More than 70 artists set sights on Centre Wellington for long May weekend




Organizers of the Elora Plein Air Festival are once again gearing up for an influx of artistic talent from across Canada and the US. The four-day festival commences on Thursday, May 16, and continues through Sunday, May 19. An exquisite Show and Sale showcasing the artists’ creations will be hosted on Sunday afternoon at the Elora Centre for the Arts.

Witness artists capturing the essence of the beauty of Elora and Fergus in town and country. You may see artists around any corner, painting in the rain, hunkered down in the gorge or capturing the drama of a night view. They love chances to paint farms and hiking trails…they will be everywhere!

A few fun activities:

A Quick Paint Competition in downtown Fergus on Saturday morning, May 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. HQ at Provost Lane, Fergus. Artists must complete a painting in 2 hours from 9-11 a.m. The event features judging and on-site sale of ‘wet work’. Headquartered in Provost Lane, it’s a great chance to take home an image of beautiful Fergus.

Free: Two simultaneous activities from 1-3 p.m. on both Saturday May 18 and Sunday, May 19; outdoors under canopies on the grounds of the Elora Centre for the Arts, 75 Melville St. Artist and teacher, Meredith Blackmore will be guiding and orchestrating the creations. All are welcome (adults and kids).

Join in a landscape-themed collective painting. Paints and brushes supplied.

Or be part of creating a Collective Paper and Nature Collage Mess! No paint– just easy cut and paste fun.

Free: Walking tour of “A.J. Casson’s Elora”, a guided tour will leave from the Elora Tourism office at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and wind through the village locales where this famous Group of Seven painter did his own plein air work in Elora.

The Elora Plein Air Festival Show and Sale – Sunday, May 19, noon to 5 p.m. The culmination of seventy+ artists painting across Centre Wellington, in town and country. A beautiful display of works of scenes around our beautiful township. Discover a piece that must come home with you.


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