The Orangeville Art Group’s (OAG) annual fall show and sale typically takes place mid-October at the Tony Rose Arena in Orangeville. The event features 35-40 artists in various mediums – pottery, sculpture, and painting.
The OAG was first established in 1955 by nine women brought together by their art. Today the group counts 85 members among its ranks, offering community and support through workshops and exposure.
“We are art and culture in the community of Orangeville,” says Warren Galloway, a painter and vice-president of the OAG. Warren has been involved with the group for four years, which helped connect him with other painters and artists in the area when he made the move from Toronto.
“I would have been lost in the community without having something to get me into it,” he says.
Having a strong community of artists makes for a stronger community at large, Warren asserts. And an event like the annual art show helps bring those two groups together.
“The community really lacks something if it doesn’t have a vibrant art community,” he says. “It’s part of community spirit, it’s part of everything that goes on.”