The 2012 showing of Art in the Yard has been dubbed a wonderful success, according to the Elora Centre for the Arts website. Even the weather decided to co-operate with only a drop or two of rain on Saturday when thunderstorms had been predicted.
The art was fabulous with over 50 different artists displaying their wares in the sea of white tents. Many people took home some beautiful treasures. Tim Murton was there, showing off the Twilight Zoo monster making technique. Classes are available to anyone wishing to learn the fine art of monster creation.
Children visiting the event were invited to enter the enchanted woodland where volunteers had an endless supply of materials ready to make magical walking sticks, fanciful origami and other projects. Many took the offer and went home with their own creations. The pirate ship ruins were well decked out with origami and crochet.
The music was terrific. Indigo Riff entertained from 1-4 on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The rest of the time was filled with acts supplied by The Acoustic Cafe. I was fortunate enough to hear Dawn and Marra, followed by Indigo Riff. Both acts were great to listen to. I was sad when it was time to leave the jazzy-blues of Indigo Riff. Saturday evening was the time to be there to enjoy music by Rich Burnett, Ian Reid, Nick Gush and David Celia.
Saturday evening was also a good time for Mapleton’s Organic ice cream fans. Free cones were available to all who scooped the coupons from the Wellington Advertiser. I missed that, due to another engagement, but was able to enjoy a healthy scoop of my favourite ginger ice cream on Saturday afternoon. Fergies Fine Foods was there with wraps, lemonade and other treats and the aroma of fresh pizza from the wood oven of From the Hearth Pizza was heavenly.
It takes a lot of organizing for an event such as Art in the Yard, but it is well worth it. Everyone enjoyed themselves, taking in the food, the art and the music. Elora is very fortunate to have such a venue.