Canada's Landscape as Inspiration

Canada’s vast and beautiful landscape is revered highly around the world, hence the 18,000,000 people (in 2015) who came to visit and explore our country, according to Statistics Canada. From the East to the West coast the vistas are truly breathtaking. Artists of all genres get their core inspiration from our rugged country. Their interpretations can result in anything from high realism to abstract art. Artfest has many exhibiting artists who passionately embrace the Canadian landscape as their muse.

Edina Racz from White Lotus Design makes stunning silver jewellery inspired our natural settings. Hiking through forests, viewing shapes in cloud formations and looking at river patterns as it carved its way through rock and sand – all these influences shaped and inspired her unique jewellery designs.

Watercolourist Dave Gordon was privileged, as are many Canadians, to grow up exploring the outdoors. Dave felt a strong attraction to nature, particularly to fields, ponds and woodlots near his parents’ home. His travels introduced him to the wonders of nature and a sense of being at peace in the countryside.  At the time, Dave did not understand the attraction, but the feeling ultimately led him to landscape painting.  Rural scenes are still his calling, focusing on nature scenes, farm houses and barns. His paintings capture the essence of light reflected on our beautiful landscapes.

You can’t really talk about landscape without considering traditional barns. Though once a staple in our daily lives, alas, they are becoming very difficult to find – especially in good repair. Artist Matt Jones (along with his siblings) grew up on a small heritage farm in Saint George, Ontario, working with both livestock and in the family apple orchard. Years later, after moving to Burford, Ontario and raising a family of his own, one of the family barns collapsed in the ice storms of 2015. Matt started experimenting with the barn wood, creating and designing coat racks and eventually barn board flags for gifts.

After inquiries from neighbours and some encouragement from his daughters, Matt started M. Jones Creations in November of 2015. He is passionate about reviving old materials in a way that enhances the character and preserves the history of the wood.

The first step is removing the hundreds of square nails found in each board. The wood is then scrubbed and sanitized before being finished into barn board flags, coatracks, and some specialized furniture. Each piece is hand-painted with proper barn paint before being sealed with a polyurethane spray. All wall-mounted pieces come ready-to-hang as Matt hand-makes and installs wire hooks on the flags and sheldon hangers on the larger pieces. The result is a rustic piece of history, perfect for a cottage, backyard or den.

Check out the slideshow below of some of Artfest Kingston's Artists/Artisans - representing Canadian landscape!  

Posted on June 29, 2017 and filed under Wall Art, Other.

Paint a Picnic Table at Artfest Kingston!

Artfest families will once again have the chance to participate in our picnic table project.  This event was such a hit last year that we're bringing it back - Bigger and Better!

Twenty large picnic tables will be ready to act as our canvases for the weekend.  Stop by for a few minutes to see artists painting tables in all different genres - or spend the afternoon participating and painting with your family and friends.  Each table will feature a different theme based on the places and things we explore and discover.  For example, hidden treasure, coral reef, new planets, a pirate map, the secret garden and more!  

You can bid on your table in the silent auction with the proceeds going to support Artfest Kids and Family Arts Education Inc. non-profit.

Get ready to create at Artfest Kingston!  We have a lot of fun programming scheduled!  See you at the show!  


Posted on June 29, 2017 .

Imagine Canada - Explore our Future!

Artfest Kingston is just around the corner so get ready for our biggest Artest art and craft show to date!  With record numbers last year, we are expecting yet another successful year with the collaboration of Canada's 150th birthday.

Join us for Three Days of Art, Craft, Gourmet Food & Live Music!

The festival theme this year is Imagine Canada: Explore our Future. All of the planned activities are hands-on and participatory for all ages. The Imagine Canada project celebrates diversity and explores who we are today as Strong, Proud and Free Canadians and asks participants to imagine and express who we might be as Canadians in the future.

The results of this project will create NEW original works of art, music, poetry, theatre performance, dance, and the world’s largest Word Art chalkboard mural.  There's something for everyone at Artfest Kingston.


