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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
2.  Volunteer Appreciation Week - Apr 18-24
3.  Member Volunteers
4.  Committee Call
5.  Did you know?
6.  Fundraiser Success
7.  Member Inspiration
8.  Class Descriptions 
9.  ACP Membership
10. Comments and Information & Our Sponsors

Online Artisans Market Peterborough
Mother's Day is just around the corner.......

Our Artisans Market Peterborough has many items to make Mom happy this Mother's Day.  More items are arriving so please keep checking.  Everything in our Market is locally made by our member artisans and available by curbside pick-up.  Click here to be take directly to the market.

National Volunteer Week 2021

April 18-24, 2021

The National Volunteer Week theme for 2021, The Value of One, The Power of Many, reflects on the awe-inspiring acts of kindness by millions of individuals AND the magic that happens when we work together towards a common purpose.  This past year, we have seen people supporting family, friends, neighbours, and strangers, people standing up to systemic racism, and people sharing insights on how to create a more just and equitable society.  We recognize the value of the caring and compassion that each one has shown another, and we recognize the power of people, organizations, and sectors working together.  

From Volunteer Canada.  For more information on this click here.

ACP Honors our Volunteers this week and every week!
Apr 18-24
Why I volunteer with the ACP.
I moved to Peterborough following my retirement in 2018 and needed to find some activities! With an interest in spinning and weaving, I was thrilled to find the Artisans Centre Peterborough and the associated Peterborough Weavers and Spinners Guild. As someone who likes ‘to give back’ I decided it would be fun to volunteer on the reception desk for a half day weekly. Soon enough, the PWSG required a guild member to join the ACP Board of Directors so I volunteered for that. I love being able to use some of the skills, and bring some of the experiences of my previous working life, to assist at the ACP. It’s an opportunity to mingle with like-minded people, learn more about my own hobbies, and provide information to others who might want to learn a new skill or further develop one they already have.     Gillian Holden

My interest in 'making' started in childhood and continues to this day. I have 'sheep to shawled', quilted, potted and much more. All of these skills and techniques were learned and practised in many different places that were many miles apart. To be able to offer a variety of heritage activities with instructors who have the skills and experience to teach them, all available in one centre for everyone to participate in, is the mandate of the ACP. I have seen the difference that a creative centre can make in people's lives. It brings joy to one's life and that is why I support and continue to volunteer at the ACP.     June Goodwin
Call for Committee Members!!
Artisans Centre Peterborough has a need for a Marketing and Sales Committee. We would love to hear from you if you have experience, skill or an interest in this area of business operations. Tasks would involve promotion of classes and events as well as artisans’ products for sale, liaising with Guilds and ACP members, maintaining social media accounts and creating ads and press releases. Please contact the ACP by:
•             emailing
•             speaking to a Board Member
We would love to have you on our team!

Did you know?

If you are having trouble navigating the Covid 19 Online Booking website you can book by phone.  The Provincial Vaccine Booking Line is 1-833-943-3900.  The Provincial Vaccine Information Line is 1-888-999-6488.

Member Artisans of the ACP - You can sell your handcrafted items through the Artisans Market Peterborough.  This includes members of the four founding Guilds as well as independent members of the ACP.  Contact June via email with your name, email and craft genre if interested.

The Artisans Centre is a member of the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce.


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.
Another Successful Empty Bowls Fundraiser in support of the YWCA!!!

The format was very different this year to accommodate the Covid-19 restrictions, but the results were still very positive.  It was hosted at the Kawartha Pottery Guild location over March 12,13 and 14.

$28,505 was raised through the sale of almost 300 bowls over the three day event.
Thank you to all who contributed and participated.

Empty Bowls is a grassroots movement by artists and crafts people in cities and towns around the world to care for and feed the hungry in their community.  Think Globally Act Locally.  For more information click here.
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.
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

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

 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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