The Artists of the Limberlost’s annual summer art show is back this weekend for its 15th year, with a bit of a twist.
Artists of the Limberlost formed 15 years ago when six local artists, who all lived near Limberlost Road, realized that organizing their own studio tour would eliminate the lengthy drives between studios in standard tours and allow patrons to see up to 20 artists in just a few hours.
For 13 years, the artists and their guests displayed their works on the tour. The tour was cancelled in 2020, and with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing, they felt that this year it would be safer to gather at a single location instead.
Brian Markham, local artist and chairperson of the group for almost a decade, said that when the idea of holding the show at Hillside Farm came up, the members agreed it would be the perfect place.
Hillside Farm is a multi-purpose venue with a huge barn used as event space. They recently added a pioneer church to the property.
“[Hillside Farm’s owners] are great promoters of the arts and we are so excited to work with them,” said Markham.
This year’s show will feature 15 artists, 11 in the Hillside Barn and four in the adjacent church, and will showcase a wide variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, jewellery, pottery, and more.
Markham is a wood turner who creates decorative bowls and platters. He has been a full-time artist for 16 years but has been turning wood since he was just eight years-old learning in his grandfathers studio.
“We have a really great artist community in this area and I am so lucky to be a part of it,” said Markham. “We have received so much support this year from our patrons and since we weren’t able to host last year due to COVID, they are eager to come and see the show.”
Admission to the show is free. Whether you want to just browse, pick up a gift for a wedding or Christmas, or add to your own collection, the artists are excited to host the community this weekend.
“We offer something that you can’t find anywhere else,” said Markham. “A group of artists who are unbelievably talented and offer a fantastic show every year. We have people who would not miss this show for the world and can’t wait to come every year.”
The Artists of the Limberlost Summer Art Show will be held August 28-29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, at Hillside Farm (2295 Hwy 60). The venue will be set up to maintain social distancing, and attendees are asked to please wear masks.
For more information, visit artistsofthelimberlost.ca
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