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Making GAC Membership Accessible

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Membership at Guelph Arts Council has changed recently and it’s a great time to get involved, whether you’re an artist, arts organization, or a supporter of the arts! During the last year, as we’ve looked to streamline our activities and better serve the artists and residents of the Guelph community, a new membership structure was created. Our membership priorities, in keeping with our organizational strategic goals, are to keep costs accessible, encourage participation, and ensure value.

GAC membership is now available in three easy, reasonably priced levels: General, Artist and Organization. Here’s a quick look:

General

Individuals who care about the arts in our community can now be a part of GAC by becoming a General Member. For only $5 annually, you can add your voice in support of the work of GAC, championing arts and culture in Guelph. You’ll receive our bi-weekly e-newsletter, Arts Blast, as well as communications about the activities of GAC and the Guelph arts scene. For the price of a single latte, you’ll be part of GAC’s member community for a full year!

Artist

Artists of all disciplines are invited to become members of Guelph Arts Council. For just $30 per year, you’ll receive all of our communications, updates on artist and space opportunities, discounts on workshops and programs, a profile page on our fresh new website, and more. Lots of ways for you to connect, grow, get involved, and spread the word about your work!

Organization

Arts organizations, educational institutions and non-profits are invited to become members at our Organization level for only $50 annually. You’ll receive membership discounts for your own members if they choose to become individual artist members, an organizational profile page on our new site, discounts on conferences and workshops, listing of your events on our online calendar, discounts on advertisements, and more.

We hope everyone will join us as we head into our 40th year. Let’s show off the vast, versatile, and truly dynamic arts and culture community we are so fortunate to have here in Guelph. Head over to our Membership page now to register!

Cultural Job and Volunteer Opportunities

Job Opportunities 

Administrative Assistant to the Chair. Depart of History,College of Arts. Dec 17
Marketing Graphic Designer. Encircle. Kitchener. 

Volunteer Opportunities

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President of the Art Gallery of Guelph Volunteer Association
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Silence-Guelph's Portal to Adventurous New Sound Events. Ongoing
Guelph Little Theatre. Ongoing
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Volunteers Make GAC Better

Savvy not-for-profit organizations know that a big reason for their success is due to the time and talents of a host of volunteers. Guelph Arts Council has been fortunate to have had many wonderful volunteers over the years – individuals who have given so much to help our arts community thrive. We are tremendously grateful for all of our volunteers.

As GAC continues to work hard to re-energize this year, we are thrilled to see more volunteers coming on board and long-time volunteers renewing their commitments.

One of our super volunteers is Jay Wilson, who has been helping us connect directly with our members. “I attended the GAC annual general meeting in May and liked the changes I saw happening. An arts council is only as strong as the members who support it, so I decided to support GAC, not only through my membership but also by donating some time. If I really want a strong arts council, it’s up to me (us) to make it so. I believe in grassroots support, so I’ve been helping by engaging members, renewing memberships and getting feedback for GAC. Talking with fellow artists is really enjoyable and informative.” Jay owns Pandora’s Sox, a puppet and entertainment company in Guelph.

GAC needs you, too! If you’re interested in getting involved by volunteering with us, we have a number of volunteer positions available presently, including working with our Resource Development Committee (fundraising/events), assisting with research and updating of our new events listing on the website, community connectors, and more. Fill out our volunteer application form on the website today to get started. We’d love to have you in involved!





Whitestone Gallery Closes its Doors

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(Left) A few pieces from Whitestone Gallery's final exhibition, "Glass Art, Paper Masks and the stories that tie them together" by artist Barbara Bryce
(Right) Goldie Sherman, of Vessels Pottery, working in her studio space at Whitestone Gallery.

Photos taken by Noelle Lalonde

One of Guelph’s signature gallery spaces, Whitestone Gallery, will unfortunately be closing its doors by the end of the month due to rising rental costs. For almost seven years now, the Gallery has successfully served the community of Guelph as a multidisciplinary artists’ collective. Each of the artists–currently fourteen– holds a membership with Whitestone and has a permanent installation in the gallery, which displays at least one piece from each. Whitestone has had more than 50 members over the years, featuring artists from a variety of disciplines including sculpture, painting, printmaking, fused-glass, encaustic, and photography.

Located at 80 Norfolk Street in downtown Guelph, the Whitestone Gallery is hosting one last solo show to say goodbye to the community. "Glass Art, Paper Masks and the stories that tie them together" by artist Barbara Bryce is currently on display at Whitestone and will remain until Saturday, July 26. The exhibition includes a variety of stained glass works and paper masks that relate through a common theme of Tai Chi. Bryce is actively involved in theatre work that involves children and youth, so it is important to her that her work is accessible to this age group and perhaps the inner child in all of us.

Although the Whitestone Gallery closes at the beginning of August, the building will remain open as a pop-up gallery until the end of October. Goldie Sherman, of Vessels Pottery, and mixed-media artist Mosa McNeilly, will oversee subletting the building and encourage emerging solo or group artists to apply to exhibit in the space for the remaining three months. This is an ideal opportunity for young artists to experience exhibiting their work in an established location for a one-month period. Displaying artists are required to gallery sit on Fridays and Saturdays and pay a fee of $650 for the month. Please contact Goldie Sherman at 519-836-4243 for additional information regarding the space.

By Noelle Lalonde

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