Every Canada Day weekend in Cobourg, Ontario brings us the Waterfront Festival. This year they had three tents full of art and craft vendors. I made the mistake of going in at 5pm, thinking there was only one tent, with it ending at 6pm. I left feeling inspired, not only to paint, but to share what I discovered!
I think it’s really important to support artists. I am an artist, and it would be hypocritical of me to not support others! I purchased a psychedelic scarf from The Funky Clothesline (D50). Found a funky pair of earrings made out of chainmaille by Jewellery With Hartt (D51). Please go check out these artisans for yourself over the weekend! Or at least check them out online.
As a painter, it was hard to rush through these tents. Lucy Manley (A32) was the place I wish I could have stood for hours (I will likely go back tomorrow with more time and more money). Her work drew me right in, and I didn’t want to leave. It felt calm, sacred, and layered in texture, colour and brush strokes. There was an illumination to her work, perhaps a glaze or varnish, that really made them GLOW. Honestly, I rushed home and checked out her website, and the images online just cannot do the true work justice. If you ever have an opportunity to view her work in person, do it! You will not be disappointed. She has a range of subjects, but the forest scenes are my personal favourite. She has captured the magic and enchantment of the earth and woods.
Since becoming a member of Spirit Of The Hills (B5-6) I was eager to check out their booth of Northumberland artists, and I was not disappointed. Not only did they have a nice variety of art and styles, the folks running the booth were super friendly too! Betsy Miller was there sharing her expressionist abstracts, and I instantly thought of my fellow artist Jennifer Trefiak (you ladies have to meet!)- bold colours, working in knives and textures. Jan Atkinson had some great works up too!
Then there was the sweet work of Katie Flindall of Moon House Art (A15-16). Oh my goodness, as a mother this work made my heart swoon. This woman has captured the feminine, fluid, dream like experience of childhood and motherhood (in my opinion). The best part about her booth, was she had something for everyone’s budget. Like as much as I wanted to buy “The Tricycle” original, it just wasn’t in my budget. But I was able to grab up a bunch of her lovely little gift cards. She also had prints, prints on canvas, a colouring book (sooooo cool!), cloth carrying bags, and of course her amazing originals!
Wishing all of these incredible people great success at the festival this weekend- hopefully the thunder has rolled on and the sun will shine until closing time, July 3rd, 2016.
Cobourg Waterfront Festival 2016 (July 1-3)