Professional artists will guide the participants to Imagine Canada: Explore our Future and facilitate each creative discipline. The wide variety of activities will help build and unite a stronger regional community, create memorable experiences and leave lasting legacies of newly created art for future Canadian generations to enjoy.  Live poetry readings will take place all weekend long, a singer/songwriter stage will host musicians while Artfest music leader invites families to contribute to an on-site, song writing workshop.  The final song will be performed on Monday!  

To see who's performing on the main stage this year, click here

And that's not all...but you'll have to come out to the show to really experience the whole effect!  

Summer Art & Craft Festival

Artfest Kingston ~ July 1 - July 3, 2017

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

*Craft Beer & Wine Tent

*New First Nations Artist Pavilion



Lemon Balm Lane Body Care Available at Artfest Kingston

Lemon Balm Lane would like to start expanding to other provinces starting with Ontario so they are looking forward to marketing themselves at our upcoming Artfest Kingston show. Located in Fredericton, New Brunswick, their products are unique because they infuse herbs into the oils to receive their natural benefits.

To date, they have not found any other company who actually does this type of infusion. Most will just use essential oils; however, Lemon Balm Lane takes it that one step farther. With a mandate is to help alleviate skin and/or pain issues with natural products, Lemon Balm Lane in exclusive which differentiates them from many other companies. Plus, their products are made in Canada supporting our local Canadian economy.  Celebrate Canada 150 with Lemon Balm Lane this Canada Day long weekend at Artfest Kingston.

Their body care products smell good enough to eat and they offer a selection of oils, soaps, chap stick balms, body care products, teas and more! 

We specialize in helping people as naturally as possible with skin care issues and also body pain & migraine issues.
— Sandra Deveau

Lemon Balm Lane's Philosophy

How they started...

Lemon Balm Lane’s products were originally developed to help family and friends with their various skin problems. These problems ranged from allergies to psoriasis to cold sores. They wanted to create all the items as naturally as possible using vegetable oils and herbs (No animal by-products or testing). Even using many of the herbs grown in their own organic gardens.

After months of research and different courses taught by professionals, the resulting products were amazing and very successful! So much so, that many people began asking if it was possible to buy them for their family and friends. So now they are available to you.


Posted on June 6, 2017 and filed under Body Care.

Soulstack to perform at Artfest Kingston!

Soulstack live at Artfest Kingston!

Soulstack has been presenting stellar performances at Canada’s largest blues/roots-centric music festivals, including Montreal Jazz, Calabogie, Mont Tremblant, Kitchener Blues, as well as a recent trip to Holland for an appearance at Moulin Blues. 

Soulstack has released 3 full length studio CD's [ 'Big Red' 2012, 'Five Finger Discount' 2013 and self-titled 'Soulstack' 2015, and in 2017 will release a live acoustic video performance on Bluray & CD [ 'Live and Acoustic' from 2016 ], plus an Electric 'LIVE CUTS' release in March 2017. These releases are constantly busting up the North American Roots and Blues Charts and Airways.

Soulstack's acclaimed stage performances keep the crowds fully entertained with a their modern roots music in nouveau-retro-style, inspired by sweaty sounds and throbbing rhythms, all performed with deep intensity, wild conviction, greasy organ, sweet tremolo-soaked guitar, and heartbreaking harmonies.

Visit Soulstack's website ~

About our Artfest Kingston Music Programming:

The Artfest music program continues to be a big draw for visitors to the festival. Each year, we look for exciting musical talent to perform on the stage bringing together both local and touring bands. The Artfest Live Music creates an atmosphere that entices people to stay at the event all day long. Visitors can tour the artists and artisans exhibit booths, then take a break, listen to some tunes and have refreshments at our new Craft Beer & Wine tent located right by the stage and food  area. The festival theme for Artfest 2017 is Imagine Canada: Explore our Future. Come and join us for three days of awesome tunes: Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The 2017 Artfest Kingston Music Stage Schedule:

Saturday July 1st
11am- 1:30pm- Melody Fair
2pm-6pm Trilogy

Sunday July 2nd
11am-12pm Melody Fair
12:30pm-2pm Erika Lamon
2:30pm-6pm Thorn & Roses

Monday July 3rd
11am-12pm TBD
12pm-1:30pm Melody Fair
2pm-6pm Soul Stack

Posted on June 6, 2017 and filed under Artfest Music.

