A Gift of Art Newsletter

October, 2017

A Gift of Art’s pond with a chestnut leaf.

A Gift of Art’s autumny hallway.

The late summer has finally moved on, supplanted by chilly air and colourful leaves. Nature is telling us that we are moving on to the closing season of the year. The leaves on the chestnut tree in the gallery’s garden are a strident shade of bronze.
Yesterday morning there were 8 wild turkeys in the driveway of my home. It’s a time for long walks muffled against the cold; a time for a hot toddy by the fire; a time to read a good book cuddled in a warm quilt with a mug of hot chocolate. This is a special time of year – apple picking – plans for Thanksgiving – children making Christmas lists and lots of time with family and friends.


At the gallery we are also looking forward to Thanksgiving. This year Newcastle’s BIA Harvest Festival will be held Saturday, October 7 from 9am – 2pm downtown Newcastle. What interests you? There will be tractors, pumpkins, a pancake breakfast with the Fire Fighters, the Lions club annual walk for guide dogs, entertainment, lots of

activities for kids like face painting and many, many vendors. Come out for some autumn fun! A Gift of Art will be located across the street from our gallery at the library, where we will encourage children to paint pumpkins. We hope you will join us!


A volunteer putting in a new closet for
easel storage.

We are looking for volunteers – not just to help with Harvest Festival on Saturday, but in general. This week we attended the first Volunteer Fair held at the Fire House Youth building in Clarington. We met so many other organizations who all rely on volunteers. I wonder if the volunteers know just how valuable they are to the workings of charities. Big Brothers and Sisters, Guides and guiding, so many different organizations that are only able to reach the people they need to help because of the help of volunteers.


Many people do not realize that A Gift of Art is also a charity. Our mission is to promote local artists – to try to help them make a living. To do that we cannot charge them an arm and a leg to display their work – so we need volunteers to help with the many things we do here to help the local artists and encourage children and young people in all types of art.


Crafts from the September 29th PA day kid’s camp.


Last Friday, September 29th, was a PA Day and we held an art camp for kids. We had one high school student volunteer to help the teacher that day. The PA Day camp itself was lots of fun and very creative. The kids made artificial waterfalls, pumpkins they melted crayons on and a beautiful wreath for the door they made by tracing their own hands on paper.


Classes are moving along, while some are full to the brim, others have been postponed for a week to try to get a few more students. A case in point is oil painting. We need at least three people to be able to run the class at a breakeven but as we specialize in small classes, where the student gets individual attention, just three will work.

Of course we would like more but never more than 8. Check to see if there is a class you are interested in on our website, agiftof-art.com/classes and agiftof-art.com/workshops. Within the next few weeks we will be putting out the second fall session of classes, check back later to see what we will have then.


The newly renovated studio at A Gift of Art.

Talking about Christmas, do you need a space for a party? We have recently rejuvenated the big studio. It’s been freshly painted and we retiled much of the floor (All done by some of our lovely volunteers). The traces of the past summer kids camp are gone, and it looks quite nice indeed. For a rate of $45.00 for 4 hours or a maximum of $135.00 for a full day, (8am to 8pm) it’s a bargain.


A Gift of Christmas Show & Sale at A Gift of Art
December 3rd, 10am – 4pm

December 3rd is our in house Christmas show. There will be several new things happening this year and about 20 vendors. Drop by, have a hot toddy, and wander through the gallery. Lots of interesting and unique gifts by local artists, for every person and every budget. There are a lot of practical art gifts too, like wooden cutting boards and pottery mugs. If you’ve never been to A Gift of Art before, it’s a great time to visit!


With Thanksgiving in just a few days – we are thankful to have so many of you visiting us and taking part in our various activities. Have a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving – from all of us here at A Gift of Art.


Look forward to seeing you soon!
A Gift of Art