Art Party - Exhibition Hours

Did you manage to join us on Friday May 31st for the launch of Art Incubate? We celebrated with a great big art party and what was perhaps the first KW art crawl.

Two exhibitions:
All five incubator presented their version of an art party in the window gallery at 56 Regina St N - if you look in now, you might catch the light work of Trevor Waurechen and Mary Murphy. Right next door at 52 Regina St N, ArtsPay artists are participating in an eclectic juried show!

The AP member juried show will be up all of June. The gallery at 52 Regina will be open to the public beginning Sat. June 1st, Thursday & Fridays from  4-7 pm, Saturdays from 1- 4 pm with extended times for receptions.

The exhibitions in the window space at 56 Regina St N will be changing out every two weeks so you always have a good reason to walk down Regina Street and see what’s new! There are no regular open hours here - just peek inside!

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We're Having an Art Party!

We’re excited to officially celebrate the launch of Art Incubate with an Art Party! Join us on Friday May 31st for Final Fridays and prepare to get festive.

Make it an art crawl! After checking out ArtsPay’s launch, head over to the Button Factory for Kitchener Waterloo Society of Artists’ exhibition opening. Right next door in Waterloo Public Square is the first Final Fridays Art Market of the summer. Keep going and you’ll reach the Art District Gallery just in time for their opening. 

Two exhibitions:
Peer into the window space at 56 Regina St N. where all five of the Incubator artists are exhibiting their version of an Art Party. Right next door at 52 Regina St N, ArtsPay artists are participating in an eclectic juried show!

The AP member juried show will be up all of June. The gallery at 52 Regina will be open to the public beginning Sat. June 1st, Thursday & Fridays from  4-7 pm, Saturdays from 1- 4 pm with extended times for receptions.

Open studios: wander around the artists’ studios - 4 - 7PM.
52 Regina St N: Susan Lewis, Ross Pritchard, Sharon Woodley
56 Regina St N:
Anne Filiatrault, Melika Hashemi, Tee Kundu, Cate McGahey, Steven Restagno, Jessie Rowe, Trevor Waurechen

And more!
DJ Raflar sets the mood outside
Open Sesame hosts a pop-up in the lobby of 56 Regina St N from 4 - 9PM
Fo’ Cheezy offers gluten and dairy free options for purchase from their food truck.
Snack on some good old fashioned movie popcorn and party cake
Abe Erb’s cash bar has wine and beer available inside 52 Regina St N
Play with sidewalk chalk, emoji balloons, make a message bracelet, and leave us a note on our graffiti column

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AP Arts Incubate

In partnership with HIP Developments, ArtsPay is launching Arts Incubate! The Art Incubate pilot project is designed to offer local visual artists exceptional studio space with a focus on generating community engagement. The ground floor at 56 Regina Street North will operate as a visual arts incubator for five emerging artists in a shared studio over a 12-month time period. The studios will house artists from a mix of career levels to share networks, resources, new ideas, energy and mediums.

This is a unique opportunity for visual art practitioners to lease studio space immersed within a community of peers, offering various opportunities for engagement. The intent is that selected artists will develop and expand their individual practices while playing a role in the artistic community, foster a community atmosphere and the exchange of ideas.

The full media release is available HERE.

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WalFedy Staff Picks

We are celebrating WalterFedy and their commitment to supporting local artists! For ArtsPay’s first art rental partnership with WalterFedy, we asked staff to choose their favourite works from AP member submissions. Want to see what they came up with? RSVP by Sunday April 21st to artshow@walterfedy.com and join us for the opening reception on April 24th. We’ll also be screening Dwight Storring’s documentary, Finding John Lingwood – an exploration into the architectural history of the KW region.

Also coming soon – WalterFedy and ArtsPay are working together to offer young curators opportunities to develop, source, and install their own exhibitions. We love art rental programs – the artist gets paid, and you get new work on your walls for a fraction of the price! If you’re interested in learning more, contact us at info@artspay.org

Image credit: Liz Skelton

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ArtsPay Studio Spaces

Open Houses for Studios and Gallery Meeting Spaces! 
Sunday March 24 from 4- 8 pm
Tuesday March 26 from 4-8 pm

EXCITING NEWS!  AP has been offered studio and gallery spaces to manage for 2 years, perhaps 3 years, in Uptown Waterloo!

