Gift for the Art and Music Lover

Giving the Gift of Emotion and Expression

The art of gift giving, for some, is more of a creative process. Some take the time to determine what each person would appreciate and love – that’s unique and special. And for some, that’s the gift of live music or theatre or artistic expression.

The next #BuyCloseBy blog features giving the gift of music and art which, as we already know, #MyHaliburtonHighlands has quite the reputation for. Many mixed media artists and musicians of all genres make their living in our area and there’s so much too choose from.

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The Carole Finn Artists’ Centre. Photo by: Jennifer Hughey.

For the musically inclined, Sue Shikaze, the co-artistic director of the Haliburton County Folk Society, suggested tickets to live music and theatre events as gifts that won’t clutter and will create memories to last a lifetime. Their website lists all of the details about upcoming shows, like the Julian Taylor Band concert and dance on Feb. 9, 2019 and the popular Winter Folk Camp and concerts from March 1 – 4, 2019. An evening out with a friend for family member is so personal and welcomed.

What about Highlands Little Theatre or Highlands Wind Symphony (call Hugh Taylor (705) 457-1671)? I am sure they could tell you what’s on the horizon and even get you on the list for advance tickets. Throw a photo of their favourite instrument in a card and let them know they can expect a night out with you in the new year!

With record players coming back and the vinyl scene along with it, Russell Red Records in Haliburton offers the ability search new and used records and – they are dealers for TEAC and Rega turntables too.  As they say on their site, whether “for afternoons on the dock, a mini setup for your den, or a good turntable” there are options for all.

Halco Electronics have a lot of options for the music lover, too; plus other add-on tech like cords, headphones and chargers to keep the party going after hours.

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Haliburton Guitar Studio Business Information. Photo by: Nick Russell

Thinking of guitar lessons? Nick Russell, owner of the Haliburton Guitar Studio, offers half hour lessons and packages for guitar, bass and – wait for it – Ukulele. For those of you who know Nick, it’s sure to be 30-minutes of endless fun and learning.

Now, moving over to the art connoisseur, the possibilities are endless and it’s so easy to start your search online – just Google Arts Council Haliburton Highlands. Here you can scroll through members names and get a sense of the media you’re looking for. Or peruse the names of artists part of the Haliburton County Studio Tour, those that are local year round.

Another place to check out many works by various artists is the Rails End Gallery Boutique in Haliburton. Everything there is sold on consignment, with the notion is to visit their studios when you can. You can even make that a gift package for someone especially into mixed media. There’s nothing like supporting local makers.

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Art piece by Sharon Lynch. Photo by: Sharon Lynch

Taking a quick look around the county, you have hand-blown glass from Artech Studios in Tory Hill, or oil paintings by artists John Lennard or Carole Finn in Minden. In West Guilford, you can visit Artlore: Laurie O’Reilly to see some of her wearable masterpieces or stop by and see Sharon Lynch in Haliburton at her Stone Garden Studio. Or visit the goldsmith and silversmith at Paradigm Designs if you’re shopping for something that fits in a tiny, wrapped box.

All of these artists are staples in the County, and will certainly recommend others you should see if you are out and about doing some last-minute shopping. Good advice would be to call ahead to make sure you can drop in, but otherwise, get out there and search for those unique pieces for the unique people in your life.

Posted: December 18, 2018

Blog Content written by Jennifer Hughey as part of the #BuyCloseBy project. 

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