Art at the Pumphouse sale makes successful return

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Virgil artist Cheryl Chiarelli was among those who showcased their work over the weekend at the Art at the Pumphouse.

About 50 vendors were set up inside and outside at the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre Saturday and Sunday as artists from across Ontario sold photography, sculptures, woodwork, jewelry and other original artworks.

Chiarelli owns Coconut Quarts, which sells high vibe crystals and handmade jewelry.

“People who are coming out are excited and they’re happy and they want to purchase and look around and enjoy everyone’s work,” she said.

Amanda Immurs, an oil painter from Hamilton, said it was her first time participating in Art at the Pumphouse.

“I paint mostly children because I like that they’re honest with their emotions,” she said.

Organizers kept the sale a bit smaller this year since than in years past because when they planned it back in January, they had no idea what the COVID restrictions might be.

Before the pandemic, the event would span across the road.

“We’ve had a great turnout,” said Rima Boles, the director of the Pumphouse.

“So happy to be back after two years of not being able to host events. So I think artists are thrilled to be back. And then all our visitors are excited,” she added.

Sandra Stokes, a Pumphouse volunteer and the co-ordinator of the sale, said it takes about six months to plan. And the juried show and sale is already looking for participants for next year.

Those who missed the event can still view and purchase artwork through the online Art at the Pumphouse show. The online version runs until Aug. 7 at niagarapumphouse.ca.

Somer Slobodian, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Lake Report

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