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Doors Open Guelph 2016

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This Year's Event
Doors Open Background
Volunteer Information
Doors Open After Dark


Doors Open Background

What is Doors Open Guelph?

Doors Open Guelph is a day-long celebration of Guelph's finest buildings, creative spaces, and artistically or architecturally relevant sites. The program aims to showcase and celebrate the hidden gems as well as the great resources, businesses, and creative spaces in Guelph.

Doors Open Guelph is a program of Guelph Arts Council. Guelph Arts Council is a not-for-profit, charitable community arts council dedicated to the encouragement, stimulation and co-ordination of arts and heritage activities in Guelph and surrounding areas.

What is the History of Doors Open Guelph?

Doors Open Guelph was launched by Guelph Arts Council in partnership with Heritage Guelph and Guelph Tourism in 2002 to celebrate Guelph's 175th anniversary and to increase awareness of the City's tremendously rich architectural and historical heritage. Since 2002, Guelph Arts Council has delivered the annual program, recording an average of some 6,000+ site visitors per year to many of Guelph's finest buildings whose owners have generously opened their doors for free public tours. Between 25 and 50 per cent of those attending each year have been visitors to Guelph. One of the main reasons for the past success of Doors Open Guelph events has been the enthusiasm and hard work of close to 150 volunteers who have served as tour guides, sweeps (following along behind the tours), greeters, counters, researchers, sign crew, photographers, and more.

Since its inception, Doors Open Guelph has been part of Doors Open Ontario, an Ontario Heritage Trust province-wide initiative that was also launched in 2002 to celebrate community heritage. The intent of Doors Open Guelph is to build awareness of creative, artistic, cultural, built, and natural heritage among community residents and visitors by providing free access to buildings and properties of architectural and historical value. Doors Open Guelph has had the distinction of being the kick-off event for Doors Open Ontario, opening the province-wide initiative for several years.


When is Doors Open Guelph?

The 2018 event will take place on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Once again, it will be the first of more than 50 such events taking place across the province.


Who runs Doors Open Guelph?

Doors Open Guelph is delivered by Guelph Arts Council and supported by a steering commity of community stakeholders. As a charity, Guelph Arts Council is supported by operating funds from the City of Guelph and the Ontario Arts Council. However, most of our funding comes from donations, sponsorship, our members, events, and the delivery of programs like Doors Open Guelph, Art on the Street, and our Historical Walking Tours.

As a membership-based organization, we ask that businesses and participants in Doors Open Guelph consider contributing to the success of Guelph Arts Council and Doors Open Guelph by becoming a member or by showing your support of our mandate and mission by becoming a sponsor, making a donation, providing site-specific volunteers or by helping us promote Doors Open Guelph throughout your own networks and community.

Who is Funding Doors Open Guelph?

Doors Open Guelph is funded by Guelph Arts Council with the support of the City of Guelph. Additional funding and support is sourced through sponsorships, donations and in-kind contributions from community businesses.

Where can one get more information?

Patti Broughton, Executive Director
Guelph Arts Council
404- 147 Wyndham Street North
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4E9

(519) 836-3280 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This Year's Event - Saturday, April 21, 10am - 4pm

Doors Open is a free community event and no tickets or registration are required. The hours are 10 – 4, and you can begin at any featured site and visit as many as you like over the course of the day. There may be line-ups at some sites.

What buildings will be open for Doors Open Guelph?

2018 site information will be published on Doors Open Ontario's website http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/ and below as it becomes available.  



176 Morris Street
Guelph Little Theatre 

N1E 5M7 
Guelph Little Theatre
In 1935, the first Little Theatre opened at Guelph City Hall, the first of many homes over the years. A fire in 1993 forced it from its 26-year home in the Salvation Army Hall on Dublin Street. In 1997, it moved into a former welding shop. The large space holds a 288-seat raked auditorium, large raised stage, gracious lobby, rehearsal hall, workshop, dressing rooms and storage areas. The tour will take visitors to the stage set for its current production.

