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Sketches of Martello Alley ~ Spring & Jardin'Art

“She turned to the sunlight

    And shook her yellow head,

And whispered to her neighbor:

    "Winter is dead.” 

A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young


This may seem harsh, unless you're a Canadian. And if we're being completely honest, winter doesn't go down without a fight! So, when the season finally holds its breath for the next 5 or 6 months, we just want to celebrate

It's the perfect time to get outside; take in the fresh air and sunshine. Just feel that vitamin D boost! Why, we may even think about applying sunscreen. Everything seems so new and alive; and that's where Martello Alley comes in. 

Jardin'Art is returning this year! It is our celebration of all things Spring through a public art exhibit in downtown Kingston.

Jardin'Art is art created to be left outdoors; perfect for the garden! Or the patios of downtown merchants where you will find many of the works displayed. Patio & Art & Garden, what a great combination! 

We have sought the talents of amazing local artists to present a diverse collection of art! Art work on antique window screens or Plexiglas, with subjects and styles as varied as the creative minds behind them; Jardin'Art is sure to be full of surprises! (Spoiler, the art is lit up at night)

We hope you can plan a night out with friends or family (or both!) and come Downtown. See some amazing art for free while you have a nice dinner or coffee or drinks; take a stroll in the warmer weather; discover a new neighbourhood and some of the most impressive architecture!

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Sketches of Martello Alley - Spring Edition

Photo: Todd Muller

Winter has come and gone, and come and gone and with any luck, it's gone until next December!

Martello Alley wants to celebrate the arrival of our new best friend, Spring, and what's best to do that than with some art to warm your soul?

We are gearing up for some special events in Kingston such as the "Spring Art After Dark" on May 27 and our second year for "Jardin'Art" just in time for the outdoor patio season.

Downtown Kingston is proudly supporting our local artists with Art After Dark and we are pleased to be a part of this special event for a second time! We'll be staying open late to welcoming you with great art and refreshments.

This will also be our second year for Jardin'Art. Real art created to be outdoors, perfect for a garden or patio! Our art will be placed around downtown at local businesses creating an artful walking tour with the added benefit of a delightful lunch or cool drink along the way. Stay tuned, We will be posting more details about where you can find our Jardin'Art installations on our Facebook page.

We have some great ideas on our palette and we're excited to share them with you!

You can also find our gallery online where you can shop securely at


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