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Haven is very special to me. It was first executed in plaster, and measured

only 12 inches in height. The smaller version was the seed of a concept that

would take several months to mature into the idea for the sculpture that you

see here. It is all tied to my joy of expressing myself through sculpture; this

was a very new form of art that I discovered at White Mountain Academy of

the Arts.


The smaller version was a neutral form, but very soon after starting Haven, it

took on a feminine energy. During its construction, it had many visitors, and

many had names for it, like “Mother” “Goddess” and even “Mary”.

However, for me, it was all about the “haven” that I  had found, as an artist,

at White Mountain Academy. It was also about the “haven” offered by Elliot

Lake, where I  made good friends and always felt welcome. This sculpture

was my way of expressing all those feelings.


I feel much gratitude to the teachers of White Mountain who supported and

encouraged me when I expressed the wish to undertake this extensive

project. I am also very grateful to a fellow student, Michael Masterson, who

helped during the three months it took to accomplish the project.


I wanted to create a sculpture that felt like “coming home”, and many times

during its construction, visitors would snuggle into its arms, and I sat inside

of it myself to calm down and think. It is my wish that you get that feeling

too, as you stand in front of Haven.

Francine Noiseux


Materials: Wood, Wire Mesh, Paper Mâché, Foam,  Acrylic Paint 


Francine Noiseux is a Métis artist, of French Canadian and Mohawk descent. While growing up, not much was said about her Native heritage, however, in her late 40's, Francine began researching her roots. The more she discovered about that part of her ancestry, the more she espoused the Native traditions. Ms. Noiseux also came into her own as an artist later in her life. Although she practiced many forms of art while raising her family and working full-time, it wasn’t until her early retirement that she was able to devote herself fully to art.


In 2002, Francine read about White Mountain Academy, and was immediately attracted by the Native content of the curriculum. She put together a portfolio and applied to the Academy.  She was accepted, and moved from North Bay to Elliot Lake in time to start the semester in September. It was a White Mountain Academy that Francine discovered Sculpting and Traditional Native Arts. At the end of her first year, she won the Kijadjiwan Award, and graduated in April of 2004 with honors. Francine stayed in Elliot Lake for one more year, taking a drawing course at the Academy, and enjoying the social life there. In July 2005, she decided to move back to North Bay where she was originally from. 

Francine is now an active member of the North Bay Art Association, and has participated in several shows, winning an award for Sculpture and being featured in a summer-long printing show. She has given many workshops in Traditional Native art, especially drum making. Her work is sold at The Little Shop, which is tied to the Kennedy Gallery. She is a member of the White Water Gallery and the Kennedy Gallery. Francine is also a member of the Northern Kwe Spirit Drummers, a women’s drumming group active in her community. She divides her time between her art, volunteer work, friends and her health. Francine calls it “full-time.


Dawn of New Time

Artist: Conrad Bobiwash

Location: Lester B. Pearson Civic Center, main Stairwell

Subject: Canadian Winter Sky and Bird figure.

Medium:  Gesso, acrylic, canvas



Dawn of New Time is a native inspired piece that features a winter’s night sky and a traditional native bird. It is a beautiful and striking piece to behold. Subtle light colours are used in the sky and bright colours are used on the bird, the contrast adds interest and character to the piece. The sky illustrates movement and gives the piece a whimsical feel, that brings the painting to life.  This piece was commissioned during the 1990’s as part of a local art project.


Conrad Bobiwash is a native artist who lives in Blind River.

You can find more information about him at


The Golden North        

Artist: Sharon Cousineau

Location: Lester B. Pearson Civic Centre, main Stairwell

Subject: Canadian North

Medium: Gesso, acrylic



The Golden north is a painting that highlights the natural beauty of the north; it features stark contrast that adds depth and intrigue to the piece. It showcases the beautiful northern landscapes with hints of gold throughout the piece. The painting is located in the main stairwell of the Lester B. Pearson Centre in Elliot Lake.


