A Gift of Art Newsletter

July, 2017

It’s the middle of July and many of us feel that we are just climbing out of a muddy puddle. Will the rain ever stop? Of course if it did, we would all complain that there is too much watering to do. Did you know Canadians are renowned for talking consistently about the weather?


Here at the gallery, the grass is growing faster than we can keep up with it. The summer art show has finished for this year. It was our tenth show. Imagine! It was well attended and we saw many familiar faces visiting. This year we had several new artists/vendors. One was literally pouring paint.


With it being Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, a fashion show of the 1867 styles for men and women was included. There was a magician and music by Greg Ward, Jake Vanhaverbeke (Jacob Henley), Diane Williamson Rock and Jeannette Vandervooren was very appreciated by both the artists and the visitors. There was a lot of very good feedback and some equally good constructive criticism that will be included in next year’s plans.


Summer Camp is moving along nicely. Among the usual helpers are Cordelia Adams, Vasni Russell, MacKenzie Fitzpatrick, Julia Amers and Randy who is new to us this year. The curriculum is planned and led by Emily Buckley. This year the campers are limited to ages 5 – 12. Most of the remaining weeks still have space in them. Details may be found on the website (agiftof-art.com).


For older kids a computer coding camp is being introduced later in the summer. Another addition is Ethan Stycuk a young neighbor who is helping with the yard work while in the office we have Katie, Matthew and Crystal.


The basic class schedule for September is ready. You can find it online or stop in and pick up a pamphlet. You can buy a membership and sign up on line for a class.


Have you visited the new online store? AGOA is really getting tech savvy.


There are so many things that are new but the old must not be forgotten. Here at the gallery we have spent a lot of time creating and organizing for Canada’s Anniversary. We have a large fake cake on the roof, and have you noticed the banners hanging from the lampposts along King Avenue? With the help of the Newcastle and District Historical Society and a Federal Government Grant we organized that along with the Trivia placemats in the restaurants. .

Look forward to seeing you soon!

A Gift of Art