) (18 participants)


Panel Discussion

Art & Migration

Panel Discussion (12pm to 2pm)—Free entry

How do the memories we bring with us affect our sense of self and place when we migrate? How do they infuse the stories we tell? Join authors Shane Joseph and Cynthia Reyes and Susan Marjetti, head of CBC Radio, in this discussion. (seats 100)

Festival Location


St. Peter’s Anglican Church
240 Church Street, Cobourg, ON

And All That Jazz VII

Scenes from the Opening Reception

Photos by Mary Weilandt

And All That Jazz VII

The artists of Spirit of the Hills – The Northumberland Hills Arts Association – invite you to the opening reception of And All That Jazz VII featuring work by Spirit of the Hills members.

This Month-long exhibition features the works of twenty-five local artists, artisans, and photographers. A partial catalogue of the works on display follows.

Bruce Banfield

Bruce moved to Port Hope three years ago from Toronto where he worked in the furniture and design field for over 30 years. He loves the small town atmosphere and the devotion and determination of its citizens to preserve and herald the history of the town and the surrounding Northumberland Hills.

Art and architectural heritage have always been a part of his life. He is continually finding new subject matter in this beautiful part of rural Ontario. When he paints he seems to get more connected and attracted to the area.

Bruce is currently painting with oils and acrylics on canvas with subject matter of landscapes and still-life. Old weathered barns are, in particular, a favourite. His love of horticulture has directed him to flower blossoms as well.

Bruce has exhibited his work at Journey Through The Arts Gallery on Walton Street in Port Hope and has recently participated in the Spirit of the Hills show in Cobourg. He also showed many pieces at the Engine Gallery on Walton Street. Presently , he has an exhibit at Mill Street Emporium in Port Hope.

Bruce is self-taught and has participated in refresher courses at Painted Tree in Cobourg.

He knows that he will be occupied for many years to come.

Barn on Fourth Line, Canton
Acrylic on Gallery Canvas

Barbara Bickell

Barbara Bickell’s paintings are inspired by nature. Some influences are Agnes Martin, Wayne Thiebaud, Lawren Harris and Carel Fabritius.

Barbara’s work has been selected to appear in The Canadian Museum of Civilization, The Royal Ontario Museum, and numerous other galleries and juried shows in Ontario.

Barbara’s work can be found at www.barbarabickell.ca and you can contact her at beeb@xplornet.com.

Manet’s Tattoo Girl
Acrylic on Canvas

Fifty Proof
Acrylic on Canvas

Mandy Bing

Mandy Bing is an artist from the Bay of Quinte area who specializes in unique, contemporary, expressive portraits and vibrant landscapes.

You can discover more on Mandy Bing’s Spirit of the Hills page.

Cavendish Morning
24″x30″ Acrylic

The Crossing
26″x36″ Acrylic

Rosanne Dolan

Artist Statement: “I would like the viewer to experience the power of paint as colour marks and value contrasts that can be evocative. suggestive, and/or imaginative. Exploring the image in its relationship to both the canvas surface and illusions of depth are especially enjoyable to me. I also embrace texture, in my brushwork and in real application. ‘Winter Solstice’ seeks to capture relaxation in the twilight hours at the end of the day.

You can discover more on Rosanne Dolan’s Spirit of the Hills page, and she can be reached at rddolan@bell.net.

Winter Solstice
Acrylic Paint

Judy Hopkins

These works were conceived as part of a Canada 150 theme. More information is available on her page on Spirit of the Hills.

Bull Moose
Acrylic 22″x28″

Road to Warworth
Acrylic 24″x36″

Dania Madera-Lerman

Dania’s love and passion for art began when she was a small girl making line drawings in the dark wet sands at Cawaja Beach. She was fascinated by how a simple line could evoke so many different images and feelings. This was the spark that ignited her life long dedication to art. Since 1975, she has had solo and group shows and her works are collected internationally by both the public and private sectors. Her art has been featured in films, ads and TV specials. She was the subject of two televised documentaries; CBC’s Sunday Arts Entertainment and Bravo’s Talkin’Blues which aired in Canada and the USA. She is deeply grateful to be living in her home on the Crowe River, and for being able to paint that which she truly loves. More information is available at www.daniaspaintings.com and on her Spirit of the Hills Page.


