The Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior media conference hosted by Chair, Paul Capon launched this year’s Artist-in-Residence Program and Community Room Exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery on February 21.


The Artist-in-Residence program at Porphyry Island Lighthouse is now calling for submissions for this coming season’s residencies until March 31, 2018. The exhibit showcased work completed through the Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior’s Artist-in-Residence program, which included local artists Michel Dumont, Gayle Buzzi, and Lois Nuttall.


“It’s a chance to escape everyday life, paint in the fresh air and experience Lake Superior,”  said Buzzi, a recent arts graduate from Lakehead University.

Photos by Paul Morralee

Dumont provided a completed version of his faux deer sculptured head, which includes ceramic tiles organized to provide a visual guide to attractions on the island.


Capon shared details of the summer program, which this year will see four artists for a two week term. “We want to provide sufficient time for the artist to fully acclimatize to the surroundings of the Porphyry Island Lighthouse setting.”


The program attracts submissions from artists of all disciplines from across the region and beyond. Nuttall provided many beautiful photos on canvas to illustrate the diverse setting the lighthouse has to offer. The exhibit includes work by six artists in a variety of media including photography, ink, oil, ceramics, and mixed media.


Successful applicants to the program are provided with a studio space, room and board, giving them the opportunity to create and to share creations inspired by this unique location and its rich history.


Thanks to the Thunder Bay Art Gallery for generously hosting the exhibit in the Community Room from Thursday, February 22 – Wednesday, March 21, 2018.


Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior is a not for profit, charitable organization on whose mandate is to preserve, protect and promote public use of lighthouse dwellings on the Canadian shore of Lake Superior.