Art in the pump house returns

Art at the Pumphouse returns this month after a two-year hiatus.

The popular outdoor show on the grounds of the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Center in Niagara-on-the-Lake returns for the 15th time on July 30 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

About 50 returning and new exhibitors will be set up on the outdoor area and the indoor galleries. This year’s show adds an online component, which began on July 9th and continues through August 7th. It allows participating artists to connect with remote clients while previewing the live show. It can be seen below niagara pumphouse.ca.

Original works include paintings, photographs, sculpture, woodwork, glass and jewelry.

The show, which began in 2006, was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pumphouse volunteer organizer Sandra Stokes said the “scenic grounds overlooking the Niagara River” will be filled with original artwork that will draw locals and tourists alike.

Among the new artists this year is Niagara-on-the-Lake photographer Dave Van de Laar.

“It’s always a pleasure for me to share my photography with others and pass on the experiences I’ve had through photography,” he said.

Returning for her third show is Niagara Pumphouse member Cathy Peters, who said the event was “a celebration of the creative energy of visual artists.”

One of the area’s unique galleries, the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Center opened in September 1994 as an all-volunteer gallery showcasing the work of local artists. It has since expanded to host international exhibitions and offer a variety of art classes and workshops.

Located near the Niagara River, the gallery stands on the site of a municipal waterworks built in 1891 that supplied Niagara-on-the-Lake with water from the Niagara River until 1983. It was purchased by the city in 1985 and listed as a historic property by the council a year later.

Admission for both art days at the Pumphouse is $5 for adults, children free. The gallery is located at 247 Ricardo St.

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