Where to Exhibit Your Artwork in Guelph – Restaurants & Eateries Edition

Are you a visual artist in Guelph looking for a place to showcase your artwork?

There are so many different types of spaces in Guelph to exhibit your creativity. From traditional spaces like galleries and museums, to community hubs and public areas, such as libraries, restaurants, and eateries. As an artist where you choose to exhibit your work depends on the type of work you do, the audience you’d like to engage with, and your long-term career goals as an artist.

To help simplify this process, GAC will be featuring different articles on “Where to Exhibit Your Artwork in Guelph” that focuses on different types of spaces. This month’s edition will be on cafés, restaurants, and eateries in the downtown area.


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Photo credit: Adrianna Calvo. Pexels.

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The Collector’s Dilemma – March 26

The Collector’s Dilemma is an exciting fundraising event for Guelph Arts Council. The third annual event will be held on Thursday, March 26. This auction showcases fine art previously owned by local collectors. All profits benefit GAC, helping artists and arts organizations make Guelph an enriched place to live and work.

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The Collector's Dilemma 2019 at The River Run Centre. Photo credit, Keith Makse.

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How to write a news release

By Jane Litchfield

Got news? You need a news release to help spread the word. Follow these tips and you’ll have one in no time.

Of course your news release should include who, what, where and when your news is happening, but before you write a single word, ask yourself why. Not, why do I want people to know about my show, new CD or grand opening, but why do they want to know about it? Your friends and family might be thrilled that it’s the one-year anniversary of your online store, but – sorry – everyone else wants to know what’s in it for them. Are you offering a discount? Free donuts??

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Photo Credit: Christina Morilla. Pexels. 


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Guelph Arts Council Announces Doors Open Guelph 2020 Sites

Guelph, ON – January 30, 2020 – Doors Open Guelph is an all-ages citywide celebration of Guelph's special places - often hidden gems - and rich cultural history. Hosted annually by Guelph Arts Council since 2002, Doors Open Guelph showcases local businesses, remarkable homes, and feats of creativity and engineering. Each year Guelph proudly kicks off Doors Open Ontario's province-wide season.

The 2020 event will take place on Saturday, April 25, from 10 am to 4 pm. Please visit guelpharts.ca/events/doors-open-guelph for details and updates.

Launching the weekend, Doors Open After Dark will celebrate Guelph’s 193rd birthday with big, bold, innovative history and art activations at and around the Civic Museum from 5 p.m. April 24 to 1 a.m. April 25. This free event aims to create opportunities to connect, explore and engage the community with history in unique ways. Historians and artists of all disciplines are encouraged to submit proposals for activations that explore Guelph’s history and identity through themes of reconciliation, diversity, landscape, culture, innovation, and environment. Submissions are due March 8.

Doors Open Ontario’s 2020 theme is Environment, which will be reflected in Guelph at specific sites, including Sleeman Breweries, Campus Co-op Commons, Gurdwara, and The Junction. This year’s event will also offer visitors several active outdoor opportunities to connect with Guelph’s culture and heritage. These experiences are presented in partnership with Trails Open, City of Guelph, and Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation.

Doors Open Guelph attracts an average of 6,000 people to its sites each year, 25-40% of whom are visitors to the city. Doors Open Guelph’s success is due to the enthusiasm and hard work of volunteers who serve as site captains, tour guides, sweeps, greeters, counters, researchers, Steering Committee members and more. Join us as a volunteer and help make Doors Open Guelph a true community celebration. If you’re interested in lending a hand please sign up online or contact Fan-Ling Suen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 519-836-3280.

Guelph Arts Council thanks its event partners, including City of Guelph, Guelph Museums, Ontario Heritage Trust, Downtown Guelph Business Association, Sleeman Breweries, University of Guelph – Gryphon Football, SV Law, Granite Homes/The Junction, eMERGE Guelph, all participating sites, and its Steering Committee and event volunteers. Sponsorship opportunities are still available by contacting Patti Broughton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 519-836-3280.

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