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May 2017

We celebrate 30 years in business

April 2017

Lois Freedman led a beginner drop-spindle workshop at the Deep River library.

March 2017

Linda Nagora, creator of sock monkeys, joined the Coop.

Olga Nazarkina staged an art show of her students' work.
~NRT 2017.03.01

February 2017

We bid farewell to retiring member, woodworker Murray Wright.

January 2017

We bid farewell to retiring member, knitter Robin Dennis.

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November 2016

Olga Nazarkina launched a fundraiser for the Deep River and District Hospital, a book of children’s (her students') artful copies of famous paintings, along with children’s honest and rereshing reviews of both versions, “Children’s Postmodernism”..

We welcome three new artists! Drawing, Katelynn Clarey. Soaps & lotions, Corinne Graham. Drawing and Painting, Laura Fauchon.

Corinne Graham ~NRT 2016.11.30 p1, ~NRT p2
Laura Fauchon ~NRT 2016.12.07
Katelynn Clarey ~NRT 2016.12.14

We bid farewell to longtime member Erma Wesanko

October 2016

Hand knitter & spinner, Lois Freedman, joined the Co-op.

September-October 2016

Several members participated in ART 2016 put on by the Deep River Library Arts Committee.

July 2016

Ligita Gulens demonstrated her craft at the Schoolhouse Museum's annual Fun Day. ~NRT 2016.07.27

April 2016

Hand knitter, Robin Dennis, joined the Co-op.
~NRT 2016.07.20

Susan Fraser won best in show in the Society of Canadian Artists 2016 Online Exhibition.   ~NRT 2016.04.20

Member potters took part in the collaborative exchange exhibition, Canoe Culture, presented by the North Bay and Deep River potter's guilds and hosted by the Deep River Library Arts Committee.
~NRT 2016.04.20      ~Show poster

February 2016

Painter and multi-media artist, Linda Sitler-Howe, joined the Coop. ~NRT 2016.04.27

 

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December 2015

Lettering & paper artisan, Nancy Trottier, retired.

September 2015

We were joined by two new members: painter Eva Phanenhour and hand-knitter & seamstress Jane Craig.

Sept 21-Oct 3 - Several members participated in the Library Arts Committee show "Art 2015".

August 2015

Aug 24 - Sept 8 - Olga Nazarkina, with the Library Arts Committee, put on a show featuring her students, "Art by Children".

Our summer ended with the retirement of three artisans, woodworker & photographer Bruce Winterbon, potter Lynn Dunn and photographer Tiffany Orpana-Kennedy.

July 2015

Happy Canada Day! The Valley Artisans built a monster at the Town Hall with community participation. The monster was named Arctosaurus in a contest and spent the summer greeting visitors at the Coop.

June 2015

June 26 - Hazel Herriot, a founding member of the Art Coop, passed away.  ~NRT July 1

June 20 - We enjoyed a fun day of art demos in the parking lot.

May 2015

Congratulations to Susan Fraser on her election to the Society of Canadian Artists. This honor was conferred on her at the prestigious Arts and Letters Club of Toronto. The Society of Canadian Artists is a national, non-profit artists’ organization dedicated to expanding the visibility and stature of the visual arts. Elected members are professional artists who have gone through the adjudication process.   ~NRT June 17

February 2015

Our first great event of the year. Woodworker, Murray Wright, joins the Coop.

Sadly, we also said farewell to retiring artisan, Pam Moore.

 
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December 2014

Santa Claus Parade

November 2014

We bid farewell to retiring ceramic artist & founding member, Maija Moeck.

Valley Artisans' founding member Hazel Herriot was celebrated for her 70+ years as an artist in a retrospective show held by the Deep River Library Arts Committee, November 17-29.
~NRT November 5   ~NRT November 12

October 2014

We bid farewell to retiring bead & jewellery artisan Jan Mancey.

September 2014

We trotted out our mobile store and set it up first at Renfrew Taste of the Valley and next at Deep River Taste of the Valley.

August 2014

Our own Tiffany Orpana-Kennedy won a photo contest for Mountain Equipment Coop's Homewater project. She got the news on the very day that she gave birth to her new baby girl. Congratulations Tiffany!!!