Midnight Blues

Lucy Manley

Artist’s Statement: My goal is to capture the landscape and express my feelings and emotions through oil painting. By employing a bold use of colour to heighten the visual impact of each painting – my loose, rapidly executed brushstrokes capture my impressions on canvas. Painting becomes an extension of myself allowing me to concentrate on the content with authority and directness extracting from my daily life significant meanings which are translatable into paint.

More information is available on her Spirit of the Hills page.

Red Maple at Wanakita
Oil, 18″x18″ on stretched profile canvas

Spring Delight
Oil, 24″x24″ on stretched profile canvas

Dawn Miller

Both paintings are encaustic (beeswax) paintings on wood panels. Dawn Miller uses pure beeswax and Damar tree resin as the painting medium. The beeswax medium is pigmented and applied to a wooden panel surface with a heat gun to fuse layer upon layer. More information on her work can be found on her Spirit of the Hills page.

Apple Trees
Encaustic on Wood 6″x12″

Encaustic on Wood 8″x12″

Marie Perks

After 30 years of a realistic detailed painting style, Marie Perks is transitioning to a more contemporary colourful style of art representing her new obsession with painting classic celebrities.

It is exciting for her and also challenges her to think more freely about creating art. You can fine more on her website, www.artbymarieperks.com.

Hank Mobley (1950’s)
Acrylic on canvas (framed) 16″x20″

Marilyn Monroe
Acrylic on board 30″x60″

Lorrie Priddle

Lorrie Priddle’s art can be viewed on her Facebook page and soon on her upcoming Redheads Rock Art Studio website.

She is also a member of the Friday Morning Group in Port Hope, The Pine Ridge Art Association, the Port Hope Wet and Wild Watercolour Group, the Oshawa Art Association and the Spirit of the Hills. She can be reached at lorriepriddle@cogeco.ca

The Marsh Sentinel
Acrylic on gallery canvas, 18″x24″

The Lost Ladle
Oil on canvas, framed, 30″x40″

Les Robling

Farm near Morrish Church Road and Highway #2. One of my favourite farm scenes; but unfortunately, new owners have taken down much of the old sheds, leaving only the green shed in place. This idyllic scene with its sheds of character now only exists in my paintings and in my memory!

This old farmhouse between Port Hope and Cobourg, locally known as the Gingerbread House, because of the many lights on it at Christmas, is a mixture of a solid, brick built, Ontario farm building adjacent to structures that add an interesting contrast and give the main building an even stronger appearance.

You can see more of his work at www.lesrobling.com and on his Spirit of the Hills Page.

Sheep Grazing Under the Bent Shed

Clearing storm over the Old Farmhouse

Lynda Sellar

Learn more about Lynda Sellar on her Spirit of the Hills page or contact her at sellar.lynda@gmail.com.


Tofino Morning

Christopher Thorpe

A cool wind blows in,
With a blanket of silence,
Straining to listen,
For those first few drops.
Fine snow fills the air.

Find more on his website christopherthorpe.ca or his Spirit of the Hills page.

Blanket of Silence
Hand-painted acrylic over photography on canvas

Isabel Veldhuis

Delightful – This is one of the many photographs I shot while travelling in South America. During the month long visit we toured Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Brasil. This particular photograph was taken in the old section of Buenos Aires. I liked the contrast between the black light and the bright colours of the building and found it quite charming.

Interlude – This is a sample of combining and blending two photos together to obtain unusual and unique effects. Both photos were taken while on tour at a winery in Prince Edward County. The gentleman in the photo was giving a lecture on the process of making wine. I found his face quite interesting so while he was speaking I was able to get a few photos.

You can reach the artist at isaveldhuis@gmail.com.



Rural Settling: The Art of Rosanne Dolan

September 14 to October 17, 2017 at Capers Restaurant
28 Bridge Street West, Campbellford, Ontario K0L 1L0

The elemental quality of rural living is visceral; it monopolizes all of the senses, creating a central focus on the land in its growth and decay throughout the seasons. There is a simplicity to life which only the countryside can evoke, a simplicity which has stood the test of time and places in the heart an awareness of the original Eden. This exhibition, rendered in playful, evocative colours, textures, and images, seeks to express my passion for a simple living on the land.

