Artfest Newsletter


Artfest Toronto at the Distillery August 29-September1 2014~ Season Finale

It is hard to believe that summer is almost over. I always love September with the renewed energy for starting new projects. I feel more motivated to get things finished while the weather is still lovely. For Artfest, we are excited to present our last show of the season- and quite sad, as we will not see many of you until next spring! This show is looking great! We have a fantastic line up of artists exhibiting. Some of our favourites are returning and we have several new and very talented artists joining us for the first time. I hope you can take a day out of the long weekend to come down and see, shop, taste, touch, listen and participate! Remember it is four days this time starting Friday at 11am. Beat the weekend rush! Here are the details and some highlights:

Artfest Toronto Fine Art & Craft Show: Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Fine Crraft, Gourmet Food  and more.

Aug 29 – Sept 1 Labour Day Weekend 11am-6pm Daily

Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday

FRIDAY- Gallery Day- a special invitation to Gallery owners looking for new talent

Photo by Steve VealeFREE outdoor Art show features 75 artists from across Ontario and is open in Toronto for 4 days only. What a great way to spend the last summer weekend.

This year’s juried show has a great variety of artistic styles, media and approaches to visual art: Large abstracts suitable for major focal points in urban home décor; smaller pieces for nooks and fill-in spots; art styles for the kitchen, cottage, bedroom and more; and sculptures for the garden or home. We also have fine crafts in jewellery, glass, wood turnings, clothing and pottery. Be sure to stop by the gourmet food for sampling from Edna’s Pickles, Pepper Brew, Sprucewood Handmade Cookies, and Cooks Gourmet oils and tapinades.

Many of you have been to the Distillery Historic District before, for those who have not, it is a magical place and Toronto's premiere art lovers destination. Held in the distinctive cobble stoned 19th century Distillery Historic District, Artfest has become one of Toronto’s favorite summer Art Shows. Not too big and great options for fine dining. This is an intimate event that inspires personal interaction with the artists.

Music is performed throughout the weekend by the talented Hazel and David Wipper duo from Melody Fair. David Wipper is a guitar virtuoso and you can recognize his distinctive guitar style on Alannah Myles hit song Black Velvet plus Rita Coolidge, Amanda Marshall and more….

The producer of Artfest Toronto is Lory MacDonald, an artist with 25 years of experience exhibiting as an artist, spotting trends and finding new talent.

“ As the speed of life increases, and many of us spend more time working and entertaining in our homes, our interior spaces benefit from surrounding ourselves with original, uplifting and colourful art. Artists are responding by exploring new media combinations, using recycled products in their art, and playing with both current and nostalgic imagery. Please come down to the show and reconnect, walk the cobble stone lanes, listen to live music and savor the visual delights.” Lory MacDonald

New this year is the Artfest Kids Tent with free art workshops all weekend long. This has been a huge success this summer for families visiting the Distillery. This show features four days of activities.

Plus, guest mural artist Arthur II who will be creating a Participaint mural~ where you can join in and create! No experience necessary and a great opportunity to try some mural painting. See a sample of what we did at the last show below.

Photo by Steve Veale

Artist Garnet & Ashes, has a gift for capturing nostalgic imagery in her stunning mixed media pieces. Her pieces sparkle with attitude and distant memories!

Garnet & Ashes

Sculptural pieces of 3-D relief wall art Carlo Allion’s Art. Talk about imagination! This artist has a mind that never stops and is powerfully creative. Using a unique technique that involves sculpting for a textured relief, he forms delightful imaginary creatures that are both historical and futuristic at the same time. His paintings reminiscent of authors who have the skilled ability to engage both children and adults: like Dr. Suess or JK Rowling. His latest pieces are a playful horses on wheels, magical flying machines, and long legged thoughtful elephants.

Carlo Allion

Christopher Mazure: Haunting soft atmospheric landscape paintings that calm the soul and inspire thought. These elements work together in each piece and can transform a room and provide an escape from busy life. Rich layers of paint and subtle texture form Chris’s work. He explores and interprets the beauty of the Canadian landscape. That is his special artistic gift.

Chris Masoure

Special Guest Designer Linda Lundstrom is joining Artfest for the first time. With the heart and soul of an artist, Linda Lundström has been a creative tour de force in Canada for over 3 decades. Having produced more than 100 collections, Lundström is more than a fashion designer. Linda inspires everyone she meets- she has that unique ability. Her new collections of lace and linen are being featured at Artfest Toronto this Labour Day weekend. Booth A8 on Trinity Street at the Distillery.

Linda Lundstrom

Photographers: Artfest is proud to have several renowned photographic artists exhibiting this year. In a tradition started by award winning photographer Don Nausbaum (1954-2010) who was also the founder of Artfest at the Distillery, Artfest has a strong focus on photographic excellence. This year we are presenting photographers Shirley Brigden, Michael Hyman, Bob Gallagher, Patrick Klauss, Elle Shay, and Kristensen Smith. Please see the Artfest Blog and exhibitors list to see more.

Shirley Brigden Photography

Hope you can make it down this weekend. Please stop by our Artfest information tent: say hello and fill out a survey to win prizes. Thanks! Lory.

Michael Hyman Photography ~Photo by Steve Veale


Artfest Toronto at the Distillery August 2-4 2014

Main Attraction!

Artfest Toronto is this weekend at the Historic Distillery District. We started an Artfest News sign up form awhile ago, and have had an overwhelming response! Thank you for your interest in our events. I promise to keep Artfest News interesting and brief.

There is lots going on at Artfest this weekend. The main attraction at the event is our amazing artists and artisans exhibiting from all over Ontario and Quebec. The artists love the Distillery- with its' great ambiance created by the ancient cobblestone lanes, the expansive main square and the industrial relics hidden away in all of the buildings.

We have many new exhibitors at this show to see: Wood turner Paul Guilbeault, Jewellery by Colleen Poitras, Destellos Glass Art, Illustrator- Birds with Words, Baby Wrappers for young moms, Sculpture by Irene Sirko and Carlos Bonilla, and a number of stellar new name a few.

K.O.O.L. Designs- handy totes and bags created from recycled feed bags is one of my favorites. Sounds weird, but they are really cool. Sarah is new to the show scene and very outgoing. She would love to tell you about her new product~ very affordable too. Booth D9 right by Balzacs Cafe.

Free Arts Programming

Artfest at the Distillery is very pleased to offer free Arts Programming for the entire family. Guest mural artist Arthur II will be onsite creating a 20ft mural with YOUR help! Come by and join in the fun. No experience necessary and open to all ages. Arthur is a great guide. At the end of the weekend, utilizing the rich layers of textured paint and colour, he will create imagery and transform the mural into a beautiful work of art. Located on Grist Mill Lane at the Distillery District

Artfest Kids is having free art workshops for kids all weekend. Drop in and create with artist Sabrina Parrish. Open to all ages. Located on Grist Mill Lane at the Distillery District

Saturday: Make a mask~ inspired by Caribana being in town

Sunday: Create Beach Art~ art inspired by your favorite beach activity

Monday: Make a colourful mosaic to hang in the window~inspired by colourful Ontario veggies & fruit

Live Music~ 12pm-6pm Daily

Performing at Artfest at the Distillery this weekend are world class musicians:

Saturday: Rob Carnegie country rock guitar, singer songwriter from Kingston ON

Sunday & Monday: Duo Karina Wipper and John Boswell

Two singer songwriter collaborators come together at Artfest!