Sharon Cousineau was an artist who live in Elliot Lake during the 1990’s when this piece was commissioned as part of a local art project



Artist: Steven Hearns

Location: Lester B. Pearson Civic Centre, main Stairwell

Subject: Rebirth

Medium: Acrylic paint, Canvas



Rebirth is a native inspired painting,


Steven Hears was a native artist who lived in Elliot Lake in the 1990’s when this mural was commissioned as part of  a local art project.  Steve also had some of his work reproduced as etchings on glass by Prestige Glass



Artist: Francine Noiseaux

Location: Lester B. Pearson Centre, Lobby

Subject: Embodying the feeling of safety, security and belonging.

Medium: Wood, Wire Mesh, Paper Mache, Foam, Acrylic Paint


 See the separate item regarding the background of Haven.


Civic Centre Painting

Artist: Alan Wilson

Location: Lester B. Pearson Centre, Lobby

Subject: Lester B. Pearson Centre

Medium: Watercolour



This is a creative watercolour scene of the Civic Centre, and what it represents. In the piece the building fills the bottom half of the page, and the top half is filled with the arts that can be seen in and throughout the building. Drama masks, actors, dancers, and musicians are all a big part of the Civic Centre. The theatre, gallery and numerous art pieces displayed throughout the building make the Civic Centre Elliot Lake’s Arts & Culture hub, as the painting suggests.Lester B. Pearson




Artist: R.B. Donaldson

Location: Lester B. Pearson Centre, Lobby

Subject: Lester B. Pearson

Medium: Watercolour


This is a portrait of the former prime minister of Canada, located at the refreshment bar outside of the theatre. The colours are warm, which gives the painting an inviting feel. The piece pays tribute to Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson who held the Algoma, Manitoulin, Kapuskasing Riding. It is an exquisite portrait that pays homage to a historical figure.


Hand Carved Walking Sticks

Artist: Franz Ohler

Location: Lester B. Pearson Centre, Lobby

Subject: Native inspired walking sticks

Medium: Wood,



The walking sticks are displayed in the Lester B. Pearson Centre; they were made to be awarded annually to an outstanding male and female Couruers De Bois Outdoors club member. They were dedicated to the memory of the artist’s late wife. The curved sticks have a rustic charm, and retain many of their natural aesthetics, making them very unique and beautiful. The handles are intricately carved heads that make the walking sticks memorable and unique.



Wooden Quilt

Artist: Elliot Lake Woodcarving Club

Location: Lester B. Pearson Centre, Lobby

Subject: Elliot Lake Wildlife

Medium: Wood, varnish, Acrylic



The Quilt was donated to the City of Elliot Lake in recognition of the 50th Anniversary. The Elliot Lake Woodcarving club designed the piece and the members carved out the squares leaving a stunning end result. This piece symbolizes all the many things that represent Elliot Lake the beautiful native species, and nature that surrounds.


Miner Salute

Artist: Dennis Gagnon

Location: Lester B. Pearson Centre, Mining Museum 

Subject: Miner

Medium: gesso, acrylic, canvas


This painting pays tribute to the mining heritage of Elliot Lake and the miners that lost their lives in the Elliot Lake mines. The piece is dark and has a serious tone that is captivating to behold. It depicts a moment frozen in time underground, a simple everyday lunch break.


More information about Dennis can be found at


Heritage Quilt

Artist: Elliot Lake Quilt Guild

Location: Lester B. Pearson Centre, Mining Museum 

Subject: Elliot Lake Quilt.

Medium: fabric, thread 

The Heritage Quilt is a large textile art piece that pays homage to the things that represent Elliot Lake, the mines, gorgeous landscapes, landmarks, local flora and fauna, and aboriginal background. This piece was designed and executed by members of the Elliot Lake Quilt Guild. The piece features meticulous detail work and displays our local talent.


The Miner

Artist: Dave Hind

Location: Lester B. Pearson Centre, entry  square

Subject: Sculpture

Medium:  Steel, stone


The Miner was commissioned by Dennis and Carole Prodan  to celelebrate  all the miners and their families.  They wanted to recognize the contribution these people made to the development of Elliot Lake.  The sculpture was donated to the downtown  Art Project in 2014 and relocated at the Civic Centre.


Dave Hind was a sculptor who worked as a metals technician at White Mountain Academy.  He now resides near Hamilton.  Many of his new works are on display in that area.   Check out his website at