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75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
(519) 846-9698

January 2020

School Outreach Program

January 2, 2020 @ 8:30 am - August 7, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CURRENTLY ON HOLD DUE TO COVID-19.  For the 2019/20 school year calendar, the Elora Centre for the Arts is offering several Outreach programs to classrooms throughout the Upper Grand District School Board. These programs are ECFTA Arts Educator guided, in-classroom or in-house (ECFTA) workshops, designed to supoort cirriculum and bring the many unique benefits of art-making to your students. We offer 2 themes, each containing diverse projects, designed to fit into two 50 minute blocks (100 minutes total). There are…

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Beat the Winter Blues! Winter Drawing Classes with Tim Murton

January 7, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - February 11, 2020 @ 9:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$225

SOLD OUT Tuesday Nights  |  January 7 - February 11, 2020  |  6 - 9 PM BEGINNER - INTERMEDIATE WELCOME!  Get social and have fun learning new skills on Tuesday nights with artist Tim Murton in a creative and congenial environment. This 6 week course will feature a series of hands-on exercises designed to explore ways to express what you see, feel or imagine. Explore composition, line, contour, light and shadow, atmospherics, perspective, golden mean, contour and gesture. Ideal for…

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Supportive Arts for Adults – Winter/Spring Edition 2020 (on hold)

January 9, 2020 @ 10:00 am - June 25, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$288.00

24 Week Winter/Spring Session  |  Thursdays 10AM-12PM Thursday Supportive Arts sessions will resume in the Fall. We understand the growing concern around the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)and as promised we are closely monitoring the evolving health reports from reputable sources.  The health of our community, staff and volunteers are the utmost importance to us. We are following the advice of local public health agencies and other leaders in our community as information unfolds rapidly.  This morning our Executive committee…

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Paint the Winter Blues Away! Winter Painting Classes with Tim Murton

January 9, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - February 13, 2020 @ 9:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$250

Thursday nights  |  January 9 - February 13, 2020  |  6 - 9 PM BEGINNER - INTERMEDIATE WELCOME!  Bring your painting materials and come learn, experiment, and make art with artist Tim Murton. Make a few new friends in a creative, friendly atmosphere and learn about colour and basic painting techniques to get you started on a very rewarding pastime. Guaranteed to stave off the winter blues. Ideal for the beginner to intermediate. All levels are welcome! All materials provided…

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Wet-Felted Wool Slippers Workshop with Megan Cleland

January 18, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$95.00

SOLD OUT Create your own pair of custom felted wool slippers, embellished with silk or yarn.  No sewing required! Designed as a full slipper with heel, made in one piece using a plastic resist technique.  Your choice of colour2. All materials provided. Ages 16+ $95 per person, plus HST Max 15 participants (Minimum of 6 students required to offer this class).   About the Instructor: Megan is a self-taught artist with a passion for felting. In 2000 Megan and her…

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Wet-Felted Wool Slippers Workshop with Megan Cleland

January 25, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$95.00

 SOLD OUT Second workshop added!  Create your own pair of custom felted wool slippers, embellished with silk or yarn.  No sewing required! Designed as a full slipper with heel, made in one piece using a plastic resist technique.  Your choice of colour. All materials provided. Ages 16+ $95 per person, plus HST Max 15 participants (Minimum of 6 students required to offer this class).   About the Instructor: Megan is a self-taught artist with a passion for felting. In 2000…

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Strike Day Art Camp – Tuesday January 28th!

January 28, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$56.00

sold out Ignite your creativity on the next strike day!  Join our ECFTA Arts Educators for a spontaneous, freestyle day of art making and outdoor fun! $56 per day 9 AM - 4PM Agest 4-12

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PD Day January: Shape Shifters!

January 31, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$56.00

SOLD OUT! Our first PA day of the year will find us in the gallery, exploring fluid line and shape-shifting in this day of 2-D abstraction, action painting and big shape art-making! Inspired by our upcoming tech exhibition; The Shape of Dance by glass artist Jerre Davidson: A behind-the-scenes look at how technology influences the artistic process. Led by artists and ECFTA Arts Educators Eileen MacArthur, Natalie McDonald and Judy Anderson. Ages 4-11 (split in two groups) $56 per student Max. 24…

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February 2020

Abstract Saturdays for Kids! 3 pack

February 1, 2020 @ 10:00 am - February 15, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$75.00

3-pack: February 1, 8, 15, 2020 This 3-week Saturday morning maker series will introduce budding artists ages 6-11 to the eye-popping world of abstract art making, with a little history thrown in! Inspired by American artist, Frank Stella and his amazing constructions, weeks 1 and 2 will focus on a painting, layering and working with different shapes and patterns and discuss how compositions are made. Week 3, we will create a custom lego-based sculpture as our inspiration for a bright…

