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Around the Square Opening

Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments at the official Opening Reception to be held on Saturday, June 3, 2023 from 1-3 pm at the Headwaters Arts Gallery in the Alton Mill Arts Centre, Alton, Ontario. 

Around the Square runs from May 31, 2023 until July 2, 2023. The Headwaters Arts Gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m, Alton Mill Arts Centre, 1402 Queen Street West, Alton, Ontario. Visit Be sure to follow us on IG @headwatersarts and Facebook.


Tapestry of Art and Music Event

Tapestry of Art & Music May 27th, 2023

Schedule of events:

1:00 - 2:30 pm Art Preview

2:30 - 3:30 pm Achill Choral Society Performance

3:30 - 5:00 pm Reception, Art Viewing, Sale/purchase of Art


Forms, Faces, & Places Figuratively Speaking

FORMS, FACES & SPACES, figuratively speaking! Exhibition in the Falls Gallery

Opening Reception May 6 1 - 4:30 pm Fall Gallery

A total of 39 artists from the GTA, Hamilton and further north explored the implications

of this theme with a range of interpretations that have yielded a rich and eclectic body of work.

From the abstract to surreal, impressionistic and realism, studio work, street photography, and

photographic art, the mix of photography with other fine art is energetic and exciting!

Headwaters Arts Presents: Wild & Free

After a long winter hibernation, all of nature is poised to break free. Headwaters Arts third members’ show of 2023, Wild & Free is a vibrant, colourful and explosive collection of expressions of flora and fauna as interpreted by 35 artists from across Headwaters region. Artists are so inspired by the wild and the re-birth and beauty of spring’s flora and fauna, this show promises to get all of us excited for the coming of Spring.

Opening Reception Saturday March 25, 2023 1 pm to 4 pm


Winter can be a dark time for some but for others the shadows on the snow from the bright sunshine are a delight, but many can’t wait for longer days and more sunshine. Headwaters Arts second members’ show of 2023 titled, Dark Into Light, presents a stunning and visceral, visual commentary and/or experience of overcoming darkness as interpreted by 27 artists from across Headwaters region and the GTA. Opening Reception Saturday Feb. 18th 1-3pm.

Headwaters Arts Presents ReLaunch 2023

Headwaters Arts' first exhibiiton of the new year is now on display at the Headwaters Arts Gallery, running through Sunday February 12.

Read more.

Student Art Shows at the Mill

The Falls Gallery allows arts students from our local high schools the opportunity to exhibit their best work in a gallery environment.

Students from Erin District High School, Mayfield Secondary and Robert F. Hall have been thrilled with their first time gallery experience which often includes a "Meet the Artists" Reception. Most shows run for 1-2 weeks, allowing friends, family and the general public to visit and view the art.

Currently on display is the work from Erin District High School. This show is themed "Chaotic Energy".  The Grade 12 graduating Visual Art class has been hard at work since September producing a thematic body of work. Each student has chosen to explore a topic of personal, social or political significance.

Come and meet the artists at their reception on Sunday, January 15, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the work on display please contact Lisa Filion at
Poster art by Ivy Craighead.

Lydia Panart Solo Art Exhibit

Resident artist Lydia Panart is pleased to announce the opening of her new studio, home to her artwork and courses, and to hersolo art exibit "Mirage" at the Alton Mill Arts Centre.

"A threshold is a transitional space: a passage from one level to another. The selected artworks for this exhibit represent my intermediary state from one experience to another. They all reflect significant moments of self-reflection, bringing out progressive shifts as an invitation for me to step into the next stage and look for new learning opportunities to gain inner growth."


Exhibition runs in our Falls Gallery on the second floor from Wednesday, November 2 to Sunday, November 27 2022

From 11 AM to 5 PM

Artist in gallery Saturdays and Sundays!

Come See What the "Buzz" is About

There is a new exhibition in the Headwaters Arts Gallery featuring by artists Karen Brown and Kim Kool. "In the Hive" features over 60 encaustic and cold wax works and will be on display until November 6th. 

Both artists offer workshops in their studio as introductions to this ancient art form. As Brown shared, “The show will also be honouring the bees as our “collaborators” with educational information about the life of honey bees.”

A recent article in the Orangeville Citizen, Zachary Roman said:

" Kool and Brown have a close connection to the Alton Mill Arts Centre, since they both create and teach out of a studio there. Encaustic paintings are created by mixing beeswax with pigments in various forms, and they’ve been created for a very long time.
'Examples of encaustic paintings have survived from the Roman empires and are still as vibrant and colourful today as they were when they were painted,' said Brown, who grew up on a farm in the countryside. 'It’s not art until it becomes personal. That personal quality of life and art are what I am striving for. I want my life to reflect the best of me and my art to be an expression of who I am.'"
Read more about "In the Hive" in the article here.

The show will be running until November 6th, 2022 - buzz on by to see it while you can!

Three New Gallery Exhibitions

There are interesting exhibitions in all three of the galleries at the mill this month:

Noodle Gallery's featured show this August is "Freedom Flight"  by artist Ricky Schaede. This collection is a tribute to their Mother's life and memory. Reflecting on a new style of painting Ricky says: "Where I was once tight and extremely detail-oriented, I have become looser, more painterly, and more expressive, pouring my emotions onto the canvas. Please join me in celebrating life, love, and the beauty of the natural world." Come take in the beautiful and dynamic works today until August 28th!

Alton Mill Artist's show "The Artist's Journey" is in the Falls Gallery.

Headwaters Arts Gallery presents View Dignity

"View Dignity" is a solo exhibition by Ann Randeraad, Woodfire Clay Artist. “In our current social, political and personal environments, we are becoming ever increasingly aware of the dignity of all people and mindfulness of individuals, organizations & communities”, says Ann. 

