Art In The Attic is the main art show and sale of the Almonte and Area Artists Association (AAAA). It takes place on Mothers’ Day weekend, Fri 12 May 7-9pm, Sat 13 May 10am-7pm, Sun 14 May 10am-4pm at the Almonte Old Town Hall, 14 Bridge St, Almonte ON.

The mandate of AAAA is to encourage artists to continually improve and to provide affordable venues in which to showcase their work. In 1991, the first Art In The Attic was held in the historic Almonte Old Post Office.  The next year, the show moved to the Almonte Old Town Hall, another historic structure in the town, where it has been held each year for 26 years.

Art In the Attic is an art show and sale where local artists of all ages and experiences celebrate their creativity ! Yes, we have artists from 4 to over 84 years of age; from self-taught to those with a post baccalaureate in art. We are an inclusive and open group and as a a result, AITA has gained a reputation for offering amazing and affordable art – “treasures in the attic”. There will be art from over two dozen artists in almost every media, oils, acrylic, watercolour, glass, photography, textile, jewelry, pottery  and more. Many of your favorite artists from the Almonte and Area Artists Association are returning plus some “fresh” new ones.

We feel it is important to encourage young artists, so a number of years ago, AAAA invited local high school students to participate in the show.  This also provides them an excellent opportunity to experience a formal art show. Once again, the Notre Dame High School art students will  be showcasing their young and exciting talents which never ceases to astound attendees.

This year we are also welcoming back the Rugrat Rembrandts, a display by  Ontario Early Years Centre Lanark of some of the fantastic works of pre-schoolers. Many of the pieces took over an hour for these young children to create and considering that the average attention span of a four year old is about five to ten minutes, it is remarkable.

On the other end of the spectrum, we are also showcasing paintings from two of our retired members, on of whom was amongst the original group of the AAAA in 1991.

On opening night on Friday 12 May, at 7:45 pm we will have a fashion show featuring the creations of local designer AVENIR.  The models will be prominent women in our community with hair design by The Mane Door.  The models will be incorporating pieces of art into their “runway walks” on stage and amongst the art boards. Live music will be provided by the local musical group, Shipman Mill, throughout the evening. What a great way to start Mothers’ Day weekend!

We believe in giving back to our community.   Our collaborative project this year is the creation of a “buckyball” which is like a soccer ball consisting of 32 pieces.  As our Canada 150th project, each artist will be representing a textile mill from the Mississippi River Valley in Lanark County.   The textile industry played a very significant role in the founding and development if this area.  Almonte was known as “Little Manchester” and was the capital of the woolen industry in Canada so the the subject of  textile mills is a truly fitting choice for our project.  The buckyball will be unveiled on opening night and will later be donated to the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte.  Last year’s show was the recreation of the Farmers’ Market mural (originally painted in 1991 as the first mural in Almonte) which has been mounted in Market Square in Almonte, the site of the original farmers’ market, for all to enjoy.

Still  not enough ?! For the first two weeks of May, the local shopkeepers in downtown Almonte will be allowing us to display works in their storefront windows as a sneak preview to AITA.  After the art show, stroll down the Riverwalk and then meander along Mill St and enjoy the unique offering of the downtown merchants.  Then head to the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte or take a short drive on Sunday to the North Lanark Regional Museum for their Mother’s Day Tea – Linger Longer and make it a day, make it an artful experience !