Tag Archive: Elora Centre for the Arts

  1. THE AIR CONDITIONED NIGHTMARE – An exhibition by Tim Murton

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    Could it be that we’ve been conditioned to live unnatural lives? Like boiled frogs? Welcome to the dark side of Tim Murton’s brain.

    ‘The Air Conditioned Nightmare’ is a social commentary using satire and dark humour, often from a place of human disconnection and isolation, to shine a black light on the underbelly of our corporate world.

    The exhibition launches on Thursday October 10th with an opening reception at 7pm in the Minarovich Gallery at the Elora Centre for the Arts, in partnership with local tavern The Porch Light. The exhibition will run during Monster Month and continue until November 17th. Admission is free.

    Tim Murton is also well known for creating the Twilight Zoo in Elora as part of the annual Monster Month events in Elora and Fergus. His “creatures” are still alive and well and are installed throughout downtown Elora for the month of October.

  2. Black Sheep Festival of Contemporary Art

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    Spotted any Black Sheep around Elora lately?

    The Elora Centre for the Arts is bringing a new festival to the village July 7th. Black Sheep Festival of Contemporary Textile Art will feature a curated marketplace highlighting the works of professional textile artists, makers and producers as well as weekend workshops, demonstration tents, a Honky-Tonk community breakfast and live Old-Time music.

    The Community Breakfast starts at 9AM. Festival marketplace opens at 10AM. Admission $8

    Community and art in a village that isn’t sheepish about their love of both!  See you there.

     

  3. Elora en Plein Air

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    Calling all artists! Pack up your easels, brushes and paints and then look out across the beautiful, picturesque scenery around Wellington County to find your inspiration.
    From the rivers to the limestone cliffs, to the expanse of agricultural horizons, or the thick woods and natural trails, there is no place like this. Explore the towns of Elora and Fergus with their unique cultural vibes and historic architecture, connected through time by the flowing Grand River. Beauty is in the eye of the artist.  Share your canvas, and our view.
    The Elora en Plein Air Festival – Grand River Painting Festival is an annual event and art competition, established in 2016 by the Elora Arts Council.
    You’ll find the details here: Elora en Plein Air
  4. Elora Fergus Studio Tour

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    Meet the makers.

     

    The 2018 Elora Fergus Studio Tour is September 22-23 and September 29-30.

    It’s one thing to appreciate art; it’s another thing altogether to  see where the creative process begins, where the art is made and meet the artist in person.

    The Elora Fergus Studio Tour is two weekends of inspired discovery. A total of 36 artists working in various mediums open the doors to their creative spaces just to welcome you in.  It’s a wonderful way to tour our communities, from the historical downtowns to the rural routes that surround us. Take a free, self-guided tour and follow the map. The journey is up to you!

     

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    The best place to begin the Fergus Elora Studio Tour is at the Elora Centre for the Arts. Here you will find:

    • The Fergus Elora Studio Tour Exhibit, featuring individual art pieces from participating artists
    • Free Fergus Elora Studio Tour Maps with easy to follow directions
    • Friendly people who can answer questions about the tour and the towns
    • Tours of the Elora Centre for the Arts, one of Elora’s cherished heritage buildings
    • Public washrooms
    • Free Parking

     

     

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    The beautiful thing about this tour is the many ways you can experience it. Walk. Ride. Drive. Carpool with your friends. Come in a pack. Go it alone.

    In Elora, we suggest you park at the Elora Centre for the Arts and put your walking shoes on. You can tour many of the studios by foot easily from this location.

    NOTE: Current road construction between Colborne Street & Mill Street West have closed that portion of the route to vehicles, but access is still available on foot. Don’t let the construction stop you for exploring the artists in this neighbourhood.

    Cyclists will enjoy the ride to and from Elora and Fergus, allowing a great adventure with many artist’s sites accessible by bike. Connect between the towns via the Elora Cataract Trail

    Drive the route and enjoy free parking wherever you turn. This is the best way to experience the rural studios and the edge-of-town sites you don’t want to miss.

    Watch for the purple and steel sandwich board signs along the routes to clearly identify studio locations. 

     

     

    The best way to enjoy the Fergus Elora Studio Tour

     

    • Keep an open mind. Art is about exploration.  artists whose work is unfamiliar to you. Check out mediums that are new to you.
    • Ask great questions. There are no wrong questions. These artists are welcoming you to their creative spaces. They want to talk about their art and teach people about the process. Ask away!
    • This may sound funny, but wear shoes you can kick off and put on easily. Just in case.
    • Be sure to check out downtown Fergus and Elora and make a day of it!
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