Her recent collection of the latest functional and decorative works is her response to this important issue.

Follow Your Magic Exhibition

"Follow Your Magic" is a vibrant and interactive exhibition by Alex Leikermoser currently up in the Pond Gallery until April 4th. This show is full of color and positivity, and even includes an outdoor "word hunt" where Alex has posted words and symbols around the property for you to find. Alex invites you to join her in creating your own inspirational messsages using the words you find outside, and posting them on social media with the hashtag #followyourmagic. This show is the perfect way to shift into spring!

Sketch Across Canada

Feel like taking a moment to press pause and connect with nature? The Bateman Foundation has been producing free sketchbooks and delivering them all across the country as part of their "Sketch Across Canada" campaign. They're hoping to encourage Canadians to get outside with their sketchbooks and spend some time with their natural surroundings. We have plenty of sketchbooks here at the Alton Mill for you to pick up when you visit us.

The Artful Revival FESTIVAL

Headwaters Arts brings back their flagship fall event, reconfigured for pandemic times.

Headwaters Arts welcomes the public to join with a greater arts community, share in various events, and enjoy art from across the province. This festival is back with a strong message of resilience and hope. Enjoy three galleries of award winning art at the Artful Revival Festival’s annual fall show and art sale.

- Annual Juried Exhibion of 52 works of art from across Ontario in three galleries.

- In-person events: Gala reception, musical events, juror's walk and talk (attendance limited to ensure physical distancing)

- Or participate on-line: virtual tour of all 3 galleries, live streaming of events.

Charity Art Auction to Support Health Care Heroes!

Good Vibrations by CJ Shelton acrylic & mixed media on canvasTHANK YOU TO ALL THE ARTISTS AND BIDDERS WHO PARTICIPATED!

As we experience the unprecedented impact of Covid19 on our lives, we all are taking a sincere notice of our health-care-heroes ! The collective members of The Alton Mill Arts Centre and Headwaters Arts seek to support the work of Headwaters Health Care by curating an On-Line Auction that will benefit the hospital in Orangeville serving the Headwaters Region.  By Donating a percentage of the proceeds of our collective Art Auction, it will help Headwaters Arts Health Care with their Covid19 response.

Art Battle

Back at the Mill in 2020! Join us for a series of live competitive painting events. Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the Sunday March 15th event has been postponed. Please check back here or the Art Battle Canada site for more information about pre-purchased tickets and future events.

Headwaters Arts Presents Phenom

One of Ontario's most anticipated fall shows is here! Discover artwork by some of Headwaters Arts' most popular returning visual artists, set against the spectacular fall colours of the countryside.

Christmas Markets

Find the perfect gift for that special person on your list! Give creatively, shop local.

John Adams: Interpretive Landscapes

Headwaters Arts presents a breathtaking collection of landscapes by one of their most popular artists, John Adams.

New Photo Transfer Workshop

Turn your favourite photographs into treasured pieces of art in this brand new 3 hour workshop with Mill studio artist Joanne Lomas.

Adieu With Hue

Julia Gilmore's Farewell Canadian Solo Exhibition before relocating her Studio to the White Mountains of New Hampshire!

Ann Randeraad, Kaleidoscopic Journey

A solo show of incredible scope and creative depth by the Mill's own studio artist Ann Randeraad, ceramic and wood-fired pieces, presented by the Headwaters Arts Gallery.

Below the Surface

Now in the Noodle Gallery works by Laura Culic, Sandy Middleton, and Ann Shier in encaustic, cold wax and oil. 

The Maze Project & A Distant Memory 2

Exclusively at the Alton Mill Arts Centre from May through October, two enchanting outdoor works by sculptural artist Fiona Legg that invite thoughtful participation from the viewer. 

Constructing the Universe - The Art of Sacred Geometry

Upcoming in the Falls Gallery: an exhibition of illustrations by Caledon East Public School students, Grades 6, 7 and 8, resulting from the discovery and application of repeating patterns with Mill Artist CJ Shelton.

Tony Marinus Vander Voet

An exciting collection of prints from Headwaters Arts member Tony Marinus Vander Voet, at the Mill until November 5.

Exposé, New Collection by Janet Simmons Sweet

Janet Simmons Sweet debuts her 2017 Collection Exposé in Studio 204 September 17th, with an intimate look at the stories etched across the surface of trees.

Colours in Black and White

Conveying the sensations of movement and energy, the evocative works of John Geeza in the Headwaters Arts Gallery.

Fall Classes and Workshops

Strengthen your skills or try something new; be inspired by bold autumn colours in the picturesque Village of Alton! Sign up for one session, or a series of classes, offered by expert artists at the Mill.

One Square Foot Show: Headwaters Arts

Join Headwaters Arts Gallery from July 12 - August 7 for their eclectic show of over 100 – 12″ x 12″ original, 2 and 3-Dimensional works of art by Headwaters Arts members!

Mill Summer Classes & Workshops

With the sun shining, birds chirping and rain bringing new life - what better time to allow your creativity to blossom!? Sign up for one or a series of classes & workshops offered by many Alton Mill artists in a variety of media. 

Headwaters Arts Festival 2017

One of the most respected art shows in Ontario will open its doors from Friday September 15th to Sunday October 1st, 2017. The Juried Arts Show & Sale will feature 2 and 3 dimensional works from artists across Ontario.

Wine & Food Festival: Paint Off!

Ready, set, paint! Please join us for this year’s Paint Off! at the Wine & Food Festival on Saturday, July 22. Each artist can use the medium of their choice to create an artwork on the theme of food and drink. Working within a one-hour time frame, they will create one-of-a-kind pieces that visitors can bid on and take home that day!

Headwaters Arts presents, O Canada

Headwaters Arts Gallery presents their new show, O Canada, celebrating Canada’s 150 Birthday! This exhibition will showcase Canadian themed two & three dimensional works in various medias. Taking place from June 7 - July 9.

