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During the summers of 2020 and 2021, Explore Waterloo Region injected colour and vibrancy into the region’s hospitality sector with the Art Fresco Table Project.

Conceived and executed by the team at Explore Waterloo Region, the Art Fresco Table project was launched in the summer of 2020 as a way to support the hospitality and arts sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic. 50 picnic tables were built by St. Clements Trim Inc., and a panel of judges evaluated submissions received from interested local artists. Artists were asked to submit design concepts for the tables that both celebrated Waterloo Region and honoured those things that make Waterloo Region unique. 

Selected artists painted the tables at the former Lot 42 — a large venue that allowed the artists to work on their art while maintaining physical distancing. Paint and supplies were provided by Home Hardware’s head office in St. Jacobs and Beauti-tone Paint. 

In the fall of 2021, Explore Waterloo Region made the decision to donate all of the picnic tables, and provided them to local businesses and BIA’s to continue to brighten their spaces.

More information on the Art Fresco artists and the locations where the tables have been donated are listed below. 

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