Earlier this year our beloved Cobalt Gallery closed its doors for good. A real Kingston Road institution, it will be so missed by the community. But most of all, it will be missed by the Cobalt family: Annette, Lorrie, Theresa, Debra and myself, as well as Victor, Benjamin, and the plethora of artists who have shown their work in the space. I’m so grateful for the family I gained, the lessons I learned and the amazing artists I met over the years at my home away from home.
I have been in search of a new studio ever since, but as yet I haven’t found a workspace to keep making my pottery. Additionally, I’ve had a setback with a serious shoulder injury that prevents me from throwing. I can’t begin to tell you how much I miss getting my hands into the clay. But I’m hopeful that in 2021 will bring us all better and brighter things.
Needless to say, all scheduled shows were cancelled in 2020. Happily, I do currently have some pieces available at Curiosity House Bookstore in Creemore, Ontario (thanks, Rina @curiosityhousebooks!). It’s such an inspired shop, be sure to stop in if you’re in the area.
Please continue to support local artists whenever you can. I hope to hang up my sign again at a show sometime in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, I’m puttering with some other crafty ideas to keep the creativity flowing. I’ll be putting the “mixed media” into Whorl Pottery & Mixed Media for the next little while. You can find me on Instagram @whorlpottery.
…but not in an annoying Christmas-Carols-in-the-stores-before-Halloween kind of way!
Once again this season, I’ll be participating in the Holy Name Christmas Craft Show on Saturday, November 9th from 10-4. It’s a lovely sale with vendors I’ve come to know and love, and it’s a fun way to kick off your holiday shopping (I know you haven’t started yet!).
New this year, I’ll be doing two other community holiday shows:
Saturday, November 23rd, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Holly Berry Bazaar
St. Dunstan’s of Canterbury Church
56 Lawson Road, West Hill, ON
Sunday, November 24th, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Christmas Craft & Gift Market
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School
3176 St. Clair Ave East, Scarborough, ON
There will be some new bright, celestial bobbies to celebrate the magic of the season:
One week to go before the 2019 Guild Alive with Culture Arts Festival. We’re hoping for another lovely weekend (though a bit less humid would be nice!) on July 27th-28th at the Guild Park & Gardens (201 Guildwood Parkway).
The show has expanded significantly for this year, with many more artists and vendors to browse. I can’t wait to see it all!
You’ll find me at Booth 88, in roughly the same location as last year.
Free parking is available at the Guild Inn (though it will be very limited) and many more spaces will be open at Sir Wilfred Laurier Collegiate (right next door).
Come out for a stroll in the park, relax with some tasty food while listening to live music, and support some talented local artists!
I’m very excited to be joining the Birkdale Arts Festival, coming up on Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 from 10-4. It’s an indoor/outdoor show at the lovely Birkdale Ravine & Community Centre, 1299 Ellesmere Road (south side of Ellesmere, between Midland and Brimley). This will be the 8th year for the event, but my first time participating, and I’m keen to spend a day out in the park with some fellow artists. I’ll be outside, so let’s have a warm, sunny day, shall we?
I will also be returning to the wonderful Guild Alive with Culture Arts Festival on July 27th-28th (Saturday & Sunday) on the grounds of the Guild Inn Estate (201 Guildwood Parkway). The show will run from 10-6 on Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday. This was an amazing event last year, with so much to see and do! Live music, art and food, all together in one place. What could be better?