The North Grenville Arts Guild still active in Covid Times


Although the arts world has become a smaller one during the last year for local artists, the North Grenville Arts Guild (NGAG) has found a way to continue living and making art.

Since last March, the Guild has been forced to cancel all plans for live shows, as well as in person activities. They haven’t given up though, they’ve simply gone virtual.

A new co-operative venture is underway. The Guild is currently undertaking a community project in which ten member artists are co-painting seven individual canvas’ to produce seven very unique paintings. Each week, a different artist will receive a canvas from another member. Each artist then adds their contribution to the whole, passes it on to the next artist who does the same. The project is expected to take seven weeks to complete.

The Kemptville Public Library, a past and present friend to the Guild, is participating in the experiment. The end goal is to auction the final paintings to raise funds for the many, varied community initiatives that the Library operates in the community. Until the draw is made, all works will be displayed in the Library.

They will also be on view on the NGAG facebook page (look for our green and blue logo) as well as at #2021CooperativeCanvasNG for those unable to get to the bricks and mortar exhibition. Bids will be taken during that time. It is sincerely hoped that this will enable the Guild to make a very real contribution to the Kemptville Public Library and the local community.

Keeping art alive during a pandemic is a daunting experience to be sure, but the NGAG and the Kemptville Public Library, as well as local patrons of the arts, are determined to keep it healthy and vibrant.

Further details regarding the process for submitting bids, as well as the date and location of the final auction, will be available closer to the conclusion of the project.

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