On the Road to Kingston- Artfest, for the love of art and craft.

Pam Burbidge,
Artfest Ontario

Ok folks are you following along? We have soared into Toronto with an amazing Distillery show, kept going the next weekend and flew into Port Credit and knocked some socks off with our quality artist and artisans. Now comes our big one… yup…  Get ready Kingston because here we come.  This is our flag ship show. Our Artist and Artisans will be seen hauling in from across the highways and bi-ways to converge on Kingston’s City Park this Canada Day Weekend. We have some from as far away as British Columbia, as near as Kingston herself, Northern Ontario, Quebec, Cape Breton and the GTA..

We are honoured to have the return of our First Nations and the beautiful art, culture, story telling, singing and traditional crafts. The Gikinoo'amaadiwag Project, led my Jay Redbird, offers indigenous artists a way to share their work and mentor young artists in the creation and exhibition of their work. Gikinoo'amaadiwag means “to teach each other”. Finding that perfect piece of art or craft from one or more of Our First Nations Artist is truly something special.

You will be welcomed at the park entrances by our friendly Greeters, given a program and map. Make a quick donation, (help keep Artfest Kingston free ), and don’t forget to enter the contest for $25 Artfest Dollars (hourly draw), and voila... you are now wondering down the pathways of Artfest Kingston, City Park.

There are two hundred artists waiting for you to visit. Plenty of art activities for children and families. Food venders...mmmmm ... Ice cream.....Ice cold Beer in the beer tent, gourmet food venders. Music all day, and oh the amazing treasures handcrafted by our Artist and Artisans.

Where can this art adventure be found next? Hold on, we are heading back to the Toronto Distillery for our Fine artist show in September. Then well, follow the Christmas trail to yes, Kingston. This will be our first annual Christmas show. Come shop and enjoy the excitement of picking out that perfect gift for your friend, family or my favourite person to shop for, yourself.

Artfest Ontario, for the love of art and craft. A feast of colour for your eyes, a spark for igniting your imagination and bringing creativity to your soul.
 

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Posted on June 27, 2018 and filed under Paintings.

Food @ Artfest Kingston: to die for

We are excited to announce three days of ART, MUSIC, FUN and delectable gourmet FOOD at Artfest Kingston, 2018!

At Artfest, good food is a must. We support local food artisans that use only the freshest ingredients and that is why we get so excited about the food available at Artfest. This year at the Artfest food court you'll find a wide variety of gourmet food 'to die for'.  Located at City Park this Canada Day long weekend, Artfest food is the perfect compliment to a fun-filled, creatively explosive art and craft festival! Tantalize your taste buds while you visit 200+ Canadian artists and artisan exhibitors along our shady paths and accessible walkways!  There's something for everyone at Artfest Kingston!

This year at Artfest Kingston we introduce a fine selection of home-made delights to choose from. Our gourmet food court is open daily and offers everything from gelato, freshly baked strudels, gourmet wraps, pizza and burgers to tropical smoothies and delectable desserts!  Your tummy will thank you so we welcome everyone to sample your favourite dishes at Artfest, from June 30th to July 2nd!

Open 10am-6pm, daily. City Park. King St East & West St, Kingston (City Park). 

Artfest Kingston Gourmet Food Vendors:

Knifey Spooney

Paradiso Pizza

Bubba's Pizza

Glocca Morra Grill

Mio Gelato

Juicy Kik

The Wandering Bean

The Studel Lady

Artfest Kingston visitors absolutely love food!  And, that is why we have gathered a delightful group of gourmet food artisans to showcase their food. As you stroll through the art exhibits this Canada Day long weekend, you will be enticed to sample, and likely purchase, many delicious treats!  See you at the show!  

When: June 30th - to July 2nd

Where: City Park, Kingston, ON

Posted on June 26, 2018 and filed under Gourmet Food, Food Vendor.

Kingston Circus Arts performing at Artfest Kingston 2018

Kingston Circus Arts at Artfest Kingston, 2018

Book a lesson with Kingston Circus Arts and watch various performances and demos this Canada Day long weekend at Artfest Kingston!  There's something for everyone at Artfest! 

Kingston Circus Arts will be performing from 10am - 6pm on June 30th and July 1, in City Park (Kingston, Ontario). Offering aerial silks, hooping, poi, partner acrobatics and more! 15-30 minute lessons for individuals and groups. 

