The Art is In!

More than 900 pieces of art - from collages to paintings to sketches - arrived on the weekend at the Collingwood Public Library, where Canada's largest children's art exhibition runs March 4 to April 28.

Saturday and Sunday saw dozens of teachers and parents drop off piled-high bundles of art to volunteers, who logged and sorted the colorful entries from students in JK through Grade 8. 

Here are just a few examples from the hundreds of entries that will be professionally mounted and put on display.

Local artist Lory MacDonald, who founded Magic of Children in the Arts in 1994, says the children's creativity turns the library into an enchanting art scene

"Everyone marvels at this show. By acknowledging the children's creativity in the library gallery, we plant the seed for a lifetime of arts appreciation and participation. It is truly a wonderful event."

Each artwork is reviewed by professional artists and a prize of art materials is awarded to celebrate the unique talents of every child who participates. The exhibition is open to the public. All events are at the Collingwood library. There is no charge to enter. All the workshops are free.


  • Community Art Star Workshop - March 12 and 13. Registration required 704-445-1571
  • Family Art Day - Sunday April 17 from 1pm-4pm. Registration required 704-445-1571
  • Prize Day  – Saturday April 2, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Fun, food & music. Pick up your prize and celebrate. Open to anyone to attend. Collingwood Public Library.

Canada's largest children's art exhibition is a celebration that showcases artwork by children from Collingwood and Clearview. Celebrating its 22nd anniversary in 2016,  Magic of Children in the Arts is  a registered charitable organization. Its mission is to inspire and encourage children to create and celebrate art, not just by entering works in the annual exhibition, but also through online art activities on the website.