Email: November 30, 2022

Paint Ontario:  Exciting Future Plans

Artists and visitors to Paint Ontario this year will be well aware that the show, although a critical success, was much smaller in size than in earlier years.  This was due to the significantly reduced display space available at Lambton Heritage Museum, which resulted from renovation decisions made at the county level. 

Unfortunately, a smaller show leads to reduced opportunities for artists to show their work and less choice for buyers to make their purchases.  Lambton Heritage Museum no longer has sufficient space to sustain and grow the show. To remedy this situation, the Board of the Grand Bend Art Centre, Paint Ontario’s governing body, is currently exploring an alternative venue that will bring the show back into Grand Bend, where it was originally founded by Barry Richman 26 years ago.

The Grand Bend Art Centre sincerely thanks the Lambton Heritage Museum and its staff for all the help and support that it’s given to Paint Ontario over the years.  We look forward to working togther in the future on other projects, as new opportunities arise.

For most of its life Paint Ontario has been a Spring event, only moving to September in recent years as a result of Covid.  To make proper preparations for a new location and a return to spring scheduling, the next Paint Ontario is being planned for May, 2024.  Artists and patrons can look forward to a revitalized show, in a new location in the heart of Grand Bend, that is expected to offer the tremendous benefit of accessibility for walk-in traffic.  Organisers aim to offer buyers over 200 pieces of original art, together with a wide range of demonstrations and additional show features.   A detailed announcement will be made in Spring 2023.

Among other 2023 Grand Bend Art Centre initiatives to be noted is the success of the very popular Pottery Facility located at 16, Municipal Drive; the introduction of the “Stewie the Sturgeon” metal sculpture near the Main Street turn-around and the highly appreciated series of kids’ summer camps that included local indigenous cultural teachers.

For more information, please contact:

Teresa Marie Phillips

Charitable donations are always welcome or a cheque to GBAC, PO Box 523, Grand Bend, ON N0M 1T0
Charitable Organization Number 83266 7604 RR0001