The Birds Are Back In Town!

The Falls Gallery is excited to welcome back the Mayfield Secondary School grade 9 students with their new exhibition, The Birds Are Back In Town! On display until May 7th.


Headwaters Arts presents "Grounded" the works of talented artists Sonja Mortimer & Ann Randeraad. From May 3 - June 4, experience natures' resilience reflected...reminding the viewer of all the quiet beauty available to us, if only we are still enough to hear and see it.

Julia Vandepolder, New Paintings 2016-17

The Falls Gallery is excited to present the works of Mill artist, Julia Vandepolder! Her exhibition, New Paintings From 2016-17, will be on display from March 29 through April 23, 2017.

12 Days On The Road...And More!

Roads, maps, and a surprise around every bend! For a landscape painter such as Bonnie Eskelson, road trips (plane trips, train trips…) are addictive! See her wonderful works on display at the Headwaters Arts Gallery from Mar. 29 - April 30.

Alternate Views

The Falls Gallery presents Alternate Views the dynamic works of Mill artist, Joanne Lomas  in an exhibition that plays with landscape and the landscape transformed! This exhibition will be on display from March 8 to March 26. Opening reception takes place March 12, 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

The Power of Passion

Join 14 Headwaters Arts members as they share their artistic passion. This fabulous show will be on display at the Headwaters Arts Gallery from Feb. 15th - Mar. 26th with an opening reception on Feb. 18th 1pm - 4pm.

The Last Picture Show

The Falls Gallery presents The Last Picture Show featuring artist Wendy & Randy McLeod. Visit the gallery from Feb. 14th - Mar. 5th to see their amazing paintings on wood and wood fine art pieces! 

White Magic

The Falls Gallery presents the wonderful paintings of talented Mill artist, Janet Simmons Sweet! Taking place from Jan. 25th - Feb. 13th, White Magic is a collection of Janet's favourite paintings from this "magical" time of the year. 

Sense of Chaos

The Noodle Gallery's atmosphere will be switching gears from the whimsy and wonder of the holiday market to the dark and mesmerizing in their show entitled 'Sense of Chaos'. Featuring the beautiful photographs of D. Bernard Henry​ and the 'organic and morphing' drawing designs of Chris Evitts​ on pottery. 

Workshops & Classes: Fire & Ice Winter Festival

Upstairs on the second floor of the Mill, step into the imagination of our artists! Choose from a variety of interactive workshops and demos taking place over our Fire & Ice weekend.

Canadian Landscapes: Paintings by Roy Grandy

Canadian Landscapes from near and afar! The Falls Gallery presents paintings by local artist Roy Grandy. A love for the outdoors and an explorer’s spirit have inspired the works in this show. The exhibition will be on display from Wednesday, November 16th - Sunday, December 11th, 2017.


Headwaters Arts Gallery presents the quiet elegance of Peter Dusek’s international award-winning Zen-inspired photography. This highly anticipated exhibition, Tranquility, takes place from October 12th - November 13th with an opening reception on Saturday, Oct. 15th from 1-4pm.

Spin on Colours

The Falls Gallery presents the beautiful works of the Silk Painters of Ontario! The collective is comprised of a group of individuals from all over ontario meet twice a year to paint dye on silk. Their stunning show will be on display from Nov 3rd - 13th with an opening reception on Nov. 5th at 12-3pm.

North Brampton Watercolour Society

The North Brampton Watercolour Group will be exhibiting their fantastic work at the Falls Gallery this season. The talented group of professional artists' work will be on display from October 19th - 30th. Opening reception: Saturday, Oct. 22 from 12pm-4pm.

Headwaters Arts Festival: Juried Show & Sale

This year we are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Headwaters Arts Festival! The art show kicks off on Friday, September 16, 2016 with a Gala Celebration in the evening at the award-winning Alton Mill Arts Centre in Caledon, Ontario. This prestigious juried show will run over 3 weeks and 4 weekends.

Transformation and Growth

The Noodle Gallery kicks off the fresh Fall season with their brand new show, Transformation and Growth! Featuring the dynamic, colorful, abstract works of artists (and sisters!) Kate Taylor & Helen Utsal.

Southern Ontario Visual Artists

The Headwaters Arts Gallery presents “The Best of SOVA” exhibition and sale featuring Southern Ontario Visual Artists such as Robert Chisholm, Lynden Cowan and Margaret Pardy - just to name a few!  This show extends from Wednesday, August 17th to Sunday, September 11, with a Meet the Artist reception on Sunday, August 21st from 1 – 4pm.

Painted Christmas Tree Forest

Looking for a whimsical alternative to your traditional Christmas tree? Visit our 'Painted Christmas Tree Forest' on the second floor of the Mill to experience Christmas trees like you've never before! Take a look at all the different three dimensional Yuletide works the Mill's artists have created - a perfect photo opportunity. Our painted trees will also be placed throughout the Mill, there are over 20 works on wood for you to discover!


A fresh take on art awaits you! Jan. 11th – Feb. 12th, join the Headwaters Arts Gallery as they welcome 18 of their newest members showcasing their artistic visions in the first show of 2017.

A Retrospective

The Falls Gallery's upcoming show "A Retrospective" features the work of extremely talented, award winning artist, Dorothy Milne-Eplett. Her show runs from July 27 - August 21. The artist's reception is on Sunday July 30th, 1 - 4 p.m.

Some Like It Hot!

Can you feel the heatHeadwaters is heating it up in this newest member show. 'Some Like It Hot!' takes place from July 6th until August 14th, 2016. Opening reception on Saturday, July 9th from 1–4pm!

Light and Beauty

The Falls Gallery presents artist Jamil Gabriel's solo show, Light and Beauty. His exhibition is the culmination of his paintings in Canada. Experience his beautiful works from June 28th – July 25th at the Alton Mill.

