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We're Back!!!!!
With the province moving to Step 3 we re-opened Monday, July 19!!
Watch the website for class schedules;
drop by to see the centre and our artisan volunteers!


Please watch our Website and/or Facebook page for updates related to Covid-safe classes and events.  

In this issue:

1.  Canada Summer Jobs - Welcome Julia!
2.  Wacky Wednesdays
3.  Online Artisans Market Peterborough (AMP)
4.  Member Volunteers
5.  Artisans Market Peterborough (AMP)
6.  Did you know?
7.  Member Inspiration
8.  Classes Return in September
9.  ACP Membership
10. Comments and Information & Our Sponsors

Canada Summer Jobs
Great news! Once again, the ACP has been granted funding to hire a Youth (aged 18-30) for several weeks over the summer. This person will assist in promotion of the ACP, its online and in-house galleries, classes, workshops and shows/sales.  Julia Szabo has a wide range of experience with computers and marketing, as well as in the arts.  She will be offering a number of child oriented classes on various market days over the rest of the summer.  Julia will assist in promotion of the ACP, its online and in-house galleries, classes, workshops and shows/sales.  Julia will be responsible for the reception area, providing information to potential members and participants. As well, she will work with instructors to prepare and implement classes, workshops and events for children, youth, families and seniors. 
The ACP is grateful to the Federal Government of Canada for this opportunity.

Welcome Julia!!

Online Artisans Market Peterborough (AMP)
Looking for that perfect wedding gift?  Want to celebrate a graduation?  The Artisans Market Peterborough (AMP) has numerous, locally made,  beautiful, hand-crafted gift ideas. 

Curbside pickup is available.  Now that we have entered Step 3 you may also drop in to the centre to see/pick up the beautiful items

Click here to be taken directly to the online market
ACP Honors our Volunteers

Heather Brooks
The ACP is supported by awe-inspiring volunteers; people that unselfishly commit themselves to seeing that the ACP continues to be a leader in teaching, supporting and advancing artisan skills and artists in Peterborough and surrounding area.  I had the pleasure of working with these dedicated volunteers as a Board Member of the ACP representing the Kawartha Potters Guild, and my time on the Board culminated with being the ACP secretary.  During my time on the Board, the ACP planned and undertook its move to the current location at the Peterborough Square, held the Creative Hands on Festival, partnered with service groups teaching woodturning skills to disadvantaged youth, held sessions with groups within the local arts community in an effort to support and promote the arts and held numerous sales including Artisanity. These are just a few of the many activities the ACP undertakes.  

Sometimes, life redirects your path in a way you had not anticipated and as this has happened to me I have had to resign from the ACP.  My life is fuller for my time spent volunteering with the ACP and I am proud to have been a Board Member.    I encourage members of the ACP to take an active role in the activities and functioning of the ACP.  You will not regret any time spent helping this amazing organization achieve its goals!    
It is with regret that we have accepted Heather’s resignation from the ACP Board and her role as Secretary, but are very thankful we have had the opportunity to work with Heather.  She has been a major contributor to ACP and its activities and made a difference.  We are a better organization because of Heather’s contributions to our work.  She will always be welcome at ACP. 
, Lorne Hamilton, President
Call for Volunteers!!
Now that we are open, we could use your help staffing the centre.

This opening will not be for scheduled classes, but just to get the doors open so people can see who we are and what we offer. We now have a Canada Summer Jobs Youth, Julia, who will be there some of the open hours. Members will be able to come in to use equipment and socialize, although the limit of people in the main room will be 6, and in the woodturning workshop, 2.
There is a Covid Safety Plan in place (on the reception desk), and it will be important to sign in at the front desk, do a COVID self-check, and leave a contact number in the event that we learn of any outbreaks. Masks are mandatory for anyone at the Artisans Centre, regardless of their role, for the time being.
It would be wonderful to have the Centre open to the public as many hours as possible, from 10 to 4, Monday through to Saturday. Previously, some of you covered our reception area during some of these shifts, and I would love to know who is interested in returning to do that now. I am creating a schedule for coverage and would be happy to put your name on a time slot! Remember that you don't have to commit to a shift every week, although that would be great. But you could pick alternate weeks if that works better. At this time we have the greatest need for coverage on Fridays and Saturdays.
During COVID, a couple of new people have come on board and have offered to take time slots. Please let me know as soon as you are able, what day and time would work best for you. If you can give me a couple of options, that will be great.
Thank you so very much for considering this and I look forward to seeing you at the Artisans Centre!