Rosanne Dolan

The Art of Bob ‘Omar’ Tunnoch

Show & Sale of Limited Edition prints
Aug. 22 – Sept. 14, 2017 at Capers Restaurant
28 Bridge Street West, Campbellford, Ontario K0L 1L0

The Art of Bob 'Omar' Tunnoch poster

Musician/Songwriter/Visual Artist Bob ‘Omar’ Tunnoch was born in Ottawa in 1953. The natural world has been his life-long passion and is a constant source of inspiration for him.

A member of the S.C.A. (Society of Canadian Artists), Omar’s paintings can be found in private and corporate collections all across North America. He was a featured artist in the 2013 publication of ‘International Contemporary Artists’. His use of vibrant colours, attention to detail and his thought-provoking subject matter are constantly met with the questions, “How did you think of that?“ or “Where do you get your ideas from?”

Omar’s musical/visual creations are constantly evolving and are always a source of anticipation and interest to his audience. He is on a mission to integrate these two artistic mediums into one coherent vision.

Website: BobOmarTunnoch.com
Email: bobomartunnoch@gmail.com

Music, Line & Colour
Paintings by Dania Madera-Lerman

Campbellford Branch Public Library
July 20, 2017 to October 19, 2017

Spirit of the Hills, the Northumberland Hills Arts Association, presents Music, Line & Colour. Paintings by Dania Madera-Lerman. Music has always been an important element and inspiration in Dania's life and art. Through the use of vivid lines and bold colours, she interprets the essence of song and the energy of the musicians playing. There is a sense of actually hearing the music in Dania's works. Dania’s exhibition runs from July 20, 2017 to October 19, 2017 at the TRENT HILLS LIBRARY, CAMPBELLFORD BRANCH, 98 Bridge Street East, Campbellford, Ontario K0L 1L0, 705-653-3611


Perception: A Look at Contemporary Knife Art

Expressionist Art by Betsy Miller

Show & Sale: June 27 – August 22, 2017 at
Capers Restaurant, 28 Bridge Street West, Campbellford, Ontario

In pursuit of her life-long passion for design and colour, and upon completion of the Fine Arts Certificate program in 2010 at Oakville’s Sheridan College, Betsy began to develop her unique expressionistic painting style. She specializes in highly original textured work in acrylic on canvas and wood. With a limited but vibrant colour palette, Betsy mixes and applies paint using large palette knives and a variety of scraping and reapplying techniques. Betsy’s work continues to evolve in exciting new directions.


Rooted in Life by Laura Berman

Spirit of the Hills presents “Rooted in Life” The Photographic Art of Laura Berman

Show and Sale May 2nd to June 27th 2017 at Capers Restaurant
28 Bridge Street West
Campbellford, ON K0L 1L0

“My work explores ways of seeing and interpreting the natural world through the intersection of photography and painting, creating images that mix painterly qualities with photographic realism. By digitally painting at the pixel level and adding rich textures, lighting and brush strokes to the overall image, I go beyond the photographic capture to create images that are strikingly different from the original capture.”

Laura Berman Fine Art Photography
P.O. Box 36
Castleton, ON K0K 1M0

A 10-Year Retrospective – Paintings by Rosanne Dolan

Spirit of the Hills Northumberland Hills Arts Association presents A 10-Year Retrospective. Paintings by Rosanne Dolan. Exhibition runs from April 27, 2017 to July 20, 2017 at the TRENT HILLS LIBRARY, CAMPBELLFORD BRANCH, 98 Bridge Street East, Campbellford, Ontario K0L 1L0 705-653-3611. HOURS: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 10:30am - 5pm, Tuesday: 1pm - 8pm, Thursday evening: 6:30pm - 8pm, Saturday: 10:30am - 2pm, Sunday: Closed

Campbellford Seymour Rug Hookers

17th Annual Maple Syrup Festival Juried Art and Photography Show and Sale

2017 – 17th Annual Maple Syrup Festival Art & Photography Show & Sale

Good news! SOTH has secured a venue for our 17th Annual Maple Syrup Art & Photography Show & Sale.

