That title certainly begs two questions – “What is Art In The Attic?” and “What is a buckyball?”

Art In the Attic is the main art show and sale for the Almonte and Area Artists’ Associaton that takes place on Mothers’ Day Weekend, Fri 12 May 7 – 9pm, Sat 13 May 10am – 7 pm, Sun 14 May 10am – 4pm, at Almonte Old Town Hall, 14 Bridge St, free admission.

Over 2 dozen local artists, including many returning favorites as well as a number of new and exciting members, will be participating in the show.  Back by popular demand, our special guests include the Rugrat Rembrandts, a display by Ontario Early Years Centre Lanark of some of the fantastic works of pre-schoolers.  Once again, the Notre Dame High School art students will also be showcasing their young and exciting talents which never ceases to astound attendees.

When we say that Art In The Attic is where artists of all age and experiences celebrate our creativity, we really mean it. We have artists from age 4 to over 84; from self-taught to those with post baccalaureates in art from the National University of Ireland.  But we all share the same passion for creating and showcasing our art and we want you to come out and experience that joy with us.  This show is also a wonderful opportunity to pick up some fabulous pieces at great prices !

Of course the best selection is on opening night on Friday 12 May.  At 7:45 pm we will have a fashion show by local designer AVENIR.  Models are prominent women in our community, with hair designs by the Mane Door and make up by Doreen’s Esthetics. Models will be incorporating art pieces into their “runway walks” on stage and amongst the art displays.  We will also have live music by local musical group Shipman Mill throughout the evening.

And on Friday evening, we will be unveiling the “buckyball”, our Canada 150th collaborative project. What is a buckyball? It is a large ball comprised of 32 pieces – like a soccer ball but ours measures five feet in diameter.  The subject of our buckyball is “The Textile Mills of the Mississippi River Valley in Lanark County”.  The textile industry played a very significant role in the founding and development of this area – such a fitting commemorative choice ! Each artist has represented one of the textile mills in their own medium and style on a panel which have then all been assembled into the buckyball.   And as we believe in giving back to our community, the buckyball will be donated to the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte after the show.

Look for sneak peaks of our works in store front windows of Almonte downtown merchants the first two weeks of May. Visitors to AITA during the weekend are invited to Linger Longer and make it a day.  Take time after the show to visit historic and picturesque downtown Almonte, walk the Riverwalk, shop the unique boutiques, visit the local museums, or take in many of the local experiences. We have even put together a guide on our website to help you and our friends “Linger Longer”.  Local artists of all ages and experiences, local designers and musicians, local heritage, and our local attractions – This is us !