Parking, full wheelchair access, washrooms, fun for kids.

44 Short Street
Church House in the Ward

N1E 5T9 
Church House in the Ward
In 1899, the Knox Presbyterian Church established a Sabbath School Mission in the Ward. In 1909, the St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church was organized and constructed as a modest Edwardian building with Gothic windows and an impressive Douglas Fir ceiling. In 2002, the church was sold and extensively renovated over five years into a spectacular residence. It is also the headquarters of Sage Solutions, a strategic planning and facilitation company.

86 Glasgow St. North
The Churches of St. Matthias & St. James the Apostle 
N1H 4W2 
St James the Apostle
Built in 1891-92 in Gothic style, St. James is the newest of Guelph’s stone churches, the last built with local limestone. The church was downsized from its original traditional plan resulting in an unusual orientation. The nave was eliminated leaving the north transept as the nave. The roof slates came from Cornwall, England. The original fine wood ceiling and elaborate vaulting remained in the building’s final form.

Parking, full wheelchair access, washrooms

161 Norfolk Street
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church 

N1H 4J7 
St Andrews
The original Church was built in the market grounds in 1832, but was demolished to make room for Guelph’s City Hall. The new Gothic Revival church built in 1856 was designed by William Hay of Toronto. The open timberwork ceiling and fine stained glass windows memorialize church leaders and a plaque pays tribute to John McCrae who attended the church in his youth. The south-side addition is built of stone salvaged from Guelph’s demolished Opera House.

Full wheelchair access, washrooms

55 Delhi Street, top floor
Intrigue Media

N1E 4J3 
55 Delhi St winter
The Forsyth-Hepburn Home was constructed in 1910 of red brick in Georgian Revival style as a residence for nurses working at Guelph General Hospital. It served that purpose until the late 1950s. Vesterra Property Management acquired it in 2013 and renovated it retaining all original exterior wood trim, bay windows, front porch with Tuscan columns, and the interior staircase. Intrigue Media, a full-service digital marketing company, occupies the top two floors. 

Parking, partial wheelchair access (alternate entrance), washrooms.
55 Delhi Street, main floor
Two Rivers Health 

N1E 4J3
Two Rivers Health building front inlay
On the main floor of the former Nurses’ Residence is Two Rivers Health, an integrative health clinic. Helping women and families to create abundant, vibrant lives, the all-female clinician team brings the original vision for this iconic building full circle. Interior design by Michele Levy-Kodarin inspires calm and connection to wellbeing, and retains many original elements of exposed brick, entranceway, and restored hardwood.

Parking, partial wheelchair access (alternate entrance) washrooms
55 Delhi Street
First Steps  

N1E 4J3 
Daycare building front inlay
In the lower level of the former Nurses’ Residence is an after-school child care service that fills its four bright rooms with activity. The lower red brick walls have been beautifully restored to give the children a lesson on our city’s heritage. The rustic furnishings and bright windows create a welcoming, enriched and safe atmosphere.

Parking, washrooms.
385 Waterloo Avenue
Guelph Orange Hall

N1H 3K3 
Door Open LOL 1331 Guelph Cover Photo
The Loyal Orange Association of British America has had a continuous presence in the City of Guelph since 1837, having a total of seven different Loyal Orange Lodges and three Ladies Orange Benevolent Associations. Prince Arthur L.O.L. 1331 was first established in Guelph in 1871, but moved into its present building in the late 1940s. Displays will demonstrate various aspects of its history and community involvement.

Parking, washrooms.

15 Wyndham Street North, Suite C
Hunch Manifest Inc. 

N1H 4E5 
The New Petrie
The New Petrie incorporates the remaining pieces of the former Western Hotel built on the site in 1847. Its back wall and portions of the former stables are preserved in the offices of Hunch Manifest, a Semantic Search Marketing company helping digital marketers to translate their content into the language of search engines. This pairing of innovation and heritage demonstrates Jane Jacobs’ words, “New ideas need old buildings.”

Accessibility: please note that there is an elevator to assist between floors, but steps in the entryway currently preclude wheelchair access. Any changes will be updated here. 

