Ice Huts Transformed into Unique Pieces of Art

INNISFIL, ON (February 18, 2022) – This winter, local artists have taken ice huts to a whole new level. The Innisfil ideaLAB & Library, in partnership with the Town of Innisfil and local ice fishing hut operator Gail’s Hotbox Ice Huts, invited local artists to replace their canvasses with ice fishing huts. Eleven local artists have transformed simple plywood huts into refreshingly vibrant works of art for a public art installation across Innisfil.
It’s time to discover Ice Hut Art.

This one-of-a-kind public art project was inspired by the community. Artists were encouraged to explore the themes of Lake Simcoe’s heritage and legacy, and a celebration of community. The huts will be located throughout Innisfil on and near frozen Lake Simcoe now until mid-March and will be displayed in various locations throughout Innisfil — in public parks, community spaces, and in operation at Gail’s Hot Box Ice Huts.

“Projects like the Ice Hut Art that bring together community, creativity and connection are vital to community wellbeing” said Mayor Lynn Dollin. “Not only are these huts beautiful, but they are engaging, and thought-provoking art displays. One thing is certain, Innisfil is a gem in Simcoe County, and the Ice Hut Art is just another reason to explore your own backyard.”

The Ice Hut Art project was designed as an open-air art tour. With locations spread across Innisfil, art lovers and adventurers are encouraged to visit all the huts throughout February and March. “We are passionate about supporting the local arts community here in Innisfil and across Simcoe County” said Susan Baues, ideaLAB & Library Deputy CEO. “Just like Innisfil has so much to explore, there is so much talent to discover.”

To ensure that this project was inclusive and representative of the perspective and stories of all residents, community partners from Innisfil Arts, Culture and Heritage Council, UPlift Black and Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle were consulted and formed part of the jury.

The participating artists were selected from across Simcoe County and brought their unique styles, perspectives and passions to brighten Innisfil’s wintry landscapes.  

  • Phulkari Quilt House by Angela Aujla
  • Winter Colour by Catherine Bechard
  • Harvesting the Hard Water by Tamara Benoit
  • Talisman by Tim Laurin
  • Barn Quilt by Christopher Moore
  • Fire and Ice by Cassidy Morris
  • The Fish Hut by Lasha Racquel
  • Lady Simcoe ~ Silent Solitude by Erin Sanderson, Maria Kelebeev & Sharon Chick
  • The POINT is Sustainable Economic Development by LeAndra Alyssa
  • Winter Harvest by Shauna Umney-Grey
  • Winter Memories by Natalie Very B

By investing in the health and vibrancy of the community, this project will address issues of social isolation, belonging, mental health, and well-being in a post-pandemic environment as recognized by the Town of Innisfil Community Needs assessment. The Ice Hut Art project supports the Town’s Culture Master Plan. Please wear a face covering and maintain social distancing when visiting the Ice huts. For a list of locations, artist biographies and more information visit Ice Hut Art.