Thank You From the Bottom of Our Arts!

Thank you


It’s a wrap!

The volunteer committee for the 5th annual Creemore Festival of the Arts wishes to thank everyone who supported and enjoyed the exhibits and shows around town last weekend. We hope the work you saw and the people you met made you feel connected to the community and inspired by the creativity that surrounds us.

We couldn’t do it without you – our members, sponsors, volunteers and, of course, the artists and their weekend hosts.

Autumn events still to come in Creemore.

Sunday, Oct. 23, 2pm to 4pmPurple Hills Events - Autumn


(A Tea & History Event)

Our own Pat Raible has published a new book, The Petun: People of the Hills, the result of her deep interest in the people who lived here 400 years ago. You can pick it up at Curiosity House. Join us to celebrate her achievement. Helen Blackburn will share some Petun artifacts from her collection. Presented by Purple Hills Arts & Heritage Society. At the Station on the Green in Creemore.

Saturday, Nov. 12, 7pm


(A FUNdraiser)

An on-stage review with comedy, song, drama and light-hearted scholarship. This is a fundraiser for Purple Hills Arts & Heritage Society. At the Station on the Green in Creemore.


Creemore Festival of the Arts: Full Festival Program (Oct 1 and 2, 2016)

Creemore Festival of the Arts 2016



SAT. OCT. 1 & SUN. OCT. 2 . 10 am to 4 pm



FRI. SEPT. 30 . 5 pm to 7 pm

Join friends old and new at the Station on the Green to preview the art installation, The Weight of Paper, and the Artists on Location group show. Refreshments available. Admission is free to Purple Hills Arts & Heritage Society members, and by donation for other guests. Memberships available on site.



an installation by Liz Eakins

  • Station on the Green

The Weight of Paper is both an experience and an art installation. Under the guidance of paper artist Liz Eakins, community members of all ages have contributed to this participatory art project. The Weight of Paper explores a conventional material in a contemporary installation. It examines the way we communicate and connect and contrasts the ephemeral nature of paper with the permanent effect of what is written upon it.


the work of artists and artisans on display

  • throughout Creemore

From watercolours to oils, sculpture to photography, Artists on Location showcases the works of approximately 45 artists in businesses, studios, and homes throughout the village of Creemore.

Get the most from this arts weekend when you start with the group show at the Station on the Green. The show features work from each participating artist and a large map (and volunteers!) to help you find your way.


a collection of photographs, poetry and artifacts by Paul Eprile

  • Creemore’s Log Cabin, 165 Library St.

The Face of Cliff depicts the values and textures of a vibrant way of life, now past. Basic and slow-paced, Cliff Lindsay’s life was also rich in awareness, resilience, and sustainability. Three decades ago, Paul Eprile photographed Cliff and his house. These large images, combined with poems and artifacts, open a window into a lifestyle that is almost lost to us today. The Face of Cliff offers us a chance to explore how the past informs and enriches the present, especially during times of accelerating change.


  • a reading with Paul Eprile sponsored by The Creemore Echo and the Creemore Log Cabin

Saturday and Sunday . 11 am and 2 pm daily

Poems that pay respect to an almost vanished way of life. Written and read by artist, publisher and translator Paul Eprile as part of his exhibit, The Face of Cliff.


Clearview TownshipCreemore Springs Brewery Ltd

Chestnut Park Christie’s International Real Estate

Barriston Law . Mad River Golf Club . The Creemore Echo

Classical 102.9 FMStation on the Green . Creemore Log Cabin

Creemore Kitchen . Heirloom 142 . Affairs Bakery & Cafe . Chez Michel . Mad and Noisy Gallery . Bank Cafe . Seasons in Creemore . The Old Mill House Pub . Cardboard Castles Children’s Emporium . Creemore 100 Mile Store . Curiosity House Books & Art . Creemore Village Pharmacy

All of our programs are made possible by support from our members, sponsors and patrons.



Creemore artists 2015Artists on Location 2016

Part of Clearview Township’s Small Halls Festival

Artists on Location 2016 is now accepting registrations for the fifth annual event on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2. Each year, artists and artisans are embedded in the community of Creemore, providing visitors with a lively mix of art and commerce.

Artists on Location provides an opportunity for artists of all skill levels to display and sell their work at local businesses, studios, galleries, restaurants, homes and green spaces in the vicinity of Creemore’s main street, Mill Street.

The event is anchored by a group exhibit in Creemore’s “small hall”, the Station on the Green, showing one piece from each participating artist and featuring a large map (and volunteers) to help visitors find artists around town.

The deadline for registration is Friday, August 19, 2016.

How to apply … it’s simple!

Email Jim Harkness ( – don’t forget the dot after “jim”!):

1. Your name
2. Your personal information (email, website, phone number and address)
3. Briefly describe the original art you create, and will represent in person at the event.
4. Attach an image of your art. This image may be used by the organizers to market the event.
5. Let us know if you have a preferred location for showing. We can’t guarantee you will be placed there, unless you have made arrangements with the location owner.