Aerial silks lessons: $20 for 15 minutes (up to two people)
$30 for $30 minutes (up to two people)

Hooping or poi: $10 for 15 minutes or rent a hoop/poi and do your own thing for $5. 

Partner Acro Classes (all people and ages are welcome!) on June 30 from 11:30-12 and 3:30-4. $15 or $20 for two people. 

All proceeds go to start up costs for Kingston Circus Arts new space, 1377 Midland Ave, unit 460.

Visit - http://www.kingstoncircusarts.com - Circus for everyone. 

Artfest Kingston Summer Art & Craft Festival - June 30 - July 2, 2018

Saturday-10am-6pm,

Sunday-10am-6pm

Monday-10am-6pm

* Craft Beer & Wine Tent *First Nations Art Pavilion * ArtPix Children's LED Video Wall * 200 Artists * 100ft Mural * Live Music * Food Trucks

Posted on June 25, 2018 and filed under Other.

Carmichael Meats available at Artfest Kingston 2018!

Are you ready to sample some Amish style smoked meats, sizzling summer sausage, tasty pepperettes and the best local jerky around?  Then visit Carmichael Meats booth at Artfest Kingston 2018 this Canada Day long weekend!  

LIKE them on Facebook @ Camichael Meats and support our local Canadian food artisans.  

Artfest Kingston 2018

Summer Art & Craft Festival - June 30 - July 2, 2018

Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6pm and Monday 10am-6pm

* Craft Beer & Wine Tent *First Nations Art Pavilion * ArtPix Children's LED Video Wall * 200 Artists * 100ft Mural * Live Music * Food Trucks

Artfest Kingston located in beautiful City Park. 200 Artists and Artisans from across Ontario and Quebec are in Kingston for THREE days starting Saturday, Sunday Canada Day and Monday. Walk the shady paths throughout the park. Enjoy outstanding pottery, glass, wood, jewellery, gourmet food, live music, art workshops and live outdoor theatre. poetry and more! Plan your weekend!  Come to Artfest!

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FREE admission. Donations appreciated.

 Info & Directions . Twitter • Facebook  .  See Who's Exhibiting

 

Artfest Kingston Music: Monday - July 2

Monday, July 2nd

Rob Carnegie Band 12:00pm-2:00pm

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Rob is back in town visiting from Nashville for the weekend. Artfest welcomes Rob back to perform with local musician Gary Trainer and friends.

Full Circle 2:30pm to 6pm

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This Canada Day long weekend at Artfest Kingston 2018, put on your dancing shoes and sing along with Full Circle. Their terrific harmonies and cool take on upbeat songs will have you saying “I love this song," and put a smile on your face.

NEW to Artfest, we welcome this group and invite you to soak up their cool tunes and warm vibes - you'll be sure to have a groovin' time!  The band will be performing Monday, July 2nd from 2:30 to 6pm on the main stage at the Food and Beer Tent.   

About the Band Members:

David Wipper (guitars, mandolin)

David has a solid background in recording and concert performance. You can hear his distinctive style on the Grammy Award winning hit song Black Velvet, and many others. Recording highlights include: Alannah Myles (platinum), Amanda Marshall (platinum), Dan Hill (Platinum), Rita Coolidge, Lulu, Marc Jordan, Robert Priest, country artist Sarah Smith, Voice, Strings & Melody Fair.

Sherri Jackson (vocals, rhythm guitar)

Sherri has performed solo and with various groups as lead and harmony vocals and rhythm guitar over the past 30 years. Most recently she headed String Theory and The Ecclectix, and developed a loyal following in the Georgian Bay area. She is the founder and director of an independent elementary school focused on music and the arts.

Hazel Wipper (vocals, percussion)

Haze began singing in folk festivals with Jesse, placing second in an Ontario-wide contest. She and David gained public acclaim in Toronto with The Decades. Hazel is also the vocalist for VoiceStrings and Melody Fair.

Glenn Hoag (bass)

Glenn has played bass with many groups over the years, from jazz to pop, classic rock and blues. Most recently, he worked with acclaimed bands String Theory and The Ecclectix. Glenn brings a solid groove to Full Circle's classic hit list.

 

Posted on June 19, 2018 and filed under Artfest Music.

First Nations Art Pavilion returns to Artfest Kingston!

