Cross-Pollinating Collaborations: The Art of Butterflies

GAC Art of the Butterflies

By Silence

A new partnership is blooming in Guelph between Silence: Guelph’s Portal For Adventurous New Sound Events, the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, and artist nik harron.

Supported by the Guelph Destination Animation Project, “The Art of Butterflies” is a one-day event of workshops, presentations, an art exhibition by adults and one by children, live butterflies, and a unique sensory experience created by artist nik harron, entitled, “MORPHO”.

This free, all-ages event will be held at Silence, 46 Essex St in Guelph, on Saturday, August 25 from 11am to 5pm.

nik harron’s interactive project will be presented throughout the day and explores a musical world of tiny sounds that interact with digital butterflies made of light. nik’s latest interactive project combines projected real time sound visualization with a tactile sound sculpture butterfly that enables viewers to create their own unique experience.

Fun activities for the whole family are scheduled throughout the day on August 25:

11:30            creating butterfly mobiles

12:30            a presentation on Monarchs

1:15              making butterfly magnets

3:00              constructing butterfly origami

2:00              butterfly and pollinator gardening

Space is limited for arts and crafts sessions and presentations. Please arrive early to make sure you get a spot!

In conjunction with “The Art of Butterflies” event, visual artists 18 years of age and up are invited to participate in our Juried Art Exhibition. The exhibition is free of charge to enter. All artwork must contain a realistic or abstract image or element of a butterfly. Work must be 2-dimensional and no larger than 18 x 24 inches. The exhibition will be on display August 25 to 31, with an opening reception and awards ceremony for best of show on the day of the event from 4-5pm. For a prospectus and more information please visit The entry deadline is August 10.

In addition, on August 25, we’ll feature a children’s art exhibition. Youth 18 years of age and under are invited to drop by Silence to create a work of art inspired by live, caged butterflies! Artwork may be taken home or hung in our special room. The children’s exhibition is not juried – all may enter. Drawing materials will be supplied, free of charge.

The Art of Butterflies is a free event and street parking is available. Silence is located at 46 Essex Street in Guelph and is physically accessible. For more information, please email [email protected].

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