Location: 52 Regina St. & 56 Regina St. North in Waterloo
These two adjacent houses on Regina St. in Uptown Waterloo, the former Relish Cooking Studio and Mini Car Collectables, have been generously offered by HIP DEVELOPMENTS for Art$Pay (AP) to manage as visual art studios and exhibition spaces . This location is close to bus lines, cafes, restaurants, shops, art supply stores and more, with free parking behind 52 Regina St. and between the two houses.

The two buildings will be managed as one unit to facilitate another active visual arts centre in the Uptown, with some amenities shared by all tenants, other AP members and the public.

More information available here.

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Waterloo Moves - ArtsPay Photography Exhibition

Waterloo Moves was a huge success! We couldn't have done it without our amazing photographers, event volunteers, talented musical accompanists, and fresh student talent!

The exhibition featured the photography of Deb Cripps, Laura Cook, Liz Dietrich, Brian Douglas, Raegan Little, Stephen Orlando, Conan Stark, and Jane van Pelt. Secondary school students Shukri Abdi, Luma Abuarqoud, Mairah Breau, Neha Lalany, Daniel Masih, Nehemiah Negussie, Anna Winge-Breen, and Yifan Wu gave us a taste of the next generation of photography. The photographers were accompanied by the musical talents of Jaedon Daly, Ruby Harrison, Justis Krar, Morgan Lovell, Olivia Maveal, Carl Ng, Andrew Rinehart, Andrew Smithy and Ralf Wall.

Thanks to Waterloo Public Library (Ontario, Canada) for providing a historical perspective. We're extremely grateful for the support of our partners and sponsors Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), UpTown Waterloo BIA, and City of Waterloo.

Image credits: Conan Stark

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ArtsPay Art Rental Programs

Need a fresh look for your workplace without breaking the bank? Local art for local walls! Check out our art rental partnerships with Centre in the Square and WalterFedy - if you like what you see inquire today.

Enjoy original artwork for 4% of the total value per month – just dollars per week! Art rental is great way to beautify your space while contributing to a vibrant local arts community and making sure artists get the compensation they deserve. Renting art may be a CRA deductible business expense.

Contact Art$Pay at info@arts.org for more information.

Work featured by AP artists Jane Hamilton, Marion Anderson, Julie Sperling, and Laurie Wonfor Nolan

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ArtsPay is Two Years Old

On November 22nd 2016 this not-for profit initiative was launched with a mission to connect regional visual art practitioners with opportunities, community, and advocate for fair pay. ArtsPay is an in-depth tool for the visual arts sector, focusing on employment, marketing, education, professional development and public awareness.

So much has happened since launch. For more information, see our 2018 Progress Report.

Interested in supporting or joining ArtsPay? List as an artist, supporting member, or donate today! Check out all of the benefits here.

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ArtsPay is Two Years Old!

On November 22nd 2016 this not-for profit initiative was launched with a mission to connect regional visual art practitioners with opportunities, community, and advocate for fair pay. ArtsPay is an in-depth tool for the visual arts sector, focusing on employment, marketing, education, professional development and public awareness.

So much has happened since launch. Watch for a progress report here following  the Member Meet-up on November 22, 2018!

Interested in supporting or joining ArtsPay? List as an artist, supporting member, or donate today! Check out all of the benefits here.

Are you on our mailing list?

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Catalyst137

Catalyst137 has had quite the journey - it began as an old tire factory and was extensively renovated to serve local makers innovating in the Internet of Things. It will be the home to everything needed to accelerate time-to-market including a testing facility, commercialization services, and a hackable streetscape.


Continuing a revitalization effort that has transformed many legacy structures in the area, Catalyst137 calls the 475,000 sq ft warehouse at 137 Glasgow Street home. Situated 3 kms southeast of the University of Waterloo and about 1km west of Google’s new Kitchener headquarters, the location sits at the heart of Canada’s Technology Triangle.

Get a first hand look at the cutting edge space at the ArtsPay Annual Show and Sale. Live music, Graffiti Market’s delicious food, and art from 38 local artists will be filling the space. Get your tickets NOW!

