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In this issue:

1.  Upcoming Events
2.  June/July Recap
3.  Collaboration Corner
4.  Volunteering with ACP
5.  Classes and Studio Time 
6.  Creating Space
7.  Did you know? 
8.  ACP Membership
9.  Acronyms at a glance
10.  Comments/ Information & Our Sponsors

Upcoming Events 2022 
Ongoing  - The Online Artisans Market continues to offer beautiful items for sale, with pickup at the centre. 

Summer Children's Program - July and August
     Tuesday Afternoon Program details in Class section
     Wacky Wednesday drop in sessions - 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Kawartha Pottery Guild Summer Kids Day Camp
       ACP provides a day of activity each week for the campers at the Kawartha Potter's Summer Clay and Crafts Camp.
This summer Julia and Anne are making paper with the kids. The kids like to be creative adding a variety of things to the pulp.

Sunflower Festival for Ukraine Relief (Partnership with Studio 201)
        Saturday, Aug 20, 2022
        Peterborough Square Atrium
         9:00 am - 3:00 pm

     Artists and Artisans from South Central Region of Ontario (including those affiliated with ACP) are asked to donate something Ukranian or Sunflower related.  All proceeds will go to "GlobalGiving Ukraine Relief Fund".

ACP Annual General Meeting - Aug/Sep (Date TBD)

Culture Days - Sep 23 - Oct 16, 2022
 ACP groups will be participating in Culture Days with displays, demonstrations and more, in the concourse at the Centre. The Kawartha Gourd Artists will set up displays and demos about Gourd craft and have a make and take on Saturday September 24. The PWSG will be informing people about all the fibre arts their members do on October 1st. On October 15th people will see our woodturners in action. 
Volunteers are welcome to help out for a few hours on any of those days.

Fall/Winter ARTISANity
       Nov 4 - 5, 2022
       Peterborough Square
June/July Recap

Volunteer Thank You - Strawberry Social
A number of the ACP Volunteers were treated to Strawberries, Shortcale and Ice-cream on a rather hot June 25th.  It was a great way to meet the Board of Directors and other Volunteers.  Thanks Gillian for offering your home for this event.

Summer Children's Program going well
There is still time to sign your child up for one of these exciting classes.  See details in the Class section below.
Collaboration Corner
One of the Potters and one of the Woodturners are about to team up on a project.  Pictures will follow when the project is done.  In the meantime, if you need help from one of the other guilds or just want to talk about techniques, just send a note to and I'll try to connect you with the right person to help you along.

Some projects from one Guild can benefit greatly from input or additional contributions from one of the other guilds.  For example:
  • Fabric bowls with pottery trivet inserts
  • Hand knit/woven shawls with hand turned buttons or Gourd art broaches

Volunteering with ACP
If you can lend a we'd like to hear from you.

We have a number of Small Jobs for Volunteers
  • This summer we are offering classes to children on Tuesday afternoons.  Can you spare an afternoon or two to help out?  We are looking for an extra pair of hands to help the children as they move through their project of the day.  If you have an idea of a project you would like to do with children, we would love to hear your suggestions.  Contact Julia at or call 705-775-1797 if you can help out for an afternoon or two.
  • We are also looking for someone to lightly sand and repair two 3-shelf display stands.
  • We have a bigger job for two organizing type people.  Our storage closet needs cleaning out and organizing.  Call the Centre at 705-775-1797 if you would be willing to do this one-time job.
  • If you have experience/familiarity with Health and Safety Committees or as a representative we would like your help setting up our inspection procedures.
  • If you would like to help out at any of the Culture Days demonstrations please contact Gillian at or call Julia at 705-775-1797.

Keep well and stay safe!
Classes and Studio Time
In-person classes and studio times are back,
COVID Protocols in use.  Masks required for classes.
Summer Children's Programs (July and August)
Keep an eye on the website schedule to register for these Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday sessions.
Learn to Weave on a Loom (Ages 8+)
Sat, July 16, 2022 OR Aug 16, 2022
12:30 - 3:30 pm

For ages 8 and up! A perfect arts activity for your summer! 

In this introductory workshop we will learn about looms and play with weaving techniques. Weaving has a rich history throughout all cultures, and is something we often don't realize plays a huge part in everyday life!

We will create a small woven pouch on a card loom. The loom is made of easy to source materials. There will be a type of loom called an Inkle loom set up and ready to weave a band on. And lastly we will have table looms set up for everyone to try their hand at.

Basket Making (Ages 8+)
Tues, July 19, 2022
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The class is $25 per registrant, all materials are included. The class is 3 hours long and instructed by Weavers' and Spinners' guild member Julia Szabo.

Tie-Dyeing Workshop (Ages 6+)
Tues, July 26, 2022, OR Aug 23, 2022
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The class is $25 per registrant, all materials are included. The class is 3 hours long and instructed by Weavers' and Spinners' guild member Julia Szabo.

Papermaking Workshop (Ages 6+)
Sat, July 30, 2022 OR Tues, Aug 2, 2022
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The class is $25 per registrant, all materials are included. The class is 3 hours long and instructed by Weavers' and Spinners' guild member Julia Szabo.

