Paint Ontario is the first major event at the Lambton Heritage Museum following completion of extensive renovations over the winter. The show runs from March 23 to April 14, two weeks later than previously. This not only puts the show into a better time slot for weather and travel but will allow the area’s many “snowbirds” to attend: With most returning from the South by the beginning of April, they will no longer miss the show!
New this year: Paint Ontario is well known as a showcase for painters’ diverse Ontario images but, this year, a Portrait category is added, which provides a new dimension to this already inspiring show.
Also new for 2018 are live demonstrations during show hours by local artists and a weekend refreshment area where visitors can relax with a glass of wine or beer from a local winery or craft brewer, complemented with some tasty, locally sourced snacks. Come, hang out and enjoy a total Paint Ontario experience!
Everybody is invited to the opening reception on March 23. This also kicks off an “Arts Season” which will run until the Arts, Eats and Beats studio tour weekend at the beginning of May.
The Grand Bend Art Centre, organiser of Paint Ontario, is planning activities at the show and around town including Artist workshops for portraiture, life painting and encaustic (see paintontario.com for details).
Live painting demos will be taking place throughout the show by local artists including show founder Barry Richman and Grand Bend Art Centre Executive Director Teresa Marie Phillips, Suzette Terry, Ann Fullarton and Jamie Jardine. A special highlight that you won’t want to miss is a demonstration by internationally renowned portrait artist Brian Smith. As well, look out for events by partnering groups and businesses around the area, during this time period.
On May 5, the Grand Bend Art Centre brings the Art Season to a close with its annual concert at the Gables, featuring the sensational New Orleans jazz, blues and funk sounds of Red Hot Ramble. Mardi Gras comes to Grand Bend!
So, mark these dates on your calendar, tell your friends and come enjoy Paint Ontario and the area arts season.
For more information, check out paintontario.com