Artfest Kids get ready to CREATE!

Free Art Activities Schedule for Artfest Kids Kingston ~ All Ages, Drop in

Artfest has fun, creative and educational events planned for – well, you all know the expression – “Kids of All Ages.”

Families, get ready. Drop in anytime to a range of activities during this year’s three-day Artfest show taking place July 1, 2 and 3rd. Join in our quest to Imagine Canada: Explore our Future.

Children’s Tree Art Mosaic

Children at Artfest will work on a collaborative project led by artists Heather Kushum Sheady, Sabrina Parish and Karen Peperkorn. Kids will illustrate individual 4x4 inch art tiles that express their ideas about Imagine Canada. The art tiles will be assembled onto an onsite graphic art installation of 8ft 3-D trees depicting a forest and a healthy future Canada. They will also create props and a river with fish, waterbirds and boats.

80 ft Word Art Chalk Board Mural

* Sponsored by Art Noise
Arthur II, the renowned Mural Artist from Ottawa, will guide visitors to make their Celebrate Canada 150th Word Art marks on the 80ft long x 8ft high surface using brightly-coloured chalks. Visitors will choose one word depicting the future of Canada using decorative word art. Drawings will express what visitors imagine for the future of Canada. On day three, Arthur will add his own large scale word imagery taking inspiration from the content created during the first two days. He will then showcase his own creativity based on the chalk board verbiage that the visitors have left for his creative interpretation.

Drumming Workshop & Performance

A diverse group of drumming styles, including South American and First Nations performers, will be presented all three days of the festival. Hosted by the Kingston Drum Circle, the public is invited to join in and try out a wide variety of drumming techniques. Yessica Rivera Belsham will work with drummers to fashion a NEW drumming rhythm sequence that reflects our festival theme - Imagine Canada: Explore our Future.


A NEW original choreographed Canadian Footsteps dance piece depicting the diversity of dance cultures across Canada will be created and performed by the Kingston School of Dance in both modern and ballet styles. Visitors will be invited to join in. This dance debut will be performed on Saturday afternoon by the ‘all ages’ dance troupe and participating visitors.

Face Painting

Get your best face on at the Kingston School of Arts face-painting tent! Get artistic with self-designed butterflies, super heroes, crocodiles, Canadian critters and more. Donations most gratefully accepted.


Posted on June 6, 2017 and filed under Artfest Kids.

Toast to Canada 150 at Artfest Kingston 2017!

Last year, Artfest introduced a new Craft Beer and Wine social centre. This year, we are excited to announce that we have forged a partnership with the four Rotary Clubs of Kingston who will operate what is commonly known to everyone at summer events as ‘the beer tent’. This is a definite Win-Win situation. Artfest and its fans benefit from the Rotary Clubs’ expertise in operating social functions (with alcohol) and the combined Rotary Club raises money for all its wonderful community services.

The beer tent will be located right beside the live Music Stage and the aromatic food area (Just follow your nose!). There will be seating both within the tent as well as outside. We will offer great local craft beer and wine. Our suppliers are still being finalized so you will have to come to the show to find out who they will be. But we guarantee... your taste buds will be pleased. Join us for a cold libation on a hot summer’s days.

Come and raise a glass - or two - to toast Canada’s sesquicentennial. Just another reason that you can’t miss Arfest Kingston 2017!

Fantasy Clay Characters crafted from Nature!

Kismet Clay Designs crafts magical characters from nature showcased at Artfest Kingston, 2017.

 Photo: Write Way Photography

Photo: Write Way Photography

 Photo: Write Way Photography

Photo: Write Way Photography

Fantasy Sculpture Artisan, Jayne Ayre, shares her thoughts:
"I am a mixed media artist who loves to sculpt fantasy characters and creatures out of clay. I have fun embellishing them with things I find in nature like shells, moss, acorns, pine cones, pebbles or whatever I feel the character needs to bring them to life.
I also make medieval goblets which have crystals or semi-precious stones embedded in the clay. All of my work comes with a story about the character or goblet as well as care instructions. I have sold my work in Hamilton, Burlington, Toronto, Pickering, Kingston, and Ottawa."