TBD Class
Thurs, Aug 4, 2022, OR Thur, Aug 25, 2022 OR Sat, Aug 27, 2022

This is a potential date for a "to be decided" class. If this is a date you'd be available for, from 12:30 to 3:30, hit the registration button to show your interest. If there was a previous class that interested you but couldn't sign up for, please let us know and we can work to hold a repeat of that class on either this or another TBD date.

Contact us by email at or by phone at 705-775-1797.

Crafts with Gourds (Ages 8+)
Tues, Aug 30, 2022
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Also, Wacky Wednesdays are back for the summer.  These are drop-in sessions like last year. 

Gourd Art

Outdoor Powertex Mask Workshop
Saturday July 16, 2022
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Looking for a point of interest on your outdoor wall or fence?  Come and experience the fun of working with Powertex, a liquid that will harden cotton material permanently, and also make it impervious to rain and snow.  All necessary materials will be provided for this class, though you may wish to bring a piece of jewelry to add something special to your piece.

Decorative Eggs for Sunflower Festival
Monday, July 25, 2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This Decorative Egg Workshop will be a chance for gourders to work together to make items for the fundraiser sale on August 20, 2022.  Please come and help us make a significant contribution to the cause.  Both gourd and wooden eggs will be available to work on.

Sunflower Festival for Ukrainian Relief  

Saturday, Aug 20,  2022, Peterborough Square Atrium, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Artists and Artisans from South Central Region of Ontario (including those affilliated with ACP) are asked to donate something Ukrainian or Sunflower related.  All proceeds will go to "GlobalGiving Ukraine Relief Fund".

Gourd Shekeree Instrument Making
Monday, Aug 8, 2022
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Shekeree is an instrument from Africa. 

There are two options for making it. One is to use an unopen gourd add netting and beads and just shake the gourd for the sound. The second is to open the gourd for a deeper sound and tap it like  a drum. Members should bring a prepared gourd. Clean out and finish the inside and stain or design the outside as you want and finish the surface.   All other necessary materials will be provided for this class,  There will be 2 choices for making the netting, hemp string or waxed linen in a large variety of colours. Non-members and first time attendees are welcome to join in this class. No previous experience is required. 

Click here to register for any of these.

Woodturning - Now with new equipment!!

The woodturning shop has now been equipped with new Rikon lathes, replacing those previously on loan from the Kawartha Woodturners Guild.  During the transition to the new equipment we were able to maintain our class schedule and continue to look forward to welcoming students into the shop.
Most woodturning classes are on hold for the summer, but watch for the regulars to return in the fall, and some new classes.

Basic Woodturning
Basic Pen Turning
Natural Edge Bowl

Turning a Peppermill
Sharpening Woodturning Tools

Also this Fall:
Turning Christmas Ornaments

Click here to go to the Woodturning Calendar.


Felted Vessel Workshop
Saturday, July 23, 2022
12:00 - 4:00 PM

Spend a fun afternoon creating a one of a kind felted vessel.  The techniques and processes learned will allow participants to create further projects such as vases, planters, bowls, purses, art pieces and jewelry.  The sky's the limit!

Click here to register for any of this.

Pottery classes are available through the KPG website.  For more information and/or to register for these classes,  please check their website.

Creating Space
Creating Space is back at the Artisans Centre in Peterborough Square.   Thursdays at 3:30 are the drop-in family arts and crafts sessions and one or two Saturdays each month there is a free family craft activity (RSVP required for Saturdays).  Look for them on the Artisans Centre Calendar, watch the Creating Space Facebook page or email them at for more details.

Upcoming Workshops:

Saturday, July 16, 2022
10:00 am - 11:30 pm

Saturday, Aug 13, 2022
10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Did You Know?
The same technique that is taught in the Pen Turning Class (Mandrel Turning) can be used to make many other items as well. 
  • Sewing accessories such as Seam Rippers/ Needle Threaders, Mini Scissors and Stillettos
  • Kitchen tools such as T-handle Corkscrews and Coffee Scoops
  • Key rings including decorative and those with secret compartments, pill holders and whistles
  • Pendants and even Christmas Ornaments


ACP Membership

The ACP welcomes all adult members of the community to purchase a membership. Individual memberships are available for $50/year or $30/year for students.  Membership benefits include: reduced rates on  most classes; use of the equipment and space, with some restrictions; the opportunity, post adjudication, to be a vendor in ARTISANity and Artisans Market Peterborough or possibly to teach your craft.  By belonging to the ACP you benefit from collaboration with other members and may find techniques from other mediums that will enrich your own experience and stimulate your creativity.

You may also join the ACP by purchasing a membership with one of our participating guilds.
Join the Artisans Centre Peterborough and belong to the local artisan community.

Acronyms at a Glance

Several acronyms are used throughout this newsletter;  listed here in case you are not familiar with all of them.
ACP - Artisans Centre Peterborough
AMP - Artisans Market Peterborough - the ACP Online Store
KG - Kawartha Gourders
KPG - Kawartha Potters Guild
PHSG - Peterborough Handweavers and Spinners Guild (old name)
PWSG - Peterborough Weavers and Spinners Guild (current name)

Comments and Information

Our location in Peterborough Square follows all Covid restrictions. 
You can arrange for curb-side or drop-in pick up of online purchases by calling 

Check out the Website for more information.

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Our Sponsors

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

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