Our Partners in Art
The Pelham Art Festival first began in 1985 as a joint effort of the Friends of the Fonthill Library and the Pelham Art Club (now known as the Pelham Art Association) with a backyard art show and sale to raise funds for the local library.
Thirty years later, the Pelham Art Festival Committee now runs a premiere art and artisan show and sale annually on Mother’s Day weekend at the Pelham Arena in the Village of Fonthill. This show is a jury showcase featuring fine art artists, artisans, and photographers. An estimated 3,000 visitors attend the exhibition each year.
The success of this annual art show has resulted in the Pelham Art Festival Committee contributing almost $400,000 to enhance the services provided by both branches of the Pelham Public Library. In addition, an annual scholarship currently valued at $1000 per year, is given to a deserving student of E.L. Crossley Secondary School who is studying art at the college or university of their choice. As of 2016, the committee is pleased to provide a similar scholarship to a student of Notre Dame College School. The Pelham Art Festival Committee also supports programs that promote the arts in schools and in the community at large.
The Pelham Art Association promotes the arts in the community of Pelham by offering artists workshops and classes in the Festival Room at the Fonthill Branch. Ongoing classes are offered on Thursdays during the Fall/Winter/Spring and weekend workshops are held intermittently throughout the year.
The Art Association’s students are actively encouraged to develop their skills and talents and their work is often included in the Association’s bi-annual exhibitions in the Festival Room at the Fonthill Branch.
The Pelham Art Association, formerly named the Pelham Art Club, is a contributor to the Pelham Art Festival. Each year the Association supplies volunteers and food for this premiere art exhibition.