Art Ex returns to Grand Falls-Windsor for its fourth year

Central Newfoundland's annual art festival is underway this weekend.
Audrey Feltham from Deer Lake is one of many artists setting up shop in Grand Falls-Windsor for the weekend. (CBC)

Central Newfoundland's annual art festival will draw people from across the country to this weekend's event.

Grand Falls-Windsor will be jam-packed full of artist workshops, exhibits and talks.

Art Ex has undergone some big changes since its beginning four years ago, and organizers predict it has a bright future ahead.

In 2010, Art Ex received start-up funding from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and numerous other sources.

Now, the festival relies on generous people in the art community to help open the doors for the weekend event. 

Volunteer Joann Maeck said the festival is organized by a small group of volunteers who raise about two thirds of Art Ex's operating costs.

Maeck said despite the lack of funding, Art Ex will continue to grow.

"We're kinda grassroots, we're not for profit. So you know every year we try to get a little bit bigger, grow a little further, invite a few more people from farther away," Maeck said. 

Art Ex volunteer, Joann Maeck, says two thirds of the event's funding is raised by volunteers. (CBC)

Printmaker Audrey Feltham came from Deer Lake looking to sell some of her wares at the weekend's art festival.

Art Ex is all the more important now, after Feltham lost part of her income when the province cut funding for a visiting artist program earlier in September.     

"It means that we just have to get out there, and sell our work, and become very aggressive about it. That's the alternative — either that or close your studio door," Feltham said. 

Events run through to Sunday afternoon. Organizers promise to return next year to celebrate Art Ex's 5th anniversary. 


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