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Wet-Felted Wool Slippers Workshop with Megan Cleland

February 2, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$95.00

NEW! Third workshop added!  Create your own pair of custom felted wool slippers, embellished with silk or yarn.  No sewing required! Designed as a full slipper with heel, made in one piece using a plastic resist technique.  Your choice of colour. Ages 16+ $95 per person, plus HST Max 15 participants (Minimum of 6 students required to offer this class).   About the Instructor: Megan is a self-taught artist with a passion for felting. In 2000 Megan and her husband…

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Strike Day Art Camp – Tuesday February 4th

February 4, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$56.00

sold out Ignite your creativity on strike day!  Join our ECFTA Arts Educators for freestyle art stations and a day of art making and outdoor fun! $56 per day 9 AM - 4PM Ages 4-12

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Brush Lettering Valentine’s Workshop with Wendy Hardy

February 5, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$45.00

SOLD OUT! Modern brush lettering is incredibly popular and it is very simple to learn! In this 3 hour workshop, we will learn a basic brush alphabet using the Tombow Fudenosuko brush marker. Once we have mastered the letterforms, we will learn to connect them to flow into words. We will then take our letters to the limits, extending ascenders and descenders, bouncing our letters of the baseline, and flourishing our pages. Create a Valentines Card with your own lettering…

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Going Carbon Neutral: Winter Tree Talk with Neighbourwoods

February 5, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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Going Carbon Neutral: It Takes a Village Cost: Free for members, $5 non-members Speaker: LINDA SWORD In 2007, Eden Mills decided to be the first village in North America to ‘go carbon neutral’, to emit no more CO2 than it absorbs. As we all know, this is easier said than done! Although the village has not yet reached its goal, we have taken the measure of more than 4500 tonnes of emissions, de-mystified their sources, and taken practical steps to…

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Strike Day Art Camp – Thursday February 6th

February 6, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$56.00

sold out Ignite your creativity on strike day!  Join our ECFTA Arts Educators for freestyle art stations and a day of art making and outdoor fun! $56 per day 9 AM - 4PM Ages 4-12

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Wet-Felted Wool Slippers Workshop with Megan Cleland

February 9, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$95.00

Sold Out! Third workshop added!  Create your own pair of custom felted wool slippers, embellished with silk or yarn.  No sewing required! Designed as a full slipper with heel, made in one piece using a plastic resist technique.  Your choice of colour. Please bring the following items to class: bubble wrap (roughly, 2’ x 4’) 2 large towels 2 plastic grocery bags newspaper (enough for stuffing slippers) permanent marker scissors vinyl gloves empty plastic water bottle Ages 16+ $95 per person,…

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Strike Day Art Camp – Monday February 10, 2020

February 10, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$56.00

SOLD OUT! Ignite your creativity on strike day!  Join our ECFTA Arts Educators for freestyle art stations and a day of art making and outdoor fun! $56 per day 9 AM - 4PM Ages 4-12

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Strike Day Art Camp – Tuesday February 11, 2020

February 11, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$56.00

SOLD OUT! Ignite your creativity on strike day!  Join our ECFTA Arts Educators for freestyle art stations and a day of art making and outdoor fun! $56 per day 9 AM - 4PM Ages 4-12

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Strike Day Art Camp – Friday February 21, 2020

February 21, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$56.00

Sold out Ignite your creativity on strike day!  Join our ECFTA Arts Educators for freestyle art stations and a day of winter-inspired art making and outdoor fun! $56 per day 9 AM - 4PM Ages 4-12

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Elora Acoustic Cafe presents Australia’s Saije

February 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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We are excited to launch our 'music in the gallery' series with Australia's multi-instrumental folk duo SAIJE!!! They are stopping by Elora as part of their Canadian Tour - you don't want to miss this! Awarded the Folk Alliance Australia "Young Artist of the Year" Award 2019-20! Dynamic guitar-lines and percussive breakdowns breathe life into their heartfelt stories. Their song writing typically encourages connection to self, to the earth and to each other - inviting you on a journey from…

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Needle-Felted Sheep Workshop with Megan Cleland

February 22, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$85.00

Create your own needle felted sheep portrait on an 8"x10" felt base using wool and curly locks! Students will be given a choice of two sheep photo's from which to work. Perfect for the beginner who wants to give needle felting a go! All materials provided Ages 12+ $85 per person, plus HST Max 15 participants  (Minimum of 6 students required to offer this class)   About the Instructor: Megan is a self-taught artist with a passion for felting. In…

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Strike Day Art Camp – Friday February 28, 2020

February 28, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$56.00

Dive in to creative exploration and outdoor fun on strike day!  Join our ECFTA Arts Educators for freestyle art stations and a day of winter-inspired art making and outdoor fun! $56 per day 9 AM - 4PM Ages 4-12