July 2014

Members particpated in the annual School House Museum Fun Day. ~NRT July 30

June 2014

We got new signage!

Deep River welcomed Clara Hughes, Canadian Olympian and six-time medalist, as part of “Clara’s Big Ride” to spread awareness of mental health issues. The town's gift to Clara was a photograph by our own George McQuade. ~NRT July 2

May 2014

We welcome stained glass artist and oil painter, Carole Pinard.
~ NRT July 9

Several of our artisans were involved in the Deep River Potters' Guild 60th anniversary celebrations. Congratulations to the Potters' Guild!  ~Deep in Clay   ~NRT May 14

April 2014

The Coop bid farewell to photographer Olivier Thiriet. We wish Olivier all the best in his new business, The Olive Tree.

We also bid farewell to longtime member, potter Marg Killey. Thanks to Marg for her dedication over the years.

Spring 2014

Nancy Trottier shared her expertise by leading a series of one-day workshops and a four-day course on calligraphy as well as paper and book making. ~NRT February 26`

January 2014

Hazel Herriot began the New Year with an article on the local Rug Hooking Guild and traditional practices. ~NRT January 8

 

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November 2013

The Valley Artisans often share their talents with the community. Tiffany Orpana-Kennedy led lighting workshop for Mackenzie high school students.

September/October 2013

Our store was one of five rural art galleries featured in the Ottawa Citizen "Five Worth the Drive" ~The Citizen October 7

On October 5th, the Coop participated in a wonderful event--Taste of the Valley--which showcases local produce and craft.

Four Friends/Four Perspectives - an art show featuring members Mary Lynn Benz, Eva Gallagher, Laura Mayo and former member Anne Seck ran from September 23 to October 5 at the Deep River Library. ~NRT September 15

Mike Milgram & Jim Sprague participated in Art from Trees, a show at the South of 60 Arts Centre in Barry's Bay that ran from September 6 to October 12. ~Barry's Bay this Week

Summer 2013

Carol Grant had the once in a lifetime experience of a month long residency at “The Pottery Workshop” in Jingdezhen, China.
~NRT November 27

Very cool! Heidi den Hartog's penny dress will be on display in the store window throughout the summer. ~NRT July 10

June 2013

Renfrew County Tourist Booth trainees visited the store to learn everything they need to know to promote us.

Welcome to Heather Trotter, seamstress, maker of lovely clothing for children.

May 2013

Several Valley Artisans participated in the Library Arts Committee Show -- Art 2013.

Two more losses for the Coop! Farewell to milliner Shona Humphrey and chain maille jeweller Robert Lanouette who leave us this month. Best wishes to you both!

We have the pleasure of welcoming a new member, photography Tiffany Orpana-Kennedy. Welcome Tiffany. ~NRT June 26

April 2013

With great regret, we say farewell to retiring member, photographer Jim Murphy. All the best Jim!

Members of the Petawawa/Pembroke Red Hat Society dropped in for a visit. It looks like they had a great time. Thanks ladies!

March 2013

Congratulations to Nancy Trottier whose work was accepted to the Queen's University show "Contemporary Book Arts in Eastern Ontario". March 1 - May 31

February 2013

Cheryl Brabant stepped outside of her pottery work and entered the Library Arts 'Glow' photography Show. February 4-16

 

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November 2012

Oct 29 - Nov 10 - Susan Fraser, along with associate Aliya Ebrahim, had a show at the Deep River Library. Into the Woods featured Susan's wildlife art and Aliya's botanical art and recent egg studies.

November 3-4 - The Valley Artisans enjoyed a fun and profitable weekend at the Rotary Deep River Arts & Crafts Fair.

September 2012

Several Valley Artisans participated in the Library Arts Committee show - Off the Wall.

Congratulations to Olga Nazarkina who was a finalist in Canadian Brushstrokes magazine's waterscapes competition.
--high res pdf        --low res pdf

September 21 - We enjoyed a dinner out together to celebrate our 25 years in business.

