PELHAM ART FESTIVALS

About Online Festivals 2021 & 2022, and the 35th In-Person Pelham Art Festival 2022

About Pelham Holiday Artfest Online
November 19, 2021, to December 15, 2021

 

Opening on November 19th, the show and sale welcomes all visitors, collectors, and art lovers to view and purchase original artwork from the comfort of their homes.

 

View artwork by artists and artisans in all mediums; painting, photography, glass, textiles, ceramics, wood creations and more.

There will be a “Creative Gems” COLLECTION of small artworks at affordable prices.

We are very grateful that artists donate 15% of their sales towards Pelham Art Festival fundraising efforts. 

 

Join us for Pelham Holiday Artfest Online 2021 on November 19th!

 

Browse, select and purchase from hundreds of original artworks.

Get to know the participating artists. Contact information is on their galleries. Artists are happy to answer your questions about their work.

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Pelham Art Festival Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation.

 

About Pelham Art Festival Online
May 4, 2022 to May 15, 2022!

In May 2021, the Online Festival was a great success and sales were made far and wide to an audience far beyond the reach of the Pelham Art Festival In-Person weekend.  Artists and artisans are invited to join us for Pelham Art Festival Online in May 2022, free to the public, and will have the choice to sell their work at the 35th Pelham Art Festival In-Person at the Meridian Community Centre, or, at Pelham Art Festival Online, or both!

PAF’s jurors welcome individual fine arts artists and artisans working in all mediums; painting, photography, sculpture, glass, textiles, jewellery, creamics, wood creations and more, with formal or informal training to apply. Established and emerging artists are welcome. 

All submissions will be juried. All artwork submitted for jurying must be for sale, and all artwork submitted online must be for sale. The application-handling fee is non-refundable.

PAF accepts 80% original artworks and 20% may be reproductions such as giclée or limited-edition prints. Artists are encouraged to submit original artworks created within the last three years. Please see our Guidelines for more. Artwork in the photography category must be of signed, numbered limited edition prints.

Reproductions are welcome provided they do not exceed 20% of the total artwork on display. Please read our Reproduction Policy information carefully before submitting an application.

You can choose to join us for Online Pelham Art Festivals from anywhere in Canada and beyond. Sell artworks and tap into the Niagara art market, and at our Online Festivals safely from the comfort of your own home.

Artists benefit by making sales, meeting new clients, and artwork exposure. We are very grateful that artists donate 15% of their sales towards PAF fundraising efforts. 

Join us for Pelham Art Festival Online 2022!

For a breakdown of participation costs, see our Fees and Deadlines page.

Please read through our Application Guidelines "how do I apply" online and some tips to help you submit a successful application.

Call for Artists and Artisans

When: Accepting applications January 1, 2022
Where: Applications are submitted online through the e-commerce Pelham Art Festival website         
Deadline: February 28, 2022 (11:59 PM)

Apply January 1, 2022

 

About the 35th Pelham Art Festival In-person
Mother’s Day weekend May 6 to May 8, 2022!

The Pelham Art Festival Committee is preparing for another Mother’s Day weekend In-Person Festival May 6 to 8, 2022, provided it will be prudent to do so. Due to the ongoing unpredictability of COVID-19, the PAF Committee will make every effort to find a safe way for artists and artisans to promote and sell artwork.

We expect to find a way to make the 35th Annual Mother’s Day weekend In-Person Pelham Art Festival a special event for visitors, art lovers, and collectors to enjoy beautiful art and purchase the pieces they love, Join us at the Meridian Community Centre located on 100 Meridian Way in the Village of Fonthill, Town of Pelham, in the heart of the Ontario Niagara Region.

This will require ingenuity and flexibility! At this time, we do not yet know what the format of the festival will be, but we are planning for a 2022 In-Person Festival. 

We invite artists and artisans to apply to participate in the juried 35th Pelham Art Festival In-Person in 2022, beginning January 1, 2022.

PAF’s jurors welcome individual fine arts artists and artisans working in all mediums; painting, photography, sculpture, glass, , textiles, jewellery, wood creations and more, with formal or informal training to apply. Established and emerging artists are welcome. 

The Pelham Art Festival provides a welcoming place for all artists and art enthusiastsand we are committed to equity and inclusion.

International Artists

If you are applying from outside of Canada, it is your responsibility to get the appropriate paperwork to enter Canada to sell your works. We do not provide invitations to artists for visa applications. All travel, accommodations, shipping and customs expenses are your responsibility. We recommend working with a licensed customs broker to import your works into Canada.

All submissions will be juried. All artwork submitted for jurying must be for sale, and all artwork submitted online for the in-person festival must be for sale. The application-handling fee is non-refundable.

PAF accepts 80% original artworks and 20% may be reproductions such as giclée or limited-edition prints. Artists are encouraged to submit original artworks created within the last three years. Please see our Guidelines for more. Artwork in the photography category must be of signed, numbered limited edition prints.

