Port Hope family of artists spreading creative joy on local beach during COVID-19

Lee Higginson and her two sons are creating 'a little nature beauty' for others

Port Hope artist Lee Higginson's son Sam with his creation at West Beach in Port Hope. Lee and her sons Sam and Charley, who are both young artists, hope to make as much public art as they can during the COVID-19 shutdown. (Photo courtesy of Lee Higginson)
Port Hope artist Lee Higginson's son Sam with his creation at West Beach in Port Hope. Lee and her sons Sam and Charley, who are both young artists, hope to make as much public art as they can during the COVID-19 shutdown. (Photo courtesy of Lee Higginson)

Peterborough native Lee Higginson and her children are making creative use of their time during the COVID-19 shutdown by creating public art at Port Hope’s West Beach.

The artist, who has lived with her family in Port Hope since 2010, is the owner of Fluke Craft. Both her sons, Sam and Charley, are also artists.

So, with extra time on their hands due to schools being closed, they decided this was an opportunity to get outside and spread some unexpected joy for others who may be visiting the beach.

One of Port Hope artist Lee Higginson's creations at West Beach in Port Hope. (Photo courtesy of Lee Higginson)
One of Port Hope artist Lee Higginson’s creations at West Beach in Port Hope. (Photo courtesy of Lee Higginson)
Lee Higginson described this creation  at West Beach in Port Hope as "Me, building balance in uncertain times".  (Photo courtesy of Lee Higginson)
Lee Higginson described this creation at West Beach in Port Hope as “Me, building balance in uncertain times”. (Photo courtesy of Lee Higginson)

“We hope to make as much public art as we can during these hard times,” Lee tells kawarthaNOW. “A little nature beauty for passers-by.”

A lot of Lee’s artistic work involves driftwood and rocks salvaged from the beach. In 2019, she worked on an art project called Stones of Regulation as a way to connect with her son Charley, who is diagnosed with autism.

Based on the Zones of Regulation program used in schools and therapy sessions, the series of stones painted with faces showing easy-to-identify emotions helps children communicate how they are feeling.

Lee Higginson's son Charley Jones  at West Beach in Port Hope. Charley was scheduled to have his first art show at the Capitol Theatre in Port Hope on Autism Awareness Day (April 2, 2020) but the show will be rescheduled due to the COVID-19 shutdown.  (Photo courtesy of Lee Higginson)
Lee Higginson’s son Charley Jones at West Beach in Port Hope. Charley was scheduled to have his first art show at the Capitol Theatre in Port Hope on Autism Awareness Day (April 2, 2020) but the show will be rescheduled due to the COVID-19 shutdown. (Photo courtesy of Lee Higginson)
Another one of Lee Higginson's pieces of public art at West Beach in Port Hope.  (Photo courtesy of Lee Higginson)
Another one of Lee Higginson’s pieces of public art at West Beach in Port Hope. (Photo courtesy of Lee Higginson)

Now 14 years old, Charley is an artist in his own right and was scheduled to have his first art show, at the Capitol Theatre in Port Hope on Thursday, April 2nd (Autism Awareness Day). Due to the COVID-19 shutdown, the show — with 250 people scheduled to attend — will be rescheduled to a later date when public gatherings are again allowed.

Lee — who just celebrated her birthday on Friday (March 27) — was also in the news earlier this year for her role, along with those of Rose Wilton and Courtney Sutton, in creating The Rose Project’s personal care community cupboard located behind Port Hope’s Town Hall.

For more samples of Lee’s work, visit Fluke Craft on Instagram and Facebook.

Port Hope artist Lee Higginson celebrating her birthday on March 27, 2020 by bouncing on a trampoline while wearing a designer gown that someone anonymously gifted her last year -- which is another story. (Photo courtesy of Lee Higginson)
Port Hope artist Lee Higginson celebrating her birthday on March 27, 2020 by bouncing on a trampoline while wearing a designer gown that someone anonymously gifted her last year — which is another story. (Photo courtesy of Lee Higginson)

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