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March 2020

Uncials & Celtic Knots St. Patrick’s Workshop with Wendy Hardy

March 1, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$70

The Uncial hand is a very Celtic hand, with quite a bit of character and is fun to use. It is a very round alphabet with no capitals. Spend time with Wendy Hardy time learning the basics of Uncials and create your own Celtic knot variations. Then get your Irish on, using classic blessings and sayings to create unique pieces to frame or make into cards. We will be lettering with the 3.8mm Pilot Parallel Pen or a dip pen…

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Thursday night PAINT! Snowscapes (new date) Thurs. Mar. 5

March 5, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$45

RESCHEDULED DUE TO LAST WEEK'S STORM!  Not your average paint night! This class will introduce students how to paint snow, inspired by Canadian landscape painters who have mastered representations of snow, such as Clarence Gagnon and the Group of Seven. We will also look at the work of contemporary artists Peter Doig and Kim Dorland. Students will learn about colour and value, and complete an acrylic painting on canvas. No experience necessary. All materials included.  This workshop will take place…

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March Break Camp: Art in the Great Indoors!

March 16, 2020 @ 9:00 am - March 20, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$250.00

Cancelled.  The Centre will be closed for the week of March Break We understand the growing concern around the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)and as promised we are closely monitoring the evolving health reports from reputable sources.  The health of our community, staff and volunteers are the utmost importance to us. We are following the advice of local public health agencies and other leaders in our community as information unfolds rapidly.  This morning our Executive committee made the tough decision…

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Youth & Addiction Recovery: The Healing Power of Art and Creative Expression

March 29, 2020 @ 12:00 am - May 10, 2020 @ 12:00 am
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CURRENTLY ON HOLD DUE TO COVID-19. In partnership with Portage Ontario Residential Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Centre for youth, Elora Centre for the Arts (ECFTA) offers arts-based programming in our classroom  (includes 12 sessions).  Through individual and group-based art projects, students will have the opportunity to learn art techniques and practice the creative freedom of accepting mistakes, problem-solving and sharing using their projects as the catalyst.  The program will culminate in a public mural installation as well as work shown in…

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Neighbourwoods Spring 2020 Tree Talk: The High Lake Effect on Trees (cancelled)

March 31, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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Due to the province's direction on containment of the coronavirus, unfortunately the Spring Tree Talk has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule this event to a later date. Please watch the website and the Neighbourwoods newsletter for updates. _____ Speaker: WARREN HOSELTON, presented by Neighbourwoods Where: Elora Centre for the Arts, 75 Melville St, Elora Cost:  Free for members, $5 non-members The presentation will examine the effects of High Lakes levels around the Lake Ontario basin from the eyes of…

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April 2020

PD Day April: The Day of Nothing! (cancelled)

April 24, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$56.00

This has been cancelled, refunds will be issued. Let’s explore the idea of NOTHING!  Zero, blank, nil. What does nothing look like? A void, boredom, a black hole? Is it like “putting blue into your head”? The word “nothing” is real, but does “nothing” really exist? Nothing can be a starting point, it can be a beginning…a blank canvas!  Enjoy a day of rotating activities and projects, combined with fresh air outside!  (a ton of EVERYTHING, really) Led by artists and ECFTA…

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May 2020

Elora Plein Air Festival 2020 (cancelled)

May 14, 2020 @ 12:00 am - May 17, 2020 @ 12:00 am
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED May 14 - 17, 2020 Where: Fergus, Elora and surrounding countryside This is a wonderful weekend to visit and explore the Elora and Fergus area!  Artists will be set up throughout the area to capture the charming heritage buildings, historic neighbourhoods, the dramatic river or gorge vistas, rolling hillsides and picturesque farms of our uniquely beautiful region! The grand finale show and sale will be Sunday May 17th from 1PM-5PM in the gallery at the…

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June 2020

More Bees Please! PD Day Art Camp

June 5, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$56.00

This PD Day camp has been cancelled.  Refunds are in process. Friday June 5, 2020  |  9AM - 4PM Join artist and ECFTA Arts Educator Natalie McDonald for the last PD Day of the year!  Full of art-making and learning, this busy-buzzy day will be inspired by the friendly world of entomology and ornithology (birds and the bees!).  We will make a beehive box, explore the difference between bugs and insects, create a bird themed project and buzz with creativity…

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September 2020

Ride the Welly Loop – Guided Route

September 13, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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The Welly Loop is a bike route through Elora and Fergus that takes about 1 hour to complete.  You are invited to come give it a try!  Enjoy a guided ride of The Loop on Sunday September 13th at 9AM - sharp! Meet in the parking lot of the Elora Centre for the Arts.  Everyone is welcome.  No sign-up required, socially distanced.  This week we are riding in support of Portage. Green Lanes is a Centre Wellington advocacy group that pushes…

