Not everyone is familiar with the art and culture located just north of Toronto. Many artists make Fergus and nearby Elora their homes. Many unique galleries and boutiques are peppered through the area. One of the best ways to experience this wonderful area is to stay for a couple days so you don’t rush your visit. We’ve put together a few notable places you should visit while you are in the area. Don’t miss out, there’s lots to see!
Wellington County Museum and Archives
Before you venture too far out of Fergus be sure to visit the Wellington County Museum and Archives. Located just in Fergus on Wellington Road 18. The museum is a National Historic Site known as Canada’s oldest remaining House of Industry. Located within are twelve galleries featuring a multitude of history regarding social, agricultural, native and settlement history of Wellington County. There are extensive exhibits detailing the war history of the area Archives holds genealogical and local history materials. Heritage gardens and barn, trails, picnic tables, festival days, art shows, summer art workshops and cemetery interpretive site.
Also located on Wellington Road 18 is the Wellington Artist’s Gallery And Art Center. Under new management for the past couple years it has undergone quite the transformation and hosts local artists works and more. We especially love the artists who interpret the natural beauty of the scenery around them. One such artist Carolyn Sharp who’s a wonderful contemporary impressionist who calls the wellington county area her home. Her wonderful take on her own town and surroundings is a true testament to the inspiration that artists can draw from in this wonderful town. She is a part of the wonderful Elora Fergus Studio Tour . With a rotation of artists each year. If you ever wanted to see the insides of an artist’s studio this is a great opportunity.
Elora Centre for the Arts
If you are looking for art one of the first stops should be the Elora Center for the Arts . A hub for the community it fosters emerging artists and more established names. Situated 2 minutes away for the Grand River it offers a wide variety of classes for young and older people. Or if you just wish to view some of the art you have a few options. The Harris Collective displays the work of thirty visual artists year round in the Harris Room. The Minarovich Gallery is frequently changing, showcasing a wide variety of artists from the area.
As you stroll through the area you’ll be able to pop into many of the picturesque boutiques, locally owned stores and artist galleries. You can feel free to make up your own Art Walk, use this handy guide to customize your tour. This year’s Elora Artwalk included sixteen galleries, the Elora Sculpture Project installations and four public art displays. Enjoy your trip.