Artfest Kingston wanted to make a significant addition to its arts programming. We decided that it would be most fitting to celebrate the art and culture of our First Nations. This promises to be just the beginning of a feature that will grow and evolve (each year) and we welcome First Nations artists and artisans to join our team and exhibit their one of a kind artwork at our Artfest Kingston show. 


From a grain of sand to a great mountain, all is sacred.
— Peter Blue Cloud (1935-) Mohawk Writer

Artfest Kingston is an opportunity for both adult and youth First Nations artists to travel to Kingston, stay for four nights, exhibit their art for three days (to a large audience) and to create mentoring opportunities. Artists have been selected and invited to come based on their artistic potential and their desire to learn more about art and the world of art exhibitions outside traditional venues. The overall goal is to create a model that can be replicated at other festivals across Canada. 

Our First Nations Pavilion showcases a group of professional Indigenous artists. The artists will also serve in a mentoring role for Indigenous youth artists.  It is a wonderful opportunity for artists to share their knowledge, culture and stories as well as the deep meanings of their artwork. Additionally, we will feature First Nations cultural programming that will include storytelling, traditional craft demonstrations and workshops, dance performance, drumming and more.  

The Future of Art - includes a prominent piece of Canada: First Nations people. Supporting our First Nations and re-conciliating with the past looks to a brighter future.  The Gikinoo'amaadiwag Project (meaning to teach each other) offers indigenous artists a way to share their work and to mentor young artists in creation and exhibition of their work. We are excited to work collaboratively with First Nations artists!  At Artfest, we celebrate Canadian art and craft, creativity in children, theatre performance, good food and drink and so much more. See you at the show, from June 30th to July 2nd at City Park, Kingston, ON.

Facts:

There are 134 First Nations in the province of Ontario and 634 recognized First Nations in Canada. The Mohawks are members of the 6 Nations. Data from the National Household Survey (NHS) show that 1,400,685 people had an Aboriginal identity in 2011, representing 4.3% of the total Canadian population. The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte in the Tyendinega Mohawk Territory are the closest to Kingston with just over 8,000 members.

About Artfest Kingston

Located in beautiful City Park, Kingston. 200 Artists and Artisans from across Ontario and Quebec are in Kingston for THREE days starting Saturday, Sunday Canada Day and Monday. Walk the shady paths throughout the park. Enjoy outstanding pottery, glass, wood, jewellery, gourmet food, live music, art workshops and live outdoor theatre. poetry and more! Plan your weekend!  Come to Artfest!

Summer Art & Craft Festival - June 30 - July 2, 2018

Saturday-10am-6pm,

Sunday-10am-6pm

Monday-10am-6pm

* Craft Beer & Wine Tent *First Nations Art Pavilion * ArtPix Children's LED Video Wall * 200 Artists * 100ft Mural * Live Music * Food Trucks

Posted on June 19, 2018 .

On Stage Sunday @ Artfest Kingston 2018

Canada Day Sunday July 1st

Julia Finnegan 11am-11:30am

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Julia Finnegan's heartfelt original music is influenced by legends such as Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell.  She garners inspiration from the works of Amy Winehouse, Sarah Harmer,  and  Brandi Carlile, to name a few.  Although influenced by these great musicians Julia's sound is unique. Her heartfelt lyrics are poignant, clever, and thoughtful.

Billy Lyte 11:45-am-12:45

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Billy Lyte is an acoustic guitar player from Collingwood, ON who is influenced by the best folk and country music of yesterday and today.  Lyte’s set list aims to appeal to many, playing songs that are fun and memorable.  Lyte’s captivating combination of blues harmonica with rockabilly guitar moves works to provide non-stop entertainment.

The Meringes 1:00pm- 2:00pm

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The Meringues (Kingston, ON) are known for their high energy and often catastrophic stage-performances. Sometimes crowd members can't tell if Ted and Amanda are a fighting couple who's completely lost it on stage, or if it's just part of the show. Drawing influence from bands like July Talk, Dear Rouge, and the Beaches, The Meringues are always working on bringing new and exciting visual aspects to their performances.

On-stage, their antics and energy win over audiences immediately. In studio, they strive to capture the raw emotion and chaos displayed in their live-shows.

