Pelham Art Festival a colorful return to spring

The Pelham Art Festival made a successful return to the floors of the Meridian Community Center in Fonthill this weekend after a hiatus of a few years due to the pandemic.

“It’s excellent,” said festival president Heidi TeBrake. “People are happy, the artists are happy to be back, they’ve been there for two years.

“We are absolutely thrilled and the community is happy that we got this back up and running,” she said. “A lot of artists haven’t had shows in the last two years.”

The Pelham Art Festival has supported the Pelham Public Library throughout its 35-year history.

TeBrake said that although the Pelham Library has been merged with the Lincoln Library, the holdings of the Mother’s Day weekend tradition will remain at Pelham.

“We also offer scholarships to local graduates who are pursuing a fine arts program, we support students from EL Crossley High School and Notre Dame College School,” she said.

“In the past we have also supported Rose City Kids, Niagara Launch Center, whatever seems appropriate, we try to help out when we can,” she said.

Fifty-seven artists from Niagara and Ontario exhibit their works at the exhibition – painters, photographers, woodworkers and more.

“It’s really wonderful to walk around and see the works of the different artists,” TeBrake said.

Beverly Sneath of Ridgeville has participated in the art exhibit since its inception.

“When this show started, it was in someone’s backyard before the library was built,” Sneath said. “We were fundraising for the library, we weren’t sure it would do well, but it did.”

“From there it moved on to the arena and became the show it is now,” she said.

Sneath praises the festival.

“I like it best because it’s indoors and it’s well organized,” she said. “It’s also a lot of fun for people who come here.”

The festival also has an online presence. The artists’ work is on sale at until May 15.

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Reggie S. Williams