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In this issue:

1.  Online Artisans Market Peterborough
2.  Masked Artisans Market - Returns in November
3.  Five Counties Children's Centre Fundraiser
4.  Volunteering with ACP
5.  Upcoming Classes
6.  Community Cultural Centre Discussion
7.  Feb 2021  - For the Love of Art Event preview
7.  ACP Membership
8.  Comments and Information
9.  Our Sponsors

Better than Amazon!
Did you know that you can shop online and support local artisans of Peterborough and the Kawartha’s?  Check out Artisans Market Peterborough on our website at
Many items are available to view in person at the Artisans Centre - save yourself the handling fees by picking up items there.

Be sure to ask for Gift Certificates at the desk.  They can be used toward a purchase from the On-line Artisans Market Peterborough or to learn a new skill in one of the many classes offered at the centre.

Masked Artisans Market 
Shop locally and support area artisans.  
The Masked Artisans Market returns in November with
beautiful, handcrafted gifts created by members of the Artisans Centre.

Gourd Art, Pottery, Fibre Art and Woodturning.

Saturday mornings in November.  9:30 - 2:00
Lower Concourse, Peterborough Square

Handcrafted Christmas decorations will also be on sale, with proceeds going to
Five Counties Children’s Centre.
Dear ACP Volunteers:
Presently we have several volunteers helping to keep the ACP open. Most mornings are covered, although we would welcome someone to relieve Lorne of Tuesday mornings. We now have Monday and Wednesday afternoons covered, but could really use some help with Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  And remember, you don't have to do EVERY week. I can schedule 2 shifts a month, or whatever you might wish. You can always specify a preference that suits your life.

Please contact me by email or phone if you would be interested in covering some of these shifts. Thank you - it will be very much appreciated!
Gillian Holden

Upcoming Classes 

Gourd Art Studio Time  and Classes

 There are eight sessions posted for studio time.  Visit for details and to register online.  In order to observe current rules for physical distancing we can host 6 members each session.  

Beginner Gourd Art  
Oct 19 Class - 10:30 - 3:30
            In this class, you will learn to use both hand and power tools for opening and cleaning gourds. Basic safety of working with gourds and care of tools  will be taught, so you will be able to use these tools on your own. You will sand and paint the inside of your gourd before using Adirondack dyes to give a colourful surface to the outside of your gourd. A glued leather rim will complete your gourd. Once you have completed this course you will be ready to apply a variety of techniques and express your creativity on a gourd. This class is a requirement for many other workshops in Gourd Art.  

Mixed Media Rooster
Nov 16  Class - 10:30 - 3:30
This workshop will provide a combination and variety of techniques including using wood burning and quick wood/apoxy-sculpt, so you can create your own personal and one-of-a-kind gourd rooster.  You may not complete your project in the one day (depending on how fast you work).  If needed, the instructor will be available the following Monday to assist in completion or you may finish at home.   

Roosters in the kitchen are said to bring luck, wealth and good fortune!

Woodturning Classes 

Click here to register
 Basic Woodturning
Nov 3 2020 - Nov 24 2020 (4 Sessions)
1:30-4:30 pm
This class covers the safe operation of a lathe including appropriate personal safety protection and sharpening techniques for turning tools.  It covers techniques for turning spindles, both simple and complex, basic bowl and basic platter over the four nights.

Sharpening Woodturning Tools
Oct 26 2020 or Nov 9 2020
1:30-3:30 pm
This class covers the use of the One Way Wolverine system for sharpening woodturning tools.  Included is the use of the Varigrind attachment for gouges and the skew attachment.  Students are encouraged to bring their own woodturning tools to sharpen in the class.  
Basic Pen Turning 
Nov 16 2020
1:30-4:30 pm
This class covers the basics of turning pens from wood, including blank preparation, turning basics, finishing and assembly.  Pens will include a standard Slimline pen and possible variations on the Slimline.  Students take home two completed pens.
 Natural Edge Bowl
Nov 18 2020
1:00-5:00 pm
This class covers the basics of turning a natural edge bowl, including blank preparation, design considerations and turning basics.
Note:  Woodturning classes have moved to afternoons (from evenings) in keeping with Peterborough Square operating hours during Covid-19.