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Classroom and Workshops at ECFTA during Covid-19

September 17, 2020 - November 30, 2020
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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Our workshop class sizes have been reduced to ensure that work stations for workshop participants can be 2 metres apart.  Where class size is more than 8, we have overflow teaching space in our gallery.  The safety and peace of mind for our participants, visitors and staff are our priority.  We believe that creativity can be very valuable in this time of recovery, and we invite you to visit our gallery, artisan shop or sign up for a workshop.  For…

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Gallery Show & Sale | Elora Fergus Studio Tour 2020

September 17, 2020 @ 11:00 am - October 11, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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September 17 - October 11, 2020 | Gallery & Artisan Shop open Thursday - Sundays (check times) The Elora Fergus Studio Tour will look different this year!  The annual Studio Tour Show & Sale WILL TAKE PLACE in the gallery at the Elora Centre for the Arts and feature a sample of each Studio Tour artist's work.  The Show & Sale in the gallery will run from September 17 - October 11, 2020.  This also marks the re-opening of the…

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Plein Air Kids! Painting Outside with Watercolours

September 19, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$40.00

SOLD OUT!  This class is all about painting in the great outdoors! We will begin inside in the classroom with a short lesson covering the fundamentals of working outside including how to choose a subject, composition and how to paint some simple textures. Then we head outside, rain or shine, to the yard at the Art Centre, set up our easels and create a watercolour painting en plein air! Led by artist and ECFTA Arts Educator Eileen MacArthur. Please come dressed…

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Painting in the Dark! Plein Air at Night with Eileen MacArthur

September 19, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$40.00

How about this for a Saturday night? This is plein air in the dark! We will be working outside with watercolour and brush pen, but with the added twist of seeing the landscape and our palettes, limited by the lack of light. We won't really know what the paintings looks like until the end of the evening, when we head back inside and take a look in the light of the classroom. Artists are required to bring their own sketchbooks.  A $10…

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10 Simple Steps Towards a Zero Waste Home!

September 24, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$25.00

Thursday September 24, 2020  |  7 - 8:30PM Join Susan Gentilcore of All Things Preserved for an evening of earth-friendly learning and making! We all want to make changes to reduce waste in our lives, but sometimes we just don’t know where to begin. This fun, interactive and hands-on event is a great place to start. We’ll discuss 10 easy, low or no-cost changes we can all make in our daily lives to reduce waste, save money and help the…

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SOLD OUT! Indian Food Fundraiser for Elora Centre for the Arts

September 28, 2020 @ 8:00 am - October 23, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$35.00 – CAD$95.00

SOLD OUT!  |  Delivery is on Friday October 23  Unfortunately we had a limited number of meals we could prepare, so we sold out quickly!  We had such an overwhelming and positive response that we will do this again in the future!  Stay tuned! If you would still like to support this fundraiser, please consider making a donation to the Elora Centre for the Arts page on the Canada Helps website.  Thank you to our amazing community! Delivery times:  At…

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Supportive Arts Program | OTF Grant Boost

September 29, 2020 @ 10:00 am - December 17, 2020 @ 12:30 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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New Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) grant will boost our Supportive Arts program for adults 18+ with learning (dis)abilities We are so thankful to the OTF who's grant will help us grow this community program over the next 3 years!  Our goal with this program is the enrich the lives of our community participants through arts-based learning opportunities and compelling artistic experiences.           Due to COVID restrictions and the compromised immune systems of some of our participants,…

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October 2020

Make Your Own Beeswax Wraps

October 1, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$50.00

Thursday October 1, 2020  |  7 - 9 PM Start your earth-friendly journey and spend a couple of hours to make your own beeswax food wraps and reduce one-time plastic use!  Kick the single-use disposable habit with homemade beeswax wraps - a great alternative to plastic wrap. You can use them to cover food and keep it fresh; veggies, cheeses, sandwiches, baked goods and snacks. They’re reusable dozens and dozens of times and can easily be refreshed at home if…

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Fantasy Creatures! Saturday Workshop

October 10, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$35.00

sold out Ages 8-16 $35 Explore various watercolour and inking techniques to create your own unique fantasy creature with artist Katherine Olenic. Build your imagination and drawing skills by learning how to blend colour using inking techniques to bring your fantasy imagination to the page! Katherine will demonstrate various styles from fantasy, cartoon, to realistic to help your kiddo design their own fantasy creations! A great starter class for anyone who wants to have fun with watercolour, inking and their…

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Oil & Cold Wax Workshop with Laurie Skantzos

October 17, 2020 @ 11:00 am - October 18, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$225.00

This 2-day weekend workshop will appeal to painters of any level, who wish to deepen or rekindle their relationship to their inner muse. Over two days, 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,…

