ART by the RIVER, which is held annually the weekend before the Labour Day weekend is the major fundraiser for the Gibson Gallery. This Arts and Craft Festival, which was was first held in 1967, is Essex County's original Arts & Crafts Show. It has grown into an end of summer tradition in Amherstburg, attracting 170 artists and artisans from across Ontario.
2019 will be the 53nd year of this event!
When:Always the weekend before Labour Day Weekend Rain or Shine...
Sat. & Sun. August 24 & 25, 2019
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada
100 Laird Avenue Amherstburg, Ontario
$5.00 / Children 12 & under enter free when accompanied by an adult
NO PETS please-service animals ONLY allowed on site.
Canadian Art - With A Twist
Going into this year’s Art by the River competition with the theme, Canadian Art - With a Twist we chose to stick with what we love, which is surrealism. The artist that we took inspiration from is Stephen Gibb. He is not only a Canadian artist, but a Amherstburg artist. He is fixated on not sending an impactfully stiff meaning but to allow the viewer to explore beyond what they see pictured in his art. He uses bright colours, crazy designs and playful imagery to create his pieces. Gibb is very interested in children’s storybooks, so he always finds a way to twist them and incorporate them into his works of art. This is exactly what we wanted to display in our painting. We wanted to think outside of the box, and do something that no one else would think of. This is where our painting, “Canadian Roots” came from. We wanted the tree to branch off and have the roots sprouting from Canada. We split different sceneries of the seasons up and placed them inside maple leaves which were falling off of the large maple tree. In the painting, we made it seem as if the tree was embracing and wrapping around each leaf. To us, this is representing how Canada is so welcoming to everyone no matter where they are from. Also incorporating realistic Canadian landscape paintings within the leaves. Using space as a background helped us show how far of a reach Canada actually has, and also helped to show more individuality even though it is one coherent piece of art. This is our take on Canadian art with a twist. Our roots will always be within us, no matter how big we grow.
Kaitie Lessard and Sallma Majthoub, 1st place, St.Clair College and Wayne State University