15 Wyndham Street
The Robbie Group (MSISInc) 

N1H 4E5
The New PetrieThe New Petrie incorporates the remaining pieces of the former Western Hotel built on the site in 1847. Partly destroyed by a fire in 1854, it could be one of the oldest buildings left on Wyndham Street North. Its back wall and portions of the former stables are preserved in the Robbie Group offices. The company provides advice on pensions to individuals and businesses and also offers fee-for-service financial planning. 

Accessibility: please note that there is an elevator to assist between floors, but steps in the entryway currently preclude wheelchair access. Any changes will be updated here. 

15 Wyndham Street North


N1H 4E5
Sway building front inlay
Designed in 1882 by Guelph architect John Day, the building opened as a pharmacy for Alexander Bain Petrie with a unique stamped metal facade and iconic mortar and pestle. Since 2015, it was restored for several new businesses. Sway was founded in 2013 with a focus on becoming the best visual advertising agency via television commercials and online video. Sway is now an industry leader in brand management, marketing strategy, and unique content creation.

Accessibility: please note that there is an elevator to assist between floors, but steps in the entryway currently preclude wheelchair access. Any changes will be updated here. 

15 Wyndham Street
The Modern Bride 
N1H 4E5

Modern Bride building front inlay
Mr. Petrie wanted the tallest building on Wyndham Street, so he topped it with an empty shell that remained unused for 136 years until it was restored as an elegant showroom and stunning event space for The Modern Bride. Twenty-foot ceilings and eleven-foot windows looking on the Basilica create a beautiful backdrop for the wedding dresses. The Modern Bride is a carefully curated, appointment-only bridal boutique that offers a unique shopping experience for the contemporary bride.

Accessibility: please note that there is an elevator to assist between floors, but steps in the entryway currently preclude wheelchair access. Any changes will be updated here. 

795 Scottsdale Drive
Hospice Wellington 

N1G 3R8 
Hospice Wellington 004Founded in 1980, Hospice provides care and support to families facing a life-threatening illness. The former Kortright Presbyterian Church was built in 1983. In 2010, David McCauley, architect of the original church, redesigned the building with ten palliative residences in the upper level and community support programs in the lower level. The design includes a living wall, solar panels and rainwater collection system to support the pollination garden on the grounds.

Parking, full wheelchair access, washrooms, fun for kids. 
42 Carden Street
10C Shared Space 
N1H 3A2 

The Seed Warehouse was a two-storey stone structure built in the 1860s which later became Massey-Ferguson Farm Supply. Between 1924 and 1934, Ackers Furniture moved in, added the top two floors and remained until 2016. In 1955, a fire caused the huge safe to fall through the first floor to the basement where it remains today. Together with  Chalmers Community Service Centre, the building is now a thriving collaborative workspace and community hub.

Full wheelchair access, washrooms.
Speedvale Trail Underpass
Trails Open
Trails Open Speedvale Underpass
Often in the news last year, the City's upcoming trail underpass will complete a safe and scenic link above the riverbank between the TransCanada Trail, Riverside Park, and the Evergreen Seniors Centre. 15-20 minute hikes will be run throughout the day by the Guelph Hiking Trail Club. Parking off Riverview Drive, behind the Speedvale Ave. E. firehall.


8 Royal Road
Community Living Guelph-Wellington
N1H 1G3
Community Living Guelph Wellington
CLGW facilitates social inclusion and community engagement, supporting adults with developmental disabilities to have a full life, living, working and connecting in their community. Our vision to enrich, inspire and engage ensures we all belong and contribute as valued members. Tour CLGW, meet some of the 400+ people the organization supports and learn why Guelph is a caring community.  

Parking, wheelchair access, washrooms.

 Doors Open After Dark

After a day exploring Guelph’s finest buildings, creative spaces, and historically and architecturally significant sites on the Doors Open tour presented by Guelph Arts Council, save some energy for the after party at Guelph Civic Museum.  Celebrate Guelph’s 191st birthday with pop-up art and history installations at and around the museum.