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Natural Dyes & Eco-Print Workshop

October 24, 2020 @ 10:00 am - October 25, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$250.00

Saturday and Sunday October 24 & 25, 2020  |  10AM - 4PM Join Gosia Eco Designs’, Margaret Marcy for this unique weekend workshop exploring the magic of natural dyes and eco printing! Create a natural fiber botanical wrap/scarf using Margaret’s Eco Printing technique with flowers and leaves. Finished wrap will be approx. 70”x22”. Get to know local plants for printing Learn the process for mordanting protein and cellulose fabrics Eco print with dyes and mordant blankets Discover different methods of bundling…

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‘Continuum’ – Considerations of Memory in Unquiet Landscapes | Opening Reception

October 24, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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Saturday October 24 from 1-4PM Our Opening Reception is by registration only - please sign up for your preferred arrival time so we maintain small numbers in the gallery.  Meet Sylvia Galbraith and be one of the first people to view her exhibition!  Please click here to register for your Opening Reception time slot. Please note that social distancing protocols are in effect.  Masks must be worn inside the building. Co-presented by the Elora Centre for the Arts and Art…

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Tell Good Stories! | A workshop on the art of storytelling

October 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$35.00

sold out! Learn to tell good stories! Stories entertain and inform us, but they also help us understand who we are, where we come from and where we are going, so it would only make sense that we should want to tell good stories.  Join professional Storyteller Brad Woods to discuss and discover what makes a good story and how to tell it.   Through the Art of Storytelling, Brad will use traditional, original and personal stories to provide an opportunity…

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November 2020

Paint! Dutch Floral Still Life with Eileen MacArthur

November 7, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$60.00

SOLD OUT! This class will be an introduction to painting in oils with florals as the subject. Looking at the works of Dutch masters for inspiration, we will be learning about paint handling, colour mixing, and creating shape and drama. We will also discuss glazing and how to unify paintings and create strong focal points. Students will go home with an 8x10 canvas detail of a Dutch Still Life botanical. No experience required. A $10 kit fee is payable to…

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Animation Flip Books! For Kids (Sunday workshop)

November 8, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$35.00

sold out! Ages 8-16 $35 includes materials Learn to create your own moving characters with artist Katherine Olenic. In Sunday workshop, Katherine will work to develop your animation skills by making your own flip books. Bouncing balls, flying birds and finally bringing your own original character to life. Learn how your favourite animated movies or TV shows are made and how you can do that too! A great intro class for kiddo’s that want to have fun drawing and learning…

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Tell Good Stories! | A workshop on the art of storytelling #2

November 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$35.00

SOLD OUT! Learn to tell good stories! Stories entertain and inform us, but they also help us understand who we are, where we come from and where we are going, so it would only make sense that we should want to tell good stories.  Join professional Storyteller Brad Woods to discuss and discover what makes a good story and how to tell it.   Through the Art of Storytelling, Brad will use traditional, original and personal stories to provide an opportunity…

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Let’s Sing About Passion! | A live-stream fundraiser for the Arts

November 15, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$30.00

Hosted by TV and film actor Noah Danby! The most exciting live-stream event will be coming to your computer screens - let's come together, celebrate and be rejuvenated with songs performed by stage performers who you know and love!  We have an incredible line-up of performers (with more being added to the list every day)! We want to help keep the arts alive during this global pandemic.  This event acknowledges the impact the pandemic has had on our stage performers…

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Private Shopping on Wednesdays in the Artisan Shop | Pre-registration required!

November 25, 2020 @ 11:00 am - December 23, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until December 23, 2020

ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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Free

We want to make it as comfortable as possible for our community members to come on in and support our amazing makers and artists this holiday season!  If you would prefer to pre-register for a more private shopping time on Wednesdays leading into Christmas, please click here to sign up for a time that works best for you.  We will only be opening the doors for people who pre-register on Wednesdays, and we will be keeping the numbers to 4…

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December 2020

Now Hiring: Winter Part Time Contract Position

December 4, 2020 @ 8:00 am - December 9, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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Position: Programming Assistant This position is a part time contract from January 4 - February 26, 2021 (8 weeks). The hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9AM - 3PM (total of 26 hours per week). Job responsibilities include scheduling, planning and helping to prepare and execute our "Satellite Student Learning" learning & art program. Leadership skills a must. An interest in education and the arts in general are an asset.  The successful candidate will help to prep art kits…

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January 2021

Venue Rentals

January 1, 2021 @ 9:00 am - December 31, 2022 @ 11:59 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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host your wedding.

