About the Festival
The Remington Arts Festival was started in 2001 by engaged Cantonians to celebrate Canton’s native son, Frederic Remington, and the culture of arts in the North Country of New York. The Festival brings visitors from all over the North Country, New York State to engage with Canton’s rich history and enjoy a weekend of family-friendly events focusing on local art and artists.
The Festival is run exclusively by volunteers, and is sponsored by generous contributions from the Town and Village of Canton, local foundations, and area business and individuals.
About Frederic Remington
Frederic Remington was born in Canton in 1861 and grew up in St.
Lawrence County in the post-Civil War era. He summered at Cranberry Lake and is buried in Canton’s Evergreen Cemetery.
Remington made his name as an illustrator, mostly of western and military subjects, for most of the widely circulated magazines of the late 1880s and 1890s. Among the magazines he illustrated were Harper’s Weekly, Harper’s Monthly, Century, Collier’s, Outing, Boys’ Life, and Cosmopolitan. He remains most closely associated with depictions of the old West.
In 1895 Remington began to make sculptures, producing 22 different subjects. He worked in clay. His clay models were cast in bronze at art foundries. His first four subjects were cast using the sand casting method at the Henry-Bonnard Co. In 1898 he began working exclusively with Roman Bronze Works, N.Y., which employed the lost wax casting method.
Excerpt from the Frederic Remington Art Museum, Ogdensburg