Summerside Arts Festival

By Wyatt Heritage Properties and Culture Summerside

Summerside celebrates and promotes the arts through the Summerside Arts Festival. Taking place July 17–19 (rain date July 20), the festival is presented by Wyatt Heritage Properties Inc, in partnership with Culture Summerside. 

Some pottery in motion

Eight proposals were accepted for the REFRESH. Artists are challenged to create a free-standing sculpture from recycled materials. Only the adhesive can be newly purchased. REFRESH is about bringing awareness to environmental issues and showing that what is considered waste by some can be made new again with a creative mind. 

The Drive-Thru Art Show features large easels set up along Prince Street housing 4×6 reproductions of original works by local artists. This year’s show will feature 17 new works and four pieces brought back from earlier shows. People are invited to drive down the street and enjoy the art from the comfort of their vehicle. 

The lawn of Wyatt Heritage Properties is the venue for artists and artisans demonstrating their craft and displaying their finished works. New artists take over the shade tents every three hours, so in the course of a day those attending the festival can view about 33 artists at work. The outdoor stage will host musicians of all genres over the three days. 

For youth, La Belle-Alliance has secured Remi the Magician to perform, and the Maritime Marionettes will be back, along with Rosco the Clown. Marlene Cameron will offer art activities. 

Lefurgey Cultural Centre Gallery houses the exhibit Van Gogh in Wool. The Lady Slipper Rug Hooking Guild has created rug hooked mats of Van Gogh paintings. A Mi’kmaq artist exhibit will be featured in the MacNaught History Centre and Archives gallery. 

The College of Piping’s Celtic Performing Arts of Canada Centre and Culture Summerside are teaming up to present an evening of radio dramas in the Scott MacAulay Theatre. Volunteer actors and foleys will bring alive real Island stories in the manner of early live radio. The dramas will be taped to add to Culture Summerside’s online collection of dramas. Spoken word will also be part of the evening. 

In addition, Eptek Art and Culture Centre’s parking lot will be transformed into a large canvas during the festival and everyone is invited to create their own masterpiece using chalk. Harbourfront Theatre features The Songs of Gene MacLellan on July 18–19 with Catherine MacLellan performing the songs of her father. This world premiere is part concert, part memoir. The Summerside Rotary Library is also offering programs with details tba.

Visit to view the full Summerside Arts Festival schedule.