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Classes are still on hold, but Curbside pickup continues for Online purchases from the Artisans Market Peterborough. 

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

In this issue:

1.  Online Artisans Market Peterborough (AMP)
2.  New ACP Board Member
3.  Job Posting - Canada Summer Jobs
4.  Member Volunteers
5.  Committee Call 
6.  Selling in the AMP
7.  Did you know?
8.  Member Inspiration
9.  Class Information
10. ACP Membership
11. Comments and Information & Our Sponsors

Online Artisans Market Peterborough (AMP)
If you have Dad's or Grads to celebrate this year take a look at what is available at the AMP!!
Our Artisans Market Peterborough (AMP) has many beautiful hand-crafted gift ideas available .  Everything in our Market is locally made by our member artisans and available by curbside pick-up.  Whether you are searching for a tray to serve Dad breakfast in bed, his favorite coffee scoop or a way to open his special bottle of wine, it's all here at the AMP.  For the Grad in your life you can also find commemorative pens, key rings and other beautiful gifts. 

Click here to be taken directly to the market
The ACP Board of Directors has a new member!!!
Dave Elder has joined the ACP Board!  Yes, that makes three members from the Kawartha Woodturners Guild (KWG) but since the President only votes if there is a tie, Dave will be there to make sure there are always two KWG votes. 
Dave has been a member of the KWG for the past 5 years and is currently the Member Chairperson on their Board.  His creative focus to-date has been primarily on turning pens.  He learned about the ACP and the classes offered there after joining the KWG.  While he has been in Canada since 1966, it's not hard to figure out that he is from Scotland when he speaks.  He retired about 11 years ago after a 25 year career in Procurement, having received his Professional Purchaser Certification in 1977.  While working he also taught night school at Sheridan and Humber Colleges and invigilated for the National Certification Exam team for about 7 years.  He is also a Cancer survivor and served 12 years in the Army Reserve in Peterborough.  I hope we'll be able to keep you busy enough at the ACP!
Welcome to the ACP Board Dave.  I'm sure you will be a great addition to the group.  Thank you for volunteering for this position.
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. The youth will be responsible for the reception area, providing information to potential members and participants. As well, the youth will work with instructors to prepare and implement classes, workshops and events for children, youth, families and seniors. This job has been posted  as a Leisure Administrator on
The ACP is grateful to the Federal Government of Canada for this opportunity.
ACP Honors our Volunteers

Lorne Hamilton

Barbara Bellchambers

Call for Committee Members!!
We called and you answered.  We are pleased to introduce the members of the Marketing and Sales Committee.
Barbara - Gourder and long-time member of ACP
Anne - Gourder and long-time member of ACP
June - Potter and long-time member of ACP
Leslie - Woodturner, member of ACP since 2017
Sheena - Weaver, member of ACP since 2020

If Marketing and Sales is not for you, perhaps you would prefer to place your mark on the Members and Volunteers Committee!

Tasks include but are not limited to –

  • Increase member and volunteer capacity;
  • Encourage involvement of other artisan groups and guilds in the county, etc.;
  • Prepare training and evaluation tools, handbooks etc.
If you are interested in volunteering with the ACP, please email or speak to a Board Member.
We would love to have you on our team!
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 has a Website, is on Facebook and Instagram, offers handcrafted items for sale both on-site (as permitted under Covid restrictions) and on-line?  Please check the website frequently as Covid restrictions are reduced and we re-open.  Also, Follow us on Facebook and Instagram or, if that is not for you, have your family members follow us. :)

If you have a friend who would like to receive their own copy of the ACP Newsletter they can sign up for it on the ACP Website, Membership page.
Member Inspiration
While classes are on hold, you can still get inspiration from Guild members.

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

 Covid precautions keep our classes on hold, but we'll be back as soon as it is safe to do so.
Please watch the Website for Updates.

Gourd Art Studio Time and Classes

Visit for details and to register online when it is safe to do so.

Leather Look  
 If you are experienced in drawing lines and shading in layers with pyrography you may be interested in this class offered by the Gourders of the ACP.
Please keep an eye on the Website for dates and registration details.                      


Woodturning Classes

Visit for details regarding registration in classes when they resume.
 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, when they can resume safely.
Kool-Aid Dyeing; Blending Fibre Processing; 
Beginning Spinning; Felted Critter; 
Weaving; Zig-Zag Weaving; 
Triangle Shawl; Knitting in Handspun

Introduction to Weaving - Watch for it...

  • In this introductory 2 day weekend class, using 15" table looms provided, you will complete all the steps needed to plan and complete your first handwoven project 
  • You will wind a warp for a sampler and learn how to calculate yarn requirements
  • Wind the warp on to 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

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).  

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 pick up online purchases by appointment thru 705-775-1797

Check out the Website for more information.

 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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