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Vice Versa

The Bartlett Gallery presents Vice Versa - the coming together of two artists, sharing their interpretation of the human expression, and lack thereof, within the urban, man-made systems. Using paintings and photography to tell a story, artists Delgado and Usquiano explore themes of subtle human expressions in our modern system.

 

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Stoked

Headwaters Arts presents ‘Stoked’ by Ann Randeraad.  "Stoked" is one artist's heightened journey through the clay process. Ann will be displaying stoneware, woodfired porcelain and raku at the Headwaters Art Gallery until July 3rd.

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Made of Wood Show 2016

A celebration of all things wood! The 15th annual Made of Wood Show takes place at the Alton Mill from April 16th - May 8th. The opening reception for the show is on Saturday April 16th 1-4pm.

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Welcome Alana & Debra to the Mill

The Alton Mill is excited to introduce two new tenants who will have studio spaces on the top floor of the building. Welcome Alana of 1486 Photography and Debra of Debra Rowland Fine Art! 

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Launch

New faces, fresh ideas, and innovative art! Please join the Headwaters Arts Gallery from February 17th to March 20th as they welcome 17 of their newest members from 2015 in their group show, Launch

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Spring Art Classes & Workshops

With Spring just around the corner, inspiration is everywhere and the Alton Mill artists can barely wait to share their creativity with you! Take a look at the wide variety of interactive classes and workshops being offered and see which ones spark your interest. Sign up for one, two, three or more classes…there’s no limit to your imagination!

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Emilia Perri: Colour & Process

With Spring just around the corner, Emilia Perri’s vivacious, textured, abstract paintings are just what art enthusiasts need! Please join Headwaters Arts Gallery from March 23rd to April 24th as we excitedly present Perri’s solo show, Colour & Process.

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Welcome Margaret & Steve!

The Alton Mill is excited to welcome two new artists! Margaret Pardy and Steve Wilson are the Mill’s latest addition to studio artists on the second floor.

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Alton Mill Artist Janet Simmons Sweet Wins Peoples Choice Award at Headwaters Arts Festival

Congratulations to Alton Mill Artist Janet Simmons Sweet who was named the winner of the People's choice award at the Headwaters Arts Festival. See more of Janet's work in her studio, upstairs in the Mill


Equinox is coming!

Equinox IV and Equinox IX from Janet's latest collection have both been accepted to the Carmel Fine Art and Music Festival Juried Show in Niagara Falls.  September 12-14, 2014.  Open Soiree ticketed event on Friday, September 12, 2014 - 7pm - 10pm.  Saturday and Sunday - Free Admission - 10:00am to 5:00pm daily.
 

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Seeing with New Eyes - Drawing with CJ

Learn the fundamental skills needed to draw everything! Drawing isn’t as complicated as you think… with a little coaching on how to look with an ‘artist’s eye’ just about everything around you can become subject matter for amazing drawings and the foundation for great paintings. It’s all about learning to see things differently. In the creative environment of CJ’s studio you can hone your skills and learn new ones that will demystify all those ‘tricky bits’. 

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"Out Every Window"

Janet Simmons Sweet returns to Beaux-Arts Brampton this summer with a solo exhibit from her Sideroads Collection. “Out Every Window” is presented in her signature dramatic light, and installed in her noted style of taking the viewer on a journey.

 

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Alton Mill artist Julia Vandepolder in Spring Group Show at CFA

Alton Mill Artist Julia Vanderpolder at the CFA gallery in Halifax.

DIFFER3NT STROKES: 23 PAINTERS
Opening Saturday, April 6th, 1:00pm – 5pm through to Sunday, April 28th, 2013

CFA Gallery presents an eclectic selection of recent painting by several of Toronto’s emerging and critically acclaimed painters including Julia Vandepolder. All have strong, distinctive styles and in their own way each has contributed to pushing the boundaries of contemporary Canadian painting.

