Self-guided art tour showcases local artists’ work

Adding that boutique piece of art to your home or work just got a little easier. The 18th annual self-guided art show and sale will be held Oct. 14 to 15, from 10am to 5pm, in Mississauga.

The tour – produced by The Lakeshore Art Trail (LAT) – runs through villages of Clarkson and Port Credit and features 23 artists exhibiting their artwork at 13 venues.

Local art gallery owners, Marcelo and Gloria Pazan, will host the event for the first time this year, after being involved with the Trail for nearly five years. They own the Pazan Gallery in Port Credit, where they do custom framing, painting, photo restorations and graphic design.

“This year the artists asked us to coordinate the show, because many of the artists have retired or didn’t want to continue with the art show… Organizers left such a huge, monumental path, you need someone who’s a little bit aware of graphic design and art and also organizing an actual show,” says Marcelo Pazan.

Marcelo is the graphic designer and Gloria the coordinator of the show.

The focus is on local art, local artists and showcasing work that includes Port Credit Library, who will have their own hours. Most of the artists showcase in their homes, listed in the brochure alongside participating venues and studios.

Attendance is free at the for-profit event and in order to participate, artists must obtain local sponsorships to cover their costs.

“It’s a way to generate revenue in order for us to continue to do the trail every year, to have the funds to print the brochures, update our website and cover our costs,” says Gloria Pazan.

Marcelo describes the inspiration behind the art trail as beginning with “a bunch of artists that were here in Lakeshore/Port Credit, trying to get some of this stuff organized, because they were trying to do an art show.”

Changes and benefits the trail has brought to the community, are an increased awareness of the fine art that local artists and talent produce. “There’s so much talent in the Mississauga area, so it’s definitely bringing the community and together with the artist,” she says.

There is also a free draw where each artist gives away one of their works towards the draw, culminating in 23 draws for original artwork, says Gloria.

Ballots will be available at each venue, and winners will be notified by phone or email.

“People look forward to seeing original art by amazing local artists with great talent. Port Credit is the hub of culture (with) a lot of festivals, a lot of different art shows – so it’s definitely the place to be,” says Gloria.

For more information and Art Trail map visit www.lakeshorearttrail.com

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