Vice Versa

The Bartlett Gallery presents Vice Versa - the coming together of two artists, sharing their interpretation of the human expression, and lack thereof, within the urban, man-made systems. Using paintings and photography to tell a story, artists Delgado and Usquiano explore themes of subtle human expressions in our modern system.



Headwaters Arts presents ‘Stoked’ by Ann Randeraad.  "Stoked" is one artist's heightened journey through the clay process. Ann will be displaying stoneware, woodfired porcelain and raku at the Headwaters Art Gallery until July 3rd.

Authors' Night: Headwaters Arts Festival

Headwaters Arts Festival presents Author's Night, a literary celebration! On Friday, September 23rd meet the authors behind your favourite books and find out what inspired them. Featured authors include Peter Behrens, Camilla Gibb, Guy Gavriel Kay and Nicola Ross. 

Mill Artist, Steve Wilson, off to Turkey!

Congratulations to Mill artist, Steve Wilson on being invited to participate in the 8th Portakal Cicegi International Plastic Arts Colony taking place in Dogapark, Turkey this June!  


Headwaters Arts presents their latest show, Transformations taking place from April 27th-May 29th!

Margaret Pardy's work is headed for Tucson, Arizona!

Margaret Pardy's work is headed for Tucson, Arizona! Mill artist, Margaret S. Pardy, has been accepted into the International Society of Scratchboard Artists Juried Show for the 3rd time in a row. Congratulations!

Made of Wood Show 2016

A celebration of all things wood! The 15th annual Made of Wood Show takes place at the Alton Mill from April 16th - May 8th. The opening reception for the show is on Saturday April 16th 1-4pm.

Welcome Alana & Debra to the Mill

The Alton Mill is excited to introduce two new tenants who will have studio spaces on the top floor of the building. Welcome Alana of 1486 Photography and Debra of Debra Rowland Fine Art! 


New faces, fresh ideas, and innovative art! Please join the Headwaters Arts Gallery from February 17th to March 20th as they welcome 17 of their newest members from 2015 in their group show, Launch

Spring Art Classes & Workshops

With Spring just around the corner, inspiration is everywhere and the Alton Mill artists can barely wait to share their creativity with you! Take a look at the wide variety of interactive classes and workshops being offered and see which ones spark your interest. Sign up for one, two, three or more classes…there’s no limit to your imagination!

Emilia Perri: Colour & Process

With Spring just around the corner, Emilia Perri’s vivacious, textured, abstract paintings are just what art enthusiasts need! Please join Headwaters Arts Gallery from March 23rd to April 24th as we excitedly present Perri’s solo show, Colour & Process.

Welcome Margaret & Steve!

The Alton Mill is excited to welcome two new artists! Margaret Pardy and Steve Wilson are the Mill’s latest addition to studio artists on the second floor.

Artist Mark Grice wins Artisan of the year

Mill Artist Mark Grice has been given Artisan of the Year award by the Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association. Congrats Mark!

Alton Mill Artist Janet Simmons Sweet Wins Peoples Choice Award at Headwaters Arts Festival

Congratulations to Alton Mill Artist Janet Simmons Sweet who was named the winner of the People's choice award at the Headwaters Arts Festival. See more of Janet's work in her studio, upstairs in the Mill

Alton Mill Arts Centre is well represented in the Parade of Horses

3 of the 26 horses on parade during the 2015 PAN AM GAMES were created by Alton Mill artists pick up a map and follow the parade until Aug 30 #ParadeofHorses.

Mill Artist Lynda Clare Grant Wins Headwaters Region Art Battle Finals

Mill artist Lynda Clare Grant was declared the winner of the Headwaters Region Art Battle Finals here at the mill on May 22. 

Janet Simmons Sweet piece Accepted to "Order in Disorder" Juried Show

Janet Simmons Sweet is pleased to announce her work “Recede II, Holgate Glacier” has been accepted to the ‘Order in Disorder”, OSA 142nd Open Juried Exhibition.

"The Hive" Open Studio Hours"

Join encaustic Artist Andrea Bird and work on your board in the leacful, and enlightening environment of "The Hive".

Keep up with Artist Wendy Mcleod on twitter

Mill artist Wendy Mcleod shares a steady stream of new artworks on her twitter account @WendyMCleodArt 

Equinox is coming!

Equinox IV and Equinox IX from Janet's latest collection have both been accepted to the Carmel Fine Art and Music Festival Juried Show in Niagara Falls.  September 12-14, 2014.  Open Soiree ticketed event on Friday, September 12, 2014 - 7pm - 10pm.  Saturday and Sunday - Free Admission - 10:00am to 5:00pm daily.

Seeing with New Eyes - Drawing with CJ

Learn the fundamental skills needed to draw everything! Drawing isn’t as complicated as you think… with a little coaching on how to look with an ‘artist’s eye’ just about everything around you can become subject matter for amazing drawings and the foundation for great paintings. It’s all about learning to see things differently. In the creative environment of CJ’s studio you can hone your skills and learn new ones that will demystify all those ‘tricky bits’. 

Mill Artist Ann Randeraad wins "Best Handbuilt" Award

"Bigger Than You" created by mill artist Ann Randeraad has been awarded "Best Handbuilt" in Earthborne 2014 now running at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery in Waterloo.


"Out Every Window"

Janet Simmons Sweet returns to Beaux-Arts Brampton this summer with a solo exhibit from her Sideroads Collection. “Out Every Window” is presented in her signature dramatic light, and installed in her noted style of taking the viewer on a journey.


Alton Mill artist Julia Vandepolder in Spring Group Show at CFA

Alton Mill Artist Julia Vanderpolder at the CFA gallery in Halifax.