Call for Volunteers: Doors Open Guelph

Sign up to volunteer!

Doors Open Guelph will be held this year on Saturday, April 21. Mark your calendars for a day-long celebration of Guelph's finest buildings, creative spaces, and artistically or architecturally relevant sites. Doors Open Guelph has the distinction of being the annual kick-off event for Doors Open Ontario. Presented annually by Guelph Arts Council since 2002, the program showcases and celebrates Guelph’s hidden gems, as well as our great resources, businesses, and creative spaces.



Please note there will be two general orientation and information sessions to choose from:

February 28, 2018 -  in Room 112 at Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph

5:00 p.m.

March 20, 2018 - in the Heritage Room, 10C Shared Space, 42 Carden Street, Guelph
5:00 p.m.

There will also be on-site training sessions scheduled for early April to help familiarise volunteers with their assigned site and practice the tour. Volunteers of past events have found the on-site session extremely helpful and highly recommend volunteers attend their site's session, which typically takes about 30 minutes to 1 hour. You need only attend the on-site training for your assigned site. Site assignments will be made in late March, and on-site training session details will be announced as confirmed. 



1) Tour Guides of historical buildings and creative spaces 
2) Greeters to meet the public and organize tour group 
3) Counters to assist the greeter and count participants 
4) Sweepers to follow the tours and keep participants moving 
5) *New* Site Captains are assigned a single site for the day. They bring signage and materials to and from their site, ensure volunteers have the information and materials they need, act as liaisons with the organizers, and generally support volunteers. 

Regular volunteer shifts on event day are 9:30 - 1:00 or 12:45 - 4:15. Site Captains deliver materials and install signs at 9 a.m., collect and return them at 4 p.m., and act as liaison throughout the event day.


Doors Open Guelph’s success is due to the enthusiasm and hard work of volunteers who serve as tour guides, sweeps, greeters, counters, researchers, site captains, photographers, and more. Join us as a volunteer and help make Doors Open Guelph a true community celebration. Please fill out this short form indicating your availability and interest. 

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Wilde by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone at 519-836-3280

Our New Year’s Resolution: The Twelve Month Artful Pledge

by Sonya Poweska


Our New Year’s Resolution: The Twelve Month Artful Pledge

The New Year is always the time that people make commitments to follow new paths to better themselves and the communities in which they live, work, and play. In 2015, the staff here at Guelph Arts Council aremaking a commitment to stand behind the arts and support the production of creativity, artistic activity, and the cultural sector here in Guelph.

Each and every month, we will invite you to join us as we make a pledge to support our community by investing our time and resources into the sector that we know and love. We have carefully selected an area to focus on each month and we will report on our achievements in our monthly ArtsBlast newsletter. We invite you to join us as we work together to help make Guelph one of Canada’s great creative communities.



January: Join

There are so many great organizations in Guelph that are supported by a membership. Membership is an easy, and often low cost, way to get involved in an organization. Membership in Guelph Arts Council can start at just $5 per year and is available for purchase on our website, in person, via email, phone or by mail. Membership is strength in numbers—as a member you are showing your support of the arts and demonstrating that you support us as we work together to make our city artful.

Guelph Arts Council is a great place to start but you can also become a member of ED VideoGuelph Creative Art AssociationMacdonald Stewart Art Centre, 10 Carden, Architectural Conservancy of Guelph and Wellington, and Guelph Historical Society, to name a few.

 UPDATE > See what staff have made of our January "Join"

February: Create

It’s a cold and short month. Why not fill your time by creating something? It can be functional (like mittens) or beautiful (like a painting). It can involve words, clay, beads, paint, instruments, voice or movement— just create something!

It might not be the miracle cure for the cold and flu, but the benefits of creation in any artistic media have proven and well documented benefits to health and well-being. In 2010, the American Journal of Public Health published a review titled, The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health . This peer reviewed article examined the findings of 100+ studies to reveal that creating art had positive health impacts on those who participated in the studies.