September 7-8 - We participated in the successful Art on the Lawn event put on by St. Barnabas Anglican Church. --NRT article

August 2012

August 27 - As part of St. Barnabas' Art on the Lawn series, Carol Grant gave a slide show & talk. --NRT article p.1 --p.2

August 8 - Summerfest Weekend - Artisans participated in Anne Seck's event, Artists in a Garden.

July 2012

July 29 - The Valley Artisans attended a Fun Day hosted by The School House Museum, and it was fun!

July 1 - Happy Canada Day. The Valley Artisans celebrated with artist demonstrations. --NRT photo

May 2012

May 7-9 - Several artisans participated in the Valley Arts Committee show Art 2012

May 1 - The Valley Artisans' Co-op celebrates twenty-five years in business!
The Valley Artisan's Co-op continues to run one of the finest art and gift shops in the Ottawa Valley with a broadly talented membership of thirty local artists plus family members and associates. Founding members Ligita Gulens, Hazel Herriot, and Maija Moeck continue with the Co-op.
--Congratulations from MP         --Congratulations from PM
--NRT article (June 13) history   --page 2
--NRT article (June 27) demonstration day

--Speech by Mary Lynn Benz

April 2012

Congratulations to Carol Grant & Olga Nazarkina, winners in the Valley Arts Council Juried Art Competition. Carol won both 1st and 2nd place in 3D & Craft with "Ceramic Raku" and "Danish Wave". Olga won 1st in Watercolours with "Dried Flowers #3".

After a long wait, calligrapher Nancy Trottier received her permanent resident of Canada status and celebrated by joining the Co-op.

We also welcomed leatherwork artist Martin Packer.

March 2012 - Here's a panoramic shot of the store, how we looked. Thanks for the photo Olivier.

 

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November/December 2011 - Bruce Winterbon had a letter "A Different Kind of Symmetry" featured in Fine Woodworking magazine (#222 p.64).

November 2011 - The Co-op returned to participate in the Deep River Arts & Crafts Sale

October 2011 - Chainmaille jeweller Robert Lanouette and potter Cheryl Brabant joined the Co-op. --NRT article --NRT photo

The Deep River Potters' Guild, starring our own Lynn Dunn, Eva Gallagher & Alison Packer, was featured in a CTV Ottawa Morning Live segment. --CTV video

September 2011 - The Co-op was on display at Fusion of Senses in Petawawa, an evening of local, ethnic foods, beer/wine pairings, art and entertainment.

August 2011 - Art in the Park - Several Co-op members, as well as other local artists/artisans participated in an art sale in the beautiful new Riverbank Park. It started as a beautiful day and ended with a rain storm.

April 2011 - Crochet artist Laura Lee Sopczak retired after 14 years with the Co-op. She joined at a time when the Co-op was struggling for membership and helped build the thriving business it is today. Good luck, Lauralee.

February 14-26, 2011 - Olga Nazarkina held a solo show at the Deep River Library, featuring paintings and mixed media works.
-- NRT(Feb 9) --NRT (Feb 16) --NRT (Feb 23)

 

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December 2010 - The Valley Artisans' Co-op is grateful to all those who shop locally and allow us to keep our business going. To say thank you, we held a Christmas Gift Draw and gave away handcrafted items made by members.
--NRT photo (Dec 8) --NRT photo (draw - Dec 22)

The Co-op bid farewell to retiring woodworker, Bob Wiley, a dedicated member since 1996.

November 2010 - A number of members participated in "Art in the Valley", the Valley Arts Council's annual juried art show. Congratulations to Leslie White who won second place. An award of merit went to Eva Gallagher. --Pembroke Daily Observer article

Member Susan Fraser & associate Colin Hamer will be participating in the Red Trillium Studio Tour November 27 & 28th.

The Co-op bid farewell to retiring member, photographer Quinn Hammond.

October 2010 - The Co-op welcomed two new members: paper-relief artist Karen Bernard and photographer Jim Murphy.

September 2010 - The Co-op bid farewell to retiring felt-artist Brandie Lekovic.

August 2010 - Artisans participated in Summerfest and the Riverbank Grand Opening. --NRT article

July 1, 2010 - We unveiled our new logo and promotional material designed by Amanda Humphrey of Red House Designs. This involved a completely new look for our website as well. Members were asked to incorporate the logo into a piece of art.

