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Artists descend on Elora to paint outside (13 photos)

Elora Plein Air festival has artists painting outdoors this Victoria Day weekend

CENTRE WELLINGTON – Residents and visitors to Elora and Fergus may notice people painting outside on the Victoria Day weekend. 

They’re here for the Elora Plein Air Festival which sees artists from across Canada and the US painting outdoors in the township. 

A news release from the festival stated over 70 artists have come to take part in the festival this year. 

Painting began on Thursday morning and continues all weekend. 

It’s not just for fun but there’s also a competition side to things with around $3,000 in prizes. 

The festival culminates in a show and sale at the Elora Centre for the Arts on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. where more than 200 paintings, completed during the festival, will be on display and available for purchase. 

Other festival events include: 

  • Plein air painting demonstrations by artist and festival judge Sam Paonessa at the Victoria Street walking bridge in Elora both Friday and Saturday afternoons from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Quick paint competition at Templin Gardens in Fergus starting at 9 am on Saturday, May 21. Artists will be challenged to complete a painting in two hours. These works will be judged and offered for sale, on site, at noon.
  • Film on a Plate at the Highland Rugby Club building Friday evening in Fergus featuring food and an art-related film. Tickets can be purchased here
  • A.J. Casson’s Elora, a free guided walking tour led by the Village Duo, Gary Bryant and Al Koop, will leave from the Elora Tourism office at 2 p.m. Saturday and present locations where the famous Group of Seven painter did his own plein air work in Elora.