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Holmedale Art Crawl features local neighbourhood artists

Arts and EntertainmentHolmedale Art Crawl features local neighbourhood artists

Hundreds of Brantford residents took advantage of the warm weather to explore the Holmedale Art Crawl on Sunday, May 26, 2024.

The one-day event has been running since 2017 and is a chance for local artists in the Holmedale neighbourhood to showcase their talent and sell their wares.

Residents browse various pottery creations by Mary McDonald during the Holmedale Art Crawl on Sunday, May 26, 2024.

With the help of both online and paper maps, residents chose to either walk, bike or drive from each of the 30 locations to check out this year’s 48 artisans. Several spots were set up outside of homes, organizations and businesses like Flume, Heron Head Bikes and the Brant Curling Club.

Kristine MacGregor shows off a few pieces of art during the Holmedale Art Crawl on Sunday, May 26, 2024.

Throughout the seven-hour event, the many photographers, painters, potters, and woodworkers sat under tents with their art displayed on tables and wire racks for visitors to browse.

Many residents took the chance to support the local artists by buying handmade soaps, paintings, prints, textiles, pottery pieces, charcuterie boards, door decor and more.

Jackie Robar (front) and Evelyn Heys (behind) browse through Kristine MacGregors print work during the Holmedale Art Crawl on Sunday, May 26, 2024.

Aliki Mikulich, one of the founders of the art crawl, said she and the rest of her team were happy with the day’s turnout.

“We’re just really thrilled with how many people rise to the occasion to come check out all the art and it’s so nice to see them enjoying it,” she said. “The weather has been so perfect, everybody seems happy to be out and about, and that all of that makes it worthwhile because its run by a six-person volunteer committee and it’s truly a labour of love for us.”

Holmedale resident, Tatiana Paparelli, shows off her newly purchased artwork during the Holmedale Art Crawl on Sunday, May 26, 2024.

Mikulich shared several reasons why the residents appear to enjoy the event so much.

“I think that it’s the variety of art that you can see, and I think buying from the artist directly is another big part of it too, even just knowing where your art comes from gives it a personal touch as well,” she said. “It’s a lovely outing and it’s a bit different from other things you may do on a Sunday and there’s a real social aspect to it because you’re getting to chat with neighbours and such.”

Fine artist, Kim Clark poses alongside one her multimedia art pieces during the Holmedale Art Crawl on Sunday, May 26, 2024.
Jule Whitbread, a local nature and wildlife photographer chats with a visitor during the Holmedale Art Crawl on Sunday, May 26, 2024.
Victoria Ecker of Smoothwater Inks poses alongside a few resin pieces during the Holmedale Art Crawl on Sunday, May 26, 2024.

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