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With the Covid Stay-at-Home Order lifted watch the Website for 
classes to be rescheduled and the centre to re-open. 
Curbside pickup will continue to be available, by appointment,
for online purchases and/or Library use.

We will be reviewing changes as they happen. 
Please know that this information is only as good as today's knowledge - everything is very fluid, changing daily.

In this issue:

1.  Online Artisans Market Peterborough
2.  Survey Says...
3.  Remembering an ACP Volunteer 
4.  Class Descriptions and Member Inspirations
5.  Creating Space Community Arts Studio
6.  ACP Membership
7.  Did you know?
8. Comments and Information & Our Sponsors

Online Artisans Market Peterborough
Remains available through the website for those gifts you just have to have....

Survey Says....

In January a short survey was emailed to members of the Kawartha Gourders, Peterborough Weavers and Spinners Guild and Kawartha Woodturners Guild seeking their input regarding the value of the Artisans Centre Peterborough. Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to our questions. We appreciate your thoughts and ideas.

Over 70% of the respondents indicated the hands-on classes were important.
Over 50% were grateful for the use of the supplies/equipment/library, especially when starting out.
Other comments indicated they liked the ability to connect with other artisans and like-minded, creative people.  For many of the members their creations are a labour of love for themselves or gifts for family/friends, but a few respondents also appreciated the opportunity to sell their wares through ACP.  And others were grateful for the opportunity to volunteer with the organization.
A Volunteer Remembered
           Diana Gregg was a long-time member of the Peterborough Weavers and Spinners Guild. Her love of fibre and her artistic skills expressed themselves in needle felting. Her quirky little creatures from the natural world always made us smile, whether it was fairies, elves or colourful mushrooms. She was a skilled teacher and was always ready to pass on her knowledge acquired over many years of experimentation.
            Diana volunteered every Friday morning at ACP, meeting the public and letting them know the value of our working space. She passed away last June, with her memorial service being held in November. We will miss her smile, love of colour and gentle ways.

 Please watch the Website for Class Schedules

Gourd Art Studio Time and Classes

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

Huichol Style Beaded Gourd Shard  
           Are you ready to try a new technique?  We will be creating designs with small beads on a gourd shard, using treated beeswax as a base.  


Woodturning Classes

Watch the ACP website for details regarding registration in classes when they resume.
In the meantime see what the members of the Kawartha Woodturners Guild have been up to during the lockdown. Facebook

 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 coming in 2021.

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

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.  New Dates/times should be available for early April provided Covid restrictions allow.

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.

Did you know?

Qualified Woodturners can use the ACP Workshop, outside of scheduled class times, for a nominal fee.    Bring your own projects, tools provided.  Covid restrictions currently have this on hold.

If you missed a previously published Newsletter, you can find many of them on the ACP Website, Membership page.

If you have a friend who would like to receive their own copy of the Newsletter they can sign up for it on the ACP Website, Membership page.

Comments and Information

Our location in Peterborough Square follows all Covid restrictions. 
You can pick up online purchases by appointment thru 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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