Trilogy 2pm-6pm

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From Funk to Romance! Having collectively shared the stage with great bands like the The Guess Who, The Tragically Hip, April Wine and many more, Artfest is excited to announce that the versatile band, Trilogy, will be performing this Canada Day long weekend at our Artfest Kingston show. It has become one of the most sought after shows throughout Ontario. Audiences everywhere are loving Trilogy’s inclusion of a full set of number one hits from the 70’s & 80’s,  straight from The Great Canadian Songbook.

These three well respected, multi-talented, top music industry professionals blend their talents to faithfully and accurately reproduce the sound of the artists they pay homage to. From James Brown’s funk, to the heart tugging Angel Eyes by Jeff Healey, Trilogy has an unfaltering professionalism so be sure to check them out at the show.

Posted on June 19, 2018 and filed under Other, Artfest Music.

Celebrate Music at Artfest 2018

Artfest Kingston kicks off the show with live music all weekend long.  Join us on Saturday, June 30, 2018, with a father and son duo performance of Euphonium duets by Al and Alex Hearn from 11am-11:20am.

Saturday Artfest Kingston Music Schedule:

Sapph Decaf - 11:30am-12:15pm

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SAPPH DECAF is a new musical duo that's been charming Kingston, Ontario with their retro acoustic vibe and light-hearted banter since June 2017. Catch their two-part harmonies at Artfest Kingston.

Meringes - 12:30pm-1:30pm

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The Meringues (Kingston, ON) are known for their high energy and often catastrophic stage-performances. Sometimes crowd members can't tell if Ted and Amanda are a fighting couple who's completely lost it on stage, or if it's just part of the show. Drawing influence from bands like July Talk, Dear Rouge, and the Beaches, The Meringues are always working on bringing new and exciting visual aspects to their performances.

On-stage, their antics and energy win over audiences immediately. In studio, they strive to capture the raw emotion and chaos displayed in their live-shows.

Reflections - 2:00pm-6pm

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The Reflections band is a newly formed group of like-minded, spirited individuals - performing Rock Country Hits. The members are experienced and love to perform not only rock country, but a high energy selection of rock and roll, classic rock, and select country music, just for YOU!! Band Members: Dave, Andre, Denis, Sam, Chris

 

 

Posted on June 19, 2018 and filed under Artfest Music.

Radio Partners Help Promote Artfest Kingston!

Our BIG radio ads for Artfest Kingston are about to launch all over Eastern Ontario. Thank you to Fresh Radio 104.1, the BIG96.3 and the Queens radio station CFRC! Great job on the ads! You help us get the word out about Artfest Kingston on CANADA DAY WEEKEND! June 30-July 2. Three days of ART, MUSIC, FUN and hopefully SUN! Open 10am-6pm daily. City Park. King St East & West St, Kingston.

 
Posted on June 19, 2018 .

Friendly Artfest Kingston Faces

At Artfest Kingston we have way too much fun!  So this year, you will want to 'hop on the band wagon' and join in while we celebrate our beautiful country, Canada, and all that it has to offer including Canadian art and craft.  Art and craft is a big part of Canada and Canadian's and we couldn't be more proud of our spectacular artisans and artists exhibiting at Artfest Kingston, 2018 - we want to share some highlights of happy times and friendly Artfest Kingston faces!

Browse through some of our Artfest Kingston photos below and see for yourself the fun we have!!  

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Artfest Kingston 2018

Summer Art & Craft Festival

June 30 - July 2, 2018

Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6pm and Monday 10am-6pm

* Craft Beer & Wine Tent *First Nations Art Pavilion * ArtPix Children's LED Video Wall * 200 Artists * 100ft Mural * Live Music * Food Trucks

Located in beautiful City Park, Kingston. 200 Artists and Artisans from across Ontario and Quebec are in Kingston for THREE days starting Saturday, Sunday Canada Day and Monday. Walk the shady paths throughout the park. Enjoy outstanding pottery, glass, wood, jewellery, gourmet food, live music, art workshops and live outdoor theatre. poetry and more! Plan your weekend!  Come to Artfest!

CITY PARK MAP

Book Hotel.

FREE admission. Donations appreciated.

 Info & Directions . Twitter • Facebook  .  See Who's Exhibiting

Posted on June 18, 2018 and filed under Other.

