Halls Island will be alive with creativity and energy as nine artists are hosted over eight residency sessions this summer.

The Halls Island Artist Residency is into its four year on Koshlong Lake, featuring an off-grid island for successful artists.

Each was selected through an application process and final choices made in February.

“Our 2022 residents range from musicians to writers to mixed media artists. They come from as far away as Texas and PEI and from as close as Haliburton Village,” spokesperson Joan Duhaime said.

One is local fabric artist Jane Selbie.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity, within such beauty and tranquility, to feel renewal and to focus on my illustrated manual project. An island offers 360 degrees of vistas and being there will open my mind to new perspectives to enrich my art,” she said.

Ruth Walker, co-chair of the Halls Island Artist Residency said, “We are excited to once more welcome a diverse and intriguing group of artists to our residency. A number of artists will be offering free workshops or presentations throughout the summer. We invite the community to check out the dates and times posted on our website.”

The residency received a grant from TD Bank’s Ready Challenge Fund this past year. It means artists will receive an honorarium to offset their expenses.

Halls Island is privately-owned by a family whose generosity is providing the residency, accommodations and island access for the artists. It is a member of the Haliburton County Community Cooperative, a not-for-profit organization that encourages, develops and supports several community groups in the Highlands.

Applications for the 2023 residency will open in the fall of 2022.