Maple Syrup Festival Juried Art Show & Sale

2017 – 17th Annual Maple Syrup Festival Art & Photography Show & Sale

Good news! SOTH has secured a venue for our 17th Annual Maple Syrup Art & Photography Show & Sale.

The show will be located in the former Eclectic Mix store on Warkworth’s Main Street. We are very pleased with the location. SOTH’s juried show will be front and centre during Warkworth’s Maple Syrup Festival.

In addition, the show will also be open to the public on the two weekends following the MSF: March 18th & 19th as well as March 25th and 26th. This represents additional exposure for participating artists as well as opportunities to sell the paintings, photographs, mixed media, or sculpture on display.

Please mark these dates on your calendar:

  • Fri, Mar 10: SOTH Gala Reception 7:00 pm Official winners’ announcement and prize presentations.
  • Sat, Mar 11: MSF and SOTH show – 10 to 4
  • Sun, Mar 12: MSF and SOTH show – 10 to 4
  • Sat, Mar 18 – Sun, Mar 19: SOTH show – 10 to 4
  • Sat, Mar 25 – Sun, Mar 26: SOTH show – 10 to 4

Spirit of the Hills winners announced

WARKWORTH – Painters and photographers from all over Northumberland County are featured in Spirit of the Hills 17th annual Juried Art and Photography Show, held in conjunction with Warkworth’s Maple Syrup Festival March 11 and 12 — and on the two subsequent weekends.

The work of 27 painters, photographers and mixed-media artists as well as a sculptor have been adjudicated by curator Susan Holland of the John M. Parrott Art Gallery in Belleville, with the following winners announced.

Best in show was Crested by Paivikki Marshal of Warkworth. Holland cited the artist’s technical ability in her choice.

Best in Show – Judge Susan Holland (L), Paivi Marshall (R) – Photo Mary Weilandt

“The light is so true. The use of yellow continues through the entire painting, and is so evocative that the viewer wants to step into the painting and be right there,” she said.

Best painting was Garlic Study by Louise Leclair-Aronson of Grafton, which Holland said was an instant eye-catcher.

Best Painting – Judge Susan Holland (L), Louise Leclair Aronson (R) – Photo Mary Weilandt

“The first thing I noticed was the texture, and the colour treatment of the garlic,” she said.

“The use of colour is outstanding. Very realistic in a softer way.”

Loon Surfacing by Matthew King of Marmora was declared best photograph, another instant eye-catcher for Holland.

Best Photograph – Judge Susan Holland (L), Matthew King (R) – Photo Mary Weilandt

“The movement in the water really catches the actuality of nature. The photographer has an excellent eye,” she said.

Roadblock by Rob Cochrane of Roseneath was named best 3D or mixed-media piece, which Holland declared as a work of superb craftsmanship.

Best 3D Mixed Media – Rob Cochrane – Judge Susan Holland in Photo – Photo Mary Weilandt

“There is detail in everything — the fishes’ fins, the bears’ fur, and the trees. The time it must have taken to bring this 3-D piece to life is remarkable,” she said.

Morning Has Broken by Christopher Thorpe of Warkworth won an honourable mention.

Honourable Mention Christopher Thorpe – Judge Susan Holland (L)
Visual Arts Chair Judy Hopkins (R) – Photo Mary Weilandt

“The photograph is so good it just had to be mentioned,” Holland declared.

“The misty morning image is very well constructed. It brings the viewer right into the photograph via the gradation of colour and light,” she said.

“The viewer has to look a few times to notice everything. Birds are a little discovery at the end; even though they are the starkest element.”

Winners’ prizes were generously donated by On The Side Catering (best in show), Warkworth Farm Supply (best painting), Snapshots In Campbellford (best photograph), Trentmendous! (best 3D-mixed media) and The Village Pantry (people’s choice).

The show is open to the public every weekend in March at 13 Main St. In Warkworth.

Hours on March 11 and 12 coincide with the Maple Syrup Festival, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thereafter, hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 18, 19, 25 and 26.

People’s Choice Award

Beth Rhind (l) present The People’s Choice Award to Sherry Turner (r) – Photo by Mary Weilandt

Our Visual Arts Committee

Pictured (L-R): Beth Rhind, Mary Weilandt, Rosanne Dolan, Judy Hopkins, Sherry Turner and Tony Crocker.

Scenes from the Opening Gala

All photos by Mary Weilandt