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Summer Idyll W.J. Phillips
Summer Idyll W.J. Phillips

Walter J. Phillips’ Lake of the Woods

May 3 -27 2017
Exhibit Opening – May 3 from 7-8:30 pm


The Lake of the Woods Museum is pleased to be able to provide a sneak peak at a portion of the art work that will form the foundation of the new proposed arts centre’s collection of Walter J. Phillips’ work.

Phillips (1884-1963), an English-born Canadian artist, was a master watercolourist and a pioneer of the colour woodblock in Canada. His works are collected nationally and internationally with his work being found in the National Gallery of Canada, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Smithsonian, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England.

Phillips immigrated to Manitoba in 1913 and lived there, earning his living as an artist, until the early 1940’s when he moved west. He used the Canadian landscape as his subject. Although watercolour was his primary medium, it was his woodblock prints that brought his work to a wider audience. Among W.J. Phillip-s’ best-known and loved images in watercolour and woodblock are those that depict family holidays on Lake of the Woods from the mid 1910s until the late 1920s.

Please join us for the opening of the exhibit on Wednesday, May 3 at 7:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served.


An Exhibit of the Lake of the Woods Quilters’ Guild

Quilt Detail
May 30 – June 24

The amazing quilters of the Lake of the Woods Quilters Guild are back for another year with another stellar exhibit of their artistry and craftsmanship. All pieces exhibited have been completed in the past year.

Included will be full-size bed quilts, wall-hangings, table runners, clothing, and art pieces. And once again the Guild will challenge you to select your favourite for the People’s Choice Award which will be presented to the deserving quilter.

Quilt Guild members will be on hand to answer your questions, receive your compliments and encourage you to enjoy the craft of quilting.

This exhibit is always a highlight so we encourage you to drop by and be inspired by our talented quilters!


January – December 2017

It was in 1867 with the union of Canada (then a province made up of Ontario and Quebec), Nova Scotia and New Brunswick that the Dominion of Canada came into being. In the years since then, other jurisdictions have joined, resulting in today’s Canada of ten provinces and three territories. This year we celebrate 150 years of Canada!

The Museum has planned a number of events throughout the year that will highlight Canada’s 150. One of these events is an engagement exhibit where we ask you to contribute your thoughts on Canada. Every six weeks or so, we will pose another question and encourage you to drop by the Museum to have your say. As you contribute, the Celebration “wall” will be papered with your thoughts on a variety of Canadian icons.

You’ll not only want to contribute but we think you’ll be interested to read what everyone else thinks about Canada. Please stop in and keep coming back!

beaver-2 canoe   hockey-stick   inukshuk     moose-head  maple-leaf


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Lake of the Woods Museum
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In Our Temporary Exhibit Gallery

Let's Celebrate
150 years!
Contribute to the Celebration Wall
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May 3 -27
Walter J Phillips' Lake of the Woods
Art Exhibit
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May 30 - June 24
An Exhibit by the Lake of the Woods Quilters Guild
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A sampling of exhibits that in the past have been displayed in the museum's temporary exhibit gallery include -- Egypt: Gift of the Nile; W.J. Phillips: At the Lake; Lake of the Woods Quilter's Guild Annual Quilt Show; Threadworks; Flying by the Seat of Your Pants: Our History of Bush Plane Flying; Something Old, Something New: Kenora's Wedding Fashions.