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Artistry by the Lake brings out NOTL creatives
Artistry in the Park attendees could watch Julie Forrester Clark at her booth, working her magic with a canvas and paint. DAVE VAN DE LAAR

Niagara has no shortage of creatives across the region.

At Artistry by the Lake this past weekend, guests could explore more than 80 vendors hosted by Niagara artists, including some from right here in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Artists had their tents and booths set up by the water at Queen’s Royal Park from June 29 to July 1, showcasing their work and chatting with art enthusiasts about what they do.

One of them was NOTL’s Julie Forrester Clark, who started her career in the arts with photography first and during the COVID-19 pandemic started experimenting with painting. 

“I was combining photography and painting together and it just evolved,” she said.

Forrester Clark had a tent at the event, where she had numerous paintings for sale and did live demonstrations of how she completes her works. 

“They’re basically inspired by my trips to Scotland,” she said, explaining that she starts painting with memories in mind and goes from there. 

Using a variety of tools, Forrester Clark intuitively paints until she finds which direction she wishes to take the piece. 

She likes the “really cool textures” she gets from using more than just brushes.

Last weekend’s festival was Forrester Clark’s first time back at the show in a few years, after taking part in the NOTL Studio Tour last month. 

In August, Forrester Clark will be featured at the Art at the Pumphouse showcase. 

Along with paintings, patrons could peruse and purchase other handmade goods including clothing, photo prints, woodwork and more, along with food from PigOut Catering. 

juliasacco@niagaranow.com

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