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Art on the Street Award Recipients Announced

Guelph, ON June 25, 2019 – Saturday’s sunshine brought thousands of art lovers out to Quebec Street in Downtown Guelph for the 17th annual Art on the Street. Presented annually by Guelph Arts Council and Downtown Guelph Business Association, Art on the Street is Guelph’s largest outdoor exhibition and sale.

Art on the Street spotlights multi-disciplinary talent within the regional arts community. Each year, over 80 established and emerging artists showcase their works in temporary, open-air studios. Painters, potters, blacksmiths, jewellers, glass blowers, wood carvers, textile artists, photographers, and more are represented.

The presentation of awards is an exciting part of the day for both artists and visitors, and an opportunity to recognize exhibitors’ excellence. Ballots for the People’s Choice Award are distributed, collected, and counted by volunteer Art Angels, and a trio of judges, all arts professionals, make the rounds throughout the day to make choices for the Best in Show, Honorable Mention, Best Booth, and Emerging Artist awards.

Guelph Arts Council and Downtown Guelph Business Association congratulate this year’s award winners:

People’s Choice AwardDawn Anderson Vaughan. Dawn loves to capture life’s moments in pastel and paint.

Best in ShowGina Duque. Gina’s mixed media work explores biological systems and their hidden structures.

Honorable MentionAnnette Kraft van Ermel. Annette’s work layers oil paint, wax, and charcoal, and celebrates the beauty in the familiar.

Best BoothNicole Gagnon Wooden Designs. Nicole hand-selects wood for her modern, eco-conscious wooden jewellery and accessories.

Emerging Artist - Beyond Relief Designs. Artist Brendan Lancaster pulls relief prints from hand-cut lino blocks.

Art on the Street is a true celebration of all things creative in downtown Guelph. A few highlights of this year’s event included:

Artists interested in applying to Art on the Street 2020 should contact Guelph Arts Council in January, sign up for Arts Blast e-news at guelpharts.ca, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter for event updates.

About Guelph Arts Council:
For over forty years, Guelph Arts Council has been dedicated to supporting, stimulating and promoting arts and culture in Guelph. Guelph Arts Council is funded in part by The Guelph Community Foundation and City of Guelph. We also acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

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Inviting you to the 17th Annual Art on the Street

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Guelph, ON, June 13th, 2019 - Returning for its 17th year, Art on the Street organizers are pleased to invite you to the Saturday, June 22nd show. Guelph’s leading art fair will showcase an array of original work and exciting projects from nearly 100 established and emerging artists.

Starting at 10am, visitors can walk this open-air art gallery in the beautiful and historic setting of Quebec Street. Ceramics, jewellery, acrylic paintings, photography, textiles and much more will be on display, accompanied by the artists who made them.

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GAC Workshop: Social Media Q&A with Tim Campbell

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No more lectures, no more talking at participants: join Relation Media’s Tim Campbell at 6 pm on June 13 at 10C Shared Space. He’ll open the floor for 2 hours for the community to bring any questions on social media and digital marketing. All questions are sacred: whatever you’re curious about or struggling with is fair game. Bring your questions, or an open mind to hear what others have to ask - and we’ll learn together.

GAC Member Price: $15, Regular ticket price: $20. Registrations are now open on Eventbrite.

Vickie Martin- A Guelph “Visionary” Artist

By Mike Baker

“Stunning!” is the word that came to mind the first time I viewed the works of Guelph artist Vickie Martin.

Vickie grew up in Oakville when it was considered a small town and everyone knew each other, not unlike Guelph at the time. That’s one of the reasons Vickie and her husband David decided to settle here.She did her undergraduate degree in computer science and in her 4th year won the Mark A. Levy Award for outstanding excellence in that field. Vickie was encouraged to do her graduate work at the University of Toronto and eventually received her Masters in Computer Science specializing in database design and file structures. She went on to teach computer science at Seneca College, Sheridan College, and York University.

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Vickie Martin in her studio. Photo credit: Mike Baker

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