Spring has sprung at the Alton Mill Arts Centre! Bring your friends & family together for the annual Spring Open House taking place Saturday April 29th – Sunday April 30th and enjoy everything the Mill has to offer. From great artwork by local artisans to delicious food from Gourmandissimo cafe, a variety of creative activities, this is one weekend you definitely want to mark on your calendars!
The Alton Mill invites you to our annual Spring Open House – with a twist! ‘Get Your Celtic On‘ during our themed weekend April 29 – 30th. Experience fantastic art, Celtic performances, an exciting jewelry line launch, video displays, enjoy scrumptious food from our Gourmandissimo Cafe and beer sampling from Caledon Hills Brewing Company, Guelph’s Wellington Brewery and Alton’s own, brand NEW Farmstead Brewing Company. Filled with family friendly activities, workshops, music & dance, ring in the spring with your loved ones and have fun!
The full, detailed programme summarizing all of the activities, times, sign-up information and locations will be posted the website. Read below for a summary of our “Get Your Celtic On” Spring Open House weekend.
A musical group of brothers and sisters, a sound, a style of music, a way of life, a volcanic explosion of talent and energy, intense emotion, and feral passion – the Alton Mill presents a special matinee performance of Rhythmfoot with the Frank & Chanda Leahy family Sunday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. This performance is not to be missed! Advance tickets are available online. Sign up for the Facebook Event for notification about the event.
On SATURDAY join Gallery Gemma Jewellery in introducing a brand new bridal collection by Noam Carver. Noam is a sculptor, designer and goldsmith whose jewelry unites classic and contemporary motifs from around the world. Drop into the gallery for the perfect chance to experience world class design in a beautiful, local setting.
BOTH DAYS, Mill artist CJ Shelton will be offering her very popular and engaging Celtic Knot Know-How workshop in studio 206. Taking place twice each day, 11 am and 2 pm on Saturday and 1 pm and 3 pm on Sunday, visitors can enjoy an introduction to drawing Celtic knots and transforming them into a mandala pattern. $35 including all materials.
Just for the kids! Mill artist, Linda Augustin will be leading a Celtic Coat of Arms painting workshop for children 7 years of age and up. The workshop will take place three times throughout both days: 11 am, 12:30pm and 2 pm. $15/person materials included, pre-registration recommended. On Saturday it will be in the Paul Morin Gallery, and on Sunday, in her studio, 211.
Try your hand at something unique – painting with beeswax! Give it a Whirl Encaustic art workshops taking place at the Hive. $20 plus HST including materials.
On SATURDAY, take in the soul-soothing sounds of the Celtic harp played by Sohayla Smith as you explore our Spring Open House and be moved by the talent of the Claymore Scottish Highland Dancers during their free Saturday performances in the Paul Morin Gallery at 12 noon, 1:30 and 3 pm.
On SUNDAY enjoy the tunes of celtic-inspired musican Bob McLean before and after the Rhythmfoot concert. Join Mill artist Paul Morin in his Celtic Art painting workshop. Witness the creation of neo-shamanic Celtic symbols as he address the histories behind them.
Want to get active and create something of your own on Sunday? Take part in Mark Grice The Artist’s Open Studio Sunday painting class in the Bridge Workshop between 1 and 4 pm. Sign up by going to his website. Fee is $40 including all materials.
Or want to try something completely different? Design and paint your own night owl or squirrel family and mount them on a piece of local live edge cherry at the Noodle Gallery’s Squirrelly Squirrels and Night Owls workshop with instructor Judy Anderson of kukucaju.com.
Also on Sunday, catch the inspiring film Rivers and Tides: of Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time in the Bartlett Gallery.
BOTH DAYS, witness the creation of Stone Wave, a dry stone art installation located on the trail above the Mill with Sean Donnelly and other members of the dry stone wall community. Supported by the Ontario Arts Council, this piece will be come into existence before your very eyes.
Swing a hammer or use a chisel to shape a stone! Under the guidance of dry stone worker Doug Bell, your efforts to shape a stone will become part of the Stone Wave project. If time permits, you may also get chance to carve celtic motif into a stone that will be on permanent display at the Alton Mill.
See metal turned into works of art before your very eyes, including Celtic knots by blacksmith George Church at the GeoForge both days.
If you have an appreciation for art but also functionality, join Mill artist Ann Randeraad in her Celtic pottery demonstration. Take home a piece of art that you can use!
Cuteness overload! See and pet newborn lambs on the 2nd floor of The Tower! In addition to being cute and cuddly, and very spring-like, did you know the wool used by the Celts (and others) comes from sheep and lambs? And while this is not shearing season, come see where wool comes from!
Roads, maps, and a surprise around every bend! For a landscape painter such as Bonnie Eskelson, road trips (plane trips, train trips…) are addictive! See her wonderful works on display at her show, 12 Days On The Road…And More in the Headwaters Arts Gallery.
On both days you can enjoy the Mayfield Secondary Grade 9 Art Show in the Falls Gallery and browse the wares of Celtic inspired guest artists and vendors including Circa Candles (Saturday only), Celtic Fair jewelry, Christine Marie Ford textiles, Brian Blakeman Isle of Skye paintings and painter Diana Skeates. Diana Skeates began painting her fabulous Celtic designs twenty years ago, quite spontaneously. She weaves her intricate and deeply tradition-based knots, combining them with colour that can best be described as stunning. “She began with a Celtic Cross and has continued with ancient symbols as they call to her. Diana has been ranked ‘The face of contemporary Celtic design in Canada’: David Rankin.”
Diana Skeates will also give an informal presentation both days at 1 & 3:30 pm days called “No Beginning No End” about the meaning of Celtic Knots from an up front and personal point of view. Constance Scrafield, owner of Celtic Fair, will give a presentation: “A History, Meaning and the Importance of the Celtic Knot” at 11:30 and 2 pm each day.
Some activities are subject to a separate fee, others are free, see the schedule (to be posted soon) for details. Overall voluntary admission is pay what you can, suggested donation $10 per adult, $5 per child, $20 per family.
We’d like to give a special thanks to Alton Mill artist CJ Shelton for her beautiful and meaningful Celtic tree image that she designed, just for this event. Thanks CJ!