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 Buckhorn Fine Art Award 


Sponsored by the Wagstaffe Family

The Wagstaffe family are hardworking, long-term volunteers at the Buckhorn Festival of the Arts. Since the 1980s they have dedicated countless hours to support and facilitate this and other fund-raising events at the Buckhorn Community Centre. They are also avid art collectors and promoters of the visual arts.


In keeping with the mandate of the Buckhorn Festival of the Arts to recognize and support contemporary artistic talent, one award of $500.00 is available annually: 

To be awarded to an adult (age 17 or older), pursuing an education in the visual arts at a recognized Canadian art institution, who demonstrates community involvement and is in need of nurturing support and recognition.

Deadline for application: July 19, 2024
(must be received by this date)


Mail to: Buckhorn Community Centre

Buckhorn Festival of the Arts

P.O. Box 280

Buckhorn, ON K0L 1J0


Courier to:
Buckhorn Community Centre

Buckhorn Festival of the Arts

1782 Lakehurst Road 

Buckhorn, ON K0L 1J0


Contact Meghan: 705-657-8833 or 705-657-1918
or email

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Lilah Hotrum


Recipient of the 2023 Buckhorn Fine Art Award

                 Lilah graduated as an Ontario Scholar and was also recognized with                     the Pinkerton  Award for holding one of the top averages in the                       graduating class. In the fall Lilah is going to York university for                   Design, this is a a program that was very hard to get into it has a                   less than 17% acceptance rate and it required a portfolio as well as                   an interview. This school is very hands-on and will allow Lilah to explore many                       different forms of art. 

                     Outside of formal learning, Lilah has designed the new logo for the outdoor                             leadership program at her school.



2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 Buckhorn Fine Art Award - None


Jemma Woolidge 


Recipient of the 2018 Buckhorn Fine Art Award

Jemma has recently graduated from Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School Integrated Arts program.  She has graduated with an SHSM certificate in the Arts and Culture faction and as an Ontario Scholar.  She is also the recipient of the Henniger Arts Scholarship and the Edith Murphy Memorial award. At a young age she has many accomplishments already being one of four Bierk Bursary juried award recipients. A winner of a gallery award and the Bessie Oliver Memorial Award at the Kawartha Artist’s Gallery “Best in Highschool” show.

This fall she will be moving on to start her Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees at Nova Scotia College of Arts and Designs in Halifax.

Her work includes a wide range of painting, drawing , sculpture and textile work.

Laura Butler


Recipient of the 2017 Buckhorn Fine Art Award

Laura has been accepted into Western University’s Fine Art Program.  She was 1 of only 30 students accepted.  Her work consists of various materials and subject matter.  She enjoys creating thematic series the most.  After university Laura is going to complete a 2 year Master’s Program in Fine At.  Laura is a very ambitious individual and her passion is visual arts.  Her goal is to become a working artist or a professor at college or university in the arts program.

Ariel Weiss


Recipient of the 2016 Buckhorn Fine Art Award

Ariel is a student at Sheridan College in the Visual and Creative Arts program.  Ariel uses a lot of hands and natural elements in her work.  Often presented in an abstract dimension.  She loves to experiment in many different mediums. She works in the gallery/cultural centre in Minden and has volunteered at the Rail’s End Gallery in Haliburton as well as curating a show for a grade twelve art class.  Ariel has also won first prize for best drawing in the Bancroft Juried High School art exhibit.

Erin Satterley 

Recipient of the 2015 Buckhorn Fine Art Award

Erin Satterley has just completed the two-year Visual and Creative Arts program at Sheridan College, and will be starting the Bachelor of Illustration program (also at Sheridan) in the fall of 2015. She has be a volunteer for several years at the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival, as well as at the Buckhorn Community Centre’s Spring and Harvest Craft Shows. She hopes to be a wildlife illustrator upon completion of her studies.

Kathleen Murray

Recipient of the 2013 Buckhorn Fine Art Award

Born in 1993, Kathleen Murray is a devoted Canadian wildlife painter and photographer. She grew up in Mississauga Ontario and spent the summers in the Algoma area near Sault Ste Marie. Kathleen is currently in her third year at university, working towards a Bachelor of Fine Art at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. She has volunteered at her former high school as an assistant art instructor, and has worked as a summer art counsellor for children at the Algoma Art Gallery.

“I have always been enthralled by nature and this is what most of my art is influenced by. When I’m up north I always have my camera on me – I guess you could say that I stalk the local wildlife with my lens. Finding great backgrounds and wildlife for my paintings is always exciting.”

Kathleen’s goal is to be a well-known and accomplished wildlife artist someday.
To see some of her work, please visit her website:

 award recipients 

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