Alton Mill Arts Centre

This October discover painters, potters and photographers at Alton Mill Arts Centre

And that’s not all: jewellery, glass & textile artists and galleries featuring contemporary Canadian and international art. You can buy a gift or a work of art for your home or office, or develop your own creative skills in one of many classes and workshops ranging from acrylic or encaustic painting, to pottery or jewellery making. You can even go for a hike, on a trail that meanders past a breathtaking stonewall sculpture in the forest, to the Millcroft Inn and Spa. All in an idyllic waterside setting, less than an hour northwest of downtown Toronto. The mill is open to visitors year-round, Wednesday to Sunday, and Holiday Mondays 10am-5pm.


Here’s what’s going on at the Alton Mill Arts Centre during Taste of the Harvest:


Empty Bowls 2018

Sunday, October 21, 2018 | 11:30am – 5pm

Buy a delicious soup in a hand-made bowl, keep the bowl as a gentle reminder that not everyone has a full bowl every day. 100% of the proceeds donated to local food banks.

A fundraiser for local food banks, Empty Bowls is an international project to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on the community level. The 9th annual Caledon-Orangville Empty Bowls fundraiser will take place at the Alton Mill Arts Centre on Sunday, October 21st with the luncheon between 11:30 – 2:00 p.m. and dinner between 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Tickets for this event are $40 (which includes the price for your bowl) and can be purchased online.

We request that consumers bring items to be donated to local food banks; dry food goods or canned goods. These can be dropped off at the Alton Mill Arts Centre during regular hours: Wed-Sun 10-5 between now and the event date.






Autumn Leaves “Negative Painting” Watercolour Workshop with CJ Shelton

DATES: Two Sessions available
Saturday October 6, 2018
Friday October 19, 2018

TIME:  1-4:30 pm
LOCATION: Studio 206, Upper Floor of the Alton Mill Arts Centre
COST:  $85 + HST per person/per session



Nothing says “autumn” more than the glorious colours of the leaves changing. In this workshop you will learn a beautiful technique known as “negative painting”. Typically when working in watercolour we paint “in the positive”, meaning we add one shape on top of another. Negative painting is an intriguing, alternative approach in which the subject is established by painting around the object rather than by painting the object itself. In other words, you define various objects from close to distant, gradually revealing their shapes gradually and creating more depth and dimension with each layer of color you add. The magic is in the “reveal”!

Negative painting uses some very traditional watercolour techniques – wet-in-wet technique and glazing. In this class you will learn how to apply both techniques to achieve the beautiful negative painting effect. If you have taken a watercolour class with CJ before you will love learning this alternative approach for creating rich, layered paintings.

New students are also welcome, even complete newbies who have never tried watercolour before! If you have taken sessions with CJ this one will build on your previous drawing or painting skills and add additional ones to your repertoire. Please bring any watercolour brushes or paints you currently have although supplies will be available for those who don’t have them. Paper and stretching boards will be supplied.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Contact CJ at 519-942-2018 or email


All Hallows Eve “Witches Ladder” Workshop with CJ Shelton

DATE: Saturday October 27, 2018
TIME: Two Sessions available

MORNING SESSION from 10 am to 12 Noon
AFTERNOON SESSION from 2 to 4 pm

LOCATION:  Studio 206, Upper Floor of the Alton Mill Arts Centre
COST:  $75 + HST per person (includes all materials)
AGES:  Suitable for ages 12 years and up


The Celtic festival of “Samhain” (pronounced ‘sow-wen’) is the pagan origin of our modern day All Hallows Eve or Halloween. This was an important time for our ancient ancestors as it marked the beginning of the Dark Half of the Year or winter. Traditionally celebrated around the first of November, this was the time when the ‘veils between the worlds’ were thin, meaning spirits, ghosts and goblins could pass easily from the world beyond into ours. It was also a time for remembering and honouring the ancestors or appeasing restless souls.

Join artist CJ Shelton to learn more about where our Halloween customs came from as you weave your own traditional ‘Witches Ladder’ from wool, ribbon and found objects. Locally farmed alpaca wool plus twigs, berries and other organic bits and pieces gathered from the forests and meadows will also be used to make the “ladders”. You may also bring along any other meaningful small objects that you would like to incorporate into your spell weaving.

This is a wonderful way to “harvest” your dreams and set new intentions, thoughts and prayers for the winter ahead. Your finished ‘ladder’ can be hung indoors or outdoors where it can send its message out into the spirit world as it protects your home.