We’re inviting artists within the Kawarthas Northumberland region to get creative and design a wooden paddle that depicts the uniqueness or the history of one of the nine designated Trent-Severn Trail Town (TSTT) communities. The communities are: Campbellford, Hastings, Lakefield, Buckhorn, Bobcaygeon, Lindsay, Fenelon Falls, Coboconk and Rosedale.
Concepts for design should be submitted at bit.ly/tsttpaddleartform. Once received, each Trent-Severn Trail Town volunteer committee will review the design for their community to ensure there are no duplications of design or concept.
Artists with approved designs will be provided with a Beaver Tail Aspen wood paddle 57” in length, created by Redtail Paddle from Campbellford. The paddle will have a light coating of varnish. Artists will also receive a nominal dollar amount for supplies.
The finished paddles will be displayed at Trent-Severn Trail Town Friendly Businesses, community partners, Visitor Centres and Chambers of Commerce & Tourism that have a public facing window. Businesses & organizations are responsible for any costs associated with displaying the paddles. Each paddle can have an associated artist statement displayed alongside the paddle. This public art project will run until the fall of 2022 to allow local residents and visitors to view the art.
Marketing / Promotion for the Project will include:
- Creation of a google map showing the location / description of each paddle and include the map on the tswtrailtowns.ca website
- Featured social posts about the paddle/artist/location on TSTT social channels
- Partners & TSTT communities are encouraged to promote the paddles and use the hashtag #TSTTPaddleArt
Submissions will be reviewed and approved on a first come first served basis until May 30th. There is a limited number of paddles available.