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The Diviners - Meetup and Workshop

Image: Nancy Peng

Meet-up for the Visual Arts

Our last meet-up was a two for one!

The Diviners
Talks by Alan Daniel, Nancy Peng, and Roslyn Ramsay - three talented AP artists who create water beautifully in their artwork using oils, acrylic, watercolor, inks and more! Their talks were a valuable learning opportunity for artists looking to learn some ‘how to’ skills!

Professional Developments Workshops
What professional developments workshops would YOU like to see happening, what are your needs, obstacles, availability?

Gabrielle Clermont, Idea Exchange and a KWAG Representative heard participants’ thoughts for planning future workshops.
Art$Pay subsidizes certain workshops for AP members!

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AP NOW!

Image: Christina Preece

We're celebrating two successful events!

Art$Pay would like to thank the Wellington Brewery for generously hosting AP NOW Guelph and sharing their award-winning craft beer with our guests! Thanks to CIGI for hosting AP NOW Waterloo, Grand Trunk Saloon and Drinks Sponsors Jeff MacIntyre & Lisa Wetzler, Pastry Chef Jessica Kerr, and Juneyt for serenading us with his beautiful music.

We couldn't have pulled it off without Joanne Poluch from Remarque Art Consulting and her help as art adviser, Orest Poluch, Roger Farwell and all of the wonderful volunteers who gave their time and help.

Last but not least, thank you to all of the talented participating artists who helped make AP NOW a visually stunning event!

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WalterFedy - An example of Art in the Workplace

WalterFedy, an integrated architecture, engineering and construction firm, is into their sixth year of an innovative ‘art in the workplace’ program. Curator-in-residence Amy Roger has been hired to curate and install local artwork in a series of exhibitions in their Kitchener offices. The artwork is for sale, the artists are paid for art rental. The staff and visitors love the stimulation of changing artwork. Kudos to WalterFedy, a great role model! “The Art District” exhibition runs Feb. 14 to April 26  with opening Mar. 9 artshow@walterfedy.com

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Region of Waterloo invests $850,000 in public art

Public artworks are being commissioned by the Region to add interest, character and colour along the ION light rail transit route. The Region has awarded 10 artworks, some to local artists, to populate the LRT route. 

The first seven artworks will be created and installed to be ready for the opening of ION in 2018. The creation of the three additional artworks will be based on the timing of the specific projects.

“This is the Region’s largest single investment in public art, and will almost double the number of public artworks on Regional property,” said Regional Councillor Tom Galloway. “The selected artworks provide an opportunity to share our community stories and will support the evolving character and culture of the central transit corridor.”

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Ferrari 500 - Artistic excellence, affordability and a good cause!

A must-go show for art collectors is coming to the Region!  The Ferrari 500 is a unique art sale featuring art from 12 of our local artists. Why is it unique?  Every piece of art in the show is priced at $500.00 or UNDER, and 10% of the proceeds of all sales go to benefit Button Factory Arts.

It’s a one day only event, and will race by like...a Ferrari…so mark your calendars:  Friday, February 24 from 4:00pm to 9:00pm at Button Factory Arts at 25 Regina St. S., in Waterloo.

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Filling the Palette - Food Bank Waterloo Region

Artists from Waterloo Region are invited to participate in the Second Annual “Filling the Palette” Art Show and Sale on Friday, May 5, 2017 in the warehouse of The Food Bank of Waterloo Region! This juried art sale is being organized in support of The Food Bank of Waterloo Region. Seventy-five percent (75%) of the sale price of sold artwork will go directly to the artist, and 25% will be contributed to The Food Bank. 

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FLASH Waterloo Region

FLASH is a community-based initiative to celebrate and elevate the art and science of photography in Waterloo Region through events, public displays and visits from world-class practitioners. 

The FLASH event, on January 27th at the Tannery in Kitchener, will feature a digital exhibition of more than 50 images selected by a jury from more than 450 submitted by 165 amateur and professional photographers during an open call last month. In recognition of the value of their work, all FLASH contributors are paid an exhibition fee.

To learn more about the headlining artists, visit their website http://flashwr.ca 

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