MAG ARTISTS (Merrickville Artists’ Guild) want to thank all the sponsors and villagers who supported our 2017 MAG Studio Tour. We couldn’t have done it without you. We feel that the tour was a real success.

Since our re-branding as MAG ARTISTS, we have been busy coming up with new art events to offer. We wish to share our love of creativity with all of you in this wonderful community. These art events are open to everyone, and we hope you will find them both stimulating and inspiring.

In 2018 we are delighted to offer our second year of MAG Conversations. MAG Conversations is a series of six illustrated and artful talks. They will take place on the second Thursday of every second month between 7.30pm – 9.30pm and feature various speakers from inside and outside the community, including MAG ARTISTS themselves. These MAG Conversations will have a small entry fee of $5.00 (6 for $25.00) and are free to Members, Sponsors and Friends of MAG.

The first Conversation took place on January 11 with Martin Green and Holly Dean discussing the Art of Abstraction. The event was a wonderful success. Here are some of the comments:

Thank-you, thank-you for organizing an amazing and memorable evening! We were both transfixed watching Holly create her awe-inspiring painting while listening to Martin’s explanation of the development of abstract art. The evening has spurred me to learn more about a genre of art that I haven’t explored. Both John and I agreed that Holly could have sold her piece several times over last evening!

We are indeed fortunate to have such talent in our village and a dedicated group organizing these evenings. There was a lot of positive energy in the room last evening and I am sure you could double the number of talks and they would be a definite hit! Thank-you very much!! Leanne and John

We will keep you informed about the Conversations to come in March, May, July, September, and November. Also, stay tuned for coming information about the Ontario Small Halls Festival, which will return to Merrickville’s United Church in 2018. We have more ideas in the works which we will share with you as we explore ART in our Village.

Once again, MAG ARTISTS thank the people and business owners of Merrickville for supporting art in our village.