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Myths about Confidence

by Tamsen Taylor

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Tamsen Taylor, photo by See Photography

There are many challenges that artists have to confront, but lacking confidence is one that tends to come up again and again. Whether our art is a hobby for us, our main source of income, or somewhere in between, it is often an intimate thing.

Sharing our creations makes us vulnerable, because they are part of us.

To “succeed” as an artist, we often have to find a way to overcome our fears and doubts, and put our stuff out there for judgement and potential criticism. If our art is a source of income, we also have to find the confidence to promote and sell it.

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Banjofest Rolls Back Into Guelph! 

by Brenda Lewis


Third Annual Festival of Eclectic Banjo Music Runs March 8-10 at Silence Sounds, 46 Essex Street. 

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After 2 years of sold out shows, Banjofest Guelph 2019 is returning for it’s third annual March festival. Once again with a stellar line-up of mainly Ontario musicians, the fest has expanded this year to include acts from as far away as Nashville, Alberta and Montreal. 

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Diyode Launches DIYversity Project

If you’re like me (a lover of puns, makers, and people of all backgrounds) you’ll be excited to hear that one of Guelph’s best pun makers are leading our community in new ways, with the DIYversity project.  

Diyode is community maker-space where members share resources like space, tools, and knowledge. They believe in fixing, building, inventing, and that making can be for anyone. The name comes from a combination of DIY (do-it-yourself) and a play on the word ‘diode’.

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The DIYversity Project is a year-long initiative to diversify the population of makers at Diyode Maker Club. They are kicking off the project with an open house including tours of Diyode's new space (183 Dufferin Street) from 7-11pm on March 8th, International Women's Day.

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Guelph Arts Council Presents The Collector’s Dilemma

Guelph, ON – February 5, 2019 – Guelph Arts Council presents The Collector’s Dilemma, an auction of fine art previously owned by local collectors. This afternoon of bidding, listening and mingling happens on Sunday, February 17 from 1 – 4 pm at Canada Company Hall, River Run Centre. All proceeds benefit Guelph Arts Council.

Thanks to the generosity of local art collectors - who’ve run out of wall space or are making room for new treasures – an amazing collection of quality artwork, in a range of media, styles, sizes, and values, will be sold in live and silent auctions. The event also features a talk on how to build, refine and revise an art collection by Renann Isaacs of Guelph’s Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art in downtown Guelph. Renann’s gallery has become a destination for people who appreciate and collect fine art. Mingle with other art enthusiasts while sipping a complimentary glass of wine or beer and enjoying light snacks from a local caterer.

Oil, watercolour, and acrylic paintings and prints by well-known local artists are available.

Tickets are $40 or 2 for $75 and are available online at Eventbrite or in person or by phone at Guelph Arts Council, 10C Shared Space, 42 Carden Street. Office hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm. Please call 519-836-3280 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for tickets or information.

About Guelph Arts Council:
For 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, and our annual sponsor Meridian.

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