Artfest Kingston - The Future of Art

For the 7th consecutive year, Artfest Ontario presents Artfest Kingston - The Future of Art. This is one of Kingston’s largest art shows - a grand spectacle fit only for Canada Day weekend. What better way to celebrate Canada than by experiencing and discovering one of the few things that connects each Canadian to another: Art.

This year's Artfest Kingston show opens on Saturday July 30th with all sorts of exciting events taking place, 200+ vendors, and spectacles to entertain the entire family! There's something for everyone at Artfest!

June 30th-July 2nd

  • 200 Art Vendors
  • Live Music
  • Beer & Cider Tent
  • FREE art classes
  • Live Poetry Readings
  • Dancing & Drumming 
  • First Nations Artists Pavilion
  • Artfest Kids Painting and Fun
  • Splash Park 

With all these activities in one of Ontario’s oldest cities, there’s no reason not to come to Kingston and celebrate Canada Day with your good friends, favourite artists and live music to accompany all the fun. Discover Ontario’s talented artists and artisans, make memories with your family, and purchase something truly unique to commemorate Canada Day, 2018.

Artfest Kingston is our biggest and best event. Being only a few short weeks away, we cannot wait to celebrate with you! We bring together some of Ontario’s most talented artists and artisans and provide you with a unique experience to discover what it means to be a Canadian artist. 

View just a few of our talented artists and artisans work in the slideshow below:

With the event being hosted in Kingston’s beautiful City Park, Artfest isn’t the only reason to visit Kingston for Canada Day weekend. With wonderful places to dine, shop, be entertained, and stay for the weekend, Kingston is a truly inspiring place to spend a long weekend. Artfest Kingston- The Future of Art will be the icing on the cake for making the most of a perfect weekend away on Canada Day weekend.

Posted on June 11, 2018 and filed under Other.

Artfest Kingston ~ only two weeks away!

 Shadowland Theatre group at Artfest Kingston - 2014

Shadowland Theatre group at Artfest Kingston - 2014

 Artfest Kids Flower Sculpture at Artfest Port Credit 2015!

Artfest Kids Flower Sculpture at Artfest Port Credit 2015!

As we celebrate Canada's annual anniversary on Canada Day, we are also celebrating Artfest Kingston. Artfest Kingston has become one of Kingston's premier summer events.

Located in the beautiful City Park, Artfest 2018 will showcase over 200 of Canada's top artists and artisans.  Shop for true Canadian hand-made arts and crafts for your home, cottage or as gifts. Choose from a wide selection of pottery, glass art, wood crafts, games, furniture, jewellery, paintings, photography, children's clothing and more!

Artfest Kingston is located at the corner of King Street East and West Street, a few blocks from City Hall and just a hop, skip and jump from Lake Ontario.  Artfest is the perfect setting with its expansive space and meandering paths.

Of course there will be spectacular food, live music and FREE art workshops for everyone! As well, at Artfest Kingston, we are showcasing a First Nations Tent dedicated to featuring Native art and craft, and performance. Admission is FREE to our shows.  From June 30th to July 2nd, join us for three days of fun!  Artfest Kingston presents a well-organized and value-packed experience for every visitor.  See you at the show!

Check out some of our admirable Artest Kingston exhibitors (and show photos) and their one-of-a-kind artwork in the following photos (Just a sneak peak!).



Posted on June 11, 2018 and filed under Other.

Kingston is a 'festive' place to be!

Head down to Kingston and feel the good vibes while crowds flock the streets, various fun events take place and bands perform along the waterfront.

What an amazing city to be in and especially during Artfest Kingston!  Last year's show was a record breaker and we are so happy to see that everyone had such a fabulous time.  We want to thank visitKingston.ca and Tourism Kingston for their ongoing partnership with Artfest Ontario. Without you, Artfest would not happen.  

visitKingston.ca has a motto that is true to their words: 'Always a great time' in Kingston!  And we couldn't thank them enough for getting the word out about Artfest Kingston.  Your continued support helped Artfest in writing one for the history books with record attendance last year!

Kudos to you all!!   We had visitors from all across the globe last year. 

Experience the magic of Kingston is in the whisper of sails and the roar of the crashing waves. It is in the sound of a cannon from high on a hill, and the rumble of a trolley crossing cobblestone streets. It is in the colour of unique storefronts and the pace of world-class institutions of learning. It is the heartbeat of history merging with the sophistication of the future that ranks it one of Canada’s most outstanding cities.
— Tourism Kingston

Thanks again, visitKingston.ca and Tourism Kingston for making this art and crafts event happen!  Located in the beautiful and spacious City Park, Artfest 2015 featured 150 of Canada's top artists and artisans!  Thank you to those who came out and supported true Canadian hand-made art and crafts!

