Submissions close April 30th!

We need to make a major announcement to all ARTISTS, ARTISANS, INSTALLATION ARTISTS & MUSICIANS!!  You’ve got 1 & 1/2 DAYS LEFT to send us your submissions for The 2018 Carmel Fine Art & Music Festival!!  This years festival will be bigger than ever before with more workshops, more music, more art & more fun!  We are working so hard to bring you the best festival possible and it would be an honour to have you be a part of it.

ARTISTS & ARTISANS can apply HERE!

INSTALLATION ARTISTS can apply HERE!

MUSICIANS can apply HERE!

We look forward to hearing from you!


The Cultural Development Fund Grant!

Jazz singer Liberty Silver will be a key addition to this year’s Carmel Fine Art & Music Festival at Firemen’s Park this September. The event is among the recipients of this year’s Niagara Falls Cultural Development Fund. – John Law , Niagara Falls Review

We are so excited to have received the Cultural Development Fund Grant from the City of Niagara Falls!!  This year’s Festival will be the best one yet and a mark for the future festivals that will continue to grow and showcase the AMAZING talent that Niagara Falls & beyond has to offer!

Article reads:

Niagara Arts Showcase president Phil Lococo says the $10,000 for the Carmel Fine Art & Music Festival will help pay for new features at this year’s event, such as Juno-winning jazz singer Liberty Silver providing free vocal workshops. She will also be the headline performer for the opening night ceremonies.

“This support from the city helps Niagara Arts Showcase fulfill its mission to provide artistic and cultural experiences to the residents of Niagara Falls, and to our visitors as well,” he says.

“We are definitely on course to making this a very strong event for years to come.”

You can read the full article by clicking HERE

 

 

Using Art to Achieve Mindfulness

 

Art is arguably one of the most versatile modes of expression available to us today.  What is considered “art” is unique to each person.  Therefore, there is no universal definition.  For instance, if a person were to compare the Mona Lisa, one of the most famous paintings in the world, to a hand drawn picture that a young child has created, they may feel that the Mona Lisa is ‘art’ while the drawing is not.  The child on the other hand may be very proud of their drawing and hopes their caregiver will put it up on the fridge to show house guests passing through.  The difference between the Mona Lisa and the child’s drawing is that Leonardo da Vinci was a more established Renaissance artist at the time of the Mona Lisa’s creation.  Both pieces share a common theme that occurs in all pieces of art: a physical manifestation of expression.

The importance of art and expression is often overlooked.  Especially in the fast-paced world we live in now.  It is easy to be caught up in the desire to get ahead and feel as though you have to have the next great thing in order to live a fulfilling life.  If we spent some time slowing down, allowing our mind to be at ease, and channeling that moment into a piece of art, we may discover parts of ourselves that we never knew existed.  Taking the time to focus on mindfulness and channeling that energy into a piece of art is a step in the right direction towards living a healthier and happier life. 

Whether the finished product is a masterpiece such as the Mona Lisa, or simply a few scribbles on a blank page, it is as unique and as wonderful as you are! What are you waiting for? Grab a paint brush, a pencil, some crayons, whatever peaks your interest and start creating!



About the Author:
 Valerie Fraser is a 21-year-old student from Hamilton, Ontario in her third year of Media Communications at Brock University. She comes from a very artistic family across all platforms, including: painting, theatre, opera, piano and other instruments. She has a great appreciation for art and music and has experience in theatre, voice, piano, violin and guitar. She has worked in the customer service industry for many years and enjoys engaging with her community in various capacities. Her hobbies include: photography, video games, spending time with friends, eating ice cream and hanging out with her dog Sophie.

Building a Community: The Power of Music

Music can take many forms.  From the birds chirping outside your window, or your next-door neighbour whistling a friendly tune as he tends to his garden, to a pop song blaring out of your kitchen radio.  It surrounds us and is a part of almost everything we do.   It affects our lives in so many different ways. 

For starters, it affects our emotions. Think of a recent movie or TV show you watched… was there an emotional moment? A powerful moment? A happy moment? What kind of music was playing in the background when these moments were unfolding on screen? Soundtracks are used to help influence the audience in how they should be feeling during a particular scene.  If a main character dies on screen, it will most likely be accompanied by a sad and somber song in the background; evoking feelings of sadness.  This idea holds true in our own lives as well.  For example, if you have just been given a promotion at work, you may be feeling excited and overjoyed. On the commute home, you may choose to put on a happy/upbeat playlist to celebrate your success. Music gives us something to relate to and can help express and discover how we are feeling at a given moment. 

One of the most incredible things about music is its ability to bring people together.  Music festivals, concerts, karaoke nights and amateur nights are all events dedicated to people from all walks of life coming out to enjoy and appreciate different types of music.  Thousands of people who have nothing in common but the desire to be immersed in a piece of music.  In a sense, music has the ability to form and even enhance a community.

We so are lucky in the Niagara region to have many outlets to showcase and appreciate musical talents.  Whether it be listening to an up and coming band at your local bar, or a music festival like the Carmel Fine Art and Music Festival, the Niagara region offers something for everyone! As the music scene grows, our little community grows too.



About the Author:
 Valerie Fraser is a 21-year-old student from Hamilton, Ontario in her third year of Media Communications at Brock University. She comes from a very artistic family across all platforms, including: painting, theatre, opera, piano and other instruments. She has a great appreciation for art and music and has experience in theatre, voice, piano, violin and guitar. She has worked in the customer service industry for many years and enjoys engaging with her community in various capacities. Her hobbies include: photography, video games, spending time with friends, eating ice cream and hanging out with her dog Sophie.

National Volunteer Week!


This week we want to extend a HUGE thank you to all of the volunteers who have worked with Carmel Fine Art & Music Festival in the past and who will volunteer for this years festival as well!  Our volunteers are highly appreciated and help us in running a successful weekend of amazing art and music every year!

