Special Events 2017

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June 3 – 4, 2017

Canadian designer and artist, Annie Thompson, who has an atelier in Toronto, takes her fabulous clothes on the road several times a year.  Usually the locations are big cities like Chicago, Montreal, New York City or Vancouver. But this year Annie is adding the Rice Lake Gallery – as one of her destinations.

On Saturday June 3 and Sunday June 4, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Annie will be at the gallery with her summer collection.

Rice Lake Gallery’s curator, Fran Fearnley, has long been addicted to Annie’s contemporary, 100% Canadian made fashions, which she describes as “wearable art that’s timeless, funky and totally functional.” 

Annie’s trunk show and sale will be held at the Rice Lake Gallery’s indoor space. Join us for a glass of wine and some summer cheer!

Sunday July 9, start time 8.30 p.m.

This promises to be a magical experience.  View the sculptures under the light of the full moon and some supplementary landscape lighting. 

Choose one, two or all three available walks: self-guided, guided by yoga and meditation practitioner Jamie Lynn Simmons, guided by curator Fran Fearnley.

Fee: $20 + $2.60 HST
A summer dessert and beverage included.

To register email

Tuesday August 1, 6.00 p.m.  –  8.30 p.m.

Workshop leader Anne Hoover.

Anne Hoover graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto in 1985 with a diploma in Communication and Design, studied at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, and continues to take art classes at the Haliburton School of the Fine Art. She has been drawing from life for over 30 years and has been teaching life drawing for six years. Anne organizes an Open Studio Life Drawing sessions in Peterborough, and organizes workshops on drawing and painting, inviting visiting artists to teach. Her own art is held in private collections across North America and she is frequently commissioned to draw portraits. Anne has run a successful graphic design business for over thirty years.

This evening life drawing session, when the light is most beautiful, is not instructed and is open to artists with all levels of experience. Please bring your own materials.

Workshop fee: $20

To register please email

August 12, 2017

Memory Makuri is a multi-talented artist who is originally from Zimbabwe. After finishing high school she joined the vibrant Zimbabwean music scene as a back-up singer and dancer for the legendary Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited. Memory appeared on many of Mapfumo's albums and toured North America from 1998 to 2001.

Memory immigrated to Canada in 2005 and co-founded Nhapitapi Mbira 2008. She says she brings a “traditional Zimbabwean vibe” to the band in which she sings dances and plays hosho, a traditional Zimbabwean gourd shaker. Nhapitapi has performed across Ontario (including at the Rice Lake Gallery) and at music festivals in Toronto, British Columbia and the US. 

In addition to her own artistic practice as a performer and musician Memory also leads dance workshops in Toronto.

Memory will be leading two of her most popular workshops at the Rice Lake Gallery.

Mhande - This is a ceremonial dance. Historically it was used to call upon the spirits to bring rain. Mhande is characterized by distinct rhythms and dignified foot movements. Objects are also used such as foot rattles (magavhu) and wooden planks. Today this dance is performed at social gatherings as a form of entertainment.

Mbira- This dance accompanies the musical instrument the mbira, also known as an African thumb piano. This dance incorporates is a lot of foot movements and high energy jumps. In the rural areas the Mbira dance is used to induce the spirits and can also be performed for entertainment.

The Mhande dance workshop will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on August 12, 2017
The Mbira dance workshop will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on August 12, 2017

The registration fee is $30 + HST for each workshop of $50 + HST for both. To register please email zimart@sympatico.

Tuesday August 22, 6 p.m – 7.30 p.m.

Workshop led Jamie-Lynn Simmons.

Jamie has been a yoga practitioner for over ten years and she certified as a trainer in 2011. She owns Jai Soul Yoga, a rural-based studio in Bailieboro. Jamie has developed her own unique teaching style which emphasizes enjoyment and being in the moment. A nature lover, Jamie is looking forward to teaching this session outdoors. The program includes one hour of yoga, light refreshments, followed by a half-hour meditation walk through the gallery.

Suitable for everyone, including first timers.

Workshop fee: $30 + $3.90 HST.
Fee includes instruction, meditation walk and light refreshments. Yoga mats will be provided.

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Memory Makuri