Join us August 25th for the final POETRY IN THE GALLERY evening of the summer. This month we are featuring the work of London, Ontario poet Joanne Stryker. Readings start at 7:30 in the Bainton Gallery. This is a free event.

Joanne Stryker is a London (Ontario) poet who lived for many years in Huron County, as well as in the U.K. Her poetry is published in anthologies and journals, and has won prizes in Canada and abroad.  AFTER, a sequence of mourning poems, was published in Wales and launched in York and London, England, in 2018. Current projects include three collections: The Swedish Death Purge; Here/After; and a series of love poems.

HOW FAR I’VE FALLEN exhibition

The Blyth Festival Art Gallery would like to extend an invitation to our next exhibition entitled “HOW FAR I’VE FALLEN” by local artist Kelly  Stevenson. The Show’s reception is August 19th at 6 pm with remarks happening at 6:30. The show runs through September 9th and is open during Blyth Festival box office hours.

Through a multi-disciplinary exhibit, entitled “HOW FAR I’VE FALLEN”, Stevenson uses the changing state of the rural landscape and experience to explore her own state of mind-one of living with severe and chronic mental illness. Finding a kinship with the abandoned and falling down buildings that fit the countryside, she explores if there is life and hope in the debris and darkness, and of life beyond illness, beyond the seemingly never ending falling apart.


This year the Blyth Festival Art Gallery is bringing together the spoken word and fine arts together as we host our inaugural POETRY IN THE GALLERY evenings in conjunction with our three professional shows.

All readings will start at 7:30pm in the Bainton Gallery.

July 28th will feature the poetry of Blair Trewartha. Blair Trewartha’s debut full-length collection of poetry, Easy Fix was published by Palimpsest Press in 2014 and shortlisted for the Relit Award. He is the author of three chapbooks: Break In (Cactus Press, 2010), Porcupine Burning (Baseline Press, 2012), and Human Energy (Anstruther Press, 2022). His poetry has appeared in Carousel, Prism, Event, Existere, CV2, The Dalhousie Review, and Prairie Fire Magazine. Blair was born and raised on a farm outside of Clinton, Ontario and now resides in London, Ontario.

Smoke & Flame-Wood Fired & Shino Ceramics

In the Mino region of Japan lie rich deposits of a clay suitable for making durable domestic pottery. Traditionally fired in wood-burning kilns, the smoky atmosphere and drifting firewood ash inside the kiln, combined to give the pottery its distinctive colours; bone, orange, grey and black, often with a gorgeous pewter lustre and ripples texture. Smoke & Flame features 8 Ontario potters who have dedicated much of their careers to exploring this fascinating Japanese technique.

Show runs: July 21st-August 12th, 2023

Reception: July 21st, 2023 @ 6pm


Harvest Fest in Clinton

Harvest Fest is an annual one-day fall festival in downtown Clinton that includes activities for all ages. Bring the kids out for a day of bouncy castles, face painting, rock climbing, and more. Check out the classic car show, see what local vendors are selling at the craft market, and enjoy some live music. Visit https://cchbia.ca/harvest-fest for more information.