July 1, 2010 - A busy July! We also welcomed a new member, milliner Shona Humphrey. --NRT article

July & August, 2010 - Leslie White & Susan Fraser participated in the Pembroke Downtown Studio Tour 2010.

May 3-15, 2010
Library Arts Committee Show - Art 2010
with Co-op members: Susan Fraser, Bruce Winterbon, Carol Grant, Sara Carlisle, Joan Carlisle, Marg Killey, Michael Milgram, Boni Jaworski-Patterson, Bob Wiley, Olivier Thiriet, Margaret Couling & Olga Nazarkina

March 2010
The Co-op plans to donate a portion of March sales to support the Riverbank Project in Deep River.
--NRT photo-announcement
--NRT photo-cheque presentation

   
 

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December 2009 - An article featuring Carol Campbell's Fairy Houses ran in the North Renfrew Times. Carol is the daughter of member Bruce Winterbon and her work is available at the Co-op.    --NRT article

November 2009 - The Co-op welcomed new members: photographer Quinn Hammond and multi-media artist Olga Nazarkina    --NRT article

September 2009 - We mourned the loss of our dear friend and past Co-op member, Vic Thompson. Vic passed away on September 15, 2009.

July/August 2009 - Leslie White & Susan Fraser participated in Art Matters, a display of local art in art in Pembroke businesses. Frank Burke won Susan Fraser's naming contest with the title "Young Prince"

July/August 2009 - Carol Grant participated at the Medalta International Artists in Residence program last summer in Medicine Hat, Alberta. The residency concept is an opportunity for ceramists, who for the most part work individually, to enter a community atmosphere and work with like-minded artists. Read the NRT article    --page one    --page two

June 2009 - The Co-op bid farewell to retiring member: Aliya Ebrahim and welcomed new member: photographer Olivier Thiriet.
--NRT article

May 2009 - Mike Milgram's kaszubian oak coffee table was displayed at the juried show "Art from Trees" at the "South of 60" gallery in Barry's Bay, ON.

May 4-16 2009
Art 2009 - Library Arts Committee Show

with Co-op members Carol Grant, Boni Jaworski-Patterson, Mike Milgram, Marg Killey, Hazel Herriot, Alison Packer, Leslie White, Joan Carlisle, Mary Lynn Benz, Bitzy Couling, Eva Gallagher, Susan Fraser, Aliya Ebrahim, Sara Carlisle.

April 2009 - The Co-op bid farewell to retiring member, photographer Vic Thompson

February 23-March 7 2009
Deep River Photo Show - Library Arts Committee

with Co-op members Laura Mayo & Mary Lynn Benz

   
 

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December 2008 - The Co-op bid farewell to retiring member, photographer Don McQuade

November 2008 - The Co-op welcomed a new member: potter Alison Packer

September 22-October 4 2008
Companion Quilters Present - Deep River Library Arts Committee with Co-op member Leslie White

September 2008 - The Co-op bid farewell to retiring members: Denise (Hart) Dimmick & Anne Seck and welcomed new member: nature artist Susan Fraser.

August 2008 - The Co-op bid farewell to retiring member Rutger van Doorninck

April 2008 - The Co-op welcomed new member felt artist Brandie Lekovic

March 2008 - The Co-op bid farewell to retiring members Laurel Gonneau & Neil Vokes

   
 

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November 5 - 17 2007
Library Arts Committee Multimedia Art Show & Sale

with Co-op members Aliya Ebrahim, Mary Lynn Benz, Katja Fritzsche, Joan Carlisle, Anne Seck, Leslie White, Sara Carlisle, Michael Milgram, Carol Grant and Eva Gallagher

October/November 2007 - Aliya Ebrahim participated in the show "What is Botanical Art? A Showcase of Contemporary Work" at the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto.

November/December 2007 - Michael Milgram was one of 69 artists accepted for Ontario Craft '07, A Biennial Juried Exhibition of Works by Members of the Ontario Crafts Council - Toronto, November 15-December 31. --Catalogue

April 2007 - The Co-op welcomed new member: quilt artist Leslie White

The Valley Artisans' Co-op turns twenty!
The Valley Artisan's Co-op continues to run one of the finest art and gift shops in the Ottawa Valley with a broadly talented membership of thirty artists plus family members and associates. Original members Ligita Gulens, Hazel Herriot, and Maija Moeck continue with the Co-op.

