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Gritt Gallery - In the Heart of Downtown Guelph

By Robert Longley

Meet Eleni Bakopoulos artist and owner of Gritt Gallery- studio and exhibition space.

Gritt Gallery is nestled in the heart of downtown Guelph and Eleni prefers it this way.  Not only does Eleni have a passion for art but she has a passion for the downtown core.  Gritt Gallery will endeavor to spark connections within the community through its various initiatives aimed at increasing visual literacy and art appreciation.  These activities will include art classes, art consultation, portfolio reviews, workshops, and exhibitions. 

Gritt Gallery offers art classes art consultation portfolio reviews workshops and exhibitions. Photo credit Eleni Bakopoulos web
Gritt Gallery, 121 Wynham St. N. Suite 203. Photo Credit Eleni Bakopoulos

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Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project Presents Treading Loudly

Guelph, ON — July 11, 2019 — Guelph Arts Council’s summer 2019 programming includes Treading Loudly, an exhibition at the Boarding House Gallery that presents a multi-media selection of artwork and musical performances by emerging artists working in and around Guelph. Opening on Friday, July 19 from 7-9 pm with a free, public reception, Treading Loudly continues until Wednesday, July 31.

Treading Loudly is a collaboration of participants in the Summer 2019 round of the Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project, which is presented by Guelph Arts Council and the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph. The collaboration has provided emerging artists, musicians, and cultural managers with valuable opportunities to work creatively with each other and established arts professionals, and to promote their work and gain experience in curation, social media, marketing/publicity, graphic design, and more. Treading Loudly is curated by Project participants. The opening reception will feature a live performance by singer-songwriter Mikalyn Hay. A talk with the artists and a musical performance by Roscoe Fiction (Peter Spring) takes place at a closing reception on Tuesday, July 30 from 7-9 pm at the Boarding House Gallery.

Emerging artists participating in the Summer 2019 round include: Anne Munroe, Brendan Irving, Cindy Dochstader, Emily Reimer, Emmali Branton, Evangeline Mann, Jayne Keefe, Katelyn Bakos, Mikalyn Hay, Paige Bromby, and Peter Spring.

Since 2017 the Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project has paired 42 emerging musicians, visual artists, and cultural managers with established-artist mentors. The project supports emerging artists in the critical transition to professional life. In each round, the emerging artists’ experience culminates in a group exhibition of their work that they plan, promote, and install with support from their mentors. GAC and SOFAM are grateful to the local visual artists, musicians, and curators who share their time and expertise as mentors. The Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project is made possible with the support of RBC Emerging Artists Project.

The Boarding House Gallery is located at 6 Dublin Street South, Guelph. Gallery hours: Tuesday to Friday, 12 - 5 pm; Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm; and Sunday and Monday, closed.

Artists interested in participating in the Fall 2019 round as emerging artists or mentors are invited to contact Patti Broughton at Guelph Arts Council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 519-836-3280. For more information about arts events in and near Guelph this summer, please visit guelpharts.ca.

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.

About University of Guelph School of Fine Art and Music:
The School of Fine Art and Music’s BA programs in Music, Studio Art and Art History, and the MFA in Studio Art and MA in Art History and Visual Culture, are renowned for their excellence and for the success of their graduates. SOFAM curricula in all areas, delivered by acclaimed faculty, are designed to combine critical thought and creative practice with crucial opportunities for experiential learning.

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Sailing Across the Atlantic Ocean Exploring uncharted waters as a new author- Sue Williams

By Jane Litchfield

Sue Williams never dreamed of being a writer. And she certainly didn’t dream of sailing across the Atlantic Ocean. So how is it possible that she is now the author of a memoir about her voyage across the Atlantic and back? Well, as you will learn if you read “Ready to Come About” (Dundurn Press), people can do remarkable things when they set their mind to it. And Sue Williams did just that.

Sue and David Williams aboard Inia during their trip web
Sue and David Williams aboard Inia during their trip across the Atlantic.

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Student Choice Initiative threatens CFRU and Guelph Community

by Lauren Taylor

In March, the Ontario government released the official guidelines for the Student Choice Initiative, a provincial mandate to give university students an opt-out option for certain “ancillary fees” – fees that fund student unions, clubs, and associations on campus. The SCI provides a document outlining which fees and services are essential and which are ancillary, and the option to opt out of fees must be presented to students before paying fees each semester. Several student groups and organizations on campus will be affected by anticipated budget cuts due to the SCI, including Guelph Arts Council member CFRU. I spoke to Vish, CFRU’s station manager, Andrea, CFRU’s marketing and outreach director, and Bruce, a CFRU volunteer, about their work with the CFRU and the impact that it has had on their lives and on the campus and community.

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Vish and Andrea at the CFRU headquarters.

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