WHITEFISH FALLS––A sense of peacefulness descends as you drive down the driveway into Widgawa Lodge, home of the Widgawa Lodge Art Festival and a refuge for those seeking respite from the pressures of an urban existence. Nestled below the famed La Cloche Mountains that inspired the Group of Seven, the lodge is a perfect location for an art festival celebrating their artistic influence.
Several accomplished artists had their works on display either against the complementary dark wood of the cabins or inside.
Owners Joshua Willoughby and Cornelia Filteau, both artists in their own sense, he in painting and she in photography and textiles, decided to start the festival as a celebration of the region and its links to the Group of Seven.
The festival has proven to be a success, despite its laid back atmosphere, or perhaps because of it, and artists like Andrew Gallagher have been hauling in the customers.
“This was my best week last year,” said Mr. Gallagher. “It is looking like this year will be very good as well.”
Friday night featured an open mic stage, while on Saturday evening, the eclectic and erudite musician/songwriter Ian Reid finished off the festival on a high note.