Art on the Street Recap and Award Winners

We (mostly) escaped the rain this weekend, the warm weather brought thousands of art lovers out to Quebec Street in Downtown Guelph for the 20th annual Art on the Street. Presented annually by Guelph Arts Council and Downtown Guelph Business Association, Art on the Street is Guelph’s largest outdoor exhibition and sale.

Art on the Street spotlights multi-disciplinary talent within the regional arts community. Each year, over 70 established and emerging artists showcase their works in temporary, open-air studios. Painters, potters, blacksmiths, jewellers, glass blowers, wood carvers, textile artists, photographers, and more are represented.

The presentation of awards is an exciting moment for both artists and visitors, and an opportunity to recognize exhibitors’ excellence. Ballots for the People’s Choice Award are distributed, collected, and counted by volunteer Art Angels, and a trio of judges, all arts professionals, make the rounds throughout Saturday to make choices for the Best in Show, Honorable Mention, Best Booth, and Emerging Artist awards.

Guelph Arts Council and Downtown Guelph Business Association congratulate this year’s award winners:

Best in ShowThe Silkpulp, Mono (Sooeun) Ahn is an award-winning professional illustrator and paper cut artist.  Mono’s organic designs imagine a whimsical universe of fluid organic shapes and colourful forest creatures

Honorable MentionGenie Kim, Genie is a Painter, Illustrator and Ceramic Artist whose ceramic pieces were adored by guests and jurors over the weekend.

Best BoothRare Olive, Rare Olive offers the fashion industry a slow alternative in a world of mass production. These wooden accessories are unique and smartly crafted with ethically-sourced materials and hand-selected woods. There is a quality to the craftsmanship that goes into each handmade piece. 

Emerging ArtistShay Donovan, Shay introduced art lovers to the technique of tufting. Showcasing works that explored identity, stir-craze, and occult symbolism. 

People’s Choice AwardPeter Schacht, Peter paints on carefully selected pieces of hand-carved plywood incredible insect engraved Ash Wood, his unique works drew audiences in with their detail. 

A huge thank you to all the wonderful artists and makers who joined up on Quebec St. over the weekend! A special thanks also goes out to our wonderful event sponsors, who help us keep this 20 year Guelph tradition alive! 

Artists interested in applying to Art on the Street 2020 should contact Guelph Arts Council in January, sign up for Arts Blast e-news at, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter for event updates.

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