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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!
A Little Gallery With BIG Ambitions
It is hard to imagine that just over a year and a half ago Martello Alley came into being. In that time so much has happened. We have met so many people from all over the world and right here at home who ventured into our little alley gallery. We have had the distinct pleasure of working with so many talented artists who have all brought something truly unique and inspiring to our "table". We have grown from our association with our artists; both professionally and personally. We have learned how to use the technology available to us to introduce ourselves to you. We have curated two public art exhibitions and plan on many more. We have been in the newspapers and national radio, and local & National television. We have worked in co-operation with other Downtown businesses to create meaningful partnerships that benefit not only us, but our customers as well. We have been included in documentaries and music videos. We have hosted artful public gatherings complete with live music.
All the while, our talented group of artists keep producing amazing work in multiple genres to keep you, our clients intrigued.
In other words we have been successful and that is because of hard work, grit, vision and most of all, you, our customers.
Every smile and "wow" we receive from you; every word of support and positive feed-back about our work and gallery; every purchase you make no matter how small tells us we are on the right track. It forges a tenacity in us to do more and to do it differently than other galleries because we believe that art should be comfortable and fun.
We hope as we go into our future that Martello Alley remains a driving force in the downtown area. It is a mandate for us that this community continues to grow and be vibrant, full of interesting places to visit both during the day and in the evening. We will strive to produce artful events to encourage this sense of community and we can't wait to share them with you!
So, thank you for your support of Martello Alley and the Arts in Kingston, it means the world to us.
Have an artful day!