Before final acceptance, you will be asked to pay a registration fee of $50, payable by PayPal, cash or cheque. Cheques can be made out to Purple Hill Arts & Heritage Society and mailed to 10 Caroline Street E, Creemore, ON L0M 1G0. You will then hear from the organizers with next steps as the event approaches.

Note: If you do not have email, please apply in writing to Purple Hills Arts & Heritage Society, Attn: Jim Harkness, 10 Caroline Street E, Creemore, ON L0M 1G0.


Jim Harkness
705 428-0957

This event is part of an annual arts weekend organized by the Purple Hills Arts & Heritage Society, a volunteer organization committed since 1977 to cultivating and celebrating Creemore’s cultural scene.

Clearview Small Halls Festival

Save the Date! Creemore’s annual arts weekend (Oct 1 & 2, 2016)

Paper art by Liz Eakins
Art by Liz Eakins

First weekend in October

Part of Clearview’s Small Halls Festival

Save the date for the fifth annual arts weekend in Creemore.

Clearview Small Halls Festival

Artists on Location 2016

This is an annual event where artists and artisans are embedded in local businesses, studios, galleries, restaurants, homes and green spaces in the vicinity of Creemore’s Mill Street.

The event is anchored by a group exhibit in Creemore’s “small hall”, the Station on the Green, showing one piece from each participating artist and featuring a large map (and volunteers) to help you find artists around town, all within walking distance.

We are also planning exciting installations by Paul Eprile, in the Creemore Log Cabin, and Liz Eakins, at the Station on the Green – continuing our tradition of bringing together arts and heritage in meaningful ways.


Annual General Meeting 2016

Photo: Purple Hills
Photo: Purple Hills

APRIL 24, 2016

Station on the Green.

Open to everyone. Free.

Luncheon at 12:30 pm.  AGM at 1:30 pm. 

Gather with friends old and new for a Sunday luncheon to honour and encourage the volunteers who make our programs happen, and ensure our continued role in the community. Lasagna, Caesar salad, bread, coffee/tea and apple crumble (and a gluten free alternative) will be on the menu.

The Annual General Meeting will follow with a review of our past year’s fundraising and program activities, a presentation of our financial statements, and an election of the Board of Directors for the coming year. We will also provide a scan of the year ahead.

Our constitution directs that a Nominating Committee will present a slate of Officers and other Directors to the Members at the Annual Meeting. Other nominations may be made from the floor by the Members and, if so, elections will be held. Otherwise, the slate so presented will become the Directors of record.

Arts Festival Wrap-up 2015

Creemore Cafe by Allan Thompson
Photo by: Allan Thompson (Artists on Location 2015)

When the valley lights up with the richness of autumn, the time is right to spend a weekend exploring rich colours and textures created by local artists and artisans. Enjoy restaurants, cafés and a pub serving all day, and stay overnight in a local inn or bed-and-breakfast.

Artists on Location
The Artists on Location are the heart of the festival, installed in studios, restaurants and historic buildings — even in the grocery store parking lot. A group show in the heart of the village offers one piece from each exhibiting artist plus a festival map of the happenings along Creemore’s pretty streets.

Special Exhibits

The 2015 festival featured THE VIEW FROM HERE, a pop-up exhibition from Ingram Gallery (Yorkville, ON) of paintings by accomplished Canadian artists Ryan Dineen, Shelley Mansel, Peter Mitchell, Ryan Price, Travis Shilling, Yi Song and Sean Yelland.

At the Creemore Log Cabin, Sara Sniderhan presented her heritage project, THE VILLAGE AND I, an exhibit of ten portraits of Creemore-area elders and a limited-edition book of the portraits with profiles by local writers.

The 2014 festival featured INSPIRED, a multi-disciplinary show curated by Sara Sniderhan from artists represented by Ingram Gallery (Yorkville, ON).

And the Creemore Log Cabin provided an atmospheric space for Peter Adam’s DETRITUS, an installation of found objects that consisted entirely of discarded fragments left behind on a local farm by the inhabitants of the past 160 years.

We are part of the CLEARVIEW SMALL HALLS FESTIVAL, which brings the best of rural living into local community halls across Clearview Township, including live music, dinner theatre, art exhibits, dancing, farm festivities, culinary events and family fun.

Festival Supporters
We extend our sincere gratitude to festival sponsors Creemore Springs, The Creemore Echo, Chestnut Park Realty, Barriston Law, John Van Der Marel, Ferris & Celhoffer, Ingram Gallery, Mad River Golf Club and the Station on the Green.

Hidden Treasures Garden Tour 2015

Creemore Garden Tour
Photo: Bryan Davies

This longstanding fundraiser keeps getting better.

In 2015, eight gardens in Creemore, Avening, Dunedin and the surrounding hills opened their gates and hearts to help us grow. The Hidden Treasures Garden Tour included six private gardens and two vineyards, all remarkable for their variety of design, plant materials, water and dry features, and many clever ideas.

Grateful thanks is due to the gardeners, who shared their treasures with such generosity of spirit. They make it look easy … but it isn’t!

Next tour: June 2017

Watch for ticket information everywhere!