Fall in Guelph is always a festive time, and 1999 is no exception. All you need to do is consult the Calendar of Events inside this issue of Arts in Guelph – and you’ll find dozens of interesting and entertaining events to take in during the months of September and October.
In terms of sheer volume of activity, one weekend probably stands out among all the rest – namely, October 14 to 17.

For example, that is the weekend of the legendary GUELPH STUDIO TOUR. Running Friday, October 15, 7-9pm, and Saturday/Sunday, October 16/17, 10am-6pm, the Guelph Studio Tour is now in its 14th year. With downtown Guelph as the hub of activity, 30 artists will be showing their work in 15 different locations, ranging from studios to gallery spaces. There are photographers, painters, potters, sculptors, printmakers, woodcarvers as well as textile, glass, paper and various mixed media artists who will be displaying their work, demonstrating or discussing their techniques, and, of course, offering items for sale. To preview the Guelph Studio Tour, you can check out the Guelph Public Library during September, and The Bookshelf during October.

On the weekend itself, there will be an information booth in St. George’s Square.
New this year and happening that same weekend is the GUELPH ARTS FESTIVAL which will kick off on Thursday, October 14, 7pm, with a community rhythm circle in St. George’s Square (or Eaton Centre in case of inclement weather). All are welcome to join in with their drums, instruments and voices. For the remainder of the weekend, October 15 to 17, 10am to 6pm, over 87 individual artists and 18 groups will celebrate Guelph’s large and dynamic arts scene by presenting their work in dance, music, poetry, media arts, performance, visual arts and craft. Performance events will be at scheduled times. There will be several events and activities for children.

For details of Guelph Studio Tour or Guelph Arts Festival, pick up their respective brochures (with maps) at the Guelph Arts Council office (147 Wyndham Street North), Guelph Visitor Information Centre (Eaton Centre, upper level) or various other outlets in downtown Guelph. Also both events have web sites at www.art-in-guelph.com.