Festival Weekend Happenings
September 29-30, 2018 | 10am to 4pm daily
The Creemore Festival of the Arts, a proud part of the Clearview Small Halls Festival, is a weekend-long celebration of art — one of the annual events that have made the village of Creemore a destination for creative inspiration and discovery.
This year, we present our most ambitious arts programming to date. We sponsored three marquee exhibits which examine the concepts of place, time and community from diverse viewpoints. These exhibits take place in the centre of the village while, up and down the main street, artists and artisans show their work in more than 20 locations.
Start at the Station on the Green (10 Caroline St E), in the heart of the village, to see the marquee exhibits, pick up a map, chat with an artist, and meet a few of our knowledgeable volunteers. Next, hit the restored Log Cabin beside the library for an art show in a heritage setting. Then it will be time for the main street. Take your time in our exhibits, galleries, restaurants and cafés.
Look for the purple and white signs!
The Creemore Festival of the Arts is free to the public and volunteer guides are available both days at the main venues.
- Marquee art exhibits are at the Station on the Green (10 Caroline St E) and the Creemore Log Cabin, steps away on Library St.
- Artists in the Village are found in stores, studios and pop-ups along the main street.
Marquee art exhibits
4 amazing artists, 3 amazing shows
“Over the years, some of the most compelling exhibits we’ve supported feature artist concepts around community themes. This year, we’re taking it up a notch with three distinct presentations on the theme of place.”
— Sara Hershoff, Festival chair
Creemore-based Peter Adams presents a playful urbanite’s 20 years of rural living in 20 boxed paintings. Adams, an award-winning painter and installation artist, represents the local landscape alongside curated assemblages of objects that fuel his creativity and symbolize the attachments we all have to the past as we make changes in our lives.
Held at the Station on the Green
Discover the artist: @peteradamsart (Instagram) or www.peteradamsart.com
Animator and stop-motion artist Amber Harloff recreates Mill Street, the hub of Creemore, in miniature form. Harloff tells the story of Creemore’s downtown core in architectural models, including a historical glimpse of their past. Using set-design techniques, Harloff brings Creemore’s recent history to life—allowing generations to connect and see Creemore through a different lens.
Held at the Station on the Green
Follow the process: @amberharloff (Instagram) or #littlevillagewithabigheart_tinyedition
Adrian Kahgee and Debbie Ebanks Schlums transform the interior of the Creemore Log Cabin through installation, audio and participatory performance. Enter a space where Anishinaabek time meets Island time — where a past, present and future treaty partnership is symbolically woven within the sacred space of a medicine wheel and the domestic space of a log cabin is adorned with a travelling scroll and quilts made by Saugeen community members.
Held at the Creemore Log Cabin
Discover the artists: Adrian Kahgee and @debanksshlums (Instagram)
Artist images by Abandoned Echoes @abandoned.echoes.photo (Instagram)
The Mill Street community is an essential part of the festival. Stores, studios and outdoor spaces get involved, with artists and artisans showing their work in more than 20 locations. These amazing artists are hard at work right now, getting ready to blow the lid off the upcoming arts festival in Creemore.
About the Creemore Festival of the Arts
The weekend is presented by Purple Hills Arts & Heritage Society and is a proud part of the Small Halls Festival in Clearview Township. The event is made possible by nearly 100 on-site volunteer hours, not including the many hours put in by the organizing committee.
The Creemore Festival of the Arts is proud of its relationships with sponsors and grantmakers: Clearview Township, Creemore BIA, Simcoe County, RT07, Creemore Springs Brewery Ltd., Elston Watt Barristors & Solicitors, Chestnut Park Real Estate Ltd., TD Wealth Management.
Do you want to be part of the festival this year?
Creemore Festival of the Arts – Sept 29 & 30, 2018
We’re looking for creative people who are interested in registering for Artists on Location, which places artists and artisans with local businesses, or seeking to show artwork within downtown Creemore throughout the weekend of Sept 29 & 30. The Artists in the Village, formerly called Artists on Location, is a weekend-long collaboration in the village of Creemore among venue owners, artists/artisans, and the Purple Hills Arts & Heritage Society.
