Elora en Plein Air





May 17 to 20, 2018



While for much of your days you will be amidst the fields, natural trails and river gorges, you may find yourself with time to spare.  Throughout Elora and Fergus you can discover beautiful shops filled with fine Canadian craft, fashion and decor,  great restaurants and artisanal foods. Enjoy great walkabouts.


Thursday, May 17th 5:30pm to 10pm: Join us for Film on a Plate - a food and film events sponsored by Sensational Elora and held at the charming Elora Gorge Cinema. The film, ‘Loving Vincent’, will be paired with foods of the Netherlands/France.



Thursday, May 17th and Friday, May 18th, registered artists can sign up for Night Painting en Plein Air. Best of Nocturnes will have a separate prize.


Saturday, May 19th 10:00am - noon:  Bissell Park Quick Paint - check out the artist in a fast and fun paint out competition. Show and Sale follow right in the park from 1-2 pm. 127 East Mill Street, Elora.



Sunday, May 20th  9:00am to noon:  Artists' Breakfast  Join us for a leisurely breakfast or coffee and socialize at the Red Door Café, 212 St. Andrew St. W.


Sunday, May 20th  1:00pm to 5:00pm:  Show and Sale with judges comments. All welcome 75 Melville Street, Elora.



At the Elora Centre for the Arts:


Plein Air Painting Workshops with Sam Paonessa

Saturday May 5  &  Sunday May 6 , 2018

9:30 - 4:30

Members $120+HST for one day / $225 +HST for both days

Non-Members $130 +HST for one day/ $245 +HST for both days


Improve your plein air painting skills with professional artist Sam Paonessa. Reinforce painting principles and techniques, and develop visual editing skills. Demonstrations, individual attention, and encouragement will increase your creative confidence. Enjoy the colour and tonal challenges of landscape painting. You are invited to work with acrylic or oil paint. Some plein air experience is advised. Be prepared for weather, rain or shine and note that locations may require walking and transporting painting equipment.  ecfta.ca for student material list



Plein Air for Kids: Painting Things Outside

Saturday May 19, 2018

Ages 5-8  10-12pm

Ages 9-12 1-3pm

Members $26

Non-Members $32


Have the kids take part in the excitement of the Elora Plein Air Grand River Painting Festival with an outdoor painting workshop on the grounds of the ECFTA. Explore a variety of mediums and learn about colour, perspective and composition while painting in the great outdoors.




*Wyndham Art Supplies will be in-house at the ECFTA on Thursday and Friday from 8:30AM – 3PM to supply all your painting needs as part of the Elora Arts Council Plein Air Grand River Painting Festival.


When: May 17th to 20th, 2018

Where: Fergus Elora and surrounding countryside

For more information: elorapleinair@gmail.com


Photo credits: Anne Hobbs, Sylvia Galbraith

© Trademarks Design/Elora Arts Council

Bissell Quick Paint Sponsor