It's Earth Day - Celebrate by supporting your Local Artists!!

Celebrating Earth day since 1990! 

Celebrate Earth Day, everyday!!

Canadians have been proudly celebrating Earth Day since 1990.  Be an environmental steward by doing your part to protect our precious Earth this Earth Day and everyday!

Artfest Ontario supports sustainable practises during our Artfest shows in the Kingston, Toronto and Mississauga municipalities by offering refillable water stations where you bring your own containers to fill up and recycling stations set-up throughout the park.  We are proud to recycle at all of our Artfest shows.

During our art workshops, we supply 90% of materials from up-cycled, recycled and reused materials.  Our art murals are repainted every-year!  

As well, many of our artists follow green practises.  We carefully choose our artists by ensuring they are local (from Canada) and hand-craft their one-of-a-kind products. Some of our artists create pieces that started their life as something else.

Leather Garage has one of the most innovative products you will ever see. How many people even know there is such a thing as a decommissioned fire hose….but Robin Loewen, based in Jordan Ontario, discovered them and reworks the textile into fabulous belts!  

 Recommissioned fire hose belts!  Basket Case has developed a technique that transforms a combination of recycled and new materials into fabric pottery. Using rope which is wrapped in colourful fabrics, then coiled and stitched, Ruth Houtby creates a variety of bowls, baskets and mats. “I am a life time sewer and I have a great love of colour and fabric. I started making these bowls etc. and it just took off! It is such an organic experience. I never know exactly what the finished project is going to look like."

Recommissioned fire hose belts!

Basket Case has developed a technique that transforms a combination of recycled and new materials into fabric pottery. Using rope which is wrapped in colourful fabrics, then coiled and stitched, Ruth Houtby creates a variety of bowls, baskets and mats. “I am a life time sewer and I have a great love of colour and fabric. I started making these bowls etc. and it just took off! It is such an organic experience. I never know exactly what the finished project is going to look like."

RAW eco-jewellery: Inspired by ethnic cultures, nomadic lifestyles and intrinsic values!

Devaki MacDonald of Raw Eco Jewellery re-purposes relics from our industrial heritage and blends them with artifacts of the natural world into gorgeous wearable art. RAW is a traveling curio shop of handmade bohemian style jewellery.  A blend of non-precious, elemental metals and dedicated craftsmanship form the backbone of the RAW aesthetic. Hand cut, pierced, twisted, cold forged and soldered metal are coaxed into incredibly detailed feature pieces.

A rescuer of fine fabrics of the past, Carnival of Kitsch is busy creating stylish accessories including hand bags as seen in the image below:

Carnival of Kitsch rescues fine fabrics of the past and refashions them into stylish, practical accessories, for the present. From concept through design, Kathryn Smythe creates each piece from repurposed vintage (1940’s-1970’s) curtains, upholstery, cushion covers, tablecloths and other forgotten fabrics of everyday life. 

Support the Earth, environment and your local artists for a better economy and a healthier life-style!  Please join us at our shows and see our amazing selection of Green artists!