The show will be located in the former Eclectic Mix store on Warkworth’s Main Street. We are very pleased with the location. SOTH’s juried show will be front and centre during Warkworth’s Maple Syrup Festival.

In addition, the show will also be open to the public on the two weekends following the MSF: March 18th & 19th as well as March 25th and 26th. This represents additional exposure for participating artists as well as opportunities to sell the paintings, photographs, mixed media, or sculpture on display.

Please mark these dates on your calendar:

  • Fri, Mar 10: SOTH Gala Reception 7:00 pm Official winners’ announcement and prize presentations.
  • Sat, Mar 11: MSF and SOTH show – 10 to 4
  • Sun, Mar 12: MSF and SOTH show – 10 to 4
  • Sat, Mar 18 – Sun, Mar 19: SOTH show – 10 to 4
  • Sat, Mar 25 – Sun, Mar 26: SOTH show – 10 to 4

Spirit of the Hills winners announced


WARKWORTH – Painters and photographers from all over Northumberland County are featured in Spirit of the Hills 17th annual Juried Art and Photography Show, held in conjunction with Warkworth’s Maple Syrup Festival March 11 and 12 — and on the two subsequent weekends.

The work of 27 painters, photographers and mixed-media artists as well as a sculptor have been adjudicated by curator Susan Holland of the John M. Parrott Art Gallery in Belleville, with the following winners announced.

Best in show was Crested by Paivikki Marshal of Warkworth. Holland cited the artist’s technical ability in her choice.

Best in Show – Judge Susan Holland (L), Paivi Marshall (R) – Photo Mary Weilandt

“The light is so true. The use of yellow continues through the entire painting, and is so evocative that the viewer wants to step into the painting and be right there,” she said.

Best painting was Garlic Study by Louise Leclair-Aronson of Grafton, which Holland said was an instant eye-catcher.

Best Painting – Judge Susan Holland (L), Louise Leclair Aronson (R) – Photo Mary Weilandt

“The first thing I noticed was the texture, and the colour treatment of the garlic,” she said.

“The use of colour is outstanding. Very realistic in a softer way.”

Loon Surfacing by Matthew King of Marmora was declared best photograph, another instant eye-catcher for Holland.

Best Photograph – Judge Susan Holland (L), Matthew King (R) – Photo Mary Weilandt

“The movement in the water really catches the actuality of nature. The photographer has an excellent eye,” she said.

Roadblock by Rob Cochrane of Roseneath was named best 3D or mixed-media piece, which Holland declared as a work of superb craftsmanship.

Best 3D Mixed Media – Rob Cochrane – Judge Susan Holland in Photo – Photo Mary Weilandt

“There is detail in everything — the fishes’ fins, the bears’ fur, and the trees. The time it must have taken to bring this 3-D piece to life is remarkable,” she said.

Morning Has Broken by Christopher Thorpe of Warkworth won an honourable mention.

Honourable Mention Christopher Thorpe – Judge Susan Holland (L)
Visual Arts Chair Judy Hopkins (R) – Photo Mary Weilandt

“The photograph is so good it just had to be mentioned,” Holland declared.

“The misty morning image is very well constructed. It brings the viewer right into the photograph via the gradation of colour and light,” she said.

“The viewer has to look a few times to notice everything. Birds are a little discovery at the end; even though they are the starkest element.”

Winners’ prizes were generously donated by On The Side Catering (best in show), Warkworth Farm Supply (best painting), Snapshots In Campbellford (best photograph), Trentmendous! (best 3D-mixed media) and The Village Pantry (people’s choice).

The show is open to the public every weekend in March at 13 Main St. In Warkworth.

Hours on March 11 and 12 coincide with the Maple Syrup Festival, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thereafter, hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 18, 19, 25 and 26.

People’s Choice Award

Beth Rhind (l) present The People’s Choice Award to Sherry Turner (r) – Photo by Mary Weilandt

Our Visual Arts Committee

Pictured (L-R): Beth Rhind, Mary Weilandt, Rosanne Dolan, Judy Hopkins, Sherry Turner and Tony Crocker.

