Muskies on Main

There are more muskies than just Husky the Muskie in Kenora this summer! Bid on one of these fantastic "Muskies on Main".

Over 40 artists have created vastly different and stunning muskies that are on display on Main Street in Kenora, Ontario. The "Muskies on Main" were unveiled in a ceremony in Memorial Park on June 27, 2014. The muskies that have brightened up our walk downtown will continue to be on display for the rest of summer. Muskies on Main is a community art project led by the Lake of the Woods Arts Community (LOWAC). Most of the muskies will eventually be sold by an online auction.

I have to say, the muskies exceeded my expectations. The muskies are either a fiberglass muskie or a medium of the artist's choosing. The creativity that each muskie shows is phenomenal. 

Check out the beautiful Muskies on Main below.

Muskie #1 - Muska, Flower Fish of Lake of the Woods by Marielle Benson

Marielle Benson created Muska, Flower Fish of Lake of the Woods
Marielle Benson created Muska, Flower Fish of Lake of the Woods

Muskie #2 - Harp of the Lake by Esme Boone

Check out the detail on this Harp by Esme Boone
Check out the detail on this Harp by Esme Boone

Muskie #3 - Seeing Within: A Homage to Norval Morriseau by Susie Brown

Susie Brown's muskie was inspired by Norval Morriseau
Susie Brown's muskie was inspired by Norval Morriseau and Copper Thunderbird

Muskie #4 - Chi-giigoo "Big Fish' by Jesse Cameron

Chi-giigoo
Stunning wood carving by Jesse Cameron

Muskie #5 - Maeve, Warrior Goddess of the Heart and Self-Responsibility by Deb Coulis and Laura Mychalyshyn

Maeve is actually two muskies crafted by Deb Coulis and Laura Mychlyshyn
Maeve is actually two muskies crafted by Deb Coulis and Laura Mychalyshyn

Muskie #6 - Dragon Tamers by Laurie Dufresne

Sparkly Dragon Tamer muskie by Laurie Dufresne
Sparkly Dragon Tamer muskie by Laurie Dufresne

Muskie #7 - Apex Predator by Laurie Dufresne

This dazzlng, detailed muskie Laurie Dufresne is made of aluminum
This dazzling, detailed muskie by Laurie Dufresne is made of aluminum

Muskie #8 - MIM (Mirror Image Muskie) by Dianne Griffiths

Beneath the water and above by Dianne Griffiths
Beneath the water and above by Dianne Griffiths

Muskie #10 - Prosperity Muskie by Heather Gropp & Jennifer Findlay

This photo doesn't do justice to this muskie by Heather Grop and Jennifer Findlay. So pretty.
This photo doesn't do this muskie by Heather Gropp and Jennifer Findlay justice. It's so pretty.

Muskie #11 - Cu Maaghkinoozh (Copper Ugly Pike) by LeeAnn Hawkins

Still fabulous even though he's lost his tail. By LeeAnn-Hawkins
Still fabulous even though he's lost his tail. By LeeAnn Hawkins

Muskie #12 - Big Catch by Carol Henderson

Beautifully carved muskie by Carol Henderson outside of Kenora City Hall
Beautifully carved muskie by Carol Henderson outside of Kenora City Hall

Muskie #13 - Silver Birch by Carol Henderson

This massive muskie by Carol Henderson depicts the birch we see in Northwest Ontario
This massive muskie by Carol Henderson depicts the birch we see in Northwest Ontario

Muskie #14 - Big Fish, Big Splash by Carol Henderson

Beautifully painted muskie by Carol Henderson sits at the entrance to the LOWS Museum
Beautifully painted muskie by Carol Henderson sits at the entrance to the LOWS Museum

Muskie # 15 - Under the Lake Part 1, Inglenook Studio's Art Classes for Kids

Young artists made these muskies from using rolled paper, tape, webbing and concrete.
Young artists made these muskies from using rolled paper, tape, webbing and concrete.

Muskie #17 - Community Arts Hub

Beautiful colours on the muskie by the Community Arts Hub
Beautiful colours on the muskie by the Community Arts Hub

Muskie #18 - Stanley by the LOW Minor Hockey Association

It wouldn't be Canada without a hockey muskie!
It wouldn't be Canada without a hockey muskie!

Muskie #19 - Lindsey Muskingham by the Lake of the Woods Centre for the Arts Organization

I wonder if this muskie is singing at the Coney Island Music Festival?

I wonder if this muskie is singing at the Coney Island Music Festival?

Muskie #20 - LOWIS-KIE by Irene McCuaig

LOWIS-KIE celebrates the Lake of the Woods International Sailing Regatta
LOWIS-KIE celebrates the Lake of the Woods International Sailing Regatta

Muskie #21 - Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer by Irene McCuaig

This muskie by Irene McCuaig depicts images of childhood in Kenora
This muskie by Irene McCuaig depicts images of childhood in Kenora

Muskie #22 - Muskie Mystique by Irene McCuaig

This muskie by Irene McCuaig is made of natural products. Can you see the fisherman?

