Billed as two events in one, this past weekend we visited the Burlington Art Centre for their Fine Art & Craft Festival combined with Kaleidoscope of the Arts. This annual event was even more special this year as the BAC celebrates its 35th anniversary!
The Fine Arts & Craft Festival presents a selection of more than 100 artists in an art market setting just across the street from Lake Ontario and Spencer Smith Park.
This is not your average craft show. I guess that’s why they preface the event with the word “fine.” We’ve been to other shows with vendors who are clearly reselling “crafty” looking merchandise that have been imported from overseas.
The vendors in this show are selected by a jury according to stringent criteria:
- Original and creative
- High quality construction
- Appealing to buyers
After sampling a few of the outdoor vendor booths, we went inside the Burlington Art Centre to experience Kaleidoscope of the Arts. This event showcases all of the guilds that call the BAC home.
As we walked in the door, we received an Official Passport that detailed all there was to do:
- See it: Watch an artist work! Look at works of art on display and for sale.
- Try it: Try any of the many hands-on activities available this weekend for the whole family.
- Buy it: Check out all the lovely works of art available 25mg viagra for performance anxiety for purchase and support your local guild artist.
- Win it: Collect all 10 does viagra increase libido stamps for your chance to win a one year BAC membership.
What we found so neat about this event were all the hands-on activities open to anyone of any age to try.
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The full list of Hands-On Activities included:
- Photography Darkroom: Create and develop your own photogram
- Textile Studio: Make a
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- Woodcarvers & Sculptors Studio: Finish and decorate a woodcarving or try your hand at sculpture and go on to Fine Arts to paint it
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- Pottery Studio: Decorate a raku bowl and watch the raku firing
- Rug Hooking: Try your hand at the traditional art of rug hooking
We made our way to every room of the Art Centre to collect all 10 passport stamps and then filled out the ballot for entry into the draw.
It was then back outside to try a few of the kids outdoor activities and listen to the musical performer while munching on fresh cut fries from Country Boys (our favourite!).
There were still so many booths we hadn’t visited yet, and there were a few we went back to look at more than once.
The organizers work hard to ensure a well-balanced selection across many categories: clothing, accessories, glass, pottery, jewellery, paintings, photography, wood and metal craft and more.
Baby Burlington found a hand-crafted wooden toy boat to play with.
When we came across Lori Skinner’s A Bird in the Hand booth, we knew we had found just the right gift for Father’s Day.
Lori’s birds are carved, painted, gently distressed and then weatherproofed. We bought a bright red cardinal that will look fantastic set in the garden behind the cottage on Cameron Lake.
To get a sense for the large variety of high quality pieces available, check out the online gallery featuring photos submitted by the vendors.
This was our first Burlington Art Centre adventure and I know we’ve just scratched the surface. There are always classes and shows, auctions and other events that keep the Centre bustling. We’ll be back in November (if not before) for their famous annual Soup Bowl sale. At this event you select a bowl that has been handcrafted by a local artisan and then fill it with soup catered by a well-known Burlington restaurant. Pair it with a roll, salad and dessert and enjoy your meal before taking the bowl home with you. See you there!