What’s on at the Festival: Creativity Days

Art is not just for viewing, but also for participating in. NFOTA has organized two full days of exploring your own creativity – no experience necessary! Discover how to tap into your creativity at the Northumberland Festival of the Arts, September 16 – October 2, 2022, taking place in Northumberland County’s picturesque towns and beautiful countryside.

Creativity of every sort requires risk, but engaging with that risk can give voice and form to our deepest needs and imaginings. – Sue Reynolds, writer, teacher, psychotherapist.

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On September 19, treat yourself to a full day of creativity, stimulating discussion and a picnic lunch at The Canning Factory in Grafton.  Come away with new perspectives of what you are capable of creatively and practical ideas on how to start new work.

Root, Leaf, Flower and Fruit: Free yourself – Artistic Resistance to Creative Resilience

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM ; $25

In this hands-on workshop, Sue Reynolds will connect you with your creative source, quiet inhibitions and doubts that derail creative intention, and rekindle a playful, experimental approach to beginning new work.

Sponsored by Spirit of the Hills Arts Association

Ephemeral Art – Panel Discussion (FREE)

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Magic Dress by Sheniz Janmohamed

Meet four artists who create art and then trust it to the winds of change, to be shaped, nurtured or possibly destroyed. Meet and hear from Sheniz Janmohamed, a poet, mandala maker and sand artist; Wally Keeler, a poet who creates in public spaces and uses poetry as a medium for awareness and change; Dimitri Papatheodoro, an architect and sculptor of landscape installations, and Sophie Anne Edwards, an environmental artist and geopoet who practices field installations.

Inner Garden – Nature Mandalas Workshop with Sheniz Janmohamed

2:00 PM – 4:30 PM ; $25

In this reflective outdoor workshop led by Sheniz Janmohamed, you will be led into the garden to draw on your senses and reflect on your own creative journey. Using natural materials, you’ll be guided into creating your own “inner garden” mandala, and then encouraged to create pathways of connection between your mandala and those of other participants—creating an intricate garden within the garden.

Sponsored by Spirit of the Hills Arts Association

Free Lunch

Sign up for both Sept 19 workshops in Grafton led by Sue Reynolds and Sheniz Janmohamed, and NFOTA will treat you to a free boxed picnic lunch from Lass & Ladle Cafe while you listen to the panel discussion on Ephemeral Art.


Groomed Gardens among the Trees

Woods, Water & Words

Thu 22 Sep  9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

101 Morningside Drive, Havelock, ON, K0L 1Z0

$45 including lunch

Sponsored by Writescape.ca

A day of landscape inspired writing activities to get you writing. 

Join poet and fiction writer, Gwynn Scheltema at “Glentula” on Lake Seymour. We’ll draw inspiration from the woods, the wandering garden paths, the lake and streams as well as the energy of writing in a community of other writers. The day will be a mix of group-led writing exercises, situation-themed writing prompts and time to write, share and reflect.

Relax on the shore of Lake Seymour

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Northumberland Festival of the Arts is a volunteer-run not-for-profit arts organization.

To volunteer for NFOTA, please contact info@festivalofthearts.ca

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