For six years, the ARTBus has been toting Hamilton art enthusiasts to galleries and studios around the city, offering an evening of fun, discovery and of course, art!
Host and tour guide Barbara Milne takes riders to Hamilton’s emerging and thriving galleries, where they can catch Friday night openings, meet the artists, learn about their work and meet other art lovers.
ARTBus is run by The Pearl Company, an arts and performance facility in Hamilton’s Lansdowne neighbourhood. After a major renovation and restoration in 2006, the three-storey factory building now devotes two floors to the arts. Local arts activist Barbara Milne and musician husband Gary Santucci are the artistic force behind the ARTBus and aim to ‘create a multi-disciplinary space that develops and presents works that draw on all the arts, including music, visual art, dance, film, spoken word and theatre.’ Barbara and Gary together were given The City of Hamilton Arts Award 2008 for Lifetime Achievement. Gary is been the recipient of the City of Hamilton Arts Award for Music 2004 and Barbara received The Woman of Distinction in the Arts for 2008.
The renamed ‘ARTBus Hamilton’ will continue to visit established galleries, but will be on the look out for new spaces and studios each month. Riders can look forward to a more interactive experience including demonstrations, artist/curator talks and special media nights (such as photography, pottery, graffiti, fine craft and glass). Plans for the upcoming year include guest ‘on-board’ curators, connections with other studio tours and special evenings tailor-made by request for groups.
What’s coming up at The Pearl Company?
January 17, 2014
ARTBus: Friday Night Art Gallery Tours. Sponsored by Judy Marsales Real Estate. Catch the bus January 17 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $15/$10 students/all artists. Reserve your seat today!
Free parking is available at the Mediserve Pharmacy parking lot on King Street, between Ashley and Steven Streets after 6:30 p.m. (with a flyer from The Pearl on the dashboard). Visit online at www.thepearlcompany.ca or call 905-524-0606.