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Shirley Jaychuk Painting Competition Winner

Alton Mill Artist Julia Vandepolder's large oil on canvas painting entitled: 'Shivering the air' created in 2013 was selected to be in this year's ' 2014 Shirley Dilworth Jaychuk Painting Competition'. Vandepolder's piece was also awarded the Second Prize at the opening reception Thursday, April 10th. This beautiful show continues through until May 4, 2014 at the Elora Centre for the Arts.

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"The Made of Wood Show"

"The Made of Wood Show" returns to the Alton Mill Arts Centre. This exciting exhibition features one-of-a-kind works in wood from artisans across Canada and will be hosted in the Bartlett Gallery April 26 - May 11. In addition to the juried show Made of Wood presents the Director's invitational show and sale, featuring non-competing pieces by specially invited wood workers.  

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Experience Fall's Most vibrant Arts Event

The Headwaters Arts Festival celebrates the arts across the region this fall. There will be parties, performances, juried art shows, hands-on workshops and studio tours – an array of events over three consecutive weekends. More than 150 visual and performing artists are showcased during this region-wide celebration, with the Alton Mill being one of the Festival's premiere venues. For info on the Alton Mill's festival activities, click here.

The Festival launches this Friday Sept. 20 with an Opening Night Gala just up the road from Alton at the SGI Caledon Centre, site of the Headwaters Arts Festival juried Show & Sale. Buy your tickets now.

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Lunch with a Living Legend

Mississauga Mayor Hazel Macallion joins Headwaters Arts in the Speaker's Series for a luncheon in Orangeville Tuesday Sept. 10. 
Join us for a luncheon with Her Worship, who has graciously agreed to address the local business community in a fundraising effort for Headwaters Arts.

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'Afterglow' Solo exhibition

Alton Mill artist Julia Vandepolder's new body of work will be featured in her third solo exhibition, 'Afterglow' at the Telephone Booth Gallery in Toronto. 

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Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition

Alton Mill artist Julia Vandepolder's painting 'Drift apart' ( Ambleside Pier), 2013, oil on panel, 48 x 96 inches has been selected by a panel jury and chosen from submissions all across Canada to be in this years Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition at the Orillia Museum of Art & History!

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Lucille Weber at the Inaugural Art Walk North

Mill Artist Lucille Weber is set to display her work in the Inaugural Art Walk North taking place Friday and Saturday August 16, 17 in Mel Lastman Square. There will be more than 60 artists exhibiting over two days, during this exciting new art show. 


Alton Mill artist Julia Vandepolder's Solo Exhibition

'At the Edge of Shadow' is the title of a new exhibition of paintings by Alton Mill Artist Julia Vandepolder opening on Wednesday, July 10 at 7pm at the Brant Museum and Archives in Brantford, Ontario. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. The exhibition will run through the Summer months until September 14th, 2013. 

For more information on this show please visit the Brant Museum and Archives Website


The Unapologetic Landscape.

The Unapologetic Landscape

Take a Summer Tour of Canada without Leaving the Gallery!

Three Award Winning Artists, Janet Simmons Sweet, Margi Taylor Self and Bonnie Eskelson, share their friendship and their common love of Canada with the viewer. The Unapologetic Landscape is a true Canadian exhibit opening July 9, 2013Beaux-Arts Brampton, 70 Mains St N, Brampton, Ontario. The show creates a map of Canada, from our east coast to our west coast, Bonavista to Vancouver Island! 

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Art in the Garden

Artist Lucille Weber's Garden Mill Artist Lucille Weber invites you to come for a stroll in her Garden June 15 - 16th and 22 - 23 from 10:00 - 5:00pm. Enjoy blooms and art at 17 Lorne Street Inglewood. Visit LucilleWeber.com for more details. 


Lucille Weber to exhibit in Riverdale Artwalk

Mill Artist Lucille Weber has been accepted into the Riverdale Artwalk outdoor show Saturday June 1st and Sunday June 2nd. 11:00 - 6:00pm, Booth #117. Hope to see you there! 

