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Holiday Open House

  • Sat Nov 26, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun Nov 27, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Alton Mill Arts Centre hosts a wonderful weekend of art exhibitions, open studios and workshops. Taking place Nov. 26th-27th, experience works of arts and crafts ranging from ceramics to wood, jewellery and paintings. Families can enjoy music, great food from our café, our painted Christmas tree forest, shop our Christmas markets and take photos with the Grinch.

Workshops are great to do on your own or with a friend! Take a look at the list of fantastic workshops that are available open house weekend: 

Open Studio Painting Party with artist Mark Grice. Sunday, Nov 27th 1-4 pm. Pre registration required. $40 each. 

Colouring Tree Drawing with artist CJ Shelton. Leave your mark by coloring in/writing messages on black and white mandalas drawn on wooden Christmas tree shapes. A very zen activity in the midst of holiday bustle! The tree will “grow” over the course of the holidays as visitors add to it.

The Hive Encaustic Studio will be offering Give it a Whirl! on Nov. 26th from 1-2 or 3-4pm. Pre registration required. Price $20 per person + hst. Try out the ancient art of painting with beeswax in 'the hive' (Studio 201) during the holiday open house. Go home with a few small pieces of encaustic that you have made! 
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! All of these wonderful works of art are available for purchase.
Copper Fox DesignsThe artists of the Alton Mill Arts Centre invite you to give the gift of art. Find unique, handcrafted gifts by Alton Mill artists and guests. Shop small, buy local, and find one-of-a-kind gifts for the special people in your life! We have three different Christmas markets taking place at the Mill: Noodle Gallery (A Conspiracy of Love Holiday Craft Market), Studio 100 (Copper Fox Designs Holiday Pop Up Shop), and Headwaters Art Gallery (Artful Giving). Each of these markets features unique gift items created by local artisans - perfect for putting under the tree!  
Enjoy some tasty treats from our cafe - grab a cup of coffee, enjoy butter tarts, delicious apple scones or even a fresh sandwich!