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Art show and sale popular with artists and art lovers

Silent auction, musical entertainment, food and refreshments accompany the art show and sale at the Pumphouse.

The upcoming art show and sale on the beautiful grounds of the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre is a favourite with both artists and art lovers.

On the weekend of Aug. 5 and 6, there will be a celebration of 60 artists and artisans showcasing their work. Included are paintings, photography, sculptures, woodworking, glass, textiles, jewelry and more.

Visitors will be able to view amazing art, talk with the artists and purchase paintings to add to their own art collections.

Talking with the visitors to the show and sale is a highlight for artist Janet Horne-Cozens.

“Art at the Pumphouse was one of the first shows that I did, and have continued to do every year. It’s really my favourite show of the season, not only because of its stunning location on the Niagara River, but because of the wonderful staff and volunteers that make it a pleasant experience,” says Horne-Cozens.

“I enjoy chatting with guests that come faithfully every year, as well as those tourists, Canadian and international, that drop in to experience some of the finest products that the Niagara Region has to offer.”

The event is organized by a committee that includes Pumphouse board members, staff and volunteers. Planning starts months in advance.

Artists are asked to bring their own display and easels, and art is hung in the gallery by Pumphouse staff. This event is considered the premier juried art show and sale, now being held for the 16th year.

The jury includes a board member, staff and local artists, all with a visual arts background.

Tim Sullivan is a participating artist at this show. “It is a great pleasure to be able to show my work at Art at the Pumphouse,” he says. “They have been so important to the development of my work through their courses and workshops, and the encouragement they have provided to the NOTL Arts Collective.”

This year’s event features a silent auction, offering those who attend the chance to bid on unique items generously donated by businesses supporting the arts. Donations include original artwork, gift baskets and gift experiences. Each item will have a starting bid, with increasing increments, and will go to the highest bidder. Money collected through ticket sales and the silent auction is used for funding the programs for seniors, children and families at the Pumphouse.

Live musical performances can be enjoyed from the stage in the rose garden. This year’s local talents include the duo Steve Goldberger and Andrew Aldridge, as well as the Niagara-on-the-Lake Ukesters.

Food and refreshments and will be provided by Pig-Out Catering. A major sponsor of the event is Chateau des Charmes. A selection of their wine will be available for sale. A beer tent will also provide drinks for a fee.

Admission for the event is $5 for adults, and free for children. Hours each day are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance online, or at the event. An online version of the show runs from July 17 to Aug. 13. Mark your calendars and don’t miss this event on the lovely grounds of the Pumphouse on the Niagara River.