Northwestern Ontario residents will be able to celebrate local artists in the Sioux Narrows area tomorrow, at the annual Sioux Narrows Arts Festival.

It will all take place outdoors at the Sioux Narrows Provincial Park on September 12, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., admission is by donation, and several local artists and their wares will be on display.

“Many local and regional artists have been negatively impacted by the inability to sell their work at shows as a result of Covid-19,” explains Kathy Valentini, Co-Chair of the Sioux Narrows Arts Council.

“Artists in the Park is a great opportunity to connect artists displaying work for purchase, with people who have an interest in purchasing and supporting local arts in an outdoor setting. It is also a great opportunity to fundraise for the Sioux Narrows Arts Festivals 60th anniversary coming up in 2021.”

Social distancing protocols and safety measures are in effect, which include the 1.2 kilometre loop to view and purchase the artwork. Other COVID-19 safety measures include:

- No food or beverage service on site,
- Attendees will be required to adhere to social distancing protocols,
- Hand sanitizer will be provided,
- Use of masks is strongly encouraged,
- 1 household group will be allowed to approach artist booths at one time,
- Booths will be widely-spaced throughout the loop to ensure social distancing,

The Sioux Narrows Arts Council says the event is a fundraising initiative for the 60th anniversary of the arts festival next year in 2021. They previously held an online fundraiser for the event earlier this year, due to COVID-19.

The Sioux Narrows Arts Festival is the largest and longest running arts festival in northwestern Ontario. It was founded in 1961, and attracts roughly 3,000 visitors each year.

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Sioux Narrows Arts Festival