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Buckets of Colour 2011

  • Sat Sep 24, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun Sep 25, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sat Oct 01, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun Oct 02, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sat Oct 08, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun Oct 09, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Mon Oct 10, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Throughout the mill and grounds.

Autumn brings its annual pageantry to our Great Lakes forests, when, for a fleeting few weeks, the hills of Caledon are ablaze in red, orange, yellow and brown. Fall is both the most visually stunning season to take in the Alton Mill Arts Centre, and the most bountiful time for the Arts. What better time to visit than for Buckets of Colour, where the Headwaters Arts Festival, Culture Days and  Destination Equitation meet under one roof for three weekends


Workshops & Demonstrations
KidsFest Events & Workshops
Destination Equitation Activities
Live Music

Special Exhibitions
Artists in Conversation
Passport to Art


Watercolour Workshop with Asuman & Atanur Dogan
Relax and enjoy as you discover the spontaneity so unique to watercolour. In this hands-on course, artist/instructors Asuman and Atanur Dogan will have you trying out several techniques to help you create different effects in this medium. Students will work primarily from photos and sketches, as well as imagination.
Concurrent exhibition of Atanur Dogan and Asuman Dogan watercolours, and photography by Cagil Atas Dogan
Pond Gallery
Workshop 1 (Thursday and Friday) September 22-23 (10 am to 2 pm)
Workshop 2 (Thursday and Friday) September 29-30 (10  am to 2pm)
Cost: $95 for both days.
Please pre-register: 905-334-4231 or by email:

Finding the Balance
Learn the art of stone balancing in this hands-on workshop with Doug Bell.
Saturday September 24, 1pm – 3pm
Annex Courtyard

Drop-in Art and Meditation
CJ Shelton / Studio 212
Fridays 1 to 2:30 pm, Sept 23, Sept 30, Oct 7
Cost: $15

How to Draw a Human Model
Learn to draw the human form from award- winning artist Mark Grice. 
Studio 216
Sunday October 2, 1pm – 3pm
Ages  14+. Limited space available.
Cost:  $25 per student.  Materials provided.
Please pre-register with Mark at 416-993-8885.

Half-Day Mandala Workshop - Animal Totems & Celtic Zoomorphic Designs;
This workshop is a blend of practice and process; practice by learning a very basic technique for mandala making, while the process part of this workshop is learning about a specific animal(s) and the teachings it can offer you in your own life as a form of 'medicine'.
CJ Shelton / Studio 212
Saturday, October 8, 10 am to approx. 2 pm.
(Participants are welcome to stay later and finish up their work using the materials provided.
Cost: $75, supplies and tax incl.
Please pre-register with CJ Shelton at 519-942-2018

Give it a Whirl! - Encaustic Workshop
Andrea Bird / The Hive Studio 201
Demonstrations, then a half hour time slot for people to try it out... supervised children welcome.
Thanksgiving weekend only Oct. 8, 9, 10, $10 for supplies.

Weaving demonstrations
Glenna Agnew / Studio 210
Throughout the day during Buckets of Colour weekends


Youth Equine Art Show
Equestrian-themed youth art and photography
September 24 to October 10
Millrace Room

Magnetic Jewellery
Bev Stoddart / Studio 202
Make a necklace or a wrap bracelet with magnets and beads.
Saturday September 24, 10 am – 11am
Ages 5 & up
Cost: $5 per student.
Max 10 students. Please pre-register with Bev 289-244-2031.

Autumn Leaves
Ellen Marr / Studio 202
Create an autumn leaf stained glass with a sun-catcher! Parents invited to stay.
Saturday September 24, 1-4 pm
Ages 12 & up,
Cost: $30 per student.  
Max 10 students. Please pre-register with Ellen 519-831-9773.

Natures Magic Circles
CJ Shelton / Studio 212
Discover amazing things about animals, plants and rocks with mandala art. Start with inspiration from nature and a basic circle. Make a pattern, add colour and watch your creation grow! All materials provided.   
Sunday September 25, 11:00 am – 1:00pm
Ages 5 & up.
Cost: $10 per student.
Please pre-register with CJ Shelton at 519-942-2018.

How to Draw Horses
Mark Grice / Studio 216
Sunday September 25, 1pm – 3pm
Learn to draw horses with award-winning equine artist Mark Grice.  Materials provided.  
Ages 8+
Cost:$15 per student.  
Please pre-register with Mark at 416-993-8885 email:

Ann Randeraad / Studio 209
Come and play with clay! Stoneware clay is used to show students how to texture, slip and score, sculpt, coil, etc., while hand-building a piece of their choice. Finished pieces are food safe.
Make a necklace or wrap-bracelet out of magnets and glass beads.
Saturday October 1, 2pm – 4pm
Ages 5 – 16.
Cost: $25 per student
Pre-register with Anne at 519-938-2092.

Fused Glass
Bridget Wilson / Studio 208
Using pieces of sheet glass, children will design, cut and decorate the glass to create pendants or key chains. Pieces to be picked up after firing.
Sunday October 2, 10am – 12pm
Ages 9 – 12.
Cost: $25 per person.
Max 8 students. Please pre-register with Bridget at 519-938-5501.


Youth Equine Art Show
Equestrian themed youth art and photography
Millrace Room
September 24 to October 10

Return to Freedom: Wild Horses in America – the photography of Claudia Duijsens
Hanging in the Turbine Hallway September 9 – October 10

Equine Fashion Show
An equestrian fashion show for the ladies "après horse".  Fabulous Fall Fashions from the Ascot Room in Belfountain, Footwear from Shoe Kat Shoe in Orangeville, Fine Jewellery from Gallery Gemma Jewellery in Alton.   
Wednesday Sept. 28, 2011, 1pm to 3pm
Millrace room
Cost:  Tickets $25

Cowboy Poetry  Mark Grice with singer Alana Wilson
Millrace Room
Sat Oct 1st 4-5 pm


Acoustic Traditions presents Music at the Mill
An evening of music and ambiance. You won't want to miss this night filled with gifted musicans and incredible atomosphere!
Featuring: Grand Canyon with openers Atlas
Spoken word interlude by Harry Posner
Tickets: $12.50 available at Acoustic Traditions, 2-510 Riddell Rd, Orangeville 519-942-8258. Or at the door.
Cash bar.


Artists in Conversation

Adam Colangelo will speak and answer questions about his Copper Art.
Saturday October 1, 1pm – 1:30pm
Crimson Feather Gallery

A Conversation with George McLean
The renowned wildlife painter shares his journey from humble beginnings to acclaimed illustrator and artist.
Sunday October 2, 2011, 2pm – 3:30pm
Cost: HA Members: $20 + hst and Non-Members: $25 + hst
Tickets online at or call 519-943-1149


Here is your passport to great art! Pick-up your passport when you arrive and visit all artist studios to receive a stamp. Once your card is full place it in the ballot box for your chance to win!
First prize - $100 gift certificate from Alton Mill to be used in participating Artist Studios / Galleries / Shops.