Written by GAC Staff
Preparation is underway for Art on the Street (AOTS), an event in partnership with GAC and the Downtown Guelph Business Association. This year we saw an opportunity to get even more artists involved in this beloved event by hosting a Youth Poster Contest for AOTS with the winning design to be used for the event’s posters and promotion.
Today, we wish to introduce and offer our congratulations to this year’s successful artist, Eleanor Stewart!
Eleanor is currently a student at the University of Guelph going into her fourth year of Studio Art Program with a Minor in Math. During her upcoming fourth year she will be a very busy bee, participating in the Specialized Studio program as well as Juried Art Show Coordinator at UofG.
When asked about how the exposure from winning the poster contest has helped her artistic journey Eleanor expressed excitement about her success in the contest. She explained that winning the contest comes about during a time in which she is getting ready to exhibit her work in upcoming shows. The poster contest has helped her with exposure and her ultimate goal of bringing people happiness through her art. Eleanor’s bright, graphic style reflects this goal to spread happiness by capturing viewers’ attention with bright, happy colours and odd, quirky imagery.
The design itself features a grey and tan building with lovely pink and red tulips sprouting in and around it. Eleanor explained that her idea for the poster was to represent both the general Guelph Community through the building and Guelph Arts Community through the flowers. The way the flowers flow around the building illustrate the way the two communities interact and cohabitate with one another. Art on the Street is an event that allows for deep connections to be made between artists and residents that may not be common otherwise. Eleanor states that she is just starting to get acquainted with the Guelph Arts Community through the many different art hubs and spaces that exist within it. However she appreciates the opportunities that come about through the overlapping of communities, like those between the local arts community and university community.
GAC welcomes everyone to come out to our 2023 Art on the Street event on Saturday, June 24th, from 10am to 5pm.
GAC’s tent at Art on the Street will be also exhibiting all of the submissions from this year’s poster contest, so we encourage everyone to drop by to see the work of those (aged up to 21) who might be future AOTS participants.