Southern Ontario's Premiere Spring Art Exhibition since 1988
Beginning its 34th year in 2021, the Pelham Art Festival promotes original work by Ontario fine arts artists and artisans that takes place in the Accipiter arena at the Meridian Community Centre located on 100 Meridian Way in the Village of Fonthill, Town of Pelham, in the heart of the Niagara Region every Mother’s Day weekend.
Over 80 contemporary visual artists and artisans, who collectively present thousands of choices in a vibrant array of style, medium and message, come together to showcase and sell their work directly to the public. Side by side, established artists and undiscovered talents sell their artwork to the public and make lasting connections with patrons and collectors. The artist is always present at the Pelham Art Festival.
2,000+ art lovers and collectors come to Pelham every year to discover new works and new talents in a vibrant and welcoming environment. Since 1988, our visitors spent over one million dollars on buying art, contributing to the economic prosperity of our participating artists and the cultural vibrancy of Pelham. Learn more about our mandate and transformative work in our (Report 2020) and Hear what our patrons have to say about us.
We are known for hosting nationally and internationally acclaimed Canadian artists including Robert Amirault, Janny Fraser,
Linda Kemp, George Langbroek, Doug Mays, Sonja Mortimer, Edward Spera, Josh Tiessen and Steve Wilson to name a few.
Together with our committed and generous community of donors, we celebrate artistic excellence and our artists’ entrepreneurial spirit.
We are a proud community sponsor of Pelham Public Libraries and the arts
Festival proceeds benefit the Pelham libraries and provide annual scholarships to graduating Pelham students who are pursuing post-secondary studies in fine arts from E.L. Crossley Secondary School, Notre Dame College School and to Pelham students enrolled in the Art and Design Program at Niagara College. The Festival also supports various community art projects. Pelham Art Festival has proudly donated over $458,000 back to the community to date.
Pelham Art Festival Online 2021
The Online Festival is May 1 to May 31, 2021 and is free to the public . The work of over 60 artists can be viewed at pelhamartfestival.com/art.
Despite the challenges of the pandemic, our dedicated team of volunteers, patrons, community partners and art lovers will come together in 2021 to present the first Pelham Art Festival Online event, creating a new digital platform that will be used to promote the work of artists and support our mandate to raise funds for the Pelham libraries, art scholarships and community art projects.
COVID-19 Safety Measures:
The PAF team cares about the health and safety of our artists and the public we serve. In spite of cancelling the in-person show in 2020 and again in 2021, we are hopeful to return to an in-person show in May 2022, following the safety guidelines provided by Niagara Region Public Health.
Pelham Art Festival is a not-for-profit corporation.