Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Call for Artists: Port Hope Fall Fair, 2013

For the second year, Critical Mass is inviting artists to intervene in
 The Port Hope Fall Fair.
 Last year’s entries were warmly welcomed by Fair judges and Visitors 
they want us back! 

Here's what you need to know if you'd like participate in 
 Critical Mass Fall Fair Artist Interventions 2013

This year’s Fall Fair theme is Brought to you by the letter “B”

Think outside the Box and enter in any category: 
 Baking, Handcrafts, Fruits, Vegetables, Canning, etc.
But NOT Art or Photography! These categories are for non-professionals only.

Challenge yourself to make Better Art 
while remaining within, or Breaking, the Fair rules.
Or, embrace nostalgia, go traditional and Bake it Beautiful!

(Check out the artist interventions at last year's Fall Fair)
 here and here
Cost: the Fall Fair exhibitor fee is $7.00, which
-grants membership to the Port Hope & District Agricultural Society 
(Put that on your resume!)
-allows you to enter as many categories as you want
-gets you into the Fair for free all weekend long! 
(Regular daily adult admission $10)

For more Fair information, exhibitor categories and regulations click here: 

Let Critical Mass know by August 22 if you’d like to join us: 

Critical Mass will collect your completed Fair entry form, your non-perishable entry and your $7.00 exhibitor fee. There will be one drop-off location in Port Hope, and one in Toronto. Let us know which drop-off location you'd prefer when you RSVP, and we'll send details by return email. Drop off deadlines will be Thurs. Sept. 5 in Toronto and Mon. Sept. 9 in Port Hope.

We’ll do the legwork for you. We will go to the Fair secretary on your behalf to obtain your exhibitor’s number and your entry tags for Critical Mass to fill out. We will also deliver your entries to the Fair to be judged on Thursday evening. Fair Judging is blind. We will label Critical Mass entries with your name and our logo for the big reveal after judging. 

In addition to the artist interventions, Critical Mass will be presenting The Mountain School Bookhouse  with Toronto-based artist Shannon Gerard, and her associates from OCAD University. They will be working with local middle school students, and Fall Fair visitors, creating a temporary press club to publish newspapers about the Fair. Look for The Mountain School Bookhouse in the patchwork tent at the Fair beside the Boy Scouts, across from the Blacksmith.  

As the oldest Agricultural Fair in Central Ontario (1822), Port Hope Fair has lots to offer—farm animals, dog trials, agricultural demonstrations, a chainsaw museum,  blacksmithing, tractor pulls, vintage cars, a demolition derby, music, a midway, wrestling…
 ....and Critical Mass: A Centre for Contemporary Art.

Be there!

Monday, July 1, 2013

New Installations for Canada Day in Port Hope

If you are planning to come to the Canada Day Parade in Port Hope,
be sure to check Critical Mass's current storefront installations
all of which are a part of our on-going project 
Identification Papers.

Felix Kalmenson: Hot Air (Instant Nationalism)
at 105 Walton (Ganaraska Frame)
Kalmenson's installation is a special commission for Canada Day and will only be up for two weeks. Don't miss it!

Heather Nicol: A Fine Specimen
at 93 Walton

Yvonne Singer: I do, I undo, I redo (homage to Louise Bourgeois)
at 65 Walton (Furby Books) and Walton Hotel (corner of Walton and John)

A walkable, free "gallery", accessible to all, day and night.

Identification Papers is made possible by a grant from:

And by the generosity of private donors and volunteers
including the following

Special Sponsors:

Peggy Dalla Rosa
Simon Clements
Charles Wickett

Community Partners

Imagelink Studio (Michael Wallace)
The Design Firm (Luke Despatie)

To learn more about the artists, go to their websites: