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Adult Classes


March 19 @ 8:00 am - June 25 @ 5:00 pm

Held in the Gallery unlimited no registration required

March 19-June 25

Mondays 1-3pm

$2 Donation to The Tutu in You…Sewing off the Edge!


Riverside Ruggers is a community based Rug Hooking group at the Elora Centre for the Arts. We meet weekly in the gallery to exchange ideas and connect with other rug hookers in a casual setting. Our hope as a group is to encourage new members in this traditional craft and promote the artform to a broader audience through exhibitions and special workshops in partnership with the ECFTA. All levels welcome.

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A Gas Light Fantasy

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

ECFTA presents a Fundraiser Fashion Show with a Steampunk twist in celebration of our new boiler!

The night features contemporary fashions for men and women by local boutiques Karger Gallery, Aria Boutique, Broderick’s and Jaboli.

Come see the fabulous fabric creations of TuTu in You and dance performance by the delightful Fergus-Elora Academy of Dance.

A call to all steampunk fans that want to add to the ambiance of the night and come dressed in the tasteful attire of the genre!!!

Silent Auction and Prize Draws throughout the night

Doors Open 6PM

Join us for delicious cocktails and delectable culinary tastings by Savoy and Dar’s Country Market

Fashion Show 7PM Sharp

General Admission: $25 (limited general seating so come early if you want a chair!)
VIP Tickets: $40 and selling fast!!!! VIP tickets include reserved seating, a delicious cocktail and a take away bag of goodies.

Tickets can be purchased at the Elora Centre for the Arts, Karger Gallery, ARIA Boutique, Brodericks Clothiers & Jaboli in Fergus.

A big thank you to our supportive community art sponsors- Elora Brewing Company, Elora Home Hardware, Savoy Culinary, Dar’s Country Market #ecftafosteringcommunity #elora #steampunkfashion

?photo courtesy of Dan Dunlop

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Together at the Gallery ~ Seniors and Children Connecting Through Art

April 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Monday, repeating until June 4, 2018

Intergenerational arts group for ages 5 – 12 and Seniors

Spring Project: Story Garden Mural

Art Facilitators: Judy Anderson and Stephanie Lines-Toohill

FREE Programme, pre-registration required (please contact Steph Lines-Toohill for details)

Mondays April 9 – Monday June 4, 2018 (8 weeks)
10am – 12pm
*No session Victoria Day May 21st

Participants will work together using a variety of art materials to create a collaborative art installation that shares their life stories with community.
The finished art piece will be showcased at Planet Youth Extravaganza at ECFTA June 6th – June 17th.
Sponsored by Guelph Community Foundation and the Ken Danby Fund.

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Exploring Oil and Cold Wax Medium

April 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Monday, repeating until May 14, 2018

with Laurie Skantzos

Mondays April 9-May 14 (6 sessions)


Members $180 +HST

Non-Members $190 + HST


This course will appeal to painters of any level who wish to deepen or rekindle their relationship to their inner muse. Over six weeks, you will venture deeper into your painting process and develop your personal expression in a safe, non-judgmental and playful space. Demonstrations using oil and cold wax, along with a variety of implements, will give you extra tools to assist you in your exploration. We will be layering, scraping back, using solvent reductions, adding pastels, stamps and stencils, and much more. Experimenting with a variety of tools such as brayers, clay modeling tools and “squeegies”, we will create beautifully rich surfaces.

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April 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, repeating until June 13, 2018

An Inclusive Varying Abilities Workshop for Adults 18+

With ECFTA Arts Educator

Wednesdays 10 – 11:30

April 4 – June 13, 2018

$10+HST per session

Pre-registration is required as space is limited

*The ECFTA is not wheelchair accessible


Try your hand at a variety of artistic materials in these guided project-based workshops specifically designed to support adults of all abilities working side by side in our community. Please bring your support worker if assistance is required.

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April 28 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

with Grazyna Adamska



Members $90 +HST

Non-Members $100+HST


Participants will explore the human form with water-based mixed media while working from a life model, seeking to capture the psychological tension of the figure while experimenting with various mediums in expressive ways. The workshop aims to encourage student to explore the human figure in a broader sense than a nude model. Students will be inspired to exercise their visual interpretive skills. They will be encouraged to use (but not limited to) new materials such as acetate sheets and mixed media for personal expression. Open to all levels.

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Plein Air Painting Workshops with Sam Paonessa

May 5 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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An event every day that begins at 9:30am, repeating until May 6, 2018

Saturday May 5  &  Sunday May 6 , 2018

9:30 – 4:30

Members $120+HST for one day / $225 +HST for both days   

Non-Members $130 +HST for one day/ $245 +HST for both days


Improve your plein air painting skills with professional artist Sam Paonessa. Reinforce painting principles and techniques, and develop visual editing skills. Demonstrations, individual attention, and encouragement will increase your creative confidence. Enjoy the colour and tonal challenges of landscape painting. You are invited to work with acrylic or oil paint. Some plein air experience is advised. Be prepared for weather, rain or shine and note that locations may require walking and transporting painting equipment.

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100 Mile Natural Dyeing with ash alberg

May 20 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$95 +HST

Additional $45 kit fee payable to instructor on day of class

Upper Canada Fibreshed Presents : Learn how to dye yarn with natural dyer ash alberg using materials from the Upper Canada Fibreshed. Using locally foraged plants and wool from a neighbourhood farm, we’ll spend the day learning everything from how to forage ethically and responsibly and how not to shock your fibres. Students will choose between multiple dye pots and/or eco-printing (make your own speckled yarn with environmentally friendly practices!). Leave the workshop with enough naturally dyed yarn to make a project for yourself or a loved one.

*Please bring a lunch, a pair of rubber or latex gloves, and wear clothes that you can get messy in.

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Elora Tarot and Divination Festival

May 26 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Interested in getting a reading? There will be readings with tarot and Lenormand cards, crystal balls, cowrie shells, charm casting and tea leaves, as well as tarot circle process, and working with the ancestors.

Sign up for a workshop! If you’ve always wondered about how to do various types of readings, you can take classes and workshops to start learning how to read for yourself and others.

Meet the diviners! Our internationally recognized readers, deck creators and instructors from near and far, include: Monica Bodirsky, Andrew Kyle McGregor, Carrie Paris, Marilyn Shannon, James Wells, Amy Lou Taylor, Sue Weare, Lori Lytle, Paul Georgiou, and Tina Hardt.

How it will work: A $10.00 weekend pass (available at the door) allows you to come and go throughout the weekend. At 10:00 each morning, come and meet the diviners of the day, and hear about their particular divination tool and style, and the workshops they are offering. Then you can sign up for a particular reading or workshop. First come, first served.

Workshop and reading costs vary. You can also take a wander through the vendor’s marketplace and see what goodies are on offer.

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Floral Portraits in Pen & Ink with Watercolour

June 9 @ 10:00 am - June 10 @ 4:00 pm

With Michael Spillane

June 9 & 10, 2018

10:00 – 4:00pm

Members $162 + HST

Non-Members $168 + HST


This workshop is ideal for the botanical artist looking for something a little different. A step-by-step floral project will be the focus of the two-day workshop with demonstrations, one-on-one interaction with students and detailed instructional handouts. Studies will lead up to the completion of a tonal drawing in graphite, followed by exercises designed to explore the intricate textures used in pen and ink drawings. The project will then be completed in pen and ink with subtle watercolour washes.

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