Art on the Street Returns to Downtown Guelph for 16th Year

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A festival for art lovers of all ages 

By the Downtown Guelph Business Association and Guelph Arts Council

Co-organised by the DGBA and Guelph Arts Council, Art on the Street is a highly regarded exhibition and sale that has become a staple calendar event for art lovers of all ages.  

Come browse the original works of art and shop for one-of-a-kind gifts.  With a juried selection of artists displaying works including just about every medium: textiles, pottery, photography, watercolours, oils, acrylic and more.  The event takes place this year on Saturday June 23rd.  Please visit our facebook event page for all the up to date details.

Art on the Street Plein Air – courtesy of Ivano Stocco ©

Art on the Street will showcase an array of original work and exciting projects from nearly 100 established and emerging fine artists and artisans.

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Photos by Rukhsar Jaffer

This event is a blast for all ages. Young children are invited to get creative in St George’s Square, which will be transformed into the Children’s Arts Festival. As usual, it’s all about the kids making the art. Join the Children’s Art Factory, Guelph School of Art, Play with Clay, the Guelph Public Library and the Suzuki String School of Guelph as they fill the space with creative activities.

Returning for a second year, the Mini Makers Market will feature kids selling their wares from pint-sized market stalls. To sign your crafty kid up for this awesome Children’s Art Factory initiative, please email [email protected]. 

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Each year the organizers choose a local artist to contribute a piece of their work and become the event’s ‘poster artist’. This year, oil and pastel painter and winner of Art on the Street’s People’s Choice Award, Jessica Masters has provided a painting that makes us long for hot summer days at the cottage.

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Photo courtesy of The Downtown Guelph Business Association 

One of the most beloved aspects of Art on the Street is our famous Art Angels. We are currently seeking these much-appreciated volunteers aged 16 and over to work 3 or 4 hour shifts at the event. As an Art Angel, you’ll help decorate Quebec Street, assist artists, direct attendees to washrooms, food vendors, children’s area etc., and hand out event programs and ballots. Not to mention you get to look at all the lovely art!

All volunteers will receive an I  Downtown Guelph t-shirt, and yummy snacks and refreshments. Fill out the online form to join the team:

Art on the Street continues to support emerging artists looking for opportunities to sell their work. Visit them in the RBC lot and support them in gaining this valuable experience.

Can’t wait for the event? You won’t have to. As a sneak preview, Art in the Shops showcases some of this year’s artists, whose work will appear in downtown businesses in the week leading up to the event. Check for details in June, and don’t forget to visit our facebook event page for all the up-to-date details on the event!

Art on the Street is the perfect excuse to bring your friends and family out for a spectacular day of art, entertainment, food and activities on Saturday June 23. Don’t miss out!

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Photo by Rukhsar Jaffer

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