Opening Saturday, April 6th, 1:00pm – 5pm through to Sunday, April 28th, 2013

CFA Gallery presents an eclectic selection of recent painting by several of Toronto’s emerging and critically acclaimed painters including Julia Vandepolder. All have strong, distinctive styles and in their own way each has contributed to pushing the boundaries of contemporary Canadian painting.

Shirley Jaychuk Painting Competition Winner

Alton Mill Artist Julia Vandepolder's large oil on canvas painting entitled: 'Shivering the air' created in 2013 was selected to be in this year's ' 2014 Shirley Dilworth Jaychuk Painting Competition'. Vandepolder's piece was also awarded the Second Prize at the opening reception Thursday, April 10th. This beautiful show continues through until May 4, 2014 at the Elora Centre for the Arts.

Mother’s Day “Art in the Round” – Intro to Mandala Making with CJ Shelton

Share a day of creativity and artistic play with your Mum this Mother’s Day! Join Alton Mill artist CJ Shelton for her signature “Art in the Round” workshop and learn how to create and colour beautiful circular patterns known as mandalas.

Equinox XI and XII from Janet Simmons Sweet new collection accept Open Juried Show

Janet Simmons Sweet has two pieces of the new collection Equinox accepted at the Beaux-Arts Brampton Open Juried Fine Art and Photography Show. The Collection is to debut at the Falls Gallery, Alton Mill Arts Centre in September 2014. 

Students from Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy visit Bw Glass and The Hive

On Wednesday March 5th 12 students and 2 teachers from Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy enjoyed two workshops presented by glass artist Bridget Wilson and encaustic artists Andrea Bird and husband Daniel Beirne.

"The Made of Wood Show"

"The Made of Wood Show" returns to the Alton Mill Arts Centre. This exciting exhibition features one-of-a-kind works in wood from artisans across Canada and will be hosted in the Bartlett Gallery April 26 - May 11. In addition to the juried show Made of Wood presents the Director's invitational show and sale, featuring non-competing pieces by specially invited wood workers.  

New Raku Sculptures by Ann Randeraad

New raku sculpture by Mill Artist Ann Randeraad. 1 of 4 sculptures in a show on now at the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas, ON. The show will run Jan 3-26. Don't miss out!


Natural Talent II - Janet Simmons Sweet

See Mill artist Janet Simmons Sweet in Natural Talent II Wednesday, December 4, at the Etobicoke Civic Centre, Toronto. 

Julia Vandepolder's new show: 'Passage' opens in Barrie

In a solo exhibition at Marlows Framing Studio & Art Gallery in Barrie, Alton Mill artist Julia Vandepolder's 'Passage', will feature a selection of paintings from 2011- 2013. 

Janet Simmons Sweet solo Exhibition at the Millcroft Inn

Janet Simmons Sweet opens her solo exhibit at the Millcroft Inn & Spa September 30, 2013.

Experience Fall's Most vibrant Arts Event

The Headwaters Arts Festival celebrates the arts across the region this fall. There will be parties, performances, juried art shows, hands-on workshops and studio tours – an array of events over three consecutive weekends. More than 150 visual and performing artists are showcased during this region-wide celebration, with the Alton Mill being one of the Festival's premiere venues. For info on the Alton Mill's festival activities, click here.

The Festival launches this Friday Sept. 20 with an Opening Night Gala just up the road from Alton at the SGI Caledon Centre, site of the Headwaters Arts Festival juried Show & Sale. Buy your tickets now.

Lunch with a Living Legend

Mississauga Mayor Hazel Macallion joins Headwaters Arts in the Speaker's Series for a luncheon in Orangeville Tuesday Sept. 10. 
Join us for a luncheon with Her Worship, who has graciously agreed to address the local business community in a fundraising effort for Headwaters Arts.

Janet Simmons Sweet in "Natural Talent I"

Janet Simmons Sweet selected artworks open in "Natural Talent I" Thursday, September 5, 2013 at the Assembly Hall Community Cultural Centre, 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr., Toronto. 

'Afterglow' Solo exhibition

Alton Mill artist Julia Vandepolder's new body of work will be featured in her third solo exhibition, 'Afterglow' at the Telephone Booth Gallery in Toronto. 

Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition

Alton Mill artist Julia Vandepolder's painting 'Drift apart' ( Ambleside Pier), 2013, oil on panel, 48 x 96 inches has been selected by a panel jury and chosen from submissions all across Canada to be in this years Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition at the Orillia Museum of Art & History!

Lucille Weber at the Inaugural Art Walk North

Mill Artist Lucille Weber is set to display her work in the Inaugural Art Walk North taking place Friday and Saturday August 16, 17 in Mel Lastman Square. There will be more than 60 artists exhibiting over two days, during this exciting new art show. 

Cedar and Stone Floral Studio

The Cedar and Stone Floral Studio is now open in the Mill weekends, from 12 - 5pm. "Fresh Floral Designs for weddings, special events, corporate and personal spaces." Find them on Facebook, twitter and instagram for up to the minute info on studio hours.  

Mill Artist Julia Vandepolder wins award at IMPACT 2013.

A painting by resident artist Julia Vandepolder was selected into this year's IMPACT 2013: Neilson Park Creative Centre's 21st Annual Juried Art Exhibition.

Alton Mill artist Julia Vandepolder's Solo Exhibition

'At the Edge of Shadow' is the title of a new exhibition of paintings by Alton Mill Artist Julia Vandepolder opening on Wednesday, July 10 at 7pm at the Brant Museum and Archives in Brantford, Ontario. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. The exhibition will run through the Summer months until September 14th, 2013. 

For more information on this show please visit the Brant Museum and Archives Website

Give it a Whirl! during Cuisine-Art 2013.