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February 2021

Supportive Arts Program for Young Adults with (dis)Abilities

February 2 @ 10:00 am - June 18 @ 12:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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About the Project: Supportive Arts is a unique program offering arts-based learning opportunities and compelling artistic experiences to individuals with disabilities living in the community. We welcome adults and caregivers from Wellington County and the surrounding areas to our weekly program. Led by ECFTA Arts Educators and Mindfulness Coaches, Supportive Arts runs Tuesday and Thursday mornings from September to June. This past year, we have conducted both “live and in-person” as well as “virtual” sessions for our participants. Currently, due to Covid-19…

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Satellite Learning & Art Stations for Students: Covid Response Program

February 10 @ 9:00 am - March 31 @ 3:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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Free

About the Project: The Satellite Learning & Art Stations for Students program is for university, college and high school students who are remote learning in our community.  The program utilizes three large spaces within the Elora Centre for the Arts - the classroom and the artisan shop are set up to offer socially distanced work stations where students can complete their school work, benefit from artistic and creative explorations, feel less isolated, and be supported by educational assistants (retired teachers)…

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July 2021

MAKER MORNINGS! Half-day Open-Air Art Camp

July 5 @ 9:00 am - July 9 @ 1:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$185.00

SOLD OUT! Ages 4-6 Max 12 $185/week (a 10% discount will be applied at checkout for ECFTA Members) Join us for a week of playful creativity under our big top canopy tent and the big blue sky! Each morning will be filled with nature-inspired creativity, outdoor art & craft making under our 1500 sq. ft. canopy, new friends and lots of free-range play perfect for a hot July week! Maker Mornings! is led by ECFTA Arts Educators, Judy Anderson (Mon,…

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BIG DAY OUT! Full day Open-Air Art Camp

July 12 @ 9:00 am - July 16 @ 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$300.00

SOLD OUT! Ages 7-11 Max 12 $300/week (a 10% discount will be applied at checkout for ECFTA Members) Campers! Join us for a full week of fresh-air fun, designed to bring out the young artist in you!  Each day will be filled with nature-inspired creativity, outdoor art & craft making under our 1500 sq. ft. big-top canopy tent, new friends and lots of free-range play perfect for a hot July week! BIG DAY OUT! is led by guest instructor Carolyn McLeod-McCarthy…

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BIG DAY OUT! Full day open air art camp

July 19 @ 9:00 am - July 23 @ 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$300.00

SOLD OUT! Ages 7-11 Max 12 $300/week (a 10% discount will be applied at checkout for ECFTA Members) Campers! Join us for a full week of fresh-air fun, designed to bring out the young artist in you! Each day will be filled with nature-inspired creativity, outdoor art & craft making under our 1500 sq. ft. big-top canopy tent, new friends and lots of free-range play perfect for a hot July week! BIG DAY OUT! is led by guest instructor Carolyn McLeod-McCarthy…

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MAKER MORNINGS! Half day open-air art camp (3 days only)

July 26 @ 9:00 am - July 28 @ 1:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$110.00

SOLD OUT! This is a 3-day camp in the mornings Ages 4-6 Max 12 $110/week (a 10% discount will be applied at checkout for ECFTA Members) Join us for a mini week of  playful creativity under our big top canopy tent and the big blue sky! Each morning will be filled with nature-inspired creativity, outdoor art & craft making under our 1500 sq. ft. canopy, new friends and lots of free-range play perfect for a hot July summer! Maker Mornings! is…

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Red Plaid Shirt | presented by the Elora Community Theatre

July 29 @ 2:00 pm - August 2 @ 7:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$17.70

Show Times: Thursday July 29 at 7PM  |  Friday July 30 at 7PM  |  Saturday July 31 at 2PM and 7PM  |  Sunday August 1 at 2PM  |  Monday August 2 at 2PM Tickets are $20 each (including HST) Visa, Mastercard accepted. Please note Visa Debit is not accepted. Online sales end at 9 am on each show date.  NOTE THAT SUNDAY AUGUST 1 SHOW AT 2PM HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER.  If you did not receive an email…

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August 2021

BIG DAY OUT! Full day open-air art camp (4 days only)

August 3 @ 9:00 am - August 6 @ 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$240.00

SOLD OUT! This is a 4-day camp, full days Ages 7-11 Max 12 $240/4 day week (a 10% discount will be applied at checkout for ECFTA Members) Campers! Join us for a 4-day week full of fresh-air fun, designed to bring out the young artist in you! Each day will be filled with nature-inspired creativity, outdoor art & craft making under our 1500 sq. ft. big-top canopy tent, new friends and lots of free-range play perfect for a hot August…

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ART IN THE AFT! Half day open-air art camp

August 9 @ 1:00 pm - August 13 @ 5:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$185.00

