ICE FOLLIES 2012: Anaamimikom

ICE FOLLIES 2012: Anaamimikom

This biennial exhibition of contemporary art on frozen Lake Nipissing officially opens on February 18th, 2012.

Ice Follies is a Festival that celebrates art by presenting a series of arts installations on Lake Nipissing. Over the past decade Ice Follies has become a signature event for both North Bay, and the North-Eastern region as a whole. Ice Follies appears to the visitor as a strange assemblage of dwellings and structures placed across the ice along North Bay’s waterfront. This eccentric community of artworks and architectural creations echo the community of ice fishing shacks found elsewhere on the lake. Ice Follies 2012 will be the fifth biennial of site specific multi-disciplinary artwork to take place on Lake Nipissing.

This year’s title “Anaamimikom” meaning “Under the Surface” or “Sous la surface” was chosen because it represents the efforts behind the scenes to make Ice Follies 2012 more community oriented and engaging. With artists travelling from across the country to work alongside of local artists, community members and coordinators we hope to present a unique arts experience on Lake Nipissing that everyone can enjoy.

In 2011 the creator of Ice Follies, Dermot Wilson, passed the torch of this event onto local arts groups and stepped down as lead curator and administrator. As a result Ice Follies 2012 is the first event co-produced by the White Water Gallery, Near North Mobile Media Lab and Aanmitaagzi. These visual, media and community arts groups have formed a partnership to support the artistic vision of Ice Follies and ensure its continued success in future years.

Ice Follies 2012 Artists

  • Brian Bertrand – North Bay, ON
  • Bruce Montcombroux – Saskatoon, SK
  • Peter Hargraves – Winnipeg, MB
  • Michael Allgower – Hamilton, ON
  • Laura Hale – Regina, SK


    • Ice Follies 2012 Opens February 18th on Lake Nipissing. All arts installations will be ready during the day and at 6pm festivities and additional activities begin with an opening ceremony out on the lake.
    • February 25th, a reception will be held at Big Medicine Studio with community arts activities and performances taking place.
      • A closing reception will be held on March 10 as all exhibitions will be removed before Ice Fishing seasons ends.