Besides the potential health benefits, creating can also open up new social connections and create new opportunities to engage with others. Our stories and histories are told and remembered through art and the creation of art engages its creators in an intimate form of self expression that can initiate learning, promote healing, find purpose, make a friend, and maybe, just maybe, you might have a little fun as well.


March: Learn

Life-long learning is one of the best ways to inspire the next generation of young minds. It is also one of the best ways to stay young. Learning, like creating, opens up new pathways in our brains that help us build, grow, and preserve our creativity, knowledge, and memory. Guelphites are lucky because our city has so much to offer when it comes to learning new artistic practices.

Here are just a few of the many great organizations that offer great classes and opportunities to learn:

Guelph School of Art

Necessary Arts Company

Royal Ukulele Ensemble

Suzuki String School of Guelph

Orff Suzuki Music Moves

DanceTheatre David Earle

Guelph Youth Singers

ED Video

Royal City School of Ballet and Jazz Theatre


April: Volunteer

In their article, Volunteers and Donors in Arts and Culture Organizations in Canada in 2010 , Hill Strategies reports that in 2010, 764,000 volunteers contributed approximately 97 million hours of their time to support the work for arts and culture organizations. This amazing contribution of time not only allows organizations like Guelph Arts Council do our work, it also helps create a bridge between our organization and the community.

April is always a time that Guelph Arts Council needs volunteers. Our annual Doors Open Guelph program, which showcases and celebrates culturally, artistic, and historically relevant buildings in Guelph, requires the support of 100+ volunteers to help serve as greeters, guides, writers, and event assistants. We are lucky to have the returning support of so many, but are still in need of more support. If you are interested, drop us a line!


May: Explore

Now that the weather is getting nicer, let’s commit to exploring some of the great assets that this city has to offer. Each and every Sunday from April-July and September-Mid November, Guelph Arts Council offers historical walking tours that showcase some of the city’s best buildings, stories, and creative spaces. These tours are $5 and are lead by our amazing volunteer guides. Not available on Sundays? The accompanying historical walking tour guide books are available for purchase at the Arts Council for only $5. If you’d like to be extra adventurous, they are also available at Guelph Public Libraries, and for purchase at The Bookshelf and Guelph Civic Museum. While there, you can explore some of the great history that is housed in the building as well as the Wall of Art program that features a juried and curated selection of work made by Guelph artists.

Other great places and events to explore include Wellington County Museum and Archives, Silence Guelph, Boarding House Arts, Guelph Potters Market, and the outdoor Donald Forster Sculpture Garden atMacdonald Stewart Art Centre. Exploration can also take place using theGuelph Arts Council Artist Directory or the Guelph Culture Map. Both of these sites host some pretty amazing artists and stories that are worthy of discovery. And who knows, you might just find exactly what you were looking for!

June: Watch

June is a month that is full of great things to watch. The annual Multicultural Festival,Guelph Dance Festival, Guelph Little Theatre, Guelph MusicFest, and River Run Centre all offer so much to see. This kind of engagement in your local arts scene provides both entertainment and excitement while also contributing to the local investment and the economy in our city. In fact in 2008, the Statistics Canada Survey of Household Spending in Canada revealed that Canadians spent more than twice as much on live performing arts ($1.4 billion) than on sports events ($0.65 billion). What this study doesn’t include is the spending that is associated with performing arts attendance both before and after a show. This consumer spending puts dollars into our local economies creating jobs and attractions all while building community pride.

Beyond the local investment piece, those who routinely attend, participate, and watch local events, performances, and artists report better satisfaction and health in their daily life. A report from Hill Strategies, The Arts and Individual Well-Being in Canada: Connections between Cultural Activities and Health, Volunteering, Satisfaction with Life, and Other Social Indicators in 2010, statistical insights revealed , details these findings using six cultural activities and three social indicators for detailed statistical modeling. The report nicely summarizes the findings and the results are listed below.

