ZimArt’s Rice Lake Gallery
Rice Lake Gallery, 855 2nd Line, Bailieboro, Ontario K0L 1B0
GPS: N44°09.517’ W078°16.865’
90 min. east of Toronto, 15 min. south of Peterborough, 20 min. north of Port Hope
Founded in 2000, ZimArt's Rice Lake Gallery represents over 50 Zimbabwean stone sculptors. Their work is on display in a beautiful natural oasis overlooking Rice Lake and the Northumberland Hills. The gallery offers the most comprehensive collection of hand-carved Zimbabwean stone sculpture in Canada. Sizes range from table top to monumental. All the work is for sale. Prices start at $100. ZimArt offers a no-interest installment plan on purchases over $200. We accept Visa, Mastercard and cheques.
Gallery visitors can stroll around the gallery on self-guided tours, drink an espresso under a safari tent, picnic under a tree or a tent, birdwatch or count frogs in the pond, read up on background material about this art movement and even meet one of the artists. During much of the summer season the artist-in-residence, visiting from Zimbabwe, is on site teaching workshops or talking and demonstrating to gallery visitors.
The gallery is a wonderful destination for visitors of all ages. The natural setting not only shows the sculpture to its best advantage but also allows for a very instinctive response to the work. Touching (with care!) is allowed.
Admission to the gallery is free, as are parking and picnic facilities. There is a self-serve coffee service. Unfortunately, due to the terrain, the gallery is not suitable for wheelchairs.
The curator, Fran Fearnley, travels to Zimbabwe to purchase sculptures directly from the artists. She travels extensively around the country to choose a body of work that fully represents the breadth of style, form and stone that makes this art movement so dynamic and universal in its appeal.
Stone sculpture from Zimbabwe is often called Shona sculpture, named after the largest tribe engaged in this indigenous art movement. Zimbabwe, morphed from the Shona word dzimbadzamabwe which means “house of stone,” is the only country on the African continent that has large deposits of stone suitable for sculpting.
Zimbabwean sculptors, who traditionally carve entirely by hand, work outdoors – creating and frequently displaying their work in open air-studios. Al fresco shows of Zimbabwean sculpture are very popular in the UK, many European countries, Australia and the US.
ZimArt brought this concept to Canada and hosts a number of public and private outdoor exhibitions annually, including The Rice Lake Series, which was launched in 2000. This annual exhibition held at the Rice Lake Gallery attracts thousands of art lovers. In 2016 Rice Lake 17 will run from August 6th to September 4th.
ZimArt offers a number of professional services associated with the selection, installation, repair and maintenance of stone sculpture. Zimart also works with design professionals, landscape architects and art galleries. For more information contact us.
ZimArt is a member of the Arts Council of Northumberland, a partner with Peterborough & Kawarthas Tourism and the Explore Rice Lake initiative, and a member of the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce and A Rural Roots & Scenic Stages partner with 4th Line Theatre.
The Rice Lake Gallery was endorsed by Tripadvisor in 2014.
Website design: Isabel Stukator
Photo credits: Paul Hodgkinson