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Headwaters Arts Festival 2016

  • Sat Sep 17, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun Sep 18, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wed Sep 21, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thu Sep 22, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Fri Sep 23, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sat Sep 24, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun Sep 25, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wed Sep 28, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thu Sep 29, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Fri Sep 30, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sat Oct 01, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun Oct 02, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wed Oct 05, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thu Oct 06, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Fri Oct 07, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sat Oct 08, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun Oct 09, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

One of the most respected festivals in Ontario opens its doors once again as we celebrate our 20th year! The Festival features performances, book readings, workshops, open studio tours and other art events at multiple venues throughout the Headwaters Region. This year, the main event, the Juried Art Show & Sale returns to the award winning Alton Mill Arts Centre for three weeks. 

Mark your calendars to see this and make it a day trip or stay overnight at one of our luxury resorts. While here, take the time to enjoy all that Headwaters has to offer from the magnificent fall colours, great local foods, wines, beers and ciders!


After the Gala Reception the Juried Show & Sale will continue to the end of the Festival.

This year our panel of jurors selected the works by over 80 artists from across Ontario from over 300 submissions. The jurors are:
Gary Evans: Coordinator, Fine Arts, Museum & Gallery Studies at the School of Design and Visual Art, Georgian Collage
Jenna Hiemstra: Curator/ Director of Programs, Craft Ontario
Mary Reid: Director/ Curator of the Woodstock Art Gallery

For more information go to the Headwaters Arts website.


The Lake Collection
Sept 17-18, 24-25, Oct 1-2, 8-9 from 12 – 5 pm.

Experience a season on Lake Rousseau in Janet’s latest Collection.
The impressionistic artworks showcase her signature dramatic light, reflected over water…in oil.
As it turns out…they do mix!

Studio 204, Alton Mill Arts Centre


Open Studio
Sat. & Sun. Sept.17/18, 24/25, Oct. 1/2: 10am – 5pm.
Wed. to Fri. by chance or by appointment

Margi’s love for the creative process has motivated her to paint and to do print-making. While she favours traditional techniques, her current focus includes mixed media and acrylics painted with an abstract edge.  Situated in the historic Alton Mill, her studio provides inspiration to artists and visitors alike.

Studio 205, Alton Mill Arts Centre

Mon. to Fri. Sept. 19 to Oct. 7: 9am to 5pm.

Local kids paint original art cards to sell and help DAREarts bring the arts to Aboriginal kids in the north. Order yours online today!

Wed. to Sun. Sept. 16 – Oct. 10: 10am to 5pm.

Headwaters Arts, in partnership with the Alton Mill, presents a large outdoor sculpture installation located throughout this terrific venue.  Stroll through the grounds to find these hidden gems created by talented artists who use a multitude of unusual materials to make their ideas a reality.

Sunday Oct. 2

Culture Days are being celebrated across Canada. The Alton Mill has pitched in with three activities - heritage tours, stump painting and an oil painting demonstration. For more info click the link above.