Lighthouse Artist in Residence Program Seeks Applicants
Posted on: March 2, 2018
Dennis McGonagle
Artist Dennis McGonagle from Los Angeles paints on the south shore of Porphry Island, summer 2017, Hardscrabble Islands in the background.

The Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior Artist-in-Residence program is accepting residency applications until March 31st. Porphry Island lighthouse on Lake Superior is the site of the summer 2018 residencies.

Porphry Island has inspired previous artists who have resided there including Michel Dumont, Gayle Buzzi and Lois Nuttall. Their work will be on display at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery from February 22nd to March 21st.

Gayle Buzzi, a recent arts graduate from Lakehead University said, “It’s a chance to escape everyday life, paint in the fresh air and experience Lake Superior”.

Paul Capon, Chair of Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior said this year’s program will be accepting 4 artists, each for a two week term. He added, “We want to provide sufficient time for the artists to fully acclimatize to the surroundings of the Porphyry Island Lighthouse setting.” The program has attracted submissions from artists working in a variety of media. Some of these artists have been regional and others have come from much further afield.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery exhibit includes work by six artists in a variety of media including photography, ink, oil, ceramics and mixed media. The work of photographer Lois Nuttall is included, with photos on canvas illustrating the unique island lighthouse setting.

Successful applicants to the program are provided with a studio space as well as room & board. This gives them the opportunity to create and share creations inspired by this Lake Superior location and its rich history.

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Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior would like to thank the Thunder Bay Art Gallery for generously hosting the exhibit in their Community Room from Thursday, February 22 – Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior is a not-for-profit, charitable organization. The mandate of the organization is to preserve, protect and promote public use of lighthouse dwellings on the Canadian shores of Lake Superior.

For further information please contact:

Paul Capon, Chair,
Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior

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