 


Janet Simmons Sweet Accepted in the Beaux Arts Brampton Open Juried Art Show

Janet Simmons Sweet (Studio 204) has two pieces of artwork that have been accepted into the Open Juried Arts Show at Beaux-Arts Brampton. Jurors Lisa Deanne Smith, MFA, AOCA and Dana Holst BFA, Waterloo, selected "Hump Back (The Arches)" and "Mother and Child Reunion" from over 160 submitted artworks. 

Show runs April 9, to May 4, 2013 at Beaux Arts Brampton. Awards Presentation Reception: Thursday April 11, 2013 7pm to 9pm. 


Learn to Throw Pots with Ann Randeraad

Pottery Lessons available 4 times a week. Learn to form a piece of clay on the wheel into functional art. Make dip bowls, cereal bowls, mugs and clay pieces that you can use in everyday life with this fun and practical workshop from Ann Randeraad

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Congratulations to Steve Wilkie

Congratulations to Steve Wilkie for winning the People's Choice Award in the All Fired Up! Show at the Falls Gallery. Steve Wilkie (Studio 211) won the award with a stunning panorama shot called 'Transitions'. Transitions is on display in All Fired Up! in the Falls Gallery until Feb 03. You can see more of Steve Wilkie's photography on display in his studio.


Jan Simmons Sweet at the Beaux-Arts Christmas Show

Janet Simmons Sweet (Studio 204) will be participating in the Beaux-Arts Brampton Membership Annual Christmas Show, December 5, 2012 to January 5, 2013. Opening Reception December 12, 2012, 6pm to 9pm. The show features an eclectic collection of full size artworks from Members, and a feature wall with 12" x 12" paintings created specifically for the Christmas shopping season.


Attention Artists

There are two professional development workshops coming up at the Mill:

Andrea Bird is giving an Encaustic 3 workshop in the Hive for those those who have taken previous encaustic courses or have been experiementing on their own. Saturday October 13, pre-registration required. More information at andreabird.com

Social Networks and the Artist
How do Facebook and Twitter fit into a visual artist’s business plan? Are they for you? Join marketing professional & artist Andrea Trace for an informative overview of social networking on Thursday October 18, 6-8 pm. Pre-registration required. More information at the Headwaters Arts Festival website.


Dust to the Wind

On Saturday September 22, ten Mill artists gathered to kick off the Mill's fall arts event Rhythm & Hues. The artists threw coloured Holi Dust (as used in the Festival of Colour in India) to the wind simultaneously. The 'Art in Action' was captured on film at its height by Mill photographer Simon Burn who then transferred it to canvas. The finished piece, Dust to the Wind, is now available through a silent auction with all proceeds going to Headwaters Arts.

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Oil & Water Do Mix

Jan Simmons Sweet (Studio 204) and Margi Taylor Self (Studio 205) announce the return of  Oil and Water Do Mix.  Two different Artists, two different mediums, two different interpretations of the Canadian Landscape.

Beaux-Arts Brampton Main Gallery, 70-74 Main St N, Brampton, On.  August 12, 2012 to August 25, 2012. Gallery hours: Tues-Fri: 12:00pm to 6:00pm;  Sat: 9:00am to 3:00pm.


Janet Sweet at the Wellington Museum

Janet Simmons Sweet (Studio 204) has been accepted to the 33rd Annual Insights Juried Exhibit, hosted by the Elora Arts Council in association with the Wellington County Museum & Archives.  Opening Night: June 20, 2012, 7pm to 9pm. The exhibit continues to September 2, 2012. Wellington  County Museum & Archives, 0536 Wellington Road 18, Fergus, ON.


Solo Shows for Alton Mill Artists

The Red Brick Café in Guelph is featuring paintings and drawings by Julia Vandepolder until July 8. Jula has won several prestigious art awards over the past year and is now the recipient of an Ontario Arts Council Emerging Visual Artist grant. Following Julia's show, the Red Brick Cafe will be showcasing the work of Andrea Bird and her husband Daniel Beirne.


