If you love being outside, walking and enjoying art, you wil love the Lapine Lap in Minden.  The Lapine Lap is a scavenger hunt for murals that are scattered around Minden featuring paintings by Andre Lapine.

The Minden Hills Cultural Centre is open year-round, Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am  to 4 pm and is the home of the largest collections of Lapine artwork. The Cultural Centre houses more than 100 of Lapine’s works. Many paintings are depictions of Minden, and there are some familiar sights of the community seen through the eyes of an artist in the early 1900s.


Tour Information

How does a little town such as Minden, Ontario, become associated with a renowned Russian-born, Canadian artist? It could be said it took an unfortunate car accident – or a kind-hearted man, who had some understanding of Canadian art. Whatever the case, join us on the Lapine Lap; a glimpse into the life and times of Andre Lapine, which spans continents, the heights of Toronto’s art society, and quiet back roads. It is full of life and friendly characters every step of the way.

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What You’ll See on the Tour

Haytime is an oil on canvas painting depicting  the Hamilton Farm along South Lake Road,  just outside of Minden. You may be wondering, how did an internationally renowned artist begin painting fields in Minden? Our story is just getting … Read more

Horses Hauling Logs is a large oil painting, and is the best known work by Andre Lapine. The image was created based on a visit to Quebec c.1930. Andre Lapine had come to Canada from Holland in 1905, shortly after marrying longtime beau Ger… Read more

The Team is aptly named, as the two horses were Joe and Moe from Billy Hamilton’s farm in Minden,  where Andre Lapine often stayed. These two horses appear in many of Lapine’s paintings. It is likely that Andre Lapine would not have se… Read more

Forest Interior is the closest example of Lapine’s use of the Impressionistic style. Lapine was known for dabbling in a variety of styles, and excelling in whatever form he attempted. Malloney’s Art Gallery in Toronto provides us with det… Read more

Mill Scene is a local image of Minden portrayed by Andre Lapine. Why was Lapine fascinated by horses? There are multiple reasons! Lapine emerged as an artist at the heigh of the Industrial Revolution. This was a time of major societal shift… Read more

Cows in Autumn is a traditional composition of a fall scene. Lapine painted a number of these exact painting, each in a different season. Many of these painting are housed in the Agnes Jamieson Gallery at the Minden Hills Cultural Centre…. Read more