Kingston holds the key to rest and relaxation. Whether you’ve spent your days exploring our celebrated past or marveling at our forays into the future, rest assured, we have a unique and plentiful selection of places for you to lay your head at the end of a busy day.
— Tourism Kingston
Posted on June 11, 2018 and filed under Other.

A call for Volunteers at Artfest Kingston!

Artfest Kingston is offering volunteer opportunities for those like minded art type individuals who love fun, arts and crafts, rockin' music, gourmet food and much more!

So, how do you 'hop on the band wagon' and join our Artfest Team? The answer is simple...... Volunteer!

Volunteering at Artfest Kingston is a rewarding experience. There are many opportunities to meet new people, socialize, show off your skills, learn new ones and contribute back to your community. Plus, it is just plain old fashioned fun. Create great memories with us and over 200 + exhibitors at Artfest Kingston this Canada Day long weekend in the picturesque City Park.

How do I become a Volunteer? 

Just complete the volunteer form below and we will be in touch. Any questions? Call Lory MacDonald at 705-812-2914.  We would LOVE to hear from you! 

Artfest Ontario Volunteer Form.  

Posted on June 11, 2018 and filed under Other.

Leather Artisan showcasing at Artfest Kingston

Leather Artisan, Ron Tidrow, has been exhibiting his hand-made, leather bags and accessories at our Artfest Ontario shows since our inception. All of his bags are fabric lined and available in two sizes of various colours.

For nearly 35 years Ron has designed hundreds of unique items in leather. His work has included everyday items for people, special projects for industry, media, television, and commissions. However, most of his craft history has pertained to the participation in town festivals and the largest craft shows in Canada such as Artfest Kingston.

Ron has carefully designed various types of bags and purses to suit each and every need. Please feel free to read his detailed descriptions below of his leather bags and belt types.

1) STROLL; Backpack style. Collection of 3. Front pocket of soft cowhide & edge zipper opening with 2 sliders. Decorative edge-stitching.  Interior divider, 2 pockets. 12” x 9” x 3.5”  $150-$175.

2) LOOP; Black with White Applique Decorative Loop, Wide; 9” wide x 6.5” high. Narrow; 5.5”Wide x 7.5” tall.  $50-$55.

3) FLAP; RED cowhide body with cutout decoration showing soft black leather. Zipper opening with interior divider, 3 pockets. 11”x7”x4”  $130-$140.

4) SHOPPER; Red with black handles, stiff cowhide with interior divider and 4 interior pockets. Decorative edge stitching. Large 16”x12”x5”  $160-$225.

5) ANGLE: Brown: Stiff cowhide leather with folded cutout closing strap. Interior divider, 3 pockets. Sm. 10.5” x 8” x 4”, Lg. 12”x10”x4.5”  $140-$185.

6) BELTS; Thick cowhide belts in 3 different widths.  (1”, 11/4”, 11/2”) and 3 colours. Hand cut with beveled edges and interchangeable buckles. $25-$35.

Ron's Words:

"Leather is a fascinating material that impresses the senses of touch and scent. 

The creative process begins by choosing my leather directly.  A wide variety of thin to thick hides are necessary to provide strength, comfort and flexibility in each design.

The chosen products are made almost exclusively with cowhide, and textures of other leathers are often used as decorative accents.  All the bags are lined with a durable fabric and in the final assembly process they are double stitched.  

My style includes asymmetrical design, negative cutouts, applique, lamination,  and multiple combinations of contrasting colours.

While making useful, practical bags and belts, my focus emphasizes attention to artistic detail along with relevant decorative design, stitching, and trim to complete each piece.  

As an artisan, it is crucial for me to evolve from experience and advance the quality of my work."

Ron Tidrow, Arrowsmith Leather

Visit Arrowsmith Leather - here

Artfest Kingston 2018 ~ Summer Art & Craft Festival

June 30 - July 2, 2018

Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6pm and Monday 10am-6pm

Located in beautiful City Park, Kingston. 200 Artists and Artisans from across Ontario and Quebec are in Kingston for THREE days starting Saturday, Sunday-Canada Day and Monday. Walk the shady paths throughout the park. Enjoy outstanding pottery, glass, wood, jewellery, gourmet food, live music, art workshops and live outdoor theatre. poetry and more!