Deadline for registrations: July 22, 2018 (EXTENDED)
The autumn arts weekend in Creemore is a community staple. This is the weekend we try to outdo the splendour of our natural surroundings in beautiful Simcoe County. We do our best to amaze our guests with arts exhibitions, installations, performances and displays centred around Creemore’s community halls and beautiful main street. Many visitors return each year for an afternoon, a day or a weekend.
Our guests may come for the marquee exhibits but they stay for the main street. A stroll along Mill Street is rewarded with delightful shops and restaurants anytime but on arts festival weekend there’s an added creative element with artists and artisans of all kinds, showing and demonstrating their work — indoors and outdoors.
The event is free to the public and exhibits are open on the Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Volunteer guides are available both days at the main venues. We ask artists to engage with the public at the display venue throughout the weekend as this is an aspect of the festival that is especially meaningful to visitors.
The event is a proud part of the Small Halls Festival in Clearview Township. We look forward to announcing our exciting and diverse marquee shows — two exhibits in Creemore’s Station on the Green and one at the historic Log Cabin.
If you are registered, you will be part of the marketing machine for the festival which includes our brochure, poster, rack cards, website, social media, and print and online ads. We are not charging a registration fee this year. Instead, we ask that both the venue and the artist become members of Purple Hills Arts & Heritage Society, if they are not already members.
Membership for businesses is $100 per year. With that membership, your name is included on our website (phahs.ca), social media (@purplehillsarts), brochure and poster, and media outreach. Artists may join as businesses or as individuals at your level of choice.
Choose registration form:
- I have a venue where I want to show art (Google Form)
- I am an artist looking for a venue (Google Form)
- I want to sign an agreement between artist and venue (Google Form)
Also available as PDFs:
- Venues – Art Venue Registration
- Artists – Artists & Artisans Registration
- Artist and Venue agreement – Artist and Venue Agreement
Public Art Opportunity for Collectives, Partnerships and Individuals
Description and Application Form
Deadline for Entries: April 15, 2018
We invite arts exhibitions, installations, performances, displays and more, which will be centred around Creemore’s attractive community halls and handsomely preserved main street.
The purpose of this Public Art Opportunity is to inspire and support two to three marquee presentations to elevate the Festival experience. Collectives, partnerships and individuals are encouraged to apply and may be made up of artists, curators, performers or others. Applicants may be from anywhere and work in any discipline.
“This year, we really want to open up the opportunity to headline the Creemore Festival of the Arts,” said Festival Chair, Sara Hershoff. “We hope this Call for Entries process will help us gather new possibilities and inspire exciting voices who want to explore and present their creative ideas.”
The deadline for Artistic Submissions is April 15, 2018. There is no entry fee. It is the goal of the Festival to distribute up to $10,000 to support two or three presentations. The funds are to be used for creation, production and display of works. Successful applicants will be provided with a community venue and volunteer support to bring their ideas to life during the highly-promoted autumn weekend festival.
The Creemore Festival of the Arts, which operates in partnership with Clearview Township’s Small Halls Festival, is an annual, weekend-long community celebration that seeks to engage and attract artists, locals and visitors to enjoy and support Creemore as a destination for creative inspiration and success.
Marquee shows are the cornerstone of the Festival, which is organized by volunteers and also features artists and artisans showing their work in more than 20 central locations. The event is free to the public and volunteer guides are available both days at the main venues. The event attracts between 1,500 and 2,000 visitors each year.
Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society is a volunteer-run charity dedicated to fostering community by cultivating and celebrating a broad range of arts and heritage activities in Creemore and area.
Chair, Creemore Festival of the Arts
Creemore Festival of the Arts Committee 2018
Sara Hershoff, Liz Eakins, Paul Eprile, Laurie Severn, Cheryl MacLaurin, Julie Pollock, Victoria Denoga Huntley
Application Form 2018
Here is a PDF of the application form (Public Art Opportunity – Creemore Festival of the Arts 2018 – Google Forms) for your reference.
We prefer that applications be submitted through the online form that immediately follows this note. Many thanks.
You can become a member or renew your annual membership here.
