"Canada's most beautiful arts centre"
Built on the banks of Shaw's Creek, this national-award-winning heritage building is now "a jewel in the crown of the GTA's arts scene". The Alton Mill is home to some 25
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the Alton Mill Arts Centre, and be inspired! Open Wed. to Sun. & Holiday Mondays 10-5.
If you haven’t been out to see the fall colours yet, fear not, as the trees around our lovely building still have some bright leaves left for you to enjoy. There are also a few new tenants at the Mill… a few scarecrows that you may run into as you wander about the grounds!
We are happy to be participating in the Bateman Foundation’s “Sketch Across Canada” campaign, and have free sketchbooks by our main entrance if you fancy doing some drawing and taking a moment to relax with nature.
As always, when you visit us be sure to take a walk up to the second floor to see what the artists of the Alton Mill are up to. The group of artists here are so welcoming to visitors and are happy to speak about their work and share their stories. It is such a special opportunity to not only see beautiful artwork but also to catch a glimpse of the artist’s process!
In Noodle Gallery, the stunning works by Micheal Compeau in his exhibition Crimson Golden Days are also still up until November 1st. If you haven’t yet seen the show, hurry in as this is not one to be missed seeing in person!
Headwaters Art Gallery is still displaying the breathtaking solo exhibition by Sherry Park, Cape Breton Highlands, until November 8th. You will even find Sherry herself present at Headwaters on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
All of our activities have restricted numbers to ensure physical distancing protocols are followed, so get your tickets early. Please familiarize yourself with the numerous changes we've made to our regular operations to make your visit a safe and fun experience for guests and staff alike.
Sherry Park was chosen by Parks Canada and the Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design as the artist in residence in Cape Breton Highlands National Park for the fall of 2019. Since she was known as a portrait painter, this choice came somewhat as a surprise. It was the first time she had visited the maritimes and the experience opened up a whole new realm for Sherry's talent. Her new series of landscape paintings based on the experience will be on exhibit and for sale in a solo show in the Headwaters Arts gallery From Oct. 7 to Nov. 8.
Learn a new skill, refresh your perspective, and imagine the world creatively! The studio artists of the Alton Mill offer classes & workshops in a variety of mediums and themes, and yoga & mentorship classes are offered in person and online.
In-person class sizes are limited and suitable precautions are taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Check out the offerings.
Noodle Gallery is currently exhibiting work from featured artist Micheal Compeau. His paintings depict stunning colours of autumn trees and beautiful Canadian landscapes, perfectly capturing the energy and radiance of autumn in Canada. The works of 'Crimson Golden Days' are as beautiful as the fall trees surrounding the Alton Mill. Seeing them in person is a wonderful way of appreciating this beautiful season.
Alton Mill's fibre design and fashion market Rare Threads has undergone a rejuvinations and rebirth with a whole array of new vendors. Leading the charge is the shop's manager Svetlana Ponkin, who is also a maker in her own right. Lana is honoured to be the featured artist in this fall's edition of In the Hills Magazine. "This knitter’s up-sized pieces are wowing collectors". Check out the full article.
Many wedding plans for this summer have been spoiled by COVID-19. We're getting close to fully-booked for 2021, but have plenty of dates available this coming winter! Check this out by a photographer from BC ...
"Cheryl and Dale’s wedding was the perfect way to learn to love (okay, maybe like) winter. The grounds at the Alton Mill Art Centre are gorgeous in the winter so I was thrilled that Cheryl and Dale wanted to do all their photos outside even though it was about -10 C on the day! Cheryl was even brave enough to go skating and play a little hockey while still wearing her wedding gown"