Merrickville Locks


We bring quality arts in all its form to the community

Current and recent events

2023 Studio Tour ~ September 30-October 1, 2023

MAG Artists’ Studio Tour…. We’re Back! It’s been a while, but the Merrickville Artists Guild (MAG) Studio Tour is back, at the height of Autumn for one weekend only – September 30-October 1, 10-5 pm. For the past two years, MAG chose caution, particularly for...

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3rd Merrickville Festival of the Arts ~ July 29-30, 2023

MAG is pleased to be part of the 3rd Merrickville Festival of the Arts which will take place on July 29-30, 2023 at the beautiful Blockhouse Park on the banks of the Rideau River adjacent to the historic Rideau Canal locks. This is a collaborative effort involving The...

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Members and membership

We think our artists are pretty awesome

Yup, we’re pretty proud of our guild members. And we think you’ll agree. Their talents showcase a variety of disciplines. From painters to photographers, sculptors to jewellery makers, woodturners to potters, and more! There is art here that is sure to catch your eye.

MAG booklet

The MAG booklet, published annually, showcases all of our active artists. Each listing features an example of their work, a brief artist’s statement and contact information. There’s also a map to show the locations of those studios that are open to the public.

Become a member today

Do you want to be part of growing the arts in our community? MAG membership is open to everyone who loves the arts. You don’t have to be working in the arts, you just have to want to get involved.

Did you know?

We assist emerging artists

MAG initiated an Emerging Artist Program to assist local youth in the realization of their future art projects. Local youth between the ages of 14-18 are invited to apply for the grant. 

We created a film camera lending library

The MAG Photographic Collective created a 35mm Film Camera Lending Library for Merrickville-Wolford photographers to experience film photography without having to purchase any camera equipment. All you need to access this resource is a Merrickville Public Library card.

Want to donate equipment or find out more?

Visit us virtually

What started it all: studio tours!

Although our guild is morphing into something bigger and better, for over 30 years the Merrickville Arts Guild hosted an autumn Studio Tour. In 2019, the pandemic threw us a curveball. President Nick Previsich discusses the 2020 virtual Studio Tour.

MAG reimagined

COVID forced us to reimagine how we would bring the arts to the community. And we did not disappoint. Our first Festival of the Arts in 2021 was an amazing success. And so was the 2022 festival! Be sure to join us in 2023!

About MAG Governance

Our mission

MAG’s primary purpose is to promote the appreciation of the Arts and to present a broad selection of the finest art and craft in the area. 

Meet the MAG Executive team

Larry Thompson

Larry Thompson

Mike Venables

Mike Venables

Creativity is contagious. Pass it on!

– Albert Einstein