Scenes from the Opening Gala

All photos by Mary Weilandt

The Expressive Photography of Berman & Thorpe

Spirit of the Hills presents The Expressive Photography of Berman & Thorpe at Campbellford Branch of Trent Hills Public Library, Jan 19 to Mar 28, 2017. Opening reception Thursday, Feb 2nd, 6:30 to 7:30 PM.

Older Shows and Events

Events listed below are from 2016 and earlier.

And All That Jazz

And All That Jazz VI Art & Photography Show
September 2016

And All That Jazz VI Art & Photography Show Poster

Spirit of the Hills’ annual “And All That Jazz Art & Photography Show” is now on. It’s an opportunity for painters and photographers to show and sell their work on a busy main street in Port Hope for an entire month.

Dates to note:

  • Thu, Sep 1: Drop-off at the venue between 10 and 2
  • Fri, Sep 9: Opening reception from 5 to 7 pm. Note that the Port Hope Jazz Festival offers free admission this evening. A fabulous band, Quickshifters, will be playing. Bring your dancing shoes.
  • Fri, Oct 7: Pick-up between 10 and 2

Scenes from the Opening Reception

Photos by Mary Weilandt except the photo that includes Mary taken by her husband Franz.

And All That Jazz V – October 2015

After All That Jazz 5

Spirit of the Hills presents “And All That Jazz V Members’ Art & Photography Show” at
Ganaraska Art & Framing 93 Walton Street, Port Hope Friday, September 11 to Saturday, October 10, 2015 10:00am to 5:00pm (Monday – Saturday)

Scenes from the 2015 Opening Reception

Book Launches

In the Shadow of the Conquistador

by Shane Joseph

Fall 2015


Ancient Spirit Rising

Reclaiming Your Roots & Restoring Earth Community
By Pegi Eyers

Fall 2015

Ancient Spirit Rising Book ReleaseAncient Spirit Rising Book Release


Launch of Hill Spirits II – A SOTH Anthology

Tuesday, May 05, 2015
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Meet a 66 King St. East, Cobourg

Hill Spirits 2

Hill Spirits II an anthology of stories poems and non-fiction by Northumberland writers and members of the Spirit of the Hills Writers’ Group will be launched in Cobourg at Meet at 66 King St East, between 7-9 pm Tuesday May 5th. Join the celebration and hear authors reading their work. Cover charge $15 entitles you to a free copy of the book (retails at $24)

Cobourg Launch – Meet at 66 King St East, Tuesday May 5, 7 PM
66 King St East, Cobourg
Featured Readers: Brian Mullally, Katie Hoogendam, Erika Rummel, Marie Prins, Sharon Overend, Ellen Curry, Susan Statham, and Shane Joseph.
An entry fee of $15.00 entitles you to a copy of the anthology or any other Blue Denim Press title.

Brighton Launch – The Gates Gallery – Thursday May 14, 7 PM
240 Presqu’ile Parkway, Brighton
Feature Readers: Peggy Dymond Leavey, Gwynn Scheltema, Eric E. Wright, Felicity Sidnell Reid, Deborah Panko, Richard M. Grove and Kim Sherman Grove.
An entry fee of $15.00 entitles you to a copy of the anthology or any other Blue Denim Press title.

Port Hope Launch – Dreamer’s Cafe – Wednesday May 20, 7 PM
2 Queen Street, Port Hope
Featured Readers: Diane Taylor, Donna Wootton, Jim Ronson, Kate Hoogendam, Deborah Panko and Shane Joseph.
An entry fee of $15.00 entitles you to a copy of the anthology or any other Blue Denim Press title.

Molly Brant: Mohawk Loyalist & Diplomat

Saturday, May 02, 2015
12 noon to 2 p.m.
Lighthouse Books, 65 Main St. Brighton ON K0K 1H0. 613 475-1269.

Molly Brandt by Peggy Dymond Leavey

Peggy Dymond Leavey will launch her latest biography, “Molly Brant: Mohawk Loyalist & Diplomat,” on Sat. May 2 from noon to 2 p.m. at Lighthouse Books, 65 Main St. Brighton. This is a drop in event, so come by and meet the author any time between noon and 2. Books will be available for signing. This is an Authors for Indies event. Show you support for our wonderful independent bookstores.

