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Artists in the Cabins » Synonym Art Consultation

Photos by BNB Studios


Each fall we are pleased to make space for our dear friends, Andrew and Chloe of Synonym Art Consultation, to come out to work retreat in one of our Falcon Lake cabins.

Synonym Art Consultation is a curatorial collective based in Winnipeg, Manitoba on the original lands of Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation and Treaty 1 Territory. Synonym is committed to providing meaningful employment and mentorship opportunities to artists and to facilitate the celebration of art and culture with unique, inclusive, community-minded events that serve as safer spaces for diverse populations.

These two have cultivated a grassroots contemporary street-art movement in our city and participate in hyperlocal and international dialogues around important issues, such as Indigenous rights, social responsibility, and innovative economic development, rooted in the arts with their month long Wall-to-Wall Mural and Culture Festival.

These are some photos from their visit last year, captured by the talented BNB Studios.

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Falcon Trails Resort holds a very special place in our hearts, both personally and professionally. Each year in the fall, the two of us are able to rejuvenate our bodies and minds, while also reassessing all aspects of our small business. This “corporate retreat” of sorts has become an essential part of developing our business.

But it’s not all work while we are out there. We take full advantage of what the shoulder season at Falcon Trails Resort has to offer, including canoeing, hiking, polar bear club swims, and the subsequent cozying up by the fire, in the hot tub, or with a trip to the sauna. While all seasons are beautiful, we really love autumn in the Whiteshell, watching the leaves change colour and often witnessing the first snowfall of the season.

The staff is extremely friendly and accommodating, making you feel like a part of their family, while giving you the privacy you need. The cabins are stunning and all the amenities are thoughtful and allow for a relaxing, luxurious stay. We would highly recommend treating yourself to a few nights at Falcon Trails Resort. Access to this gem of a resort has been truly life changing for us!
— Andrew Eastman & Chloe Chafe Co-founders of Synonym Art Consultation / Wall-to-Wall Mural & Culture Festival

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Artists in the Cabins » Kyle Scheurmann

Photos by Emily Christie

This past December we had the pleasure of welcoming artist and friend Kyle Scheurmann to the resort for an early winter painting retreat.

Kyle Scheurmann was born and grew up in Winnipeg MB. He completed his BFA at the Ontario College of Art + Design University in 2013, and his MFA at Emily Carr University in 2018 where he was awarded the 2018 Graduate Studies Valedictorian. He was the winner of the 2018 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Painting Grant, Montreal QC and a 2017 Scholarship Award, BC Arts Council, Vancouver BC. Kyle has had solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the Netherlands, Germany and Oslo.

Some words from Kyle:

While I was the artist in residence at Falcon Trails, I made the most important research for my painting exhibition, Trees in a Dream. With winter completely covering the lake and forest, I made dozens of watercolour paintings and drawings. After long walks though the trees or out on the ice, I would return to the cabin to cook, poke the fire and work. This was the first time I ever painted the snow pink.

When I visited Kyle’s workspace in the Merganser cabin, I was lucky enough to be treated to a crêpe breakfast!

Visit Kyle’s website to see photos of his completed collection which he worked on during his stay: “Trees in a Dream”

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Artists in the cabin » Cheryl Zubrack

Photos by Emily Christie

Last month we welcomed Cheryl Zubrack out to the resort to participate in our little Artist in Residence program. It is always a treat welcoming folks who are connected to the Falcon Trails community, Cheryl has become a good friend of ours, we have got to know her through her daughter Michelle who has worked for years as a ski instructor and massage therapist here at Falcon Trails. During her stay Cheryl worked tirelessly on her beautiful acrylic paintings of Canadian shield rock detail. Read more about Cheryl’s time at the resort below.

From Cheryl:

What a privilege to spend five peaceful days making art at Falcon Trails Resort. It is always challenging to find time to focus on one’s creative pursuits. Having this gift of uninterrupted time was amazing. 

Falcon Trails in October is the ideal place to “wake up at the lake”! The autumn light, the glorious colours, the snow, the leaf covered trails, and the one incredible +23 day that was perfect for paddling made my stay most memorable. 

The Shield is a source of creative inspiration and energy for me. I am interested in what rocks – at once extraordinary and completely ordinary - communicate about the earth, about time, place, change. I am curious about the stories, some as old as three billion years, that are held within these ancient, precambrian forms. Stories that captivate the imagination, stir memories, evoke a journey, invite contemplation. 

