Each summer the Juniper Island Art Festival opens its doors on the second weekend in August. With a one of a kind location the show is set in a beautifully restored, circa 1890’s, open air pavilion on Juniper Island, Stoney Lake Ontario.
This unique event, now in its 27th year, features a talented group of artists comprising permanent and summer residents of the lake. Artwork, both on display and for sale, showcases a variety of media; including painting, sculpture, woodwork, ceramic, mixed media and photography. A wide range of subject matter, ranging from traditional portrait painting, to landscape, abstraction, furniture and glass means there is something for every palate. While much of the work displayed is by established, skilled artists, the show committee also seeks out and encourages emerging artists early in their careers.
The 2019 Juniper Island Art Festival opens its doors Saturday August 10th 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday August 11th 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is a cash bar and live music both days, plus a free water taxi based nearby at Carveth’s Marina.
The art festival is the main event of the weekend, but Juniper Island is worth visiting in its own right. Very few lakes have what amounts to a recreational complex, community center, arts and music showplace all in one. The Juniper Island Centre also has a historic yacht club offering sailing lessons, a tennis club with a newly added pickleball court plus it offers swimming and canoe lessons as well. The newly restored 100 yr old Juniper Island Store offers casual food and snacks, and fun lake branded clothing. At various times during the summer, the pavilion features square dancing, movie nights, yoga classes, environmental camps, and a children’s masquerade.
Planning a visit? Visit the Association of Stony Lake Cottagers (ASLC) website for details www.aslcmembers.ca