||February 24, 2006
North Bay Waterfront Fun This
The North Bay Waterfront is a cool place to be this
weekend with 2 big events – Ice Follies 2006 & Snowmobile Racing.
North Bay’s public art gallery the W.K.P. Kennedy Gallery
is sponsoring its third art show on the ice of Lake Nipissing beginning tomorrow
February 25th. The highly successful Ice Follies I put North Bay on
the art map with its original concept of unique ice huts in 2004. In 2005
Andrew Van Schie presented a one man ice sculpture event.
|Entrance to Andrew Van Schie’s ice sculpture last year. D. Mackey
This year 10 artists including recognized francophone and
aboriginal artists will present their whimsical and eccentric ideas of art in
nature and frozen outdoor space on the waterfront. There will be 4 ice hut
There will be artists from across Canada and local
artists Lori Grace Johnson and Michael Couchie. There will also be interesting
spin-off projects by Peter Nickle (Ice Transduction), Frank Kools (Ice Carousel)
and Kirk Cedarwahl (Ice Lanterns and video display).
ICE FOLLIES EVENTS
Opening Saturday February 25th, 12-4pm. There
will snow bus tours, food and hot drinks and an opening reception. The Kennedy
Gallery educational program for kids will conduct a class on snow sculpture
beginning at 11am. For the exercise the tour can be taken on foot, skis or
FAMILY FUN DAY
March 11th depending on the weather 2-7pm.
There will be a barbeque, can curling, broomball, skating, an ice candle
display, etc. There will be a screening of a movie on the ice follies in a
custom built “snow theatre” at 8pm on the waterfront.
MARCH BREAK ICE FOLLIES TOURS
For information contact the gallery at (705) 474-1944
ext. 231 or go online at www.icefollies.net.
An Ice Follies Catalogue will be prepared following the
event. For information when it will be available contact the Gallery. Ice
Follies 2006 is sponsored by several local groups as well as the Canada Council,
the Ontario Arts Council and the City of North Bay.
SNOWCROSS as professional snowmobile racing is now called
will take place February 25 & 26 at the North Bay Waterfront Park south of the
old CPR station on Oak Street. (It is not directly connected to the Ice
Follies). There will be men, women and kids qualifying events and races all day
on both days. There will also be a display of restored snowmobiles by the
Nipissing Resurrectors Antique and Classic Snowmobile Club. Passes are $25 for
adults and $15 for kids for the 2 days – less for 1 day. For further
information call Leslie at 474-6634. The Snowcross event has many sponsors and
is organized by the Rotary Clubs of Nipissing and North Bay as a fundraiser for
the new hospital’s Neonatal Respite Nursery Unit.
You can slip away for a break and see the (free) Ice
Follies nearby and enjoy both events. This is only a taste of what the future
holds as the waterfront develops in the years ahead.
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