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.