March 2007 - Aliya Ebrahim participated in Canada Blooms, Botanical Art Juried Show,Toronto, Ontario

   

 

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December 2006 - "Bead & Button" Magazine (Kalmbach Publishing) featured a piece of Jan Mancey's fine art beadwork in the December 2006 issue

Fall 2006
Paints & Pots - Deep River Library Arts Committee
with Co-op member Anne Seck

Summer 2006 - Jan Mancey's fine art beadwork was featured on the summer 2006 issue or "Cahoots" Magazine

July/August 2006
Michael Milgram's cradleboat was displayed at Harbourfront in Toronto in July/August.

July 31 - August 11, 2006
Expressions in Art by Mackenzie High School Alumni
with Co-op members Sara Carlisle, Kristen den Hartog (Soigne) & Neil Vokes

March 2006 - The Co-op welcomed new artists: woodworker Jim Sprague, Painter Susanne Sprague and potter Eva Gallagher and bid farewell to retiring member, photographer Chris Fraser.

March 2006 - Aliya Ebrahim attended the Canada Blooms Botanical Art Juried Show, Toronto, Ontario

January 2006 - The Co-op bid farewell to retiring member, paper maker Debbie Waker

   
 

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October 2005 - The Co-op said farewell to retiring members: quilted garment artist Mary Tromp and mosaic artist Lyssa Lavasseur

September 26 - October 8, 2005
Library Arts Committee Juried Multi-Media Art Show
Sculpture & Pottery Awards:
First - Marg Killey - Advanced Technology Table
Second - Eva Gallagher - Candelabra
Third - Carol Grant - Vase with Terra Sigillata
Honourable Mention - Rutger van Doorninck - Soapstone
Honourable Mention - Eva Gallagher - The North Face
Fibre Arts Awards:
Honourable Mention - Joan Carlisle - Winter Scene Ottawa River
Painting Awards:
Honourable Mention - Sara Carlisle - Velvet Leafed Blueberry
Woodwork Awards:
First - Mike Milgram - Coffee Table
Second - Denise Hart - Exotic Box
Third - Mike Milgram & Bob Dunn - Conversation Piece
Glasswork Awards:
First - Mary Lynn Benz - Poppy Dressed in Black
Third - Mary Lynn Benz - I See Land
Also Participating:
Bruce Winterbon, Hazel Herriot, Boni Jaworski-Patterson, Laurel Gonneau

March 2005 - Aliya Ebrahim participated in Canada Blooms Botanical Art Juried Show, Toronto, Ontario

October 2005 - The Co-op said farewell to retiring members: quilted garment artist Mary Tromp and mosaic artist Lyssa Lavasseur.

   
 

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December/January 2004 - "Beadwork" Magazine (Interweave Press) December 2004/January 2005 Issue featured a piece of Jan Mancey's fine art beadwork.

September 2004 - The Co-op welcomed new members: Mosaic artist Lysa Lavasseur and silk painter Katja Fritzsche

August 2004 - The Co-op bid farewell to retiring member, painter Barbara Blackstein

May/June 2004 - Jan Mancey - Valley Arts Council Annual Juried Art Exhibit, Festival Hall Gallery, Pembroke, Ontario - 1st Place Mixed Media Category, Professional

March 2004 - Aliya Ebrahim participated in Canada Blooms Botanical Art Juried Show, Toronto, Ontario. And also: Treasures of Algonquin Park, Algonquin Park, Ontario, The American Society of Botanical Artists and the Horticultural Society of New York Seventh Annual International Juried Botanical Art Exhibition, New York City, New York and the Niagara Parks Exhibition

   
 

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December 2003 - "Beadwork" Magazine (Interweave Press) December 2003/January 2004 Issue featured a piece of Jan Mancey's fine art beadwork piece.

The Co-op bid farewell to retiring artist, painter Pam Fowlie.