Saving the Birds & the Bees

You can help us work to save the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees and the food that we need...Burt’s Bees commissioned Jenny Bird to design a special edition piece that would help generate buzz and financial support for Canada’s depleting bee populations. These braclets will be available for sale in The Hive (Studio 201)  for a limited time beginning July 7. 100% of proceeds will be directed to the Pollinator Partnership

 


Made of Wood Show Comes Full Circle

In 2001 Carl Bergstrom and Jim Lorriman held the first Made of Wood Show at the Alton Mill as a way to elevate the perception of woodworking to an art form. The show has expanded over the past 11 years to not only include wood artists from across Canada, but also to feature demonstrations and seminars in wood turning, sculpture & carving, portable sawmill, tools and wood. This year the show comes full circle, returning to its roots at the Alton Mill. The Made of Wood show will runs from April 21 until May 13, and will be hosted primarily within The Bartlett and Crimson Feather galleries. The opening reception will be Saturday April 21 from 1 – 4pm.

On the Spring Awakening weekend there will be live outdoor demonstrations of wood carving, turning and even a sawmill all weekend. Visit the Made of Wood Show website for more details...

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Andrea Bird: Conveyed

Conveyed: Visual Interactions between Art and Text - Mad & Noisy Gallery in Creemore, ON...  April 7 - 30th/2012

Studio Artist, Andrea Bird is taking part in a seven person show that opens with a reception on Saturday, April 7th from 2 - 5pm.  The other artists taking part: Jill Price, Michael Coughlin, Roy Hickling, Gavy Swan, Roz St. Clair and Ray Kundinger.  This show examines how the juxtaposition of imagery and text can create a story, evoke memories and/or create a picture in the viewer's mind. Through the mediums of encaustic, metal, clay, collage and assemblage, this narrative collection of works celebrates the art of storytelling. www.madandnoisy.com for directions/details.

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Janet Simmons Sweet at the Rose Theatre

Alton Mill artist Janet Simmons Sweet, in Studio 204, has been accepted as the Artist in Residence with a solo exhibit at the Rose Theatre in Brampton. The collection, 'Four Seasons', is comprised of 22 artworks from the many changing colours in the Hills of Headwaters. Show runs to March 3rd, 2012.

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Taste of Tourism - Artisan of The Year!

TASTE OF TOURISM AWARDS ~ On Wednesday 16 November, The Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association celebrated excellence in tourism and hospitality at their annual tourism awards ceremony.  The evening honoured those businesses and individuals that exemplify business and customer service excellence, and who help profile the Hills of Headwaters region as one of Ontario's premier tourism destinations.

Congratulations to Ann Randeraad, a talent potter who has a studio here at the Alton Mill Art Centre was awarded Artisian of the Year.

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Welcoming Back Julia Vandepolder

Julia was recently away from her studio for the month of September, attending a 4 week residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. Vermont Studio Center is the largest international artists' & writers' residency program in the United States, hosting 50 visual artists' and writers' each month from across the world.

Read about her experience here on the Telephone Booth Gallery blog.


Andrea Bird Honoured with Two Awards at SGI Show

Alton Mill master encaustic artist and teacher Andrea Bird was honoured with not one, but two coveted awards at this fall's Headwaters Arts Festival annual juried show held at the SGI-Canada Caledon Centre.

The awards included the Jurors Choice Award, and the Artists Choice Award for the body of work Andrea submitted to the show. Needless to say, she "was thrilled".


Alton Mill Artist Featured at the Telephone Booth Gallery

Julia Vandepolder's paintings are featured in the latest exhibition at the Telephone Booth Gallery in Toronto. According to the curator of the gallery "The rich surfaces of [Vandepolder's] paintings capitalize on the tension between representation and abstraction, inside and outside, what is hidden and what is visible.  Abstract accumulations of line, colour and texture tentatively coalesce into the jagged contour of a beam, a corroded pipe or a pile of bricks." The exhibition runs from Oct. 12 to Nov. 26 with reception Friday Oct. 21, 7-10pm. For more information...

