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September 15, 2022 0 comments

By Constance Scrafield

The happy days are back for the Headwaters Arts Fall Festival, a well-established juried show and sale of top Headwaters Arts member artists. These artists do not necessarily live immediately in the neighborhood; many have joined from across Ontario, but each paid membership shows respect and appreciation for the organization that exists across Ontario.

The Headwaters Arts Gallery at the Alton Mill Arts Center is the magnificent stage on which the festival takes place from September 14 to October 2.

Speaking to Susan Powell, head of media for Headwaters Arts, she explained to the Citizen what will be happening during the festival, starting at the end: “We’ve teamed up with Nancy Frater of BookLore who offers October 2, a “bookish afternoon.” It presents an evening of authors with three fabulous authors.

“Of course,” Ms. Powell continued, “we’re promoting opening night on September 15. It kicks off at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m..”

This opening night is a ticketed event on September 15, which includes wine, a jazz combo, the Sidemen quartet and is supported by Gregory’s. The jurors will also be present to announce the winning artists.

It must have been quite a challenge to decide for the 78 works, taken care of and hung in three galleries within the Moulin, submitted by 54 artists.

Celebrating 26 years, the arts festival takes place the same weekend as the village of Alton celebrates its 200th anniversary. Well-known Alton artist Paul Morin exhibits his work in his fabulous art gallery which he has set up in Alton’s historic town hall. He also has a painting in the festival’s juried exhibition.

Over at the festival is the arts market, showcasing the work of artists on Saturday 17th September under the tent in the forecourt of the Moulin.

Later in the festival, the Campfire Poets will entertain on Friday evening, September 30.

The Citizen took the opportunity to interview two of the artists who had never participated in the festival before.

Eric David, living in Toronto, has two pieces hanging in the galleries, a photograph of a peaceful nature scene, capturing the sun in an interesting combination of light and mist. However, it was the painting he submitted that we discussed.

A tunnel, graffiti covering the walls, shows at the distant exit a crowned king and queen loom, walking hand in hand out of the tunnel. A jester dances behind them, his three-pointed hat tilted to the side.

The graffiti on the wall includes another jester.

Explaining what he meant, the artist told us: “The Jester is Covid; the king and queen are humanity pursued by the jester whom we hope not to catch up with. The viewer has their own interpretation. Covid is like a jester,” he said, encouraging us that there is hope.

At the end of the tunnel is the clear light and buildings of a city.

“’Part of the beauty of poetry and painting is that freedom allows inspirations. This painting is in acrylic and my photography is on aluminum panel,” he told us.

Mr. David’s undergraduate focused on computer science and fine arts.

“Painting has been part of my life since I was nine years old,” he said. “It’s an integral part of how I see the world.”

He commented: “A lot of times I see people rushing through their day and they don’t stop to look at things and that’s what I try to do – offer insight into something the way the artists see them. .

“Artists are integrating technology into their work, he noted, embracing technology in a variety of ways.”

He considers Alton Mill to be “a marvelous site compared to many years ago. It was then a bit abandoned.

“I used to do a festival in my own neighborhood to show where demographically there are a lot of artists.”

In a further conversation with Margot Roi, his painting is a gestural abstract landscape of the harvest moon.

“I have always been drawn to the glorious stages of the harvest moon,” she commented.

More or less retired from having taught for 35 years at several schools, including the University of Toronto and Brock University, Ms. Roi still teaches at the Dundas Valley School of Art and at her own studio, Brushes Up! as well as online courses.

“I’m a full-time artist now, with two studios and lots of shows to come,” she said.

She defined: “I go through my abstract style, gestural abstraction – that means rough style, intuitive process and going with the flow.”

This form of painting does not deal with a concrete resource. It’s an emotional summary of a painterly approach to painting that has many layers.

“I’m into layers and the colors are on top and I really enjoyed the color scheme of this one.”

Madame Roi’s painting in the festival looks like a landscape but more like a feeling, an experience of nature.

The roots of her enthusiasm for the pattern come from her studies at Sheridan College in the fabric design program.

“I love the crackle,” she said. “I was doing that, hand painting silk scarves, wearable arts. Then jazz singer for a few years while teaching full time, then got back into painting – and crackling.

Currently she has taken a step back to focus on developing her work and in January she is doing a show with her uncle who is a sculptor. She plans to do the One Of A Kind show later this fall.

Margot Roi said: “I only submitted one entry to the Headwaters Arts Festival and it was chosen and I’m delighted to have been chosen.”

The opening night of the Headwaters Arts Festival will take place on Thursday September 15 and will continue until October 2.

For all information and to buy tickets, go to headwatersarts.org/fall-festival-2022.

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