Plan your weekend!  Come to Artfest!

Posted on June 11, 2018 and filed under Leather Art.

Artfest Port Credit a success!

Artest Port Credit launched the summer this past weekend on the picturesque Credit River.


 Credit River, Port Credit - Artfest Ontario 

Credit River, Port Credit - Artfest Ontario 

This year's Artfest Port Credit show was a hit and, the weather co-operated for us enthusiastic art and craft connoisseurs!  We want to thank everyone that visited the show and also welcome and thank all of our Artfest art and craft exhibitors who exhibited their one-of-a-kind handcrafted treasures.  Onward to the next Artfest show in Kingston this Canada Day long-weekend!   

Artfest Port Credit celebrated over 100 of Canada's top artists and artisans beside the Credit River in Memorial Park! Offering functional pottery, glass art, one-of-a-kind jewellery, paintings, woodcraft, gourmet foods, live music, children's art classes and much more, Artfest was definitely the place to be! 

The gourmet food selection this year ranged from delectable home-made butter tarts, tantalizing hot sauces, roasted and flavoured GMO free soya beans to beet burgers, beaver tails, tropical drinks in the fruit and organic ice-cream and jams, and monster sandwiches on thick, homemade bread.  The food was amazing, to say the least.  

Music at Artfest is always an extra added feature that sets the scene and keeps people rockin', boppin' and enjoying their time.  This year's line up was perfect.  Friday evening, Matt King opened the stage with songs on guitar and vocals presenting a wide music genre of popular tunes.  Sat - Andy Griffiths took the stage playing his energetic and passionate rootsy folkin' rock music - In Betwe3n rocked the stage with music from the 60s and 70s, classic rock and a selection of newer alternative rock Sat evening.  

The final day at Artfest Port Credit was filled with Latin music in the air, sunshine and crowds of happy people.  The Farrucas Latin Duo presented a Latin performance that set the scene - the dynamic duo experimented with the diversity of Latin sounds with flutes, chimes and hand drums - painting an exotic musical portrait for the Artfest show.

Our next Artfest show is on Canada Day long weekend in Kingston.  This show is our biggest offering 200+ exhibits of Canadian made art and craft.  

Posted on May 29, 2018 and filed under Other.

Artfest Port Credit is back this weekend!

Artfest Port Credit launches the summer this upcoming weekend celebrating over 100 of Canada's top artists and artisans! Offering functional pottery, glass art, one-of-a-kind jewellery, paintings, woodcraft, gourmet foods, live music, children's art classes and much more, Artfest Port Credit is definitely the place to be! 

Artfest Port Credit features fine Canadian art painters from a variety of mediums and styles. Our selection of painters underwent a juried process and you'll be awed at the talent our Artfest Port Credit painters exhibit.  Check out some of our painters' work below:

Artfest Port Credit

When: May 25-27, 2018

Artfest Schedule: Friday 4pm-8:30pm, Saturday 10am-8:30pm, Sunday 11am-5pm

FREE children's art classes all weekend long! 

Where: Located in beautiful Memorial Park in the picturesque downtown of Port Credit.  Need directions?  Click here.  

There is something for everyone at Artfest!
— Lory MacDonald, Artfest Ontario Show Producer

FREE admission. 

View more of our talented exhibitors below and see you all at the show!  Not to worry if you miss out on this weekends Artfest event, there are two more following: one in Kingston (Canada Day long weekend) and one in the fall at the Distillery District!  So stay tuned!

http://www.artfestontario.com/kingston/

http://www.artfestontario.com/toronto/

 

Posted on May 24, 2018 and filed under Paintings.

Artfest Spring Shows are Here! “Tis the season to be jolly.”

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It certainly seems that way with the launching of Artfest Ontario’s 2018 season. We started this jolly year off with Artfest Toronto at the Distillery on the Victoria Day Weekend and are now moving onto Artfest Port Credit this coming weekend May 25-27. Then we roll into Kingston for our flagship show, Artfest Kingston on Canada Day weekend. Next, enjoy your summer Saturdays strolling among our Artisans at the Portsmouth Art Market in Aberdeen Park, Kingston. Head back to Toronto at the Distillery where you can enjoy our Fine Artists end of summer show on Labour Day weekend. Then wrap it all up with our newest Christmas show in Kingston on December 6-9. Oh the joy of it all!

