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City celebrates 20 years of Art on the Street

Event to take place June 25 and June 26
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Evelyn Cairns has some artistic fun in the children's area of Art on the Street back in 2016. Tony Saxon/GuelphToday file photo

Celebrating its 20th year, Art on the Street organizers are pleased to invite you to this extra special two day event.  After pivoting to Art on the (Virtual) Street for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Guelph Arts Council (GAC) and the Downtown Guelph Business Association (DGBA) are excited to return to an in-person outdoor art experience. To celebrate the show’s 20 year milestone, Art On The Street will be extended and hosted over two consecutive days: Saturday, June 25 (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and Sunday, June 26 (11 a.m. - 4 p.m).  Guelph’s leading art fair will showcase an array of original work and exciting projects from nearly 100 established and emerging artists.  

Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, visitors can walk through this open-air art gallery in the beautiful and historic setting of Quebec Street.  Ceramics, jewellery, acrylic paintings, photography, textiles and much more will be on display, accompanied by the artists who made them.  

Over the last 2 decades, Art On The Street has seen a wide range of work and artists from across Ontario. The event has become a beloved and greatly celebrated Guelph tradition. The GAC and DGBA are very excited to have two artists who have taken part in every year of Art On The Street chosen as our poster artists for 2022.  

Michelle Miller is a local jeweller whose incredible pieces have been collected and admired by countless visitors over the years. She says “Art On The Street has always been one of my best shows, year after year! I have been a part of this show from its inception. It’s incredible how this event has grown and the excellent calibre of artists it hosts. I am honoured to be a part of it 20 years later!”

Bunny Safari is a Guelph potter whose distinct style of ceramic works have become signature mementos of the Wellington County area. “Art On the Street is such a great event that showcases artists/crafts folk at all levels of their artistic endeavours. I can not believe it has been twenty years already. The community support is amazing and I love meeting many of my original supporters year after year. It is thanks to these folks who appreciate the amazing arts here in Guelph, enable us to make our passion into our profession and thrive.” 

For those with young children, Play with Clay and the Suzuki String School will fill St George’s Square with creative activities. The Children’s Art Factory will take over the green space on Yarmouth St (across from the Park Mall) with their popular (and oh-so-cute)  Mini Maker Market featuring kids selling their wares.  Mini market stalls will feature goods made by little hands, and be surrounded by activities where kids make the art.

Find food on the street as patios take over Downtown Guelph.  Miijidaa on Quebec Street has al fresco dining front and back, Wyndham and Macdonell Streets have a wide variety of food choices and Capistrano Café is the best spot to eat lunch whilst soaking up the atmosphere.  

Art on the Street is a free event which welcomes art lovers of all ages, and is co-hosted by the Downtown Guelph Business Association (DGBA) and Guelph Arts Council (GAC).  To keep up to date on all the fun things happening during the event, please visit our Facebook event page.