Phone Kismet Designs at 613-547-4031
Address: 1783 Unity Road Glenburnie Ontario K0H 1S0
Kismet Clay Facebook
Kismet Clay Designs ~ Exhibiting at Artfest Kingston from July 1st - 4th - 10am - 6pm, daily at beautiful City Park.



Posted on June 6, 2017 and filed under Sculpture.

Mineral Inspirations from Luce Gilbert Jewellery

Trained as a landscape architect and now a jeweller, Luce Gilbert has created jewellery for more than 20 years. Nature and, particularly, the wonderful mineral world inspire her designs.

She studied the art of jewellery-making (silversmith and lapidary work) with renowned Navajo silversmiths from New-Mexico and Arizona at the Idyllwild School of Arts and Music in California, Luce's collections harmonize semi-precious stones; local, but rare, natural stones from Quebec and the rest of Canada; natural freshwater and culture pearls; sterling silver and metal filigree. This year, Luce is incorporating Pearl and Canadian Stone into her fineJewellery collection.

Whether they are of traditional or contemporary inspiration, her jewellery distinguishes itself by its elegant simplicity and classical style. The natural elegance of her jewellery allows for countless combinations and juxtapositions in order to affirm a personalized style for any occasion. Handmade in Quebec and proud Canadian product, Luce Gilbert jewellery is exhibited in Montreal, throughout Quebec and Canada, as well as France.

Posted on June 5, 2017 and filed under Jewellery.

Aqua to perform at First Nations Pavillion at Artfest Kingston!

Métis woman of Ojibwe decent and cultural activist and singer, Nibii Waawaaskone, will be performing at Artfest Kingston this Canada Day long weekend.  Come celebrate Canada 150 at the First Nations Pavillion and enjoy listening to Agua Music performed by drummer and songwriter also known as Nibii Waawaaskone (Water Flower).

Aqua crafts music reflecting her deep respect for Indigenous traditions, and determination to thrive as an artist, Métis woman of Ojibwe decent and cultural activist in a contemporary context

Visit Aqua's website - and see you at the show! 

Aqua is an artist who is devoted to the integrity of her work and truly believes what Métis leader Louis Riel once said, “My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back.”

Aqua is as committed to her individual expression and evolution as she is to giving back and sharing with others. Nibii Waawaaskone works to empower youth and women, is a longstanding facilitator of community drum circles, a partner with several Indigenous organizations, regularly collaborates with likeminded artists, and facilitates cultural workshops across Ontario.


Posted on June 5, 2017 and filed under Artfest Music.

Live Poetry Readings & Book Sales at Artfest Kingston

Poets @ Artfest III- live readings and book sales all weekend

Artfest Kingston is planning year three of Poets @ Artfest. In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, Poets @ Artfest are publishing a themed anthology of 100 poems. Bruce Kaufman is again leading the project. We asked poets to contemplate and express their ideas and thoughts about Imagine Canada: Our Future.

The book will be launched at this year’s ‘Poets @ Artfest III’, July 1st through July 3rd. Details about readings from the anthology will be included in the full reading event notice later this spring.

The book will be available to purchase at Artfest Kingston.  See you at the show! 

Visual Artist Celebrates Canada 150 with a themed Collection!

Andrew Stelmack is a Canadian Abstract Visual Artist who will be featuring his new line of Canadian themed paintings at our upcoming Artfest Kingston show celebrating Canada 150

As a visual artist, I like to use bold and conflicting colours, shapes and textures as I explore an obsession of finding “the calm within chaos”.
— Andrew Stelmack
Posted on June 5, 2017 and filed under Paintings.

Glass Artist at Artfest Kingston!

Tobias Moriarty founded his glass art business, Moriarty Glass, just five years ago. Having originally studied and worked in ceramics, Tobias found his true passion in glass blowing seeking to create high quality, hand-made and original blown glass art.  He is dedicated to working with this material and mastering his skills as a glass blower.