This is our fourth year for Artfest Port Credit. We are a growing festival offering something new each year. Enjoy the sneak preview of the NEW ArtPix Children's Digital Art Gallery Wall and Panthea the singing Diva Stilt Walker. Come out and say “hello” to your favourite artist or craft artist from past years. Peek in on our new exhibitors and discover what is new in their creative products lines. Find that special item you just can’t live without. Nothing beats that feeling of purchasing a handmade item from its creator.  Artists love discussing their art process, techniques and inspiration. That is what makes each one of us so unique.

Artfest Port Credit is the place to bring your children for inspirational art projects. The smiles that beam from our children’s art tent while these little minds expand and little hands create are contagious.  They love the sense of accomplishment; big artists start as little artists.

Join us this weekend May 25-27 for Artfest in beautiful Port Credit. We are dedicated to promoting our fantastic Canadian Talent, and bringing the fun and beauty of art to all: families, children, adults or seniors.
It’s all in the name “Artfest”, a festival full of truly talented Canadian Artisans.
Contributed by Pam Burbidge
Artfest Ontario

 

Posted on May 18, 2018 .

Unique Painting Styles at Artfest Toronto

We have an astonishing selection of Canadian artists and painters at all of our Artfest Ontario shows.  Their works incorporate many genres and are breathtakingly beautiful - to say the least!  We invite you at come out to our Artfest Toronto show this May 19th to 21st 2018 and see for yourself!

Artfest Toronto runs from 11-6pm, daily for Victoria Day long weekend at the Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto.  Our jury selection is a difficult task for our Artfest shows as we have many talented Canadian painters to choose from.  So... our final selection features top Canadian fine art painters from across Canada.

Looking for a new painting for your home?  There is something for everyone at Artfest Toronto!   The collection of fine art painters is vast so you are sure to find that perfect art-piece to hang on your wall and gravitate with your home decor.  From Canadian landscape paintings to abstract expressionism, pop art, and surrealism, wander the cobble stone streets and bring home an original art piece ~ YOU deserve it!  

Artfest Toronto at the Distillery

Artfest Toronto hosts 2 outdoor art and craft shows. Celebrating painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music and more from Canada’s top artists. Set throughout the cobblestone lanes of the Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto. FREE admission

When: May 19-21, 2018 (Victoria Day Weekend)

Date: 11am to 6pm, daily 

Artfest Kids: free art workshops all weekend!

For more information, contact Lory MacDonald (Show Producer):

2 Townley Street, Nottawa, ON L0M 1P0

Phone Lory - 705-293-2787

Email Lory - artfestontario@gmail.com

 

 

Posted on May 8, 2018 and filed under Paintings, Wall Art.

Artfest Toronto's Pottery & Sculpture Artisans

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Lory MacDonald's (Artfest Show Producer) Confession:

I have a confession to make. I am a pottery fanatic, and have been for many years. My home is filled with beautiful pieces I have collected in a variety of styles, over my 35 years as a craft show attendee. Having also exhibited in hundreds of shows as an artist, I’m fortunate to have traded for much of my eclectic mix of art pieces. The colour blue is one of my favourites, as it matches my kitchen; I have to admit though, I own every colour in the rainbow. After all these years, my addiction is still alive and well. And, now that I am a craft show organizer, I get to peruse the work of all of the pottery artists.

I am particularly attracted to bowls and mugs…and small little dishes, and plates of course, because they’re so functional as well being beautiful, so I truly use and enjoy them. Which brings me to the real story here, which is the wonderful selection available at Artfest Toronto at the Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto this Victoria Day long weekend!  

Check out some of our pottery and ceramic artisans exhibiting at Artfest Toronto below:

Artfest Toronto at the Distillery

Artfest Toronto hosts 2 outdoor art and craft shows. Celebrating painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music and more from Canada’s top artists. Set throughout the cobblestone lanes of the Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto. FREE admission

Spring Art & Craft Show

May 19-21, 2018 (Victoria Day Weekend)

11am to 6pm, daily 

Artfest Kids: free art workshops all weekend

Posted on May 8, 2018 and filed under Sculpture, Pottery.