Gillian Holden

If you are not available to staff the centre but want to be more involved....
Volunteers Needed for a Fundraising Event
We have a good idea for a Pumpkin Carving Challenge and now we just need 3 or 4 volunteers to finalize the details and take care of this no more than 3 day event late October. If you and a friend would like to lend a hand to help the ACP and another community service organization, please email

Attention Artisans                 ARTISANS MARKET PETERBOROUGH (AMP)
Artisans, did you know the ACP offers an online gift shop filled with quality items for sale to the public?  All ACP member artisans, independents and founding guilds, are invited to sell their handcrafted items in the ARTISANS MARKET PETERBOROUGH (AMP).    The ACP will post your items on the website, advertise, handle payments, wrap and provide a pick-up location. Get all the details and apply now to sell your fine artisan crafts by applying through

As a not-for-profit organization, Artisans Centre Peterborough (ACP) depends primarily on Class fees, Sales commissions, Grants, Donations and Rent of the Space/Equipment to operate.
Advantage for Artisans to Sell through the Artisans Centre Peterborough:
  • ACP will manage the online store, website and payment process for you
  • ACP provides both physical and website store (Artisans Market Peterborough-AMP),
  • ACP provides a pickup location for your privacy
  • ACP pays for shipping if the sale is to someone out of the local area
  • You get the benefit of the advertising connections of the ACP (Social Media, Local Newspaper, Mall Traffic (after Covid), etc. 


Did you know?

The Artisans Centre Peterborough could be just the beginning of a much bigger home for artists of all kinds.  Currently the organization is made up of the Gourders, Weavers and Spinners, Woodturners and Potters and shares space with the Creating Space group.  Talks continue with respect to becoming part of an even larger artist community.  Other cities have creativity centres, why not Peterborough?  
Member Inspiration
Classes will soon be back, in the meantime you can get inspiration from Guild members.

Kawartha Woodturners Guild - Facebook Show and Tell
Peterborough Weavers and Spinners Guild Website and Facebook Page

 Most classes will be back in September,
with safety protocols in place.
Please watch the Website for updates and
pop-up workshops.

Gourd Art Studio Time and Classes

Visit for details and to register online.

This is a great project for someone who doesn’t work with gourds but would like to try. The technique can be used on other surfaces as well. Learn to use a Kiska pen similar to a Pysanki pen to make wax resist designs on gourd. Wax resist is best for line or silhouette designs. You will choose your own colour of dye or stain. The wax will provide the final finish on the gourd. 
Look for this for Aug 9 beginning at 11:00 am.
Please keep an eye on the Website for registration details.                      

Also coming this fall -

Are you looking for a way to enhance your gourd or wooden bowls?  Come and learn how adding simple designs with pyrography will add value and appeal to the most basic bowl.  You will burn a sampler design inside a border on your bowl, learning while burning what the different tips can do.

Woodturning Classes

Classes are being scheduled for September. Please visit for details regarding dates/times and registration.
 Basic Woodturning
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
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 
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.

Also, keep an eye out for Natural Edge Bowl and Peppermill classes.

Fibre Classes

Click here to see dates/times for 2021 classes.
Kool-Aid Dyeing; Blending Fibre Processing; 
Beginning Spinning; Felted Critter; 
Weaving; Zig-Zag Weaving; 
Triangle Shawl; Knitting in Handspun

Watch for:
Intro to Weaving
coming this fall!!


In this class you learn:

  • how to prepare yarn to go on the loom and how to dress the loom.
  • basic weave structures
You will leave with a completed sample piece suitable for hanging
You will prepare your loom to weave a second piece which you can complete at home

Looking for additional inspiration while staying home and staying safe - check out the Peterborough Handweavers and Spinners Guild Website and Facebook Page

Creating Space

The Creating Space Community Arts Studio now shares space with the ACP.  Once it is safe to get together again they will be offering weekly Drop in sessions (Thursday afternoons from 3-6) as well as monthly Workshops (the second Saturday of each month from 1-4).  

In the meantime keep your eyes on the ACP Calendar and the Creating Space Ptbo Facebook page for Covid-safe sessions.  Virtual sessions are now being offered!!  Check their Facebook page or send an email to for more information.

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 and to sell in the Online Artisans Market Peterborough.

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 follows all Covid restrictions. 
You can arrange for curb-side or drip-in pick up of online purchases thru 705-775-1797

Check out the Website for more information.

 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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