 Thank you so very much to Falcon Trails and the Christie Family for this incredible opportunity. Thank you for sharing your paradise with me (and Michelle)!  Thank you for supporting the visual arts. It is truly an honour to have one of my paintings in your collection.

Cheryl contributed this beautiful painting, "Earth Stories" to the Falcon Trails gallery which showcases the artists who have participated in the residency.


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Artists in the cabin » Hely Schuman

Photos by Emily Christie

Last month our Artist and Residence was one of our own community members, the talented Hely Schuman.

Hely is a "graphic designer by day and an indie comic maker by night". She is based out of Winnipeg but grew up in Falcon Lake and spends lots of time back home where her mom, Juventina, one of our longest serving staff members here at the resort, still lives.

I actually grew up in the Whiteshell area … I worked at the Ski Hill for years and my Mum has worked at Falcon Trails for over a decade. I have a lot of roots tied here and as time has gone on I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the Resort & Ski Hill come back to life and really grow into the magical place it is now. It’s a huge part of our community. Taking part in the residency was a really sweet homecoming.
My next comic convention - Fanquest June 23 & 24 at Red River College Exchange District Campus 160 Princess St. I’ll be selling Books, Prints, Zines, and Shirts.

Check out more of Hely's work on her instagram: @punchiecomics

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Artist in the cabin » Chrissy Sie-Merritt

Last month we welcomed local artist and our good friend Chrissy Sie-Merritt as a part of our Artist Residence Program. Chrissy runs an amazing studio out of our neighbouring community East Braintree called South Moon Studio. The studio showcases local art, hosts live music, facilitates all sorts of creative workshops throughout the year, has a massage room, and a yoga studio where Chrissy offers a variety of yoga classes throughout the week all year long. It is a huge asset to our community.

From Chrissy:

My intention when I arrived was to create a quiet space, connect with the land and allow images and ideas to come through. The quiet and peacefulness of Falcon Trails supported these intentions. Most artists are trying to create in those in-between moments of our busy lives. To be able to really step out of the busyness and into myself felt like the spark I needed to ignite my creative fire.

For the past few years I have been primarily using charcoal and free flowing body movements to create intuitive images on large paper. All of the work I do is about creating a sacred inner space and honouring what shows itself, settling more into spirit rather than the mind. I was excited to scale things down a little and explore this process with acrylics, allowing my work to evolve into brighter more expressive works. I am currently working on pieces for my next solo show “Honouring” in March of 2019.

Connecting with nature and that quiet within are my two main sources of inspiration and guidance. This truly was the perfect setting to settle into this process and explore. I had no idea how much I needed this solitude, not just time to be creative but to really connect with my work and myself. It really was a treat to step away for awhile and be free to just simply paint.

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Artist in the cabin » Sarah Neville

We were delighted to have artist Sarah Neville in the cabins as our January artist in residence. Sarah was at the resort during a big winter snowstorm, and was able to cozy up in the Birch cabin with her sweet old greyhound and work on her art. During her time Sarah built beautiful shadow boxes depicting whimsical animal winter scenes.

My work during my artist residency at Falcon Trails Resort focused on the fun and enjoyment of our winters here in Manitoba.  As someone born and raised here, I so often hear of people regularly complaining about our winters, but I love them and find so much enjoyment in our wilderness.

While set up to work and create in the Birch Cabin, I wanted to make something that reflected the fun that we can all experience outside.  So, these winter based shadow boxes were created.  It was so nice to sit and watch the nature around me, watching woodpeckers and blue jays come by every morning, while I sat and painted.  All of the shadow boxes feature different outdoor activities, many of which I witnessed myself while exploring the outdoors there.

My artwork usually focuses on whimsy and our local animals, so creating some fun work, based on our Manitoba winters was a natural fit.  Everyday of the residency, my dog (Simon) and I would wander and explore and get inspired by our beautiful surroundings.  It was so great to just wander and let nature inspire me.  Even my dog, who is an old guy, never wanted to go back inside, just wanted to keep exploring.  As we explored, we collected twigs, branches and small parts of birch bark we found along the trails.  These were incorporated into the shadow boxes, so there is a part of our beautiful nature in each piece.

With these pieces, I am hoping they bring a smile to your face and remind people of the fun they can have outdoors.  The possibilities are endless in nature and we should all continued to be inspired by our beautiful province.   I want to thank Emily and everyone at Falcon Trails Resort for having me!  It was an absolutely amazing experience and one I will always remember.

