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Royal City Gems - An Artist's Tribute to Guelph

By Jane Litchfield

Like many Guelphites, artist Barbara Salsberg Mathews caught the Guelph bug when she attended university here, and now she’s back. Salsberg Mathews enjoys capturing the story and mood in local landscapes using acrylics and mixed media and has recently turned her eye to Guelph icons such as the Petrie Building and the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate. You can check out her work at Silence in October. We asked her a few questions so you could get to know her better. (We’re also grateful to have her as a Guelph Arts Council board and committee member.)

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Petrie Building and Cutten-Kelly Block. Acrylic, 2019. Barbara Salsberg Mathews

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New Guelph-Based Canadian Literary Press Launches First Season

By Jeremy Luke Hill

The city of Guelph now has its very own literary publisher. Gordon Hill Press, launched by Jeremy Luke Hill (publisher) and Shane Neilson (editor), is a feisty upstart publisher of exemplary poetry, literary fiction, creative non-fiction, and criticism. It strives to include a wide diversity of writers and writing, particularly writers living with disability. Its inaugural season, to be launched in September 2019, includes three beautifully written titles.

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Youth-Led Arts Initiative by Queer Youth Arts – GAC’s 2018 Youth Opportunities Award Recipients

Art has the power to create opportunities and spaces for underrepresented voices to be heard.  In 2018, Queer Youth Arts utilized their creative skills to do just that.  Feeling “frustrated by the lack of youth-focused pride events”, members Victoria Johnson, Charlotte McAren-Cayer ,and Carling Serran used the money from their GAC Youth Opportunities Award  to organize a weeklong art show for youth who identify as LGBTQ+.


Since applications are now open for 2019 award, we thought we’d check in with Queer Youth Arts to reflect on their experiences and see where they are today.

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Queer Youth Art Members. From left to right,Charlotte McAren-Cayer, Carling Serran, and Victoria Johnson.
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Election 2019: Where do local candidates stand on the arts?

By Jane Litchfield

To help you be informed for the October 21 federal election, Guelph Arts Council asked local candidates from the four main parties to answer a few questions about their position on the arts. The Guelph candidates are Ashish Sachan (Conservative), Steve Dyck (Green), Lloyd Longfield (Liberal), and Aisha Jahangir (NDP). Their responses, unedited, follow.

You can also check for party platforms on the arts via The Canadian Arts Coalition.

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