Art on the Street returns to Westport for a second year. Six artists will each use a blank Muskoka chair as a canvas, painting or designing it any way they choose. Finished chairs will be on display at businesses throughout the village for an eight week period during the summer. Each chair will be raffled off individually with tickets available for $5 where each chair is displayed.
Reveal Launch: Heritage Day Festival, 2 June 2018 at the library (Spring Street)
Ticket Draw: MUSICwestport, 18 August 2018
- Artists will be chosen on a “first come- first served” basis.
- On May 1, selected artists will pick up an unassembled Muskoka chair kit and urethane sealant at Herlehy Home Building Centre
- Artists will paint their design on the chair, assemble and seal it. Artists can google: “one of a kind hand painted Muskoka chairs” for ideas
- Each artist will provide a laminated biography and contact information submitted with their chair for display
- Chairs will be “unveiled” and the artists introduced at the Westport Heritage Festival on 2 June 2018.
- Chairs will then be “adopted” by six different businesses from 2 June to August 18
- Tickets will be sold for $5.00 each on the chairs and the draws will be made at MUSICWestport. Proceeds will go to the Westport Arts Council.
The Westport Arts Council hopes you will be excited about the prospects of having your art on display in the village throughout the summer months.
To participate in the project please contact: Mary Anne Bishop 273 8699
Host Business Information
Want to host a chair? Local Westport businesses can contact Mary Anne Bishop at 273 8699 for more information.
What a weekend! Westport was packed with over 300 quilters and quilt lovers for All Things Bright & Beautiful. The Saturday special quilt show was a highlight with over 250 quilts on display in five churches. Special thanks to Carol Darou who inspired all those who attended the Friday lunch. Want to see more? Check out our Facebook page!
September 29,30 and October 1
A three day event has been designed for quilters and lovers of quilts.
Workshops, challenges, guest speakers, vendors market and sewing time with friends all lead to a fabulous exhibition of quilts set against the beautiful stained glass of our local Westport churches. You are welcome to submit your own quilts… both new and vintage… to be on display. Check out the brochure
for more information.
Thursday September 29, 9am-4pm
Choose from five separate workshops. There is something for all levels of quilters – from beginners to advanced. Refine a traditional skill, or try your hand at a contemporary piece. We are very pleased to have many talented women leading these workshops so come and have fun!
Friday September 30, 9am-4pm
Quilter’s Café Day! Come and drink coffee while you sew and visit with friends. We are offering a Block Challenge this day. You will receive a package of fabric to sew/design a 12” block. These blocks will be on display on October 1 and will then be made into a quilt for Canada’s Sesquicentennial year. Bring your creativity with you!
Fall Luncheon at The Cove. We are pleased to welcome Carol Darou from the Lanark Quilt Guild as our guest speaker over lunch. All are welcome to hear Carol’s story and enjoy a time with friends. Contact Mary Anne Bishop at thepamperedladybug @ gmail.com if you wish to attend only the lunch.
Saturday October 1, 10am-3pm
Quilt Celebration Tour: Saturday will be the ultimate celebration of quilts – both old and new. As you travel to the village churches you will appreciate these works of art as they are mingled with church stained glass and architecture. Throughout the day, oral quilting stories will take place.
Registration can be done online (below) or at the Westport Museum. Travel will be at your leisure between 10 and 4, using a map and passport.
Download the brochure
for more information.
To register for all or individual events
, please process payment through PayPal. If you are registering for more than one item, you can select the “continue shopping” button in PayPal to add additional items to your transaction. For detailed information about each day’s events, click to see the brochure
To register your quilts for the Special Quilts Show
, please complete the registration form
and email it to us by 19 September 2016
Quilt Registration (by 19 September) – free and encouraged
Thursday Workshop (lunch included) $50.00
Friday Block Challenge (lunch included) $35.00
Friday Lunch Only $25.00
Saturday Quilt Tour $5.00
It could have been -30 and Westport still would have showed up for the Winter Carnival! Hang on…it was that cold!! Horse drawn carriage rides, ice sculpting, the petting zoo and the competitive winter games were no match for the freezing temperatures. Well, maybe for the cold goats. Thanks to all those who came out! Please post any more photos on our Facebook page!