Learn more about Sarah and her art at: sarahneville.ca

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Artists in the cabins » Alerry Lavitt


Our December artist in residence was Winnipeg-based award-winning artist Allery Lavitt. Her current work explores natural landscapes and constructed environments that stir up subtle emotion and invite the mind to relax. During her stay in the Merganser cabin Lavitt worked on both oil landscape pieces and on a mixed media project creating emotive bowls made from repurposed fur.

Here's what Allery had to say about her time spent at the resort:

My Falcon Trail residency projects are reflections and explorations on human experience,  and connecting these with the spirit of the boreal and coastal forests. 

Some time ago, I had the inspiration to make containers - bowls- out of fur.  The bowls would not  be usable bowls for storing items, but would house less solid things.  Their purpose is to house emotions! A place to put joy, anger, frustration, grief, confusion, bliss, wonder, all the feelings that overflow from our bodies and feel so much larger than life.  The sensuality and natural power of fur attracted me so strongly, and the concept of tapping into the essence, mythology, strength and power of the creatures I was working with gave the project solidity.  

During the residency I played with patterns and design for building small scale bowls, with a goal to make them on a large scale for future use.  

As I was working, I meditated on my materials.  Holding repurposed wolf, bear, coyote and fox in my hands, feeling them, I realized that these furs were literally pieces of the boreal forest.  We are so attracted to fur for its beauty, wildness and sensuality, and forget where it really comes from, and the lives of its creatures.  As I worked spontaneously, I began to make little abstractions of the forest.  In my own small way, conceptually bringing the essence of the animals back into their full circle of creation.  Perhaps it is a way to show respect for the land and its creatures.  I love the idea of returning them, in a small way, back to the same boreal forest that they once lived in, now becoming a part of a record of the forest’s beauty and wildness. 

The third project as part of this residency was to develop paintings from a 7 day backcountry hike of the West Coast Trail I did in the Pacific Rim National Park in Fall 2017.  Based on photographs taken during the hike, the smaller paintings are studies for a larger scale series of the trail and the amazing forests and oceans of coastal BC.

Thank you to Emily for this opportunity to develop my work in such a perfect setting, and for the gift of free, unfettered creative time that every artist so deeply needs!  That is where the magic happens :)

A big thank you to Allery for coming out to the resort and sharing her art with us. You can check out more of Allery's projects at her website: alerrylavitt.com

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Artists in the cabins » Rachel Schappert

Photos by Emily Christie and Kyle Schappert

Last week, amongst the gorgeous fall weather and bright orange colours, we welcomed Winnipeg based artist Rachel Schappert to the resort. Rachel's current art practice involves themes that explore the interconnected relationship between people and nature.


Rachel set up shop on the High Lake warm up shelter, and spent the week building on-site sculptures which incorporate, decorate, accentuate, and play with the natural features of the sweet little site hidden along the High Lake trail.

The sculptures are hidden in and amongst the trees and rocks of the site. A delight for hikers to enjoy and explore. Each piece is full of details to be discovered, such as the single juniper berry in each copper and glass capsule on the piece, picked from the forest in which the sculpture now sits.

The High Lake shelter served as Rachel's indoor studio space, providing an escape from the wind and storage for her tools.

Here’s a view of one of the installations on a Jack pine tree I was collaborating with near a warm-up shack on a short trail that leads to a gorgeous lookout point at Falcon Trails.
Whether viewed as a window, portal, the trees aura or its eye... for me weaving is symbolic for interconnectivity in many ways. The pieces change with what is reflected in the centre. We may see ourselves mirrored in the tree or we may peer away from ourselves and view the forest with tree branches swaying in the wind with a vast backdrop of sky.
Either way I perceive the interplay of reflections as weaving invisible threads that connect nature and human viewers, as well as creatures that might interact with them. I watched various insects and even a squirrel pay interest and it was a delightful experience! ...
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Also, I placed bits of reindeer lichen from the landscape in each copper piece encapsulating and radiating the energy of the boreal.
— Rachel describing some of the inspiration and emotions behind in forest sculptures.

Some videos Rachel captured which demonstrate the amazing light interplay between her pieces and the surrounding environment.

During her residency, Rachel's brother Kyle Schappert, who just so happens to be a renowned photographer, came out for a visit and also snapped a few shots to capture Rachel's beautiful piece:

The  Mahigan cabin  at High Lake, where Rachel stayed during her residency. Photo by Rachel's talented brother Kyle Schappert.

The Mahigan cabin at High Lake, where Rachel stayed during her residency. Photo by Rachel's talented brother Kyle Schappert.

