Pelham Art Festival is Online
We move online to welcome you to our virtual hub for artists and art lovers
to enjoy unique original fine art ~ your connection to 60 artists and artwork
in a vibrant array of style, medium and message.
Same great show, great new format! COVID-19 restrictions require new ways to make our festival available for you. We invite you to browse through the artwork of 60 artists who offer their best work for you to see and their art is available for you to purchase. The traditional Mother's Day weekend festival, usually held in the Meridian Community Centre in Fonthill, Ontario, has been expanded for this year from May 1 to May 15, 2021 and further extended to May 31, 2021.
The 2021 theme is Our Planet, Our Future and you will notice the extra effort artists have made to prepare an “environmental” selection. You will also see curated collections and Award Winners. Every artist has provided unique original fine artwork in a wide variety of mediums and styles for you. The Youth Art Challenge and Poster Contest submissions provide extra interest to engage future artists. Check out the COVID style live music, and the Environmental Awareness videos by Edward Burtynsky and by Explorer Adam Shoalts.
As in other years, 15% of artist sales go toward fundraising efforts to donate to the Pelham Libraries, fine arts scholarships, and to community art endeavors. That said, the first fundraising focus will be for the Library this year, since we were not able to make a Library donation last year as the 2020 festival needed to be cancelled due to the pandemic. Thank you to our fine sponsors and volunteers for your part in helping to present our online show. We are excited to be back and encourage each of you to enjoy the art and the extra features our new website has to offer.
- Heidi TeBrake, Chairperson Pelham Art Festival -
On behalf of the Town of Pelham, I would like to welcome you to this year’s Pelham Art Festival.
For the past 34 years, this festival has been providing an opportunity for artists of a variety of mediums to showcase their vision through their work. And, over those 34 years, the festival has directed proceeds to important community initiatives and institutions, donating almost $450,000. Beneficiaries have included our Pelham libraries, community art projects, and students pursuing studies in fine art, and those enrolled in the Art and Design program at Niagara College.
There isn’t anyone attending this year’s festival that didn’t hope we would be able to celebrate the artists and this event in person this year; however, the current pandemic climate dictates that we must, as we have with so many other areas of our lives, move online. The festival’s committee has done a tremendous job creating a digital space for the festival to live, and everyone involved should be commended for their hard work and dedication.
And if there is any lingering disappointment that this year’s event cannot take place live, you can take comfort in the fact that, from May 1-31, you can enjoy the beauty of art through this online festival and let it whisk you away to wherever you need to go. That is the power of art.
- Mayor Marvin Junkin -
Pelham Regional Councillor - Diana Huson
The Theme of the Year is Our Planet, Our Future ~ Environmental Awareness
Addressed by St, Catharines-born Edward Burtynsky, who is regarded as one of the world's most accomplished contemporary photographers, his large format photographs showing the impact of humans on the planet's environment are included in the collections of over 60 major museums around the world. Edward Burtynsky shares how COVID-19 changed his plans, and as a result, his body of work. Adam Shoalts is a professional explorer, adventurer, and #1 national bestselling author. He was raised in Pelham and attended E.W. Farr, Pelham Centre, and E.L. Crossley. His newest book, Beyond the Trees, tells the story of his nearly 4,000 kilometre journey alone across Canada's Arctic and was a #1 bestseller on Amazon.
Want to learn more about the music presented at the Festival? Every year the Festival features "live music" as arranged by Jim Casson, a Fonthill musician.
Family Fun Scavenger Hunt 2021
How about a fun art activity for the family? Explore the Our Planet, Our Future Environmental Theme with an art Scavanger Hunt, answering questions around the artists' artworks.