In plain English:

· Art gallery visits are associated with better health and higher volunteer rates.
· Theatre attendance is associated with better health, volunteering, and strong satisfaction with life.
· Classical music attendance is associated with higher volunteer rates and strong satisfaction with life.
· Pop music attendance is associated with better health, volunteering, and strong satisfaction with life.
· Attendance at cultural festivals is associated with better health, volunteering, and strong satisfaction with life.
· Reading books is associated with better health, volunteering, and strong satisfaction with life.

With this in mind, watching a performance, an artist at work, or participating in a cultural event will surely do more for your health, well-being, and satisfaction with life, it will also contribute to the health and vitality of the local community and the cultural sector as a whole. So go on, treat yourself!

July through December will be detailed in Part Two of the "Twelve Month Artful Pledge" which will be featured in January’s ArtsBlast (to be published Jan 27, 2015). If you have taken the artful pledge, tell us about your experience on Twitter,Facebook or contact us directly. 

Thanks for reading!

Wall of Art Gets Sweet!

by Katie Wilde


Need a little (Sweet!)ness in your life? The 5th quarterly installment of Wall of Art showcases some of the amazing talent of Guelph Arts Council members.

Wall of Art is a new exhibition program, developed in 2014 as a partnership between Guelph Arts Council, Guelph Civic Museum, and the City of Guelph’s cultural department in order to provide a regular (quarterly) opportunity to showcase some of the amazing talent represented in Guelph Arts Council's wide membership. Artists apply with an image and information about their work, are selected by a jury, and are paid a small artist fee to exhibit the selected work at a public museum (Guelph Civic Museum).

For the upcoming exhibition, we invited artists to explore all things Sweet! From confectionary to colloquialism, we'll look at the tender, the sugary, and the radically awesome. We are excited to introduce you to the artists and offer a sneak preview of the show.


This funky retro collage "Pop Culture" is by Desiree O, and will be the first piece she shows Guelph. Desiree O is a truly multidisciplinary artist, who works as a writer, musician, visual artist and actor. founder as well as writer/editor and community manager of Canada Arts Connect.


“Can You Tell this Story?” is a mixed media acrylic painting by Frances Hahn. Frances is a partner at Necessary Arts Company, an open studio for creatives in downtown Guelph, and is a sophisticated and subtle painter. She also does amazing work as a designer and textile artist.




“Tangled and Sweet” is a photograph by fibre-artist/photographer Heather Nagel. Her ‘ongoing adventure’ involves taking inspiration from nature and connecting to her subject through photography and artwork made from natural fibres -- often using her photography as a source.



What could be sweeter than the bond between brothers? “Brothers” and “Ice Cream” are two stunning works by Aberfoyle portrait artist Cindy Dochstader.  Cindy’s keen portraits convey the powerful bonds and poignant moments found in family life.


Digital images of Margot Jenner’s paper doll portraits don't quite do them justice. These unique pieces are drawn by hand on bristol paper, and coloured with copic markers. The dolls themselves are cutouts, placed on a separately drawn background. “Agatha at Work” is a portrait of Agatha from the Wes Anderson film “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, who makes sweets for a shop called Mendl's.


“Sweet Talking” is yet another beautifully composed image from photographer, songwriter, and self-described “grandfogger” Randy Sutherland. You can see more of his work on his blog, where he posts new and striking photographs almost daily.


This awesome image has an unusual twist. “Artichoke” is not simply a gorgeous photograph, but is printed on latex fabric stretched over a wood frame. Artist Katie Hebert is taking her ongoing series “The Beauty of Nourishment” to a new level with her experimentation with how the photographs are printed. We are very excited to see the result of the new latex fabric method of presentation.


We are very proud to present the work of our talented members at the fifth quarterly Wall of Art: “Sweet!”. The exhibition opens January 12, and will run until April 5. Reception to be held the evening of March's Fourth Friday, the 27th. Admission will be free that night (5:00 - 9:00 p.m.), and the artists (who are lovely, friendly people) will be present. Please come and enjoy refreshments, see the art, and meet the artists! If you can't make the reception, don't worry - the exhibition can be viewed during regular museum hours January 12 through April 5.