It was an honour having Rachel out to Falcon Trails, and we couldn't be more excited about the gorgeous addition her art makes to the beautiful High Lake warm up shack site. Definatly worth checking out.

Rachel's sculptures will remain in place at the warm up shack. Be sure to hike out and check them out! They will remain in place in the winter, but might be a little harder to find under the snow.

You can check out the trail there (look for the warm up shelter point) on the trailforks map:

High Lake service trail on Trailforks.com

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Artists in the cabins » Harry Diaz

This month we welcomed illustrator and graphic designer Harry Diaz to the resort. Harry, who is usually stationed out of Los Angeles, CA, came to Falcon Trails fresh off volunteer based travels in Guatemala and carried on his journey to New York after spending a little down time holed up in our Sunset cabin with his drawing pencils.

Harry's line drawing, woodblock and risograph print art has been featured by an impressive list of clients including Nike, Billabong, Urban Outfitters, Adidas, Kamp Grizzly, ThokkThokk, Killbrand, and Outdoor Technology.

Learn more, and check out more of Harry's great art at harrydiaz.com, and worth the follow on instagram @by harrydiaz to keep up with his real cool stuff he seems to always have going on.

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Photographer visit: Chris Bakon

Late this April, after weeks of lovely warm weather, warm enough to melt the ice from the lakes and coax green buds out of the trees, the weather flipped and winter returned and came down with a force. The lake was once again blanketed with thick snow. Not exactly what we all were hoping for, but it was fiercely beautiful. It was quite magical, and how fortuitous that we had our talented friend, Chris Bakon, at the resort to capture it. 

Spring was in the air.

At least it was the day before me and Avery left for our 2 night stay at Falcon Trails Resort.  Snow never got in the way before, why should it now.  We just made sure to pack all the necessary winter gear for this adventure.  Everything but our snowboards. Dang.

Why did i take my winter tires off?  Said almost every Manitoban every year at some point in spring.  We were way too excited to leave the city.  Arrived at Falcon 5 hours before our check in time.  So instead of tailgating at the local vendor we figured it would be a good idea to hit up Kenora’s Lake of the Woods Brewery, and it was.  While enjoying a classic denver we caught wind that the Trans Canada HWY being shut down.  Didn't wanna take any chances.

Arrived at Falcon trails in one piece.  Only to be welcomed by a handful of deer and the lovely Caleigh Christie and her Heidi.

Camera lessons for Avery!

Everything looked just the same as if i had just been at Snowdance.

Theres something to be said about a fresh snowfall against open water.  It really gets me.

Time for food, fires and hot tubs. Wine, backgammon and movies. The ultimate getaway!

It wouldn't be the Falcon Trails experience without a hike to High Lake.  We managed to do it without snowshoes and it made for a great workout.  These cabins are definitely worth checking out!

Each one of these cabins are one hundred percent unique in their own way.  They appear to be the only cabins on this lake. Powered by solar panel, you’re sure to get that real off grid getaway experience.

Something magical happened at the very last moment that day.  The sun came out!

A huge thanks to the friends and staff at Falcon Trails Resort!  We cant wait to go back and test out those eco cabins!

Check out more of beautiful work by Chris on his Instagram: @craspybakon

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Artists in the cabins » Richelle Bergen

Last week we welcomed artist Richelle Bergen from Altona, MB to the resort. Emily had the pleasure of popping in and taking a few shots of the project Richelle was working on.

Richelle creates block printed artwork, inspired by nature, botanical patterns and seemingly ordinary daily details.

I believe less is truly more, that less allows us to appreciate the simple shapes, patterns and colours that surround us every day. This is what I seek to create with my artwork.

Richelle spent her time in the cabin carving an intricate woodland scene on artist's linoleum or rubbing carving block, later to be hand printed with eco-friendly inks onto premium papers. 
Because of the hand printing process, each print may have slight variations, which make each one unique and original. We can't wait to see the finished product!

To learn more about Richelle, or to purchase some of her stunning prints, go to her website at richellebergen.com.

Photos by Emily Christie

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Artist in the cabin » Rosemarie Péloquin

Photos by Emily Christie

More art in the woods!

This week we were very excited to have fiber artist and good friend Rosemarie Péloquin creating at the resort!

During her stay, Rosemarie transformed the Merganser cabin into a workshop space filled with bins of beautifully coloured wool and fiber bits as she worked away creating delightful and enchanting characters through the art of felting.

Rosemarie also worked on some wool embroidery projects, capturing the colours of November at the lake.

You can get in touch with Rosemarie by emailing her at peloquinr@gmail.com!