When you support us, your gift stays in the community. Our programs include Creemore’s annual autumn arts weekend, the Tea & History talk series, Creemore’s self-directed heritage walk, fine art classes in the local elementary school, bursaries for talented students, arts and heritage talks and installations, and community grants.
Membership Levels 2019
Family $40 Single $25
Patron $200 Benefactor $100
Please pay here:
When you choose pay, you will be asked for contact information (i.e., mailing address, telephone #) If you want to add more, please send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We will add you to our mailing list to receive a tax receipt, occasional newsletter, and notices of special gatherings or fundraisers.
Thank you for your support.
If you prefer:
- Mail your payment to 10 Caroline St E, Creemore, ON L0M 1G0
If you have any questions contact our membership coordinator:
Cheryl MacLaurin, at 705-446-8005 or email@example.com.
Shaping local culture since 1977.
OUR 2017 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & A PLAY IN ONE PART
A special Sunday in Dunedin
December 10, 2017 @ Dunedin Hall
1pm – Purple Hills Annual General Meeting and Election of Directors
One Good Marriage
Steph and Stewart arrived home from their blissful honeymoon to find something terrible happened in their absence. This show moves from pathos to humour and back again as their story is revealed.
- A play in one part performed by Heidi Lynch and Alex Crowther
- Written by Sean Reycraft
- Directed by Dunedin’s own Steve Lucas
2pm – A FREE matinee for members, prospective members and AGM attendees
7pm – An evening presentation of the play. Doors open at 6:30pm.
- Tickets $15 at The Creemore Echo and Ticketscene.ca
- $20 at door
In honour of our 40th year, we have brought together and organized files, records, scrapbooks, photographs, and marketing materials generated by Purple Hills activities since 1977. We wanted everyone to have a chance to look through them so we asked curator Rosemary Donegan to help us mount an exhibit in the Station on the Green. There, we shared photographs, binders, posters and other memorabilia with members and friends, as part of the 2017 Creemore Festival of the Arts.
And today, we delivered those materials to safekeeping for future generations.
Everyone can now see these materials at the Simcoe County Archives. There is a public reading room for reviewing archival materials — calling ahead is recommended.
- pictures of people and events
- posters, tickets, newsletters, costumes, decorations, etc.
- old records, files, notes, other documents
Special thanks are due to Basil Guinane, Julie Pollock, Barbara Mann and Rosemary Donegan.
Our 40th Anniversary Exhibit
We are seeking Purple Hills memorabilia to share such as:
- pictures of people and events
- posters, tickets, newsletters, costumes, decorations, etc.
- old records, notes, other documents
We are also actively archiving Society records and other materials. You may have some of them in your attic!
If you have any items to share, please email Basil Guinane.
Creemore Festival of the Arts 2017
Artists on Location
Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017
Artists and artisans! Help us bring fall colours right to Creemore’s main street during our annual arts weekend.
The Artists on Location weekend is an opportunity for artists and artisans to display and sell their art in local businesses, studios and galleries throughout the village of Creemore. This year’s dates are Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017.
This program is open to artists and artisans (e.g., visual artists, sculptors, jewellers, woodworkers, craftspersons).
Space for this show is limited. We would like to begin registering participants as soon as possible. Location assignments will be made by the Festival Committee on a first-come, first-served basis. REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
While the deadline for applications is August 1, all available exhibit spaces may be assigned before that date. To avoid disappointment, complete the registration form and send in your entry fee as soon as possible. If needed, application forms in Word format can be requested from the Festival Committee.
Register here: Registration Form for Artists
A registration fee of $50.00 will cover the program’s overhead costs such as signage, marketing and street decor. The Purple Hills Arts & Heritage Society takes no commissions.
You can pay via PayPal at the website or by cheque payable to The Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society and mailed to: 10 Caroline St E., Creemore, ON L0M 1G0. Applications will be processed when payment is received.
If you have any questions, please direct them to Jim Stacey at CreemoreFestival2017@gmail.com.
Creemore Festival of the Arts Committee 2017
Sara Hershoff, Victoria Denoga Huntley, Bail Guinane, Carole Watson, David Bruce Johnson, Gail Caswell, Laurie Severn, Jim Stacey, Cheryl MacLaurin, Julie Pollock