November 26 - An article in the North Renfrew Times highlighted the recent addition of eight new artists.

November 2003 - The Co-op purchased the domain www.valleyartisans.com

November 2003
The Co-op welcomed new members: soapstone artist Rutger van Doorninck, photographer Chris Fraser and Bead Artist Jan Mancey.

October 2003 - The Co-op welcomed new member: paper artist Debra Waker

September 2003 - The Co-op welcomed new member: potter Carol Grant

Summer 2003 - The Co-op mourned the passing of members Jock Carlisle (August 7) and Bob Dunn (August 9)

June 2003 - The Co-op welcomed new member: botanical artist Aliya Ebrahim

May 2003 - The Co-op welcomed new member: photographer George McQuade

April 2003 - The Co-op welcomed new members: painters Neil Vokes and Laurel Gonneau and bid farewell to retiring members: painters Phyllis Hancock and Catriona King.

March 2003 - The Co-op bid farewell to retiring artist: ironsmiths Marc Rochon and Kevin Stewart

January 2003 - The Co-op welcomes new member: photographer Vic Thompson

   
 

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September 2002 - Membership in the Co-op was capped at thirty only to be exceeded if an applicants work is significantly different from current members' work. A single membership may include a family group or may host an additional artist/artisan in the allotted space.

June 2002 - The Co-op welcomed four new members: painter Barbara Blackstein, doll maker/sculpturist Eleanor Fielding, woodworker Mike Milgram, and watercolourist/multi-media artist Boni Jaworski-Patterson.

The Valley Artisans Co-op moves again!
June 1, 2002 - The Co-op completed a move into the larger retail space next door, on the centre-west side of of Blimkie Place

January 2002 - The Co-op welcomed new members: photographer & stone turner Bruce Winterbon, returning photographer Don McQuade and glass artist Mary Lynn Benz

January 2002 - The Co-op bid farewell to retiring artist: painter Anne Gumley

   
 

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December 2001 - The Co-op bid farewell to retiring member: Marian Wildsmith

December 1, 2001 - The Co-op opened a temporary store--The Christmas Annex--in the empty west side of Blimkie Place. It was a successful venture, opening speculation that the Co-op could support a larger space.

Artists participating in the Christmas Annex included Co-op members plus other locals: Alun Jones, Don McQuade, Aliya Ebrahim, Boni Jaworski-Patterson, Barb Blackstein, Eileen Thurston, Laura Hilts, Neil Vokes, Mary Lynn Benz, Lisa Simourd, Laurel Gonneau, Sheila Fletcher, Anne Tonner, Bill Bishop, Angela Maves, Mike Milgram, Bruce Winterbon.

November 2001 - The Co-op bid farewell to retiring member: painter Cathy Walsh and welcomed painter Catriona King.

July 2001 - The Co-op welcomed new member: painter Phyllis Hancock

April 2001 - The Co-op welcomed new member: quilted-garment artist Mary Tromp and ironsmith Kevin Stewart

March 2001 - The Co-op bid farewell to retiring artists: jeweller Steve Barlow and mixed media artist Beth Shields

   
 

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"Welcome to the Club" - An article in the North Renfrew Times highlighted the addition of six new artists in 2000. By the end of the year, the Co-op had grown to 25 members.

December 2000 - The artists welcomed mother/daughters fabric & jewellery artisans "Soigne" (Marilyn Charbonneau, Tracy Kasaboski & Kristen den Hartog), as well as botanical artist & woodworker Denise Hart and fabric artist Laura Mayo

July 2000 - The Co-op welcomed new member, painter Cathy Walsh

June 2000 - The Co-op bid farewell to retiring member, watercolourist Jim Evans

   
 

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November 1999 - The Co-op welcomed new member, mixed media artist Beth Shields

June 1999 - The Co-op welcomed new member, potter and basketry artist Erma Wesanko

February 1999 - The Co-op welcomed a new member, watercolour painter Anne Gumley

January 1999 - The Co-op bid farewell to retiring members: painter Eileen Thurston and painter/jeweller Laura Hilts.

November 1999 - The Co-op mourns the passing of woodworker Ernie Larson

   
 

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December 1998 - The Co-op welcomed new members: ironsmith Marc Rochon and watercolour painter Jim Evans and bid farewell to retiring member: painter/jeweller Laura Hilts.

