Enjoy two weekends of “Live Art in the Park”

August 20, 2016   ·   0 Comments

By Marni Walsh


Shelburne’s Jack Downing Park will come to life with music and art for the next two weekends of August with “Live Art in the Park” (August 19 – 21 and August 26 – 28)

The free event features local artists in a variety of disciplines performing under the open sky as the easy days of summer fade into fall.

The festival has a great line up of musical performances and visual art along with hands-on interactive art for the whole family.

Organized by Troupe-Adore, Sohayla Smith calls it “a laissez-faire festival of live art in the park,” and invites the community to “come and enjoy, and participate.”

The featured visual artist is Dufferin County’s Robert Allen, described as “a self-taught artist with a passion for all forms of media.”

One of his featured forms will be Allen’s “out-of-this-world” spray-paint art.

The artist says he “uses the spray paint to create science fiction imagery, where the darkness of deep space provides just the right backdrop to the vibrant colors of various sized planets and stars.”

When creating his spray-paint art, Allen says he uses utilitarian items, such as cans, milk cartons and other odds and ends, and places them on large pieces of canvas poster paper.

Then, using a layering format, he sprays his choice of colour over and around each item on the paper.

“It’s a process that is enthralling to watch,” says the artist, “live fresh art being created.”

Allen will be demonstrating his craft during Live Art in the Park.

He is also one of the few artists in Canada to do “reverse glass” painting.  His latest creations, Sun Catchers, are modern church stained glass.

From 12 noon to 5pm on August 21, Live Art in the Park will feature an afternoon of Open Mic performances. Artists are invited to come and perform music, dance, play an instrument, say a poem …whatever their discipline may be.

There is no pre-registration; artists simply join the session on August 21st and perform whenever there is a time open.

Troupe-Adore is comprised of photographers, videographers, musicians, songwriters, painters, poets, writers, contractors, and graphic designers, and says their goal is to create a community-driven troupe of artists and establish value for the arts again. Providing family oriented entertainment, the group is working alongside other local businesses to help arts and culture thrive in Shelburne. In this spirit, the Town of Shelburne has donated the troupe’s time in the park for their programs.

One of their many ventures is a free community chorale group, often seen performing for local seniors’ residences and nursing homes.

The final line-up of artists for Live Art in the Park is still in progress, but along with Robert Allen Art Studio, residents will see talents such as singer-songwriter Joshua Oatman, Country artist Nicky Lee, award winning singer-song writer Sohayla Smith, and visual artist Natalie-Graf-Lancaster.

Henna tattoos and face painting, balloon animals, and puppetry will be featured alongside the live music, as well as a community drawing board, visual art demos, the open mic session, and more to be announced.

Featured artists at “Live Art” in Jack Downing Park on Main Street:


Friday, August 19, 6 – 10 p.m.


Sohayla & Adrian Smith (live music)


Saturday, August 20, 12 noon – 5 p.m.


Nicky Lee (country music artist)


Sunday, August 21, 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Open Mic at Jack Downing Park

Natalie Graf-Lancaster​  (visual art)

Marcus Fessler (visual art)


Friday, August 26, 6 – 10 p.m.


Josh Oatman​ (singer-songwriter)


Saturday, August 27, 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Troupe-adore community chorale & guests

Artists TBA


Sunday, August 28, 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Open mic (open invitation to performers)

Natalie Graf-Lancaster (visual art)

Marcus Fessler (visual art)

(Schedule subject to change)


Live Art in the Park is free to all, however donations to Troupe-Adore and individual artists are appreciated. For more information on Live Art in the Park and Troupe-Adore visit their website,




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