Corynn Kokolakis: M(y)otherwork

Corynn Kokolakis, Building Blocks, 48, x 72 in, oil and acrylic on panel

Corynn Kokolakis: M(y)otherwork

July 6 – September 9, 2024
Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre, Haliburton

Corynn Kokolakis explores the constant vigilance and emotional labor involved in mothering with M(y)otherwork. Kokolakis’ subject matter, compositional skill and vigorous brushwork result in paintings that give the viewer pause to wonder “Is this really ok?” It’s at that moment that the nuances of caregiving and identity are revealed, as if through a mother’s gaze.

Corynn Kokolakis is a mother, academic, sister, daughter, aunt, and painter, with a unique ability to capture the essence of what truly matters. M(y)otherwork is a must-see for anyone interested in the profound and often unspoken aspects of being a “good mom” while remaining true to oneself.

Kokolakis’ connection to the Haliburton Highlands runs deep, having formed lasting memories through cottaging, paddling, and RVing in the area over the years. Next time you visit cottage country don’t miss a visit to Rails End Gallery, located in Haliburton’s landmark rail station at Head Lake Park, Haliburton Village, right next to the adventure playground.

Corynn Kokolakis, Ferris Wheel, 36 x 48 in, oil and acrylic on canvas

About the Artist

Corynn Kokolakis is a figurative oil painter whose practice merges the often-disparate roles of mother and artist. Influenced by motion and materiality, her work explores memory, childhood development, and caregiving. Her current research considers how people learn how to see and practice care and she approaches her emerging teaching practice with the same curiosity. Though Corynn currently lives and works from her home studio in Toronto/Tkaronto, her lineage has many roots and branches in Halliburton and the surrounding area. She is among four living generations that have strengthened family ties and continued to create lasting memories in Haliburton County, and she has often drawn on these experiences as both child and parent to inform her practice.

Corynn completed an MFA in Visual Arts from York University where she held a SSHRC, CGS Master’s Scholarship. She earned a BFA in Drawing and Painting from OCADU, where she was awarded the Akin and JumpStart Career Launchers. Recent exhibitions include ArtMur (2022), Cedar Ridge Creative Centre (2022) and Baycrest Health (2020).

She has been featured in the MER Literary Journal, on Global News, BT, CP24, CBC Radio, and She Does The City. Her work can be found in the Ken and Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre at Michael Garron Hospital in Toronto, and in private collections in the UK, the US, Australia, France, and Canada.

Call for Entry: En Plein Air Haliburton Juried Exhibition

Celebrating Haliburton County 150 Years
Deadline for Online Entry: September 6, 2024
Exhibition Dates: September 28 – November 9, 2024

En Plein Air Haliburton is an excellent opportunity for on-location painters at any level to showcase work inspired by the Haliburton Highlands. 20 original works will be selected to exhibit in Rails End Gallery’s 500 square foot gallery (formerly the freight room of the village rail station).

Entries must have been painted primarily in the outdoors, in the Haliburton Highlands, defined as the County of Haliburton for purposes of this exhibition. While not required, we ask all Artists to share their approximate painting location, ideally with GPS points so we can situate the location on a map display. Entry Form.

Prizes will be awarded for Best Overall ($500), Best New to Plein Air Painter, Best Town/Village/Architectural-scape, Best Work 11 x 14 or under, Best Work that includes at least one human figure.

Up to two pieces may be entered. Entry fee: 1 work $25 2 works $35. Entries will be juried from the image submitted online with your entry. (All fees will go toward exhibition expenses)

Prize sponsors: Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre and My Haliburton Highlands


John David Anderson
With over 25 years of workshop experience, solo shows, group shows, commissions, sales international and domestic John David Anderson has made his mark in the plein air world as a teacher, a painter and a jurist. “Painting is a way for me to share the excitement of juicy paint presenting the dynamics of light on surfaces in a space both in subtleness and power.”

Laurie Jones
A gallerist and painter, Laurie is interested in the rising popularity of “en plein air” painting among artists and the power of place to inspire creativity. She has been bringing the creative arts to life in Haliburton County at Rails End Gallery with engaging exhibitions and programming for over 15 years as its Curator and Executive Director.

About Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre

Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre is an accessible cultural hub and tourist destination located in Haliburton’s landmark 1878 rail station. It is a registered Canadian Charity devoted to serving the public interest by providing accessible opportunities for the exploration, appreciation, expression and exchange of the creative arts.

Rails End Gallery is open all year and is a member of Craft Ontario, Galleries Ontario, Ontario Museums Association and Arts Council Haliburton Highlands.

Exhibition proposals are welcomed at any time.

Event Calendar

July/August Tuesday – Friday, 11am – 5pm and Saturday 11am – 4pm
Fall/Winter/Spring Wednesday – Friday 11am – 5pm and Saturday 11am – 4pm

Admission: FREE

Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre
23 York Street, Haliburton Village, Ontario K0M1S0

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