Catherine Elliot Shaw
Artist Connie Greger presented her recent work from Fri Sept 23rd to Sun Sept 25th with her exhibit at St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre. After the Snow: Boisterous Botanicals opened Fri Sept 23rd and was introduced with remarks from Catherine Elliot Shaw, Curator of McIntosh Gallery, UWO. She congratulated Connie on her on-going efforts to grow as an artist and share her insights into what she sees, and on her generous community support – all proceeds from sales of Connie’s paintings will be used to offer art instruction and materials for youth at the St. Thomas Teen Centre.
The Friends of Portside Show and Sale brings to the Portside Gallery a wonderful selection of original art from regional guest artists. In preparation for the opening reception on Fri Sept 23rd, gallery members hung over 57 paintings by artists from across Southwestern Ontario. These were intermixed with a selection of pieces from the gallery’s associate members. The show continues to Sun Oct 2nd. (Portside Gallery; 187 ½ Main Street, Port Stanley; open 11am-5pm daily; 519-782-7066)
In past years, Port Stanley area artists have presented a Studio Art Tour in September. This year, they instead showcased their work in a big tent on the front lawn of the Port Stanley Legion. Sat Sept 23rd and Sun Sept 24th brought sunny skies and opportunity for visitors to the Port Stanley Art Fair to enjoy outdoor jazz from Andy Lusher and John Culjak of London Jazz Scene and art from more than sixteen Port Stanley and regional artists.
Port Stanley was also busy on Saturday with Taste of Port Stanley passport holders, enjoying a culinary excursion at six of Port's restaurants, plus a community-wide yard and side-walk sale.
Doors opened throughout Aylmer, Municipality of Bayham and Township of Malahide for Doors Open East Elgin on Sat Sept 24th. Twenty-three sites offered opportunity to glimpse behind usually-closed doors, take part in a special Doors Open activity or chat with an expert. Below are scenes from just a few of Saturdays host organizations.
Rush Creek Wines' 15th Annual Harvest Festival drew families to the country for horse drawn wagon rides, craft show, corn maze, wine & cheese tasting and entertainment on Sat Sept 24th and Sun Sept 25th.