Making May Momentous & Memorable

from dance to music, play readings and more,
you’ll find it all when you ‘Head to the Hills’
in Caledon and Halton

May 1 – May 31, 2024
See full schedule here

The 3rd annual FORMS, FACES & SPACES, figuratively speaking! show opens May 1 at three satellite sites of the prestigious CONTACT Festival. Hanging concurrently at three galleries located in the hills of Caledon and Halton, 60 photographers and artists from across Canada had 80 pieces of work chosen.

Kicking it off in high gear, two of the galleries have opening receptions the first weekend in May: Saturday afternoon, May 4 at the Pond Gallery at Alton Mill Arts Centre in Alton and Sunday afternoon at the Upper Sisnett Lobby in the Halton Hills Cultural Centre in Georgetown. Events at these venues and the Melville White Church throughout the month.

See below for additional highlights of the opening weekend.

Marnie Cooke: Flamenco Dance by Rolly Astrom circa May 2022

FORMS, FACES & SPACES, figuratively speaking!
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 4, 1:00 – 4:30 pm
The Pond Gallery, Alton Mills Centre

The Pond Gallery at the Alton Mill Arts Centre will be a happening place all weekend with the Spring Open House. The Pond’s Reception is Saturday, May 4, with artists in attendance. On Sunday afternoon in the Pond, you can enjoy Marnie Cooke showcasing a new dance vignette followed from 3 – 5 pm by the cool urban vibe of Paul Llew-Williams’ Jazz Trio.

FORMS, FACES & SPACES, figuratively speaking!
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 5, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Upper Sisnett Lobby, Halton Hills Cultural Centre

The Reception at the Upper Sisnett Lobby of the Halton Hills Cultural Centre includes a variety of timed activities noted below:

  • Free Sketching Tours led by Visual Arts Brampton in the historic district of Downtown Georgetown meeting at 12:15 pm at the STUDIO, lower level of the Halton Hills Cultural Centre, returning 2:30 pm.
  • Opening Remarks and light refreshments in the STUDIO at 1 – 1:40 pm.
  • Presentation by photographer Monique Campbell from 1:45 – 2:45 pm in STUDIO.
  • Exhibit and music – Upper Sisnett Lobby and Helson Gallery on the second floor with music by Jazz Guitarists Duo, Alan Shoesmith and Ian Chamberlain, from 3 – 5 pm. A class act polished by life and their years of performance together; their groove is good and a perfect complement to the eclectic mix of photography and other fine art hanging in this 3rd annual show.

Festival of ARTFUL Communities Upcoming Programming & Events

Everlasting Flowers, Jessie Chui

The Festival of ARTFUL Communities May programming also includes an a la carte menu of ticketed workshops that are being run out of the Melville White Church which includes a gallery and is the Festival of ARTFUL Communities hub.

Everlasting Flowers
Wednesday, May 1 & Saturday, May 11

Create beautiful flowers from Italian crepe paper; make one flower in the workshop and take home a kit to finish the bouquet. Jessie Chui’s creations are breathtaking and such a perfect gift to make for those special people in your life – like all those moms! She is doing two workshops, both just before Mother’s Day! Create Icelandic Poppies on May 1 and a Hybrid Tea Rose Collage on May 11.

Plein Air
Date TBA

Kayla Jackson will offer an experience not to be missed! Chase the light is a phrase used by photographers which also describes what Plein Air artists do. The wonders of the natural world as revealed by the alchemy of nature’s paintbrush: light. More details to come later in May as it warms up.

Brampton Folk Club – Open MIC with Glen McFarlane
Fridays: May 3, 10, 17, 24 from 7:30 – 9:30 pm
St. Paul’s Anglican Church

Everyone is welcome to attend and/or participate. Any acoustic based style of music is welcome. For more information:

CAMEO Mini-Displays
Month of May
Melville White Church

Free activities at the Melville White Church include a rotating series of CAMEO Mini-Displays. 2 Perspectives by Rolly Astrom and Frank Myers use very different approaches to explore the human condition. This will hang from May 1 – 10. Other CAMEO features are by Kim Taylor and Jose Marie Mancia, artist and photographer with work in the 3rd annual show.

Kathy Gastle of Norval will be installing a display about Lucy Maud Montgomery as part of the 150th celebration of her birth. Montgomery and her family lived in Norval at the Presbyterian Manse for several years, where she practiced another passion of hers, photography, and darkroom work. Introduction to display Monday, May 20 at noon.

In Between
Saturday, May 18, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Melville White Church

The May long weekend is a great time to do a staycation and Head to the Hills of Caledon and Halton! Start Saturday, May 18th off with a touch of class and sass – what might some of history’s greatest artists say to each other if you caught them … In Between. Join William Lottering and Marlene Charney in the early afternoon for a reading of his play.

William Lottering, playwright, and Marlene Charney are Easy Street Players and hold many incarnations betwixt them, most recently as arts and drama educators and previously as actors, directors, writers, and media communicators.

Heather Bambrick Trio
Sunday, May 19, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
John Elliott Theatre, Georgetown
Tickets Here | $30.00 adult, $25.00 student/adult 65+

Heather Bambrick Trio includes three musical powerhouses on the Canadian Jazz scene with founder Heather Bambrick, pianist Stu Harrison, and bassist Ross MacIntyre.

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

St. Paul’s Anglican Church
14 Adamson Street S., Norval L0P 1K0

Studio By Design
Brampton, ON

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Image descriptions:
1. Woman in Black Hat with Red Flower, Dance Pose
2. Collage of Paper Flowers with their “maker”
3. Black & White Collage of Musicians