Give it a Whirl in Andrea Bird's Studio "The Hive" Saturday July 20 and 21. Andrea will demonstrate the techniques and then you'll have the chance to try your hand at the ancient art of Encaustic painting! Sessions run at 1 and 3pm during Cuisine-Art 2013. No expereince neccesary, cost is $10 per person for suplies.  

CJ Shelton to Exhibit at 4th Annual Grail Lady Faire

Alton Mill artist CJ Shelton will be exhibiting her mandala art and presenting two workshops on “Warriors & Priestesses: Raising the Sword of Avalon” at the 4th Annual Grail Lady Faire.

Mill Artist Julia Vandepolder at TOAE

Mill Artist Julia Vandepolder will be participating for the third consecutive time at the Toronto outdoor Art Exhibition this July. 

The Unapologetic Landscape.

The Unapologetic Landscape

Take a Summer Tour of Canada without Leaving the Gallery!

Three Award Winning Artists, Janet Simmons Sweet, Margi Taylor Self and Bonnie Eskelson, share their friendship and their common love of Canada with the viewer. The Unapologetic Landscape is a true Canadian exhibit opening July 9, 2013Beaux-Arts Brampton, 70 Mains St N, Brampton, Ontario. The show creates a map of Canada, from our east coast to our west coast, Bonavista to Vancouver Island! 

Mill Artist Julia Vandepolder wins Ellen Langlands Memorial Award.

"Stich & Weave II', (2012) a large scale oil painting by Julia Vandepolder was selected and awarded 2nd PRIZE, The Ellen Langlands Memorial Award by the juror's in this year's 34th INSIGHTS Juried Art Exhibition.

Art in the Garden

Artist Lucille Weber's Garden Mill Artist Lucille Weber invites you to come for a stroll in her Garden June 15 - 16th and 22 - 23 from 10:00 - 5:00pm. Enjoy blooms and art at 17 Lorne Street Inglewood. Visit for more details. 

Mill Artists host Mayfield Students for "Try-It" Sessions

Mandala Making with Cj SheltonOn May 28 and 29, 2013 the Alton Mill hosted fifty-five Grade 9 art students from Mayfield Secondary School in Brampton for two days of 'try-it' sessions with some of the resident artists.

Mill Artists Lead Workshop with students from Ernest C. Drury School for the Deaf

Mill artist Briget Wilson in Studio 208 along with Andrea Bird and Dan Beirne of the Hive led a joint workshop with students from the Ernest C. Drury Secondary School for the Deaf Thursday May 23rd at the Mill. 

Lucille Weber to exhibit in Riverdale Artwalk

Mill Artist Lucille Weber has been accepted into the Riverdale Artwalk outdoor show Saturday June 1st and Sunday June 2nd. 11:00 - 6:00pm, Booth #117. Hope to see you there! 


New Workshops from Ann Randeraad!

Potter Ann Randeraad has five new workshops available! Whether you're just starting out or you want to brush up on your pottery skills Ann has a workshop for you. 

Julia Vanderpolder wins first prize at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery

Unveiling Folds', a recent large scale painting by Julia Vandepolder was selected and awarded 1st PRIZE by the jury in the First Juried Art Show at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery in Sarnia, Ontario. The exhibition is available for viewing until Sunday, September 8, 2013.

40% off amber Jewellery "July Sale" Ends Monday August 5th!

Gallery Gemma is continuing its amber sale for the August long weekend! 40% off all amber jewellery. "July Sale" ends Monday August 5. Gallery Gemma will be open all three days of the long weekend 10am - 5pm each day. 

Paul Morin Fire Sculpture Doc to Air on Rogers

Paul Morin's Fire Sculpture documentary 'Capture the Burn' is set to air on Rogers TV Orangeville in Early May. 

Janet Simmons Sweet Accepted in the Beaux Arts Brampton Open Juried Art Show

Janet Simmons Sweet (Studio 204) has two pieces of artwork that have been accepted into the Open Juried Arts Show at Beaux-Arts Brampton. Jurors Lisa Deanne Smith, MFA, AOCA and Dana Holst BFA, Waterloo, selected "Hump Back (The Arches)" and "Mother and Child Reunion" from over 160 submitted artworks. 

Show runs April 9, to May 4, 2013 at Beaux Arts Brampton. Awards Presentation Reception: Thursday April 11, 2013 7pm to 9pm. 

'Capture the Burn' Photo Competition Winner

Paul Morin Studio is pleased to announce the winner of the 'Capture the Burn'  competition to photograph the unfolding of Paul's iconic fire sculpture during the Fire & Ice Festival in late January.

Learn to Throw Pots with Ann Randeraad

Pottery Lessons available 4 times a week. Learn to form a piece of clay on the wheel into functional art. Make dip bowls, cereal bowls, mugs and clay pieces that you can use in everyday life with this fun and practical workshop from Ann Randeraad

Encaustic Workshops from Andrea Bird

Andrea Bird is offering encauststic workshops in 'the hive' this winter. Great for all levels of experience, learn to paint using this ancient method of combining oil paint and beeswax to create beautiful art.  

New workshops from CJ Shelton

CJ Shelton has new "Art in the Round" Try-it Sessions available in her studio.

Congratulations to Steve Wilkie

Congratulations to Steve Wilkie for winning the People's Choice Award in the All Fired Up! Show at the Falls Gallery. Steve Wilkie (Studio 211) won the award with a stunning panorama shot called 'Transitions'. Transitions is on display in All Fired Up! in the Falls Gallery until Feb 03. You can see more of Steve Wilkie's photography on display in his studio.

Jan Simmons Sweet at the Beaux-Arts Christmas Show

Janet Simmons Sweet (Studio 204) will be participating in the Beaux-Arts Brampton Membership Annual Christmas Show, December 5, 2012 to January 5, 2013. Opening Reception December 12, 2012, 6pm to 9pm. The show features an eclectic collection of full size artworks from Members, and a feature wall with 12" x 12" paintings created specifically for the Christmas shopping season.

