Art in the Garden (AITG) is Vankleek Hill’s newest outdoor art sale and exhibit, taking place on August 13, 2022. This festival features handmade, one-of-a-kind artwork by nearly 40 visual artists working in a wide range of styles and media that reflect artistic excellence, innovation and strong artisanship. The August 13 event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. It all takes place in in the outdoor green space at St. John’s Anglican Church at 5845 Highway 34 in Vankleek Hill.

Art in the Garden is a community-oriented event for emerging and established professional artists to promote their studio practices and to network directly with the public and their colleagues. Organized in collaboration with Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre, to strengthen the connections among artists, the larger arts community and the public, it is anticipated to attract hundreds of visitors annually. Artists working in all media – from painting to ceramics, photography to wood, textiles to jewellery – travel from throughout Ontario, Québec and the rest of Canada to participate. Art in the Garden celebrates handmade, original, one-of-a-kind art.

Selling art is a welcome element of the festival and not its sole purpose. The festival does not charge an application fee and organizers do not retain any percentage of artists’ sales. This free festival is family and dog-friendly. Event organizers describe it as a low carbon footprint event that features local food providers and collaborates with arts supporters in our community. The fee for space rental will be a major fundraiser for St. John the Apostle while also celebrating Hope 225 (the 225th anniversary of the founding of Vankleek Hill). The Anglican Church Women will also be offering a soup and sandwich lunch with sweets and beverages. Should you wish to participate for the low cost of $35 for a 10’ by 10’ space at the event, please contact the committee at [email protected] or Randal Storey, co-chair, at 613-858-7084.

(Article submitted by Randal Storey)