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Rain Fails to Dampen Spirits at Art on the Street 2018

Despite the raindrops and cloudy skies, thousands still flocked to Quebec Street for one of Guelph's most anticipated summer events.

White exhibitor tents bloomed like mushrooms in the rain while artwork, exhibitors and fans flooded the area with activity and high spirits. Street performers wowed crowds with entertaining feats of balance, agility, and showmanship. Musicians roved on stilts and popped up at various tents to serenade.

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Under colourful umbrellas and jackets - or simply embracing the wet - visitors roamed from tent to tent taking in sights and taking home treasures from impressive displays of ceramics, jewellery, paintings, photography, sculptures, textiles and more artwork that is less easily described but no less worth seeing and buying.

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Call for Exhibition Proposals from Artists and Curators

One of many amazing things about GAC’s relocation to 10C Shared Space is our new access to space for exhibitions. Our first exhibitions in the space celebrated the work of the emerging artist participants in the Guelph Young Artist Mentorship Project, our partnership with the University of Guelph’s School of Fine Art & Music. In 2018 you can expect to see GAC-hosted exhibitions in the first-floor community gallery space in August, September, October, and December. In 2019 we have the space for July, August, November and December.

10C Street ViewWell lit, accessible, centrally located and with lots of foot traffic from really
diverse audiences, 10C Shared Space is a unique place to host an exhibition.
Images courtesy of GAC.

Watch for details on what is happening in the space in August and October. For September, December, and the 2019 months, GAC is now inviting exhibition ideas for solo or group shows from member artists and curators.

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GAC Welcomes Emily Hearn

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Guelph Arts Council is thrilled to welcome our new Communications and Event Assistant for summer 2018, Emily Hearn.

Emily is a Métis woman from the Manitoba prairies who came to Ontario with her mother and older sister as a child. The stark contrast of the provinces’ landscapes sparked a deep love for the world among the trees and animals. Depictions of this natural world make repeated appearances in her stories and poems.

Emily has written poetry for much of her life to explore her self-identity and place in the world. She frequently uses natural themes to discuss psychological and sociological issues that arise throughout her life – and the lives of others – such as discrimination, mental health, sense of identity, and self-worth. Emily strongly believes in the value of every living being as an integral part of Earth, and hopes to share that belief with others through writing and storytelling.

She hopes to soon return to learning other art forms such as beadwork to help promote Métis culture and solidify her roots.

Emily is looking forward to becoming immersed in Guelph’s creative community, hearing the stories of other artists with different experiences, and learning about how to effectively tell her own story through art.

Jennifer Ronan-Vander Veen: The Heart and Hands Behind Sage & Balm


Jennifer Ronan-Vander Veen is the owner and founder of Sage & Balm - a curated retail outlet for both photography and refinished furniture creations. Her enchanting, nature-inspired photography and unique display methods have been showcased around Guelph and rural Ontario where much of her creativity and inspiration has blossomed. Her signature style in furniture refinishing has allowed her to gain happy customers all over North America. She lives in Guelph with her husband, daughter, and one child on the way. 

In an interview, Jennifer speaks with Petra Nyendick, board member with the Guelph Arts Council.

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