Why Become a Member?

by Katie Wilde

You may or may not know that we are a member-based organization. It is our members who make us who we are. If you a believer in, or even curious about the power of the arts, one way you can connect to the arts in your community is by becoming a member. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is the membership coordination and the support that I offer members. I'm always pleased to answer a few questions about what it means to be a member of Guelph Arts Council. Here is what I've learned from our members and community members along the way.

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Who are our members?

What's in it for me?

What do I have to do?

What can I do?


Who are our members?

Our members are not just artists and those that are aren't just your quintessential painter-type either. They're authors, crafters, potters, builders, glassworkers, filmmakers, singers, musicians, storytellers, puppeteers, photographers, textile and fibre artists, actors, performers, printmakers, poets, art educators, curators, appraisers, and creative people of all kinds! They also are groups, charities, and businesses made up of passionate individuals who work to deliver the arts to our community in various ways.

Don't worry, we also have many fabulous painters too!


While painting en plein air is a wonderful art form, for the health of your artist body, we can't recommend the ergonomics of this sitting position. 

Our members are long time theatre-goers, followers of local art news, and attendees of exhibitions, events, and sales. They are also people who believe that the arts community is at the heart of who we are and what defines our city. In addition, our members are great people who support the arts council and our efforts simply through their annual membership to our organization.


What's in it for me?

Stay informed on local opportunities - posted online and in the office. You can also call, visit or email if you're looking for something specific. We'll direct you to the right opportunity whenever we can.

Promotional avenues - The sleek profiles in our member directory show a snapshot of your artistic efforts and can either direct people to your website or offer an interim online presence. Post your events on the calendar any time, and in our e-news once a month. Boost the visibility of your event on our calendar and advertise yourself in the sidebar with our new affordable artist advertising program (to be launched in 2015). Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and send us a message asking us to follow you. Tag us in your art posts and we will share them. People from the community regularly call us looking for artists and groups. Make sure we know about you and what you do so we can recommend you to them!

Find artists and arts groups - Get inspired, make friends, join a group, buy art, attend!

Artist Members are eligible to apply for our members' juried exhibition, Wall of Art.

Discounts - Members are eligible to receive discounts on events like to Art on the Street, workshops, and conferences. We also offer discounted membership advertising rates on our website. Organizational Members with a membership of their own can ask for a discount code to pass on to their members, who will receive 10% off an Artist Membership.

Consultations with staff - Not sure what the next step in your artistic career should be? There are so many aspects to being an artist. From your ongoing education to pursuing grants or turning your art into a business, we can help you break down the vastness of opportunities and obstacles into manageable goals and areas of focus for what YOU want to get out of your art.

Help transitioning to an online presence - Not so comfortable with computers? Find the thought of having to make your own website a bit overwhelming? While our profile pages aren’t meant to replace a website, they can be an excellent start to having an online presence. Low maintenance, you have 24/7 access to update and change it, but will also receive personalized assistance during office hours if you have any difficulties. We also offer an initial set-up/training session for those whose comfort with technology is still in the growing stages.

Discover or rediscover your creative city - Whether you’re new to town or a born and raised Guelphite, we bet there are yet unknown artistic treasures hidden in Guelph for you. Let us help you discover them!

Vote at our Annual General Meeting - When we ask you to add your voice to ours, we mean it! We are a membership-based organization and we are proud to represent you.


What do I have to do?

Support us with a membership fee of $5 (General), $30 (Artist), or $50 (Organization), once per year. Nothing else. There are no mandatory meetings, events, or volunteer hours.


What CAN I do?

We love showing you off to others! Invest in us, so we can invest in you. Make the most of your membership by taking advantage of what's in it for you. We encourage you to attend our in-person social events, ask us how we can help you promote your artistic exploits, set aside a time to chat with us about your activities or goals, and let us direct you to some opportunities. You can even volunteer with us or donate. How involved you become is up to you.


We're proud to represent you and we can't wait to get to know you!

Become a member now by clicking here.

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