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”..
June 20 - We enjoyed a fun day of art demos in the parking lot.
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
Our first great event of the year. Woodworker, Murray Wright, joins the Coop.
Sadly, we also said farewell to retiring artisan, Pam Moore.
Members particpated in the annual School House Museum Fun Day. ~NRT July 30
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
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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
September 2010 -The
Co-op bid farewell to retiring felt-artist Brandie
August 2010 - Artisans participated
in Summerfest and the Riverbank Grand Opening. --NRT
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
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"
- The Co-op welcomed new member: quilt artist Leslie
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
2004 -"Beadwork" Magazine
(Interweave Press) December 2004/January 2005 Issue featured a
piece of Jan Mancey's fine
September 2004 - The Co-op welcomed
new members: Mosaic artist Lysa Lavasseur and silk painter Katja
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
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
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
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
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
2001 - The Co-op bid farewell to retiring member: Marian
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
March 2001 - The Co-op bid farewell
to retiring artists: jeweller Steve
Barlow and mixed media artist Beth Shields
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
July 2000 - The Co-op welcomed
new member, painter Cathy Walsh
June 2000 - The Co-op bid farewell
to retiring member, watercolourist Jim Evans
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
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.
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
- The Co-op mourns the passing of Jean Simpson, potter.
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.
March 1997 -
The Co-op welcomed new member: knitter Pam Moore
- 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
- 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.
1996 - The Co-op bid farewell to retiring member: woodworker
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
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
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. --NRT
July 1995 - The Co-op bid farewell
to founding member multi-media artist Hazel
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
1992 - The Co-op welcomed new member: photographer Jim
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.
February 1992 - The Co-op bid
farewell to founding member potter Maija
Spring 1992 - Ligita Gulens
"starred" in an episode of Deep River Reflections, below.
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
December 1988 - The co-op bid
farewell to founding co-members, wood-worker Neil Burn and knitter
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
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
The Valley Artisans' Co-op was established in 1987 and remains one of the finest gift and souvenir shops in the Valley. Please note that because our work is 'one of a kind', photographs displayed on our website provide examples of each artists work, but may not be available for purchase.
From the Valley Artisans' Co-op Inc Next to Deep River Outfitters
17 West l Box 56 l Deep River ON l (613)
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March 15, 2017