An Evening of Suspense & Mystery

Readings from three new books plus selections from freelance writer Amy James and others. Join us at: Meet At 66 King, on Thursday Oct. 2nd, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Astounding goodies always available to purchase at this favourite gathering spot!

Riptide by Eric E. Wright

New suspense novel Riptide by Eric E Wright
from the Pelican Book Group

Riptide: When Ashlyn’s husband Craig unexpectedly dumps her on St. Simons Island, she must survive emotional betrayal, financial ruin, kidnapping by the Russian mafia seeking her husband…and deal with her attraction to Remy, a Shrimpboat captain.

Readers write: *”Edge of seat storytelling that keeps the adrenaline rushing.” Patricia Day *”Riptide’s twists and turns kept my emotions on high alert! Great read!” Brenda J Wood

Read more at: http://www.countrywindow.ca.
Contact: wrightee@eagle.ca

New mysteries from Blue Denim Press

Beyond Blood

Beyond Blood by Sharon A Crawford

Beyond Blood: Dana Bowman has misgivings about starting the home-based Attic Investigative Agency with her twin brother, Bast Overture. Especially when the agency’s launch is preceded by a break and enter downstairs followed by the kidnapping of her son, David and the murder of his baby-sitter, Debbie.

Further digging reveals multiplied mayhem and run-ins with police detective Donald Fielding and CKNT TV reporter Charles Haas. The latter has the “dirt” on Bast. Dana is pushed beyond blood ties in trying to avoid an emotional meltdown as a mother and focus on finding her son. The twin detectives discover that everything seems to be connected somehow. Which connection will lead them to David, and to Debbie’s murderer? Will they be too late for David?

Dead Wrong

Dead Wrong by Klaus Jakelski

Dead Wrong: Big egos struggle for survival and money as the United States of America gets down to universal health care. Thirty-four babies are murdered at a pre-eminent heart hospital. The investigation is on, but then the Undersecretary of State for Health dies at the same Boston hospital without anyone lifting a finger!

Young surgeon, Peter Martins, and aspiring news anchor, Anne Maples, blow the case wide open while nobody in authority will listen. Bottom line: different crime – one you never expected! See Blue Denim Press at: http://www.bluedenimpress.com/index.php

Hill Spirits – an anthology by the writers of Northumberland County

Spirit of the Hills is pleased to announce its inaugural anthology with contributions from the Spirit of the Hills Writers’ Group.

Hills Spirit will be officially launched on Thursday, October 11, 2012. Location: Meet at 66, 66 King St. East, Cobourg.

Hill Spirits Anthology

The Spirit of the Hills Writers’ Group in association with Blue Denim Press is publishing an anthology of our writers’ work entitled Hill Spirits – a very apt title given our Northumberland location and the name of our association.

Eighteen writers and three visual artists from across the county have contributed.

The official Hill Spirits book launch will take place on Thursday, Oct. 11th at “Meet at 66 King East” from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Readings at the book launch will feature authors George Boycott, Pat Calder, Linda Hutsell Manning, Leah Murray Jessica Outram, Erika Rummel, and Diane Taylor. A subsequent “road show of readings” will follow:

Wednesday, Oct. 17th at 7:00 p.m: Dreamers Café in Port Hope

Tuesday, Oct. 30th at 7:00 p.m.: Arts Quinte West Gallery in Trenton

Other readings in locations throughout Northumberland County are being scheduled for November.

Members of the public are invited to come to these local events and listen to our talented authors, poets and publishers read from their own work.

There is a $15 entrance fee which includes a free copy of Hill Spirits or any other Blue Denim Press publication so that couples can receive two different books if they wish. No tickets required. Payment, by cash, Visa or Mastercard.

Brian Smith Workshops

Colour Theory for the Figure Painter with Brian Smith Workshop

Colour Theory for the Portrait Painter with Brian Smith Workshop

Spirit of the Hills presented Colour Theory for the Figure Painter with Brian Smith at the Warkworth Town Hall Centre for the Arts. Workshop dates: Saturday & Sunday, October 22 & 23, 2016, 9:30am to 3:30pm. Thirteen painters came out for the popular workshop. Visit www.drawn2life.com to see more of Brian Smith’s drawings and paintings.