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Photo Walk in Alton!

For the third year in a row, Craig Bell will be leading a group of local photography-lovers as a part of the World-Wide Photo Walk,  Sunday October 2. Craig will lead the group on a walk I titled "Two Mills, One River". Starting at the Millcroft Inn, photographers will walk around the Inn, then down Queen Street to the Alton Mill.

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Meet Renowned Wildlife Artist George Mclean

Red-Tailed Hawk Mantling" by George McLeanThe Headwaters Arts Festival is hosting a talk by renowned wildlife painter George McLean on Sunday Oct. 2 at 2:00 pm in the Pond Gallery at the Alton Mill. Please join us to hear McLean share his journey from humble beginnings to acclaimed illustrator and artist. Tickets $20 + HST (HA members) and $25 + HST (non-members) - all proceeds to support Headwaters Arts.


Guelph Jurors' Awards

Three Alton Mill artisans win Jurors' Awards from Guelph Creative Arts Association. On June 12 Kathy Crain, Bridget Wilson and Ann Randeraad were awarded honourable mentions in the fibre, glass and pottery categories respectively at the "Painting On the Green 2011" show. The awards were presented by Guelph Mayor Karen Farbridge.


Time Frame Jurors' Awards

On June 2, the mill was swarming with people as Heritage Caledon combined its annual soiree with the Opening Reception and Award Presentation for Time Frame, the largest art show held at the Alton Mill to date. The main juried show drew an eclectic mix of art from around the province, all celebrating Ontario's cultural and natural heritage and is accompanied by an exhibition of student work in the Pond Gallery. Jurors' awards were given to...

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Resident Artist at AGO!

Four of Darlean Morris' paintings have been accepted by the Art Gallery of Ontario's Art Sales and Rental Gallery, including "Resplendent" which has been on display in her studio at the mill. Darlean's work can also be seen in "Inspirations" at the Studio Vogue Gallery in Toronto, June 1 to June 22, reception Thursday June 2nd 6-8 pm.

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Alton Mill's Andrea Bird online radio interview

Resident encaustic artist Andrea Bird was interviewed recently by Mark Lipinski for Creative Mojo.

Click here and go to the June 8 broadcast to listen to Andrea 'wax' on about encaustic and the conference that she just came home from in Provincetown! .


Julia Vandepolder Art Show

The Alton Mill's Julia Vandepolder is featured in a two-person show, Parallels, with Laura Kreviazuk at the vsvsvs*/G Gallery in Toronto. The show runs from Thursday June 2nd – July 2nd. Reception: Thursday June 2nd, 7-10pm . In conjunction with Parallels, Julia has a solo exhibition, Remnants, on display at the nearby VSVSVS Gallery.

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Spring Awakenings Peoples' Choice Awards

Congratulations to Bridget Wilson for winning the People Choice award for her glass piece "All Meshed Up" in the Art Fit for a King exhibition currently on display in the Millrace room. Second place award goes to Mark Grice for his acrylic painting "Kate Walk", and third place was a tie: "Fit for a Princess", an encaustic wax painting by Andrea Bird and another glass piece by Bridget Wilson, "Royal Black Magic".


Fire and Ice - People's Choice Award Winners

A special Fire & Ice themed art exhibition by the Alton Mill studio artists has been mounted in the Pond Gallery as part of our annual winter festival. On the opening weekend, the general public had their say. A total of 20 different works received votes for the People's Choice award, and in the end only three votes separated first, second and third places. The winner is "Warm Up" a painting in acrylic on canvass by Mark Grice. Second place by one vote is "Ice", a large bowl composed of glass shards by Bridget Wilson, closely followed by "With Wings Outstretched" a beeswax encaustic painting by Andrea Bird. Congratulations to the winners and all those who participated. Thanks to the public for your feedback. The show continues until the end of February.