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In this issue:

1.  Masked Artisans Market - Oct 1, 2 & 3 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
2.  Volunteering with ACP
3.  Upcoming Classes
4.  Community Cultural Centre Discussion
5.  ACP Membership
6.  Comments and Information
7.  Our Sponsors

Masked Artisans Market 

The Artisans Centre Peterborough is celebrating re-opening with an in-person Show and Sale.  The Masked Artisans Market will be held at the Artisans Centre (Unit 3 and in front) Oct 1, 2 & 3 from 11:00am to 5:00pm.

Local artisans will be showing and selling their specialty creations in Gourd Art, Pottery, Fibre Art and Woodturning.

A special feature of this event are works by local artist David Goyette. 
If you are looking for a gift to celebrate a Covid-missed milestone (Graduation, Birthday, Anniversary, etc) or just want to get a jump on Christmas shopping you won't want to miss the Masked Artisans Market.

Be sure to ask for Gift Certificates at the desk.  They can be used toward a purchase from the Artisans Market Peterborough or to learn a new skill in one of the many classes offered at the 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.  Welcome back Gourders, it's been a while.  A number of classes have also been scheduled.  Some are listed here, others can be accessed on the website.

Seagrass Rim on a Gourd  
Oct 5 Class- 10:30-3:30
Learn how to apply seagrass to finish the rim of a gourd with a very natural look. There will be a few colours of seagrass to work with.  You must bring a finished gourd or wooden bowl prepared inside and out ready for rim treatment. The seagrass, wax linen, and  instruction pages will be supplied. 

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.  

Woodturning Classes 

Click here to register
 Basic Woodturning
Oct 8 2020 - Oct 29 2020 (4 Sessions)
6:30-9:30 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 12 2020
6:30-9:30 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 
Oct 19 2020
6:30-9:30 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
Oct 21 2020
5:30-9:30 pm
This class covers the basics of turning a natural edge bowl, including blank preparation, design considerations and turning basics.

Fibre Classes

Click here to register

Beginning Spinning

Oct 10, 17, 24 2020 (3 Sessions)
A beginner's course where you will learn how to spin sheep's wool into yarn.
  • You will be introduced to spinning on a drop spindle and spinning wheel.
  • You will have lots of time to practise your new skill.
  • The first session is from 12 noon to 4 pm, last two are 1 pm to 4 pm for a total of 10 hours of instruction.

Felted Critters

Oct 13 2020 
5:00-8:00 pm

This class is designed for beginners wanting to try needle felting.
Come out for loads of fun and create your own colourful fuzzy friend!
If you can't make it in October, check out the November class on the website.

Special Interest 
Click here to register.

If you can't make it for the September session, check out the session in October or November.
Photography for Online Sales
Thursday Sep 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.

Community Cultural Centre Discussions

A small group of individuals, representing a number of artistic groups met at Showplace on September 9 to discuss the future of Culture in Peterborough. 

Arising from this session were 3 themes or "pillars".
  1. Development and growth of the ACP into an artisans centre..
  2. Develop a voice for the arts to engage all levels of government, constituents, community and learning institutes..
  3. Develop a feature event as well as smaller events bringing different groups together at different times, in different locations and venues.
It was agreed that each of the 3 pillars need a champion consisting of a dedicated group of people acting as a taskforce to develop and implement them.

Groups who are interested in shared work/meeting/gallery space are asked to work with Lorne Hamilton (ACP President) and Cheryl McQueen (Ptbo Square Property Manager).

Survey results will be used to help move the groups forward.  lf you want to contribute to this initiative please respond to the following two questions in an email to
       1. What does "culture and arts" mean to you?
       2. What comes to mind when you think of culture and arts in Peterborough?
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.

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".
Please pass this newsletter on to anyone who might be interested.
If you have comments/suggestions or corrections for the Newsletter, please pass them along through


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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