Photos from The Workshop

Below are some photos of the workshop taken by Mary Weilandt. Click on images to view larger.

Campbellford Branch Library

“Enchanted Forest” paintings by Sherry Turner

Oct. 20, 2016 to Jan. 19, 2017


Natural Expressions – Paintings by Dorothy Siemens

July 22 to October 20, 2016

Spirit of the Hills presents Natural Expressions, paintings by Dorothy Siemens. Vibrant colours, bold lines and imaginative interpretations of nature characterize the expressive paintings of Dorothy Siemens. Dorothy Siemens’ Art Show & Sale, July 22 to October 20, 2016. www.dorothysiemens.com, dorothy@dorothysiemens.com, 905-885-8879, TRENT HILLS LIBRARY CAMPBELLFORD BRANCH, 98 Bridge Street East, Campbellford, Ontario K0L 1L0


A Group Art Show

June 12, 2016 to July 22, 2016

A Group Art Show featuring works by members of the Spirit of the Hills’ Visual Arts Committee. For a relatively short period of time, you’ll be able to see the works of a number of members of the Spirit of the Hills’ Visual Arts Committee on display at the Campbellford Library. Drop by for a book and, while you’re at it, take a look at the paintings, photographs and other creations of those artists who generally toil behind the scenes to create rotating art shows for fellow members. Included are pieces by Judy Hopkins, Sue Wilkins, Mary Weilandt, Tom Groot, Sherry Turner & Tony Crocker. This Group Art show will be on display at the TRENT HILLS LIBRARY (Campbellford Branch) from June 12, 2016 to July 22, 2016. TRENT HILLS LIBRARY, CAMPBELLFORD BRANCH 98 Bridge Street East, Campbellford, Ontario K0L 1L0

An Art Show featuring the work of Olga Young

March 30, 2016 to July 22, 2016

Note: This show has been cut short (ended June 11) as all of the artwork has been sold!

An Art Show featuring the work of Olga Young. In Olga’s words, I guess I have sketched and painted most of my life, and now that I have time on my hands, after a busy life of raising a family and working, I have more time to indulge in taking the odd lesson, the most recent with Lucy Manley, who taught me all about her wonderful colours. Olga will donate the net proceeds of her Library sales to Saint Mary’s Bell Tower fundraising project. Olga Young’s art will be on display at the Campbellford Branch of the TRENT HILLS LIBRARY from March 30, 2016 to July 22, 2016.

Pranksters in our Landscape by Christopher Thorpe

January 22nd to March 30th, 2016

Christopher Thorpe brings his stunning panoramic photography to life by painting soaring crows into his rolling landscapes. These pranksters of the sky are ever present, interacting with our spectacular landforms. Thorpe is an award winning Warkworth artist with an arts education from NSCAD (Nova Scotia College of Art & Design). TRENT HILLS LIBRARY CAMPBELLFORD BRANCH, 98 Bridge Street East, Campbellford. January 22nd to March 30th, 2016. Opening Reception Thursday, February 18, 6:30 to 7:30 pm


Phyllis Léger at Campbellford Library

October 23, 2015 to January 22, 2016

Phyllis Léger at Campbellford Library

Capers Restaurant

Brush & Lens Art Show & Sale Group Show

December 20, 2016 to January 31, 2017

“Windows” Photographs by Brian Tyson

October 25 to December 20, 2016

For more on Brian Tyson, visit cameraf11.com

Coffee and Colour – New work by Denny Manchee at Capers

August 30 to October 24, 2016

Coffee and Colour New work by Denny Manchee


Wings Over Water – Photography by Tony Crocker

July 5 to August 30, 2016



Earthly Delights – Dorothy Siemens Art Show & Sale

May 10 to July 5, 2016



The Photographic Art of Norma Keith

March 15 to May 10, 2016



Capital Theatre

Intermission: Winter

Intermission Winter

Spirit of the Hills is pleased to present an Art & Photography Show and Sale on January 14 to February 28, 2013 at the Capitol Theatre at 20 Queen Street, Port Hope. Opening Reception: Thursday, January 17, 5:30-7 p.m.

