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MONDAY September 30th Paint Out at Willistead

This week’s paint out will be on the grounds of Willistead Manor.  Are you up for a challenge?  The Mansion will give you a run for your money.    The grounds abound with mature trees, and meandering pathways.  The mansion, coach and gate house are architectural delights to paint or sketch.  If you can’t find enough subject matter on the grounds, then venture out into the surrounding Walkerville neighborhood that boasts beautiful homes and churches to paint as well.

Willistead Manor
1899 Niagara Street (at Kildare Street)
Windsor, Ontario

Willistead Manor is a 36-room mansion nestled within a 15-acre park, that offers great venue for weddings, receptions, meetings, and other special events.

It was built by Edward Chandler Walker, son of Hiram Walker in 1917. The manor’s Tudor-Jacobean architecture reflects 20th century ingenuity and the elegance of another era.


Please keep an eye on the weather.


  • Food/water – We urge you to bring a sack lunch, and water.
  • Protective clothing –   Please protect yourself from the sun and bugs.
  • Art supplies – Your art supplies can be as little as a pencil, pad and sharpener or as elaborate as a full french easel box of oils and canvases. If you are just starting out, we suggest starting small.

We hope you all take advantage of the best studio in the world… The Great Outdoors.

For more information email us at  Cell phone number will be provided to members only.  Email me for that information.


Hawkfest at Holiday Beach

Saturday & Sunday September 21 & 22

Information for the Windsor & Essex County PLein Air ARtists

You must email Elizabeth for the gate code information at

Event map

Be sure to bring boots the grounds are very muddy this year.


Hawk fest information for the public

The Festival of Hawks kicks off its second weekend. Join experts from the Holiday Beach Migration Observatory for this natural spectacle. Watch thousands of birds of prey flying overheard. Take in free programs covering a wide range of bird and nature related topics hosted by local experts and see live hawks and owls up close. A great family event for experts and amateurs alike.

HBMO experts will be on-site conducting hawk banding and adoptions. Event goers will get up close and personal to a variety of raptors as experts measure, tag, and then release these birds back into the wild. The programming schedule will include an interactive tech focused hike by HBMO’s own Jeremy Hatt, as well as a presentation by Vic Bernyk of Native Trees & Plants on local plant identification.

Free educational programs will complement the ongoing banding and live hawk display throughout both weekends. Local experts will be on-site to teach on a wide range of birding and nature-related topics. These programs and topics will be listed soon. Programs are free with the festival admission fee of $15 per vehicle.


Please note this is not a free event to the public.  Members of the Windsor & Essex County Plein Air Artists who are going to paint during the festival need to EMAIL: to get the gate code.

Lost Arts Festival One day only Sunday Aug 11th

Important information for vendors and demonstrators.

Lost Arts Festival Sunday August 11th 2019
Demonstrator Guidelines

Set Up/Tear Down
Homestead grounds are open to exhibitors at 8:30am, you are welcome to drive your vehicle on site through the west gate to unload heavy display items.
Upon your arrival, please check in with Homestead staff, who will secure your parking pass,
demonstrator name tag, and food voucher for you, and direct you to your designated display site.
Advance set up, If you hope to arrive or deliver materials before Sunday, please make arrangements with
All vehicles must be removed to the designated parking area by 11am, please. If you need a shuttle ride back from parking, please let us know. Vehicles are not allowed back onto the property for tear down, until after 4pm.
Once you unload your demonstration supplies, please park at the Iler Farm (785 Iler Road –map attached)
You will receive a Demonstrator Parking Pass, which must be displayed on your vehicle dash to park in our demonstrator area.
 A shuttle service will be available to take you from the Demonstrator Parking back to the Homestead.

General Guidelines

  • The festival goes ahead rain or shine! In case of inclement weather, we will endeavour to move all demonstrators and their items into one of our historic buildings for the duration of the event.
  • Please bring along your own table(s) and lawn chair. You are also welcome to bring your own shade canopy, etc. if you wish.
  • While we will endeavour to accommodate as many demonstration site requests as possible, demonstrator spaces will be assigned on a “first-reply” basis
  • We ask that you provide some element of demonstration of your craft throughout the day. If your craft is something you can’t demonstrate on-site, please consider bringing along samples of the stages of your work, so you can show/explain the process to interested visitors.
  • Hands-on elements of demonstration for the public to try are strongly encouraged!
  • Lunch is available for purchase on-site; you are welcome to bring your own lunch items, as well. We do provide one complimentary refreshment ticket to each demonstrator, which can be redeemed at the Road Chef food truck, as a token of our thanks for your participation.
  • You may bring someone along to help you staff your booth.
  • As we are a historic site with significant wooden structures, please note that smoking is only permitted in the parking lot.
  • You are welcome to vend any of your wares to the visiting public. There is no vendor’s fee.
  • All items displayed and sold must be hand-made by you (not commercially produced)!

Elizabeth regrets that she will be unable to attend this event. She will be competing in the Paint Dexter event in Michigan. It is her hope you will have a wonderful day. This event has always proved to be well attended.

There will be no Monday Paint out when we do a festival on the weekend.