Thirteen pieces of art selected for That’s a Wrap 2023

By Lindsay Advocate

"Lov’in the Limelight," by Joy McCallister, was one of the pieces selected for 2023's That's a Wrap public art program.

Kawartha Lakes, in collaboration with Kawartha Arts Network, launched the 2023 That’s a Wrap call for artwork this summer.

The goal of the program is to enliven our landscapes with eye-popping artwork that captures and displays the individual and collective experiences of our community on traffic control boxes around the municipality.

In July, Kawartha Lakes put out a call for submissions to local artists for the program and received 26 entries. The theme for this year was sports and entertainment. Ten submissions were chosen for wrapping, and three more were chosen to join the ten as the monthly artwork in the upcoming 2024 Municipal Calendar.

All submissions were judged by the That’s a Wrap art program jury in the following three categories: artistic merit, community impact and project viability. Artwork was given a score between 1 and 5 in each category. The jury’s goal was to find the artwork that best met the theme of the program and would have the best visual impact in the community when it was wrapped around a traffic control box.

The 2023 That’s a Wrap jury consisted of:

Bryan Reid, communications, advertising and marketing officer, City of Kawartha Lakes
Councillor Eric Smeaton, Ward 5, Kawartha Lakes City Council
Beverly Jeeves, Kawartha Lakes Arts Council
Paul Marshall, art department chair, I.E. Weldon Secondary School

Residents are invited to view the artwork and artist bios for the thirteen chosen submissions on the That’s a Wrap page, and use the That’s a Wrap map to find all nineteen of the locations for the wrapped boxes in one place.

The That’s a Wrap art program will return in the Spring of 2024 for its final call. Residents are invited to subscribe to the Kawartha Lakes newsroom, and/or follow the municipality on Facebook and Twitter so as to not miss out on next year’s That’s a Wrap intake.


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