CFN– The Heart & Stroke Foundation will be benefiting from the rapidly growing Artfest, now in its second year. Last year, the event featured 16 local artists – including everything from photographers and acrylic painters to storybooks and jewelry. This year, the event will host over 30 artists from Cornwall and the Seaway Valley, all the way up to Ottawa and around to Montreal. With profit from the registration fees going towards the Heart & Stroke Foundation, local musicians Sara Murphy and Chuck Leclair have stepped in to kick the event up a notch, bringing a variety of incredible musical acts to the art yard for busking. The buskers will donate 50% of their proceeds to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
The event will take place on August 11th, from 9am to 4pm, on 2nd Street West, just before the Kinsmen Soccer Fields. Free transportation to the Dragonboat Races and all other Waterfest activities, happening just up the street at the Old Canal, will be available throughout the day.
This year’s Artfest will offer all sorts of artistic mediums and the opportunity to talk with each artist. From hand painted buckets, repurposed and upcycled home décor, to acrylic, watercolour and oil paintings, and even photography and jewelry, Artfest has something for everyone. Come out to meet Bradley Pennell, author and illustrator of Demongelic; Patrick Guindon, painter, author and illustrator of Sad Monster & The Wishing Tree and the upcoming children’s book Henry’s Paintbrush; Kate Dwyer and Sarah Bee, upcyclers; Marion Stanley, creator of jewelry, mosaics and barley bags; Anne Wylemans, with her gorgeous paintings; and more!