Stories of the Lake
Project: Stories of the Lake
Artists: Julieanne Steedman
Installation Site: Providence Bay, Manitoulin Island
Community dialogue began through public involvement sessions building a knowledge base of what the Great Lakes and specifically Lake Huron means to its people. Events took place at The Mutchmor in Providence Bay where participants shared their stories of the lake in a ‘Story Telling Booth’ (stories are videotaped). Participants will also be invited to bring photographs and written works to share their stories. Several sessions were held that focused on historical significance, culture and language, sustainability, personal connection, and community.
From these sessions, the artist created a hand cut aluminum and steel sculpture embedding the information, histories, and memories collected and submitted during the public sessions. This work is meant to celebrate the small truths and hidden miracles of the northern Ontario environment as well as what its history and people have to offer.
Artist: Julieanne Steedman spent a decade travelling, living and working in five different countries before coming home to Manitoulin Island. For the artist, creating is what brings a family closer. Julieanne is a co-founder of Makers North, an artist collective aiming to support, promote and enrich the art & design community in Northern Ontario.