Scene’s from the Opening Reception

Photos by Judy Hopkins

Cobourg Library

“Words & Pictures” – A Christmas Show & Sale

Cobourg Library, Fri, Nov 25th & Sat, Nov 26th, 2016

Spirit of the Hills presents Words & Pictures - A Christmas Show & Sale Just in time for Christmas gift shopping. Spirit of the Hills Photographers and Writers will be selling their framed PHOTOGRAPHS and published BOOKS! Here’s your chance to purchase a book or photo for family, friends or yourself. Friday, Nov. 25th & Saturday, Nov. 26th at the cobourg Library, 200 Ontario Street. Coborg, Ontario, 905-372-9271. Library hours: 10am to 5pm

Cobourg Rotary Arts & Crafts Festival

2016 Cobourg Rotary Arts & Crafts Festival

Pictures from the exhibition:



Maple Syrup Festival Juried Art Show

2016 – 16th Annual Maple Syrup Festival Juried Art & Photography Show and Sale

Spirit of the Hills presents the 16th Annual Maple Syrup Festival Juried Art and Photography Show and Sale, Saturday March 12, 2016 (10am – 4pm) Sunday March 13, 2016 (10am – 4pm) Ah! Arts and Heritage Centre, Warkworth Best in Show: Eclectic Mix Best Painting: Warkworth Farm Supply Best Photograph: The Holmestead: Print & Business Services Best 3D-Mixed Media: Warkworth Remedy’sRx People’s Choice: The Village Pantry

Spirit of the Hills presents the 16th Annual Maple Syrup Festival Juried Art and Photography Show and Sale

Saturday March 12, 2016 (10am – 4pm) Sunday March 13, 2016 (10am – 4pm)
Ah! Arts and Heritage Centre, Warkworth

Winners (& Sponsors)

Best in Show: Dania Madera Lerman (Sponsored by Eclectic Mix)
Best Painting: Olga Neinhuys (Sponsored by Warkworth Farm Supply)
Best Photograph: Carey Campbell Dinke (Sponsored by The Holmestead: Print & Business Services)
Best 3D-Mixed Media: Georgina Schaeff (Sponsored by Warkworth Remedy’sRx)
People’s Choice Award: Sherry Turner (Sponsored by The Village Pantry)

About The Juror

James Campbell, Executive Director/Curator of the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington will jury the show.

Opening Gala Reception

An Opening Gala Reception was held March 11 from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Photos by Mary Weilandt of the 2016 Winners

Best in Show - Dania Madera Lerman
Best in Show – Dania Madera Lerman

Best 3D - Georgina Schaeff
Best 3D – Georgina Schaeff
(Honorable Mention – Suzanne Towns)

Best Painting - Olga Neinhuys
Best Painting – Olga Neinhuys
(Honorable Mention – Julie MacDonald)

Best photograph - Carey Campbell Dinkel

Best photograph – Carey Campbell Dinkel
(Honorable Mention – Tom Groot)

Photography Show

2013 Juried Photography Show Winners

Cat on a Cold Stone Floor by Brian Tyson

Best in Show
Cat on a Cold Stone Floor
Brian Tyson (of Hastings)



Second prize went to Sylvie Flynn (of Cobourg) for “Ivy League”


Puffin Signals by Tony Crocker

Honourable Mention went to Tony Crocker (of Campbellford) for “Puffin Signals”


Summer Harvest by Norma Keith

The Peoples Choice Award went to Norma Keith (of Baltimore) for “Summer Harvest”


Julie Waterhouse Workshop Photo by John Charlton

The Julie Waterhouse workshop was a success, with 13 participants, who learned to be more creative, and enjoyed themselves doing so. Well over 100 people visited the show and looked at the photographs.

Word Northumberland

Word Northumberland Poster 2015

A new book for Christmas signed by the author.
Yippee !!!

Please join us November 7 2015
at the Cobourg Public Library, 200 Ontario St. Cobourg, ON. 10 am. to 4 pm.
meet local authors and a wonderful selection of books listen to short, entertaining readings.
learn about literacy events in your community
get answers to your questions about writing and publishing