Festival of Artful Communities: Performances and Workshops

And in the spotlight we have… Three galleries with performances and workshops

Festival of ARTFUL Communities

May 1 – 31, 2024
Pond Gallery, Alton
Melville White Church, Terra Cotta
Upper Sisnett Lobby, Georgetown

Performance art takes center stage with the spotlight on dance vignettes by Marnie Cooke Sunday, May 5 at the Pond Gallery in the Alton Mill Arts Centre. Retired teacher from the Winnipeg Royal Ballet school, Cooke’s dramatic and mesmerizing Flamenco is juxtaposed with her newly choreographed piece, a humorous and spirited nod to her second career as an artist.

Next under the lights are the Easy Street Players on Saturday, May 18, 12:30 – 2:30 pm, at the Melville White Church reading William Lottering’s In Between. Lottering, Marlene Charney, and current company take us back in time to enjoy the drama of “… four famous artists. Michelangelo and Leonardo, opponents from the Renaissance period, meet Frida Kahlo of the 20th century and Aka Nono, a fictional artist in the 21st century.” An unexpected, amusing encounter ensues with misunderstandings, amazement, insight, and eventual harmony.

Marnie’s Flamenco Dance by Rolly Astrom, circa May 2022

3rd annual FORMS, FACES & SPACES, figuratively speaking!
May 1 – 31, 2024
Helson Gallery, Georgetown
Pond Gallery, Alton Mill Arts Centre
Melville White Church, Caledon

This is the featured exhibit of the inaugural Festival of ARTFUL Communities and will hang concurrently in May at three galleries in the hills of Caledon and Halton. It is registered as part of the prestigious annual CONTACT Festival, now in its 28th year and “the largest photography event in the world!”

Exhibitions and Workshops at The Melville White Church

Known as “the HUB” of the festival and one of the galleries, this heritage building was a pioneer church built in 1837 in what is now known as Caledon.

Melville White Church, October 2021. Painting by Kayla Jackson

CAMEO Mini-Displays
May 1 – 31, 2024
Melville White Church

Three featured displays are scheduled for the Melville. The first, 2 Perspectives, can be viewed May 1 – 10, with Frank Myers and Rolly Astrom, two photographers who enjoy interacting with and photographing people. Saturday, May 4 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm, they present their different views and perspectives on their subjects’ outer environments versus their inner realities.

“I have no front door…” may be viewed May 11 – 19 with art and photography takes a social justice perspective in situations where people’s loss of privacy is a given. Kim Taylor’s compassion for “people of the street” shines through her sketches of people and their pets. Photographer Jose Maria Mancia’s lens shows the public existence of people who are wounded and hospitalized. They will present their work on Saturday, May 11 from 2:00 – 2:45 pm and look forward to meeting people.

Monday, May 20 – 31 is the Unknown Legacy: Lucy Maud Montgomery by local historian, Kathy Gastle of Norval. Gastle will present on Monday, May 20 from 12:00 – 12:30 pm. Who knew, for instance, that Montgomery was a passionate photographer and twice asked by Kodak Canada to be one of the judges in national photography contests?

Interior of Melville White Church, circa fall 2021. Image credit: Kayla Jackson

Get involved when you visit the HUB with free and ticketed workshops!

Explore your expressive side with workshops or dabble with some demos. Try FREE art journaling, writing prompts or observe the Plein Air demo. Sign up for the ticketed Gelli printing and exquisite Everlasting Flowers (Italian crepe paper) workshops, where you learn and create.

While at the Melville, take in the show, CAMEO Mini-Displays, visit Ellie’s Emporium for artisanal gifts, and immerse yourself in creativity. The Festival Schedule of Events has workshop details and QR codes.

Wednesday, May 1, 12:30 – 3:00 pm
Everlasting Flowers: Icelandic Poppies workshop and Bouquet Kit with expert instruction from Jessie Chui.

Friday, May 10, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Gelli Printmaking Workshop with Colleen Dee of Visual Arts Brampton. VAB’s president, Dee is a sculptor, practicing artist, and gifted teacher, working with many ranges of ages and abilities.

Saturday, May 11, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Chui is back just in time for you to make a special rose for Mother’s Day for your mom or other special nurturer in your life. Everlasting Flowers: Tea Roses Workshop and Bouquet Kit and that classy Italian crepe paper.

Saturday, May 11, from 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Local painter Kayla Jackson paints Plein Air (outside). You are welcome to watch the demo or come with your own materials and join the fun.

Thursday, May 23, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Try some Art Journaling with a nature theme. Teacher and watercolourist, Karin Weber, will be doing live demos and inviting people to join her.

Thursday, May 23, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Stir those memory banks with Memories to Memoirs with Connie Munson. Pencils, scribblers, and prompts supplied – you bring those moments.

Friday, May 24 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Come for a second Gelli Printmaking Workshop or make it the first one. Join Colleen Dee to create your own prints.

About the Organizers

Studio By Design is the registered business of ecmunson, who is passionate about photography, and Judy Daley and Paul Llew-Williams from the Ad Hoc Advisory Group.

Belfountain Heritage Society is the Co-Host of the festival. They manage the Melville White Church, hub of the festival and one of the three galleries.

Visual Arts Brampton is the endorsing arts organization of the annual exhibit. Their motto, Encouraging Creativity, has made them a respected and acclaimed leader in their community.

Upper Sisnett Lobby
9 Church Street, Georgetown L7G 2A3

Melville White Church
15962 Mississauga Road, Terra Cotta L7C 1W9

Pond Gallery, Alton Mill Arts Centre
1402 Queen Street West, Alton L7K 0C4

Studio By Design
Brampton, ON

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Image Descriptions:
1. Festival Banner in gradient of pinks, corals, blues, to dark lavenders with logos of supporters
2. Woman in Black ruffled Flamenco Dress and Black Hat with Red Flower, pose with one arm extended above her head and other dramatically gesturing to the ground
3. Painting of white church, warm colours of sunset, stone wall in front of church
4. Colour photograph, panoramic interior view of pioneer church, pine floors, arched windows, art displayed as a gallery