A big THANK YOU from ART by the RIVER
The Fort Malden Guild of Arts and Crafts Board (the Gibson Gallery) would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the 6,000 patrons who kept our 54th annual Art by the River respectful, safe and successful.
This year's ART by the RIVER supported 100 artists and artisans from Windsor - Essex and from across Ontario. Most artists and artisans stated that our festival had a positive impact on their sales during the weekend and would spur future sales. Thank you, to all
our vendors for braving the heat and producing such fantastic work.
The tourism economic impact of this event will be felt within the businesses of Amherstburg and our immediate area this month and beyond. The Art by the River Board Committee want to especially thank the businesses who supported our longstanding commitment to the arts in our community.
We would also like to thank our outstanding sponsors who assisted with the COVID related signage and materials needed to keep our patrons and staff safe. Thank you, Ron Deneau and Amico Construction for your generosity.
Thank you, Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island for your support and encouragement.
Thank you to our corporate patrons of the Gibson Gallery, the Royal Bank of Canada, Assante (Ross Mitton), Windsor Family Credit Union,
BMO-Nesbitt Burns( Mike Mereszak) and our member patrons for their continued support of our fundraising efforts for the maintenance of our historic building and visual arts programming.
Thank You to our friendly Gate Volunteers and Friends of the Fort who welcomed the public to Art by the River on the beautiful grounds of Fort Malden.
It takes a year for a major event like this to be planned, but the 2021 Art by the River Committee managed to quickly and safely put this show together in under five months. During the last month, the bulk of that planning was completed, even with changing COVID restrictions. A special thank you to the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit and Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada for supporting this event and sharing our vision.
The Fort Malden Guild of Arts and Crafts is a registered charity, operating as the Gibson , at 140 Richmond Street in Amherstburg. Our Board Members are volunteers and Art by the River is our principal fundraiser. Our mandate is to support the arts within the Amherstburg area, as well as maintain Amherstburg’s historic 1896 Michigan Central Railway station. Without this event, the support for these initiatives and building would be disadvantaged.
Thank you again to our sponsors, to the patrons, to the local businesses who supported us and finally the hard-working artists who made the show possible.See you at Art by the River in 2022!