Muskie #23 - Muskie Tessellation by Young Artists from Inglenook Art Classes

This colourful muskie was created by kids at their Inglenook Art Class
This colourful muskie was created by kids at their Inglenook Art Class

Muskie #24 - Sweet Charity by Bill McFarlane

Sweet Charity is an analogy of the concept of giving and receiving as idealized by the mandate of the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation.
Sweet Charity is an analogy of the concept of giving and receiving as idealized by the mandate of the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation.

Muskie #25 - The Elusive Beast, the One That Got Away - Marion McKay

Marion McKay's unique muskie was made from recycled metal from the scrap yard
Marion McKay's unique muskie was made from recycled metal from the scrap yard

Muskie #26 - Minto Muskie by Jenessa Gibbons

Minto Muskie created by Jenessa Gibbons
Minto Muskie created by Jenessa Gibbons is perhaps closest looking to an actual muskie

Muskie #27 - It's a Dog's Life by Erika Olsen

Erika Olsen's muskie can be found right after crossing the street from the Whitecap Pavilion heading towards Main Street
Erika Olsen's muskie can be found right after crossing the street from the Whitecap Pavilion heading towards Main Street

Muskie #28 - LOW Railroad Museum by the members of the Railroad Museum

The Lake of the Wood's Railroad Museum's muskie is unfortunately not for sale.
The Lake of the Wood's Railroad Museum's muskie is unfortunately not for sale

Muskie #29 - Under the Lake, Part 2 -  Muskies by the March Break Kids Program 

These muskie were made on the March Break at the Kenora Rec Centre
These papier mache muskies were made on the March Break at the Kenora Rec Centre in conjunction with the Inglenook studio

Muskie #30 - Retrofitted by Ralph Rogers

This piece was created to show the strength and confidence of the muskie
This piece was created to show the strength and confidence of the muskie

Muskie #31 Loaves & Fishes by Aaron Shield

Great colours on this muskie that can be found on the way to the Harbourfront from Main Street
Great colours on this muskie that can be found on the way to the Harbourfront from Main Street

Muskie #33 - Zovuskie by Zoe Simkin and Vickie Soderman

This tiger muskie has plastic knitting needles for teeth and snow brush bristles for gills.
This tiger muskie has plastic knitting needles for teeth and snow brush bristles for gills.

Muskie #34 - Kenora Hospitality by Cher Stooke

The fins on Cher Stooke's muskie really stand out against the black and white body
The fins on Cher Stooke's muskie really stand out against the black and white body

Muskie #35 - What's For Dinner by Cher and David Stooke

This muskie was created from a single jackpine log using a chain saw to rough out the shape.
This muskie was created from a single jack pine log using a chain saw to rough out the shape.

Muskie #36 - Thrusty the Musky by Steve Simkin and Sue Straight

Thrusty the Musky uses beautiful stained glass
Thrusty the Musky uses beautiful stained glass

Muskie #37 - Sunset Country Muskie by Kathy Valentini, Zoe Simkin and Vicki Soderman

This massive muskie has many of Kenora's most recognizable buildings painted on it
This massive muskie has many of Kenora's most recognizable buildings painted on it

Muskie #38 - Sunset Lake Reflection by Charles Weiss

Charles Weiss who is based out of Toronto painted this beauitfully painted muskie
Charles Weiss who is based out of Toronto painted this beautifully painted muskie

Muskie #39 - Norval by Rose Wiley

Rose Wiley, influenced by Noval Morriseau, wanted the work to speak of spirituality and mysticism
Rose Wiley, influenced by Noval Morriseau, wanted the work to speak of spirituality and mysticism

Muskie #40 - Dark Spirit by Betty Wires

I love the glass used in this muskie by Betty Wires
I love the glass used in this muskie by Betty Wires

Muskie #41 - A Fish For Andy by Tammy Zebruck

Tammy has a pretty neat reasoning for the Campbell's soup labels click the title to find out more
Tammy has a pretty neat reasoning for the Campbell's soup labels click the title to find out more

Muskie #42 - Drifting Muskie by Lisa and Mike Lyle

Lisa and Mike from the Zen Den have used driftwood, stones, copper and crystals to form this stunning muskie
Lisa and Mike from the Zen Den have used driftwood, stones, copper and crystals to form this stunning muskie

These muskies will be on display until at least August 22 when the auction closes. If you're in Kenora take a few minutes out of your day to walk around and see them, they're fantastic. They are located in Memorial Park next to the Lake of the Woods Museum, the walkway from Main Street to the Harbourfront and by the Kenora City Hall.

Do you have a favourite?

About Erin Rody

I grew up on Black Sturgeon Lake in Northwestern Ontario. I am a staff writer for the Sunset Country Travel Association. Through my articles I hope to entice you to visit the wonderful region I call home. We are all about outdoor adventure; with 70,000 lakes and rivers and a whole lot of forests how can we not be? Whether you like to fish, hunt, canoe, kayak, boat or go camping, Sunset Country has something for you. Enjoy!

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