April 20, 2016

$50,100 OTF Grant for Public Art Gallery

Dysart et al – Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre is the recipient of a $50,100 Capital Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) for improvements to their small public art gallery in the Village of Haliburton’s landmark 1878 rail station. Rails End, as it’s popularly called, is a registered Canadian Charity under the name Haliburton Highlands Guild of Fine Arts. A vital force in the local arts scene since the 1960s, Rails End could well be dubbed “grandmother” to the arts community in Haliburton County.

“The Haliburton Highlands Guild of Fine Arts and the Rails End Gallery & Art Centre is an important year-round community attraction and cultural hub for Haliburton County. This grant will allow them to renovate and upgrade their facility and continue to enrich our community,” stated Haliburton – Kawartha Lakes – Brock MPP Laurie Scott.

A start date is scheduled for mid September; plans include a multi-purpose area, lighting, kitchen, insulation and exterior repairs. Ben DeCarlo, of Highland Designs has been appointed Project Manager to work with the Rails End’s Volunteer Building Committee; Jackie Wells, Harvey Walker, Susanne James, Andy Mosher and Laurie Jones. Rails End Gallery is known for its engaging contemporary and community art exhibitions, intimate concerts and workshops. The Gallery is also host to Haliburton Art and Craft Festival, the largest event in Haliburton County with a reputation for being one of the best of its kind in the Province.

Upon hearing the good news Dysart et al’s Reeve, Murray Fearrey said, “Congratulations! I always look forward to visiting our public gallery and am glad to see Rails End receiving financial support from the OTF and for the OTF’s commitment to our community. The importance of having public spaces that are adequately equipped to do a good job cannot be underestimated. … nor can the power of art to enhance the quality of life for everyone”.

The leading grant-making foundation in Canada, The Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities:


For more information please contact:
Laurie Jones, Curator and Director
Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre
A public art gallery devoted to bringing art to life in Haliburton
Registered Canadian Charity #118950641RR0001