Have you volunteered with us in the past ad have an awesome volunteer story to share?  Leave the story below in our comments!  We would love to hear from you!

That leaves us with the big question….Are you interested in volunteering for the 2018 Carmel Fine Art & Music Festival?  Volunteer opportunities for the 2018 Carmel Fine Art & Music Festival will be posted soon and you can stay updated right here on our blog!

With that, ARTISTS, ARTISANS, INSTALLATION ARTISTS & MUSICIANS YOU’VE GOT 13 DAYS LEFT to send us your submission for the 2018 Carmel Fine Art & Music Festival!

ARTISTS & ARTISANS CAN APPLY: HERE
INSTALLATION ARTISTS CAN APPLY: HERE
MUSICIANS CAN APPLY: HERE

We look forward to hearing from you and we hope you enjoy the rest of #nationalvolunteerweek !

Queen St. Art Show

Queen St. Art Show!

ARTISTS!! Make sure to send in your Submission for the Canada Day Queen Street Art Show!! Spaces are limited! Apply here: http://www.niagaraartsshowcase.com/Canada-Day-2018/

Posted by Niagara Arts Showcase on Monday, April 9, 2018

Artists!!!  Make sure you apply for the Canada Day Queen St. Art show asap!  Spaces are limited and this is an amazing opportunity to showcase & sell your art to an audience of over 20,000 people!!  To apply, please submit HERE!

Call To Artists!

Carmel Fine Art & Music Festival – Call to Artists

Artists! You've got less than a month left to send us your application for The 2018 Carmel Fine Art and Music Festival! Deadline is April 30th.Check out how happy the artists were from last yearThank you to Debra Zubrinich, Steve Wilson, Birgie Ludlow, Serge Chriqui of WorldScapes – Fine Art Photography by Serge Chriqui, Susan Lott of ALott OfArt Susan Lott and Barry Smith of B Squared Photography: photo art of Barry Smith.Thank you to Mitchell Billerand Chris Hawkins for shooting the video and to Mitchell for editing. Please head here to submit:http://carmelfineart.niagaraartsshowcase.com/art-exhibitor-application/

Posted by The Carmel Fine Art and Music Festival on Friday, April 6, 2018

Artists you’ve got less than a month to send your application in to The Carmel Fine Art & Music Festival!  Deadline is April 30th!

Artists & Artisans can head HERE to apply
Installation Artists can head HERE to apply

We hope you enjoy the video above created by Mitchell Biller and Chris Hawkins.  We also want to put a thank you out there to Lindsay Misiner & Eric Upper for interviewing the Artists.  All artists featured in the video were featured in last years Festival.  As you can tell, each artist is equally excited about the Festival and they all speak highly of Carmel.  This is a testimony to how great of an opportunity the festival really is for new & seasoned artists.

And don’t forget… we are still accepting Artist Submissions for the Queen St. Art Show on Canada Day in Niagara Falls.  If you are interested in being a part of this amazing event with over 20,000 in attendance, please head HERE to apply.  This is a great opportunity to showcase and sell your art and spaces are limited so make sure to get your application in ASAP.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Submissions Close April 30th


We are calling out to all Artists, Artisans, Installation Artists & Musicians!  Our submission deadline is quickly approaching with exactly 27 days until April 30th!  Make sure you send in your application before the deadline if you are interested in being a part of the 2018 Carmel Fine Art & Music Festival!

Musicians can apply HERE
Artists & Artisans can apply HERE
Installation Artists can apply HERE

Along with that, we are still accepting Artist Submissions for the Queen St. Art Show on Canada Day in Niagara Falls.  If you are interested in being a part of this amazing event with over 20,000 in attendance, please head HERE to apply.  This is a great opportunity to showcase and sell your art and spaces are limited so make sure to get your application in ASAP.

We are also still calling for Artists & Musicians to be interviewed for our blog!  It is of utmost importance to us to create a platform for Artists & Musicians alike where they are appreciated and celebrated for their talents.  If you are interested in this opportunity, please email your Name & Phone number to info@niagaraartsshowcase.com and we will get back to you shortly.  It is always useful to be able to share with your social media, friends/family and on your website that you have have been a part of an interview!  It allows people to find out more about you and your talents, which in turn can assist you in creating a larger fan base.  It is also a great opportunity to gain knowledge and experience of being a part of an interview if you haven’t done something like this prior.

We look forward to hearing from each and every one of you.

 

Happy Long Weekend!

You know what’s great about a long weekend?  It gives you more time to do the things you want to do… like applying to the 2018 Carmel Fine Art & Music Festival!  Submissions are open until April 30th, so you’ve got one month left to send us your application!

Musicians can apply HERE
Artists & Artisans can apply HERE
Installation Artists can apply HERE

The Carmel Fine Art & Music Festival is in its 6th year and we are planning on this being the best year yet!  Including Musicians, Artists, Artisans, Installation Art, Food, Wineries, Breweries, Children’s Art, Workshops, Sessions & More!

And don’t forget… we are still accepting Artist Submissions for the Queen St. Art Show on Canada Day in Niagara Falls!  This is a great opportunity to showcase and sell your art to an audience of over 20,000 people in the heart of Downtown Niagara Falls!

We had great success with this event last year, so make sure to get your application in soon!  You can head HERE to apply!

Along with the festival applications, we’ve recently received exciting news that our video featuring Ms. Carmel will be featured on YourTV – Channel 700 on Cogeco!  Keep your eyes peeled for our commercial & the newest friend of the Carmel Fine Art & Music Festival!

We are so excited for this years Festival and we look forward to seeing you there!  Stay tuned on our blog for updates, interviews with Artists & Musicians, events & more!