Art Auction 2017

An Art Auction with a Twist!

Authors who have read at the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival over the years were invited to ‘think outside of the book’ and create a small piece of art to be auctioned off to raise funds for the Festival’s new home, Rivermead. Authors loved the idea of a mystery auction. The response has been overwhelming and we have collected over 30 ‘mystery’ works of art to auction off on June 17th.

So, what’s the twist?
Bidders will not know which famous author created which fabulous work. Once the last gavel falls, all will be revealed and purchasers will receive a certificate of authenticity signed by the author. Two pieces by friends of the festival, Barb Minett and Cheryl Ruddock, and a 1st edition book of poetry by Margaret Atwood accompanied by a signed, numbered relief print, hand cut by Ms. Atwood (donated by Kim Lang) will also be available.

All funds raised by The Thousand Words Art Auction go towards the upkeep and development of Rivermead, a historic, fieldstone chapel and venue for literary and other cultural and social events in the Guelph area. Rivermead is a year-round venue for the celebration of Canadian literature through programs of author readings, writing workshops and other literary events for children, teens and adults.

Join the fun!
The Thousand Words Art Auction will take place on Saturday, June 17 at Rivermead, 19 Cedar St., Eden Mills. An art preview will be held from 7 – 8 p.m., prior to the live auction at 8 p.m. A silent auction of quality items for book lovers, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will round out the evening.

View the Art

Take a look at our Artist Gallery – can you guess whodunnit? Some artists have hidden clues in their work, while others have kept their identity a complete mystery. See more here!

Meet the Artists

The Auction includes works by authors Emma Donoghue, Heather O’Neill, Steven Heighton, Lisa Moore, Alissa York, Terry Fallis, George Elliott Clarke, and Lorna Crozier. See the full list here.

Attend the Auction

Tickets are $20 per person and include a complimentary drink and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are available at The Bookshelf, 41 Quebec Street, Guelph; online at, or by calling 519-341-4320. Tickets are limited.