Tobias is an emerging glass artist currently working and residing in Burlington/Hamilton, Ontario. Focusing primarily on utilitarian products and house hold decorative art pieces, his works make excellent gifts for all occasions. Focusing primarily on utilitarian products and house hold decorative art pieces his works make excellent gifts for all occasions. New product lines and designs will coming soon!

Moriarty Glass Art will be available for purchase at the upcoming Artfest Kingston show.  And should you miss that one, you'll find his glass art at the Distillery District, this Sept. at Artfest Toronto

Contact Tobias Moriarty

2113 Cleaver Ave - Burlington 

Phone: +1.9056168554


Website: Tobias Moriarty Glass Art.


Fine Art Painter & Jewellery Artist - exhibiting at Artfest Kingston!

Vicki Sharp combines many artistic talents to create her works of art which include both paintings and wearable bead art.  Most recently, she has been working with metals to create her own unique designs.  This Canada Day long weekend, Vicki will be exhibiting her jewellery collection at Artfest Kingston. She carefully crafts her jewellery using the following techniques: Off-Loom Bead Weaving, Forged and Etched & Patina Metals

Off-Loom Bead Weaving|Weaving, Forged|Etched & Patina Metals

Off-loom bead weaving uses beading needles & thread to weave beads together.  Very different from simple stringing, bead weaving uses a vocabulary of stitches to ‘sew’ the beads together.  Often more than one stitch is used in Vicki's jewellery pieces.  

Vicki expanded her fine jewellery collection to include her own hand made sterling silver clasps and she has introduced new pieces made up of combining different metals such as brass, copper & sterling silver.  Vicki etches the metals and then adds different colour patinas. She then adds the small components which are often forged (hammered) and textured.  She uses ‘cold-joins’ to combine and layer the different metals together.

Artist Biography:

Vicki completed her Honours Fine Arts Degree from York University (1980) and completed 3 scholarship sessions at The Banff School of Fine Arts. She also holds a Bachelor of Education degree from The University of Toronto.  Growing up in Toronto, she moved to Muskoka in 1991 and then in 2014 she moved to Prince Edward County where she works from her home-based studio near Picton which overlooks lush rolling farmland.

Price Points (Jewellery): $45 - $350

Visit her website - Vicki Sharp

Posted on May 29, 2017 and filed under Jewellery.

Celebrate Canada 150 at Artfest Kingston!

Artfest Kingston, Summer Art & Craft Festival

Canada 150 - 1867 - 2017

This year, Canadian's are celebrating Canada's 150th birthday! Why not celebrate it with Artfest Kingston!  Join in on the excitement with FREE programming that includes art and craft workshops, a poetry tent, craft beer tent, music, face painting, great food and much more. Located at City Park, where there's also a splash area for the kids, Artfest Kingston is the place to be this Canada Day!

Artfest Kingston will exhibit over 150 booths with fine art and craft items from across Canada for you, your family, and friends to choose from.  Our artists and artisans are selected during a jury process so you will find the most unique, one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork at our show.

NEW this year is the First Nations Artist Pavillion.  You will definitely want to drop over to view First Nations art and craft masterpieces!  Our First Nations Pavilion will showcase a group of professional Indigenous artists, who will also serve in a mentoring role for a selection of Indigenous youth artists (age 18-30). Additionally, we will feature First Nations cultural programming that will include storytelling, traditional craft demonstrations and workshops, dance performance, singing, poetry and drumming.

There's something for everyone at Artfest Kingston!  We encourage you to bring out the family and celebrate Canada 150 with Artfest.  Supporting our Canadian artists and artisans this Canada Day is the perfect way to appreciate, give honour and respect our country and, the talented residents that live within it!

When - July 1 - July 3, 2017 ~ Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6pm and Monday 10am-6pm ~ Artists and Artisans from across Ontario and Quebec are in Kingston for THREE days starting Saturday Canada Day, Sunday 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! 

* Craft Beer & Wine Tent on site! 


Book a Hotel here.

Artfest Kingston - FREE admission.

