The Places and Faces of Ontario
Paint Ontario’s annual art exhibition and sale a success!
Through the auspices of the Grand Bend Art Centre, a team of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers brings the show to fruition through every stage of production, from conception to the finished product. Our volunteers realize the important role Paint Ontario plays in the creative community and are proud to commit their time and talents to making it a reality. Not only does this prestigious show give artists the opportunity to be seen and to sell their works, the monies raised in commissions go straight back into cultural development within the community. The Grand Bend Art Centre is a non-profit organization which provides, among many other things, a music program to the local school, grants to individuals and organizations who contribute to arts in the community, and arts camps for kids.
On Friday, March 29th the doors opened on the Paint Ontario Art Show and Sale at the Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend. Artists were awarded over $7,000 in prizes. The show attracted a record number of visitors from all over Southern Ontario and beyond and generated record sales as well.
The scope of Paint Ontario is enormous. Over 200 original paintings filled the exhibition hall to capacity and brought to life the beauty, character and diversity of Ontario. Newly introduced in 2018 and back by popular demand the ‘Faces of Ontario’ portraiture showcase added a great dimension to the show. Show prices ranged from $200 to $4000, making purchasing an original piece of art accessible to all.
For visitors, art came to life with live demonstrations and talks by international, national and local artists. There were workshops for artists too. Show visitors enjoyed a Saturday bar featuring an Ontario wine and a great craft beer.
Thanks to local area restaurants and hotels for offering special menus and rates for show visitors.