September 26-27 1998 - The Co-op hosted an open house display of pottery by member Anne Seck, inspired by her recent trip to Russia.    --NRT article  

 July/August 1998 - The Valley Artisans Co-op provided demonstrations each Friday and Saturday afternoon at 12:30 until mid-August.

April 1998 - The Co-op welcomed two new members: woodworker Bob Dunn and jeweller Stephen Barlow

The Valley Artisan's Co-op moves to Blimkie Place
March 10, 1998 - The Co-op re-opened for business at its new location.
March 8-9 1998 - The Valley Artisans Co-op makes the move into the east side of Blimkie Place
February 1998 - "Artisans Co-op Will Soon Be Moving to a New Home"
Seeking better retail space, the Co-op relocated to Blimkie Place, near the Laurentianview Dairy with over sixteen members.    
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December 1997 - The Co-op bid farewell to retiring members: woodworker Al Pyatt and painter Eileen Thurston

November 1997 - The Co-op bid farewell to retiring member: painter Tom Alexander

August 1997 - The Co-op mourns the passing of Jean Simpson, potter.

The Valley Artisan's Co-op celebrates ten years!
May 1997 - "Valley Artisans Going Strong" - After the the loss of founding member Paddy Chapman, the Co-op was reduced to four members while carrying 70 artists on consignment. The situation was unsustainable, so the Co-op restructured, set a minimum membership target of twenty artists, and began to thrive.    --NRT article

March 1997 - The Co-op welcomed new member: knitter Pam Moore

February 1997 - The Co-op began to allow associate members. Members could bring in juried work for sale under their own member number, limited to work by family members or other Ottawa valley artists/artisans. New member, crafter Marian Wildsmith was welcomed.

An article in the North Renfrew Times highlighted the rebirth of the Co-op, now with a membership of 21.    --NRT article

January 1997 - At the time of the AGM held this month, the Co-op had 20 members. The Co-op stopped accepting work on consignment beginning in January as it created a situation where there was far too much work for far too few members.

   
 

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December 1996 - The Co-op bid farewell to retiring member: woodworker Bill Neddow

Rennaisance
November 1996
- As a result of the September meeting, the Co-op welcomed 17 new members: potter Marg Killey, embroidery artist Joan Carlisle, botanical artist Sara Carlisle, painter/jeweller Laura Hilts, painter/stained glass artist Pam Fowlie, potters Anne Seck and Jean Simpson, potter/mixed media artist Olissia Stechishen, crochet artist Laura Lee Sopczak, painters Eileen Thurston and Tom Alexander, photographer Don McQuade and woodworkers Ernie Larson, Allan Pyatt and Bob Wiley. Rejoining the ranks were founding members Hazel Herriot and Maija Moeck, bringing total membership to a healthy 21 artists & artisans

September 1996 - With the loss of Paddy Chapman, it was clear that the remaining members had to give some careful thought to the future. They called a meeting of members and consignees to outline the untenable nature of the current situation and encourage consignees to become members. The Co-op began the process of restructuring to eliminate consignment sales and build a strong membership base of at least twenty artists/artisans.

August 1996 - The Co-op mourns the sudden passing of founding member Paddy Chapman

July 1996 - Several artists, including Co-op members Ligita Gulens and Lynn Dunn, displayed their work at the visitor centre run by the Petawawa Research Forest and the Townships of Rolph, Buchanan, Wylie & McKay.

June 1996 - The Co-op welcomed new member: crafter Helen Ball

April 1996 - At the time of the AGM, the Co-op had a membership of five (and just $15 in the bank): Paddy Chapman, Ligita Gulens, Lynn Dunn, Bill Neddow and Marion Leckie. Some trained consignees also work in the store. Members were each expected to put in 10 shifts in each of June, July & August.    --NRT article

   
 

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September 1995 - At the time of the AGM, the Co-op had just six members: Paddy Chapman, Lynn Dunn, Ligita Gulens, Melanie Leeson (on LOA), Bill Neddow and Marion Leckie

June 15-September 15, 1995 - The local Tourist Information office was housed on the upper floor above the Valley Artisans' Co-op.
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July 1995 - The Co-op bid farewell to founding member multi-media artist Hazel Herriot

June 1995 - The Co-op welcomed new member Melanie Leeson and bid farewell to retiring member ceramics artist Irene McKee

May 1995 - The Co-op welcomed two new artists: woodworker Bill Neddow and potter Lynn Dunn.