Julia Vandepolder wins award for 'The Green Room' - twice!

Two of Julia Vandepolder's pieces, The Green Room and Left and Found,  were accepted to be in the  upcoming 2012 Biennial Juried Exhibition: WAR and PEACE. The show opens  November 3rd  and runs until January 3, 2012.

Attention Artists

There are two professional development workshops coming up at the Mill:

Andrea Bird is giving an Encaustic 3 workshop in the Hive for those those who have taken previous encaustic courses or have been experiementing on their own. Saturday October 13, pre-registration required. More information at

Social Networks and the Artist
How do Facebook and Twitter fit into a visual artist’s business plan? Are they for you? Join marketing professional & artist Andrea Trace for an informative overview of social networking on Thursday October 18, 6-8 pm. Pre-registration required. More information at the Headwaters Arts Festival website.

Dust to the Wind

On Saturday September 22, ten Mill artists gathered to kick off the Mill's fall arts event Rhythm & Hues. The artists threw coloured Holi Dust (as used in the Festival of Colour in India) to the wind simultaneously. The 'Art in Action' was captured on film at its height by Mill photographer Simon Burn who then transferred it to canvas. The finished piece, Dust to the Wind, is now available through a silent auction with all proceeds going to Headwaters Arts.

Jan Simmons Sweet to show at Carmel Fine Art Fest

Janet Simmons Sweet (Studio 204) has been accepted to the Carmel Fine Art and Music Festival, 7021 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls, On.  September 7-9, 2012. Opening Soiree Friday, September 7, 2012,  7:00pm to 11:00pm on the grounds of the 136 Year Old Historic Monastery of Mount Carmel.  September 8-9, 2012 open daily 10:00am to 5:00pm. 

Oil & Water Do Mix

Jan Simmons Sweet (Studio 204) and Margi Taylor Self (Studio 205) announce the return of  Oil and Water Do Mix.  Two different Artists, two different mediums, two different interpretations of the Canadian Landscape.

Beaux-Arts Brampton Main Gallery, 70-74 Main St N, Brampton, On.  August 12, 2012 to August 25, 2012. Gallery hours: Tues-Fri: 12:00pm to 6:00pm;  Sat: 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Janet Sweet at the Wellington Museum

Janet Simmons Sweet (Studio 204) has been accepted to the 33rd Annual Insights Juried Exhibit, hosted by the Elora Arts Council in association with the Wellington County Museum & Archives.  Opening Night: June 20, 2012, 7pm to 9pm. The exhibit continues to September 2, 2012. Wellington  County Museum & Archives, 0536 Wellington Road 18, Fergus, ON.

Solo Shows for Alton Mill Artists

The Red Brick Café in Guelph is featuring paintings and drawings by Julia Vandepolder until July 8. Jula has won several prestigious art awards over the past year and is now the recipient of an Ontario Arts Council Emerging Visual Artist grant. Following Julia's show, the Red Brick Cafe will be showcasing the work of Andrea Bird and her husband Daniel Beirne.

Saving the Birds & the Bees

You can help us work to save the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees and the food that we need...Burt’s Bees commissioned Jenny Bird to design a special edition piece that would help generate buzz and financial support for Canada’s depleting bee populations. These braclets will be available for sale in The Hive (Studio 201)  for a limited time beginning July 7. 100% of proceeds will be directed to the Pollinator Partnership


Made of Wood Show Comes Full Circle

In 2001 Carl Bergstrom and Jim Lorriman held the first Made of Wood Show at the Alton Mill as a way to elevate the perception of woodworking to an art form. The show has expanded over the past 11 years to not only include wood artists from across Canada, but also to feature demonstrations and seminars in wood turning, sculpture & carving, portable sawmill, tools and wood. This year the show comes full circle, returning to its roots at the Alton Mill. The Made of Wood show will runs from April 21 until May 13, and will be hosted primarily within The Bartlett and Crimson Feather galleries. The opening reception will be Saturday April 21 from 1 – 4pm.

On the Spring Awakening weekend there will be live outdoor demonstrations of wood carving, turning and even a sawmill all weekend. Visit the Made of Wood Show website for more details...

Andrea Bird: Conveyed

Conveyed: Visual Interactions between Art and Text - Mad & Noisy Gallery in Creemore, ON...  April 7 - 30th/2012

Studio Artist, Andrea Bird is taking part in a seven person show that opens with a reception on Saturday, April 7th from 2 - 5pm.  The other artists taking part: Jill Price, Michael Coughlin, Roy Hickling, Gavy Swan, Roz St. Clair and Ray Kundinger.  This show examines how the juxtaposition of imagery and text can create a story, evoke memories and/or create a picture in the viewer's mind. Through the mediums of encaustic, metal, clay, collage and assemblage, this narrative collection of works celebrates the art of storytelling. for directions/details.

Alton Mill Artist at Art Gallery of Hamilton

Studio Artist, Julia Vandepolder will have six paintings featured in this year`s upcoming Spring Art Show & Sale at the Art Gallery of Hamilton the weekend of Thursday,May 3 - Sunday, May 6th, 2012.

There will be works by over 50 different artists and admission is Free for the event. More information can be found at


Janet Simmons Sweet at the Rose Theatre

Alton Mill artist Janet Simmons Sweet, in Studio 204, has been accepted as the Artist in Residence with a solo exhibit at the Rose Theatre in Brampton. The collection, 'Four Seasons', is comprised of 22 artworks from the many changing colours in the Hills of Headwaters. Show runs to March 3rd, 2012.

Taste of Tourism - Artisan of The Year!

