Category Archives: Art


The Mississauga Arts Council’s annual Cranberry Christmas Market returns to Port Credit this holiday season!

A diverse group of community artisans will set up shop at the historic Clarke Memorial Hall on Saturday, November 24, 2018. Guests can look forward to the quintessential holiday market experience, complete with warm beverages, carolling courtesy of the Mississauga Choral Society, and tons of festive goodies.

A unique variety of items will be available for purchase, including original artwork, hand-carved wooden items and charcuterie boards, artisanal candy and chocolates, home decor, pottery, holistic teas and handmade jewellery. Vendors include Angela Chao, Sue Archibald, Norm Tendall, The Spiced Leaf Tea Co., City Centre Dance, Mississauga Potters Guild, and over 20 others.

For those shoppers wishing someone else could do the gift wrapping for them, a donation to Epilepsy South Central Ontario will ensure your gifts are beautifully wrapped on the spot.

Entry to The Cranberry Christmas Market is pay-what-you-can or guests can bring in non-perishable food items. All donations support the Compass Food Bank.

Join the Mississauga Arts Council at the family-friendly Cranberry Christmas Market on Saturday, November 24, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Clarke Memorial Hall, 161 Lakeshore Rd West.


Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood welcomes artists from across the province to apply to its 41st Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts. This prestigious art exhibition will kick-off the 2019 season of Mississauga’s cultural events.

VAM41 will showcase an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary visual arts works and selected works will be on display at the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) from January 10 – March 15, 2019. The AGM is located at 300 City Centre Dr. in Mississauga. Awards will be generously sponsored by DeSerres and VAM.

Open to emerging and established artists living and working in Ontario, the entry deadline is midnight on Sunday, November 11, 2018. For submission information, click here or go to under the Exhibitions tab.

“This will be VAM’s 41st year celebrating the creative energy of established and emerging artists from around Ontario,” says VAM Executive Director Annis Karpenko. “And this year also marks the 31st year that the Art Gallery of Mississauga has hosted this show. Our partnership with the AGM is indicative of the collaborative energy that flows between Mississauga’s arts, culture and heritage organizations. We thank the AGM team for showcasing this highly anticipated show with us.”

VAM is pleased to announce our distinguished panel of jurors for VAM41:

Charmaine Lurch is an award winning arts researcher and interdisciplinary artist. Her contribution to Canadian art has been influenced by a wealth of cultural experiences, academic studies and formal art education. Charmaine’s present research involves an examination of how anti-black racism creates a climate of invisibility and erasure of the experiences and agency of racially marked subjects in society.

Cole Swanson is an artist, educator, and curator based in Toronto. He holds a BA in Studio Art from the University of Guelph and an MA in Art History from the University of Toronto. Swanson has exhibited his works in solo and group exhibitions in international venues including those in the USA, Brazil, Italy, China, Taiwan, and India. He is a two-time national fellowship winner through the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (2007, 2014) for his research on miniature paintings and Jaipur school fresco techniques in Rajasthan.

Denis Longchamps is the recently appointed Executive Director at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo. From 2013 – 2018, Longchamps was the Director and Chief Curator of the Art Gallery Burlington, and from 2012 to 2013, he was the Exhibition and Publication Manager at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He received his PhD in art history in 2009 from Concordia University and was a research fellow at the Yale Centre for British Art in 2010.

CBS Reportedly Opening 260,000 Square Foot Production Hub in Mississauga

According to several reports this afternoon CBS plans to open a 260,000 square foot production hub in Mississauga.  The facility is said to include six sound stages along with associated offices and support facilities.

No location is mentioned, however it is said to be opening in mid-2019.

Exciting New Development: AOTC launches On-line Gallery in September

Arts on the Credit is delighted to announce that in September, art lovers will be able to purchase art from selected artists that have participated in the AOTC shows – all year round – another chance to purchase from our outstanding artists!

“Arts on the Credit is an art tour like no other”, says founder and organizer, Marie Payne, “The entire Port Credit business community gets involved and local artists are hosted by generous shop owners along Lakeshore Road. Our tour is walkable and accessible, with fantastic restaurants all along the route, making it a complete experience of original art, fabulous food and refreshments, and live music at some locations.”

The Arts on the Credit art tour includes fine art, paintings and photography, and 3-dimensional work such as blown and fused glass, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, and wood carving. Arts on the Credit carefully juries and selects quality work, attracting participation from both local and GTA artists who will be available to chat and explain the stories behind their creations, there is always a story to be told!

The tour takes place along Lakeshore Road in the east, central and west village of Port Credit. As always, the tour is FREE, and is walkable and accessible with thousands of quality art-related gifts available just in time for the coming holiday season. For those visitors who complete the tour & submit their “tour passport” there are also fabulous draw prizes. A map is available at with detailed information about this year’s participating artists.


Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood welcomes art and nature lovers to its 28th annual Art in the Park on Sunday, September 16, 2018.

Art in the Park will feature over 45 artist vendors, arts activities, live entertainment and food in the beauty of Riverwood Park. Artists and artisans will show and sell their original works including paintings, jewelry, textiles, ceramics, clothing and more! Art in the Park provides an incredible opportunity for the general public to purchase one-of-a-kind items directly from artists and artisans. Art in the Park will run from 10 am until 4 pm at Riverwood located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane in Mississauga.

“I am so excited for this year’s Art in the Park event,” explains VAM Executive Director Annis Karpenko. “We have a stellar roster of painters, jewellery makers, potters, photographers, fibre artists, metal and wood workers from the Peel Region and beyond! Come be inspired, hear beautiful music, have some food and wander around the magnificent MacEwan Terrace Garden. We look forward to welcoming you to Art in the Park 2018!”

Art in the Park will feature live musical performances sponsored by Lorne Park Dental Associates. Join VAM for performances by Clark Schlesinger at 10:30 am, LatinTrain at 12:45 pm and Zaynab Wilson at 2:30 pm.

NEW ACTIVITY! VAM is pleased to offer a free Art-Making Activity sponsored by Meridian at this year’s event. This activity will be guided by VAM’s professional Artist Instructors. Bring your old t-shirts and learn to create artistic prints on recyclable materials.

VAM is also pleased to showcase the talents of emerging youth artist Ashly Batista at the Youth Art Installation sponsored by TD Bank. This program creates a platform for contemporary youth artists to share their work with the community in the historical MacEwan House. All are welcome to explore this interactive installation and meet the artist.