May 6, 1995 - The Co-op celebrates its 8th anniversary with an open house and draw for a landscape by local artist Tom Alexander. Only five of the original members remain: Paddy Chapman, Ligita Gulens, Marion Leckie, Irene McKee and Hazel Herriot.    --NRT article

   
 

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April 1994 - At the time of the AGM, with Jim Hegney's retirement, the Co-op was again reduced to just five members

March 1994 - At year end, the six members had worked a total of 357 shifts, 58-60 each. An additional 172 shifts were worked by trained consignees.

The Co-op bid farewell to retiring member: photographer Jim Hegney.

   
 

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March 1993 - At year end, the six members had worked a total of 388 shifts, 72-75 each (except new member Jim Hegney). An additional 137 shifts were worked by trained consignees.
   
   
                 

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December 1992 - The Co-op welcomed new member: photographer Jim Hegney

May 1992 - Fifth anniversary draw winners were Yolande Methot ($30) and Roxane Maranger ($20) of Montreal and Judy Coleman ($15) of Deep River.

April 1992 - At the time of the AGM, the Co-op was reduced to five members from the original twelve, the Co-op submitted an article to the North Renfrew Times in hopes of attracting additional artists.   
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February 1992 - The Co-op bid farewell to founding member potter Maija Moeck

Spring 1992 - Ligita Gulens "starred" in an episode of Deep River Reflections, below.

   
   
 

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October 1991 - The Co-op bid farewell to retiring member: needle point artist Susan Mouris

May 1, 1991 - The Valley Artisans' Co-op celebrated its fourth anniversary with a draw for gift certificates. Winners were Brenda Yourth from Chelmsford and Tracey Duchene & Jennifer Clouthier from Petawawa.

April 1991 - At the time of the AGM the Co-op had 7 members and 67 artists on consignment

   
 

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May 1990 - At the time of the AGM, the Co-op had seven (or eight?) members

April 1990 - The Co-op bid farewell to founding member: needle point artist Shirley Santone.

Sometime between April and the end of the year, the Co-op also bid farewell to founding member, potter Elaine Rolston.

   
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April 29-30, 1989 - The Valley Artisans' Co-op celebrated its second anniversary with a two-day open house and portraits by Zhow ($10)

February 1989 - The Co-op welcomed new member: needlework artist, Susan Mouris    --NRT article - March 15

December 1988 - The co-op bid farewell to founding co-members, wood-worker Neil Burn and knitter Audrey Burn.

November 1988 - The Co-op bid farewell to founding member, paper-tole artist Nancy Thibeault.

September 1988 - The Co-op bid farewell to founding members, potters Elaine Rolston & Trish Goss

June 1988 - The Co-op bid farewell to founding member, needlepoint artist Karen Hadden

May 1, 1988 - The Valley Artisan's Co-op celebrated its first anniversary with a draw for gift certificates. Winners were Nancy Carter ($50) and Karen Chidley ($30) of Deep River and Gwen Durst of Goderich ($20). New hours, noon-8:00pm daily, began May 1.    --NRT article

The Valley Artisans' Co-op Opens for Business
May 1, 1987
- The Valley Artisans' Co-op first opened its door to the public in a house at 186 Highway 17 East with a membership of 12 local artists: knitter Audrey Burn with woodworker Neil Burn, potters Paddy Chapman, Elaine Rolston, Trish Goss, Ligita Gulens and Maija Moeck, paper-tole artist Nancy Thibeault, ceramics artist Irene McKee, needlepoint artists Karen Hadden, Marion Leckie and Shirley Santone, and multi-media artist Hazel Herriot.
-- photo - ribbon cutting
-- article - artists
-- article - more artists
-- From Dream to Reality
-- Anticipation

   
   

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