Thunder Bay

Artists chosen for unique residency at Porphyry Island

The beginning of summer proves to be an exciting time for many; for students it marks the end of school year, and for outdoor enthusiasts it marks the beginning of the camping season. But for a certain group of artists, it marks the beginning of an exciting residency opportunity.

Artists from California, Ohio, Montreal taking part

The Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior have announced the artists who will participate in its Porphyry Island residency program this summer. (CLLS )

The beginning of summer proves to be an exciting time for many; for students it marks the end of school year, and for outdoor enthusiasts it marks the beginning of the camping season. But for a certain group of artists, it marks the beginning of an exciting residency opportunity.

The Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior has announced their chosen artists to partake in their artist in residency program at Porphyry Island.

Five Artists will be occupying the residence on the Lake Superior island for one-to-two-week periods during the summer.

A mosaic of Porphyry Point by artist Michel Dumont.

Artists from California, Ohio, and Montreal will all be taking a trip to Porphyry this summer, where they'll engage in an array of disciplines ranging from landscape paintings and mosaics to acrylics, water colours, and mixed media. 

Artist Michel Dumont won't have to travel far to get to Porphyry being a local to Thunder Bay. Dumont has many memories as a child collecting beach glass at the island, and even has a family tie to the lighthouse's last light keepers, Eve and Gordon Graham. Moving on from beach glass, Dumont plans on capturing the "flora and fauna" of the island, and will be creating a faux taxidermy of a deer covered in mosaic tile, during his time at Porphyry. 

Artist Carole Freve from Montreal, uses an original combination of blown and slumped glass together with electroformed and knitted copper to create her works. She has unique plans for her stay on the island, and will be doing much more than just artistically capturing her surroundings.

Freve will be capturing sunlight to create solar energy that will be incorporated into the works on the island. Freve has been practicing integrating electric circuits in to her works over the past year, and is looking forward to altering her styling to solar energy to meet Porphyry's characteristic as being off the grid.

Carole Freve from Montreal uses an original combination of blown and slumped glass together with electroformed and knitted copper to create her works (Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior organization )

"I found the (Porphyry) Lighthouse really inspiring as a light source, and can image my piece working with that shape,as well as the idea of security and the history surronding it," Carole told CBC, adding that her work also deals with memory and can be interactive for guests.

Artists will be inhabiting the island from July 9 to August 14, and guests are welcome to visit and take part in the island's summertime activities.