Fibre Classes

Click here to register

Wet-Felted Vessel Class

Oct 31 2020 
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Learn how to create a two-colour wet-felted vessel with reliefs.
First create a piece of felt from rovings
Then create a two-colour vessel from the felt

As a bonus, you may felt a piece of soap.

Felted Critters Class
Nov 3 2020
5:00 - 8:00

This class is designed for beginners wanting to try needle felting
Come out for loads of fun and create your own colourful fuzzy friend!
Introduction to Weaving Class
Nov 14 & 15 2020 (2 Sessions)
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
In this introductory 2 day weekend class, using 15" table looms provided, you will complete all the steps needed to plan and complete your fist handwoven project. 
  • You will wind a warp for a sampler and learn how to calculate yarn requirements.
  • Wind the warp on the loom (called dressing the loom).
  • Thread a sampler pattern
  • Weave a twill sampler, which is your first reference work for your new weaving binder, or, if you really want to show it off, a wall hanging.

Zigzag Weaving Class
Nov 21 2020
1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Learn an easy weaving technique
  • Make a small unique hanging on a frame loom
  • Bring your own scrap yarns (maybe handspun) or use ours
  • Looms provided and kits available to make your own
Special Interest 
Click here to register.

If you can't make it for the October session, check out the session in November.
Photography for Online Sales
Thursday Oct 22 or Nov 24
Photography workshop offering the basics in learning how to photograph your products for e-commerce sites and tips on marketing and website SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for your online store.

Students should bring an article of their work to photograph and their cameras or phones, if they have them.

Wire and Stone Tree
Saturday Nov 7
1:00 - 4:00 

In this class you will learn techniques to make a wire sculpture and take home your new creation.  Bring a special stone you have, or choose one from our selection.

Community Cultural Centre Discussions

Talks continue with respect to next steps in moving toward the creation of a community cultural centre in Peterborough.  Another example of a successful centre is the Assembly Hall in south Etobicoke.  The facility opened its doors June 2001 and is owned and operated by City of Toronto, Arts Services unit.  Thanks to one of our readers for identifying this example. 

"This beautifully restored building was renovated to blend its history with an innovative modern design. The Hall is dedicated to nurturing and celebrating creativity, and arts-focused cultural events and performances. We’re also a favorite and flexible location for meetings, weddings and community celebrations."

Note:  Past issues of this ACP Newsletter identified a number of other centres around the province/country that had already been created and were thriving.  Links to their webpages are listed below.

Looking ahead to February 2021

For the Love of Art

Recognizing the need to fundraise in new and innovative ways, the Peterborough Weavers & Spinners Guild is pleased to announce a fundraising event in support of the Artisans Centre Peterborough.

"For the Love of Art" will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2021, 10:00  - 4:00 at Peterborough Square.  This is a great opportunity to purchase previously loved, excellent quality artwork, frames, decor items and  artisan quality craft items at very reasonable prices.  If you have a wall that needs cheering up this is the place to shop.  Want to change up home decor items, we've got you covered!  Find a special Valentines day gift or treat yourself.

Further info will be coming to our website and to the ACP Website.

ACP Membership

Our classes are open to any adult member of the community...AND...all members of our founding guilds are entitled to take courses at the reduced member rate.  Individual memberships are available for $50/year (September to August) or $30/year for students.  This fee enables you to also be a vendor at the Spring/Fall Artisanity sales.

By belonging to the ACP you benefit from collaboration with members from the other participating guilds and may find techniques within other mediums or from other mediums that will enrich your own experience.

Comments and Information

Our location in Peterborough Square is open most Mondays through Saturdays within the operating hours of the Peterborough Square and/or by appointment at 705-775-1797

 We are on Facebook under "Artisans Centre Peterborough" and Instagram at "artisanscentrepeterborough".
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Our Sponsors

We are very grateful to the following organizations for their generous sponsorship of our activities.

If you would like to support us  you can help by sending a donation through the "Make a gift" page on our website.
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