SOLD OUT! Ages 7-11 Max 12 $185/week (a 10% discount will be applied at checkout for ECFTA Members) Join us for a week of playful creativity under our big top canopy tent and the big blue sky! Each afternoon will be filled with nature-inspired creativity, outdoor art & craft making under our 1500 sq. ft. canopy, new friends and lots of free-range play perfect for a hot August week! ART IN THE AFT! is led by ECFTA Arts Educators, Judy Anderson…

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Shakespeare in the Park: “A Midsummer Nights Dream”

August 20 @ 3:00 pm - August 29 @ 8:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$17.70

SHOW DATES AND TIMES: August 20, 21, 22 and August 27, 28, 29, 2021 Outdoor event presented at Bissell Park, Elora Community Theatre presents "Shakespeare in the Park". A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, directed by Deb Stanson and David Tanner This is their 8th season!  Tickets are $20 (including HST) Visa, Mastercard accepted. Please note Visa Debit is not accepted. The show must go on… Performances are rain or shine:  tickets are non-refundable. Tickets may be exchanged for…

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MAKER MORNINGS! Half day open-air art camp (4 days only)

August 24 @ 9:00 am - August 27 @ 1:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$148.00

SOLD OUT! This is a 4 day camp, mornings only Ages 4-6 Max 12 $148/4 days (a 10% discount will be applied at checkout for ECFTA Members) Join us for a 4-day week of playful creativity under our big top canopy tent and the big blue sky! Each morning will be filled with nature-inspired creativity, outdoor art & craft making under our 1500 sq. ft. canopy, new friends and lots of free-range play perfect for a hot Aug week! MAKER…

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September 2021

Knife Making Demonstration with Forged Link

September 11 @ 9:00 am - September 12 @ 5:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$84.07

September 11 & 12 from 9AM - 5PM each day   The Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association proudly hosts a two day demonstration with Forged Link of Elmwood, Ontario in the outdoor greenspace at the Elora Centre for the Arts. Guests will learn: - Forging a Brut de Forge knife - Full handle construction - Forging a Siberian style Yakut knife - Rat tail tang construction - Pattern welded steel billets - Plus much more! Ticket also includes: Artist Reception in the…

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Supportive Arts Program for Adults with (dis)Abilities – Fall Program

September 14 @ 10:00 am - December 16 @ 12:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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An inclusive, all abilities art and mindfulness workshop for adults with (dis)abilities 18+ SUPPORTIVE ARTS is a unique program supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, offering arts-based learning opportunities and compelling artistic experiences to individuals with (dis)abilities living in the community. We welcome adults and caregivers from Wellington County and the surrounding areas to our weekly program. Led by ECFTA Arts Educators and Mindfulness Coaches.  The Supportive Arts Fall 2021 program has expanded to 3 sessions per week. Please note…

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Elora Fergus Studio Tour 2021

September 25 @ 10:00 am - October 3 @ 5:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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Studio Tour weekends:  September 25-26 and October 2-3, 2021  |  10AM - 5PM Drop-in Opening Reception: September 16, 2021  |  between 7 - 9 PM in the gallery at Elora Centre for the Arts Here’s your chance to get a look behind the scenes. Take a self-guided tour and meet artists where they live and work. Many artists and craftspeople will open their studios for two consecutive fall weekends. The Studio Tour is completely free of charge. You’ll get a…

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October 2021

Sylvia Galbraith Photography Workshop presents “Photography Skills Level 1”

October 5 @ 7:00 pm - November 23 @ 10:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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Sylvia Galbraith Photography Workshop presents "Photography Skills Level 1" This is an 8-week course on Tuesdays from October 5 - November 23, 2021  |  7:00 - 10:00 PM Classes will be held in the classroom at the Elora Centre for the Arts, and will run in-person following Public Health guidelines. About the Course: Based on my Conestoga College courses, this introductory level 8-week course is the first in a series of four courses that include Photography Skills - Levels 1…

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‘Everything in it’s right place”: an exhibition by Callie Gray

October 7 @ 10:00 am - December 23 @ 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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October 7 - December 23, 2021 Have you ever had a moment in life where everything seems to be in its right place!? Like a painting where every element belongs; nothing to be removed, nothing to be added, it has arrived at that place where everything is right. But it’s not just about the painting; it’s about having this show, at this time, and in this place, and you reading this, and experiencing this show. It’s about positivity, well-being, and…

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Hello Halloween Spooktacular Market | by Celestho Crafters Collective

October 23 @ 10:00 am - October 24 @ 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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Saturday October 23 and Sunday October 24, 2021  |  10AM - 4PM This outdoor 2-day vendor market will take place in the yard at the Elora Centre for the Arts.  Come and enjoy local and area vendors and some trick-or-treating! Social distancing protocols in effect.  Admission is free.  You'll also want to roam the streets of Elora and Fergus to see the Monsters on display for Monster Month!  Check out all of their activities here. Are you a vendor? If…

