Artists open doors to public for one-of-a-kind holiday shopping at Elora Centre for the Arts

ELORA –  In Elora’s old school house, home of the Elora Centre for the Arts (ECFTA), more than 18 artists work in five studios that are usually closed to the public.  

But for one weekend leading into Christmas, the artists are opening their doors so people can wander the halls and shop one-of-a-kind artist-made gifts at affordable prices.

The open house weekend will be Nov. 25 and  Nov. 26 from 10am to 4pm.  

There is no charge for admission.

“This is the third year of this open house weekend event,” said Schoolhouse Arts Cooperative sculptor Nadine McEwen. 

“We will be showcasing unique gift ideas and stocking stuffers that have been made by artists in our studio” she said.  

Pottery, “found object” sculpture, needle felting, original art and prints are some of the artistic mediums  for sale in their studio.

“It is truly wonderful to help uplift the many talented artists and artisans who make and create in this building and who are part of the local arts community in Elora”, said ECFTA executive director Lianne Carter.  

“The beauty of this place is when artists can collaborate to create a special event like this” said local encaustic artist Nancy Ariss, who shares the 2nd Floor Art studio with Terry Gregg.  

For more information, visit, or contact Nancy Ariss at 519- 766-3331 or