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Elora Plein Air Festival returns later this month

The four-day outdoor art event kicks off on May 18

Organizers of the Elora Plein Air Festival are bracing themselves for the arrival of artists from across Canada and the US. The four-day event kicks off on Thursday, May 18, and runs until Sunday, May 21, culminating in the Show and Sale of the works completed the previous three days.

You may see artists painting in a sou’wester in the rain or perched precariously on a river’s edge or painting a Nocturne in the middle of the night. Check out the Quick Paint event in Fergus on Saturday morning. Find ‘the piece you love’ at the Show and Sale open to the public at the Elora Centre for the Arts on Sunday, May 21 from noon to 5 p.m.

  • Free plein air demonstration by artist and teacher Eileen MacArthur.  A classic plein air demonstration on the Jack R. MacDonald Street walking bridge in downtown Elora on Friday, May 19 from noon to 2 p.m.
  • Free ‘Be a Plein Air Artist’ - Eileen MacArthur invites kids and adults to join in a participative exercise in creating a simple plein air sketch at Bissell Park, Elora on Saturday, May 20 from 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
  • Quick Paint Competition at Templin Gardens in Fergus Saturday morning, May 20. HQ will be at Provost Lane, Fergus. Artists must complete a painting in two hours from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by judging and a sale of works, on-site.
  • Sensational Jazz with D’eve Archer at the Elora Legion on Saturday evening, May 20.
  • A.J. Casson’s Elora, a 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, May 20, and wind through the village locales where this famous Group of Seven artist did his own plein air work in Elora.
  • The Elora Plein Air Festival Show and Sale The culmination of seventy artists painting across Centre Wellington, in town and country.  A beautiful display of works of scenes around our beautiful township. 

More details are available here