Raising the Bar
This year’s Headwaters Arts Fall Festival Art Show and Sale, “Raising the Bar”, challenged artists to submit works created during this unprecedented time of solitude and isolation due to the pandemic. The exhibition showcases over 80 works of art by 45 artists and features an eclectic, deeply personal and diverse selection of subject matter and mediums including oil, watercolour, and acrylic painting; mixed media/collage/mosaic; sculpture; blown glass; ink/pencil; photography/digital print; silk/fibre art; clay/stoneware and recycled/handmade paper.
Juried by oil painter, Olaf Schneider and curated by Regan Jane Hayward, “Raising the Bar exhibition offers art works fully motivated by our artist’s contemplations and new directions spurred on by Covid 19 impacts.” says Regan, Headwaters Arts curator/Gallery Committee Chair. “This show reflects visual expressions on all kinds of different levels, mirroring the global pandemic experience we all relate too.”
As some artists expressed in their statements,“I experimented with some “pandemic paintings” which were flawed but raised the bar in terms of emotional depth”. “I am a retired physician, trained to think. Across the pandemic, I challenged myself to break free from my own rules, plans and expectations for my art. I was incredibly inspired by the struggle for hopefulness during the pandemic, shared by so many – the roller coaster of emotion that is the human journey through chaos into light.” Says, painters Anne Smythe and Nancy MacNabb respectively.
All 80 plus works will be on display inside the Headwaters Arts Gallery and throughout the Alton Mill Arts Centre including both the Falls Gallery and the Pond Gallery. All COVID-19 protocols in place. The show runs until October 3, 2021.
The Fall Festival Show is Headwaters Arts flagship, fundraising event and the show kicks off with an official opening event on Thursday, September 16, 2021 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the Alton Mill Arts Centre in Alton. Enjoy live music/entertainment, juror and student award presentations, meet the artists, buy art and enjoy local food nibbles and bar/refreshments all outdoors, undercover, beneath the magnificent tented, Annex Courtyard. Tickets are $35 each, (including HST), you receive one bar ticket, refreshments and entertainment.
See and purchase the works here
Do a walk through of the three galleries VIRTUALLY here
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Headwaters Arts exists to bring together artists and supporters to promote the development, appreciation, and enjoyment of all arts in the Hills of Headwaters Region (Caledon, Dufferin County, Orangeville & Erin)