Reproductions are welcome provided they do not exceed 20% of the total artwork on display. Please read our Reproduction Policy information carefully before submitting an application.

All works must be hand-made by the artist. Machine-made or mass-produced works are not permitted and will result in an automatic disqualification. Please see our Reproduction Policy for details.

Since the Festival is a fundraising event, the Festival Committee reserves the right to jury returning artists who consistently experience little to no sales to offer opportunity for new artists to display and sell their work. In such an event, the request to return will be held on a waitlist in order of receipt after the new artist applications have been juried on or after March 22, 2022.

All submissions will be juried.  All artwork submitted for jurying must be for sale. The application-handling fee is non-refundable.

We invite artists to apply to participate in Pelham Art Festival 35 In-Person in 2022, beginning January 1, 2022 and expect to find a way to make the 35th Annual Mother’s Day weekend Pelham Art Festival a special event. Artists have the choice to sell their work at the 35th Pelham Art Festival In-Person at the Meridian Community Centre, or, at Pelham Art Festival Online, or both!

Join us at the Meridian Community Centre located on 100 Meridian Way in the Village of Fonthill, Town of Pelham, in the heart of the Ontario Niagara Region.

PAF is recognized as one of the premiere spring arts festivals in Ontario, hosting nationally and internationally acclaimed Canadian artists and welcoming thousands of visitors , art lovers, and collectors to the Festival every year. Collectively our visitors spend over $50,000 annually on buying art, contributing to the economic prosperity of the participating artists and the cultural vibrancy of Pelham.

Over 80 juried emerging and established fine arts artists and artisans working in an array of disciplines come together annually to showcase and sell work directly to the public. Together with our committed and generous community of donors, we celebrate artistic excellence and our artists’ entrepreneurial spirit. Artists have joined us with the same overall intention to raise funds to donate to the Pelham Library System, arts scholarships and community arts projects. Join us for the exciting 2022 Festival!

Friday Opening Night
On Friday evening, sample hors d’oeuvres catered and served in the past by Welland’s Rose City Kids. Guests are offered the first opportunity to purchase favorite pieces of artwork from the professional artists and artisans selected to participate in the Festival, and enjoy a glass of Niagara wine at our Wine Garden, all to live music.
Saturday and Sunday
Festival guests stroll through artists booths, purchase delightful works of art, and pause to enjoy a delicious treat from the a la carte menu catered in the recent past by Churchhill Natural Meats and Nature’s Corner Bakery and Cafe at our on site Salvador Deli. Volunteer sitters cover booths while artists enjoy delicious deli luncheons. Live entertainment and the Wine Garden continue all weekend with art related activities including the popular Art Scavenger Hunt featured for children.
Mother's Day Sunday Brunch
Guests enjoy a sumptuous brunch in the past years catered by chef Ray Haymes from Churchhill Natural Meats, and Rachel Haymes from Nature’s Corner Bakery and Cafe at our on site Salvador Deli on Sunday 11 am to 3 pm. Artists are welcome at the brunch or to choose from the a la carte menu. Mother's Day is the perfect day to invite Mothers to admire inspirational works of art and to select the perfect piece of art just for her. Live musical entertainment creates a welcoming and melodic ambience for brunch guests to enjoy, and the Wine Garden is open. Activities for children including the Art Scavenger Hunt continue.

Call for Artists and Artisans

When: Accepting applications January 1, 2022
Where: Applications are submitted online through the e-commerce Pelham Art Festival website 
Deadline: February 28, 2022 (11:59 PM)

Apply January 1, 2022

For a breakdown of participation costs, see our Fees and Deadlines page.

Please read through our Application Guidelines "how do I apply" online and some tips to help you submit a successful application.

Pelham Summer Gallery Online!
June 1, 2021 to September 21, 2021

PAF extended the opportunity for artists to continue to sell artwork after the Pelham Art Festival Online was held from May 1-31, 2021 until September 21, 2021.

We are a proud community sponsor of Pelham Public Libraries and the arts

Festival proceeds benefit the Pelham Library System and provide annual scholarships to graduating Pelham students who are pursuing post-secondary studies in fine arts from E.L. Crossley Secondary School, Notre Dame College School and to Pelham students enrolled in the Art and Design Program at Niagara College. The Festival also supports various community arts projects. Pelham Art Festival has proudly donated over $458,000 back to the community to date.

Pelham Art Festival Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation.

Where Do I Find Support?

Admin support will be available for you if you need it through [email protected]
Please state the title of your question in the heading of your email so your question will be forwarded to the person who can help you. 
with subject line: PAF 2021 Photographing Your Art for the Online Gallery + Your Name 
with subject line: PAF 2021 Artist Gallery Setup Support + Your Name 
with subject line: ‚ÄčPAF 2021 General Support + Your Name

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COVID-19 Safety Measures:

The PAF team cares about the health and safety of our artists and the public we serve. In spite of cancelling the In-Person Festival in 2020 and again in 2021, we hope to return to an In-Person Festival in May 2022, following the safety guidelines provided by Niagara Region Public Health.