Buckhorn Festival of the Arts plans for in-person attendance in August

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BUCKHORN — For the first time in two years, organizers behind the Buckhorn Festival of the Arts hope to hold the weekend-long 2022 event in-person next summer.

“We are crossing our fingers,” festival co-ordinator Emily McAleer told The Examiner.

While McAleer and organizers are hopeful guests will be able to attend the long-running festival in person, it all depends on the severity of the pandemic once August rolls around, McAleer said.

If the in-person festival goes ahead as planned, it will take place from Aug. 12 to 14 and will be held at the Buckhorn Community Centre.

In 2020, the annual celebration of local art was cancelled altogether. Last year, the 44th annual Buckhorn Festival of Arts was completely virtual. Art-lovers were able to view a wide variety of works created by painters, sculptors, photographers, stone carvers, print-makers and more.

The works of about 50 artists and creatives were showcased at the 2021 virtual festival.

Launched in 1978, the Buckhorn Festival of the Arts is a juried show.

Throughout its decades-long run, the community-oriented festival invites alumni exhibitors to return each year.

“We have invited back all of the artists who have participated in previous festivals,” McAleer stated in an email.

Usually, submissions from new artists are also accepted and showcased. But, due to the pandemic, that may change this year.

“Due to capacity limitations, we are unaware if we will be inviting new artists to participate this year,” McAleer stated.

Organizers are encouraging would-be participants interested in showcasing their work at this year’s Festival of the Arts to keep an eye out for updates by visiting the festival’s social media channels.

Returning invited exhibitors have until Feb. 4 to submit the necessary applications to participate in the 2022 festival. Applications can be accessed on the festival’s website at buckhornartfestival.ca/.

For in-person festivals in the past, the Buckhorn arts festival has relied on the efforts of some 300 volunteers who play an integral role in running the event.

Organizers recently took to Facebook to announce plans to host the 2022 festival in person.

“Of course, in this world we’re living in, everything is subject to change, but we are hoping that come August it will be safe for us to gather,” reads the online post.

“We can’t wait to see you there.”

Brendan Burke is a staff reporter at the Examiner. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach him at bburke@metroland.com.

Brendan Burke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Peterborough Examiner

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