TASTE OF TOURISM AWARDS ~ On Wednesday 16 November, The Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association celebrated excellence in tourism and hospitality at their annual tourism awards ceremony.  The evening honoured those businesses and individuals that exemplify business and customer service excellence, and who help profile the Hills of Headwaters region as one of Ontario's premier tourism destinations.

Congratulations to Ann Randeraad, a talent potter who has a studio here at the Alton Mill Art Centre was awarded Artisian of the Year.

Welcoming Back Julia Vandepolder

Julia was recently away from her studio for the month of September, attending a 4 week residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. Vermont Studio Center is the largest international artists' & writers' residency program in the United States, hosting 50 visual artists' and writers' each month from across the world.

Read about her experience here on the Telephone Booth Gallery blog.

Andrea Bird Honoured with Two Awards at SGI Show

Alton Mill master encaustic artist and teacher Andrea Bird was honoured with not one, but two coveted awards at this fall's Headwaters Arts Festival annual juried show held at the SGI-Canada Caledon Centre.

The awards included the Jurors Choice Award, and the Artists Choice Award for the body of work Andrea submitted to the show. Needless to say, she "was thrilled".

Alton Mill Artist Featured at the Telephone Booth Gallery

Julia Vandepolder's paintings are featured in the latest exhibition at the Telephone Booth Gallery in Toronto. According to the curator of the gallery "The rich surfaces of [Vandepolder's] paintings capitalize on the tension between representation and abstraction, inside and outside, what is hidden and what is visible.  Abstract accumulations of line, colour and texture tentatively coalesce into the jagged contour of a beam, a corroded pipe or a pile of bricks." The exhibition runs from Oct. 12 to Nov. 26 with reception Friday Oct. 21, 7-10pm. For more information...

Photo Walk in Alton!

For the third year in a row, Craig Bell will be leading a group of local photography-lovers as a part of the World-Wide Photo Walk,  Sunday October 2. Craig will lead the group on a walk I titled "Two Mills, One River". Starting at the Millcroft Inn, photographers will walk around the Inn, then down Queen Street to the Alton Mill.

Meet Renowned Wildlife Artist George Mclean

Red-Tailed Hawk Mantling" by George McLeanThe Headwaters Arts Festival is hosting a talk by renowned wildlife painter George McLean on Sunday Oct. 2 at 2:00 pm in the Pond Gallery at the Alton Mill. Please join us to hear McLean share his journey from humble beginnings to acclaimed illustrator and artist. Tickets $20 + HST (HA members) and $25 + HST (non-members) - all proceeds to support Headwaters Arts.

James Gordanner's No Hold Barred

No Holds Barred  is a seleciton of work from the past decade of James Gordaneer's work. No Holds Barredruns from October 2 to October 23 in The Bartlett Gallery.

Alton Mill Artist Wins Award at Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Julia Vandepolder received the Founding Chairman's Award at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition held in Nathan Phillips Square on July 8 to 10.

Guelph Jurors' Awards

Three Alton Mill artisans win Jurors' Awards from Guelph Creative Arts Association. On June 12 Kathy Crain, Bridget Wilson and Ann Randeraad were awarded honourable mentions in the fibre, glass and pottery categories respectively at the "Painting On the Green 2011" show. The awards were presented by Guelph Mayor Karen Farbridge.

Time Frame Jurors' Awards

On June 2, the mill was swarming with people as Heritage Caledon combined its annual soiree with the Opening Reception and Award Presentation for Time Frame, the largest art show held at the Alton Mill to date. The main juried show drew an eclectic mix of art from around the province, all celebrating Ontario's cultural and natural heritage and is accompanied by an exhibition of student work in the Pond Gallery. Jurors' awards were given to...

Resident Artist at AGO!

Four of Darlean Morris' paintings have been accepted by the Art Gallery of Ontario's Art Sales and Rental Gallery, including "Resplendent" which has been on display in her studio at the mill. Darlean's work can also be seen in "Inspirations" at the Studio Vogue Gallery in Toronto, June 1 to June 22, reception Thursday June 2nd 6-8 pm.

Alton Mill's Andrea Bird online radio interview

Resident encaustic artist Andrea Bird was interviewed recently by Mark Lipinski for Creative Mojo.

Click here and go to the June 8 broadcast to listen to Andrea 'wax' on about encaustic and the conference that she just came home from in Provincetown! .

Julia Vandepolder Art Show

The Alton Mill's Julia Vandepolder is featured in a two-person show, Parallels, with Laura Kreviazuk at the vsvsvs*/G Gallery in Toronto. The show runs from Thursday June 2nd – July 2nd. Reception: Thursday June 2nd, 7-10pm . In conjunction with Parallels, Julia has a solo exhibition, Remnants, on display at the nearby VSVSVS Gallery.

Spring Awakenings Peoples' Choice Awards

Congratulations to Bridget Wilson for winning the People Choice award for her glass piece "All Meshed Up" in the Art Fit for a King exhibition currently on display in the Millrace room. Second place award goes to Mark Grice for his acrylic painting "Kate Walk", and third place was a tie: "Fit for a Princess", an encaustic wax painting by Andrea Bird and another glass piece by Bridget Wilson, "Royal Black Magic".

Fire and Ice - People's Choice Award Winners

A special Fire & Ice themed art exhibition by the Alton Mill studio artists has been mounted in the Pond Gallery as part of our annual winter festival. On the opening weekend, the general public had their say. A total of 20 different works received votes for the People's Choice award, and in the end only three votes separated first, second and third places. The winner is "Warm Up" a painting in acrylic on canvass by Mark Grice. Second place by one vote is "Ice", a large bowl composed of glass shards by Bridget Wilson, closely followed by "With Wings Outstretched" a beeswax encaustic painting by Andrea Bird. Congratulations to the winners and all those who participated. Thanks to the public for your feedback. The show continues until the end of February.