Emmerson’s Dam -- Hidden Treasure by Jane Selbie

DysART Trail

Emmerson’s Dam -- Hidden Treasure by Jane Selbie

Haliburton, Ontario K0M, Canada

Created By: Tammy Rea


Emmerson’s Dam - Hidden Treasure

Textiles: 22” x 18” $835

Jane Selbie made Haliburton her home in 1976 and feels deeply connected to the beauty of the landscape. Her art grew with time spent here. She won prizes at the County Fair, taught fibre art at the Haliburton School of Art + Design and established a full-time art studio. She creates scenes that stimulate memories, but few have the personal history of the Emmerson Dam below which her son Daniel led the riverside trail reclamation. To celebrate Canada 150, Jane challenged herself to create 150 Canadian pictures, all having a national symbol.

About the Work

Within Haliburton Village, the dam is found by the bridge opposite Emmerson Lumber. The original dam built in 1864 was made of earth and wood and was reconstructed in 1946 with concrete. Historically, it was built to provide power to the lumberyard but was never used for that purpose. The trail leading to the dam was restored in 1998/99, partly funded by the Drag River Walleye Habitat Improvement Project, its goal to improve the Walleye (Pickerel) spawning area in the town. The reinforced hillside and path provide an attractive walk along the river as well as a seating area for observation. Artist Blacksmith students from Fleming College made the railings and sculpture.

Emmerson’s Dam - Hidden Treasure can be viewed at the new Centre for Making at the Haliburton School of Art + Design. For more information on the Centre for Making and the College, see HSAD

This point of interest is part of the tour: DysART Trail


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