See who's exhibiting at Artfest Kingston - Artfest Kingston Exhibitors

View our slideshow of some Canadian themed art and craft pieces and programming below! 

Posted on May 29, 2017 and filed under Other.

Children's Art Workshops, Art based Activities at Artfest Port Credit

At Artfest, introducing children to the arts is one of our mandates and we have seen that creative kids become our innovative future leaders.

As your family strolls through Memorial Park in Port Credit you will notice many interesting things that the artists have created. Take advantage of opportunities to talk to artists and artisans from far and wide and learn about the methods they use for creating their art. There are amazing things to discover! We hope you’ll come and experience Artfest Kids fun!

May 26-28 ~ Port Credit

Artfest Kids Port Credit Activities:

Friday Mixed Media Tree collage! 4pm-9pm

What's your favourite kind of tree? Use cut or torn paper, beads, string and found objects to create beautiful multi dimensional tree collages.

Saturday Animal Portraits 10am-6pm

Artists will be using water paints over collaged, upcycled, old books and printed newspapers to create highly textured portraits of their favourite Canadian animals.

Sunday Wire Bird Sculptures 10am-5pm

Sunday's art project will highlight the beautiful simplicity that can be found in wire line sculptures. Artists will start by creating a line drawing of a bird and then use simple tools to translate their images to wire sculptures with tree branch bases!


Posted on May 24, 2017 and filed under Artfest Kids.

Home Decor featured at Artfest Port Credit

Home is where the heart is and that's why Artfest Port Credit is showcasing such a unique selection of one-of-a-kind art pieces to decorate your home just how you like. Artfest Port Credit is featuring many talented artists this weekend and we are excited to offer such a vast collection of simply amazing home decor pieces!  You'll find many beautifully crafted items to choose from for your home and you will be amazed at the talent in these magnificent art and craft masterpieces!

Decorating your home with hand crafted art pieces will make your house stand out from the rest.  And possibly...start a conversation.  At Artfest, we have many exhibitors featuring their home decor artwork.  Bring home a conversational piece this weekend from Artfest Port Credit and make your home 'magazine' style.  

Check out the slideshow below to view some of our home decor pieces offered this year at Artfest Port Credit:

Located in beautiful Memorial Park in the picturesque downtown of Port Credit. There is something for everyone at Artfest!

FREE admission.

Posted on May 24, 2017 .

Hot Air Balloon Rides at Artfest Port Credit!

On Artfest Port Credit opening night, we are pleased to offer FREE hot air balloon rides at Port Credit Memorial Park!  Join in on the fun and get up in the air!  The view is spectacular and the experience is worth it all!  

When: This Friday, May 26th, from 6pm - 8pm ONLY!  

Where: Memorial Park Artfest Port Credit

Proudly presented by Remax sales representative, Teresa Pamatat - donations will be accepted for local art programming. 

Remax Sales Representative, Teresa Pamatat
RE/MAX Realty Enterprises Inc., Brokerage
Office:  905-278-3500
Cell:  416-728-7653(SOLD)

Posted on May 24, 2017 .

Artfest to showcase spectacular glass art by: Tobias Moriarty!

Tobias Moriarty began working with glass five years ago when he founded his glass art business, Moriarty Glass. Having originally studied and worked in ceramics, Tobias found his true passion in glass blowing. Seeking to create high quality, hand-made and original blown glass art, he is dedicated to working with this material and mastering his skills as a glass blower.


Tobias is an emerging glass artist currently working and residing in Burlington/Hamilton Ontario. Focusing primarily on utilitarian products and house hold decorative art pieces, his works make excellent gifts for all occasions. New product lines and designs will coming soon so check in often ~ Moriarty Glass. Focusing primarily on utilitarian products and house hold decorative art pieces his works make excellent gifts for all occasions. New product lines and designs will coming soon!

Moriarty Glass Art will be available for purchase at the upcoming Artfest Port Credit show.  And should you miss that one, you'll find his glass art at the Distillery District, this Sept. at Artfest Toronto! 

Contact Tobias Moriarty

2113 Cleaver Ave - Burlington 

Phone: +1.9056168554


Posted on May 24, 2017 and filed under Glass.