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Free-Spirited Tapestry Workshop | with Dianne Kennedy-Cruttenden

October 24 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$100.00

Join textile artist Dianne Kennedy-Cruttenden for a day of free-spirited tapestry weaving in this introductory workshop. Dianne brings her wealth of knowledge and spirit of adventure to this 6-hour class designed to play and explore with a variety of tapestry techniques such as; plain weave, rya Knots, soumak eccentric weave and irregular hatching. You will go home with a finished woven tapestry ready to hang or display on an easel.   Participants will learn weaving techniques and some of Dianne’s favourite stitches to…

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November 2021

Neighbourwoods Fall Tree Talk: Ignatius Old Growth Forest Project

November 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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Wednesday, Nov 10th, 2021 | 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Elora Centre for the Arts, 75 Melville St, Elora Cost:  Free for members, $10.00 non-members.  Please RSVP to carole.m.pines@gmail.com to reserve your spot. Speaker: MARTIN TAMLYN, Ignatius Old Growth Forest Project Manager The Ignatius Centre's Old Growth Forest, at the northern edge of Guelph, is as 93-acre nature sanctuary of trails, forests, meadows, wetlands and waterways. It is protected by a Conservation Easement with the Ontario Farmland Trust.  The Project's goal is to…

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Exploring Cold Wax & Oil Painting | Weekend Workshop with Laurie Skantzos

November 13 @ 11:00 am - November 14 @ 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$250.00

2 DAY WORKSHOP  | Saturday November 13 & Sunday November 14, 2021  |  11AM - 4PM We are so happy to welcome Guelph artist Laurie Skantzos back with us for an inspiring weekend workshop in our classroom! This course will appeal to painters of any level, who wish to deepen or rekindle their relationship to their inner muse. Laurie will be giving instruction in layering, scraping back, using solvent reductions, adding pastels, stamps and stencils and experimenting with a variety of tools such…

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Giving Tuesday | Youth Outreach Programs at the Elora Centre for the Arts

November 17 @ 12:00 am - December 1 @ 12:00 am
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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Giving Tuesday nation-wide is Tuesday November 30, 2021.  Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement, taking place each year after Black Friday.  It is considered the "Opening day of the giving season" where people rally and support their favourite causes.  To find out more about the movement, please click here. Support the Elora Centre for the Arts on Giving Tuesday! Youth Outreach Programs: art as a conduit for healing, belonging and expression For Giving Tuesday we are raising awareness and money…

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Holiday Clay Tumbler Workshop | with Annette Hansen

November 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$75.00

  Sold out Holiday Clay Tumbler Workshop |  Clay + Kiln with Annette Hansen MAX. 10 (minimum 4 people to run the workshop) Ages 16+ $75 plus HST $5 kit fee is payable in cash to the instructor at the start of class. Kit fee includes clay, slip colour and 2 firings. Join clay artist Annette Hansen to learn the art of hand-building in clay to create your own unique set of 2 mugs or tumblers! Annette will lead you in…

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The Elora Singers CD Launch : Radiant Dawn

November 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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Join the Elora Singers in the Art Gallery at the Elora Centre for the Arts to celebrate the launch of their new 'Radiant Dawn' Christmas CD! Browse the Gallery exhibition from local artist Callie Gray, meet with members of The Elora Singers, and treat yourself to an early Christmas experience, with intimate performances from our Singers throughout the afternoon. Copies of the CD will be available for purchase.  If you are unable to attend this event, CD's can be purchase…

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Annual General Meeting (zoom)

November 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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Annual General Meeting: Elora Centre for the Arts (zoom) You are invited to join us virtually for our AGM!  A zoom link can be found here. To find out more about our past Annual General Meetings, or review updates from the Co-Chairs, please click here.

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Tell Good Stories! | A workshop on the art of storytelling

November 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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CAD$35.00

Learn to tell good stories! Stories entertain and inform us, but they also help us understand who we are, where we come from and where we are going, so it would only make sense that we should want to tell good stories.  Join professional Storyteller Brad Woods to discuss and discover what makes a good story and how to tell it.   Through the Art of Storytelling, Brad will use traditional, original and personal stories to provide an opportunity for you…

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Open House Weekend @ the Centre | Artist Studios Open to the Public

November 27 @ 10:00 am - November 28 @ 4:00 pm
ECFTA, 75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario N0B1S0 Canada
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Saturday November 27 and Sunday November 28, 2021  |  10AM - 4PM You are invited to wander our building and meet the working artists in their studios!  Normally, these studios are closed to the public but we are opening our doors throughout the building so you can meet the artists and see the collection of work that they've been working on recently.  Just in time for Christmas gift-giving! Discover paintings, encaustic, pottery, sculptures, hand made soap, felted pieces, Christmas cards,…

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